How Vlad Tepes Saved the Kindred

Since its insanity, the Wyrm has been trying to corrupt reality. What even its minions don't realize (except for some of the more powerful demons of the Wyrm, and perhaps the Wyrm itself) is that the only reason it has been working as well as it has is that the Weaver twisted humanity to its side through the technocracy. [Actually, science wasn't able to get any greater hold on reality than mysticism had until the insanity of the Wyrm and Weaver, which of course shifted the even balance between Weaver and Wyld.] In some sense, the technocracy has the upper hand, though they don't realize that it is the power of the Weaver and the influence of the Wyrm that they are actually using. The beliefs of humanity in greater certainty and order give the weaver more power. Recently, the Sons of Ether broke away from the technocracy, but not before insinuating into human consciousness the concepts of quantum mechanics and uncertainty, and more recently, chaos and fractals. Together, these concepts contributed to the reawakening of mysticism, by removing many of the explanations for the impossibility of magic, psychic abilities, etc. They are now working within the framework of quantum and chaos to come up with actual explanations for these phenomena that won't change their current flexibility, but will codify them within reality, putting them temporarily beyond the technocracies touch. Certain groups, notable the Verbeena mages and Vlad Tepes have been working very hard to insure the survival of the mystical by encouraging a deep-seated belief in at least the possibility of vampires and werewolves and ghosts and psychic abilities.

In particular, Vlad Tepes had a two-fold purpose in mind when he inspired Bram Stoker to write his novel (through an intermediary who claimed to have witnessed him). One, he wanted to create a larger-than life story that was clearly fictitious (thus the elements about crosses, etc.), to throw off his many vampire-hunters and other enemies. By cloaking his existence as a tale, he gave an explanation other than his existence for the many stories about him. Two, he had much greater insight than perhaps any other kindred since Cain. He saw the effects of the Weaver/Technocracy (or science, as he saw it). He realized that belief shapes reality, not the other way around, and had to maintain a belief in vampires, for his own existence. While belief in werewolves is deep-seated in humanity, because of the impergium and because they have always been as much a part of reality as any other animal, belief in vampires doesn't have this force behind it, and so is more easily doubted. Thus, all vampires owe their existence almost as much to Vlad Tepes as to Cain.

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