Tradition holds that Caine, the Biblical slayer of his brother Abel,
is the Sire of all Kindred. There is much controversy over this within
the kindred community, as there are none still existing who can claim with
certainty to have met Caine. Certainly, those of the second generation
would know, but they're not talking. Some of the third generation who yet
exist claim to have met a being who may have been Caine, or simply a powerful
Kindred of the second generation.
It is an unresolved question- a mystery of heritage.
The existing translations of the Book of Nod place the number of second
generation Kindred at three. Caine in his sorrow created them to live with
him in his great city of Enoch. Nothing is know of these three.
One can assume, based on the Book of Nod, that they were slain either
during the Deluge or in the First War following the Flood. As one might
expect, all those of age are reluctant to speak of their sires and great
strife that overcame them all. Undoubtedly, some know more than they are
Were any of the second generation still in existence today, they would
be powerful beings akin to demigods... perhaps.
It is believed that seven members of the third generation exist, though
the names of only two, Lucian and Mehet, are widely know. In common argot,
they are referred to as the Antediluvians, and they are the founders of
the 13 vampire clans. All remain hidden, lost in the workings of the Jyhad.,
the war that has lasted nearly as long as recorded history. They continue
their struggle, but now instead of openly warring on the battlefield, they
subterfuge, guile and outright deceit. Their primary activities seem
to be tracing the activities of each other and thwarting whatever moves
their opponents make.
These moves seem to range from something as petty as the acquisition
of a piece of artwork or property, to grand schemes involving nations.
Those of the third Generation see themselves as manipulators and dominators,
between those who would live within the mortal world and those who
would live without. It is unclear if this reflects the origins of the Jyhad.,
or is just what it has degenerated into. There are others suspicions, based
on the origins of the word Jyhad. Some among the third generation may indeed
have reached Golconda and are attempting to assist others of their kind
attain this state. They must war with the others Ancients who do not wish
this to come to pass.
Those of the third generation are powerful beings, with abilities and
powers only guessed at by their lesser. Some say they are the last generation
to have true mastery over the powers of life and death, and can only die
the Final Death if they choose or are slain by one of equal power. Is this,
perhaps, the Jyhad.? A maneuvering to see who shall be the last of their
Fourth and Fifth Generation
These vampires are know as the Methuselahs, for they are nearly as powerful
and secretive as the Antediluvians. Those of fourth and fifth generation
are most often the pawns of choice in the Jyhad., as they may have political
power among the other Kindred. As a result, their numbers have dwindled
significantly with the actions of the Antediluvians. Few of this generation
remains active, and many have become Inconnu out of fear of the Jyhad.
and diablerie. The Inner Circle of the Camarilla is said to be composed
of members of the fourth generation. There are even rumors that the true
purpose of the Camarilla is to blunt the efforts of the third generation
to manipulate the younger generations.
Though the blood of Caine begins to dilute somewhat at this distance,
those of fourth generation are still extremely powerful. It can be assumed
they have reached their maximum potential in two or three Disciplines.
Sixth and Seventh Generation
Vampires of these generations are powerful enough to think they can
resist the workings of their elders, and so remain deeply involved in Kindred
society. They control the Camarilla (at least they think so), comprise
the majority of the princes, and are the Primogen of many cities. Those
remain in positions of visibility tend to be important figures: leaders
of clans or bloodlines, or princes of great cities. Most of the princes
of European cities tend to be of the sixth generation. Princes of American
cities tend to be of the seventh or eighth generations.
Members of these generations have most commonly reached their maximum
potential in one or two Disciplines.
Interestingly, the members of the eighth generation seem to be the last
Kindred viewed as "elders". Perhaps it is because the majority of them
were created before the modern age, and that is evident in their manner
Ninth and Tenth Generation
Though they are sometimes called elders, these Kindred often associate
themselves with members of younger generations. Members of these generations
are frequently called ancillae, though of course this is based on age more
than generation. Most were created in the modern era, and thus are somewhat
alien in temperament to the old Kindred. In more ways than one, they bridge
the gap between the anarchs and the elders.
Eleventh, Twelfth, And Thirteenth Generation
The most recent generations of Kindred are often called neonates. Most
characters belong to these generations. They are still powerful creatures,
but the special gifts of Caine's blood (the unique powers and abilities
magic) are rarely found here. Born within recent memory, the Kindred
these generations are products of societies that have received the
benefits of, and been victims of ... rapid change. These Kindred are the
most rebellious yet malleable of vampiric society.