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PostSubject: Xanthis: Variations on history   Mon Mar 10, 2008 9:15 pm

Rumors and believed history amongst the people:

Lycanthropes:

Werewolves, also known as lycanthropes, are mythological or folkloric people with the ability to shapeshift into a wolf or wolflike creature, either purposely, by eating Henbane, or after being placed under a curse. The medieval chronicler Gervase of Tilbury associated the transformation with the appearance of the full moon; however, there is evidence that the association existed among the Ancient Greeks, appearing in the writings of Petronius.

Shape-shifters similar to werewolves are common in tales from all over the world, though most of them involve animal forms other than wolves.

Werewolves have been attributed traits distinct from those of original folklore, most notably the vulnerability to silver bullets or weapons.

Nosferatu:

Vampires are mythological or folkloric revenants, who subsist by feeding on the blood of the living. In folkloric tales, the undead vampires often visited loved ones and caused mischief or deaths in the neighbourhoods they inhabited when they were alive. They wore shrouds and were often described as bloated and of ruddy or dark countenance, markedly different from today's gaunt, pale vampire which dates from the early 1800s. Although vampiric entities have been recorded in most cultures, the term vampire was not popularised until the early 18th century, after an influx of vampire superstition into Western Europe from areas where vampire legends were frequent, such as the Balkans and Eastern Europe, although local variants were also known by different names, such as vrykolakas in Greece and strigoi in Romania. This increased level of vampire superstition in Europe led to what can only be called mass hysteria and in some cases resulted in corpses actually being staked and people being accused of vampirism.

In modern times, however, the vampire is generally held to be a fictitious entity, although belief in similar vampiric creatures such as the chupacabra still persists in some cultures. Early folkloric belief in vampires has been ascribed to the ignorance of the body's process of decomposition after death and how people in pre-industrial societies tried to rationalise this, creating the figure of the vampire to explain the mysteries of death. Porphyria was also linked with legends of vampirism in 1985 and received much media exposure, but has since been largely discredited.

Gehenna:

(As viewed by some mortal men)
Gehenna (or gehenom or gehinom (גהינום)) is the Jewish hell or purgatory. In Judaism hell is a place of purification and fire for the wicked, most being punished there up to a year but some for eternity.

In English, Jews commonly use the term "hell" in place of "gehenna." The name derived from the burning garbage dump near Jerusalem (the Hinnom gulch), metaphorically identified with the entrance to the underworld of punishment in the afterlife.

Gehenna also appears in the New Testament and in early Christian writing to represent the place where evil will be destroyed. It lends its name to Islam's hell, Jahannam.

In both Rabbinical Jewish and Christian writing, Gehenna as a destination of the wicked is different from Sheol, the abode of all the dead.

(As viewed by the vampires)

Quiet! Hear the raven’s cry!
The stillness of the wind rising on the street
the towers hide
the darkness of the day.
When Lasombra’s dreams come true
on the day when the moon runs as blood
and the sun rises black in the sky,
that is the day of the Damned,
when Caine’s children will rise again.
And the world will turn cold
and unclean things will boil up from the ground
and great storms will roll, lightning will light
fires, animals will fester and their bodies,
twisted, will fall.
—The Book of Nod, “The Chronicle of Secrets”


Gehenna: One Oracle's Vision

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May 23rd, 2011. The Council of Seven of the Tremere Clan finally succeed in perfecting a process for raising Generations without Diablerie along the Lines of the Assamite Rituals. They each collect two hundred Points of each other's Blood, all of the same Generation, and concentrate it to potent elixirs which they drink.
July 15th. In almighty uproar, Tremere himself descends upon his own Council, coming out of his home in the Carpathians. The Council have all risen to his level of Generation, yet have not gained his magical skill. In a fury of rage and hunger, he injures them all greviously, but they live.

Immediately, he takes the Ritual they developed to try and synthesise his own Generation to a higher level.

October 19th. Word reaches other Clans of the Tremere's doings through the Nosferatu. The instantaneous reaction world-wide is to attack and kill the Tremere before the Power-Mad wizards. A Thermo Nuclear device is detonated by supposedly unknown terrorists in Vienna. The real perpetrators are the Tremere Antitribu and the Sabbat in general. The Seven Elders are slain in the blast, but Tremere, along with his near-completed Ritual, escapes through his magical arts back to the Carpathians.

October 24th. The World-wide reaction among Kindred Kine and others to the Vienna explosion is one of horror. The Lupines see it as the last great days of the Apocalypse being upon their heads, and a world-wide Moot is called by the StarGazer named SwordChild. The Order of Hermes who were based in Europe find their Powers beginning to fail at a drastic rate. There is no vis to be found anywhere. House Tytalus approach the Tzimisces, asking that they be converted to Vampires in exchange for all the secrets of Magic that they know. The Tzimisces agree readily. Within a seven day period, Clan Tytalus is being formed. Many Magi perish as their longevity potiions inexplicably fail. All remaining gates to Arcadia have closed.

October 31st. Tremere completes his Ritual to drink the potion. He is very badly burned from his near meeting with Death in Vienna. He decides to wait and heal up, lest the potion send him into Torpor should he be medically unsound. The Garou, in their world-wide moot in North America, begin to plan. They plan to Call down great spirits from the Umbra to slay many humans at once. The Impergium is to be reinstituted. There is much argument about this from many wiser Garou, but desperate times lead to desperate measures. The Order of Hermes lose the last of their Powers. Their magic appears to have literally dried up totally.

November 12th. Tremere drinks of his potion, and immediately, it's Power courses through his veins, but the energies involved null his mind. He sinks into a trance-like state. Not a torpor, but diffrent. His Clan, in complete disarray, are hunted to the four corners of the Earth. Many have been put to the flame in the last few weeks. The Camarilla is very unstable indeed, as the Anarchs take city after city in such a short time. The Elders of the Camarilla know not what is going on. The Inconnu have retreated even more than usual, and hold conclave in Hunedora. The Tremere have vanished , especially their leader, and they want to know what to do. They fear the worst.

The Sabbat are growing in number. A Sect-Wide order is given to Sire many soldiers for the coming battle. Soon, they number as many as the Camarilla.

The Kine are growing dangerously restless, and many minor wars have broken out already. The Vienna bombing has left the world's Diplomacy Centers are faltering unable to do anything in the face of supposed terrorists with bombs. Food shortages are becoming common in many places.

December 23rd. The Garou strike a US Nuclear Compound, and take it over. They select targets and fire at Moscow and other Russian areas. In a fit of complete fury that Mother Russia has been so brutally raped, Baba Yaga Orders a counter-strike in all major North American cities and bases. In a word: Theromnuclear War. 4 Billion Mortals die that night. 4000 Kindred die that night also.

December 24th, 2011. As an Ancient Mayan Prophecy declared, a New World would begin on December 24th, 2011. This night, fully one Night after the Nuclear war, The Antediluvians arise from Torpor to a world of ashes and dust. The Eternal Night begins, as clouds from the nuclear war cover the globe, blotting out the sun for ever. In a short burst, the Antediluvians proceed to feed upon what's left of the Kindred world.

Tremere awakens from his daze, hungry as hell for any Kindred Blood he can find.

Through all of this, three figures emerge and summon all of the Vampires Worldwide to one spot. Antartica. The South Pole. The radiation levels has altered vampiric body chemistry. They do not lose Blood each night any more.

There, in the South Pole, the three of the Second Generation, Weaver, Wyrm and Wyld, as they have called themselves meet and summon the Antediluvians. Only one does not come. Tremere. He is of the same power as the Triad. There, soundlessly and without need for thought, the Triad slay all the Antediluvians one-by-one without getting any resistance.

They wait.

Caine comes, slays the Second Generation without their resisting.

He travels on that night, meeting the crazed Tremere, who hungers for Power still. Caine bears his neck to Tremere and dies finally and forever. Tremere is now the only Vampire alive, and the only thing alive on the planet. He has been cast out, alone, doomed by his actions to wander the face of the Earth eternally.

He takes the name Caine, and believes he has slain his brother. He is out of Eden.

And the cycle begins again ....

He founds a City, and calls it the first City, Enoch.


(As viewed by the Garou)

Apocalypse
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The Apocalypse is the final battle of Garou mythology, an inevitable catastrophe in which the fate of Gaia will be decided.

Ages ago, when the Triat lost balance and the Weaver and Wyrm went mad, the path to the Apocalypse was laid down. As the Triat fell further out of balance and fought amongs itself, Gaia inevitably suffered as well. The Wyld has grown weak; the Wyrm and Weaver are, in the modern day, of immense power. The conflict has been ongoing, but in the tales and beliefs of the Garou, they will ultimately lead up to one great battle.

The Apocalypse, then, is often described as unavoidable. Many feel that maybe there were times in the past when actions could have been taken to avert it, but the assumption among many Garou of the late 20th century and early 21st century is that the Apocalypse is near and cannot be stopped. Some others still hold on to hope, that the battle can be averted somehow. The question both ask, however, is whether or not the Apocalypse (should it come to pass) can be won for Gaia.

Prophecies and Legends of the Apocalypse
The greatest legend of the Garou pertaining to the Apocalypse is by far the Prophecy of the Phoenix; it is also one of the oldest legends the Garou tell. It describes a series of visions given to a werewolf long ago by the mighty spirit Phoenix, and the seven signs included within showing the approach of the Apocalypse. The Seventh Sign is itself the Apocalypse, described as a tumultuous time in which the Sun swallows the Moon, unholy fire rains down, and the agents of the Wyrm pour forth onto the Earth to wreak havoc. According to the legend, Phoenix states at the end of the visions that "this is as it shall be, but not as it should", suggesting both inevitability and an ambiguous glimmer of hope.

Other prophecies exist, of course. The prophecy of Simeon Abd al Hakim, a Theurge of the Silent Striders, foretold the appearance of the red star, Anthelios, which he describes as being the Eye of the Wyrm. Another prophecy, Eshtarra's Song, likewise describes the coming of the red star, described there as the destroyer of the sun.

Prophecies foretelling the arrival of the Perfect Metis have cropped up in such ancient tales as the Death Song of the Croatan, and also in the Vision of Eeyarlagh Twice-Born and in the Dreams of Guliera Moonsister. They seem to be uniform in their uncertainty as to the nature of the Perfect Metis, whether it will be a savior for the forces of Gaia, or a doombringer, carrying the banner of the Wyrm.

The Lost Knowledge of the Theurges and Howls of the Mooncaller (of the Red Talon Galliard, Cry of the Many-Taloned) both suggest that in the end times pieces of the asteroid belt, personified in Garou astrology as Rorg, the Many-Taloned Hunter, will crash down to Earth causing great destruction.And, in the Lost Knowledge of the Theurges, it suggests that the dust and debris of those asteroids will come together to form a "raging beast", and that the world would be its prey. It should be noted that Rorg is not at all a Wyrm-tainted being, but is instead described as the remnants of a long-lost planet, Turog, which was destroyed by a great agent of the Wyrm in times past. Rorg's "talons" striking the Earth then might not be an attempt to destroy Gaia, but to scour the Wyrm's agents from her surface. The world becoming its prey might be a prediction that Rorg will be overcome by anger, and go so berserk as to harm both allies of Gaia and the Wyrm alike.

The Chronicle of Last Moon is told in the Book of the Last Moon, a Fetish and the record of a vision of the ancient Croatan Theurge "Sees-the-Last-Moon". He lived and died before the Three Brothers crossed into North America, but this enigmatic fetish was carried with them. Its exact nature is unknown, although it is reputed to be an elaborately carved staff. Sees-the-Last-Moon's visions are said to have been of the Apocalypse, and highly detailed. The whereabouts of the fetish are unknown, though many believe it was lost with the Croatan themselves.

The legend of the Desperate One is peculiar to the Children of Gaia. It states that a Gaian hero will, after breaking every tenet of the Litany, lead to victory in the Apocalypse. The prophecy is ambiguous in stating for what side the Desperate One will secure victory, however.

Prophecies come not only from the Gaian werewolves, of course. Nhaukh of the Black Spiral Dancers has said that his packmate, Zhyzhak, will crush the last Gaian King under her heel in the Apocalypse. This is generally presumed to mean Jonas Albrecht.
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PostSubject: Re: Xanthis: Variations on history   Mon Mar 10, 2008 9:31 pm

Apocalypse (Greek: Ἀποκάλυψις -translit. apoca'lipsis, meaning literally: the lifting of the veil), is a term applied to the disclosure to certain privileged persons of something hidden from the majority of humankind. Today the term is often used to mean "End of planet Earth", which may be a shortening of the phrase apokalupsis eschaton which literally means "revelation at the end of the æon, or age".

Ragnarok:

In Norse mythology, Ragnarok or Ragnarök ("Fate of the Gods") is the final battle waged between the Æsir, led by Odin, and the various forces of the giants or Jötnar, including Loki, followed by the destruction of the world and its subsequent rebirth. Not only will most of the gods, giants and monsters involved perish in this apocalyptic conflagration, but almost everything in the universe will be torn asunder and destroyed.

In Viking warrior society, dying honorably in battle earned a man a place in Valhalla with the gods, on whose side he would fight during Ragnarök as one of the einhärjar. Dying of illness or old age was ignominious and earned a man an afterlife in Hel. In the Norse pantheon the gods themselves were doomed to die in battle at Ragnarök. Exactly what will happen, who will fight whom, and the fates of the participants in this battle were well known to the Norse peoples from the Sagas and skaldic poetry. The Völuspá ("Prophecy of the Völva") — the first lay of the Poetic Edda and dating from about A.D. 1000 — spans the history of the old gods, from the beginning of time to Ragnarok, in 65 stanzas. The Prose Edda, put in writing some two centuries later by Snorri Sturluson, describes in detail what takes place before, during, and after the battle.

What seems eschatologically unique about Ragnarök is that the gods know through prophecy what is going to happen — when the event will occur, who will be slain by whom, and so forth. They even realize that they are powerless to prevent it but nevertheless bravely and defiantly face their bleak destiny. This is thought by some scholars to represent the ordered world (the Æsir) eventually succumbing to the unavoidable forces of chaos and entropy (the giants).

Old Norse Ragnarök is a compound of ragna, the genitive plural of regin ("gods" or "ruling powers"), and rök "fate" (etymologically related to English "reach"). Ragnarøkkr is another form with a slightly different meaning, as "røkkr" means "twilight".

In Danish ragnarok is also used as a synonym for chaos.
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