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In Noddist mythology, Gehenna is the Kindred eschaton. It is the time when the Antediluvians will rise from their slumbers and devour their descendants. Gehenna scenarios are fairly well outlined in The Book of Nod , the Erciyes Fragments , Revelations of the Dark Mother and other sources, so much so that Gehenna cultists can provide Jack Van Impe -style outlines of the events leading up to the end of Kindred society.
While certain signs notably the prophecies of Octavio outline peripheral events, the main sequence from the Book of Nod is roughly as follows:. The Erciyes fragments provides additional commentary and extensions on these events. Among the folklore of the vampires of the Dark Medieval was the arrival of a comet called Wormwood,  which was identified as the Red Star during the Final Nights.
Older sources seem to imply that Gehenna is a cyclical event, occuring every years, during which the Antediluvians arise, feed on their descendants until only a handful remains, and then retreat back into torpor. Previous Gehenna-events are told to have happened during the fall of the Second City and during the Hellenic period. Through the four books that comprise the Transylvania Chronicles , the characters have had the opportunity to discover — and in some cases participate in — the Eight Signs that herald the coming of Gehenna.
Noddists scholars in both the Camarilla and Sabbat disagree as to the nature of these signs. Some traditionalists maintain that the signs of Gehenna revealed in the Book of Nod are the true signs.
These scholars posit that the signs revealed instead merely herald the rise of the demon called Kupala and that this demon only affects the small portion of Romania — hardly a concern for most Kindred. The tablets and other documents the characters have acquired through the centuries indicate otherwise, however.
The visions of the Malkavian prophets Octavio and his heir Anatole corroborate that these signs, which began in the Dark Ages and end in the last of the 20th century , are true.
Kindred familiar with the signs of Kupala and the Book of Nod maintain that both are needed to fully understand the many warnings of the impending conflagration. Controversy rages in some circles as to whether the eight signs merely announce the coming of Gehenna or actually set in motion the Final Nights. Whether they serve as warnings or milestones on the road to Gehenna, the signs offer visible proof that the Antediluvians threat is real.
Even without Noddism, there is ample reason to believe that Gehenna or something like it will eventually occur. As vampires age, they must sustain themselves on increasingly potent blood. Vampires of low generation are more powerful than their descendants, and there are various potent Disciplines which have particularly strong effects on an elder's own descendants and other higher Generation vampires which, good little Camarilla vampires should be by virtue of not staking and draining their ancestors.
Given the power gap between vampires of 8th and 7th Generation, imagining a hungry Third Generation blood god is not a large leap. Vampiric culture is broadly divided on Gehenna. Officially, the Camarilla doesn't acknowledge Gehenna, Antediluvians, ancient blood gods, or Caine.
Conversely, the Sabbat is a Gehenna cult - its raison d'etre is to provide muscle for Caine's return to judge the un dead and the living. While the Camarilla ostensibly observes a "no-Gehenna" policy, it doesn't enforce that particularly heavily — princes will use the Book of Nod to justify decisions, and various clans notably the Nosferatu openly prepare to defend themselves against their Antediluvian.
Given this, there are a variety of visible insofar as a paranoid secret-mongering race of nocturnal monsters makes things "visible" Gehenna cults throughout recorded history. Given that Kindred are on the whole pragmatic, self-interested and secular, these cults can loosely be viewed as making sure that when the Antediluvians come, there will be someone else available to eat.
So maybe there isn't a Caine, but if sacrificing a virgin every Walpurgisnacht ensures that grandsire doesn't devour your unliving soul, the world can stand a few less virgins. Starting in , Gehenna became a pressing concern for many Kindred.
With the appearance of the Red Star and the actual rising of the Ravnos Antediluvian during the Week of Nightmares , Gehenna stopped being a matter of speculation and more a matter of survival. The Week of Nightmares was a wake-up call for Kindred on both sides of the Gehenna fence. For the skeptics, the Ravnos clan founder's rise was disturbingly violent proof for the existence of Antediluvians or some kind of unimaginably powerful, vampire-devouring blood God, at which point Noahide distinctions are largely academic.
These new events led to an upsurge in Gehenna cults and the purchase of heavy weaponry among the Camarilla vampires. However, for Gehenna cultists, the results were equally disturbing, most notably for the True Black Hand. For centuries, Gehenna cultists had been waiting for the Antediluvians to return. When one does, it barely lasts a week and during that time, didn't pay the slightest attention to them. For true believers, this was a horrifying possibility, not just because they might be wrong, but because it may imply that no matter what happens, they might be lunch.
Another in-game mechanic for Gehenna involved misinterpretation of the Book of Nod. The rationale for destroying the Thin-blooded came from the Book of Nod's prophecy that a rise in high-generation vampires was a sign of Gehenna. However, the actual event was the deaths of large numbers of vampires; since high-generation vampires die easily, they die more often. The constant slaughter of Ravnos in India caused by wars between the Ravnos and the Infinite Thunders Court led directly to the Ravnos Antediluvian's rise — a detail unknown to Princes pushing pogroms for the last generations.
The station's final transmission on January 14, was a report from an Antarctic research station warning that "the blood gods are here. Research done by Beckett and his allies seems to suggest that Gehenna-like events are cyclical and have appeared throughout history.
The culmination of events in the s , including the Red Star , the Week of Nightmares , the rise of Thin-bloods , the Withering and the Beckoning has lead some the Kindred to believe that Gehenna has begun, but not as the apocalyptic event which would smother civilization they had imagined. Instead, elders are drawn to the East and vanish. The Sabbat believes that they fight in the Gehenna War against the ancients and has led a mass exodus to the Middle East and the East European Plane to aid them to slay the Antediluvians.
Throughout the revisions of Vampire: The Masquerade, Gehenna was an event that was always incoming. Gehenna mythology was progressively elaborated through a variety of supplements, most notably:.
Gehenna, along with most extensive metaplot was excised from Vampire: The Requiem. Gehenna has always been a bit of an albatross for the Vampire storyline, and the consequent ahistoricality of Requiem vampires eliminates that problem by removing both the origin and eventual end of the Kindred.
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In Noddist mythology, Gehenna is the Kindred Eschaton. It is the time when the Antediluvians will rise from their slumbers and devour their descendants. Gehenna scenarios are fairly well outlined in the Book of Nod , Revelation of the Dark Mother and other sources, so much so that Gehenna cultists can provide Jack Van Impe -style outlines of the events leading up to the end of Kindred society. While certain signs outline peripheral events, the main sequence from the Book of Nod is roughly as follows:.
Gehenna is the final sourcebook for the original run of Vampire: The Masquerade. Part of the Time of Judgment , it offers four different Gehenna scenarios and a wealth of other information to assist Storytellers in bringing the world of the Kindred to an end. Douglas Netchurch is summoned to the Middle East, where two factions of vampires fight over the child of a Thin Blood. An overview of the lead up to Gehenna, including the signs, the sects ' opinions, and the current known state of each of the Antediluvians , as well as a brief summary of the rest of the book.
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These scenarios are presented as the semi- canonical endings of the original World of Darkness, as preparation for the new version of the setting. As the Time of Judgment approaches, vampires cease to exist, werewolves fight their last battle against the Wyrm , and mages face their last test. The series ran for four hardback books; one for Vampire: The Masquerade , Werewolf: The Apocalypse , and Mage: The Ascension respectively, with the fourth book delegated to each of the remaining settings. Each setting received between three and six potential scenarios. Vampire: Gehenna , released in January , began the Time of Judgment chronicle, providing four different scenarios and tips for Storytellers to end their Vampire: The Masquerade game sessions.