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The First City is recognized by Noddist scholars to be the first city of Cainite mythology as documented by the Book of Nod.


Some claim this city was originally known as Ubar, ruled and inhabited by the Children of Seth. After Caine wandered the Land of Nod, in loneliness for an "eon", he came to this city to be amongst mortals again. After ruling it for some time, he renamed the city as the "City of Enoch" and ended up turning it into a haven of second and third generation vampires. Though physically destroyed by the Deluge, the City of Enoch continued its existence in the Underworld, under the direction of the Black Hand.

Ubar Edit

According to the Toreador, Katherine of Montpellier, the "First City" was originally known as Ubar, meaning "Queen of Frankincense." At the time that Caine came to Ubar, King Enoch was ruling. The people of Ubar were aware of Caine's mark and both marveled and feared his power. These Children of Seth worshiped Caine. Even the King, Enoch, relinquished his kingship, so that Caine may rule. Since Caine had wandered throughout the Cradle of Civilization, he supposedly brought Sumerian technology, namely "the wheel", to this city. Being a farmer most of his life, Caine had also cultivated wonderous and perfect groves that the economy could thrive upon. So, under his rulership the city of Ubar had prospered.[1]

The former king, Enoch, desired Caine's power and begged for the chance to be like him. Caine thus granted the young man's wish and embraced him. After the embracing, Caine renamed the city after its former king, the "City of Enoch". At the insistence of Enoch for kindred brethren, Caine embraced Irad and Zillah. Thus, three Second Generation childer co-existed in this city. They in turn learned the ways of making progeny and had embraced the Third Generation. Under Caine's order, he declared it law that no more childer be made. Supposedly they obeyed and the city became the center of a mighty Empire, until the Deluge came and physically destroyed the city and the Children of Seth. "The kindred of three generations of vampires had all parted for some time."[2]

Ubar Retold Edit

Another version of the story of Ubar holds that the people of the city had everything they desired, save for purpose and safety, and so they sent out Enoch, their finest citizen, to seek a leader, a guardian, a god, that they might be fulfilled. When Enoch returned, he brought Caine with him.

Caine and his brood established themselves as Ubar's ruling pantheon, exploiting and reshaping the city as they saw fit, with Caine renaming the city for Enoch. The Deluge came in response to the vampires' hubris, casting them down and destroying the city.[3]


Some Assamites tell the tale of the King and Queen of En'esh, who were embraced by Khayyin when Haqim was the lord of the armies of the First City; as a mortal, Haqim served under the King and Queen, but they became evil and cruel, so he decided to cut off their heads and use their blood to bestow the embrace upon himself.[4]


The Setites do not believe in Caine or the God who supposedly cursed him. To them, the First City was Annu (called Heliopolis by the Greeks and On by the Hebrews), the citadel of the Aeons, where Atum-Ra held court. From this city, Set was banished after Horus had defeated him to avenge his father's murder.[5]

In the Underworld Edit

After the city's physical destruction by the Great Flood, the Underworld preserved the First City in the Shadowlands, another dimensional plane, where it came under the guardianship of the immortal Inauhaten. A group of mages known as the Idran sought Inauhaten out, seeking the secrets of immortality he held. Inauhaten agreed to share what he knew, but only if the Idran would take up the duty of guarding Enoch. The Idran accepted, naming themselves the Tal'mahe'Ra in honor of their sacred duty.

While the Third Great Maelstrom raged at the beginning of the 17th century CE, the city was captured by Stygian forces looking to make use of its strategic value, wiping out most of the Tal'mahe'Ra in residence at the time, with only a bare handful managing to escape. The Tal'mahe'Ra retook the city over a century later, in the campaign of 1723-1726 CE, and it became the seat of power for the Del'Roh, leader of the sect.

During the events of WTO: Ends of Empire Bullet-pdf Bullet-nip, Enoch was destroyed by a relic nuclear weapon. The resulting blast helped cause the Sixth Great Maelstrom and the end of Stygia. The majority of the True Black Hand was destroyed with only a few powerful Kindred, including the Del'Roh, being able to escape.

Geography Edit

As the City of Enoch became a mighty Empire, the Antediluvians had made contributions to the city that made it awe inspiring. Some of its most notable features were:

  • The statues throughout the city, believed to be the work of Toreador.
  • A Great Library built by Brujah that stood near the center of the city.
  • The hanging gardens that were designed by Malkav.
  • The streets and buildings, designed by Ventrue.
  • The slave pits that were filled with captured enemies from Irad's conquests.
  • The Temple of Lilith, a large black-and-red building;
  • The catacombs, which are now called the Catacombs of the Antediluvians, that contained their tombs;
  • The Pool of Zillah, a small pool of crystal clear water that provides visions of the future to those who know how to see them;
  • The prison house for criminals who were used as a source of sustenance;
  • The training houses of chatterlings.
  • And finally, there is the High House of Caine, known as the Dread Palace Ghemal, which stood in the very center of the city.[6]

The Palace Edit

Caine's palace, the "Dread Palace Ghemal", was a sacred location used to feast upon the specially prepared blood of honored vessels. The first level of the palace served as the court of Irad where he led Caine's armies. In the middle of the chamber was Caine's Ivory Throne.

The second level provided lavish havens for more than 200 vampires. The third level is thought to be a place where mortals were gathered in droves, to be fed upon by Caine and the Antediluvians. The fourth level may have been where Caine resided as his own personal level.

No one knows what the fifth level was used for; however, the Black Hand suspects that it will be used as a place for Caine to pass judgement on all Kindred, come Gehenna.[7]

John Sidestorm notes in his journals that Ghemal is a major archaeological anomaly; though it has a vague resemblance to E-temen-nigur, the Ur Ziggurat, it came four millennia beforehand, and far exceeds it in size. He raises the possibility that Ghemal was in fact built after Enoch entered the Underworld.[8] The fact that the murals of Ghemal, which record the activities of Caine and his childer in the First City, also record the city's downfall, lends further support to Sidestorm's view.[9]


References Edit

  1. VTM: Clanbook: Toreador Revised, p. 14 , 15
  2. VTM: Book of Nod The Tale of the First City; (Supplement p. 46 - 55)
  3. VTM: The Black Hand: A Guide to the Tal'Mahe'Ra, pp. 118-119
  4. VTM: Clanbook: Assamite, p. 13
  5. VTM: Clanbook: Followers of Set Revised, p. 13
  6. VTM: Dirty Secrets of the Black Hand Enoch, The City Caine Built, p. 93
  7. VTM: Dirty Secrets of the Black Hand Enoch, The City Caine Built, p. 93, 94
  8. VTM: The Black Hand: A Guide to the Tal'Mahe'Ra, p. 121
  9. VTM: The Black Hand: A Guide to the Tal'Mahe'Ra, p.126.

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