Vampires may make pacts with demons in order to learn the secrets of blood sorcery, just as mortal mages do to learn other infernal magics; they do so at the cost of whatever soul they have left, sealing a bargain which is a quick route to magical power. The price of gaining knowledge varies depending on the demon bartered with, but even vampires generally consider any infernal cost too high. Dark Thaumaturgy is most often practised by the Baali bloodline and members of the Sabbat, especially the Tremere antitribu, who were considered to have created some of the better known Dark Thaumarturgy paths. Since the traitors' destruction, Dark Thaumaturgy has gained popularity in the Sabbat as it's now nearly impossible for the Sect's members to learn Thaumaturgy by other means, but even the leaders of the Sword of Caine forbid its practice.
Apart from providing faster and easier access to more common Thaumaturgy paths, Dark Thaumaturgy has paths and rituals of its own which can only be learnt from demons. While all Dark Thaumaturgy relies on an infernal pact, these paths draw on the power of Hell for their effects, and are greatly feared.
Dark Thaumaturgy is always learned at a price, whether this be a generic bargain with the demonic instructor, or a specific affliction relating to the path learnt. Known prices for the paths are listed with their entries below.
The Fires of the InfernoEdit
The Path of PhobosEdit
This path conjures a foe's worst fears to assault him. Price: Horrific nightmares.
The Taking of the SpiritEdit
Saps the willpower of the victim. Price: Arrogance, manifesting as megalomania.
The Path of PainEdit
Mastery over and the infliction of physical pain. Price: Addiction to pain.
The Path of PleasureEdit
Path of the DefilerEdit
Path of the UnspokenEdit
Path of PestilenceEdit
The creation and spread of disease. Price: "The Rot", an ever-worsening disease.
Rego Venalis (Path of Corruption)Edit
Video Nefas (Path of Evil Revelations)Edit
The acquisition of secrets of mortals and demons.
Rego Dolor (Path of Pain)Edit
The infliction of physical pain.
Rego Manes (Path of Spirit)Edit
The conjuration of demons and the infliction of damage to all kinds of spirits.
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- ↑ Guide to the Sabbat, p. 99
- ↑ Guide to the Sabbat, p. 100
- ↑ Guide to the Sabbat, p. 101
- ↑ Sins of the Blood, p. 86
- ↑ Sins of the Blood, p. 87
- ↑ Sins of the Blood, p. 89
- ↑ Sins of the Blood, p. 91
- ↑ Sins of the Blood, p. 93-95
- ↑ Dark Ages Companion, p. 105
- ↑ Dark Ages Companion, p. 105-106
- ↑ Dark Ages Companion, p. 106-107
- ↑ Dark Ages Companion, p. 107-108