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Cainite Heresy


Archbishop of Nod

Nikita of Sredetz was an influential member of the Cainite Heresy, as well as erstwhile Archbishop of Nod after Narses’ excommunication and diablerie.


Originally an unimportant priest in the community of Sredetz, Nikita came into contact with the Heresy early in his career and became one of its acolytes. A secret adherent of the Bogomil heresy in the East, Nikita quickly rose in the ranks of the Heresy and was eventually gifted with the Embrace.

In contrast to many other vampiric adherents of the Heresy, he fully believed in the doctrine of the Heresy and was renowned for his faith by his compatriots. He rose to a position of power within the See of Nod as the ambassador of the Bogomil branch of the Heresy and became bishop of Bulgaria, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia and Bohemia.

Thanks to contact of these areas to Venice, Nikita approached Narses and introduced himself to the Heresy. Nikita headed the Council of Heretics in 1167, where he cemented his position within the Heresy and silently searched for allies for a coup against Narses, who was obsessed with secular matters.

Nikita, on the other hand, projected the correct blending of genuine devotion to the doctrines of the Cainite Heresy and a finely honed awareness of the secular challenges facing the Crimson Curia. Evident in both the text and subtext of the letters was that many senior leaders of the Heresy held Nikita to be almost the perfect priest-statesman and an ideal proponent for their cause.

After the Bitter Crusade and the sacking of Constantinople, Nikita moved against Narses, whom he deemed severely lacking in spiritual matters. After Narses eviction from the ranks of the Crimson Curia, Nikita was anointed as the new Archbishop of Nod in 1212. He was finally destroyed by his grandsire, who assumed his shape in order to destroy the Cainite Heresy for their involvement in the Bitter Crusade.

His vengeful wraith was later summoned and interrogated by Markus Musa Giovanni, who was in the service of Myca Vykos at the time.


Nikita was an obsessive collector of potentially historically significant minutiae and never threw anything away, no matter how ancient, virtually illegible, or patently insane it might be. Investigating his haven, Myca Vykos found six crates contained decades of neatly temporally organized correspondence alone, while another dozen contained documents of varying ages and degrees of religious and secular significance.


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