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  • Caitiff

    Social Caitiff (1 pt flaw)
    Mechanically, the embrace worked fine and you are not a Caitiff. Your sire, however, didn't stick around to explain things. So, although you have your clan's normal three disciplines and weakness, neither you nor anyone else knows it. You will be treated as a Caitiff, until such time as you can get your clan to accept you by producing incontrovertible evidence that you are a clan-mate (and buy off this flaw).

    Mutation Caitiff (2 or 5 pt merit)
    Mechanically, you are not a Caitiff, but rather the founder of a new bloodline....
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  • Giovanni

    Family Responsibilities (2 pt flaw)
    For whatever reason, mortal members of your family always seem to call you when they need help. Maybe they're short on money, maybe their daughter is being knocked around by her husband, maybe their neighbor's house is haunted, or maybe they just need a ride from the airport at 3 in the morning. Every session a member of your family will call you for help with something.

    Circling the Drain (3 pt flaw)
    Someone you love dearly is facing near certain death from some horrible disease, like cancer, Alzheimer's, a series...
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  • Gangrel

    Less Beast, More Bunny (2 point flaw)
    Your Beast, though as savage and deadly as any other vampire's, is of a slyer stock than most. It refuses to show itself when you most need to "flash your fangs". You seem harmless and non-violent to most everyone you meet, though this assessment might be false. Animal traits you gain are usually drawn from prey animals, and tend to be cute, though still clearly inhuman, like bunny ears or mouse whiskers. You may never take dots in Intimidate.

    Attack Dog (or bat, or cat, or whatever) (5 pt merit)
    You...
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  • Tremere

    Sage Advice (1 pt merit)
    In life, you were someone who helped others reach their potential, like a thesis advisor, psychotherapist, or business consultant. Your ability to help others develop a plan of attack for their projects has intensified since your embrace. If you spend a half hour with another person discussing a project the person is working on, and they are willing to implement your input, they make their very next roll related to that project at -2 difficulty. This roll may not take place in combat, and you must have at least one dot in both traits used in...
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  • My problem with the Strix isn't that they are a bad idea, in and of themselves. I used to play In Nomine, and possessing-demons like the Shedites were among my favorites.

    It's more the page count and spotlight they took from VtR2 vampires, who are, in theory, the stars of the show. The Strix section runs from p.196 to p. 235. That's one page more than Chapter One (pp.13-51), which outlines Clan templates, including lost clans, and Covenant templates, including lost covenants. Bloodline examples, which were entirely missing, could have gone on the Strix pages. More devotions could...
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  • Setite

    Exotic Rite (3 pt flaw)

    Setites claim that many roads lead to Set, but... well... yours is particularly foreign to the local community of believers. Sure, most standard snake worshipers know that there are all sorts of variations, like the Daitya, Tlacique, and the Dhamballah, but what do they do with you when you show up at worship services? Frankly, you likewise disdain their practices as bizarre and incomprehensible. You are, as far as you know, the only member of your particular rite for hundreds of miles around. You may never advance past 1 dot in Clan Prestige among...
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  • Is it just me, or do the practices of Koldunism tend to sound like something older brood mates would just tell their juniors will work because it's funny to watch them do it?

    "Hey, fledgling, come eat this! It'll... ummm... reduce your difficulties. Hey, Wladyslaw! Come look what I got the new guy to do!"...
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  • MCN

    I just want to check that I'm understanding what you're saying. What I'm hearing you say is that there is no reason to expand the palette of animals used for Protean to those not traditionally associated with vampires, because the newly introduced animals have no characteristics that provide a rationale for creating an ability with a substantially different mechanical effect from those already available. In short, don't fix what ain't broke.

    Thing is, though, I'm not suggesting an expansion of the animal palette for the purpose of creating new mechanical effects that...
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  • Okay, chalk makes a lot more sense.

    I was trying to decide whether your ST introducing conflict with a Wereslug pack into the game was awesome or ridiculous. Their Crinos form would, obviously, be amazing! But if I try to think about kinfolk, I get a little queasy.
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  • Garbage bags, excellent.

    ID card is brilliant!

    Salt? Does your city have icy roads?...
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  • Ventrue

    Overspecialized (1-5 pt flaw)
    You hold power over a single area of influence This would be fine, except you have virtually no influence anywhere else, and refuse to pursue it. Maybe you had wider influence and were reduced to your current rump holdings, or maybe you are just building your empire and have chosen to start with a narrow focus. Either way, all of your backgrounds (except Generation) are in some way dependent on this one specialty, and could be wiped away in a single, disastrous night. Before any unrelated backgrounds can be earned through the course of play,...
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  • I tend to view it as the spatial version of the time unit called a "scene". Basically, the whole room or combat zone. The description does say an "inferno", which implies at least a full house, or the whole inside of a barn or good sized storefront could be made to go fwoosh.

    If you really want an actual number... At absolute max, in an open area, like an unoccupied parking lot... with five successes... I would guess about 195.6 square meters (2100 square feet), with five successes.

    How do I "guess" 195.6 square meters?

    Sometimes...
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  • Orrrr... riffing on that...

    He died. His immediate childer gave him as vast and opulent funeral as one would expect.

    This bought him entry into the Western Lands, and, possibly, even passage on the barge of the gods. He finally earned his proper place among the other deities. A truly happy ending!

    Then his childer tore apart his grave goods and built the most powerful altar for Akhu magic ever. He got ripped out of his fifteen minutes of perfect after-life and is being tortured to fuel every Akhu path and ritual performed since.

    This could be...
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  • Canon material tends to be related without a proper narrator, in a purely descriptive rhetorical mode. When a canon book, like the core or various source books, wants to present unreliable or highly prejudiced information, they tend to present them as a narrative story, with an omniscient, presumably reliable, narrator describing a character telling a story within a story. This often takes the form of an elder educating a neo-nate, or of an ancilla testing the limits of an ability. In a few examples, most notably in the intro of VRev, they used an epistolary format, so it was entirely unreliable....
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  • Indispensable Mundane Items for Kindred

    I fondly remember cha-gen in old editions of D&D, when I would outfit a new pc. I still don't know why I needed a ten foot pole, or what "iron rations" even are.

    By comparison, in VtM, mundane equipment tends to get glossed over in favor of a more narrative style. eg: "You say your Ventrue has a copy of the Financial Times in his briefcase? Okay, cool."

    But, what are the most important items of mundane utility a vampire PC should possess, and make doubly sure the ST agrees ahead of time you always carry? I'm not talking the fantastical or uber-powerful....
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  • Just a thought, but we seem to agree here that, in the WoD, the Antedeluvians did, and in some cases, do exist. This means the reason the Setites are stand-offish might be tied to the motivations and personality of their Antedeluvian.

    Now, imo, Set is perhaps the most likely to no longer exist. His clan has basically been stalking him for two thousand years, and he keeps refusing their call. A some point, I assume he's either gone, or doesn't want to be contacted.

    But, let's assume Set is still around, maybe just interfering where necessary under cover of high levels...
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  • The Strix.

    In fairness, you didn't specify one good thing, did you?...
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  • Barney hit a good sale at Barney's....
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  • Easiest solution, buy an old coat and backpack at a thrift shop, and ask at a sewing store for some fusible webbing. A little ironing and they'll be stuck together. Just be careful of the heat if it's a nylon bag, or polyester coat. You could even get some devil wings at a costume store and attach them inside the bag.

    Yikes, I just had the image of a Gargoyle in a plaid, double knit leisure suit pass though my head. Sometimes clothes do not help with zero appearance....
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  • Any of the following abilities would need to be written up with game mechanics in mind and might not be possible, anyway, but are worth consideration:

    Lacking a skeleton might allow squeezing through extremely small openings and would make you virtually impossible to tie up or handcuff. It also ma give the option of enveloping another creature completely.

    Carnivorous sponges (which sound like a bad horror movie concept, but exist on the continental shelf off Antarctica) hunt by producing a very sticky substance which traps prey on their surface and then absorb nutrients...
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