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  • Be very, very scared. Depending on the character I'm playing, either try to determine if it's true via Auspex, say "fuck it, this seems fun" and continue the relationship as though nothing changed, or cut ties and try to get away from them.
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  • Pretty much my view, yeah. (Or a previously-ace vampire might find their orientation changing, or vice versa, because literally dying and being resurrected with a violent hunger in the back of your head can mess with your personality a bit. Up to the individual player.)



    Hey, if it works at your table and everyone consents OOC, more power to you!...
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  • Draconis
    replied to VTR 2e Blood Scourge
    So it comes down to whether you consider Blood Scourge a supernatural weapon or not. I would say, yes, it is supernatural, because it's a whip made of enchanted blood flowing out of your wrists.

    However, do note that tearing flesh meaning lethal was a 1e thing. In 2e, knives do bashing to vampires because, while they do tear the flesh, vampires don't really need that flesh the same way humans do....
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  • The changes as your Humanity drops are less about sexual attraction and more about sex, the activity itself. Vampires can still have their personal tastes and orientations, they just can't orgasm in the same way they did while alive (just like they can't enjoy food the way they used to)—so they generally replace it with the pleasure of the Kiss (biting someone and drinking their blood).

    (That said, I do find "roll Dexterity plus Charisma to fake orgasm" a bit silly. So I personally just handwave all that. If one character sleeps with another in my games, to drink their...
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  • Draconis
    replied to V5 - Malkavian Revision
    I'm generally not a fan of tying the Malk clan curse too directly to real-world mental illness, because I've seen that go very badly in the past. I see their curse as a more Gothic sort of madness—they don't hear voices because they have a serotonin imbalance in their brain, they hear voices because they have the vast world-spanning collective-unconscious of the Cobweb pressing against their mind, or because they're slightly out of sync with the rest of the world and are hearing fragments of the future, and so on.

    (Of course the Malks might very well choose to Embrace neurodivergent...
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  • Draconis
    replied to I have no issues with V5!
    I'm not in love with the hunger system either, but weren't you complaining earlier about disciplines feeling too game-y in V5? To me, having a mana bar that goes up by X when you feed and goes down by X when you cast a spell feels significantly more game-y than having a vague measure of how hungry you are....
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  • Draconis
    replied to I have no issues with V5!
    By RAW, you can use Projects to make Dyscrasia.

    By RAW, Dyscrasia gives you a cost break on Disciplines.

    Therefore, by RAW, you can use Projects to get a cost break on Disciplines.

    (Now, by book, each Project would get you a 1xp break—which isn't really enough to matter. So I would probably still houserule this to make it more effective. But regardless, "Projects can get you Disciplines for less xp cost" exists in RAW.)



    You only lose Humanity if you get no successes at all. In other words, the difficulty is 1, so there's...
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  • Draconis
    replied to Diablerising a strix
    We've gotten way off-topic, but…

    Good question! Depends who you ask!

    There's something different between vampires and mortals. You can call it the Blood, you can call it the Curse, you can call it the Beast, but it definitely exists.

    Is there actually a separate entity that possesses you during frenzy? Up to the ST, but in my games, absolutely not. In my games, "the Beast did it" is the equivalent of "the Devil made me do it": a way for vampires to feel better about the monstrous things they did. In other words, there's no nice clear dividing...
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  • Draconis
    replied to Diablerising a strix
    The convergent evolution theory (from NH:WD) goes something like this. It initially seems weird that five totally unrelated and separate organisms would end up looking so similar. Except, the clans aren't entirely unrelated. They all have the same starting point: a human corpse. What if all the similarities actually result from the "host", not from the "parasite" inside? Shared abilities like "Resilience" are actually vague groupings of many similar-looking ways to withstand pain, whether that involves psychologically shutting off that part of your mind, or physically...
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    Ah, yes, that completely-non-sorcerous discipline that involves marking signs on people's skin with your blood and making extended Willpower rolls to calcify their soul, or alter the way your undead body processes blood, or transmute the fundamental nature of Vitae to alter someone's effective Generation, or enchant objects with arcane sigils drawn in blood so they can't be destroyed, or perform a ritual over a goblet of someone's blood to divine the truth behind their statements, or put a blood curse on all of someone's vampiric descendants…...
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  • The book does say "Other vampires have no way to know when someone is using Auspex to discover their secrets"…and then specifically says Auspex 1 can detect Auspex-use. So I'd take that "other" as meaning "non-Auspex-users". It plays into the theme that the greatest threat to the Shadows is other Shadows, which I've always liked....
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  • Right, I'm saying that arguing about the realism level of government operations seems a bit absurd for this setting. Hell, it's a setting where there's a species of sentient fish who all have True Faith due to the magic Catholic writings given to them by the Pope. I don't think "realism" was ever very high on the writers' list of priorities.

    That doesn't make it a bad setting or anything, but as I see it, the point was never to be realistic in the first place. It's a setting that operates on Rule of Cool logic, and always has—that's why in V20, a katana is more effective...
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  • As a side note, on the topic of "realism"—the V5 Hecata still have their skyscraper in Venice, from back in…I think it started in Clanbook Giovanni (the first one)? It is a mystery how the SI ever figured out something unnatural was going on there, since it was described as blending in perfectly with all the other Venetian skyscrapers.

    So as long as that remains canon, that's my metric for "realism" in the World of Darkness. From the beginning it's been a setting where rule of cool trumps the minutiae of real-world logistics and practicality. (In real life,...
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  • Draconis
    replied to V5 - Handling Spectres
    This isn't particularly helpful advice when a new ST asks a question with "V5" in the title....
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  • Absolutely! Helena (fourth-gen) and her childe Villon (fifth-gen) both found ways to resist, so it's a thing that can happen, the exact details are just left to the ST....
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  • Draconis
    replied to V5 - Handling Spectres
    That's V20; OP is looking for V5. (Which sadly has no published necromancy rules yet; they're coming in Cults but that's still tangled up in bureaucracy at this point.)...
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  • Draconis
    replied to V5 - Handling Spectres
    In Wraith, "wraith" and "spectre" are technical terms for different types of ghosts. In V5, from what we've seen so far, they've been used interchangeably; if there's a distinction, I doubt it'll show up until we have necromancy rules (which are coming in Cults).

    But in the lore, ghosts can do a lot of different things. They have discipline-esque powers they can learn, and different ghosts have different ones from that set. The ones most relevant to a vampire game involve possessing people and poltergeist-y actions (knocking things over, throwing things, etc)....
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  • Not unless the ST and players want that to happen. There are no hard mechanics for it, since it's meant as a plot point more than anything else.

    The Camarilla book goes a bit more into what's going on in the Middle East; basically, it's a chaotic war between summoned Elders and newly-awakening Methuselahs and a huge number of Sabbat who saw an opportunity and took it....
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  • The Beckoning: basically, vampires all over the world are feeling a strange compulsion to leave their Domains and travel to…well, nobody's quite sure. They don't know their destinations, only the direction they're being pulled in, but it's almost impossible to resist. The thicker your blood, the stronger the pull. Many are heading to the Middle East, though not all—it's not clear what exactly the source it.

    One major theory is that it's the Antes summoning their descendants to consume them in the latest incarnation of Gehenna. But Tremere and Hecata (Giovanni and such) are getting...
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  • (accidental double post)
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