The Black Mother's childer spread throughout
the Roman Empire and made their presence known.
Though few in number, they got on well with the
Toreador and Malkavians, the three clans that
made up some of the most decadent of Kindred in
that era. These Ravnos eventually became known
as the Sybarites and founded the Path of Paradox
that has earned the clan so much distrust and
outright hatred (though the clan's predilection for
vice in general likely also had something to do
In India, Chandraputra assembled a new order
with a stronger commitment to opposing the
asuratizayya. He'd learned something about Kindred
psychology and mixed the philosophical
rhetoric with appeals to the Ravnos' selfish character.
In other words, he convinced the clan that
it was in their best interests to stand and fight
rather than leave for parts unknown
took the teachings and twisted them to support
a philosophy of unhindered self-indulgence. The
Path of Paradox became an excuse for them to do
whatever they wanted, whenever they wanted, to
whomever happened to be convenient.
Of course, the Path of Paradox didn't really
encourage this behavior. The Sybarites were already
well on their way down that road. The
addition of a codified ethos that jusitifed their
hedonism was simply the final straw that ushered
in nearly two millennia of indulgence and sin.
It didn't help matters that Chandraputra's
messengers slid into the Roman Ravnos' debauchery
and vice. In fact, they adopted it
wholeheartedly. They drank the blood of children,
fornicated like still-living mortals and
bought tangible comforts with money they stole
from each other, their Kindred fellows and
The Roman Path of Paradox was an odd beast.
On the one hand, it espoused spiritual purity. On
the other, it claimed that its adherents could
achieve such purity through diablerie, theft and
No matter whether
it drives us to drain a human dry, go utterly insane
and kill anything within arm's reach, or simply to
grab that trinket that catches our eye regardless of
the risk. That last one is the most insidious because
it's so subtle. Half the time, I'm following
through on the impulse before I realize what's
These Ravnos, who had been Chandalas in
India, felt themselves superior to the Western
Ravnos, who had diluted their pure blood by Embracing
those not of Indian or Rroma descent.
would often use
tactics such as branding and boiling (and killing
mortal relatives and various larcenies...) to recruit
Europeans rather than destroy them out of hand.