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  • Irioth
    replied to Humanity in a Sociopath
    Meet the Sabbat elephant in the room, as well as all the other unaffiliated clans and minor sects that show a large Path representation. How come the other vampire organizations are able to maintain their own version of the Masquerade as effectively as the Camarilla, with much less reliance on Humanity? The centuries-long success of the Sabbat as the worthy competitor of the Camarilla, and the persistence of its Masquerade, seems to disprove this argument....
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  • Irioth
    replied to Humanity in a Sociopath
    The main issue is the modern game's attempt to force Humanity as the default way of keeping the Beast in check, with alternatives (Paths) being treated as rare, artificial, and barely tolerated exceptions that are mostly circumscribed to, and gated by membership in, a single sect. If things are run like the Dark Ages game, where players and characters of all backgrounds get free access to various possible Road options of equal standing for keeping the Beast at bay, everything gets much easier. As my personal background makes me acutely aware of, Humanity really does not work for everyone, and...
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  • Don't forget the physical features of the Horror and its Lair are entirely based on the dream-logic of the Primordial Dream, and so are extremely flexible and malleable. Not to mention many mythic monster archetypes that Horrors may be based upon include a broad range of features and supernatural powers that can justify most Atavisms. I started a discussion myself on this point here.
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  • Irioth
    replied to Guilty Pleasure
    I see. Well, I wasn't even mindful of the restitution part and it makes the drawbacks even worse. You're right it takes some careful discussion with the ST before one would take the Merit. But your point makes me think in most cases the benefits of this Merit aren't worth the hassle, unless the character concept really calls for it - e.g. you are playing some kind of trademark addict such as Batman's Riddler. It seems much like the aforementioned Riddler, your restitution compulsion is going to buy you heaps of trouble by leaving up clues for Heroes, the cops, and your enemies to track. Otherwise,...
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  • Irioth
    replied to Guilty Pleasure
    I see. So the Merit in practice has little to do with the typical human indulgencies for food, sex, drugs/booze, gaming, or whatever, and instead plays out as an even more special subtype with extra effects of the specific preference of feeding activities within one's Hunger that all Beasts have. The icing on the cake of the icing on the cake, so to speak. Good to know, and thanks for the claryfing advice. I'm still doubtful if the Merit is really worth to have, or Hunger Management effectively covers for most of its benefits with much less baggage. The benefits are good, but the Guilty Condition...
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  • Irioth
    started a topic Guilty Pleasure

    Guilty Pleasure

    I was thinking about the Guilty Pleasure Merit. I cannot decide whether it is a boon or a burden, if its rewards are worth its drawbacks (Hunger Management seems to provide similar benefits for much less hassle), and how to integrate it in the lifestyle of a Beast. I can certainly think of various indulgencies that would be appropriate for a mortal lifestyle, but the Merit is supposed to be used in the context of typical Satiety-hunting activities, and I can hardly think of how to integrate it with any of the Hungers. Could you kindly tell me your opinion about the Merit, and a few examples about...
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  • Irioth
    replied to Humanity in a Sociopath
    If we are talking about adults, there is no such thing as a 'budding' sociopath. We are born this way, or at the very least we develop into it growing up. I suppose I'm the walking, talking example of something that according to VtM rules should not exist, since in game terms I have the equivalent of non-existent Conscience, high Self-Control, high Courage, and low Humanity, my personality has not significantly changed for decades, and I have no good reason to assume I'd be any different with the Kindred package. Or alternatively long ago I have instinctively switched into some equivalent of a...
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  • Irioth
    replied to Humanity in a Sociopath
    As a real-life high-functioning sociopath (HFS) with good self-control, I think I can provide some insider perspective and lifelong anecdotal experience on this issue. I assume many low-functioning sociopaths with poor self-control would fall into the trap of short-term gratification of their worst impulses without regard for consequences in unlife just like they do as mundane people, and go down the road to Wassail. For HFS people turned vampires, it is going to be different. Most of us would probably end up stabilizing at the low Humanity level that equals our default state as mortals, or we...
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  • Irioth
    replied to A New Hunger Has Been Revealed
    On second thoughts, you're actually right. Monster from the Deep is a tentacle-based damaging Atavism, so there is plenty of room for a tentacle-based entrapping Atavism tied to the Fear of Confinement. Of course, it might be tentacles, multiple limbs, constricting spires....
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  • Irioth
    replied to A New Hunger Has Been Revealed
    As Atavisms tied to the new Families go, I tend to assume the ones tied to Fear of the Other might be related to impersonation and shapeshifting. It is an area corebook Atavisms were sorely deficient in (apart from Siren's Treacherous Song allowing voice imitation) despite being a typical 'physical' power of certain mythic monsters. Such powers would have a solid thematic and mystical tie with the infiltration and social contamination paranoia Fear of the Other often expresses. Another possible expression might be charming and seduction, but Alien Allure and Siren's Song already deal with this...
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  • The social bonus becomes utterly worthless as soon as you do any travel. For a splat whose raison d'etre and lifestyle typically involves considerable mobility to seek out mystic secrets and which has the greatest ease of access to and reason to explore the Tellurian at large among CoD supernaturals. Color me unimpressed. It may be my preference for nomad characters and globe-trotting chronicles speaking but I tend to regard any Merit strictly tied to one location not worth the paper and ink it is printed with, barring exceptional circumstances. I would not sink any Xp in Concilium Status at gunpoint....
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  • The practical difficulties of managing too many Rote Skills at once for the same character might indeed be a rather more worthwhile objection to the OP's idea than claiming Status dots do not mean actual Order membership despite RAW to the contrary and house secrets must remain inviolate....
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  • With the notable exception of Prelacies (which obviously involve much more serious loyalty issues), one dot of Status is enough to learn the mystic secrets of any Order. The limitation on one dot in Status is obviously there to prevent mages with divided loyalties from achieving a leadership position in any Order and establishing its agenda, not to stop them from learning house secrets, which per RAW they could access anyway. Moreover, RAW already prevents double-Order characters to tap the material resources of the second Order. If such characters were unable to learn special skills as well,...
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  • Yes, Larceny would be exceedingly useful for any wraith to avoid or remedy permanent Corpus loss. Much the same way, Hive-Mind may be very useful to perform espionage of Spectral society, work as a less onerous, temporary alternative to Pact of Doom for tapping new Arcana at will, or enact mental manipulation of Spectres (although Intimation, Keening, and Way of the Scholar work just as well on Labyrinth-spawn). Tempest-Weaving may be rather useful to pull gear out of the Tempest or Labyrinth at will, or change their environment to suit your circumstances. Last but not least, Tempestos may be...
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  • Wrong. Buying one dot of Status in a second Order gives you effective membership in both Orders at once. You are only limited in that you cannot use it for requisitions, so you cannoy exploit the resources of the Order you have less Status in for your convenience. However nothing stops you from learning the second Order's special abilities if you put out the necessary effort, and a single dot of Status would be normally enough to tap them....
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  • Doomslayers: into the Labyrinth gives a whole part of a chapter to the subject, including p. 50 and pp.55-61. Ends of Empire mentions it in the character creation rules for Ferrymen, p. 100....
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  • Irioth
    replied to God's and Monsters
    As well as a few Merits and Flaws that were cut off from the Book of Secrets list as being too outlandish for 'normal' mages, according to a line in BoS....
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  • I don't see why it should lose access to those Dark Arcanoi that seem usable and useful to wraiths (e.g. Hive-Mind, Larceny, Tempest-Weaving, Tempestos) since Doomslayers do use them all the time. Ferrymen too use them. So I don't see why it should be any different for Redeemed wraiths. Now if we speak about those other DA that seem to require Spectral nature or mindset (e.g. Contaminate, Corruption, Maleficence, Shroud-Rending) it is another issue entirely. I'd indeed rule a Redeemed wraith may vaguely remember them but loses them.
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