For most Vampires, the Black Hand exists as an unseen bogeyman, a horrid monster used to terrify childer as they lay in their coffins. Most vampires believe that they will never encounter one of these mad shadow warriors, assuming that if they do nothing to upset the Sabbat, the Black Hand will have no interest in them. Older vampires believe otherwise. They know the Black Hand has interests--and spies--everywhere. Any vampire could be one of these Sabbat leaders, and the Hand's existence is just one more reason to be paranoid of everything in the world. Truly old vampires know that there is even more reason to fear. When they were but childer, their own sires look over their shoulders and whispered legends of the Hand. They know that the Hand's secrets are deep and dark. The Black Hand does not share its secrets willingly. Should you read further, you will be tainted by what you read, and your view of the World of Darkness may never be the same.
You will belong to the Black Hand. Once you uncover its corruption, it will forever mar your neonate idealism and mark your soul.......The Black Hand is part of the Sabbat, which is composed of the most vicious and loyal vampires in existence. The Black Hand, referred to simply as the Hand, serves as the powerful army in the Sabbat's jyhad against the Camarilla, anarchs, Inconnu, and its many other enemies. The Hand brands its memebers' right palms with a black crescent moon, to forever remind them of their responsibilities. Much like its parent sect (the Sabbat), the Hand is steeped in political, rhetoric, millenarianism, and militarism. Like the Sabbat itself, it was designed for the destruction of all who would oppose it. It is rich in legend, doctrine, and tradition, and so secretive that most Sabbat know little of its ways. Of the thousands of Sabbat in the world, only around 300 are members of the Hand, and even low-level members know only what is necessary to get the job done. Positions within the Hand include raider, scout, covert agent, assassin, weapons and demolitions expert, Thaumaturgist and mission leader.
The dirtiest secret of the Black Hand is that the Black Hand is not just a part of the Sabbat. Indeed, it is a separate sect entirely. Shortly after the creation of the Sabbat, vampires secretly belonging to an ancient sect called the Tal'mahe'Ra allied with the Sabbat. Under the alias manus nigrum, or "Black Hand", the Tal'mahe'Ra served as an agent of murder, destruction, and chaos, and rained hell down upon the Sabbat's enemies. Since that time, the Tal'mahe'Ra has adopted the translation "Black Hand" as its own name, though many elders still prefer the old term. The members of the Tal'mahe'Ra have come to call the members of the Sabbat Hand the "False" Hand while they themselves remain in the "True" Hand. The Sabbat continue to act as a front for the True Hand. The Black Hand, despite its great power, is limited because it divides its attention between three worlds--the World of Darkness, the Underworld of the wraiths, and the Deep Umbra of the mages. The "Silent Agenda" is the name given to the preparations the Black Hand makes for the awakening of the Antediluvians. It is never openly discussed except in Enoch. Hand leaders from both the Camarilla and Sabbat occasionally meet in secret to discuss future manipulations. Together they keep the animosity between the Sabbat and the Camarilla at a maximum, preventing both sects from looking toward their real enemy.