The oldest source is to be found in Irenaeus, adv. Cain and Abel[ edit ] Ireneaus states that the Cainites regarded Cain as derived from the higher principle. They claimed fellowship with Esau , Korah , the men of Sodom , and all such people, and regarded themselves as persecuted by the Creator. But they escaped injury from him, because they were protected by the goddess Sophia.
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Edit Historically, the Heresy sprang forth from various blood cults in which vampires were worshipped as gods. During the days of the Roman Empire in 74 CE , as Gnostic cults flourished, a Lamia named Artemisia fell in love with the mortal scholar Menippus, an adept of the great Gnostic Apollonius.
Both exchanged lore with each other: Menippus told the Lamia about the principles of his cult, and Artemisia shared the principles of Cainite lore with him. This caused the Cappadocians to take notice of the cult. Soon, vampires, due their incorruptible bodies, their independence from the material world and due the power that their disciplines granted them, were regarded by some Gnostics as creatures of higher spirituality and were sought after for teachings in exchange for vitae.
But the cults were splintered, and when Christianity arose, many passed into oblivion. The first of what could be called an organized version of the Heresy was established when a Byzantine monk wrote the Euagetaematikon , the "Book of Shining Blood", after obtaining a copy of the Book of Nod.
Knowing that under the eyes of Michael the tome would not survive, the monk smuggled it into the West, where it soon found followers who acted in secrecy. In the wake of mortal heretic cults, like the Paulicians, the Carpocratians, Manichaeism, or Arianism, many Cainites seized opportunities to feed upon the cultists who revered vampires like the old Gnostics.
With each heresy that were hunted by the Church both east and west, the doctrine of that what in the end was called the "Cainite Heresy" grew until it reached the form it maintained during its height. Since its early nights, the Cainite Heresy has infiltrated and subverted the Catholic priesthood, amassing great wealth and influence in the process. It has even woven its tendrils into the Road of Heaven , turning otherwise pious Cainites onto a darker path that can lead to damnation.
In turn, some prominent followers of the Road of Heaven have started to focus their attention on eradicating the Heresy. In Iberia, the mainstream of the Heresy is particularly prominent in Portugal , where it is led by Bishop Vibius Fimbria. Although Fimbria is a Lasombra, he is dedicated to the Heretic beliefs that are frowned upon by the Amici Noctis Heretics are liable to be punished or destroyed if found out.
After the events of Bitter Crusade , the former Archbishop Narses was divested of his title by the Curia, and granted to the Tzimisce Nikita of Sredetz. In turn, having been touched by the hand of God, all Cainites are akin to angels, revered as divine beings and true prophets and messiahs. Beliefs Edit The Heresy believes that Caine was a being of spirit and matter rejected by the physical Demiurge.
Christ was the Second Caine, pure spirit sent to guide humanity to the Embrace and thus to Caine. The Heresy expects the corrupt physical world to end with the arrival of the Third Caine. During this time, the Third Caine will walk the world and save those who share his blood. Needless to say, this rapidly approaching date causes a certain manic tension among the heretics.
The interpretations on the holy book of the Heresy may vary from heretic to heretic, but all have a common tenor: the divinity of those afflicted by the Curse of Caine in the tradition of the Gnostic cults of the Roman Empire. Vampires, according to these teachings, are infused with divine pneuma , the essence of God himself, which is centered within their vitae. Further, the material world is a cage, created by the demiurge Ialdabaoth , the 30th Aeon of God.
From a tiny rest of pneuma, Ialdabaoth created Adam. In order to free Adam from the rule of the demiurge, the 14th Aeon, Sophia, descended unto the world and became both Lilith and Eve — spirit and flesh. From Lilith, Caine was born, and from Eve, Abel was brought forth. When the two of them attempted to please Ialdabaoth with offerings, the demiurge rejected Caine out of jealousy of his spiritual nature.
Thus, Caine slew his material twin, Abel. This induced God to mark Caine with his power and shared the gift of pneuma with him. The Church that developed later is the Church of Pilate, not of Christ, and, as a result, true salvation can only be achieved by following the true teachings of Caine and destroying the false Church that exists today.
Tenets The adherents of the Heresy commonly believe in six commandments, similar to the Traditions. Goals Edit The main goal of the Heresy was the corruption of the Christian church into a vampiric tool in order to undermine the dangers of True Faith and to destroy one of the main bastions against direct vampiric control.
And, of course, bringing about the Third Caine. Trivia One of the symbols of the heresy was a tridekagramm , likely symbolizing the thirteen Antediluvians.
Edit The Heresy began as a ghoul cult in imperial Rome. The Heresy turned on its undead masters and destroyed them, and subsequently became a sect of vampire-hunters. Somehow, the Heresy survived into the modern era thanks to the patronage of its mysterious Sources. Purpose The Cainite Heresy are dedicated to revealing vampires and their powers to the rest of the world, so that the world can rise up against the blood-thirsty "Descendants of Caine" and destroy them. Organization Edit Long ago, the Cainites were nomadic. They sometimes took the roles of wandering entertainers, lepers, gypsies, or wandering monks.
Cainite Heresy (CofD)
Which makes many loosely Christian vampires either see it as Heresy or decide to follow it, its kinda depends on the individual. Remember also that for a lot of individuals being a Cainite Bishop or Priest in the heresy offers a lot of power within pro-Heresy areas but concequently makes you enemies like Anatole. This would probably piss off the more Christian vampires. This would also be combined with the whole illfeeling throughout the middle ages towards the church and its huge amount of wealth, influence, power and corruption that would occasionally flare up.