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  • Lys
    replied to Presence (Summon)
    As of V20 Presence has better resistances than Dominate. You only need Willpower 3 to have a better than even (54%) chance of shutting down the entire Discipline for the rest of the scene, and with Willpower 6 it jumps to better than two in three chance (69%). If the roll fails you can just spend another Willpower to try again. Meanwhile with Dominate unless you're of lower generation, you have no way to resist if they make their roll, and they can keep trying until it works. It's worse with mortals, a pathetic Willpower 2 mortal gets two chances at 45% to shut down Presence entirely for the scene,...
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  • Lys
    replied to The Inner Council
    Why would an accident leave a Clan without representation? If an Inner Circle member dies, another influential elder of the Clan steps up to take their place. It's not like the Inner Circle's membership is elected during official meetings. Rather they are whichever member of a given Clan both wants the job, and has the personal power to claim it. The more structured clans like the Ventrue and Tremere probably have a successor already in mind in case something happens to their Inner Circle representative. For more disorganized clans like the Brujah there might be a brief but intense power struggle...
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  • Lys
    replied to The Capuchin
    Both of those explanations are stupid and needlessly complicated, with a bunch of unnecessary assumptions. There is no need for any individual or individuals to lead 5th Gen Ventrue to diablerize 4th Gen Ventrue, diablerie is already something that vampires often want to do. Additionally the memory rewriting is unnecessary when the vampires could just lie, as vampires are wont to do. The coordination problem is solved by the fact that all these vampires are operating under the same incentives. The nature of Kindred makes them want to lower their Generation in order to increase in power. The nature...
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  • Lys
    replied to Blood Bond and Self-awareness
    Yeah it really is the worst. The emotional whiplash alone - between hating someone so much you want to hurt them, and loving them so much you would do anything for them - is exhausting. Worse, the emotions don't even necessarily happen separately. Some times you want to be furious at them, just utterly enraged and unforgiving, but you love them too much, and anger just makes you feel sick inside. Other times you want them so very badly, want to be close to them, to feel loved by them, but the hatred poisons everything such that even the sight of them is painful. Their affection makes you feel...
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    Last edited by Lys; 04-28-2017, 04:10 AM.

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  • Lys
    replied to Blood Bond and Self-awareness
    I always loved the introduction piece for Vampire the Masquerade Revised Edition, and it has a wonderful passage briefly explaining what it feels like to knowingly be Blood Bound to someone:

    "Can you imagine that, by the way? Being forced to love someone, forever? Knowing that the love you have for them — which is so strong you'll kill or die for this person — is a lie, a damnably induced lie? Hating them and loving them at the same time, and not being able to do a damned thing about it?"
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