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  • Since the clan is so hierarchical and dependent on one another (since they trust everyone else less than their fellows - saying something), perhaps set up a situation wherein the Tremere can advance through the internal levels of clan structure with the sponsorship and confirmation of other members. The wiki notes these levels for Tremere: Acolyte, Apprentice, Magister, Regent, Lord, and Pontifix. Each rank is comprised of seven levels. Assuming you have enough Tremere, I would suggest the following:

    A higher ranking (i.e. next level up) Tremere must sponsor the advancement of a Kindred...
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  • JRRParker
    replied to [V5] Experience gains
    I go with 1 xp per week, and we game once every three weeks. There is a discord where we can do some light RP, plan out the goals for the PCs, etc, so we're not idle. It will end up sticking to a similar curve over time.

    I'm also being more generous with temporary dots in backgrounds, pooled backgrounds, etc. It makes their sessions feel meaningful, and 3 xp per session puts them at a good pace to keep on with the expectations of the rules (as we're using them).

    Our setting is way scaled back in older and entrenched SPCs, and everyone is scrambling to get a piece of a...
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  • My plan was to go with this: the maximum powers in a discipline is 5 or the character's blood potency, whichever is higher. Still ties in to the potency mechanic, but also only allows lower generation kindred access to the expanded powers....
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  • I don't have the Sabbat self-identify as antitribu. To me, that's a distinction their enemies make, as in "they are not of us." My Sabbat tend to look at themselves as vampires first, Sabbat second, and their clan as distant a concern as who they were in their mortal lives. Of course, certain clans are an exception to this, if their status is somehow important to the scene, setting, or personality of the individual vampire.

    This may also have something to do with my game: I'm running a V5 chronicle in Detroit after the majority of the Sabbat left for the Gehenna crusade....
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  • JRRParker
    replied to Chimerstry in V5
    I would make it a Presence/Animalism amalgam. Something like:

    Dweomer (Presence 2; prerequisite Animalism power Sense the Beast) - create a static illusion that fools one of the victims senses per success on a contested roll of Manipulation+Presence verses the target's Wits+Composure. Targets with Auspex may add their rating in the discipline to the contested roll.

    Apparition (Presence 4; prerequisite Quell the Beast) - create a moving illusion that lasts until it is pierced by a target. Roll Composure+Presence, targets resist with a roll of Wits+Composure, adding in...
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  • I like this idea. There are already prerequisites within certain disciplines - such as Vanish at level 4 of Obfuscate requiring Cloak of Shadows - that the idea extending beyond seems both consistent and fair. For instance, an amalgam of Presence 3 stipulating that the vampire take Entrancement rather than Dread Gaze is logical and shows how the powers are working together.

    While I see the argument that it restricts the power growth and flexibility on an individual vampire, the balance to the system as a whole is better served if someone, for instance, who never took an Obfuscate...
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  • I dig the idea of the social Caitiff, especially as it is supported by a Tremere play through of VtM: Bloodlines. When you show up to see Strauss, he pretty much says you aren't Tremere despite knowing you were embraced by one. Having a Tremere sire makes no difference as that Kindred is dead and the PC is being raised as a proxy of the Prince. You can get out of the situation, but it requires petitioning into the clan and doing them favors for a while.

    Between that and Chicago by Night treating a few sire-less characters this way, I like codifying it as a valid possibility for PCs....
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  • I think that the fluff informs the numbers, though. It has been shown that vampires who reach a certain age just stop embracing, likely because they have become so alien and paranoid that the idea of adding a vampire of nearly their own power stratum is anathema to them.

    Caine stopped embracing prior to 10,000 BCE and had between 3-8(?) childer depending on how one reads the Book of Nod, embrace of Osiris, etc.

    The Second generation mostly embraced between 7,000-8,300 BCE, with Set being the lone exception of directly-embraced 3rd generation around 5,000 BCE
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