The Blood-Dimmed Tide
Diablerie is the heinous act of consuming a fellow vampire completely, down to the victim's very soul. Diablerie leaves characteristic black veins on the aura of a Kindred observed through the Auspex Discipline. A Kindred who commits diablerie is called a diablerist.
Diablerists generally perform such an act for one of two reasons – to gain power by raising the potency of their blood or because they are addicted. The former tends to be more careful when choosing victims, as diablerie must be performed on vampires in torpor; nothing is as attractive to power-hungry neonates as the rumors of an elder in torpor. However, it is not unknown for a diablerist to beat their victim into torpor themselves before performing the act.
Diablerie is addictive the same way that vitae is addictive, especially to elders (who usually must drink vampire blood just to survive). Diablerie-addicted elders are feared by many a vampire.
Diablerie is also known by the older term, Amaranth. Notably, Amaranth is the Third Kindred Tradition, after the Tradition of Masquerade and the Tradition of Progeny. Amaranth is the old form of what the Kindred now call diablerie and refers to an ancient practice of giving an amaranth (a flower) to the victim-to-be.
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