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    Correct me where my Hebrew may be wrong and hit me up if you have any suggestions if you're interested in working with me on the blood sorceries and later Jewish covenants. This is my first in a series of Jewish, Zoroastrian, Muslim, and other covenants/mystery cults.
    • Rephaim(Mystery Cult)
      • History: During the long nights following the Exodus out of Egypt the Israelites were not the only ones making an escape from slavery. Amongst the tribes hid a small group of Kindred. Little is known of these early Israelite Kindred before one by the name of Yitzhak of Dan united them. He taught that they were meant to keep the people from the temptations of the other nations. Dark protectors that when the people strayed, they wreaked havoc. They fought against threats presented by mundane and supernatural foes. The group more or less disappeared by the time of the Second Temple, by then the faith shifting from henotheistic and monlatristic, to monotheistic, though similar groups will appear later in history.
      • Beliefs: While El and Asherah are supreme, they are no longer our patrons. We serve Maweth and Resheph foremost, for our condition is a covenant with them.
      • Rituals and Observances:
        • Mikvah at Gehenna - The newly embraced must bathe in the blood of slaughtered animals in a twist of the sin offerings. This occurs once a year every Yom Kippur.
        • Kavod(Honor) - Abstain from contact with Levites or Kohanim.
      • Status:
        • Newly embraced, survival is difficult in an environment that offers little shelter and is full of enemies. They gain Survival Specialty in Hiding.
        • It’s a lethal world for everyone during this time and you know the ropes around the small domain you’ve cut out for yourself. Because of this, you gain the Direction Sense merit free of charge.
        • You’ve been around for some time and know how to tell when something is awry. You gain the Danger Sense merit free of charge.
        • At this point, you’ve been around long enough and have come to know of the others the Maweth is a steward over. You gain the Medium merit free of charge.
        • The highest ranking of the Rephaim are master survivors and warriors. Those who make it this far gain four dots that can be spent in Retainers or Allies.
    • The Sanctum(Covenant)
      • The city has been under siege for days. You haven’t seen your brother since the Edomite arrived two weeks ago. At this point, it's just a cycle of death. You never thought it would happen. That bastard actually went to Rome. You hope to kill soon for his betrayal. You and the other men try to keep calm. Everyone has been on edge since Simeon disappeared a few nights ago. The only thing left where he stood guard was a blood tunic ripped to shreds, as if by a beast. No matter. It's a half moon tonight and you look up at it in amazement. From the corner of your eye, you see something. You turn to look and it's your brother wearing priestly garb. You smile and go to embrace him before you ask yourself the question, how did he get past Herod’s soldiers. “Oh, my beloved kin. It is good that you embrace what is to come.” you hear him say before you collapse to the ground.
      • Where We Came From: On the eve of the death of King Yerav’am, a group of Kindred met. Israelites and Judeans, monotheists and henotheists/monolatrists joined together in an alliance to reorganize their community. This disparate alliance was based on preserving a community that the elders and ancilla among them had seen ripped to shreds many times before and refused to permit to occur again. Simeon of Judah and Rivkah of Ephraim bound each of their childer with Vinculum and they bound their own childer. From then on they spread amongst the other afflicted in our midsts. Giving those who wished to weaken the whole Final Death.
      • Our Practices: We are survivors. Banished from the embrace of Sheol and blessed with the gift of new covenants with our Lord. While we may be segmented, we are ultimately united. Across tribal, national, and faith we all recognize the importance of our callings. To be holy terrors. This takes a multiplicity of forms: from the zoneh who fucks and kills the unrighteous who defiles the Shabbat, to the diseased hermit who offers unholy insight.
      • When We’re In Power: It’s the Wilderness, the reign of Saul and David, the regency of Athaliah, the Hasmonean Dynasty. The best times for us come in many forms. Whether it be punishing those who stray from G-d or consuming those with the gall to attempt to destroy our people; or appreciating the sovereignty over the shadows we’ve been promised.
      • When We’re In Trouble: Our people know adversity. We have been slaves and displaced many times before. We have seen persecution at the hands of those we protect and those we swear to destroy. We endure. Whether it be cycles of torpor or the encroachment of the goyim and the others that they bring. Through outright assaults, covert assassinations, induced torpor, and simply hiding we survive to fight another day.
      • Sects:
        • Shedim: The youngest and largest sect, they’re predominately monotheists and those who never turned from El as their patron. This group has gone through a variety of changes in recent centuries: from originally being a cult centered around a secret priesthood dedicated solely to YHWH to sages and mystics gleaning information for their community. The most scholarly of the sects that stalk the streets of ancient Judaea, these young and commonly zealous are never far from the center of religious and cultural conflicts.
          • Beliefs: Our covenant is with Adonai. We reside on the level of Samael in separation to G-d and are charged with keeping our people in line and delving the depths of HaShem’s secrets for eternity.
          • Rituals and Observances:
            • Mikvah of HaSatan - The newly embraced is taken on Rosh Chodesh to bathe in the blood and gore of the imperfect, near mockeries of the sin offerings.
            • Lamadnu(to learn) - You are charged with deeply studying the nature of the blood and the Heavens.
            • Taharah(Purity) - Those of the priestly castes are closer to G-d. As such those of them who come into our state are favored.
        • Rephites: Predominately elders and ancilla who barely survived the Assyrian and Babylonian captivities. The few members of this sect believe strongly in their callings and their covenant with Maweth and Resheph. Around the time of the King Josiah’s reformation and the mass banning of other G-ds, their ranks have started to cultivate ghoul cults from the former Cults of Asherah, Anat, Qetesh, and others. They consider their counterparts to be heretics and keep to their traditional hermitage while teaching those who wish to learn.
          • Beliefs: While El and Asherah are supreme, they are no longer our patrons. We serve Maweth and Resheph foremost, for our condition is a covenant with them.
          • Rituals and Observances
            • Mikvah at Gehenna - Each Yom Kippur they slaughter animals used in sin offerings and bathe in the gore.
            • Kavod(Honor) - Do not come in contact with the Levites and Kohanim.
            • Nekamah(Revenge) - Undermine those who threw out our G-ds.
        • Lilithian: The most secretive and smallest sect, they’re also entirely female. The earliest members of the sect worshipped the owls, lilin. They spend much of their time in orgiastic rituals and tempting the weak-willed. During the night they go out and dance, tempting men and women alike with their sweet smells and seductive allure. From Samaria to the Negev they patrol, offering pleasure and death in equal spades.
          • Beliefs: The Whore Mother promises retribution and freedom for those who take up her cause. We are under a new covenant with her. To cull the perverse so that the meek will inherit.
          • Rituals and Observances
            • Mikvah of the Zoneh - Each Yom Kippur they are charged with seducing someone who committed a heinous act against someone who was defenseless. These criminals are then killed brutally and the neonate must bathe in their gore.
            • Mishpachah(Family) - A man may never be gifted with our powers and a sister is not to come to harm unless she betrays her own kind.
            • Gehmul(Retribution) - Since the nights of the Wilderness, the initiates have been charged by their fell patrons to claim the line of those they visit justice on fully… by exterminating them, their children, and wives.
    • Sanctum(Mystery Cult)
      • History: After Herod seized control of Judea after sieging Jerusalem, a storm came through. The Camarilla came in on his coattails and quickly established themselves, pitting religious and political rivals against one another until most of the Lilithian met Final Death and the Rephites were torpored. Those who survived the Roman take over of Eretz Israel’s All Night Society found themselves as close as Egypt and Persia, to as far-flung as Axum, Himyar, and modern-day Morrocco. Those who stayed found themselves predominately official members of the Peregrine Collegia. Some would go off and join Legio Mortuum, Senex, and even a few amongst the Cult of Augurs. With the apparent Hellenization affecting the dead, the Sanctum became an open secret in Judea, Egypt, and later parts of Greece. During the Jewish Wars, they were among the Zealots and Sicarii; secretly infiltrating mortal and undead institutions and destroying targets. They also accepted many early Christians among their ranks. The Bar Kokhba Revolt saw a decimation of their ranks that would later be filled by Longians. As the development of Rabbinic Judaism began, and newly irreconcilable differences with the new Lancea et Sanctum caused a radical change.
      • Beliefs: Various. Though the Shedim are the predominant group and most see their state as a way of protecting their people from both themselves and the might of Rome.
      • Rituals and Observances:
        • Mikvah of HaSatan - The newly embraced is taken on Rosh Chodesh to bathe in the blood and gore of the imperfect, near mockeries of the sin offerings.
        • Mishpachah(Family) - We are to protect one another above all us, but remember, living over dead, the many over the few.
        • Kavod(Honor) - Do not afflict man beyond what is needed. Cruelty for cruelties sake is dishonorable and abuse.
      • Status:
        • When you’re running from a virgatore is an offense that can possibly lead to your Final Death. When outnumbered, skilled, or equipped; you can always make up for it by having a trick up your sleeve. You gain the Direction Sense merit free of charge.
        • The faiths of the peoples of Judea and the politics of the land call for a skilled tongue. Whether for liturgy or just communication you are rather gifted with language. You gain one dot of Multilingual free of charge that can be used for Hebrew, Latin, Aramaic, Greek, or Persian.
        • At this point, you’re adept at spotting something rotten a mile away. Being faithful is dangerous while in the belly of the Beast. You gain the Danger Sense merit free of charge.
        • Being able to slip in and out of the most unsavory of environments is not nearly as difficult as one might expect. The moment the writing is on the wall you already are prepared to make a run for it. You gain three dots of Alternate Identity free of charge.
        • At this point, you’re a leader of your local community. The other dead of good faith looks at you to be a leader and mentor of the community. You gain a haven with four dots to use in Sanctuary and/or Temple of Damnation free of charge.
    Last edited by Spectre9924; 12-01-2018, 01:51 AM.
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