Within every being lies a code of ethics by which all else is based. Each Vampire harbors a beast within them that gnaws at their very soul. If they do not learn to master this Beast they will become little more than ravening monsters until they are put down by their own kind like rabid dogs. In order to stand against the nightly demands of the Beast, vampires embrace a variety of philosophies, beliefs they can hold on to and build a strong center around, perhaps even paths to greater understanding of their nature and a measure of peace. They call these ways Roads (or viae in Latin), and through them lies hope, and often power.
Each Road has its own unique Rites usually administered by scholars of the Road called Ashen Priests. These rites vary depending on the nature of the Road from prayer to penance to celebration. Vampires must take care not to violate the tenants of their Road lest they Degenerate and risk succumbing to the Beast or, worse yet, in the case of the more structured Roads, be Excommunicated.
The many paths to salvation and mastery of the Beast are:
Other Minor Roads:
- The Road of Blood - Via Sanguinis
- The Road of Bones - Via Ossium
- The Road of the Devil - Via Diabolis
- The Road of Paradox - Via Paradoxi
- The Road of the Serpent - Via Serpentis
- The Road of the Slain - Via Einherjar