(The earliest of the Kindred is said to be recorded in the legendary Book Of Nod, chronicled by Aristotle De Laurent, and his childe, Beckett. Named for the land east of Eden where Caine first traveled, it chronicles the tumultuous birth of the bloodlines and the origins of the Jyhad.)
In the beginning there was only Caine
Caine who murdered
his brother out of anger.
Caine who was cast out
Caine who was cursed forever with immortality
Caine who was cursed with the lust for blood
It is Caine we all come,
Our Sire's Sire
For the passing ofan age
he lived in solitude
In loneliness and suffering
For an eon he remained alone
But the passing of memory
drowned his sorrow.
And so he returned to the world of mortal
To the world his brother
and his children
He returned and was made welcome
The people saw his power and worshipped him,
Making him King
of their great city,
The First City
, a place by the name of Enoch
Though he became ruler of a mighty nation
, he was still alone,
For none were as he
. His sorrow grew once again.
Then he committed another great sin
, for he beget Progeny
Of which there were only three
But from them came more progeny, his grandchildren
And then Caine said "an end to this crime.. There shall be no more"
And as Caine's word was law, his brood
The city stood for many ages
And become the center of a mighty empire
But then came the deluge
, a great flood that washed over the world.
The City was destroyed,
And its people along with it.
Again Caine fell into great sorrow and went into solitude
Becoming as a dog amidst the wastes,
And leaving his progeny to their own ends
They came to him and begged him to return,
To help them rebuild their city.
But he would not come with them,
Saying the flood had been sent as punishment
For his having returned to the world of life
And subverting the true law
So they returned alone to what mortals were left
And announced that they were the new rulers.
Each created a brood
In order to claim the glory of Caine
Yet they did not have his wisdom
A great war
was waged, the
against their children
And the children slew their parents.
The rebels built a new city
And brought to it thirteen tribes
It was a beautiful city and its people worshipped them as gods.
They created new progeny of their own,
The fourth generation
But they feared the Jyhad
And it was forbidden for those children
To create others of their kind.
This power the elders kept for themselves.
When a childe
was created, it was hunted down and killed,
And its Sire
Though this city was as great as Caine's eventually it grew old
As do all living things, it slowly began to die.
at first did not see the truth,
And when they at last looked about them it was too late.
Their city was destroyed and their power extinguished
And they were forced to flee
, along with their Progeny
But many were killed in the flight for they had grown weak.
With their authority gone, all were free to create their own broods.
And soon there were many new Kindred
Who ruled across the face of the Earth.
But this could not last
Over time there came to be too many of the Kinded,
And then there was war once again.
The elders were already deep in hiding,
For they had learned caution
But their children found their own cities
And it is they who were killed in the great wave of war.
There was war so total, that there are none of that generation
To speak of themselves any longer.
Waves of mortal flesh
were sent across continents
In order to crush and burn
the cities of the Kindred.
Mortals thought they were fighting their own wars,
But it is for us that they spilt their blood
Once this war was over,
All of the Kindred
hid from one another
And from the humans that surrounded them.
In hiding we remain today,
For the Jyhad
-- The Book of Nod