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  • V5 - Fantastic Vessels and how to Feed on Them

    This is a thread I thought about doing for a long time and should be fun. Basically, feeding is considered a very impersonal act and often on the faceless masses of humanity. Even if you have a herd, it's something that doesn't really get fleshed out very often. Instead, this is a thread for sharing a bunch of humans who exist for your vampire characters to feed off of them. This way player characters can have a more human connection to those humans who they drain the life force out of while destroying their lives! I'll start us off and I hope people will comment or add their own to the list.

    *Rated M for Mature themes*

    1. Deborah Walker: A 32 year old surburbanite mother of two who believes she's having an affair with the player character and finds it the respite from an extremely dull life. She allows herself to be fed from sometimes up to three times a week but this is actually very dangerous and its better to keep it about once a week.

    2. Tom Howard: A 42 year old ex-Goth and die hard punk who has been a vampire food source passed around for years. He believes that vampires are servants of Satan and is addicted to the rush. He's a Masquerade breach but has been fed on them since his teenage years so no one thinks it's an issue. Many Kindred find him quite pathetic. It's rather amazing he hasn't gotten himself killed by too many feedings and his neck is a mass of scar tissue among other spots.

    3. Gina Tognolli: A 21 year old runaway that serves as a sometimes drug dealer and prostitute. She bargains blood for cash and doesn't really ask questions. Gina would be willing to become a more permannet food source or even ghoul but that requires a point of resources. She hasn't yet lost herself to the lifestyle that will get herself used up as a vampire's food that so many others have.

    4 Alex Capaldi: A 30 year old coffee shop owner who believes himself to be the player characters' good friend. He's a person who merrily allows them to sit down and talk for thirty minutes about his various obsessions (Transformers, global warming, trump) then will allow the player character to feed on him in the bathroom. He doesn't remember being fed on and is convinced they're doing Ecstasy. He's never done the real thing.

    5. Walker Bateman: A 41 year old health and fitness nut who is also a successful(ish) day-trader. Walker is a great believer in "vampire wellness" that is a scam that believes anxiety and toxins can be removed from the blood with weekly draining sessions. It's actually the Kiss he is addicted to and helps relieves his stress, though he would freak the equipment wasn't there (or wasn't lied to that it was). An easy way to fix this would be to get him to store it at his place.

    6. Mia "Tawdry" Sessions: Mia is a still-lovely fifty year old woman and former prostitute who has since started running a prostitution service for vampires, having graduated out of it when her Anarch owner got himself killed. She's very afraid of death and would love to be Embraced but hasn't cultivated the kind of resources or connections to make that feasible. She would happily love to be fed on but also is very good at providing meals to vampires, with an ap or if they're uncomfortable with that a specialized phone call. The player characters can pay in money or blood with the latter being treated as several thousand dollars worth of credit per point. Sessions is actually quite ruthless, has other clients, and is not adverse to actually trafficking a human victim to be killed but it's usually her Kindred clients who just want a night of feeding.

    7. Jim Gein: A 47 long term care specialist in a local hospital, Ed sells access to various patients in his wards to Kindred in exchange for money. He's been partially dominated and doesn't want to know or care what they do to them while they're there. While there's plenty of drugged patients, most of them are
    simply weak and/or sleeping. He is a genuinely scummy human being but performs a useful service, or so most Kindred justify it.

    8. Nurse Becky Tonolly: A cheerful, happy go lucky overweight 37 year old nurse who works in an underfunded and somewhat sad-looking hospice. Becky had an encounter with a Kindred (Toreador probably) when she was a teenager and believes they are angels. As such, she asks them to help smooth over the deaths of her patients in a dignified way. A downside is many of them are on very strong drugs but if Dominate could be substituted, she'd be happy to let it happen. It could also seriously affect a vampire's Humanity score depending on their opinion of euthanasia. Becky is a candidate best ghouled to preserve the Masquerade but the chances of anyone investigating the deaths of her facility is nonexistent.

    9. Lisa Valentine: A 27 year old conventionally attractive stripper as well as independent prostitute, Lisa Valentine (not her real name) is unaware of vampires thinks of feeding as a very common kink akin to BDSM and is unaware how dangerous it is for mortals. Lisa is only in it for the money and is happy to have an exclusive client relationship if they can afford it. She is happy to flatter and coax but easily bored. She would happily sell anyone down the river if it meant more money or her own success. She keeps her past to herself but once had ambitions of being a doctor before her life was destroyed by predatory loans.

    10. Gerald Thompkins: Gerald Thompkins is a 52 drug, hooker, and gambling addicted dialysis facility operator. He steals a rather decent chunk of filtered blood from his patients and proceeds to bag it up for sale to his Kindred associates under the guise of believing its for black market doctors. This has led to several deaths but he's not particularly bothered by this and has actually expanded his business size by incorporating two nurses into his scam.

    11. Robert Jones: Robert Jones is a 60 year old white-haired businessman runs a meat market gymnasium that is designed primarily for fitness-obsessed singles to have hook ups. He looks a bit like Malcolm McDowell on (literal) steroids. The feeding here is incredibly easy for both gay and straight Kindred, though he's been known to film subjects for blackmail and his own private kinks--he really only wants regular clients. The discovery of vampires would just try to get him to make a "Platnium" membership.

    12. Bash Crowley: A 36 EMT who is reasonably healthy but addicted to the Kiss as a means of dealing with the stress. He believes in "psychic vampirism" and that it is a special technique that allows a person's stress to all be magically drained away without hurting them long term. He's actually a recovering heroin addict and has substituted one addicted for another.
    Last edited by CTPhipps; 02-09-2020, 12:23 PM.


    Author of Cthulhu Armageddon, I was a Teenage Weredeer, Straight Outta Fangton, Lucifer's Star, and the Supervillainy Saga.

  • #2
    I have to say, great choice of a name for this thread.
    All of those are great ideas, that could really be useful for a low-power game, imo.

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    • #3
      All of these are awesome.

      Some presuppose the PC is feeding from them semi-regularly, which I think people can erroneously conflate with having the Herd Background. If the PC still makes hunting rolls to feed from them, they're only herd in a narrative rather than mechanical sense. A failed roll with someone like Deborah might not mean she's uninterested, but that she's having an affair with another lover right now and isn't available to meet up.

      Tom Howard is sad. I like the sense of continuity he gives to a city's blood dolls. Not all of them grew up and got a life.

      I like the possible plots with Mia Sessions. She has just enough knowledge and connections to be dangerous, or at least a pain.

      Alex has a neat explanation for why a hunting scene with him might take the average-expected one hour.

      Lisa Valentine is sadder than Tom.


      Here's a few written by one of the players in my game. All are college-age women who work for an escort agency his PC controls.

      Beth Hudson
      Beth is the classic case of 'so close' being 'not close enough.' She comes from a lower-middle class background and her scholarship to Tulane was enough to cover most of her tuition, but not quite enough. Her family initially helped cover the difference, but two years in she realized what a strain it was putting on them, and on their marriage, when they nearly lost their house. She couldn't bear to continue taking their money after wiping out their savings, but also couldn't find a legitimate job that paid enough to support her and her tuition. She was on the verge of dropping out when Elysian presented itself as an option that would allow her to keep her dream. All it cost was her self-respect and (as she perceived it) integrity when she'd intended to wait until marriage before having sex, but it was a path to help her parents get out from under the debt they'd landed in. Even for a good Christian girl, and perhaps especially for one, it wasn't something she could pass up.

      • Kelsey Hazard
      Kelsey doesn’t actually need the money or potential influence brought on by her employment at the Elsyian escort agency. She comes from an upper-middle class family, but enjoys acting out against her family and considers working as a call girl a safer way to indulge that desire. Kelsey is a glasses-wearing redhead who attends Tulane by day but has no idea what she wants out of life, or what to do at school. She takes courses largely without purpose and has no major in mind. She is picky in her assignments at Elysian, much to the annoyance of (PC's ghoul). The former prostitute-turned-madame puts up with it mostly because Kelsey checks so many boxes for those clients she does have--including more than one work associate of her father's who enjoys the sight of Kelsey on her knees.

      • *Megan Bevanns*
      A would-be actress and theater major, Megan is a petite young woman with dark hair that she frequently dyes multiple colors. Emotionally damaged by abuse as a child and her father's subsequent suicide, she came to treat physical intimacy casually and proved an ideal candidate for recruitment into both Elysian and (the PC's) herd. She attends community college, taking a few credits every semester, with the stated goal of working on a degree that she’d like to transfer to a four-year school ‘someday.’ In the interim, she's worked a number of dead-end jobs in fast food, restaurants, and even amusement parks and fairs. She throws herself into relationships that almost always spectacularly explode when partners (who are usually attracted by her easy approach to sex and not looking for emotional intimacy) realize how needy she really is, which only further reinforces the cycle.

      • *Jillian Spell*
      Jillian is a voluptuous blonde with a friendly and outgoing personality. She was bullied as a preteen for experiencing early-onset puberty and the associated acne and large breasts that came with it, and hasn't gotten over the self-esteem problems she developed as a result. She views her current occupation as a way to express how she's ‘overcome’ her body image issues while validating her looks. She also finds it easier to have 'relationships' with partners who have already made their interest in her expressly clear. The fact it pays the bills too is a bonus. Jillian enjoys rich meals and deserts, and works out compulsively to offset her guilt over her eating habits.
      Last edited by False Epiphany; 02-09-2020, 03:50 PM.


      Blood and Bourbon, my New Orleans-based Vampire chronicle.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by False Epiphany View Post
        All of these are awesome.
        Awesome.

        Some presuppose the PC is feeding from them semi-regularly, which I think people can erroneously conflate with having the Herd Background. If the PC still makes hunting rolls to feed from them, they're only herd in a narrative rather than mechanical sense. A failed roll with someone like Deborah might not mean she's uninterested, but that she's having an affair with another lover right now and isn't available to meet up.
        True, I should have probably made more options for strangers but I figure easy set up definitely works. I do think that the difference between Herd and Predator Type as you say is that Herds are always available while this requires some work.

        Tom Howard is sad. I like the sense of continuity he gives to a city's blood dolls. Not all of them grew up and got a life.
        Yeah, I think there's going to be people who are always on the periphery on the vampire world.

        I like the possible plots with Mia Sessions. She has just enough knowledge and connections to be dangerous, or at least a pain.
        I enjoy some of these are people potentially more evil than Kindred and who would just be even worse as vampires.

        Alex has a neat explanation for why a hunting scene with him might take the average-expected one hour.
        I wish I'd created more like him to be honest. Alex being completely unaware of vampires or even being fed on, which presents its own challenges.

        Lisa Valentine is sadder than Tom.
        Probably would be the "best" at being a vampire if converted.

        Here's a few written by one of the players in my game. All are college-age women who work for an escort agency his PC controls.
        This is a very good list and I absolutely think they bring a lot to the victims of New Orleans. I like Beth and Kelsey the most but all four seem to be quite entertaining characters.
        Last edited by CTPhipps; 02-09-2020, 07:26 PM.


        Author of Cthulhu Armageddon, I was a Teenage Weredeer, Straight Outta Fangton, Lucifer's Star, and the Supervillainy Saga.

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          17. Todd Wilkens: A 23 year old gas station attendant who is always listening to his Ipod, playing on his phone, and frequently goes back to the back storage and smokes weed. He's perfectly vulnerable to attack with anyone using the slightest bit of stealth. He's got no knowledge of vampires or his environment but is someone that the Kindred can pick out as a good target.

          18. Rebecca Johnson: A 28 year old night jogger who is overly friendly and goes through neighborhoods she probably shouldn't. The complication for any Kindred who simply grabs her for a quick meal is that Rebecca was attacked before and now carries a Taser, mace, and a handgun. She chooses the routes she does because she's trying to convince herself she's not afraid.

          19. Hamilton Price: A 50 year old African American street musician who performs at night in front of coffee shops and in the park. He is known to invite people to sit down for a chat with him in order to befriend them in hopes of bigger tips. Getting him into an alley or behind the trees is safer than feeding on him directly but requires probably an offer to hire him for a venue or something else. He's not above flirting with attractive patrons but is mostly trying to cover his bills. He is not a prostitute.

          20. Hitchhiker Joe: Hitchhiker Joe (aka Joseph Kannoski) is a 25 year old travel blog writer who has the idea of traveling around the player character's city (if not the country) in order to debunk the myths of hitchhiking being dangerous. This is very stupid for reasons a vampire will see. Once he gets in the car, he'll explain his whole idea and ask for information for his blog but is perfectly vulnerable to attack.

          21. The Slave: Marcus Jones is 100+ year old ghoul who looks like a 27 year old man. Marcus raped the daughter of a powerful Ventrue, killed the Lindbergh baby, or any number of unspeakable crimes. No one really knows anymore. However, among the vampires of the city he is passed around and has been stripped of all memories as well as self-will. Marcus is incapable of anything other than feeding himself, grooming, bathroom breaks, and light housekeeping but that's not his purpose. He is a meal and regenerates better than most humans, able to survive being fed on twice a week for some reason. Marcus is a gift that is traded around every few years because while useful, his Resonance makes one feel vaguely disgusted with onself. No one would be especially unhappy if he was finally killed.

          22. Jeanine Corriandor: A 47 year old night nurse who works all day and night in order to support her family, frequently taking double shifts. She proceeds then to ride a bus at 2:00 am where she takes a nap before collpasing in bed for four hours (at best). Her blood tastes of exhaustion but no one will care if she's fed on, if they can distract the bus driver from looking back when she is as it's almost always nearly empty at night.

          23. Tina Fox: A 52 year old divorcee and lush who is, bluntly, a very easy pick up. She suffers crippling self-esteem issues and is still trying to convince herself she is desirable. Her late twenties were the last time she was happy so she dresses much younger than appropriate. Her money is rapidly drying up as well as her prospects. Flattery will get one anywhere with Tina and she's not particular about male or female partners, though they will be stuck with the bar tab.

          24. Eleanor Gatsby: The player character's acquaintance and possible neighbor who is in her late twenties, a college graduate in Creative Writing, and living on both her parents money as well as being a barrista. Her life is comfortable as well as very boring. They've sensed something terribly "interesting" about the player and have attempted to invite them over or themselves into their life several times. Perfectly normal and entirely utterly unsuited for the darkness of a player character's life.

          25. Robert O'Brian: A homeless man who lives in the area around the player character's home. He's a 58 year old African American man and military veteran who has dedicated survival instincts. However, he's a guy who is desperate enough that he wouldn't mind crashing on a friend's couch or using their shower once in a while. Robert isn't the kind to go snooping and is more likely to put off by hints that player characters are non-conformist than believe they're creatures of the night. He is likely to put off missing time or falling asleep to natural factors than believing anything untoward has happened--while he'd be offended at the implication of anything sexual or drug use.

          26. Odin Steppenwulf: Odin is a white supremacist named George Steppes. A former nerd in high school, he got into body-building and steroids in college as well as extremist ideology. Odin Steppenwulf regularly goes trolling for victims to intimidate, harass, and mug without overt violence (though he has beaten several people very badly due to roid rage). He's been let off without charge several times due to his father's lawyer. Few vampires would mind him being taken down a peg and encountering a vampire's powers is likely to be written off by him as a drug-related hallucination.

          27. Trinity: A 35 year old woman pretending to be a 26 year old Goth Girl. She is working for the local newspaper on an expose on the "vampire" scene but the story was killed fairly early. Trinity (real name: Lisa Solomon) mostly has become addicted to the sleazy hook ups and free drugs and is only pretending to work on it still. She's only been fed on by a couple of "real" vampires but the experience was so mind-blowing she assumes it was a combination of drugs enhancing performance as well as the high of being alive. She has a long term boyfriend and would be humiliated if the truth came out. It is not overtly hard to pick up her anachronisms even if she does look young for her age.

          28. Cameron Coldwater: Cameron Coldwater is a potential serious issue for any vampire as she's a former Second Inquisition operative. However, Cameron has been off the reservation for several months and is presumed dead by her handler. An undercover assignment resulted in her being enslaved by a now-deceased vampire who left her mind deeply ravaged with a combination of disciples as well as more mundane brainwashing. The 40 year old ex-Detective craves being fed on, vampire blood to drink, sex, and joys of being dominated (which was her unknowing kink). She's actively seeking other vampires out to enslave her, though her old personality peeking through plus former colleagues might seek her. A vampire master may find her a bit of a handful even without the attention.
          Last edited by CTPhipps; 02-10-2020, 01:41 AM.


          Author of Cthulhu Armageddon, I was a Teenage Weredeer, Straight Outta Fangton, Lucifer's Star, and the Supervillainy Saga.

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