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Numerous members of the [[Baali]] have assumed the title of '''Shaitan''', the semi-official leader of the Baali, over the centuries. The exact nature of Shitan remains murky, mainly because other [[Vampire (cWOD)|vampire]]s are more concerned with destroying Baali infestation than spending time to decipher their mad, often contradicting myths.
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'''Shaitan''' is the title of the semi-official leader of the [[Baali]]. Numerous members of the [[Bloodline (VTM)|bloodline]] have assumed the mantle of Shaitan over the centuries.
   
Varying accords presented in '''[[The Chaos Factor|Chaos Factor]]''' and the '''[[Dark Ages Companion]]''' claim Shaitan to be the founder of the Baali Clan, embraced as a childe of Ashur. In '''[[Clanbook: Baali|Clanbook Baali]]''', it was stated that Shaitan was the title used for the unknown vampire who created the first three Baali. Later, a member of the line assumed the name to unite the [[Bloodline (VTM)|Bloodline]] under his command. Following this event, numerous Baali have risen and fallen, each claiming to be the returned Shaitan (complete with a new origin story, which makes it even more difficult to separate myths from truths).
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==History==
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The exact nature of Shaitan remains murky, mainly because other [[Vampire (WOD)|vampires]] are more concerned with destroying Baali infestations than spending time to decipher their mad and often contradictory myths.
   
==Known Shaitan==
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''[[Clanbook: Baali]]'' says Shaitan was the title used for the unknown vampire who created the first three Baali. Later, a member of the line assumed the name to unite the [[Bloodline (VTM)|bloodline]] under his command. Following this event, numerous Baali have risen and fallen, each claiming to be the returned Shaitan (every one of them with a completely new origin story, which makes it even more difficult to separate myth from truth).
   
* The unspecified [[Antediluvian]] founder of the Baali, who is rumored to be either [[Saulot]] or [[Cappadocius]] (as Ashur)
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Varying accords presented in the books ''[[The Chaos Factor]]'' and the ''[[Dark Ages Companion]]'' claim Shaitan to be the founder of the Baali Clan, [[Embrace (VTM)|Embraced]] as a [[childe]] of [[Ashur (VTM)|Ashur]]. However, the details between these accounts vary greatly. ''The Chaos Factor'' states that Shaitan was the second childe of Ashur, who consorted with [[Children of Lilith]] and learned esoteric knowledge from the East; while ''Dark Ages Companion'' states that Shaitan was the first childe of Ashur and consorted with [[Demon (WOD)|demons]] out of jealousy against his [[sire]] and grandsire.
   
* [[Nergal (VTM)|Nergal]], who used this during his time when he ruled [[Knossos (cWOD)|Knossos]] and tried to reawaken [[Namtaru]]
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The book ''[[Gehenna (book)|Gehenna]]'' suggests that it is possible that [[Namtaru (VTM)|Namtaru]] or the member of the [[Aralu]] named [[Nergal (VTM)|Nergal]] had been the original [[Baali]] [[Antediluvian]], and that the respective Shaitan was merely a mouthpiece for that ancient being.<ref>{{b|VTM|Gehenna (book)|alt=Gehenna|page=28}}</ref>
   
* Numerous other Baali, who have used the title to coax their brethren into supporting their own schemes. The real identity of most of these imposters were never known, most seemingly forgot it.
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==Known Figures Referred to as Shaitan==
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* '''[[Ashur (VTM)|Ashur]]''', an unspecified Antediluvian that is often implied to be either [[Saulot]] or [[Cappadocius]].<ref>{{b|VTDA|Clanbook: Baali|page=17}}</ref>
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* '''[[Ba'al|Ba'al the Destroyer]]''', a lowborn singing slave boy who revolted against the [[Second City]] along with 12 apostles from various other Clans.<ref>{{b|VTM|Vampire Storytellers Handbook Revised|page=30}}</ref><ref>{{b|V20|Vampire: The Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition|page=395}}</ref>
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* "'''[[Slave Boy|The Slave Boy]]'''", who dwelt in the [[First City]] and revolted against Caine.<ref>{{b|VTDA|Dark Ages Companion|page=170}}</ref>
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* '''[[Nergal (VTM)|Nergal]]''', one of three first Baali that assumed the title to gather the [[Bloodline (VTM)|bloodline]] under his command.<ref>{{b|VTDA|Clanbook: Baali|page=21}}</ref>
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* A range of Baali that have claimed to be '''Shaitan''' have arisen since the bloodline's defeat at [[Knossos (WOD)|Knossos]], one of them [[Azaneal]].<ref>{{b|VTDA|Road of Sin (book)|alt=Road of Sin|page=36}}</ref><ref>{{b|VTDA|Clanbook: Baali|page=66}}</ref>
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* '''[[Huitzilopochtli (VTM)|Huitzilopochtli]]''', a [[Torpor|torpid]] [[methuselah]] under [[Mexico City (WOD)|Mexico City]].<ref>{{b|VTM|The Chaos Factor|fic=57|page=119}}</ref>
   
* [[Huitzilopochtli]] (who may or maybe not Nergal), a [[Baali]] [[Methuselah]] lying in [[Torpor (VTM)|Torpor]] under old Tenochtitlan (modern [[Mexico City (cWOD)|Mexico City]])
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===Non-vampiric figures referred to as Shaitan===
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* [[Lucifer]], the leader of the heavenly rebellion, is referred to as Shaitan.<ref>{{b|WOD|World of Darkness: Time of Judgement|page=91}}</ref>
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==Trivia==
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* Shaitan is an Arabic word that means "evil person", "devil" or "demon", and is often used as the equivalent of "Satan".
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* The [[Baali]] have the sobriquet "Shaitan" among the [[Ashirra]].<ref>{{b|VTDA|Veil of Night|pdf=2641|page=112}}</ref> Curiously, the Tremere share the same denomination in [[Saudi Arabia (WOD)|Arabia]].<ref>{{b|WOD|A World of Darkness Second Edition|page=89}}</ref>
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==Gallery==
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Shaitan Cb-Baali.jpg|One of the many faces of Shaitan. From ''[[Clanbook: Baali]]''
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Shaitan_-_the_chaos_factor.jpg|[[Huitzilopochtli (VTM)|Huitzilopochtli]] as Shaitan in ''[[The Chaos Factor]]''
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==References==
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* {{b|VTM|Encyclopaedia Vampirica|page=150-151}}
 
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Shaitan is the title of the semi-official leader of the Baali. Numerous members of the bloodline have assumed the mantle of Shaitan over the centuries.

HistoryEdit

The exact nature of Shaitan remains murky, mainly because other vampires are more concerned with destroying Baali infestations than spending time to decipher their mad and often contradictory myths.

Clanbook: Baali says Shaitan was the title used for the unknown vampire who created the first three Baali. Later, a member of the line assumed the name to unite the bloodline under his command. Following this event, numerous Baali have risen and fallen, each claiming to be the returned Shaitan (every one of them with a completely new origin story, which makes it even more difficult to separate myth from truth).

Varying accords presented in the books The Chaos Factor and the Dark Ages Companion claim Shaitan to be the founder of the Baali Clan, Embraced as a childe of Ashur. However, the details between these accounts vary greatly. The Chaos Factor states that Shaitan was the second childe of Ashur, who consorted with Children of Lilith and learned esoteric knowledge from the East; while Dark Ages Companion states that Shaitan was the first childe of Ashur and consorted with demons out of jealousy against his sire and grandsire.

The book Gehenna suggests that it is possible that Namtaru or the member of the Aralu named Nergal had been the original Baali Antediluvian, and that the respective Shaitan was merely a mouthpiece for that ancient being.[1]

Known Figures Referred to as ShaitanEdit

Non-vampiric figures referred to as ShaitanEdit

  • Lucifer, the leader of the heavenly rebellion, is referred to as Shaitan.[10]

TriviaEdit

  • Shaitan is an Arabic word that means "evil person", "devil" or "demon", and is often used as the equivalent of "Satan".
  • The Baali have the sobriquet "Shaitan" among the Ashirra.[11] Curiously, the Tremere share the same denomination in Arabia.[12]

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

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