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Shelves: vampire-the-masquerade , rpg , religion , horror While the Book of Nod laid out the foundational myths of vampire society and Revelations of the Dark Mother provides a counterpoint, The Erciyes Fragments is more of an expansion on the original Book of Nod than a new account of vampiric prehistory.
Consider the multiple geneologies of Jesus as one example. Adding that to Vampire is a While the Book of Nod laid out the foundational myths of vampire society and Revelations of the Dark Mother provides a counterpoint, The Erciyes Fragments is more of an expansion on the original Book of Nod than a new account of vampiric prehistory.
Adding that to Vampire is a great way to deepen the mythology and allow the GM to provide multiple quotations on the same topic and let players sort through what they believe.
The in-world explanation is that the text is kept at the "Monastery of Shadows," somewhere in the north in a narrow valley so the area is in shadows most of the time. A ghoul of the Giovanni travels there, copies the manuscript and mails it back to Augustus Giovanni, and then dies under mysterious and spooky circumstances.
Said manuscript has been commented on by multiple scholars over the centuries, and those comments are written in the margins in a variety of hands, as is traditional for medieval and earlier manuscripts. Their commentary might even have more total words than the actual text, and while some of it is juvenile or dumb, mostly it adds to the poetic styling with more down-to-earth criticism.
The actual fragments are very similar to The Book of Nod, but different in a few key points. Here Uriel is the one who curses Caine with burning in light and Raphael curses him with drinking blood and loneliness. And speaking of loneliness, the book makes a point that that is the real curse on Caine. The vampires are separated from humanity by their lack of human needs.
They do not eat or drink, they do not sleep and are awake in the night, they do not bear children or have families Except for the Salubri, who are the only uncursed Clan.
As a Salubri fanboy I absolutely approve of this interpretation. This comes after the Flood, of which Caine says "And in the end there was only water My foolish children.
The Erciyes Fragments
This chapter relates how a ghoul named Fra Niccolo Giovanni locates and transcribes a portion of the Book of Nod. It is written as a journal in his own words. There he encounters Lilith , who gives succor to him while teaching him strength and pride. It ends with him obtaining powers from her blood that would later be passed on as Disciplines.