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Nos Feratu, the Vampyre - a Guide to the Blood Raider Covenant

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Valerie Valate
Church of The Crimson Saviour
#1 - 2016-10-28 18:17:12 UTC
The Blood Raider Covenant - an organisation whose name and reputation strikes fear into the hearts of many space travellers. Pirates that board ships and drain the blood from the crew and passengers, leaving bloodless husks, using the stolen blood in terrifying rituals glorifying their God.

Such is the popular idea of what the Covenant are, but as ever, the Truth behind this organisation is quite different. Why are they obsessed with blood ? What is the meaning of the horned skull ? What actually is the Covenant ?

To clarify this mystery, I shall start by explaining the history of the Covenant.

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, before Humanity left the Old World and made the journey through the Gate to New Eden, there was a planet, called Assyria, the capital city of which was Babylon, and in Babylon, there lived a queen. Named Lamashtu.

Now Lamashtu was not a human queen. Oh no, you see, Lamashtu was a demoness, usually appearing in the form of a winged horned woman, capable of terrifying magic acts, such as levitation, shape shifting, raining hellfire upon her enemies, and so on. These powers required Lamashtu to consume large amounts of human blood, consecrated through particularly arcane rituals.

Time passed, and Lamashtu made her way into New Eden, landing in what is now Sahtogas, although some mishap occurred and Lamashtu fell into a state of hibernation, for thousands of years.

Eventually, some human people, fleeing religious persecution by the Amarr Empire, settled on Sahtogas, and, thousands of years after it had crashed there, Lamashtu's sarcophagus was found, and she was awakened, though severely reduced in power.

Seeking to regain her status as a demon queen, Lamashtu made a bargain with the humans that found her.

And this, was The Covenant. It is not a covenant with the Red God, it is a covenant made with the demon queen Lamashtu.

This bargain that Lamashtu made with the first of the Covenant, is the ultimate source of the strange blood magic powers possessed by Covenant members or "Kindred" as they call themselves.

So, I shall now explain a little of Blood Magic, or, to give it its proper name, Haemothaumaturgy, which is an ancient word meaning, umm, blood magic. I shall also explain a little about the abilities of the Kindred.

Blood magic is the source of a Kindred's power, and why they must drink blood to sustain themselves. The primal essence and energies of blood is called Vitae, and is important in the process in which new Kindred, and their minions, are recruited.

The powers granted by blood magic vary, but several are common to all Kindred, such as increased strength, speed, resistance to wounds, ability to regenerate injuries, and a few other minor abilities such as being able to post so edgily on the IGS that even hardened posters may scream as they cut their eyeball looking at the post.

There are other powers, that not all Kindred possess, such as the ability to assume a "War Form" by haemothaumaturgic shape-shifting, that are dependent on that Kindred's bloodline, which is an artefact of how Kindred are recruited.

Recruiting a new Kindred is a process that is known as Embracing. With a capital E.

In the Embracing process, the candidate is drained dry of all of their blood. The Kindred then gives the candidate a small amount of their own blood, transferring some of their Vitae and the associated blood magic powers to the candidate, who then is instantly transformed into a new, hungry, Kindred. The older Kindred is called the Sire of the younger one, who is called the Childe of the older one. The Childe inherits the specific abilities of their Sire, which is why the different bloodlines exist - they all go back to the first Childes who were Embraced by Lamashtu, and given different abilities, depending on the role Lamashtu had for them.

There is another process, used by Kindred to create and control minions, called Blood Bonding, in which a living human drinks some of the blood of a Kindred without having been drained of their own. This causes a magic bond between the Kindred and the minion, who gains weaker abilities of strength and speed and so on, dependent on their Kindred's bloodline.

This is how the Covenant gains and controls its members. Through the process of Embracing and Blood Bonding, using the haemothaumaturgic powers given to them in the bargain made with Lamashtu the demon queen.

It is also why they drain blood from unwary travellers, and why they believe cloned blood to be superior.

Despite their blood magic powers, a Kindred, or their minion, can still be beaten in hand-to-hand combat by a normal human, if that human knows the special Kindred-hunting techniques.

First, it should be noted, that a Kindred that seems dead, may still be re-animated if given fresh blood, which is why Kindred and their minions retain the true Sani Sabik custom of wearing a blood vial on a necklace.

A Kindred or minion, may be stunned momentarily, by crushing their neck with your thighs. To successfully do this however, generally requires luring the Kindred into a suitable position, which may not be easy to achieve.

Once stunned, the Kindred should be immobilised by stabbing them through the heart with a silver stake, with the Wards of Banishing inscribed upon it. While immobilised, they may be interrogated, though their willpower is such that they can resist all but the most determined inquisition.

Finally, ultraviolet lasers, or fire, or decapitation, may be used to inflict a permanent Final Death on the immobilised Kindred.


It should also be noted, that few of the Kindred or their minions are conscious of the fact that the Covenant is with Lamashtu and not the Red God.

If necessary, I can explain more.

Doctor V. Valate, Professor of Archaeology at Kaztropolis Imperial University.

Valerie Valate
Church of The Crimson Saviour
#2 - 2016-10-28 18:43:59 UTC
Exam Questions:

1. Does Lamashtu look like a Bhaalgorn to you ?

2. The horned skull symbol, that's the war form one, right ?

3. How do you even pronounce Haemothaumaturgy ?

Doctor V. Valate, Professor of Archaeology at Kaztropolis Imperial University.

Diana Kim
Caldari Colonial Defense Ministry
Templis CALSF
#3 - 2016-10-28 18:50:18 UTC
Please excuse me, but I believe that such sort of drawing is highly amoral and indecent. It shall be banned, even if it depicts something evil that shall be fought against.

Fixed it for you

Honored are the dead, for their legacy guides us.

In memory of Tibus Heth, Caldari State Executor YC110-115, Hero and Patriot.

Seraphim Risen
Stimulus
Rote Kapelle
#4 - 2016-10-28 19:10:03 UTC
I believe the best way I can phrase a response is... "LOL"

Never not badpost.

Ayallah
Brutor Tribe
Minmatar Republic
#5 - 2016-10-29 14:11:37 UTC
I have annotated your guide:

Kill every Sanist, every Blooder and every Bleeder. Turn their colonies to ash and glass, use their writings as tinder, and smash their art into dust.

Goddess of the IGS

As strength goes.

Valerie Valate
Church of The Crimson Saviour
#6 - 2016-10-29 14:14:25 UTC
Ayallah wrote:
I have annotated your guide:

Kill every Sanist, every Blooder and every Bleeder. Turn their colonies to ash and glass, use their writings as tinder, and smash their art into dust.


Well, someone seems to have got out of bed on the wrong side today.

Doctor V. Valate, Professor of Archaeology at Kaztropolis Imperial University.

Deitra Vess
Non-Hostile Target
Wild Geese.
#7 - 2016-10-29 14:15:18 UTC
Valerie Valate wrote:
Exam Questions:

1. Does Lamashtu look like a Bhaalgorn to you ?

2. The horned skull symbol, that's the war form one, right ?

3. How do you even pronounce Haemothaumaturgy ?


Nice article!

To answer your questions:

1. Only slightly

2. I think so

3. He mo thar mat orgy
Jason Galente
Hole Punchers
I Could Do Better
#8 - 2016-10-31 12:35:07 UTC
Diana Kim wrote:
It shall be banned


You have no power here.

Only the liberty of the individual assures the prosperity of the whole. And this foundation must be defended.

At any cost

Elmund Egivand
Sebestacny Circle
#9 - 2016-10-31 13:04:19 UTC
I think I played a roleplaying game with the exact same plot not too long ago.

A Minmatar warship is like a rusting Beetle with 500 horsepower Cardillac engines in the rear, armour plating bolted to chassis and a M2 Browning stuck on top.

Pieter Tuulinen
Societas Imperialis Sceptri Coronaeque
Khimi Harar
#10 - 2016-10-31 15:03:04 UTC
Valerie Valate wrote:
Exam Questions:

1. Does Lamashtu look like a Bhaalgorn to you ?

2. The horned skull symbol, that's the war form one, right ?

3. How do you even pronounce Haemothaumaturgy ?



1. No. Bhaalgorn's are much bigger and made of metal.

2. It doesn't sound like the social form to me.

3. Hey-mo-thowe-mah-tuh-gee

For the first time since I started the conversation, he looks me dead in the eye. In his gaze are steel jackhammers, quiet vengeance, a hundred thousand orbital bombs frozen in still life.

Jade Blackwind
#11 - 2016-11-01 15:04:10 UTC  |  Edited by: Jade Blackwind
Valerie Valate wrote:
and a few other minor abilities such as being able to post so edgily on the IGS that even hardened posters may scream as they cut their eyeball looking at the post.
Confirmed.

..lulz aside. Apparently some of the Raiders do purposefully bodymod themselves to strike fear into their enemies and victims, so the "war form" thingy has a grain of truth in it.

...But obviously, it's not the Horned Skull that depicts a "war form", it's those who tattoo their faces in red and black and implant or grow horns, etc., shape themselves after the Horned Skull.
Persephone Alleile
Tartarus Covert Operations
#12 - 2016-11-01 15:38:03 UTC
Valerie Valate wrote:

The powers granted by blood magic vary, but several are common to all Kindred, such as increased strength, speed, resistance to wounds, ability to regenerate injuries, and a few other minor abilities such as being able to post so edgily on the IGS that even hardened posters may scream as they cut their eyeball looking at the post.


Hmm . . . is this in any way related to the cerebral boosters dropped by the Blood Raiders that everyone has been so greedily consuming lately?
Valerie Valate
Church of The Crimson Saviour
#13 - 2016-11-01 20:41:48 UTC
Persephone Alleile wrote:
Valerie Valate wrote:

The powers granted by blood magic vary, but several are common to all Kindred, such as increased strength, speed, resistance to wounds, ability to regenerate injuries, and a few other minor abilities such as being able to post so edgily on the IGS that even hardened posters may scream as they cut their eyeball looking at the post.


Hmm . . . is this in any way related to the cerebral boosters dropped by the Blood Raiders that everyone has been so greedily consuming lately?


Well, ask yourself, do you really, really, want to stick a thing made by scary cultists, into your brain ?

At least wash it off before you do that, for heavens sake.

Doctor V. Valate, Professor of Archaeology at Kaztropolis Imperial University.

Diana Kim
Caldari Colonial Defense Ministry
Templis CALSF
#14 - 2016-11-01 21:20:23 UTC
Valerie Valate wrote:
Exam Questions:

1. Does Lamashtu look like a Bhaalgorn to you ?

2. The horned skull symbol, that's the war form one, right ?

3. How do you even pronounce Haemothaumaturgy ?

1. No. Bhaalgorn is way longer. And rounder. Longer and rounder, you know?..

2. Horned skull symbol is not a 'war' form, it is animal form. Dead head of a dead animal.

3. I don't pronounce it. I write it.

Honored are the dead, for their legacy guides us.

In memory of Tibus Heth, Caldari State Executor YC110-115, Hero and Patriot.

Yarosara Ruil
Haighare Pirates
#15 - 2016-11-01 22:35:33 UTC
Blood Raiders suck!
Jalar Shazih
Yamagata Technologies Inc.
#16 - 2016-11-05 11:05:10 UTC
Yarosara Ruil wrote:
Blood Raiders suck!


Enlightening! Big smile
Claudia Osyn
Non-Hostile Target
Wild Geese.
#17 - 2016-11-08 20:55:41 UTC
Valerie Valate wrote:
Exam Questions:

1. Does Lamashtu look like a Bhaalgorn to you ?

2. The horned skull symbol, that's the war form one, right ?

3. How do you even pronounce Haemothaumaturgy ?


1) No, bhaalgorns look like geddons.

2) maby...

3) "blood magic"

A little trust goes a long way. The less you use, the further you'll go.

Valerie Valate
Church of The Crimson Saviour
#18 - 2016-11-12 10:39:40 UTC
The question clearly references the Bhaalgorn, the demon of myth and legend, rather than the Bhaalgorn, the space ship named after said demon.

Doctor V. Valate, Professor of Archaeology at Kaztropolis Imperial University.

Casserina Leshrac
Sanguine Illuminations
#19 - 2016-12-20 05:38:09 UTC
Thank you for your interpretation. It is always nice to see how others of the Sani Sabik Path discovering the hidden codices of our noble order.

I look forward to more of your work.

We stand at the Abyss, drawing the Patterns of Fate - Casserina Leshrac, Savant, Sani Sabik.

Luna Hanaya
Imperial Academy
Amarr Empire
#20 - 2016-12-20 11:46:18 UTC
Humanity traveling through the Gate? Isn't it SOE heresy?

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