Cainchmeh Scripture

Cain

1   Adam knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, who was the firstborn man in Creation. 

2    Adam knew Eve again, and again she bore a son, called Abel.

3    Cain was a tiller of the fields, while Abel kept watch over the animals of the fields.

4    It came to pass that Cain and Abel went together up the mount to make a sacrifice unto the Lord. Cain gave unto the Lord some of the fruits of his field, but Abel gave the best of his flocks.

5    And the Lord was pleased with Abel’s offering, but with Cain’s offering he was displeased.

6    Cain was wroth with the Lord, and with Abel, his brother. And in his anger, he rose up and slew Abel.

7    And Cain’s hands were stained red with the blood of his brother. 

8    The Lord said unto Cain, What have you done? You have spilled the blood of your brother, which is your blood also. Listen! Your brother's blood cries out to me from the ground.

9    And the Lord cursed Cain to be a vagabond. Where he went, he was not welcomed. Where he tried to plant a seed, it failed to grow. As he cut down his brother, so was he cut off from mankind.

10  And Cain cried out unto the Lord for mercy saying, My punishment is more than I can bear. For what man can survive without his kindred? Surely evil men will come upon me, alone, and will slay me.

11  And the Lord set a mark upon Cain so that everyone who saw him would know that he was the Lord’s and not slay him. 

The Children of Lamech

1    Then Cain took unto him a wife, and she bore Enoch. Enoch begat Irad, and Irad begat Mehuyael, and Mehuyael begat Methusael, and Methusael begat Lamech.

2    And Lamech took two wives. And Adah bore for him Yabal and Yubal. And Zillah bore for him Tubal-cain and Naamah, his daughter.

3    Naamah wandered in the desert and found Lilith, who could read the signs and divine the future.

4    And Lilith did invite her to make prophesy, and Naamah knelt in the dust with Lilith, who divined her future. And Lilith told her she should not die.

5    Naamah asked, How can I not die? For it is the lot of mankind to return to dust.

6    And Lilith did tell her, If you would live forever, you must drink the blood of man, for that is the Tree of Life.

7    Naamah went back to her brothers, who were glad to see her returned. And she told them, Lilith did divine my future, and she says I shall not die.

8    And they asked, How can you not die, for all mankind must die.

9    Naamah told them, Lilith told me to drink the blood of man if I would live forever.

10  Her brother Tubal-cain wished to drink the blood as well, but Yabal and Yubal cautioned them against it, saying, The Lord has forbidden us to drink the blood of man or animal.

11  Naamah and Tubal-cain began to drink the blood of their servants and they did not age. When Yabal and Yubal saw this, they were swayed and they too began to drink the blood.

12  When the Lord saw what the children of Lamech had done, he cursed them to be barren, so they could not make a race of immortals to rival the angels. And he said, Let their line die with them, and let their wickedness be snuffed out.

13  And when the children of Lamech knew they were cursed, they wailed and beat their breasts; and they did put ash on their heads and wear sackcloth for many days, lamenting, Woe are we, for our curse is too much to bear. For how can we live without children?

14  And Naamah went back into the desert and sought out Lilith. When she found Lilith she said unto her, Woe are we, for we are now barren and cannot have issue. A curse on the day which I first met thee!

15  And Lilith said, Peace. Did I not tell thee that the blood is Life? Give your blood to others if you would have them be your issue, and curse me no more. 

16  Naamah went back unto her brothers and told them all that Lilith had said, and so they gave unto others their blood and they made a race of immortals like themselves.

17  And the Lord looked down upon their wickedness and he was wroth with them and his hatred so great, he turned his back upon them.

The Flood

1    The descendants of Lamech’s children did multiply and spread out over the face of the earth, even unto the four corners. And there passed one thousand one hundred and ten years.

2    Then the Lord did cause a great rain to fall upon the earth, and it rained for forty days and forty nights, until even the mountains were covered with the great water and there was no dry land to be seen anywhere.

3    Many were drowned, but the children of Lamech survived in a boat. And when they came upon anything which floated in the waters and which was alive, they took it into their boat; man and beast, they took it in.

4    But the waters did prevail upon the earth one hundred and fifty days, and the animals in the boat and the children of Seth died, for there was no food to be found for them. And when everything which was alive in the boat was dead, the children of Cain did cry in their hunger, but there was no relief.

5    And the stronger attacked the weaker in their madness, and their numbers were reduced to a score and a half.

6    The waters did recede, but the land was barren and there was nothing alive on its face.

7    The children of Cain wandered the land, and their hunger was great, but no living thing appeared. They faltered and fell to the dust and their numbers dwindled.

8    And when there were only fourteen of them remaining, they once again found the children of Seth and they did live. And they went out again, unto the earth, and multiplied their numbers.

The Formation of the Clans and Council

1    And from the children of Lamech, and the ten who also survived, there sprang forth a great multitude in the days after the coming of the great water.

2    And Naamah and her children were a clan.

3    And Tubal-cain, her brother, and those he created were his clan.

4    And Yabal and his children were his clan.

5    And Yubal and his children were his clan.

6    The ten who survived did not know who made them and they had no clan. So each made a clan in his own fashion. And these were the ten clans: Accad, Tiras, Yavan, Reuel, Mesha, Maehir, Terah, Tirzah, Zara, who was a woman, and Elad.

7    The children of Lamech did gather yearly with the ten and they formed a great council, which was over them all. But the children of Lamech were over the council. And among them all, one was elected leader to guide the meet and to sway the vote when it was split. 

8     And it was decided that the meet should be held in Yerushalyim, for it was a goodly city, and the people therein were a goodly people.

9     And the children of Cain were allied with the children of Seth, who were also the seed of Abraham. And their daughters were married and their sons also adopted, so that the children of Cain grew in number and were not uncircumcised.

The Laws

These are the laws which the great council did set forth, and which were recorded by Hamin, their scribe.

The Laws of Governance

1    The number of the clans shall be fourteen, and those who have descended from the children of Lamech shall have precedence over the others.

2    And each clan shall have a representative who shall speak for all, and these shall meet once a year in council. 

3    Among the peoples of the fourteen tribes, one shall be chosen by the council to lead them, and when the council cannot decide a matter, he shall cast the vote to one side or the other. [A later law clarified the Erujtah’s position as being over the High Council, as well as the full Council, since he is also needed to break ties among the four as well as the fourteen.]

4    The leaders of the clans from Lamech’s children shall oversee all matters of the people, but the council of the fourteen, plus the one, shall be required to oversee the laws; for the consent of all is required when laws encompass all. [This was originally interpreted to mean that unanimous consent was required by the Council before a law could pass, but it was later argued—successfully—that it only meant that the full Council was required to hear proposals regarding the law, and that a simple majority of votes was all that was needed to change the law. (The argument that resulted in the clarification pointed out that if the founders had expected unanimous consent, they would have never appointed an Erujtah to break ties—a simple majority was implied.)]

5    And Naamah does set forth that no man may represent her clan, but women only.

The Laws of Kin

1    Heavy is the responsibility of he who makes a child of his blood, and let no one take his burden lightly.

2    He who abandons his responsibility, let him have no more issue, for he is not worthy.

3    The faults of the child shall be the faults of his sire, for he who does not instruct his child is shamed.

4    Let no child be an orphan, but let others step forth to claim him.

5    Let no child be taken as a child, for that is a sin, and he who does it shall be cast out. [This is taken to mean that no one should turn a child. The definition of a child has varied over the centuries, but it is currently set at under sixteen for girls and under eighteen for boys.]

6    It is shameful to slight one child for another, therefore let no one take more than one child. [This is interpreted to mean that no one should take a second child while they are already raising one; a later law allows for the taking of an additional child in the case of an emergency, including taking in an orphaned child.]

7    No child may take a child of his own, for who would raise it? [A later law was written that allows exceptions to this in the case of an emergency, and states that the sire of the first child shall raise the second.]

8    The age of majority shall be five and twenty years.

9    He who would call himself an adult must recite his lineage; he who fails shall be thought a child.

The Laws of the Canichmeh (These are jokingly referred to as “The Laws of ‘Shall Not’”)

1    It is forbidden to drink the blood of any dead thing; likewise the blood of animals. He who practices this abomination shall be cut off from his people, for it is loathsome in their sight. [The Council does not, by custom, prosecute for this, although the social stigma associated with doing it is strong enough to effectively banish anyone who does it.]

2    It is forbidden to drink from a child.

3    Do no harm to the children of Seth, nor do murder unto them.

4    Do no harm to your brethren, and do also no murder unto them, for it is a sin to murder your blood.

(If you want a more detailed explanation of the Scriptures--how the vampires read and interpret them--you can view it here: History of the Vampires, Part I)

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