Kindred of the East: Crimson Empires
Taking the Left-Hand Path
Kuei-jin who realize that their chosen Dharma doesn’t suit them sometimes enact this Rite to cast away their old Path and embrace a new one. While this Rite often takes place in the presence of a vampire’s wu-mates or at a meeting of her court, some Kuei-jin prefer to conduct the ceremony in private and announce their decision after the fact.
System: Before beginning the Rite, the Kuei-jin prepares a list of reasons why her old Dharmic Path no longer provides her with the vision and purpose necessary for her continued progress along the Road Back. She may use calligraphy or brush painting to produce this list, so that it becomes a thing of beauty as well as the centerpiece of the Rite. The Rite itself consists of a series ritual purifications (baths, incense, meditation, and fasting), followed by the donning of completely new clothes, symbolic of the vampire’s new beginning. The Rite culminates in the fiery destruction of the list prepared earlier and the inscription of a new parchment or the creation of a brush painting that illustrates the new Dharmic Path. No rolls need be made to perform this Rite, but the character must spend a point each of Yin Chi and Yang Chi to solidify the change. After completing the Rite, the character loses all levels in her old Dharma and begins her new Path at a rating of 1.