Path of Evil Revelations

Vampires are merely one expression of supernatural evil in the world. Although vampires are creatures of great power and depravity, they pale in comparison to the truly ancient beings that reside in Hell beyond the realms of the dead. This, then, is the credo of the Corrupters: All vampires are but pawns to the demons of the Inferno, and the proper place of the vampire is to acknowledge the supremacy of these infernal masters. Some vampires revel in their evil natures and spread their vile ways, but they see themselves as masters of vice. The true masters, whisper the Corrupters, are the creatures formed of the spiritual essence of malevolence, the demons that enslave and devour human souls.

To follow the Path of Evil Revelations, a vampire must believe in the vampire's role as a servant of greater evil, as well as in the place of demons and infernal entities as greater harbingers of the corruption that vampires spread. All Corrupters claim one or more infernal "patrons," spreading the specific brand of vitriol espoused by their demonic lords. The vampires claim to be given great powers and a place in the infernal hierarchy, in exchange for absolute servitude and the sacrifice of their own souls (and the souls of their victims). With such enticements, the Corrupter spreads his own brand of poison among his associates, seeking to turn other vampires to his cause eventually so that they may take their rightful (and subordinate) places in the hierarchy of Hell.

Because the followers of the Path of Evil Revelations give themselves over to various demonic lords, they paradoxically control themselves by serving the interests of their patrons. Obviously, other vampires hate and fear the Corrputers; the Camarilla considers infernalists a threat to security and the Masquerade, while the Sabbat loathes anyone who would willingly enslave himself to some greater unseen power, whether archdemon or Antediluvial. For their part, most devotees of the Path of Evil Revelations consider both organizations foolish and misguided, due to their failure to recognize the infernal lords and their professed "morality," be it in the form of the Camarilla's wayward protection of a Masquerade that preserves both human and vampire or in the shape of the Sabbat's holy crusade to free vampires from the tyranny of the Elders. Still, the Corrupters move quietly in both circles, subtly spreading the influence of their masters and arranging the downfall of Elders who stand against them.

Ultimately, the Path of Evil Revelations embraces inward evil as a tool for outer darkness. Students of the Path come in many forms, but all have bartered their souls for the hope of advancement in a hierarchy predicated on corruption and depravity. Through malicious servitude, the Corrupters seek to be raised above the other vampires — whom they believe will one day be brought to heel by the infernal lords.

Followers of more rigid codes of ethics find Corrupters affected and laughable. Why make such ostentatious shows of adolescent and shallow "evil?"

Although many believe that the Path of Evil Revelations was founded by a group of Brujah infernalists in the 1600s, or even as a part of a medieval death cult, the truth is that vampires, like humans, have dedicated themselves to infernal powers from time immemorial. However, the actual codification of this Path and its philosophies did not occur until the Renaissance. The idea of a philosophy devoted to the service of evil needed the possibility of structured philosophies to exist in the first place. Even so, current Corruptors are far from unified, and a group in service to a particular demon is just as likely to work against a different band of Corrupters as to join forces.

The infernalists of this Path suffer at the hands of the Sabbat, which has created its own Inquisition to destroy them. Still, the inhumanity of many Sabbat makes them easier prey for Corrupters than the more reserved and (sometimes) humane members of the Camarilla. With the rapid approach of Gehenna, the Corrupters work harder than ever to gain converts and to spread their influence.

Description Of Followers

Although the Corrupters have no unified structure, they share some common practices. Most involve themselves in secret debased rituals in which they make sacrifices to their dark lords. Although human sacrifice is common, it's by no means universal — the importance, to these infernalists, lies in the symbolism of the sacrifice itself, so human sacrifice is really the sacrifice of community, morality, and free will. Additionally, all Corrupters make a practice of bringing others into the fold, via coercion or compulsion. The lure of power without responsibility to any sort of conscience is a tempting one for many vampires or humans. Indeed, the unification of practices among Corrupters is really only evident inasmuch as many of their infernal masters desire similar devotions. Still, the loyal infernalists reaffirm their devotions every night; the dark powers are notoriously fickle with those who show signs of slackening.

Corrupters are fond of using pawns and intermediaries, especially ill-informed dupes. Followers of this Path rarely Embrace others — why make potential threat to your own power? — but they do make copious use of blood bonds among mortals and vampires alike.

Ultimately, Corrupters can be found among the most depraved aspects of society. The spread of virulent plagues, the kidnapping and torture of families, the engineering of cartels that cater to vice and addiction — each Corrupter has a specialty, a form of malevolence hones and practiced to an exquisitely sublime grotesquerie. Corrupters of the Decani (the lords of disease) encourage the explosive growth of slums like Mexico City's outlying shantytown, where people choke in their own filth and effluvia. Children of Chykas the Riven (a demon of strife) carefully promote emotional confrontations and rifts in friends and associates, until their passions explode into murder and terror. Servants of Nulpheggorath raise cults of ghoulish followers who dine on the decanted brain matter of those who fail the dark masters, promising power and eternal life to those who do not falter.

The "typical" Corrupter is intelligent, charismatic, and relentlessly immoral. These Corrupters use their charm and cleverness to bring less talented (and competitive) but still useful minions into the fold. They usually chose these slaves for their brawn and their tendency to be easily manipulated by promises of power. Both kinds are careful to disguise themselves as vampires of the area's predominant society. Often, a Corrupter leads a "double unlife" in which he acts as an unassuming but loyal member of a vampiric sect, while keeping his private affairs carefully concealed.

All Corrupters must be ready to place their masters' desires above their own. At any moment, the Corrupter could be called upon to serve as a tool or even a meal for his infernal lord, and he must obey without compunction. This duty never slackens. Every goal, every desire of the follower of the Path must bend toward the advancement of his demonic overseer. Corrupters must spread the will and influence of their overlords at all times and bring converts into the fold whenever possible.

Each infernal lord has its own agenda; most are categorized by a particular form of recognized "evil." Thus, a servant of a Lord of Disease is charged with carefully spreading plagues and compromising medical achievements, while the agent of a Duke of Violence pushes others to acts of frenzied destruction and engages in bloody combat whenever feasible. The most effective Corrupters advance their lords' goals subtly and indirectly; a servant of violence who goes on a six-state killing spree will only draw unwanted attention to himself, while the Corrupter who quietly spurs others to acts of violence furthers the works of his master much more — and survives to continue spreading evil.

Common Abilities: The more insightful and cunning adherents of this Path develop significant Occult Ability. Empathy, Etiquette, Intimidation, and Subterfuge are also useful in drawing converts or hiding one's true nature. The more martial Corrupters study enough Brawl, Dodge, and Melee to defend themselves should a physical confrontation result.

Preferred Disciplines: Followers of the Path of Evil Revelations protect themselves by gathering information with Auspex and developing bonds of loyalty with Presence. Many also study Thaumaturgy, as taught by their infernal lords.

Virtues: The Path of Evil Revelations emphasizes Conviction and Instinct.

Nickname: Corrupters, Slaves

Hierarchy Of Sins
10 Maintaining any semblance of goodness or honor. Feign goodness but never presume that you are anything more than a servant of greater evil.
9 Missing a nightly devotion. Proper service requires constant affirmation.
8 Helping others when not to your advantage. Compassion and aid are simply tools to bring others into your debt.
7 Passing up an opportunity to acquire temporal power. Power in the material world is a means by which the will of the infernal lords is expressed.
6 Following your own interests. The master's will is more important than one's own.
5 Not working with other followers of your master. The master's goals are best served with unity against one's opponents.
4 Failing to take an opportunity to fulfill your master's goals. Advance the will of your lords whenever possible.
3 Providing infernal secrets to non-converts. Never reveal to outsiders your master's true motives, so that your master cannot be fought.
2 Failing to corrupt or destroy other vampires. All vampires must recognize their proper place as agents of evil or be destroyed.
1 Disobeying your infernal master. You must serve the interest of your superiors in evil.

Ethics
You are the servant of greater evil powers. Serve well, and you will be elevated in position.
You must convince other vampires of the rightness of your cause. Use duplicity and prey upon their weaknesses.
Fight against vampires who would strive for some semblance of honor or goodness.The are misguided.
Never reveal your true motives. Others cannot work against you if they do not know the end toward which you work.
It is acceptable to engage in intrigues with the servants of other demons, but your loyalty to your lord — and to his other retainers — must be absolute.
Use the Beast as a tool to spread your evil.