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  • #31
    Honestly, I think with the exception of flight, the vampires from Forever Knight could be treated as pretty straight Toreador.

    They're pretty good to vampire rules.

    Loved the adaptation of Flukeman.

    As for "adapting Anne Rice", I think this thread works best as the idea of, "How do you incorporate X vampires into the World of Darkness" versus "How do I use WOD rules to do X media?"

    BTW, generally I just give "Daywalking" vampires Fortitude and pretend they don't do as much of it as they seem to.

    Edit:

    I added an index to the first post.

    I wonder if we can change the title of the thread to "Adapting other media vampires" or something similar
    Last edited by CTPhipps; 10-09-2018, 01:30 AM.


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

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    • #32
      Originally posted by CTPhipps View Post
      I had a bit of fun making this and decided to spread the love a bit. Basically, this is a thread about putting various media vampires into the World of Darkness as bloodlines.

      Any ideas for expanding on this and making them "canon" are welcome here.

      Bloodlines

      Akasha (Interview with the Vampire)
      http://forum.theonyxpath.com/forum/main-category/main-forum/the-classic-world-of-darkness/vampire-the-masquerade/936656-anne-rice-vampire-bloodline-a-bit-of-fun?p=937740#post937740"]La Magrans[/URL] (Blade)
      Corvinus (Underworld)
      http://forum.theonyxpath.com/forum/main-category/main-forum/the-classic-world-of-darkness/vampire-the-masquerade/936656-anne-rice-vampire-bloodline-a-bit-of-fun?p=937742#post937742"]Aurelius [/URL](Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
      http://forum.theonyxpath.com/forum/main-category/main-forum/the-classic-world-of-darkness/vampire-the-masquerade/936656-anne-rice-vampire-bloodline-a-bit-of-fun?p=937763#post937763"]Lilitu [/URL](True Blood)
      Cullen (Twilight - Yes, I did it)
      http://forum.theonyxpath.com/forum/main-category/main-forum/the-classic-world-of-darkness/vampire-the-masquerade/936656-anne-rice-vampire-bloodline-a-bit-of-fun?p=941372#post941372"]Interview with the Vampire alternative[/URL] by Just John, Forever...
      http://forum.theonyxpath.com/forum/main-category/main-forum/the-classic-world-of-darkness/vampire-the-masquerade/936656-anne-rice-vampire-bloodline-a-bit-of-fun?p=950323#post950323"]Interview with the Vampire alternative part 2 [/URL]by Just John, Forever
      http://forum.theonyxpath.com/forum/main-category/main-forum/the-classic-world-of-darkness/vampire-the-masquerade/936656-anne-rice-vampire-bloodline-a-bit-of-fun?p=999813#post999813"]Los Pandoricos [/URL](From Dusk Til Dawn, movie version)
      http://forum.theonyxpath.com/forum/main-category/main-forum/the-classic-world-of-darkness/vampire-the-masquerade/936656-anne-rice-vampire-bloodline-a-bit-of-fun?p=1259723#post1259723"]Sal Permalum Bibit[/URL] (The X-Files) by Theodrim
      Soucriants (Byzantium)

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      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.”

      The Akasha bloodline is currently in a great deal of hot water with the rest of the vampire race. There are Masquerade breaches and there are Masquerade breaches. In this case, the Akasha bloodline is infamous for the fact its most famous member not only published his biography after childer did but briefly became one of the world's most famous rock musicians.

      In the World of Darkness where The Vampire Chronicles occurred, the events of the first three books are largely canon before Anne Rice was Dominated (or ghouled) into producing somewhat more misleading works. How much if any of the subsequent events are true is up to individual Storytellers to interpret but the Toreador as a whole are presently protecting her. The fact the books mention only Lestat and his circle of associate's secrets rather than that of vampiredom as a whole is also a point in their favor.

      The Akasha are a bloodline of the Toreador clan and traditionally considered to be members. While the writings of Anne Rice state they were created through necromancy, it is more likely their founder was actually embraced by the Toreador Antedeluvian. It is only subsequent experimentation with the spirit world which resulted in them drifted from the mainstream clan.

      There is very little to differentiate the Akashans from mainstream Toreador until recent months aside from the fact many of its members took up the Path of the Devil in the Middle Ages and only recently abandoned Satan worship as a viable activity. Its members include numerous ancients and individuals who have been pillars of Camarilla society. Well, were pillars, as those mentioned in the book would be laughingstocks if not for the fact they're terrifying in person.

      It should be noted Lestat, himself, is a figure who is the only known figure to ever have been removed from the Camarilla Red List. After being declared anathema by the Camarilla following his flagrant disregard for the Masquerade and living as Autarkis for decades thereafter, he's since been removed due to the fact he's become the lineage head of the Akasha Bloodline. To kill Lestat is to kill all of the Akasha followers and not even the Camarilla's most fervent die-hards wish to do that.

      It should be noted many neonate vampires are completely unaware the Akasha are actually a real-life bloodline of the Toreador and need to be told, "No, we're actually serious. The books are real." In that respect, Lestats actions have actually done an amazing job of protecting the Masquerade as no one takes the idea the characters from the books are real serious any more than Sherlock Holmes or Doctor Watson showing up would be. As far as anyone knows, Lestat is merely the product of Anne Rice's fictions as well as a licensed character used by a particularly talented 80s hair-band lead vocalist. Lestat, himself, often takes aliases when dealing with new vampires as he finds his newfound fame both amusing as well as tiresome.

      Akashans tend to be Low Humanity but rarely slip into wassail now that they have abandoned the Path of the Devil. It is a bloodline with strong divides between the Ancients and those who have been more recently embraced. 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.

      Lestat and some of the older ones are indeed so powerful with their Fortitude scores they can effectively move around during the day if they do not get hit by direct sunlight very often. How they maintain their self-control is another matter entirely and is arguably more impressive. Replacing the Path of the Devil is the Path of the Prince, Path of Heaven, Path of Night (classic version), Path of the Beast, and Path of Memnoch which informs the behaviors of specific ancients. Typically, their versions take the form of killing only the Evil Doer and having little care for mortals but immense love for the arts as well as unlife.

      Lestat is extremely high on the Path of the Prince, believed to be a self-created path influence by the Road of Paradox and Road of Heaven which may be why
      he is able to move around the day so well.

      Disciplines: Auspex, Celerity, Presence (Fortitude)

      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.

      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.

      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.
      I think it would be important to mention that the Akashans either have a a long standing alliance with the tremere or another clan of blood sorcerers. The “Children of the Millenia” have a number of gifts that only fit into the Vampire system as blood magic. Rice’s elders can control fire , move things with their minds, kill with a look, fly, some of them can even communicate with spirits. You can create the alliance or give them their own school(out of clan costs) that is guarded by their elders even more jealously than the tremere protect thaumaturgy. Only taught to elders of the clan who have proven their worthiness to learn the secrets of the akashan black arts.

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      • #33
        The Akashans should have a long standing alliance with the tremere or another clan of blood sorcerers. The gifts of the “children of the millennia” are such that they can only be explained in the vampire system as blood magic. Rice’s elders can summon fire, fly, move things with their mind, control blood, and some can even communicate with spirits. They either have to have outside tutors or have a blood magic of their own(out of clan costs) that is even more jealously guarded than the thaumaturgy of the tremere. Only taught to the eldest of the clans who have proven their worth and loyalty.
        Last edited by Lord_Arion_diTanserville; 10-09-2018, 04:26 AM.

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        • #34
          Originally posted by Lord_Arion_diTanserville View Post

          I think it would be important to mention that the Akashans either have a a long standing alliance with the tremere or another clan of blood sorcerers. The “Children of the Millenia” have a number of gifts that only fit into the Vampire system as blood magic. Rice’s elders can control fire , move things with their minds, kill with a look, fly, some of them can even communicate with spirits. You can create the alliance or give them their own school(out of clan costs) that is guarded by their elders even more jealously than the tremere protect thaumaturgy. Only taught to elders of the clan who have proven their worthiness to learn the secrets of the akashan black arts.
          A very good idea.

          There's lots of interesting bits of historical lore you can put into the bloodline like large swaths of it getting corrupted to the Path of the Devil (Or Path of Evil Revelations) only to fall out of it. Also, Maharet and her sister running a massive Blood Cult based on her own family.

          I wonder if Lestat would be on a Path rather than Humanity (given he embraces what Louhi detests).

          Probably most of the Elders are Road followers.


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

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          • #35
            Jesses

            "Just a couple more minutes of your time..about the same duration as the rest of your life."

            Nicknames: Cowboys, Killers

            Jesses are an example of one of the smallest bloodlines in America and consist of a single nomad Sabbat pack which patrols the Southwest of America. Led by a Civil War veteran named Jesse Hooker (10th Generation Panders), the group is composed of a number of his children which had their founder develop his own Discipline as well as weakness. It never grew particularly large and was exterminated (at least according to some) by the end of the 1980s.

            There is some talk among Sabbat, though, that Jesse survived his death at the hands of wayward progeny and was later revived on a morgue bench. Others suggest that he created multiple other Kindred who went on to found their own Sabbat packs. Jesse remains something of a folk hero to Sabbat Loyalists for his uncompromising disdain for the Masquerade (which was exaggerated), casual hatred of humans, and tight family-like pack loyalty.

            It should be noted that Caleb Colton and a woman named Mae defected from the Sabbat and became humans determined to live as vegetarian vampires after the event. Some even suggest the act of murdering their sire and receiving pure human blood from a loving mortal restored them to humanity. This is, of course, ridiculous. Members of Jesse's pack and his alleged off-shoots are the worst of Sabbat stereotypes.

            They dress in stolen clothes, rarely bathe, kill with every meal, and treat humans with complete contempt. They are constantly on the run and only their tight family loyalty as well as willingness to destroy everything they leave behind as well as willingness to switch vehicles regularly kept them alive for as long as they were. The group had no higher intellectual aspirations and only Jesse and his wife Diamondback were smart enough to follow Paths, following a loose version of the Path of Beast. The others in their group simply had abysmally low humanity that reflected itself in their appearance.

            Disciplines: Potence, Fortitude, Tracking *

            * Tracking allows Jesses to be able to find one another and members of their Bloodline without ere, no matter how far or distant they may be. Jesse never developed it himself above 3 so if there's any other abilities, it's not known.

            Weakness: Jesse's suffer a rather nasty curse which causes them to be twice as hungry as other Kindred, losing two Blood Points a night. Furthermore, they have a -2 to Self Control rolls regarding Hunger Frenzies. As such, they are constantly feeding and very prone to killing their prey.
            Last edited by CTPhipps; 10-09-2018, 11:05 AM.


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            • #36
              Originally posted by CTPhipps View Post
              Loved the adaptation of Flukeman.
              The salt vampire from Star Trek, actually.

              I was going to do a bloodline based off Cassidy from Preacher, but let's be honest. They're Brujah with glowing eyes instead of hyperactive Beasts, and Fortitude instead of Celerity, so not much interesting to go with there.

              On the other hand, I'm working on a bloodline of vampires based loosely on the old movie Lifeforce, who get Auspex, Necromancy, and Presence, whose clan flaw is they drain Willpower instead of health levels, and if they kill a subject by draining their Willpower to 0 it rises as a zombie.

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              • #37
                Originally posted by Theodrim View Post

                The salt vampire from Star Trek, actually.
                Wow, I totally misread that one.

                I was going to do a bloodline based off Cassidy from Preacher, but let's be honest. They're Brujah with glowing eyes instead of hyperactive Beasts, and Fortitude instead of Celerity, so not much interesting to go with there.
                I wonder if we can just adapt individual characters too. I wouldn't mind.

                On the other hand, I'm working on a bloodline of vampires based loosely on the old movie Lifeforce, who get Auspex, Necromancy, and Presence, whose clan flaw is they drain Willpower instead of health levels, and if they kill a subject by draining their Willpower to 0 it rises as a zombie.
                I wonder how you'd handle their aversion to clothes.


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

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                • #38
                  Here is a link to an old post of mine where I did the Reaper strain Vampires from Blade 2. There is also a bonus bloodline included though they are not derived from any media vampire that I know of.

                  http://forum.theonyxpath.com/forum/m...130#post297130

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