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  • Theodrim
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    Hmm, I'll make an attempt here, for raw hilarity.

    Los Pandoricos

    Nickname
    : Fucking vampires!

    Quote: "Pussy, pussy, pussy!"

    Los Pandoricos is a small bloodline, constrained to a single (but large) Sabbat pack operating along the US/Mexican border and sharing a haven which masquerades as a strip club called the Titty Twister. Numerous theories of its founding exist, but most involve infernalism and either the Gangrel or Tzimisce, but theories among Cainite scholars often include the Baali or even the Tlacique. None are known for fact, as the pack maintains only nominal relations with the Sabbat, and is fiercely territorial, turning their fangs on any Cainite interloper as quickly as the mortal victims they lure on a daily basis.

    The bloodline is to a member on the Path of Evil Revelations, infernalist, diablerist (when the opportunity presents itself), and take numerous investments over the course of their unlives. They were recently nearly wiped out to their last by an unlikely alliance of a pair of bank robbers, their hostage family which included a pastor struggling to maintain his True Faith, a biker, and a Vietnam veteran.

    Disciplines: Potence, Presence, Protean (when learning Animal Form, Los Pandoricos vampires' alternate forms are disgusting, demonic mockeries of their animal forms, conveying not the typical attribute bonuses but rather those enumerated below).

    Weakness: Los Pandoricos' Beasts manifest physically, and not exclusively in the throes of frenzy. They cannot simply express and retract their fangs at will; instead, their entire body and physical appearance take on a demonic and horrible form not unlike the Zulo form of the Tzimisce. When a Los Pandorico vampire frenzies, prepares to enter combat or feed, or simply becomes excited, their Appearance rating drops to zero; they gain a number of temporary dots in physical attributes equal to their Appearance, as if they had spent blood to buff those attributes. Moreover, for every century a Los Pandorico vampire ages, they gain a dot of Appearance (to generational maximum) as their physical form perfects itself over time and their alternate form becomes ever more horrible.

    However, this does not come without cost. Likely due to numerous demonic investments over the centuries or raw corruption of form, Los Pandoricos vampires soak damage as if they were mortal (bashing is not halved and lethal is soaked at +2 difficulty), and they may never learn Fortitude.
    Last edited by Theodrim; 11-07-2016, 02:50 PM.

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  • Shawarbaaz
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    Originally posted by CTPhipps View Post
    Nicolas Milioni

    Here ya go!

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    V:TM version

    Cullen

    Nickname: Sparklers

    Quote: "Everything about us lures you in."

    The Cullen Bloodline is a small group of vegetarian vampires which were created by Carlisle Cullen in the 17th century when he developed abilities above and beyond those of a Ventrue. Carlisle possessed unusual humanity for a vampire and self-control which he has attempted to pass onto his family even as they exist as a Blood Bonded (Vinculum?) pack to one another.

    The Cullens use their Animalism to feed from animals in the woods of Seattle, Washington and maintain daylight existences due to their Fortitude and high Humanity (Path?) ratings. They are often up and about with no real danger to their unlives as long as they avoid direct sunlight. Rumors they actually attend high school, however, are completely ridiculous.

    While often considered wholly humane, the Cullens may not actually be on the Road of Humanity. They associate with other, less humane, vampires and make no attempts to interfere with their feeding. It is suspected, albeit not confirmed, that Carlisle was captured then turned by the Sabbat decades ago. The fact they were embraced primarily in New York hints at this as well as their pack-dynamic. If so, they are perhaps the only surviving Path of Harmony followers in America. This means they are gregarious and pleasant but see no real moral outrage in other vampires killing to survive, even as they avoid it themselves.

    The Cullens, themselves, are Autarkis and actively attempt to avoid other Kindred by hiding in a town far too small for any amount of Kindred to hide in and nearby Uktena Lupine territory. How the Cullens have managed to maintain a treaty with this group of werewolves is anyone's guess but some believe this is due to their leader foreseeing them becoming involved in the destruction of several great threats to the tribe.

    Visitors expecting the Cullens to be impoverished or living normal lives in the Pacific Northwest should note they actually have multiple residences, havens, and an expansive stock portfolio. Carlisle Cullen believes wealth will keep his family from wanting to murder as much as ample supplies of animal blood. As such, he's used his Presence and youngest daughter's unique oracular abilities to become as rich as any other Ventrue.

    Despite their Autarkis nature, the Cullens have ties to a coterie of high ranking Italian Camarilla Archons which assist them in protecting the Masquerade due to Carlisle Cullen's past with them. These particular vampires, known as the Voturi, are considered fiends and degenerates even by their fellow Elders but still hold a large amount of sway. Some believe the reason for their sympathy may have to do with romantic or practical desire for the usual abilities of some of the Cullen children.

    It has been speculated that the Cullens also may have some members, if not all of them, who have a poisonous bite and may have learned Serpentis as an additional discipline (or simply possess a poisonous bite flaw). Others believe their self-control is compromised by their vegetarian diet so they kill anyone they feed on. These might also simply be malicious lies about the Bloodline. Whatever the case, recently, a bizarre series of rumors have begun about the tiny Bloodline and they have been forced to flee the Pacific Northwest.

    Disicplines: Animalism, Fortitude, Presence

    Weakness: In addition to the standard ability of vampires to suffer from Sunlight, the Cullens suffer doubly so as it striking them results in their appearance changing dramatically. No matter, their humanity, they assume the appearance of albino-skinned monstrous predators. Humans who look upon them during this must make a Humanity roll with SUCCESS meaning they are enraged enough to want to form a torch-wielding mob. Failure means they're merely inclined to look upon them as people per their normal beliefs. A Botch means the human gains a derangement where they become obsessed with the vampire as well as their desire to be like them.

    It should be noted the Cullen's abstaining from human blood is not done through purely moral matters. As stated, all members of the Cullen family use the Vinculum to enforce an entirely unnatural bond between one another so they are encouraged to treat each other as family. They all follow the same Path and use social conditioning to keep themselves on the straight and narrow. Furthermore, Carlisle uses his Animalism and Presence to calm the Beasts of his children in order to minimize their desire to do harm to others. The Cullen's way of living is wholly unnatural to vampires but is largely effective if your sole goal is to keep you from harming humans by feeding.

    The Cullens lives are lived through abstaining, blood bond, and rulership by their pack so they don't have any insights into Golconda or other secrets for being "Friendly Neighborhood Vampires." Indeed, the Cullens tend to believe love is actually an answer for the Beast and attempt to find partners for all of their members. This is perhaps equally unhealthy as it requires the Pack to group and damn others to a lifetime of being unnatural bonds and the lust of the damned.

    If the Cullens are Sabbat on the Path of Harmony then they have no friends and must remain Autarkis less they draw the attention of their former sect.

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    V:TR version

    The Cullens are largely the same except they are now actually a mortal enemy of the Players bloodline as their story got out in the Chronicles of Darkness universe. EVERY SINGLE VAMPIRE IN THE WORLD largely considers them an embarrassment and wishes to destroy them for the actions of their youngest attention-seeking teenage girl member. The Players, alone, however, seem to consider them a personal embarrassment and are united in their desire to kill them.

    Why?

    They represent the dark side of said Bloodline's stupid lust for fame.
    Dear lord, what have you brought upon this earth?

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  • CTPhipps
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    Originally posted by Alucard View Post
    What the heck is this? I don't know much at all about the Liabon. Tried looking it up and couldn't find it.
    That sounds like a hell of an advantage.
    The idea of them possessing an Assamite like ability is in the Beckett Jyhad Diary.

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  • Alucard
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    Originally posted by CTPhipps View Post
    . Somehow, they have discovered or passed down the secret of the Laibon "sharing" generation Thaumaturgy ritual and most modern members of the bloodline have extremely low generation (5th to 8th) with Fortitude as an Additional Discipline.
    What the heck is this? I don't know much at all about the Liabon. Tried looking it up and couldn't find it.
    That sounds like a hell of an advantage.

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  • Just John, Forever...
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    Originally posted by CTPhipps View Post

    An awesome set of advice there, friend.

    Anyone want to speculate on how to adapt generations and stats for famous vampires?

    It'd be fun I think.

    How powerful should Lestat and company be in your opinion?
    The trick with that, meta-contextually, is that Anne's vampires are operating under a very different system of power accumulation/distillation than occurs in either Masquerade or Requiem (though, ironically enough, the concepts of "generation" and "blood potency" were seeded from her metaphysics back-in-the-day when Vampire was first created... irony of ironies...). Their power is measured along multiple axes rather than along a single one, and said axes delineate "power" in very different ways. Initial strength of the creator plays a part, but so does how much power/blood they invest in their childe (which can reflect BPs/Vitae given, WP spent (possibly permanent dots, too), and other factors); initial, abstract aspects of the new childe can play a factor, though this is rarer by comparison (such as, for example, Lestat's greater-than-normal initial tolerance for sunlight, or his being able to stay awake right up until the sun clears the horizon and awaken as it just dips below it -- things reflected by initial dots spent on Fortitude and Early Riser, respectively); how often they feed on the blood of other vampires (even "weaker"/"younger" vampires can provide a certain strength than can restore "x"-factors in a stronger vampire, such as when Lestat knew that Gabrielle's blood would have been strong enough to facilitate his recovery save that he had no idea where she was in the world and no way to find her); how many centuries/millennia they have existed; and how often they've fallen into (T)orpor/the deep sleep (and if it was for "natural" reasons -- time awake, a sense of ongoing mental fatigue, "I have a bunch of XP I need to justify spending", etc...-- or "unnatural" ones -- dire wounds that could take many years to recover from, possibly centuries if severe enough, such as when the roughly 1,000-2,000 year old vampires (at the time) were burned horribly by Akasha being placed all day in the sun: they were reduced to looking like desiccated mummies and would have take many decades or centuries to have recovered on their own, assuming they could feed regularly). Their sense of "health levels", "recovery", and what types of damage they could heal readily from (simple bludgeoning or lacerations were healed readily enough; broken/shattered bones took a few hours to a few days, depending on age/power; missing limbs/organs were not readily regenerated easily, or at all, depending on the nature of the damage; fire/sunlight was dangerous, with a tolerance for the sun growing over the centuries/millennia, but fire being an issue and nuclear forces being just as deadly to them as to mortals (as alluded to in QotD, as nuclear weapons could destroy them just as easily as it does mortals/cities) was also different than from how it is normally handled in any of the Vampire games of any era save that in 1st Ed. aggravated wounds required 3BP and a Willpower to heal from, which reflected the metaphysical as well as physical drain on the vampire's essence to restore truly bad damage.

    Also, and perhaps just as importantly, how often and how much most of Anne's vampires feed is also important when meta-porting them over. Most of her vampires (using a pre-Akasha-kills-most-of-them era, for range of context) need to consume the equivalent of 5-10 vitae *every night* in order to feel sated (as reflected by their needing to usually drink-to-death a mortal every night, or drinking from 2-4 mortals, separately, to "spread it around", as it were), and the capacity/desire to drink more *increases* with age (though the night-to-night *need* to do so slowly diminishes proportionally as time goes by and their bodies become ever-greater preternatural transmitters/conveyors of the spirit-power than animates them). Marius could go days, or even a week or two, without feeding and show no diminishment in his relative power; however, his *desire* to drink more (and his increased capacity to transubstantiate mortal blood, as well as physically contain more of it in his gradually transformed body) was considerable, and his iron-will prevented him from killing more often than he needed to (or, as was often the case, depending on the ready-availability of victims). Very young, comparatively near-mortal vampires (like the further-up mentioned Baby Jenks) could literally starve to death if prevented from feeding (likely taking at least several days, perhaps longer; unlike with VtM/R, very weak vampires didn't just lapse into torpor without blood -- they could in fact die without it).

    Now, while all of the above may seem like something to be hand-waived via ST fiat, they are all important concepts to keep in mind *if* one is trying to "properly" 'port over Anne's vampires into a WoD setting. If done as closely-as-possible to the source material -- making only the barest allowances for shift-of-setting and over-arcing metaphysics -- then what you are really doing is making a new "species" of vampire that may, in fact, be as metaphysically distinct from Caine's brood/curse as Eastern Vampires are. A new set of rules/applied meta-mechanics would have to be made, as -- for just one example -- the generation/blood potency system, as-is, is *woefully* insufficient to gauge/measure the powersets involved in Anne's vampires: the Antediluvians, 2nd Generation, and Caine are all completely and utterly above anything Akasha was/Mekare is, metaphysically speaking; Akasha would be little more, along one axis of power, than an uppity Methuselah in their eyes... and one readily eliminated with little more than a few moves of a few pieces on the Jyhad chess board, and certainly no match at all, power-wise, for one of them, in any case. *However*... she (and her descendents) had/have metaphysical qualities that far outstip their "superiors" along a different axis: given sufficient centuries/millennia, a given vampire could hold more vitae/"blood points", as it were, than any Methuselah (and quite possibly even an Antediluvian), as Akasha's vampires, much like old-school 1st/2nd Ed. KotE, could effectively channel/transubstantiate *their own* vitae/BPs; that is, they didn't *need* to feed as often because they didn't use the power involved as readily as Kindred do. Further, they "created", at least partially, their own vitae preternaturally (again, much like how old-school KotE would regain points daily, and needed to feed only to supplement any excess expenditures or to bolster their power). For Akasha's line, both the blood volume (which literally increased with age, slowly, over time for them as unlike with Kindred the Akashics' bodies were in an ongoing state of transformation) as well as the inherent power of their bodies/souls (the ability to transmit/"charge" the blood with power, via the essence permeating them) increases over time -- they get to "double-dip the chip", as it were, and consequently have an axis of greater blood-power than *any* comparable Kindred.

    And that's just *one* example of how they're different. There's many more....

    *****

    It's easy enough, of course, to just rubber-stamp them as a Toreador bloodline-variant (give them, as suggested, Auspex, Potence and Presence, give them an altered weakness) and call it day. That includes, though, throwing the baby out with the bathwater when it comes to 'porting over the more salient aspects of Anne's vampires that most hardcore fans would recognize, as well as adding metaphysical qualities to them (access to a wider range of "disciplines" than they possess normally in Anne's world, as well as having them "start" with fewer dots in powers than most of Anne's vampires would -- her "average" vampire of expected beginning strength (again, dependent on factors) would start with Auspex:1, Potence:1, Presence:1 and 1-3 more points spread among those powers or in additional disciplines that more readily reflected the vampire's nature and/or beginning strengths, such as Celerity, Obfuscate or -- as with Lestat -- at least a couple dots in Fortitude, plus "x") *if* one were trying to "meet-in-the-middle" between Anne's VC and VtM/R's metaphysics.

    There isn't a simple solution to this if one is trying to stay as true as possible to the source material. Either the stuff that makes Anne's vampires... well, Anne's vampires, is mostly chucked out so as to service the WoD (which, for many people, kind of defeats the purpose of 'porting them in in the first place), or a secondary system/set of mechanics need to be made for them.

    It all depends on how much you *really* want them to be like they are in the books vs. compromising them relative to the WoD.

    >shrugs<

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  • CTPhipps
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    Originally posted by Just John, Forever... View Post
    But again, that's just a blast-from-the-past from the old forum back in the 90's.
    An awesome set of advice there, friend.

    Anyone want to speculate on how to adapt generations and stats for famous vampires?

    It'd be fun I think.

    How powerful should Lestat and company be in your opinion?

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  • Just John, Forever...
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    Originally posted by ChristopherZacher View Post

    Lady Gaga the childe of Anne Rice....hmmmm
    Anne has birthed many creatures... Gaga could be yet another... (Gaga's pop-culture ascendency is reminiscent of Lestat's in many -- not all, but many -- ways, is it not...?)

    #AndThenSheRoseAndDevouredTheWorld

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  • ChristopherZacher
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    Originally posted by Just John, Forever... View Post
    Now, now -- leave Lady Gaga out of this. We're all just trying to have a nice conversation here...
    Lady Gaga the childe of Anne Rice....hmmmm

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  • Just John, Forever...
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    Originally posted by ChristopherZacher View Post
    Can you make a methusalah who posts on facebook and uses presence so her masses can compliment her and mob attack people who give negative reviews?


    That would be sooooo gothic.
    Now, now -- leave Lady Gaga out of this. We're all just trying to have a nice conversation here...

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  • ChristopherZacher
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    Can you make a methusalah who posts on facebook and uses presence so her masses can compliment her and mob attack people who give negative reviews?


    That would be sooooo gothic.

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  • Just John, Forever...
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    Originally posted by CTPhipps View Post

    Akasha

    Nickname: Lestats (a fact which amuses him greatly)

    Quote: "None of us really changes over time. We only become more fully what we are.”



    Disciplines: Auspex, Celerity, Presence (Fortitude)
    Not to be a purist (though I am being so, regardless), but as this was done back in the 90's, the general consensus was that Auspex, *Potence* and Presence reflected Anne's vampires better than the Toreador spread. (And Fortitude was a definite "out" -- most of her vampires only develop a resistance to sunlight over centuries, which reflects in the WoD as the slow progression of an out-of-clan discipline; similarly, Lestat's initial resistance (perhaps Fortitude:1-2, as he was less affected by very low sunlight than Gabrielle or Louis) is similarly reflected by "x" points being spent to get extra starting dots, and his Early Riser merit (compared to most other vampires) is just that -- a merit, and one relatively unique to him, on a "game" level, as it were.) Auspex and Presence are obvious and well indicated in the books; Potence over Celerity is reflected by how they have a penchant for developing physical strength (or the semi-psychokinetic equivalent thereof) more quickly/comparatively than they do speed. (That isn't to say that Celerity isn't a factor in their "vampiric paradigm", so to speak, as obviously it was/is; however, as noted by Baby Jenks in TQotD, among others, a degree of greater physical strength was/is more readily achieved than the blinding speed that the more powerful vampires often demonstrated.) Celerity was/is a natural go-to, thematically, but the wires get crossed due to the thematic differences of metaphysics between the two worlds (Anne's Vampire Chronicles and the WoD) -- in Anne's world, vampires have a *number* of "in-clan" disciplines (that is, *everybody* starts with Auspex, Celerity, Potence and Presence, with the secondary disciplines of Animalism, Dominate, Fortitude, Obfuscate and related combos ("Inter in the Earth" being simulated with Potence:2, Fortitude:1, or some similar working) coming with time and/or natural initial (but still individual) affinity. Even then, some WoD powers don't 'port into Anne's world, and whereas her vampires might typically start with more dots in disciplines (not unlike how, for another example, they do in True Blood or similar shows), they advance more comparatively slowly than WoD vampires do and ultimately have a much narrower range of potential abilities (though, again, balanced by their having a greater potential initial pool to draw from, as well as other metaphysical perks that most WoD vampires don't have). Just saying, having the Auspex/Potence/Presence spread sets them more properly apart from the Toreador as a distinctive bloodline (or clan, if you have Akasha be an Antediluvian, proper, cross-meta-narratively) as well as plays better to Anne's thematics (though, again, adjusted slightly to adapt to WoD metaphysics).

    Originally posted by CTPhipps View Post
    Weakness: The Akasha bloodline has both the Toreador weakness as well as their own collection of minor but annoying weaknesses. The Toreador weakness notably takes the form of focus on personal beauty. They gain a +1 to the difficulty of their rolls when becoming fascinated with Appearance scores above 4.
    Makes sense. (Though, as an added note, their sense of "beauty" is often abstract as much as it is physical; while they *do* have a penchant for embracing the attractive -- though, as written, the blood tends to "perfect" those it transforms, both initially and over time, so that is something to also keep in mind -- they also are attracted to personality and strength of character, as well, which is something many of them discern more acutely because of their [Auspex] preternatural perceptions (so it might be better to note that they are attracted to anyone with *any* social attribute of 4+, with the more 4+s equaling a greater draw/appeal). Just a suggestion...

    Originally posted by CTPhipps View Post
    Akashans also notably suffer a change in appearance which renders them very identifiable as vampires. All Akashans have a albino-like pallor, predatory eyes, and visible blue veins which is associated with vampires of Low Humanity. Some have speculated this means the Akashans weren't originally Toreador but Cappadochians but most Kindred find the idea ridiculous as they seem to embody the Clan.
    Again, depending on how much you are properly drawing from the source material, the change in Anne's *caucasian* vampires is often this, but not so dramatically as to be a proper weakness initially (even a fringe one). Their pallor is "a thing", true, but during the initial decades and centuries of their undead existence, it is often muted after they feed -- they look flushed/alive after having fed sufficiently in a given evening, and merely looking "striking" to mortals as opposed to unnaturally "alive". (Only as the centuries pass do their complexions become "unpassable"; even for Lestat, who was passable after two centuries as a vampire, it only became an issue after Akasha fed him great draughts of her blood to empower/further transform him, after which he needed to use more directly is telepathic abilities (Obfuscate, in this case) to cloud others' perceptions of him or more mundanely use make-up to hide his marble-like visage. Second, but also important relative to the source material, non-white vampires didn't become pale/alabaster as time went on, but more subtly golden with still-dark skin (this where, although Akasha was caucasian in the books, the movie QotD got it right when they had Aliyah made-up with gold-dust as part of her make-up -- if Akasha had been of negroid racial stock, then that is exactly how she would have looked, relatively speaking. Again, just me being a purist for translating the source material...

    Originally posted by CTPhipps View Post
    Finally, Akashans suffer from a link to the eldest vampire of their bloodline called the "Mark of the Heart's Blood." This is not an actual weakness-weakness but an expression of the late Akasha's Combination Discipline of Quietus 9/Presence 9. Any damage done to Akasha is inflicted upon all members of her bloodline as soakable or aggravated damage. This can be gotten around via death by diablerie but immediately passes to the next head of the lineage.
    The funny thing is, you don't even have to go that far justification-wise (Quietus:9/Presence:9). It is simpler (and, ironically, more in-sync with the Caine mythology) to simply have Akasha's lineage be that tightly bound to her/her spiritual replacement. Cut of the head of the snake, and he body (lineage) dies, as the old saying goes. (Not to say your take on that is flawed in terms of applied WoD metaphysics -- it's quite fine -- but rather that this is a case where the simpler answer is actually the more likely to be best.

    *****

    The list back in the day was, as said, Auspex/Potence/Presence for disciplines, and a weakness of either Slow Healing (which actually *does* reflect better Anne's vampires' weakness -- they generally *don't* heal with the comparative speed that WoD vampires do, cross-comparatively, *especially* aggravated damage, which can take them a very long time to recover/heal from... barring the metaphysical stipulation of drinking another vampire's blood, and even then not necessarily someone of "more potent" vintage, as Lestat noted that when he was badly hurt after Claudia turning on him, even Gabrielle's blood would have hastened his recovery except that "she was nowhere to be found" -- coupled with Deep Sleeper (while some basic defensive action might be made reflexively -- such as when Gabrielle killed a mortal who found her when she was asleep... though had no memory of having done so, save that when she woke his neck was still in her grasp, and he was hours-dead -- they generally are even deeper sleepers than many WoD vampires are) or, as you already went with, a general variation of the Toreador weakness.

    But again, that's just a blast-from-the-past from the old forum back in the 90's.

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  • CTPhipps
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    Nicolas Milioni

    Here ya go!

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    V:TM version

    Cullen

    Nickname: Sparklers

    Quote: "Everything about us lures you in."

    The Cullen Bloodline is a small group of vegetarian vampires which were created by Carlisle Cullen in the 17th century when he developed abilities above and beyond those of a Ventrue. Carlisle possessed unusual humanity for a vampire and self-control which he has attempted to pass onto his family even as they exist as a Blood Bonded (Vinculum?) pack to one another.

    The Cullens use their Animalism to feed from animals in the woods of Seattle, Washington and maintain daylight existences due to their Fortitude and high Humanity (Path?) ratings. They are often up and about with no real danger to their unlives as long as they avoid direct sunlight. Rumors they actually attend high school, however, are completely ridiculous.

    While often considered wholly humane, the Cullens may not actually be on the Road of Humanity. They associate with other, less humane, vampires and make no attempts to interfere with their feeding. It is suspected, albeit not confirmed, that Carlisle was captured then turned by the Sabbat decades ago. The fact they were embraced primarily in New York hints at this as well as their pack-dynamic. If so, they are perhaps the only surviving Path of Harmony followers in America. This means they are gregarious and pleasant but see no real moral outrage in other vampires killing to survive, even as they avoid it themselves.

    The Cullens, themselves, are Autarkis and actively attempt to avoid other Kindred by hiding in a town far too small for any amount of Kindred to hide in and nearby Uktena Lupine territory. How the Cullens have managed to maintain a treaty with this group of werewolves is anyone's guess but some believe this is due to their leader foreseeing them becoming involved in the destruction of several great threats to the tribe.

    Visitors expecting the Cullens to be impoverished or living normal lives in the Pacific Northwest should note they actually have multiple residences, havens, and an expansive stock portfolio. Carlisle Cullen believes wealth will keep his family from wanting to murder as much as ample supplies of animal blood. As such, he's used his Presence and youngest daughter's unique oracular abilities to become as rich as any other Ventrue.

    Despite their Autarkis nature, the Cullens have ties to a coterie of high ranking Italian Camarilla Archons which assist them in protecting the Masquerade due to Carlisle Cullen's past with them. These particular vampires, known as the Voturi, are considered fiends and degenerates even by their fellow Elders but still hold a large amount of sway. Some believe the reason for their sympathy may have to do with romantic or practical desire for the usual abilities of some of the Cullen children.

    It has been speculated that the Cullens also may have some members, if not all of them, who have a poisonous bite and may have learned Serpentis as an additional discipline (or simply possess a poisonous bite flaw). Others believe their self-control is compromised by their vegetarian diet so they kill anyone they feed on. These might also simply be malicious lies about the Bloodline. Whatever the case, recently, a bizarre series of rumors have begun about the tiny Bloodline and they have been forced to flee the Pacific Northwest.

    Disicplines: Animalism, Fortitude, Presence

    Weakness: In addition to the standard ability of vampires to suffer from Sunlight, the Cullens suffer doubly so as it striking them results in their appearance changing dramatically. No matter, their humanity, they assume the appearance of albino-skinned monstrous predators. Humans who look upon them during this must make a Humanity roll with SUCCESS meaning they are enraged enough to want to form a torch-wielding mob. Failure means they're merely inclined to look upon them as people per their normal beliefs. A Botch means the human gains a derangement where they become obsessed with the vampire as well as their desire to be like them.

    It should be noted the Cullen's abstaining from human blood is not done through purely moral matters. As stated, all members of the Cullen family use the Vinculum to enforce an entirely unnatural bond between one another so they are encouraged to treat each other as family. They all follow the same Path and use social conditioning to keep themselves on the straight and narrow. Furthermore, Carlisle uses his Animalism and Presence to calm the Beasts of his children in order to minimize their desire to do harm to others. The Cullen's way of living is wholly unnatural to vampires but is largely effective if your sole goal is to keep you from harming humans by feeding.

    The Cullens lives are lived through abstaining, blood bond, and rulership by their pack so they don't have any insights into Golconda or other secrets for being "Friendly Neighborhood Vampires." Indeed, the Cullens tend to believe love is actually an answer for the Beast and attempt to find partners for all of their members. This is perhaps equally unhealthy as it requires the Pack to group and damn others to a lifetime of being unnatural bonds and the lust of the damned.

    If the Cullens are Sabbat on the Path of Harmony then they have no friends and must remain Autarkis less they draw the attention of their former sect.

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    V:TR version

    The Cullens are largely the same except they are now actually a mortal enemy of the Players bloodline as their story got out in the Chronicles of Darkness universe. EVERY SINGLE VAMPIRE IN THE WORLD largely considers them an embarrassment and wishes to destroy them for the actions of their youngest attention-seeking teenage girl member. The Players, alone, however, seem to consider them a personal embarrassment and are united in their desire to kill them.

    Why?

    They represent the dark side of said Bloodline's stupid lust for fame.
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  • Nicolas Milioni
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    Originally posted by CTPhipps View Post

    I have a Cullen Bloodline which in Requiem is the sworn enemy of the Players.

    Oh,can you please show us this?

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  • CTPhipps
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    I envision a typical True Blood six pack as going for $20 and being worth about 1 BP in terms of vitae. Which means that Lilians tend to supplement themselves with the stuff as opposed to actually living off it wholesale. Either that or they go through a lot of bottles a night. Remember to recycle kids. One major advantage True Blood has over human or animal vitae is it takes almost a month to go bad. Kindred can keep thus stocks of it. It's also more appetizing than animal blood, albeit, that's not saying much.

    True Blood actually does have the chance to change vampiredom wholesale. At the very least, it'll dramatically cut down on the random murders which are a part and parcel of any Kindred-filled city. Unfortunately, DNA is a subsidiary of the Progenitors. True Blood will undoubtedly be used to track and/or poison vampiredom unless the Camarilla replicates it for themselves or shuts down the Lillian's project.
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    Lilitu

    Nickname: Bottlevamps, Rednecks, Swampflies, Lilim

    Quote: "I want to do bad things to you."

    Lilitu are an elder vampire bloodline which has fallen on hard-times in recent years and exists primarily in the American South. The Lilitu trace their lineage back more than two thousand years to the Middle East and many believe them to have originally been part of the Followers of Set. This would go a long way to explaining their general disdain for humanity and their religious devotion (albeit to Lilith rather than Set).

    The modern Lilitu show very little of this prestigious lineage, being mostly composed of what many have termed to be "redneck vampires." They possess little in the way of power, wealth, or prestige with even Methuselah living in relative poverty. Part of this is due to the Clan's rather tyrannical structure of tithing where all members of the Bloodline are expected to donate large portions of their resources up to the top of their lineage. These "Kings and Queens" are not recognized by the Camarilla but live in luxury accumulated from those they lord over.

    It doesn't help the Lilitu are also looked over by a collection of Archons designed specifically to regulate their behavior (due to the Lilitu' questionable devotion to the Masquerade) called "The Authority." The Authority is corrupt as any other branch of the Camarilla and rather than ending the tithing system, has simply taken a large portion of the King and Queen's revenues for themselves. It, notably, answers directly to the Inner Council and is considered
    something of a sinecure position despite the fact the Lilitu are quite dangerous.

    The reason for the Lilitu current state of disrepair is due to the fact they have a history of violating the Masquerade as well as believing in apocalypse vampiric myths not unlike the Sabbat. It has been a common, if insane, idea among the clan that vampires are doomed to be revealed to the public anyway so they should attempt to prepare for that day rather than work to postpone it.

    They have even funded scientific research using a Japanese branch of the D.N.A corporation to create blood specifically designed to be able to feed a vampire's needs better than animal blood (with mixed but not inconsequential results). The Camarilla's response to their idea was to eliminate the majority of the bloodline's elders, burn their holy books, and essentially banish them to the New World. The Sabbat made an attempt to recruit the Lilians but this failed due to the fundamental difference between the Sword of Caine and Lilian's over religion. The Lilitu maintain they are the true sons and daughters of Lilith as well as God, so want little to do with those who would determine they are mere cursed murderers.

    The conflict between the Sanguinistas (orthodox Path of Lilith followers), Mainstreamers (Path of Humanity followers who favor eventual revelation of vampiredom's existence), and the Kings and Queens versus those who wish to live free of such laws has left the bloodline a weak but plentiful one. The majority of its existing members tend to be of 11, 12, and 13th generation with a few elder throwbacks.

    Most Lilitu do not possess more than Resources 3 or Status 3, though exceptions exist. They are, however, prone to having very high Herd ratings due to the ease of Lilitu literally able to order artificial blood delivered to their door. The blood is less than appetizing but is perfectly valid for use and something the Lilian intend to make available for all Kindred eventually as a way to buy back their lost status. The Mentor and Ally backgrounds are very common for Lilitu as, in contrast to nearly every other clan, Lilitu tend to have very good relationships with their childer. Other social backgrounds are common due to the rather causal attitude many Lilitus have to the Masquerade.

    This has also led to at least one vampire hunting organization (The Fellowship of the Sun--effectively a evangelical Baptist Society of Leopold) specifically targeting the bloodline due to almost all of what it knows being about them. The Fellowship of the Sun is very likely being manipulated by the Camarilla in hopes of thinning the Lilian numbers as well as making them less likely to forward their stupid mainstreaming ideas.

    Recent reports indicate a substantial number of the bloodline may have been killed and there was even an attempt to destroy it by the state government. This among other events may constitute one of the worst breaches of the Masquerade in centuries. Jan Pieterzoon is currently working to investigate the event but quite a few would be less than dissatisfied if the American South was free of its Revelations of the Dark Mother-thumping population. Preliminary results are confused but may involve a Kinian bar maid with addictive blood being added to the Red List while others find the idea too ridiculous to contemplate.

    Notable members of the Lilian include Warlow (4th generation), Russell Eddgington (5th generation), Godric (6th generation), Eric (7th generation), Pam (8th generation), and Bill Compton (9th generation).

    Disciplines: Celerity, Dominate, Flight*

    Weaknesses: Lilitu suffer from a number of painful weaknesses which render them somewhat less potent than other vampires. The first of these is a stake through the heart is immediately fatal to a Lilian rather than simply immobilizing. It, furthermore, results in them turning to large gooey masses rather than dust.

    Next, Lilitu suffer aggravated damage from silver and movement penalties from even touching it. It should be noted that silver does not actually disable them as much as they have been known to act like around mortals. It is not unheard of for Lilians to "play possum" in order to get their enemies to come closer to them.

    Finally, in a peculiar weakness, all Lilians actually have a -2 penalty to being dominated by their own sire and will only lose this penalty after being released. Lilitu often spend years before they are released as full-fledged Neonates. Bizarrely, perhaps due to their bloodline founder Warlow's fae blood, Lilitu must make a self-control roll around fairies (difficulty 7) or suffer a hunger frenzy to devour their blood. For every point of fairy blood they consume, however, they will gain a round of immunity to sunlight. This, obviously, does not come up very often in their lives and most Lilitu don't even believe they exist.

    * The Gargoyle discipline without the deformities.
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