The Laws of the Vampires
as revealed to Armand by Santino
That each coven must have its leader and only he might order the working of
the Dark trick upon a mortal, seeing that the methods and the rituals were
That the Dark Gifts must never be given to the crippled, the maimed, or to
children, or to those who cannot, even with the Dark Powers survive on their
own. Be it further understood that all mortals who would recieve the Dark
Gifts should be beautiful in person so that the insult to God might be
greater when the trick is done.
That never should an old vampire work this magic lest the blood of the
fledgling be too strong. For all our gifts increase naturally with age and
the old ones have too much strength to pass on. Injury, burning -- these
catastrophes, if they do not destroy the Child of Satan will only increase
his powers when he is healed. Yet Satan guards the flock from the powers of
old ones, for almost all, without exception go mad.
In this particular, let Armand observe that there was no vampire then living
who was more than 300 years old. No one alive then could remember the first
Roman coven. The devil frequently calls his vampires home.
But let Armand understand here also that the effect of the Dark Trick is
unpredictable, even when passed on by the very young vampire and with all
due care. For reasons no one knows, some mortals when Born to Darkness
become as powerful as Titans, others may be no more than corpses that move.
That is why mortals must be chosen with skill. Those with great passion and
indominatable will should be avoided as well as those who have none.
That no vampire may ever destroy another vampire, except that the coven
master has the power of life and death over all of his flock. And it is
further his obligation to lead the old ones and the mad ones into the fire
when they can no longer serve Satan as they should. It is his obligation to
destroy all vampires who are not properly made. It is his obligation to
destroy all those who are so badly wounded that they cannot survive on their
own. And it is his obligation finally to seek the destruction of all
outcasts and all those who have broken these laws.
That no vampire shall ever reveal his true nature to a mortal and let the
mortal live. No vampire must ever reveal the history of the vampires to a
mortal and let the mortal live. No vampire must commit to writing the
history of the vampires or any true knowledge of vampires lest such a
history be found by mortals and believed. And a vampire's name must never be
known to mortals, save from his tombstone, and never must any vampire reveal
to mortals the location of his or any other vampire's lair.
Taken from "The Vampire Lestat" (c) Anne Rice