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  • Baaldam
    replied to Ghost plot needed!
    Well, the first thing to answer before anything else, imho, is - did the ghost bring the PCs to the abandoned chapel unwittingly or by intent? Did it know they were somehow following its tracks? Because defining that can make loads of difference on establishing what the heck it's doing, relation to the inhabitant(s) of the crypt and possible objectives in relation to them.

    In fact, how did they track it down, is it unable to turn invisible or cross through walls? Because that could put some serious crimp & complications in a chase sequence. Or did they use Auspex or some other...
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  • Baaldam
    replied to Should Kuei-Jin be in V5?
    Actually, they acted like the general belief was in the myth presented in the Book of Nod, what is quite a different animal from saying it is a fact or cosmic truth. It's only in late 2nd edition, around '98 when someone made KotE with the misguided conceit that you needed a whole different system to make spontaneously risen vampires and other stuff, that the pseudo-biblical lore starts to define setting elements as fact, something done with a heavier hand in Revised era in fact.

    And about the "a vampire game where it isn't centered on biblical characters as the source of vampirism,...
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  • Truth be told, in my own games they were far more relevant as one of many followers/pawns wielded in the ages old ephemeral conflict between Blood Mary, Llorona, Sightless Mother and to a lesser degree, Red Jack & the Mnemosyne, than for themselves.

    That said, reskinning Ars Speculorum from Mythologies as a series of Obsfuscate-related devotions & merits and connecting with the Hollow - with Jack himself as a Hollow that in teaching its "art", consumed the Ba/reflection of every kindred he taught it, making that person into an aditional anchor, was loads of fun....
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  • Baaldam
    replied to Multi covenant membership?
    Two States for the price of one!

    But then the Invictus is so pragmatic and self-serving that meshing it with anyone but the Carthians might get a similar reaction (domain''s local politics vicissitudes pending, obviously), i guess....
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  • Personally, i've always felt level 6+ powers are overly cluttered with stuff that would fit much better as discipline combos, rituals or alternate powers in the 1-5 range. The disciplines could afford to be a little less rigid, with some room for additional techniques/tricks and such, like spheres or more precisely, arcanoi for example.

    Making a bunch of those "elder powers" more acessible to PCs or low- to mid-tier NPCs benefits the game too, imho....
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  • Must admit to some curiosity over them though i never did more than skim their fluff in the books.
    That said i have done funky things involving "rogue" Salubri, or more precisely, old PG references to pre-3rd eye Salubri that distanced themselves frrom their sire and disappeared in kindred history. From time to time i would come up with the reveal of a bloodline or clan - 1st ed Ventrue Antitribu (that had a different discipline spread), Old Clan Tzimisce, Capadocians - as not quite what they claim to be but remnants of a heritage they forgot themselves.

    But then...
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  • Baaldam
    replied to Sik Merchandise
    Me too.



    Yup, i also think getting a high-resolution version for either edition and printing on a bureau might be a easier way to go at it, as you can pick material, size of print and so on, adjusting to one's preferences....
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  • Don't know how descriptive one would count it, but the shadowland/old city i mentioned is named Bom Retiro, in a bit of wordplay as retiro in portuguese can be interpreted as rest, exile, retirement or repose depending on context.

    A better one might be Poços de Caldas (literally "Calderas Springs"), a city known for its thermal baths in the State of Minas Gerais (that might or not also count, by the way).

    Places in Portugal that would fit the bill most probably exist, but i'm far more familiar with brazilian ones. What can i say, it happens. ...
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  • Well, technically i use extremely descriptive portuguese names, but yeah, same principle.

    Simple, convenient, has some real world basis - and makes the weird pidgin letter soup ones even more notable by contrast, so what's not to like?...
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  • Now, gonna try to make suggestions or give a little spin to unfinished candidates.



    Speaking of Gallows.... how about these boys & gals? You don't get more directly "vampires who want all vampires destroyed, even themselves" than those.
    Reskin them as a covenant/cult, not of one clan, but many, desperate individuals made kindred not by embrace but by spontaneous rising of miserable kindred slaves that sought escape & freedom from the debasement of vinculum &/or ghouling through suicide only to find a return into undead misery at the other side...
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  • I'm ok with Mithras and Set - love them actuallly - but try to keep a lid on the "vampire as deities" thing, mainly because if i already have them, why make some generic with the same gimmick, uh?

    (Not that i'm wholy innocent of that, considering i have STed a game with Mithras, Lady Anne & co reskinned to another part of the world and have done so with more than one city book. Damn, my first Masqueradde chronicle ever was with the Forged in Steel cast with clans & generations flipped and set in Miami. But at least i'm being honest to mysself with the imitation )...
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  • It's a holiday that some have claimed might be linked to an earlier pagan goddess. Doesn't change the fact the dates themes are quite diametrical to the portrayal of Kupala as an entity in cWoD. But then i guess the same might be said about Mithras, no?



    Honestly, i never cared much for it, think might be more in favor of "Kupala is an excuse" and might connect whatever is supposedly behind Ceoris with something else. One could go - or not - a bunch of ways with the tidbits given in Transylvanian Chronicles, Houses of Tremere and other books.

    ...
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  • More like "Someone Did Not Look Lard Enough Isles", eh?

    But on the topic, i usually do as you mentioned and just I look at some examples from the real-world in my own country and adapt a bit.

    For examples:
    - an old city/funeral district/shadowland area in a larger city called "Good Repose".
    - a place called Greenmaw Valley, named so because a tribe of wyld barbarians that worship this sort of wood elementals, to the point of naming themselves after them, live there.
    - a pale, svelte, long-eared people known locally as "bloodless"...
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  • Must admit i have always had problems with tackling the morass that can be VtM or VtDA/DA:V materials on eastern europe, of which Kupala is an elusive but pervasive element. The fact Kupala in slavic folklore is associated with purification through waters, fire and the sun, things pretty much antithetical to the game's "Kupala as the dark spirit of transylvanianess" and in fact vampires as a whole, only makes it worse. Personallly i would be in favor of some other name, any name for that matter.

    The minimalist in me is tempted to correlate it, due to the whole Tzimisce &...
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  • Baaldam
    replied to Should Kuei-Jin be in V5?
    In my games i go with something of a blend of KotE and older stuff like Gaki, "Hengeyokai Cats" and Bushi and ssome homebrew to connect the dots. Handwaved the Thousand Hells as the product of the fertile torpid imagination of the Ravnos antediluvian (and possibly some of its childer) at work. Most mortals who become Wan-Kuei entered those places through a connection resulting from the sin of being the thousand generations distant descendants of the same. The "chimeric embrace" results in a clanless vampire with a natural affinity for a bastardized form of Chimerstry known...
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  • Maybe it's just in my head, but weren't there some hints of connection between the Mikhaili/Amari from Spilled Blood and the Betrayed?

    - But speaking of the Betrayed as given in VII, what if the ghosts guiding them were something between the angry Ba of Hollow Mekhet or Jiang Shi (if Wicked Dead or Danse Macabre flavors, it's up to you), bloodthristy ghosts making anchors of other undead to get revenge on their original corpses, whom they feel betrayed by for abandoning/ignoring/exorcising them?
    - What if Red Jack (from Mythologies) and Blood Mary (Mythologies & Danse Macabre)...
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  • Honestly? I have felt the "castle with watchers tricked by a demon in compromising their high ideals by doing yearly human sacrifices for ages" was a disservice to the barely developed sect since 1st ed's a World of Darkness, where the chapter that become the seed from which Lair of the Hidden would spring was first presented. While i do enjoy the House of Usher-esque satanic cabin fever drama, its relation to the Inconnu and a bunch of other bits of the seetting as a whole, not so much.



    Because the Unnamed is a mystery, ergo, the reveal of a previously unknown...
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  • Pretty much how i roll anyway, got into it between 1st and early 2nd edition, started losing interest in canon/metaplot sometime between KoTE and Revised, though it might be said i deviated long before that, as i adopted Werewolf's rituals system in limited format back then and made a variant of it into "the Sabbat magic" instead of Thaumaturgy, Koldun or whatever.

    Sometimes will mine stuff from multiple editions and bastardize in blasphemous ways just for the hell of it, like a continuities where:

    - the Giovanni & Lasombra might be both branches of a fallen...
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  • "Blood for the Blood Gods!!"

    "Skulls for the Skull Throne!!!" ...
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  • Don't worry overly much about it, really. Devotions/discipline combos can be a far more dynamic & engrossing venue when it comes to opening room for new vampiric powers and general customization.

    As an aside, in my games i replaced the "Power level x 6" for Caitiff with "Caitiff pick 3 disciplines of the player's choice (with ST approval) as their Favored ones", much less bean-counting issues, more balanced and can bring lots of guesswork and weird theories - rightly or wrongly - on a clanless lineage....
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