– The Seven Blood Covenants –
I. Vows – The First Covenant
Vows and Oaths are what bind us. Do not take one unless you understand the commitment involved. Give due respect to your own- and to those of all other nocturnal communities. Without Vows and Oaths, we are pretenders.
II. Aesthetics – The Second Covenant
Aesthetics are the black fabric of our world. Freely acknowledge and celebrate the dark beauty found in the realm of the senses. These things help identify us and draw us to one another. Without Aesthetics, we are desolate.
III. Maturity – The Third Covenant
Maturity is what proves that we are ready. Always carry yourself with dignity and act with intelligence. Rash acts bring undue attention to our community, and that we cannot allow. Without Maturity, we are children.
IV. Pride – The Fourth Covenant
Pride is how we show our strength. Never be ashamed of who and what you are. Our world is not for the timid, but temper your Pride by knowing when and where to reveal your true colors. Without Pride, we are faceless.
V. Yearning – The Fifth Covenant
Yearning is what sets us apart. Understand the depth and breadth of your hunger, and treat it with reverence. Limit your needs only with a sincere recognition of the boundaries of others. Without Yearning, we are empty.
VI. Respect – The Sixth Covenant
Respect is the heart of our world. Show Respect to every member of your community, regardless of rank. Offer Respect and hospitality to guests and members of other communities. Without Respect, we are unworthy.
VII. Immortality – The Seventh Covenant
Immortality is the dream of our kind, but the only thing that truly lives forever are Ideals. Always stand by your principles, your kind and your culture. With this dedication, we defy death. Without Immortality, we are finite.
The Black Trinity:Covenant
- Recognize and respect all Vampire Courts, Communities, Churches and Societies.
- Resolve rather than create conflict.
- Revel in our shared heritage.
(The Pax Vampyri: the 7 blood covenants of the Order of the Black Marble and the Court of Lazarus NYC, and the Black Trinity Covenant.)