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  • You can easily distinguish between wolves and coyotes. Coyotes are noticeably smaller and sound very different from wolves. At the very least, three out of the five breed forms should be giveaways. And I'm sure that beyond the visual and auditory clues humans can use, that senses like smell would make it even more noticeable.

    Unless there is a way to permanently alter or illusion the various forms, I don't think this is possible for anything other than a very short term con.
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  • My initial instinct is to say that it should work like that. Jaw Weapon is a level one tribal Gift for the Children of Gaia who are supposed to abhor violence and weapons. It makes sense one of their Gifts would indiscriminately nullify all weapons. The example of the spirit teaching the Gift is a dove spirit which means it is a peace spirit. I think the purpose of the Gift is to make everyone's weapons not work so that the Child of Gaia can calm down the situation, or allow one or more parties to leave the area safely. It's not meant to provide one side a combat advantage over another....
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  • Black Fox
    replied to Jobs in a Necropolis
    Then there are the public works that the Legions perform. These will be critical jobs that the government needs to perform itself. They won't be services that free wraiths can buy. But they might interact with the Legions as they perform their duties, or petition the local Necropolis to provide more services to their local area.

    Registars who will record new enfants that are reaped, new thralls, wraiths that become soulforged, and so on.

    Masters of Argos will perform messenger, delivery, and taxi services especially BETWEEN necropoli or between the necropolis and Stygia....
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  • Black Fox
    replied to Jobs in a Necropolis
    Almost any job that existed in the ancient, medieval, or early modern world can exist in Wraith. You just need to translate them into their Wraith equivalent, keeping in mind that while wraiths may not eat, they do need Pathos, and that the material they use to create most things is some form of soul plasm or relics.

    The setting of Wraith has an actual economy, but it's one of pronounced scarcity. Productivity is low because the equivalent of natural resources are low. The wraiths who can control those few areas of resource extraction are probably the richest. Wraith is probably more...
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    Last edited by Black Fox; 07-04-2022, 04:01 PM.

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  • Player knowledge is often far greater than character knowledge. Just imagine the difference that would happen in a game where the players only knew the information in the 2e core rulebook in a chronicle that utilized concepts from Elysium, Storyteller Guides, the Players Guide and Dirty Secrets of the Black Hand versus players who had read all those books. The second group of players already know all the secret information that are supposed to be mysteries. They are going to be able to recognize certain NPCs as likely to be members of the Salubri, True Brujah, Children of Osiris, one of the...
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  • I must have read past that passage a dozen times and never noticed it.



    They're definitely vampire monks. And since they want to blend it without anyone noticing them as something different, it behooves them to be indistinguishable from any other Buddhist monks found in the area. But it's important to note that the Children of Osiris are based in India because their founder Khetamon fled there after he helped Isis resurrect Osiris more than 5000 years ago. So he predates any tradition of Himalayan monasticism....
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  • Black Fox
    replied to Cynocephaly
    In terms of Werewolf lore, I just held that the stories of the Cynecephali were a result of the Delierium when people had high Willpower. They either saw Crinos as something like a man with a dog's head, or when they described to others what they saw, their descriptions tended to be something like "it walks on two legs like a human, but with a dog's/wolf's head". In the World of Darkness, much of the real world's supernatural folklore tends to be of the variety of a misinterpretation of what is factually present from the games. That's an easier "solution" to me than inventing...
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  • The original clan description of the Giovanni in the 1e and 2e Players Guide mentioned the Giovanni would only embrace 3 people once a generation (which I interpreted as about once every decade). There wasn't any reason given for this, but I always associated it with the deal made between the Giovanni and the Camarilla in the Promise of 1528.

    From the Camarilla's perspective, the Promise of 1528 was to bring the Giovanni into the "Camarilla system" so they were part of the new order that the Inner Circle was establishing. They were a part of the Camarilla's "great...
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  • This topic prompted me to review some of my old notes on the Free States and my old, second hand copy of LAbN. I wanted to see what I had written in terms of Anarch factions and Baronies that would be in my chronicle's version of the Free States. So I reread the description of Jeremy MacNeil in LAbN and something popped out that I had not considered before.

    We're told that Jeremy was born in 1631 and his clan fought on behalf of Charles I. He was embraced in 1657. This means as a young mortal that Jeremy would have fought in the English Civil Wars. His enemy would not have been...
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  • Black Fox
    replied to Incoming judgement
    I completely agree with this. The Incarna have always been presented as rather distant. Even the Jaggling Avatars of Incarna are just an aspect of them and don't like to spend any more time than necessary on more prosaic reality. When the Incarna "speak" it should usually be in omens and dreams that need to be interpreted with lots of uncertainty to their meaning. It's best to let the Garou NPCs handle things when it come to things like this. Plus, no matter how bad Sargon screwed up, there's been plenty of Garou down the centuries who have done much, much, much worse. Nightmaster in...
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  • It's important to note that the definition of an Anarch in Vampire has nothing to do with anarchism. It's perfectly fine for an Anarch (capital A) to be an anarchist. But many Anarchs, probably the vast majority, are not. The definition of an Anarch in Vampire is just "a vampire who does not accept the authority of the Inner Circle to govern all vampires, and who is not a member of the Sabbat".

    (The Independent Clans, in fact, are generally not actually independent in the sense they are free from the Inner Circle. Instead, they had some other arrangement with the Inner...
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  • Black Fox
    replied to Secret Lasombra
    Yep, in the early game, any Disciplines above level 5 were individual powers the vampire learned/created. The specific powers of individual characters who had them were just examples of what could be done. It relied on the ST (and possibly the PC if they ever rose above 7th generation) to figure them out. However, once actual ten ranks of each Discipline was provided, many players assume that's just all there was. If there were other options provided at levels 6 or 7 or whatever, then that's what was available and nothing else. But that wasn't the case. If the ST or PC could formulate an...
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  • Black Fox
    replied to Incoming judgement
    Heinrich has been saying some things that I wanted to comment on because I feel he is assuming a lot that is not necessarily true, and if it is, should be very problematic. His posts have a lot of valid comments in them, but there's one thing that keeps coming up because I disagree with it.







    All these quotes assumes one thing - Sargon has pre-existing obligations to his vampires that the spirits and the Garou have to accept. I don't think that is the case (and if it is, it's a major problem).

    First, what do handlers owe the...
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  • Black Fox
    replied to How do you manage your npc?
    At one point in time, I would have been horrified by this mentality, but it's one I try to adopt as much as possible now.

    The terrible thing for many STs to admit is that 90% of our preparation work is irrelevant to actually running the game. We provide more details in our game notes than is needed at the gaming table. Writing complete PC style character sheets for NPCs falls into that category.

    The reason most of us do that (and other superfluous things about the game) is because it's fun. (And because it's what see in sourcebooks for NPCs.) We like world building....
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  • In terms of the By Night books other than Chicago By Night, it was typical - meaning it was rather mediocre. It wasn't "awful". Just useless.

    The problem is that this was supposed to be THE showcase for the Anarchs. So many people went "This is all there is?" and moved on. And unlike the Camarilla, you couldn't say "This is just one domain, I can set my game in some other domain" and let your imagination go wild. Instead, the Los Angeles area was basically it unless you wanted to set it in Madison, Wisconsin. So the LA Free State REALLY needed...
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  • Black Fox
    replied to Incoming judgement
    The repercussions of this should be massive. Sargon is now an escaped fugitive, and the sept has every reason to believe that Sargon's allies (whether they know it is these other Fera, or they imagine it was arranged by his vampire friends) purposefully endangered the Veil to arrange his escape.

    The Punishment Rites in general are only able to be used if the guilty Garou is present. But at this point, he's already been been proven guilty and sentenced. Having fled, I definitely believe when he is caught he'd be sentenced to the rite of Gaia's Vengeful Teeth. All the other Garou...
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  • The Children of Osiris are essentially a monastic order, and I can understand them subjecting themselves to some kind of Rule. But the idea that they must shave their heads seems to me some kind of affectation, and if the V20 quote from Thoth is its origin, then it is likely just some flavor text a late author decided to add. It is not something mentioned in the description of the Children of Osiris in 1992's The Hunters Hunted. If you like it, keep it. If you don't, ignore it.

    Even if you want to keep that as some kind of monastic discipline when the member of the Children is...
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  • I don't remember any statement being made that the Children of Osiris shaved their heads. But I could easily have overlooked that. Do you have the source?

    Now I've seen at least one picture showing one of the Children with a shaved head, but I think that was to illustrate someone who had been an actual ancient Egyptian, and the ancient male Egyptians shaved their heads (the women didn't).

    I also don't think it makes much sense. Although there is probably a core of ancient Egyptian Methusalehs among the Children of Osiris, I would imagine most of their membership now...
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  • For the most part, such relationships would be exploitative and abusive to some degree. The Beast ultimately is selfish and paranoid. No matter how it may start off, long term this is the trajectory. Now the vampires may very well be sincere that they do "love" the other. But for most it would be a very selfish kind of love, prone to jealousy and possessiveness. Or at best something that is transient - maybe full of passion when the relationship is novel and one's lover is novel, but quickly gone and the vampire moves on to his next "great love." Over time, the elders...
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  • Black Fox
    replied to Incoming judgement
    Garou informing the enemy about an incoming attack by his sept, and that information resulting in the enemy killing an wounding Garou of the sept, constitutes treason in my opinion. The level 5 Punishment Rite Gaia's Vengeful Teeth is the most likely outcome after a very quick trial.

    Now if the information provided to the vampires only meant that those vampires escaped, no other vampires were informed, and the sept's raid was successful as planned, but the information leak was discovered anyway, then a lesser Punishment Rite would be more likely. Wanting to preserve one's contacts...
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