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  • I'm not saying the antiquities trade is not potentially profitable, just that there are some major problems, and it is not notably more profitable than opening any other small business, like, say, a nightclub or a hotel.

    There are a few advantages to it. The main one for kindred is that antiques businesses are notoriously difficult to value.

    Why is that a plus? Because it (alongside restaurants and artists) is a common method for laundering money. If you are a vampire who is in the habit of stealing large sums of cash, then that can become legal money, usable for legitimate...
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  • Theodrim

    It's funny how different people hold different clan stereotypes.

    I actually think of the Trujah as (at least potentially, if they turn their attentions toward war) martial badasses. True, they usually focus on more theoretical matters, but pretty much any field they set their mind to, they will eventually master. Potence, Temporis and the second dot of Presence can make a challenging, if reluctant, opponent. Clearly not the barbarian berserker type, more of a special ops, cold bastard, killing machine-type.

    For me, one of the few genuinely chilling...
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  • I have my doubts about getting income by prospectively buying tomorrow's antiques today.

    My two word argument:

    Beanie Babies....
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  • The only thing you can really count on every member of a clan having in common are their three in-clan disciplines and their weakness. In varying degrees, the mechanics of each clan strongly encourage certain types of behavior and survival strategies.

    A clan like the Nosferatu falls heavily on the nature side of the nature/nurture debate. Imagine a fledgling Nosferatu, call her Abby, who was embraced and then immediately abandoned in a small city with no other vampires. Her sire gave her a thumbnail sketch of vampirism and the Traditions, warning her that if she breaks them she will...
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  • How the average upper class host might explain your presence by clan.

    Assamite:
    "Who? Oh, that's Naci Çavuşoğlu. He's great! I met him last year on that business trip to Istanbul. He was working at the Turkish embassy here when Erdogan had that little unpleasantness. Now, he can't go back. Poor dear. Fine with me, he tells the best stories! Oh, Naci, come meet Franco! He works with Leonardo SpA."

    Brujah:
    "Oh, that's Ernesto's motorcycle, he's from Argentina, originally. He rents the pool house. Being a widow I feel so much safer with him around....
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  • Well, the whole question is a little odd for a vampire, especially one with a few levels of Dominate or Presence. Especially is they aren't too fanatical about maintaining their Humanity.

    Vampires don't really need what most humans would call "wealth" held in their own name or truly under their direct control. Oh, they might choose to pursue personal wealth just out of habit, a half-remembered desire for social approval, or out of sheer boredom, but they certainly do not need it to live the lifestyle they desire.

    Vampires who want to live a certain lifestyle...
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  • Nosimplehiway
    replied to Presence (Summon)
    This power is useful in the modern day in lots of ways. A player at my table ran a Setite elder who used it to lead prey into ambushes, or on a wild goose chase to distract a foe's forces. Sometimes he would just drive the perimeter of Manhattan sending out Summonings to create the impression he was circling in upon them, like a predator circling in the woods just outside of the firelight.

    It has more practical use in Dark Ages, before telephones, where allies can use it to communicate across vast distances if they set up a code ahead of time. "Three Summons is fine, I'm just...
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  • Still raises the question of if you have a powerful vampire prone, presumably grievously wounded, long enough to administer the coup de grace, and do the switcheroo, why not just diablerize them before killing them and putting somebody else in there? Or, if you hope to diablerize the second vampire, then you have a vampire body laying prone, with its spirit floating around. Diablerize then.

    I just don't see what is hoped to be gained by using necromancy for this scenario.

    I suppose... if there is an elder you want to diablerize, but you can't for physical reasons, like...
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  • In the days when the animal traits were permanent, I always house ruled it either into temporary, allowing the Gangrel to buy off the animal traits with experience points the same way you can buy off any flaw; or if a major theme of the chronicle was morality decay, I would tie it directly to the Humanity score.

    Now that it's temporary, I wouldn't even quite know what to do. The conditions under which traits fade seem so vague. In V20, they simply mention that most are temporary.

    In VtDA20, they have greatly improved the weakness, but I am confused by:

    ...
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  • What will happen? Nothing.

    (All quotes from Bone Path 5, V20, p. 165-166.)



    Problem One: There likely is not a body left to bite, and if there is, there is no blood left in it. If there were any blood left in it, the dead(er) vampire would be incapacitated or torporous, not "dead". What does the diabolist plan to drink?



    Problem Two: Ignoring for a moment that most vampires don't count as "freshly dead", this dead body is no longer a vampire. It is the remains of a vampire, which can be animated like any other...
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  • Nosimplehiway
    replied to Flaw "Scorched Aura"
    It would have been perfectly fair if the player chose to purchase the flaw, received points for it, and agreed to this explanation. The player chose to turn all that over to you. It's even more appropriate (and ironic) if the player said, "whatever I'm fine with whatever flaws you pick", then later regrets it.

    For story purposes, a drunken deal or one in which the PC was clearly deceived, such as not hearing the terms correctly, could lead to all sorts of very intellectual story hooks. Maybe he could hire the wraith of Hammurabi to bring suit against the demon who tricked...
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  • Oh! I only thought of this after I posted. How would your storyteller feel about Scorched Heart? Might fit the scholar aspect pretty well.
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  • Honorable Accord might be the best match for game mechanic reasons. It would reassure the higher-ups that the character is loyal, since those on Honorable Accord who are disloyal quickly degenerate. Plus, HA's emphasis on behavior versus strict theology loosens things up a bit for the character. I mean, what if he is on Death and the Soul and finds that demons really don't care whether their humans are alive or dead? Or if on Caine, he unearths definitive proof that Caine forbade all contact with demons of any sort? Either way, the concept would become just a bartender in a Winnebago. HA will...
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  • Eldagusto

    This is off the topic of your post, but I have been wondering. Sorry, if this is a dumb question, but what is a "Draculer"? I've seen you use the term in a number of your posts. Is there a distinction between a "draculer" and a common, garden-variety vampire that I'm missing?
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  • In fact, you can make someone with ten handwaviums, with claws, and arrange them in a radial pattern around their knees, just, you know, 'cause.

    Which is why the discipline is a problem. Beyond the science of it, there is a long list of physical merits and flaws that should be more-or-less free to Vicissitude users.

    It works best as an NPC power and the writers have not figured out how to retcon it, which is why we had to live through the "it's an alien virus" period.

    This deserves a bump:

    http://forum.theonyxpath.com/forum/main-ca...
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  • Have we ruled out the simplest answer, that after spending a thousand years of turning to his secretary and saying "bring me ten", meaning ten people to murder and eat, that Augustus Giovanni finally hit rock bottom, failed his last Humanity roll and went wassail? He would likely have started with attacking those nearest him and then would have to be put down.

    My second choice: in the next edition Samuel Haight starts a clan of whatever he is this week and needs to be third gen. ...
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  • It's called an exoskeleton, but it's not made from the same stuff as mammalian bones.

    Chitin is a long-chain polymer, which gives it some properties similar to plastic including high strength with low weight, but derived from glucose, a sugar which can be both be digested by, and is bio-available to most animals, including humans. This matters.

    In a bunch of creepy crawley critters (the technical term), it's used instead of calcium-based materials for bony structures. Chitin does not naturally occur in humans, so the problem with building a human ghoul with a chitinous...
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  • I'm happy to see a game set in Philly, since I grew up in a small city 45 minutes from there, Reading, PA. My dad's family were from South Philly. If you have any questions about local culture or other setting details, let me know.

    Fer me, duh paypull frum Fuldelfyu en dis vi'eo got apsulootly no axin' a'awll: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONiJNddW_sM...
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  • There are a whole host of differences (sociological, experiental, cultural) that may distinguish child vampires, but, I believe, neural development is likely not one of them.

    I will agree that vampires aren't human, and they have lots of bodily processes we don't understand using RL science, if vampires don't undergo neurogenesis (or something similar, but more magickey), and retain those changes after spending a day asleep, in spite of their tendency to revert to original form, it has some massive ramifications for their mental functioning.

    Without changes in their neural...
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  • The PC was suffering under the effects of an addictive substance and committed a murder, which tore his and his entire family's life down to nothing? Then he stole the grave-goods of a wealthy powerful person, whose afterlife is now one of suffering because of that theft?

    So, the PC is going to be a Setite, right?...
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