The Ordo Dracul claims to follow the teachings of Vladislaus Tepes, Dracula himself. Dracula became a Vampire in 1476 near Bucharest. He claimed to have no sire, but to have been struck by God Himself with undeath for his abuse of faith.

The Rites of the Dragon describes his experiences following his embrace. It mentions interactions with the Invictus, learning the sorceries of the Lancea Sanctum and the Circle of the Crone, and embracing at least one of his brides, Mara.

During the 16th century, Dracula and his three brides set down the original laws, terminology and structure of the Ordo Dracul. The three Sworn factions were created at this time, with each of the brides acting as leader of one of the orders. At this early stage, membership probably numbered less than a dozen Kindred, despite later claims.

While most of the terms and practices of the Ordo Dracul were in place by 1600, the Ordo Dracul only emerged as a potent and legitimate covenant in the 19th century. Shortly after codifying the Ordo Dracul, Dracula fell into torpor, leaving the Ordo in the hands of his brides.

Covenant histories from the 17th century suggest that some sort of schism occurred within the Ordo Dracul during this time, pitting the various factions of the Sworn against one another. The brides who controlled the Sworn, of course, had wildly different views on the nature of God and the purpose of the Coils. With Dracula gone, this conflict apparently escalated.

One account suggests that Anoushka and her followers in the Dying Light were accused by Mara and the Axe of exploiting their judicial authority by taking a moral high road that was inappropriate for the covenant. Covenant histories from the 17th century are wildly skewed in favor of one branch of the Sworn or the other. Some indicate that either Mara or Anoushka ruled that many members of the other two factions were unfit to learn the Coils and should be destroyed.

When the covenant descended into infighting, the Sworn of the Mysteries stood above the fray, keeping their attention on the survival of the Ordo Dracul.

During this early period, the Ordo Dracul, as an upstart faction, was persecuted by the other covenants, especially the Invictus and Lancea Sanctum. This led some domains at this time to foster very close relations with the Circle of the Crone. Rumors of Vampire "witches" possessing the secrets of both the Coils of the Dragon and Cruac which arose at this time have not been credibly established outside of a few very rare cases.

The early Ordo Dracul also suffered from a lack of focus. Many members joined purely to learn the secrets of the Order, without interest in its broader agenda of transcendence. Before the scientific method became prevalent, work on the Coils was haphazard and extremely dangerous. Record keeping and communication were also sporadic or encoded so obscurely as to be near useless even a generation later.

As the teachings of the Order slowly spread, they became farther removed from the three brides. Differences of opinion and practice inevitably arose. Most were minor and easily dealt with, but some resulted in deadlocks that could not be reconciled. These differences were codified into various Rites by which the Covenant could organize itself. During this period, the Damascene (1719) and Palatine (1738) Rites were created. In reaction, the Wallachian (1782) Rite was formalized, in an attempt to restore Orthodoxy to the Covenant's teachings.

Beginning around 1820, the Ordo Dracul experienced a large surge in membership. While there's no single reason for this, a few reasons have been identified. The Industrial Revolution, coming to fruition at this time, seems to have jolted the Dragons to adopt the scientific method. This opened up vast new horizons for the Ordo Dracul, and the new approach sparked a renaissance in Ordo thought.

In 1837, the Ordo Dracul largely withdrew from society, becoming a secret society similar to the Freemasons. During the sixty years that followed this withdrawal, many Dragons claimed membership in one of the other covenants. The Ordo also adopted many of the trappings and ceremonies of a secret society during this time, which continue to this day.

The rise of spiritualism also brought new members into the fold. Spiritualists often had the right temperament and ability to think outside the box needed prized by the Dragons. By turning the scientific method on mediums, they were also able to discover those psychics and mediums with true power, and either enlist them or destroy them.

In fact, many of the western methodologies used by Dragons today originate in the nineteenth century. Where earlier Dragons relied primarily on Alchemy and Ritual, this was the age in which Theosophy, Mesmerism and Spiritualism mixed with Science and older occult traditions in Ordo Dracul Academies.

In 1897, Bram Stoker published Dracula. Memory of the long-hidden covenant led to "investigations" that flushed out the hidden Dragons, leading the Ordo Dracul to openly declare itself as a covenant. During this period of unrest, many of the Dragons who had held joint membership in the Ordo Dracul were killed, and others withdrew, and began the modern tradition of the Kogaion.