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  • Deionscribe
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    Bloodline: Bak-Ra

    Another bloodline converted into 2E mechanics.

    Bak-Ra
    Parent Clan: Mekhet
    Nickname: Childer of the Sun, Servants of Ra
    Disciplines: Auspex, Celerity, Majesty, Obfuscate

    The Bak-Ra (literally, Servants of Ra) were once leaders of a great society of Kindred. They united the clans of Ancient Egypt when solidarity was needed most. They led by example, by fear, and by wielding power that both terrified and awed their brethren. Once the Romans invaded the Kingdom of the Nile, however, the Bak-Ra were subsequently hunted down and persecuted for heresy and other crimes against the "one true God."


    Background: In the days of the Great Covenant, the Servants of Ra handled most major long-term decisions that would affect all Kindred of the Black Land. They ruled, however, in concert with the other major bloodlines and cults, who enjoyed supreme, night-to-night control over all other aspects of their specific city-states.

    When Rome's Kindred marched against them, many of the Bak-Ra decided to enter voluntary torpor as a means of escaping their campaign, hoping to keep Ra’s greatest, most powerful secrets away from their clutches. They succeeded and failed at the same time. Numerous Bak-Ra were destroyed in their sleep, hunted down by both the Camarilla and their enemies in the Great Covenant. The rest were forgotten, left buried in their tombs and consumed by the madness of their nightmares.

    In recent years, though, the bloodline has begun to re-emerge in modern nights. And with them, they bring to bear the gifts they received from their beloved god. But they are few in number, with many scattered across the globe after their tombs were discovered and their remains were stolen. Nevertheless, the Bak-Ra endure as they continue to toil towards the dawn of their ascendancy.


    The Becoming: The Bak-Ra are a small bloodline, due in part to both their demanding standards and the circumstances necessary to manifest its gift. The Servants of Ra favor people of Egyptian, Greek, Middle Eastern, and Turkish ethnicity or descent, though a few have begun deviating from this norm. They especially prize individuals who are authority figures, as well as those with the potential for reaching such positions. Bak-Ra who fully realize their heritage do so by "meeting the sun". They must meditate (Composure + Wits; target number = 10 successes) from dawn to midday without succumbing to frenzy. Should they succeed, they awaken the Glory of Ra, and thus join the ranks of his Servants. This ritual is not done lightly, and requires spiritual purification to have been done in advance. More than a few Bak-Ra childer (and most would-be adoptees) have perished in the attempt, especially without the proper preparations.


    Interactions in the Danse: The Servants of Ra disappeared from history for three thousand years, and many do not like what has transpired in their absence. They harbor grudges against their former allies – the Usiri, the Anubi and the other cults of Egypt that still exist – for their suspected betrayal. At the same time, they shudder at the thought that their gods are dismissed as myth, and new religions have risen to take place.

    Meanwhile, the bloodline struggles to recover from the losses that forced it into hiding. Most remain unaccounted for, and the majority of those that have been found have yet to awaken from torpor. Even among those who were successfully revived, there is a considerable number whose minds have been damaged. These unlucky Kindred find that their memories are distorted or have altogether vanished, or their Humanity gradually degraded over the course of their slumber that they can barely function. Despite their plight, the Childer of the Sun are still a force to be reckoned with. And they continue to grow stronger as the nights pass.

    In domains graced by their presence, the Bak-Ra inspire both awe and fear upon lesser Kindred. Their ability to ignore the worst ravages of sunlight has garnered them a reputation that deters most of the potential opposition against them. With regards to the covenants, meanwhile, many Servants gravitate towards the Invictus for the opportunity to reestablish the authority they once commanded in the past. A sizable number also join the Circle of the Crone, where they immerse themselves in their devotion to Ra and his daughters - Bastet, Sekhmet, and Hathor. Conversely, the bloodline view the Lancea et Sanctum with undisguised hatred for their part in the old faith's destruction.


    Bloodline Gift: The Glory of Ra
    By their very nature, Kindred are unable to feel the touch of the sun on their skin without watching their flesh roast and shrivel in excruciating pain. Any vampire who believes otherwise will most certainly be burned to ash. Through a unique property of their blood, however, the Bak-Ra developed a greater resistance to this bane of purity. Mechanically, the Glory of Ra is reflected by the following benefits.

    > A Bak-Ra treats his Blood Potency as two dots lower for the purpose of determining the frequency of damage from sunlight.
    > A Bak-Ra does not apply the Tenebrous Curse towards damage from sunlight.
    > A Bak-Ra no longer has to make detachment rolls for spending any amount of time under the sun. Consequentially, any Banes tied to those breaking points can be reassigned.
    > When rolling Stamina + Resolve to resist the pull of daysleep, a Bak-Ra gains a bonus equal to his Blood Potency, and achieves an Exceptional Success at three successes instead of five.
    > When rolling Resolve + Composure to resist frenzy from sunlight, a Bak-Ra gains a bonus equal to his Blood Potency, and achieves an Exceptional Success at three successes instead of five,


    Bloodline Bane: Apep's Curse
    There can be no light without shadow. Just as the Childer of the Sun are better able to survive its purifying light, they find themselves felled by the very darkness they choose to shun. A Bak-Ra does not enjoy any of the darkness-related benefits of Kindred Senses, even with Acute Senses (though the Merit's other benefits still apply as normal). In addition to this, any Servants who choose to desecrate their souls through acts of diablerie are deeply stained by such deeds. Whenever they receive the Tainted Condition, they suffer from its effects at double the duration (which can be reduced with Aggravated Damage).


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    Bloodline Devotions
    The following Devotions are available to Bak-Ra upon joining the bloodline. Other vampires may learn them after having taking a sip of Vitae from someone with this Devotion and being tutored in its use.

    Ab-Sekhem [Majesty oooo, Auspex oooo]
    Cost: 3 Vitae
    Dice Pool: Presence + Occult + Majesty vs. Resolve + Composure
    Action: Instant
    The most vicious of Ra's companions during the passage through Duat was his daughter, the lion-headed Sekhmet. "She Who is Power". One tale tells how she went on a rampage, killing most of humanity and only stopping when her unquenchable taste for blood was slaked by a clever trick.

    Bak-Ra with this Devotion can use it on those with whom they have blood ties with. While this can be a potent blood sympathy, it can just as easily be the bond between regnant and thrall. For targets with an active Vinculum, they can be targeted within sensory range. Those with blood sympathy that's at least thrice removed can be targeted within the appropriate range.

    If the target is willing or if he fails the resistance roll, he falls into a frenzy with all the associated benefits and drawbacks. Due to the diluted nature of the Vitae within them, they apply only half the Bak-Ra's Blood Potency dots (rounded up) to any Strength, Dexterity, or Stamina rolls or resistances.

    If a recipient of Ab-Sekhem decides to resist the frenzy, he gains no bonus based on the number of Willpower points spent to fight it. He also suffers penalties equal to the bonuses a Bak-Ra has towards him via blood sympathy and/or vinculum.

    This Devotion costs 4 Experience to learn.


    Kemwer [Auspex ••••, Majesty ••••, Blessing of Ra]
    Cost:
    1 Vitae
    Dice Pool: Manipulation + Occult + Auspex vs. Resolve + Blood Potency
    Action: Reflexive
    As a Bak-Ra's blood grows more potent and his Humanity slowly erodes, even the protection offered by the Blessing of Ra cannot protect them from the sun for long. This Devotion - initially crafted by a Bak-Ra Elder desperately clinging to power - allows one of the Servants to direct the ravages of sunlight upon those bearing their blood.

    A target of Kemwer must have either blood sympathy with the Bak-Ra that's at least thrice removed, or an active vinculum enthralled to him. If the Devotion is used on one with the former, it can be invoked within the appropriate range. Otherwise, the target must be targeted within sensory range. Whenever the Bak-Ra suffers damage from sunlight, he can reflexively activate the Devotion to transfer an amount of damage equal to their Resilience dots to their chosen target. Kindred victims of Kemwer have been known to frenzy upon experiencing this.

    This Devotion costs 4 Experience to learn.


    Mandjet [Auspex •••••, Obfuscate •, Majesty •]
    Cost:
    None or 1 Vitae
    Dice Pool: None or Manipulation + Occult + Auspex
    Action: Instant and Contested (resistance is reflexive)
    Though the sun was less punishing upon them with its light, the Bak-Ra could not elude the daysleep forever. But that did not mean their influence was lessened while they lay in repose. A Bak-Ra with this Devotion can invoke Twilight Projection even while asleep. He can also use Auspex and Majesty even in their astral form. If he chooses to spend Vitae and roll the Devotion's dice pool, he can render himself visible for the scene.

    Anyone curious enough to approach the Vampire encounter what seems to be a real, breathing individual. In reality, Mandjet provides only the illusion of a solid form, which can be shattered by supernatural forms of perception with a successful Clash of Wills. While it is active, though, people believe he is present unless something happens to disprove the illusion (i.e: walk through him when the ghostly image can't avoid such a move). When this happens, all witnesses must roll Composure + Blood Potency with a target number equal to the Bak-Ra's successes for Mandjet.

    This Devotion costs 4 Experience to learn.


    Sanguine Sun (Majesty •••••, Resilience ••, Vigor ••)
    Cost: 5 Vitae per turn
    Dice Pool: None
    Action: Instant
    This is a fearsome power the Bak-Ra can unleash on those of her “Kindred” that have truly offended the Servants of Ra. She can literally shine like the sun and so scourge other vampires as if she was that incandescent orb herself.

    The vampire using this Devotion must have suffered sunlight damage (according to her Humanity) at least once within a number of days equal to her Blood Potency. The mystic power of this Devotion can store that solar power so it can be later unleashed. A Bak-Ra who possesses the Blessing of Ra (see below) cannot use it to mitigate the damage, however. She must bear the full brunt of the sun’s power to be worthy enough to wield it.

    When the Devotion is activated, the Bak-Ra radiates sunlight (or what is for all mystical purposes sunlight) like a miniature sun for a single turn. She can prolong this effect by spending Vitae again every turn, but only up to a number of times equal to how many times she took sunlight damage as described above. This deals damage to vampires like normal sunlight and likely causes Frenzy.

    Aside from its harmful effects on Kindred, it can be a powerful tool on impressionable mortals. She counts as if using Awe at her level of Majesty while this power is active.

    This Devotion costs 4 Experiences to learn.


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    New Merit

    Blessing of Ra (•)
    Prerequisites: Bak-Ra, Resilience
    The strange resistance to sunlight that even Elder Bak-Ra show is impressive, but the less human are still scourged with terrible burns and quickly turn to ash. Some members of the Bloodline are blessed by Ra even beyond their peers and with a little help from their vampiric Resilience can survive for astounding amounts of time in the sun.

    This Merit lifts the limitations of Resilience against sunlight. She downgrades Aggravated sunlight damage equal to her Resilience and can soak sunlight damage by spending Vitae like any other damage from a Bane. Unlike other damage that is soaked through Resilience she appears entirely unharmed when using this Merit.
    Last edited by Deionscribe; 01-12-2016, 11:28 AM.

  • Deionscribe
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    Originally posted by Arcanist View Post
    Auspex 4 and Majesty 4 sounds about right. Maybe a dot of Resilience or two and/or the Blessing of Ra Merit as well.

    Ab-Sekhem really is a beastly Devotion. A Bak-Ra Elder could send a Ghoul of theirs into a group of Kindred, and have them go completely berserk. Imagine if the use of this was paired with one of the new Invictus Devotions like in Vitae Veritas? The Elder could turn their entire line into a furious weapon. It's even more dangerous if used on another Kindred, and could theoretically send their Attributes soaring past all limits.
    Hence, another reason why you do not go messing around with the f***ing Servants of Ra. They were the supreme leaders of the Great Covenant, for a reason.

    Edit:

    Moving on, I finally finished my write-up of Kemwer. And posted it on the main page.

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    Kemwer [Auspex oooo, Majesty oooo, Blessing of Ra]
    Cost:
    1 Vitae
    Dice Pool: Manipulation + Occult + Auspex vs. Resolve + Blood Potency
    Action: Reflexive
    As a Bak-Ra's blood grows more potent and his Humanity slowly erodes, even the protection offered by the Blessing of Ra cannot protect them from the sun for long. This Devotion - initially crafted by a Bak-Ra Elder desperately clinging to power - allows one of the Servants to direct the ravages of sunlight upon those bearing their blood.

    A target of Kemwer must have either blood sympathy with the Bak-Ra that's at least thrice removed, or an active vinculum enthralled to him. If the Devotion is used on one with the former, it can be invoked within the appropriate range. Otherwise, the target must be targeted within sensory range. Whenever the Bak-Ra suffers damage from sunlight, he can reflexively activate the Devotion to transfer an amount of damage equal to their Resilience dots to their chosen target. Kindred victims of Kemwer have been known to frenzy upon experiencing this.
    Last edited by Deionscribe; 01-12-2016, 11:00 AM.

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  • Arcanist
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    Auspex 4 and Majesty 4 sounds about right. Maybe a dot of Resilience or two and/or the Blessing of Ra Merit as well.

    Ab-Sekhem really is a beastly Devotion. A Bak-Ra Elder could send a Ghoul of theirs into a group of Kindred, and have them go completely berserk. Imagine if the use of this was paired with one of the new Invictus Devotions like in Vitae Veritas? The Elder could turn their entire line into a furious weapon. It's even more dangerous if used on another Kindred, and could theoretically send their Attributes soaring past all limits.

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  • Deionscribe
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    Originally posted by Arcanist View Post
    I love the name for that Devotion- probably a mixed Auspex and Majesty one.
    Auspex 4 and Majesty 4?

    And finally got a write-up for Ab-Sekhem, and it's a real beast of a Devotion.

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    Ab-Sekhem [Majesty oooo, Auspex oooo]
    Cost: 3 Vitae
    Dice Pool: Presence + Occult + Majesty vs. Resolve + Composure
    Action: Instant
    The most vicious of Ra's companions during the passage through Duat was the lion-headed Sekhmet, his daughter and "She Who is Power". One tale tells how she went on a rampage, killing most of humanity and only stopping when her unquencable taste for blood was slaked by a clever trick.

    Bak-Ra with this Devotion can use it on those with whom they have blood ties with. While this can be a potent blood sympathy, it can just as easily be the bond between regnant and thrall. For targets with an active Vinculum, they can be targeted within sensory range. Those with blood sympathy that's at least thrice removed can be targeted within the appropriate range.

    If the target is willing or if he fails the resistance roll, he falls into a frenzy with all the associated benefits and drawbacks. Due to the diluted nature of the Vitae within them, they apply only half the Bak-Ra's Blood Potency dots (rounded up) to any Strength, Dexterity, or Stamina rolls or resistances.

    If a recipient of Ab-Sekhem decides to resist the frenzy, he gains no bonus dice for the Willpower spent to fight it. He also suffers penalties equal to the bonuses granted by the Bak-Ra's blood sympathy or blood bond towards him.

    This Devotion costs 4 Experience to learn.

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  • Arcanist
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    I love the name for that Devotion- probably a mixed Auspex and Majesty one.

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  • Deionscribe
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    Originally posted by saibot View Post
    Which kind of motivated my thinking and I guess Deionscribe's. What they claimed to do in Ancient Bloodlines in 1e, a neonate in 2e can essentially do for real, so they needed a thematic boost. Even the Ordo Dracul has gotten a lot better at handling sunlight.
    Those are all spot-on points. And personally speaking, the Bak-Ra (and, by extension, the Usiri) needed reinterpretation, especially since the Khaibit got beefed up for 2E more or less.


    Originally posted by amechra View Post
    An idea:

    What if they could gain Vitae from exposure to sunlight?
    Originally posted by saibot View Post
    Vitae from sunlight would make them essentially full Daywalkers with little downside. Also, personally, the idea seems like it would make more sense for a Bloodline with a thematic connection to plant life.
    Originally posted by amechra View Post
    I fail to see how "they gain 1 Vitae for every level of Aggravated damage they take" would constitute "no downside".

    Also, they have a thematic connection to the Sun. I think they should get some power from it, even as it destroys them.

    (Maybe getting some Willpower back for witnessing the dawn might be better...)

    Well, to be fair, we already have a Devotion (Sanguine Sun) and a Merit (Blessing of Ra) which give them a few advantages in dealing with the sun. And I'm already considering another Merit that also modifies some of the drawbacks of Twilight Protection.

    A power to "gain 1 Vitae per point of Aggravated Damage" sounds very much like a Resilience Devotion. Maybe one that requires Resilience 3 or even 5. It could also be a passive effect. Like Sanguine Sun, though, the Bak-Ra cannot perhaps apply the Blessing of Ra Merit while using this Devotion.

    Getting a point of Willpower for witnessing the dawn (or even getting Willpower equal to successes on a Humanity roll) seems to be more in the purview of a Merit.


    Originally posted by Arcanist View Post
    I think the idea of the Bak-Ra gaining Vitae from suffering Aggravated damage from the Sun is a thematic idea, especially since it would force a Bak-Ra to make choices- easy route to power, or preserve the reputation of being a Daywalker. Besides, any Vitae they gain from it will come at an extremely steep cost. Barring that, gaining Willpower from witnessing the dawn sounds like an excellent idea.

    Now I'm picturing a Bak-Ra Elder with a custom Devotion that allows them to shunt damage from the Sun off onto their Ghouls and Kindred connected to them by Blood Sympathy. Something sort of like how Akasha in Queen of the Damned could be a Daywalker at the cost of torching dozens of young vampires across the world. Being a Bak-Ra Ghoul or apprentice would probably suck beyond belief- either that or you would have to get used to fairly regular intense sunburn.
    I would probably have that Devotion stipulate the requirement of either an active blood bond or existing blood sympathy, applying bonuses which stack if they're both present.

    Also, how about this for a name? Kemwer

    Taken from here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mnevis

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  • Arcanist
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    I think the idea of the Bak-Ra gaining Vitae from suffering Aggravated damage from the Sun is a thematic idea, especially since it would force a Bak-Ra to make choices- easy route to power, or preserve the reputation of being a Daywalker. Besides, any Vitae they gain from it will come at an extremely steep cost. Barring that, gaining Willpower from witnessing the dawn sounds like an excellent idea.

    Now I'm picturing a Bak-Ra Elder with a custom Devotion that allows them to shunt damage from the Sun off onto their Ghouls and Kindred connected to them by Blood Sympathy. Something sort of like how Akasha in Queen of the Damned could be a Daywalker at the cost of torching dozens of young vampires across the world. Being a Bak-Ra Ghoul or apprentice would probably suck beyond belief- either that or you would have to get used to fairly regular intense sunburn.

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  • amechra
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    Originally posted by saibot View Post

    I cannot speak for Deionscribe, but I think that would go a bit too far. I tried to go for exceptional resistance and being more able to operate during the day. Vitae from sunlight would make them essentially full Daywalkers with little downside. Also, personally, the idea seems like it would make more sense for a Bloodline with a thematic connection to plant life.
    I fail to see how "they gain 1 Vitae for every level of Aggravated damage they take" would constitute "no downside".

    Also, they have a thematic connection to the Sun. I think they should get some power from it, even as it destroys them.

    (Maybe getting some Willpower back for witnessing the dawn might be better...)

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  • saibot
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    Originally posted by amechra View Post
    An idea:

    What if they could gain Vitae from exposure to sunlight?
    I cannot speak for Deionscribe, but I think that would go a bit too far. I tried to go for exceptional resistance and being more able to operate during the day. Vitae from sunlight would make them essentially full Daywalkers with little downside. Also, personally, the idea seems like it would make more sense for a Bloodline with a thematic connection to plant life.

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  • amechra
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    An idea:

    What if they could gain Vitae from exposure to sunlight?

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  • saibot
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    Originally posted by Prince of the Night View Post
    pretty major change in conversion making their power to survive the sun REAL rather then a hoax... to be fair surviving the sun is much less a big issue in 2nd edition still...
    Which kind of motivated my thinking and I guess Deionscribe's. What they claimed to do in Ancient Bloodlines in 1e, a neonate in 2e can essentially do for real, so they needed a thematic boost. Even the Ordo Dracul has gotten a lot better at handling sunlight.

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  • Prince of the Night
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    pretty major change in conversion making their power to survive the sun REAL rather then a hoax... to be fair surviving the sun is much less a big issue in 2nd edition still...

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  • Deionscribe
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    Originally posted by saibot View Post
    NEED TEN CHARACTERS.
    Sometimes, I find that requirement for posting ridiculous.

    But yeah, regarding the Ab-Sekhem Devotion, I'm kind of wondering if I should double down on the Auspex, add in Majesty, or swap Auspex for Majesty in the required Discipline ratings. It's a little tricky getting what I want for it, based on Arcanist's suggestion.

    Originally posted by Arcanist View Post
    Perhaps the Bak-Ra have something that allows them to empower Ghouls? Ra is well known for descending into Duat at night with an entourage of protective gods.

    The most vicious of Ra's companions was lion-headed Sekhmet "She who is power", who in her most famous myth went on a rampage killing most of humanity and only stopping when her unquenchable taste for blood was slaked by a clever trick involving beer dyed red. Sounds like a high-Blood Potency Kindred on a Frenzy rampage to me.
    Maybe it could be a Devotion that raises the (effective) Blood Potency of a Bak-Ra's ghouls? Maybe even allow for them to draw on the Bak-Ra's Vitae pool at his consent?

    @Arcanist: And glad you like it, by the way

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  • saibot
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    Originally posted by Deionscribe View Post

    By Uncommon Disciplines, you mean the Clan Disciplines specifically, right? Excluding Majesty, of course.
    Exactly. NEED TEN CHARACTERS.

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  • Deionscribe
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    Originally posted by saibot View Post

    I think having Out-Of-Clan Discipline Devotions are fine and appropriate as long as they do not include Uncommon Disciplines the Bloodline has no access to.
    By Uncommon Disciplines, you mean the Clan Disciplines specifically, right? Excluding Majesty, of course.

    That said, how about this spread for the new Devotion, which I'm calling Ab-Sekhem, roughly "Heart of Power". (Is this correct Ancient Egyptian, by the way? ^^)

    -=-

    Ab-Sekhem [Auspex oooo, Celerity oo, Vigor oo]

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