|Vampire: The Requiem and Dracula
||[Nov. 29th, 2007|07:30 am]
The Borgo Pass: A Community for Dracula Fans
I'm not sure if there are any fans of the World of Darkness games in this community, but I was wondering what folks think of the Ordo Dracul and Rites of the Dragon.|
The Ordo Dracul
The Ordo Dracul claims to follow the teachings of Vlad Tepes, Dracula himself. Dracula claimed to have no sire, struck by God with undeath for his abuse of faith. The Dragons, as they are known, comprise one of the youngest major factions of the society of the Damned. Their supposed founder has not been seen in over a century, and his absence further brings the Ordo Dracul into question with some Kindred.
The Order teaches that nothing is permanent, that even vampirism can be overcome. The Dragons have developed a number of supernatural paths that lessen the effects of the Curse, paths they call the Coils of the Dragon. Although there is no evidence of any Kindred fully escaping the Requiem through the Dragons' rites, the Order's beliefs still attract Kindred of all types and ages into its ranks. All are welcome, so that their knowledge and experiences of the vampiric condition can be shared. This growing pool of knowledge is one of the Dragons' goals – the more they know of the Curse, the better they can act against it.
Benefit: Members of the Ordo Dracul may learn the Coils of the Dragon. The Coils of the Dragon are a special set of rites that allow Kindred to overcome some parts of the Curse.
Rites of the Dragon
I shall sleep but not rest.
Slain by his enemies and cursed by God, Vlad Dracula arose from the battlefield as a ravening beast, hungry for the blood of men. For centuries the son of the Dragon has haunted the earth, driven by an implacable will to unravel the mysteries of the Embrace and to master them. The Requiem is no mournful elegy to one such as the Impaler. It is the riddle of the ages, and at its heart may lie the key to life itself.
I gird myself for battle, not of the body, but the mind.
Rites of the Dragon is the testament of Dracula himself, written in his own words. Within you learn the story of his transformation and quest to unlock the secrets of his undead existence.
I just finished reading Rites of the Dragon a couple of days ago. It is one of the better fiction books to come out of White Wolf in several years. It is also a nice touch that it can be used "in game" as part of the storyline (written in-character by the founder of the Ordo Dracul). Written by Greg Stolze (A Hunger Like Fire) it is probably one of my favorite twists of the Dracula mythos to date.
Anyway, has anyone else read either of these books?