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  • 11twiggins
    replied to These new Lasombras
    That's a good angle to explore, especially with higher Humanity Lasombra inside and outside the Sabbat, and more secure Lasombra. But it's worth remembering that the vast majority of the Sabbat (numbers wise) seem to be very insecure and want to constantly prove their inhumanity, and how they are better than humans or different from them. The great distinction between an Elder Fiend or Keeper and neonates in their clans can be that the former has little to prove. They treat their ghouls as they like (which could be very well or horrifically), and a desire to seem like they've moved beyond human...
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  • 11twiggins
    replied to These new Lasombras
    I'm a big fan of the two clans as flawed reflections of eachother. The Ventrue respect the Masquerade and surround themselves with Ghouls, human retainers, employees, underlings, Childer... The Lasombra don't fit into our modern world so much. They work exclusively through Ghouls and other Vampires. Hence their difficulty working in the Camarilla; not only are they a Masquerade risk in the modern era, they are also at the Prince's mercy. Lasombra need to have Childer and Ghouls doing their work for them, since existing in public is difficult. The Prince is technically able to veto the latter,...
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  • 11twiggins
    replied to These new Lasombras
    Hunger and Compulsions are the biggies. But honestly if you name a V5 mechanic or piece of fluff, chances are my take on it will be "not a terrible idea, in a skilled writer's hands it could have been good" or "that's a really great idea actually, shame your execution was botched". Consistently I have just found that those are my most common reactions to the ideas presented in V5.

    As for the mirror thing, that's a good point. But adjusting a tie or waistcoat, or a dress, is much harder if you're having to crane your neck and look down all the time. +2 difficulty...
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  • 11twiggins
    replied to These new Lasombras
    The fitting bonus for Lasombra would be finding it easier to cow mortals, inexperienced ghouls, neonates and fledgelings. At bane severity 4 and 5 they are increasingly terrifying to someone who hasn't fully embraced the supernatural, after all. So it's definitely a curse, but it means that their Dominate and Presence use vs. a terrified human or their new childe will be slightly easier....
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  • 11twiggins
    replied to These new Lasombras
    If I were running banes which went from 1 to 5 (a system I'm making for the V20+ thing that I will probably finish in like 5 years time at this rate) then 1 would be the lack of reflection and the surrounding problems, 2 would add the problem with images and sounds, and 3+ would then start to make the Lasombra seem uncanny and strange even through normal observation, and especially through means like Awareness and True Faith.

    At 1, you're noticing they don't have a reflection.

    At 2 they can't call you or skype, and CCTV has this weird slenderman figure instead of a person,...
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  • This is quite fitting, and very horrific. I'm imagining that their horns are relatively menacing and sharp.

    Although this also means they're reindeer with Aggravated hooves and also... fangs. For sucking blood. Plus they'd weigh double the normal weight of a reindeer, and be made of stone-like flesh.

    I don't like Santa anymore XD...
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  • 11twiggins
    replied to These new Lasombras
    The new Lasombra weakness is sort of textbook V5.

    Step 1: Take an idea that I actually really like.

    Step 2: Horrible implementation, whether in terms of crunch or fluff, which are only made more frustrating by Step 1.

    Overall I'd be more than happy to run this weakness, just house-ruled to actually work well in the system.

    Summarize the weakness as:

    The Lasombra's image and voice are rendered uncanny in certain contexts, and this can risk revealing their true nature. The source of this curse is unknown, although some apocryphal tales...
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    Last edited by 11twiggins; 01-03-2019, 08:49 PM.

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