Rust Never Sleeps
One concept that appears only briefly in both Rites of the Dragon
and TheTestament of Longinus, but more frequently in other texts
(including the Rakta Veda and The Cycle of Demeter) is the notion
of Golconda. According to myth, Golconda is something of
a vampiric state of enlightenment, in which a Kindred perfectly
balances the needs of the Beast and his Hunger with his conscious
mind. A Kindred in Golconda does not frenzy, does not
succumb to Rötschreck, and can even access abilities that are
normally available only to vampires of surpassingly potent blood.
Some legends even suggest that a vampire who attains Golconda
can become mortal once again. The specific details have not and
probably could not ever be set down, because Golconda, as a
state of being, is not only rare, it’s unique to those who achieve
it. The exact effects of this higher state of vampiric existence
likely vary from one vampire to the next.
Few Kindred tonight believe in Golconda, considering it at
worst a myth or mistranslation, and at best an indicator of how
religious Kindred should conduct themselves, as opposed to an
actual goal to be achieved. Still, a select few Kindred strive to
find this legendary perfect state of balance, seeing in it the promise
of redemption, or at least escape from an eternity of need — a
state of being that certainly sounds an awful lot like redemption.
To those who see beyond the pleasant-seeming connotations
of Golconda, a frightening consideration lies beneath the surface.
A vampire in this state doesn’t necessarily become “nice.”
Indeed, almost the opposite might be true. A vampire who
achieves Golconda might well be one of the most fearsome
creatures another Kindred could hope to meet, as her soul is in
a perfect state of balance with regard to vampirism. Golconda
might not be a state of natural serenity, but could instead elevate
one to the status of a consummate predator. In nature, a
wolf and shark are both in tune with what they are, and a creature
with more cognitive ability than these killing machines
might be more terror than saint.