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  • Bluecho

    I like that a lot.

    It has the added bonus of making the Molochim super-manipulators. No one would ever dare to wipe out the group that has made the Sleepers more powerful, and are also responsible for keeping them under wraps. In effect, the Sleepers are hooked to an apocalyptic deadman's switch.

    End the Molochim; end the world.
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  • This is circular logic.

    Question: Why are the Nosferatu primarily a Camarilla clan?
    Answer: Because they are a Camarilla clan, and most Nosferatu choose to be in the same sect as most Nosferatu.

    CajunKhan

    A few possible reasons the Nosferatu joined the Camarilla:
    1. They were invited. Unlike the Gangrel, the Nosferatu understand you can gain the benefits of membership (having a Justicar and Archons, easier recognition in new cities, legal status in the prestation system, etc.) without necessarily taking part in all the courtly parties or volunteering
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  • I can think of another important function: social conditioning.

    It would be very easy for a vampire with a degree of power, say ancilla or higher, to surround themselves with lackies, ghouls, and hostages who look like mortal friends. Between Dominate, Presence, and the Blood Bond, one might go decades without being challenged on any of their unrealistic beliefs, patterns of deviant behavior, or dangerous whims.

    When a person is completely isolated from anyone who will call them on their shit, or rein in any of their behavior, things can quickly go sideways.
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  • It occurs to me, after reading False Epiphany's excellent post, that an additional purpose for transition of life rituals besides a social event is legal notification of a change in status.

    In the pre-bureaucratic societies most elders grew up in, weddings, funerals, bar mitzvahs, christenings, and the like existed to publicly announce a change in a person's status or role in society.

    Yes, a funeral with bells tolling, a procession through town, and a black wreath on the home of the deceased gave close friends and family members an opportunity to mourn. It also served...
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  • Sounds like a really fun and creative take on the setting. There's no reason they couldn't all exist in the same universe. Including them all in the same story might present some challenges, especially if you are hoping to have a mixed group of pcs.

    Mummies and wraiths both operate during the day, so vampire players will be left twiddling their thumbs... sometimes for whole sessions.

    Wraiths spend a good chunk of their time in a whole other dimension, which neither vampires nor mummies can observe or interact with, without specialized powers.

    It's been a...
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  • Oh.

    Thank you, False Epiphany.

    A slang term that has no male equivalent is usually not a good sign.

    Sigh....
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  • I have previously posted my head canon on the subject of the Baali origins here, down in post 6.

    I reprint it here for simplicity sake:...
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  • Nosimplehiway
    replied to Historical Faces
    For well-educated or well-connected characters, like Ventrue, Tremere, Lasombra, Brujah idealists, and the like, I use wikipedia and search "list of members of" various legislatures. Most member profiles include a head shot, and they tend to be well put together people, without being Hollywood beautiful. Bonus points for most of them being dressed for doing business, but not looking too frou-frou.

    Example. Example. Example.
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  • Nosimplehiway
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    Please, officially consider this a wave.

    I want more.

    Please?...
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  • Illuminostro

    Awesome see somebody new on the forums who is eager to jump in. Welcome!

    Just a heads up. Traditionally when we post character concepts on this thread, we number them as we go. Makes for easier reference when discussing them later.

    I'd suggest using 238 and 239, maybe, for yours. Except... I'm not clear on what the character concepts are, or how many of them there are.

    Also, what exactly is a "sorostitute"? Is this slang for somebody whose car has broken down?
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  • “If you're going to hold someone down you're going to have to hold on by the other end of the chain. You are confined by your own repression.” -Toni Morrison

    Okay, so you are positing a hunter who knows the ins and outs of how vampire degeneration work. This is a big, big leap from meta-knowledge to in-character knowledge. How would hunters know that? Are they doing in-depth longitudinal studies run by social psychologists with a large sample group? Most vampires caught by hunters are destroyed before any such research could be performed.

    But, okay, let's assume they...
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  • Nosimplehiway
    replied to Who is right?
    My intention was to ask forum members their opinion on which sort of npcs would have the most accurate view of the canon world. Not what, in their opinion, the absolute truth in-world is required to be by the rules of the game. I was asking because I needed an npc who could serve as a sort of tour-guide for my players, and couldn't decide what sort of npc it should be. (I wound up using an Inconnu monitor, fwiw. She answered their question and exited the story.)

    In WW, there is often a lot of room for interpretation. Revised clanbooks, for example, are written in the voice of specific...
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  • Speaking for myself, there are two reasons I find this sort of question thread useful.

    It serves as a request for people on the forum to share their homebrew ideas with one another. This helps those of us who ST to share fun little details in the setting our players can discover which haven't been published in any canon book. For example, in a city I once ran the local Prince really did not want the dirty low-clans traipsing through his Elysium, leaving their muddy footprints everywhere. So, he had a series of required Elysia scheduled about every two months or so which were less...
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  • Pleiades

    Maybe you can clear up a point I'm unclear on in your post. Is your info your own homebrew, or is it canon from some book I haven't gotten around to reading? I'm not familiar with the Sabbat having a "must share one trait of the three" rule, or the term "church" in a Sabbat setting.

    If it's canon, I have some catching up on my reading to do. If it's homebrew, well done and thanks for posting your ideas for everyone to use. I just didn't notice where you labeled it as which one it was.
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  • A Vampire's Guide to Gentrification

    Clan by Clan:

    Banu Haqim
    Downsides:
    Harder to carry out an assassination in a low-crime environment.
    Fewer out of the way places (think Batman villains in abandoned warehouses) to set up shop.
    Upsides:
    Stronger economy increases population, making it easier to move into new domains.
    Assamites like pleasant surroundings, and, in theory, want what's best for the humans.


    Brujah
    Downsides:
    The bastard urban Bourgeoisie is making life unaffordable for the working people....
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  • Black Fox

    If I may add some ways in which the formation of the Camarilla was revolutionary, rather than reactionary. None of them are, of course, true in every circumstance, or in every place, but by-and-large they are true improvements for the majority of vampires.

    4) Though not absolute, a vampire recognized and accepted in one Camarilla city can expect to be allowed to visit and, likely, be allowed to relocate to any other Camarilla city. Princes may refuse admission, of course, but it is expected there must be some sort of reason given for refusing the petitioner....
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  • I feel like taking a break from my usual "block of text", character concept posts in this thread.

    Today's post is a lightning round. Very brief vignettes of stuff that, while fun, probably doesn't need so much depth. In honor of the Day of the Dead, I'm making a loose-knit pack of Sabbat residing in Mexico. Frankly, their stories could happen anywhere.

    (Usual disclaimer: this thread is over three years old. If I accidentally recycle an old idea which bubbles up from my subconscious, forgive me.)
    230) The Terrified Attack Dog Chato was raised in a crime-ridden...
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  • When looked at on a historical scale, the changes since circa 1990 haven't been especially extreme, but they have been quite rapid.

    Elder vampires have faced much more extreme feeding pressures from historical changes before.

    (All examples are for Europe and, in later eras, the Europeanized portions of the Americas. For most of these changes, it is hard to set a precise date. The forces at work along the Mediterranean in 1CE may not reach Lappland until the 1700's, but the overall tide of history eventually flowed into every corner of the continent. Vampires elsewhere,...
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  • I have a question which is only tangentially related to the original post. Do the Molochim have access to the Rite of Apostasy? That is, are there members of other clans who have joined the Molochim in their goal of keeping the sleepers sleeping?
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  • Time for me to put on my tinfoil hat. This only happens when I read way too deeply into minor details of a WoD product.

    So... here goes.

    In Northwest Semitic languages, the closest translation for "lord" is a term which means "(male) owner", especially, of a house, or, poetically, "husband". This term was also used as a title applied to a god's name to denote they were the patron of a particular place, usually a city-state. So, "Dream Lord" would imply a god who holds ownership over dreams as a concept.

    Small detail......
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