This chapter relates how a ghoul named Fra Niccolo Giovanni locates and transcribes a portion of the Book of Nod. It is written as a journal in his own words. The first chapter provides an account of the Abel and Caine story from the latter's perspective, and how God banished Caine for sacrificing his brother. This describes Caine's bitter journey as he wanders through cursed lands questioning why he has been banished. There he encounters Lilith , who gives succor to him while teaching him strength and pride.
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Preview — The Erciyes Fragments by C. There he finds fragments of the original Book of Nod in a language that has been dead for thousands of years. Who has led him to this place? What has he uncovered? And why has he been chosen to transcribe the words of one who could be Caine himself?
Who Found it and Why? Written by noted science-fiction novelist C. Friedman, The Erciyes Fragments is a version of the Book of Nod that has never been seen before by mortal eyes. The most sage of vampiric scholars provide their commentary for your enlightenment.
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Be the first to ask a question about The Erciyes Fragments. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Erciyes Fragments. Aug 11, Matthew Gill rated it it was amazing. A fascinating perspective of the origin of the kindred, and the multiple layers of storyline is just awesome.
Not to be left out are the clever idea to add commentary in the margins by previous elders, really added a nice touch. Nov 19, Brian rated it really liked it Shelves: vampire-the-masquerade , rpg , religion , horror. While the Book of Nod laid out the foundational myths of vampire society and Revelations of the Dark Mother provides a counterpoint, The Erciyes Fragments is more of an expansion on the original Book of Nod than a new account of vampiric prehistory. This isn't a problem at all, because real myth is full of contradictions or accounts that are slightly different from each other, even things are widely believed.
Consider the multiple geneologies of Jesus as one example. Adding that to Vampire is a While the Book of Nod laid out the foundational myths of vampire society and Revelations of the Dark Mother provides a counterpoint, The Erciyes Fragments is more of an expansion on the original Book of Nod than a new account of vampiric prehistory. Adding that to Vampire is a great way to deepen the mythology and allow the GM to provide multiple quotations on the same topic and let players sort through what they believe.
The in-world explanation is that the text is kept at the "Monastery of Shadows," somewhere in the north in a narrow valley so the area is in shadows most of the time. A ghoul of the Giovanni travels there, copies the manuscript and mails it back to Augustus Giovanni, and then dies under mysterious and spooky circumstances. Said manuscript has been commented on by multiple scholars over the centuries, and those comments are written in the margins in a variety of hands, as is traditional for medieval and earlier manuscripts.
One of the commentors is a Ventrue, one is a Malkavian, one is a Ventrue, one is from the 11th century, one is Roman-era, and some of them don't leave enough clues to determine anything about them. Their commentary might even have more total words than the actual text, and while some of it is juvenile or dumb, mostly it adds to the poetic styling with more down-to-earth criticism.
The actual fragments are very similar to The Book of Nod , but different in a few key points. The early sections are written from Caine's perspective in first person and have a heavy focus on blood, as you might expect for vampires.
The Bible has no explanation for why G-d accepted Abel's sacrifice and rejected Cain's. The traditional interpretation is that Cain's sacrifice was lacking somehow, but in The Erciyes Fragments it's because G-d loves the sweet smell of blood and found Caine's harvest unacceptable, and so Caine sacrifices that which is perfect, that which is unblemished, the first part of what he loves--his brother. I also really liked the subtle differences in the angels' curses on Caine. Here Uriel is the one who curses Caine with burning in light and Raphael curses him with drinking blood and loneliness.
And speaking of loneliness, the book makes a point that that is the real curse on Caine. The vampires are separated from humanity by their lack of human needs. They do not eat or drink, they do not sleep and are awake in the night, they do not bear children or have families And then Raphael's curse of division and strife comes into effect, and you can see how Caine wasn't quite as cursed with awesome as he initially seemed to be.
This book also explicitly lays out that the various Clan weaknesses are all explicit curses from Caine for their Antediluvians' particular deeds. Except for the Salubri, who are the only uncursed Clan. As a Salubri fanboy I absolutely approve of this interpretation.
This comes after the Flood, of which Caine says "And in the end there was only water My foolish children knew hunger And loneliness And fear And it was good. Or if it would. The Erciyes Fragments also lays out support for the various secret Antediluvian conspiracy theories, since it has six members of the Second Generation and doesn't mention Irad and states that before the Flood and Caine's curses, Generation as a concept didn't exist.
All vampires were of equal power, so any survivor of the Flood would be an Antediluvian in modern terms. That leaves the door open for several extra Antediluvians and their hidden Clans. I think White Wolf should have done more with this, especially in the Americans and Africa, rather than having the vampires there claim different originals but all obviously be bloodlines of existing Clans, but oh well.
The book ends with some proverbs and prophecies, but the prophecies here aren't as good as the ones in The Book of Nod. They're obviously linked to the rise of the Camarilla, the Cathayan Great Leap Outward, and the Time of Thin Blood , without much room for interpretation. They're good for the reader to look at and feel superior to the commentators, who are writing without knowledge of what the events refer to, but they aren't useful even in a Dark Ages game because as soon as the GM includes them, any player who knows anything about Vampire is instantly going to know the subject of the prophecies.
I did like the bit where a Roman-era commentator speculated that the 10th Generation is surely the final limit beyond which the blood of Caine grows too thin to continue, though. The Erciyes Fragments is more of a supplement to The Book of Nod rather an an entirely separate book on its own, but not so much that it doesn't have its own identity.
If, like me, you're drawn to the mythology of Vampire as one of its selling points, pick this up. Nov 23, Anthony rated it liked it. An expansion of The Book of Nod. While I found the text interesting, the notes in the margins became quite distracting. Mar 01, Mitchel rated it liked it. Another book I read in high school. This one goes along with the Book of Nod. See My Book of Nod review for a review of this one. They are very similar books. Matthew Kowalski rated it liked it Jun 26, Elysse rated it liked it Jun 28, Kevin Gagnon rated it it was amazing Aug 27, Jason Valletta rated it it was ok Feb 01, Nancy rated it liked it Dec 06, Bodunoff rated it really liked it Oct 03, Bobby Hitt rated it liked it Jan 27, Jedidiah rated it really liked it Jun 21, Ronnie Webb rated it it was amazing Sep 12, Thom Langan rated it really liked it Mar 06, Gianfranco Mancini rated it really liked it Mar 13, Patrick rated it really liked it Oct 27, Rich Waters rated it liked it Feb 20,
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The Erciyes Fragments
A young Cappadocian receives a mysterious invitation to a fear-shrouded monastery. There he finds fragments of the original Book of Nod in a language that has been dead for thousands of years. Who has led him to this place? What has he uncovered? And why has he been chosen to transcribe the words of one who could be Caine himself?