While young vampires may scoff at the mortals who hunt them, their elders remember a time when robed monks rode from haven to haven, using the twin weapons of fire and faith to destroy the undead.
But the Inquisition did not die in those dark ages. Its soldiers still roam the earth and the Damned fear it more than any other group of mortals. Begin your search for those elusive spirits known as the Restless Dead.
Notes on how to use this book, inspirational material, and a lexicon.
Chapter One: The Way of the Martyr
The history of the Order of Leopold from the Middle Ages to the modern era. It ends with a summary of the Order of Leopold's presence in the world and a description of the Order of Leopold's headquarters, the Monasterio di San Michele, located a half hour drive from the Vatican.
Chapter Two: Catechism
The views that the Order of Leopold hold concerning the supernatural creatures of the world, and the views that the supernatural creatures hold of the Order of Leopold. Also contains descriptions of the various Orders, Subdivisions, and Sects of the Inquisition.
And the angel spoke unto me, in a strong voice, crying, Many are the children of the Dragon, the Serpent, the great Satan, and they are among you now. I well you, Servants of Christ, that the Parousia is near, that the Second Coming cometh soon. Stronger still grow the children of the Dragon, and they multiply, and they are a wound unto the earth. And we are the balm for this wound, we must cleanse it with fire, and purify it, and then the earth shall be ready for the Parousia, and we shall be judged worthy.
And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought... So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the Earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
— Book of Revelations 12: 7, 9
S. Martin ascended from the military state to the clerical, for the army of the Church is higher in status than the army of the world; its warfare is a higher one, and its soldiers fight against spiritual enemies.
Roma, non basta una vita (Rome, one lifetime is not enough.)
- Roman proverb
The First Point. Imagine the leader of all the enemy in that great plain of Babylon. He is seated on a throne of fire and smoke, in aspect horrible and terrifying.
The Second Point. Consider how he summons uncountable devils, disperses some to one city and others to another, and thus reaches into the whole world, without missing any provinces, places, states, or individual persons.
No One can doubt but that all the arts and metamorphoses by which witches change men into beasts are deceptive illusions and opposed to all nature. I add that any one who holds the contrary opinion is in danger of Anathema... For a human soul cannot inform the body of a beast, any more than the soul of a lion can inhabit the body of a horse, or the soul of a horse the body of a man: because... the soul regulates the motions of the organic body.
Therefore, take up the armor of God... Stand, therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of justice... in all things taking up the shield of faith, with which you may be able to quench all the fiery darts of the most wicked one. And take unto you the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit, that is, the word of God
— Ephesians 6: 13-17
When this child Jesus was five years old, he was playing at the ford of a stream. He made soft clay and modeled twelve sparrows from it. Jesus clapped his hands and cried to the sparrows, "Be gone." And the sparrows flew off chirping.
The Saint made the Sign of the Cross toward [the fierce wolf of Gubbio]. And the power of God, proceeding as much from himself as from his companion, checked the wolf and made it slow down and close its cruel mouth.
I enjoin you under penalty, Ancient Serpent! In the name of the Judge of the Living and the Dead! In the name of Our Creator! In the name of the creator of the world! In the name of him who has power to send you into Hell! Depart from this servant of God!
— Roman Ritual of Exorcism
These are the friends of God; they have discovered divine secrets; they guard them with devout silence.
I did confess, but I confessed a lie. I confessed, that I might obtain absolution; but now that falsehood lies heavier at my heart than all my other sins. The God of Heaven forgive me! Ever since I was condemned, my confessor has besieged me; he threatened and menaced, until I almost began to think that I was the monster that he said I was. He threatened excommunication and hell fire in my last moment, if I continued obdurate. Dear lady, I had none to support me; all looked on me as a wretch doomed to ignominy and perdition. What could I do? In an evil hour I subscribed to a lie; and now only am I truly miserable
Balthazar Richter, S.J. - 18th Century Missionary sent by the Society of Jesus to China. He disappeared after a decade in the area. He has been seen though the years and is rumored to have fallen to the enemy and is now a Vampire.