20 (Tale of the First City)

The Book of Nod
Actual text.

Preface, by Aristotle de Laurent.

The First Times

The Coming of Lilith

The Temptation of Caine

Zillah's Tale

Tale of the First City

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The Tale of
the First City

In the beginning there was only Caine
Caine who sacrificed his brother out of love
Caine who was cast out
Caine who was cursed forever with immortality
Caine who was cursed with the lust for blood,
It is Caine from whom we all come,
Our Sire's Sire.

For the passing of an age he lived in the land of Nod,
in loneliness and suffering
For an eon he remained alone
But the passing of memory drowned his sorrow
And so he returned to the world of mortals,
To the world ihs brother, Seth, third-born of Eve,
and Seth's children
had created.

He returned and was made welcome
For none would turn against him, due to the Mark that was laid upon him.
The people saw his power and worshipped him,
He grew powerful, and his power was strong,
his ways of awe and command were great.

And the Children of Seth made him King of their great City, the First City.

But Caine grew lonely in his Power.
Deep within him, the seed of loneliness blossomed, and grew a dark flower
He saw within his blood the potence of fertility
By calling up demons
and listening to a whispered wisdom
He learned the way to make a child for his own.
He came to know its power, and, doing so, decided to Embrace one of those near him.

And, lo, Uriel, Dread Uriel, revealed
himself to Caine
that very night
and said to him,

"Caine, though powerful you are, and
marked by God,
know you this: that any Childe you make will
bear your curse, that any of your Progeny
will forever walk in the Land of Nod, and
fear flame and sun, drinking
blood only and eating
ashes only.

And since they will carry their
father's jealous seed, they
will forever plot and fight amongst

Doom not those of Adam's grandchildren
who seek to walk in righteousness, Caine!
Stay your dread Embrace!"