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For its counterpart in Vampire: the Masquerade, see Path of Enlightenment.

Road, or Viae in Latin, are terms used by vampires to describe the philosophies that serve as artificial codes of honor and morality for their kind.

OverviewEdit

A Road's primary purpose is to suppress or control the Beast within the vampire (and, as with many other aspects of the game, the Roads show signs of being influenced by the Roman Catholic Church of the Dark Medieval). Every character is given a Road during character creation. While the Road of Humanity is one of the most widely practiced philosophies, it is not nearly as universal as the Humanity trait in VTM.

Every Road has ten ranks, with 10 being near-perfectly attuned to the path and 1 being barely in control. These ratings tend to vary throughout a character's unlife. Each Road has a different Hierarchy of Sins, which lists what actions mandate a degeneration role for a character with a given path rating.

In addition, Dark Ages: Vampire added optional Paths to each Road which allowed a character to focus on a particular aspect of the Road's beliefs. Each Path adds an additional set of Sins to the Road it stems from. The Revised edition of the rules also introduced Auras which gave those near a follower of the road a particular feeling about that person, as well as expanded the Roads to complete religions, so much so a Road socially became about as important as Clan.

Roleplaying Aspects

The Roads are treated as more than just a statistic or even a philosophy. While they are not as strictly organized as some other groups, such as the sects of the V:TM era, individuals known as ashen priests supervise the growth and maintenance of their Roads. The Priests are responsible for instructing initiates to the Road, conducting rituals, overseeing festivals and researching ancient writings on their Road and the Beast. Essentially, they share the duties of their mortal equivalents in the Church.

One of the most interesting aspects of the Roads is their diversity. While several (Viae Humanitatis, Caeli and Regalis, for example) are easy for mortal players to relate to, others offer a wide range of very inhuman thought processes for characters to embrace. Some clans such as the Cappadocians are united by a favored Road as much as their Disciplines and blood.

First Edition RoadsEdit

Rulebook Roads - the following were the original roads created in the first edition.[1] Several of them were used or reincorperated as Paths under Revised Edition rules.

Revised Edition Roads Edit

Primary Roads - there are five primary Roads listed by the revised edition.[2] Each of these Roads has four Paths associated with it. V20 Dark Ages adds a sixth major Road.
Minor Roads - there are seven clan-specific Road also mentioned.[3] They are:

NOTE: the primary Roads in the Revised Edition, especially the Road of Kings and the Road of Sin, are much broader than their predecessors. Several characters that of Vampire: The Dark Ages that were described as followers of the Road of Humanity should be converted to a more suitable road if the rules of Dark Ages: Vampire were to be used. for example: Lucita of Aragon described in Transylvania Chronicles as being a follower of Road of Humanity, but in the sourcebook Road of Kings as being a follower of that Road instead.

Exotic RoadsEdit

ReferencesEdit

Dark Ages: Vampire Roads and Paths
Road of the Beast Path of the Grey Hunter · Path of the Hunter · Path of the Nomad · Path of the Savage · Road of the Slain · Road of the Yasa
Road of Heaven Path of the Archangel · Path of Christ · Path of Divinity · Path of Life · Path of Penitence · Path of the Prophet · Path of the Pure · Path of Retribution · Path of Tears
Road of Humanity Path of Breath · Path of Community · Path of Illumination · Path of Vigor
Road of Kings Path of Chivalry · Path of Daena · Path of Devaraja · Path of the Merchant · Path of the Tyrant · Path of the Vizier
Road of Lilith Path of Making · Path of Thorns · Path of Veils
Road of Sin Path of Cruelty · Path of Pleasure · Path of Screams · Path of the Devil · Path of the Eightfold Wheel · Path of Watchful Gods
Other Roads Code of Samiel · Road of Blood · Road of Bones · Road of Metamorphosis · Road of Night · Road of Paradox · Road of Service · Road of Set (Path of Apep) · Road of the Abyss · Road of the Hive · Road of the Serpent