Antediluvians



Antediluvians

The Antediluvians are the founders of the thirteen vampire clans. They are also known as the Third Generation, as the Thirteen are the entirety of the third generation of vampires. The Antediluvians are said to be vampires of incalculable power, each of whom survived the Great Flood. (Latin ante, before; diluvium, flood: hence antediluvian, one who comes before the flood) and who are believed to either be in torpor, manipulating the Jyhad, or dead. Technically, since “Antediluvian” literally means “before the flood”, the term Antediluvian can be applied to any Kindred who dates before the Great Flood, such as Caine or the Second Generation, but it normally refers to the Third Generation.

There are a large number of myths and prophecies surrounding the clan founders, many of which are contradictory and suspect. However, certain beliefs have prevailed throughout vampiric history, particularly in regards to their actions in Gehenna. While some clans regard their progenitor favorably, as a whole the Antediluvians are often portrayed as boogeymen that will rise and devour their descendants. There are rarely reasons given for this, but clanwide purges have occurred in the past and Gehenna is seen as a time of blood and reckoning for Kindred.


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