Adam and Eve had two sons, Cain, a tiller of the ground, and Abel, a shepherd. Both brought offerings to God, Cain brought the fruits of the ground, and Abel, brought one of his flock as an offering. God approved of Abel’s offering, but not that of Cain's. Cain became very angry at this. As he and Abel where in the field on day, Cain rose up and struck his brother repeatedly until he was dead. God asked Cain "Where is your brother?" and Cain answered "Am I my brothers keeper?".
God asked Cain what he had done, that his brothers blood cried to him from the earth. For his punishment in slaying his brother, Cain was cursed, the ground would not produce anything for him any longer, a fugitive and vagabond he would be. Cain told God his punishment was more than he could bear, to always be hidden from the face of God and driven out from the face of the earth. Cain also told God his concern of being killed, but God set a mark upon Cain that if any should harm him, they would suffer punishment sevenfold. Cain then left into the land of Nod.
It is said that the curse that God had set upon Cain was to be cast into a world of darkness with a continuous craving for blood, and this curse has been passed from generation to generation, all the way up to the vampires of today. It is also is said that when Cain went into the world of darkness, that he became acquainted with Lilith, the first wife of Adam. Cain had partaken of her blood, which awakened him to his ability. After wandering for years in the wild, he returned to being amongst the mortals where he built a city called Enoch. There, Cain turned three mortals who then in turn, created a high population of vampires.
After some time, Enoch was destroyed by a flood. Cain left the ruined city and left all the other vampires behind to do what ever they wanted, but before he left, he strongly reminded them not to create any more vampires. The vampires didn't listen of course and continued to create other vampires, who later betrayed their makers and killed alll the elder vampires with the exception of a few.
This lore has been acredited much to White Wolf as it has been used as a story line basis for their role playing games. Others have said that are some vague references in Hebraic sacred texts as well. I leave it to you, the reader to decide whether or not if this story is simply role play lore. My guess is that White Wolf may have done some intense research to come up with such a brilliant theory. Either way, it makes for quite an interesting concept on the origin of the vampire, doesn't it?
Published: June 15, 2005
Copyright Artist: Mindsiphon