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  • One thing I think people often forget with Predatory Aspect:



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    Carnivore sponges probably don't count as "predators" since they don't hunt. And I'm not sure who would want their Beast represented by a sponge anyway. And it's just scavengers and predators, so it's more restrictive than Beast's Skin as to what animals are considered acceptable. Honestly, I don't think tardigrades qualify for either power.

    Protean does have a lot more options than it typically gets used for, but it does still have limitation...
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  • I would say that you wouldn't perceive them in any case.

    You could ask "are there any ephemeral creatures here?" and you would get a vision that's a glorified "yes." Remember that Auspex is question-and-answer (with the answers generally being visions). It wouldn't actually reveal creatures that the vampire is physically incapable of seeing: creatures in Twilight or across the Gauntlet, for example.

    If someone is hiding under a bed and Auspex tells you someone is hiding here, it doesn't let you see through the bed to physically see them hiding there....
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  • On the flip side, nothing about the power indicates it's a sustained effort on the part of the vampire. Instead, it seems to be all in the victim's head after the initial use of the power.

    I'd say it sticks around. If the victim is unaware of any possession, the Strix may benefit from it as the victim believes they're the same person.
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  • Ways around the BP 6 restriction to Vampire blood are rare, and tend to be costly or hard to manage. Most Covenants that can make it less painful do so by nullifying the Blood Bond rather than allowing them to feed on non-vampires. I would consider moving that ability to the fifth dot, and/or (probably and) giving it a cost rather than making it a passive, free ability.
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  • Maina
    replied to A Thousand Years of Night
    Note that you're only supposed to roll the dice when your character is in "a stressful situation." The book examples for "stressful situation" are "actively trying to tear his throat open, or demolish the building as he works." For the average person, in the average work day, they'll only rarely be rolling if they do at all. And at 4 dice in your pool or more, you have a success rate of 75% or higher.

    At four dice, you have a very strong chance of success under pressure. It's only in combat, or when afflicted with penalties (working in the dark and/or...
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  • Objects and locations are both examples given in the book, so I wouldn't disqualify based on those grounds.

    I like them particularly for older vampires that outlived every mortal they knew. Sure, you can get a mortal that reminds them of their dead mortal lover, but their dead mortal lover's wedding ring is just as poignant....
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  • 1. No, though the Multidisciplinary Specialty merit could help you there.

    2. A touchstone is something that reminds you of your humanity. A tool that you did monstrous things with would not qualify as a Touchstone in any game I ran. It doubles-down on the 'monstrous' aspect of your personality, rather than reaffirming the 'human' side.
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  • Maina
    replied to A Thousand Years of Night
    I disagree. I think people underestimate a starting character's competence. Two dots in a skill is "professional" quality according to the book. How many skills is the average adult good enough at to do it professionally?

    Two dots in an attribute is "average." How many adults that you know in real life do you think have 3s or 4s in an attribute?

    I think a starting character is actually pretty hyper-competent in CofD.
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  • Maina
    replied to A Thousand Years of Night
    You realize that, in the core VtR book, an Elder is just 150 years old or more and is given an XP value of 25, yes? They aren't quite as extreme as some people seem to have expected.

    I think some people went into the Elder book expecting Ancients....
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