In Vampire: the Masquerade, any truly ancient (4000+ years) vampire, and specifically one of the thirteen or so founders of the clans. Note that House and Clan Tremere don't have a proper antediluvian, since their founder was an hermetic mage who decided to go for power the quick way, and committed diablerie on the head of another clan. A similar tale applies to clan Giovanni. Clan Assamite claim not to be descended from Caine, but their founder is still an antediluvian.

Antediluvian, before the flood or deluge of Noah's time; relating to what happened before the deluge. In geology the term has been applied to organisms, traces of which are found in a fossil state in formations preceding the diluvial, particularly to extinct animals such as the paleotherium, the mastodon, etc.

Entry from Everybody's Cyclopedia, 1912.

An`te*di*lu"vi*an (#), a.

Of or relating to the period before the Deluge in Noah's time; hence, antiquated; as, an antediluvian vehicle.



One who lived before the Deluge.


© Webster 1913.

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