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  • Assorted Abilitys.

    Hobby Talent

    Professional Skill

    Expert knowledge

    Buerucracy

    Intuiton

    Vetinary Medicine

    Herbalism

    Seneschal



    Ideas on how to use these abilitys?



  • #2
    Hobby Talent, Professional Skill, and Expert Knowledge aren't individual Abilities. They're place holders for what previous editions (well and M20) call Secondary Abilities; Abilities too specialized to make it into the basic set, but might warrant being used in some games if they do focus on that.

    Bureaucracy you use to manipulate, circumvent, and so on large scale social organizations. Want to get approvals from the city for expanding your Haven without any questions asked? Know how to file just the right forms with just the right people.

    Intuition is usually used as a catchall for "roll something to move the story along." See if your character gets a gut feeling about what to do when they're stuck. There's other ways to use it, but they tend to get outshone by other Abilities.

    Veterinary Medicine is... doing what Medicine does, but on animals.

    Herbalism is either kinda useless because it lets you brew up alternative medicines and stuff like that but nothing inherently supernatural. In the hands of certain splats though it can do all sorts of minor potion/etc. stuff.

    Seneschal... I wasn't aware this was an Ability anywhere. However a seneschal is the head of a staff in a manor or similar situation. So its what you'd use if you're the head butler, or some similar position to cover all of the little details of arranging and maintaining residences and social areas for high society functions.

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    • #3
      Seneschal is in the Dark Ages Vampire books (Including V20 Dark Ages)
      You are the oil that allows the gears of a great house to run smoothly. You handle the books and the market accounts. You manage the number of workers for the harvest, maintain the stables, keep the ponds and forests stocked, and so forth. A good servant is worth their weight in gold, it’s said, and it’s never truer than here.
      You will never be caught flat-footed with a surprise hunting party. True experts can tell at a glance the quality of other people’s households as well, ferreting out the hidden dust and the half-shined silver that falls beneath the notice of others.
      We've had rolls to cover provisioning armies and getting high volumes of generic items, like outfitting a peasant levy with armour or weapons, organizing travel across long distances including making sure that inns would have room and provisions when you pass through.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Heavy Arms View Post

        Seneschal... I wasn't aware this was an Ability anywhere. However a seneschal is the head of a staff in a manor or similar situation. So its what you'd use if you're the head butler, or some similar position to cover all of the little details of arranging and maintaining residences and social areas for high society functions.
        It is essentially the Dark Ages equivalent to Bureaucracy, applied to running a noble household, monastery, university, merchant house or other institution that might serve as the character or coterie's domain (or pack territory, chantry, etc.).


        What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly. That is the first law of nature.
        Voltaire, "Tolerance" (1764)

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        • #5
          Originally posted by No One of Consequence View Post

          It is essentially the Dark Ages equivalent to Bureaucracy, applied to running a noble household, monastery, university, merchant house or other institution that might serve as the character or coterie's domain (or pack territory, chantry, etc.).
          I may be wrong but it also may have been used in the MET Liber de Ghouls as a ghoul skill for running your master's household and businesses and influences, and (I think) doing it in such a fashion that no one ever catches on that it's you because you can emulate his decisions. Which means it may have also been a secondary skill in the older Ghoul book(s) for VtM, but could be wrong.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by EndlessKng View Post

            I may be wrong but it also may have been used in the MET Liber de Ghouls as a ghoul skill for running your master's household and businesses and influences, and (I think) doing it in such a fashion that no one ever catches on that it's you because you can emulate his decisions. Which means it may have also been a secondary skill in the older Ghoul book(s) for VtM, but could be wrong.
            That would not surprise me. The modern equivalent is essentially Alfred from the Batman mythos or Pepper in the Iron Man films.


            What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly. That is the first law of nature.
            Voltaire, "Tolerance" (1764)

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            • #7
              Oh ideas on difficultys and attribute pairings for abilitys?

              for say...

              spaying or neutering a pet.

              Improving a Hamburger helper with herbs.

              Tripping a Pentex Subdiary up in Red Tape with Buerucracy.

              Getting a Gut Feeling Via intuition.


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              • #8
                Originally posted by Prince of the Night View Post
                spaying or neutering a pet.
                Dexterity, difficulty 3-5 for modern facilities from a full well funded animal hospital/clinic, to a more volunteer style mobile clinic. Add more diff based on less optimal tools, conditions, and for exotic animals.

                Improving a Hamburger helper with herbs.
                Intelligence (purposeful experimenting with culinary principles) or Wits (doing it on the fly as you cook to taste), difficulty 4 or 5 (ground beef is pretty easy to season in a tasty fashion even if it's not going to be 5 star).

                Tripping a Pentex Subdiary up in Red Tape with Buerucracy.
                Charisma, Manipulation, Intelligence, or Wits depending on method. Difficulty given the power of a corporation of the size of Pentex probably around 8. Expect a contested roll.

                Getting a Gut Feeling Via intuition.
                Stamina (internal body senses, "Maybe I shouldn't keep eating this..."), Manipulation or Wits (how interpersonal interactions are going), Perception (pretty much anything else), difficulty... however hard it would be? Opposed rolls probably matter more.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by No One of Consequence View Post

                  That would not surprise me. The modern equivalent is essentially Alfred from the Batman mythos or Pepper in the Iron Man films.
                  I was right - it was in Ghouls Fatal Addiction (page 82). And appropriately enough, the five dot example simply reads "Alfred Pennyworth."

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Prince of the Night View Post

                    Tripping a Pentex Subdiary up in Red Tape with Buerucracy.

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                    This would depend on what scale you're hitting at I imagine. I Mean Walmart by itself COULD be a Subsidiary of Pentex, So too would a particular Walmart Store. Making things difficult for a Particular Walmart store might be a 6 while Say fighting the giant multinational might be a 9.

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                    • #11
                      Oh? Professional Skill gambling ideas for Difficultys and Dice roll combinations there?


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                      • #12
                        oh curious Just noticed cookings a professional skill

                        For a Maid does she need more then one professional skill or just use "Professional Skill Maid"

                        Which would be pretty Versatile

                        I know this is mostly an intellectual vanity.



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