Just imagine, becoming human again... And then suffering the Embrace one more time... Good that he is a full grade Impaled.
The rage and frustration of realizing his grand plan was not perfect after all, followed by the exhilaration of having another problem to solve... Painful experiments in allowing certain spectra through the barrier to see if they burn... Musings on whether it is finally time to embrace and master the Beast and through Protean mutations make do without eyesight...
The alien inhumanity in it all is just delicious.
That just doesn't have the weird and alien feel I look for in such a milestone accomplishment for this character. It smells too much of the lethargy that was beat with Surmount the Daysleep. Plus he already doesn't burst into flames by light and short exposure, being that he has Sun's Forgotten Kiss and relatively high Humanity for such a old and powerful vampire.
So I talk mechanics because it touches base and creates common ground with people who might otherwise be uninterested on the thread. And while I do not view mechanics as physics, I certainly view, and deal with, mechanics as story hooks and set pieces. I also believe I hinted enough at "only know through playing" that I didn't assume this would work even if I invested the exp, I just want the greenlight from the ST to try and have a chance that, if dramatically appropriate, it could work.
But if you're interested in the context here is a very brief summary.
The Chronicle happens in a fictitious mega island that replaces beach paradise Fernando de Noronha with a industrial petrol rich shipping hub mega city. The group were all embraced in the 1860s and a few years later oil was discovered in shallow basin and the boom started. The city was ruled by the First and Second Estates, with no presence from the Movement or the Circle, and very little presence of the Ordo.
My character is a main land gentleman scholar of good birth who was involved with a couple of secret societies that dealt with paranormal investigation, mind expansion and table-turning seance. He was Embraced by an infatuated degenerate who was in turn put to final death for Embracing without permission. My character was saved by intervention of a Ordo elder that knew him from the esoteric circles that both mingled in.
At first he despised his condition and all manner of supernatural ways of influencing people, so he only developed the physical side of his condition (in which he shamefully reveled in, being that he was an outdoors man and field scholar pursuer of manly pursuits). The elder was a bit disappointed at first let him be. After some time spent on accepting/understanding their conditions and wetting their feet in Kindred society and politics (and giving some time to work on personal projects) the ST sprung the first outside non-vampiric threat on us. A cult of pyromaniac (and pyrokinetic) Arabic petrol magnates and their cronies.
They somehow knew the hideouts of many vampires and a purge began. After the initial ashes of the purge set, the Spear was severely weakened and the Ordo found itself with bounty of scared bloodsuckers willing to do anything to be taught how to survive the flames (this was around the time when the Ordo preview came out). The Ordo elder then showed my character how many were willing to grovel to learn something that would be "freely given" to him, if only he had interest. Pragmatism (and a bit of greed and fear) won out and my character dived into learning the Coil of the Ascendant. He was a prodigy and quickly mastered each rung. His respect for others and stoicism (now heavily mixed with masochism) also meant the trajectory was very painful, as he refused any test subject other than himself.
Shortly he fell in with the Impaled and Swore to the Axe, as the elder seethed for he wanted him for the Mysteries. As he saw the pyromaniac cult the most severe threat to his fellows he, against orders, took to infiltrating the cult. Long story short, the cult was brought to the island by machinations of the Ordo, to eliminate the Spear and take their position as the mystical partners of the Invictus in ruling the city.
His head spinning, he put together his understanding of "mind expansion", the psychic nature of this cult's fire control and the Mysteries elder's promises about knowing how to open his vampiric nature "to the vastness of the living mind", and he knew then what he would do.
That is the start of how he became a pyrokinetic vampire. I plan on just having him spontaneously developing Pyrokinetic Resistance, and upon figuring that out developing an all consuming obsession (dare I say, hope?) in expanding that to Sunlight, by diving headlong into new science about the nature of light and new excruciating experimentation.
I think his pursuit of the Coil of Ziva will also see his experimentation ethics erode, as he searches for Humanity in Blood.
Well, I told you in the beginning that this kind of talk was corny!