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  • The name might be Vestgeir instead or some other spelling variant. I remember him mentioned in the original Player's Guide to the Sabbat. I can't recall if he is mentioned in the Revised Guide to the Sabbat, but I noticed a lot of things originally mentioned in the early editions are just forgotten later on.

    There is not much information on him. The crucial points is that 1) he saved the sect in its very early days, 2) he was the impetus behind the Black Hand, 3) he disappeared in the 1600s, and 4) Sabbat feel he was really Caine in disguise....
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  • I imagine the early Sabbat was simply the same Anarch coteries that existed before the Convention of Thorns. They just kept on fighting afterwards.

    I think it would be a long time before the Sabbat turns into the form recognizable as it is today. There are massive changes that happen in the intervening centuries, and I believe the original Sabbat never intended their sect to become the way it is now. I think there are several stages that occur to transform the Anarchs into the Sabbat know today. Some of these steps are canonical, but other ones are my own ideas I've filled in...
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  • Black Fox
    replied to Using Sam Haight
    Haight first appeared in the early supplement Valkenburg Foundation where one of the scenarios was him hunting Lunatics in the woods, specifically lupus Lunatics who couldn't change but were otherwise thinking sane. He killed them because they were easy prey - there were Garou for purposes of the ritual and had Rage and Gnosis, but were otherwise underpowered - no Gifts or Rites and couldn't assume other forms. His escape power was a Black Spiral Dancer fetish which allowed him to reform in the Umbra like a spirit in slumber (in some ares protected by the Wyrm).

    All the weird crossover...
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  • Well there is a long tradition in RPG's of certain powers being given scope in published adventures in addition to the standard rulebook. So an expansion of the power in the old Succubus Club book that was not mentioned in the original corebook is not surprising. In D&D, the spell Dispel Magic in adventures could often be used in ways that were not mentioned in the spell description. This is just part of the tradition that imaginative use of certain powers can be rewarded by the GM.

    Especially if the requirement is "you need additional successes", then that power expansion...
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  • Garou Artifact sounds like a fetish. While you might be tempted to make the fetish more powerful than usual, I don't think that is a key. Instead, develop a legend around it. What great heroes used it? What great story tells of its creation? Think of legendary weapons like Excalibur or the Spear of Destiny, or legendary objects like the Holy Grail or the Cauldron of Plenty. For inspiration see this list of objects. A well developed story about it will be much more of a hook than boosting its powers.

    As for getting your PC pack involved, there are various possibilities. Maybe...
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  • Black Fox
    replied to Mortis and Necromancy
    The old Mortis and Necormancy Disciplines are now combined under Necromancy. The various Mortis powers are now their own Necromantic Paths within Necromancy.

    In effect, Cappadocians always had Necromancy. It's just that the Giovanni developed their own special Necromantic Paths in addition to the ones the Cappadocians already knew.

    Since the Mortis inspired Necromantic Paths are still Necromancy, for experience point purposes they should be able to be bought as an in clan discipline for Giovanni.

    Of course simply because it can be bought as an in-clan discipline...
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  • This is what I lean to as well. After the sheer hell of being a Spectre and improbability of being redeemed, it seems anticlimactic and just cruel to have to start the process over to Transcend as a wraith. If they can overcome being a Spectre, what else do they really need to learn? They already hit bottom and came back.

    I'm not 100% certain that should be the case, but I strongly lean towards that.

    I do think there is a good story of a wraith overcoming their Shadow and being restored to normal wraithly society. But I think that's best limited to wraiths who are...
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  • When dealing with a bureaucracy, you need someone who has Influence or some other organizational control power over that bureaucracy. (As part of this, it might mean that person has Dominate, Sovereign, or some other power controlling a person high up in the bureaucracy.)

    Or someone who can control computer systems who can create or kill the electronic paper trail that ends the bureaucracy from doing this.

    Of by knowing enough about the law in question that you can put in some kind of injunction or other tactic to first delay and then entirely stop the bureaucracy from...
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  • It sounds like you should have a conversation with your players on the kind of game you want. That will answer a lot of your questions. Giving players extra build points, or restricting certain traits is completely normal. But you want to know that everyone is on the same page so that any changes you make in the normal character creation process is understood, and allows your players to express their opinions and concerns before your rules become final.
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  • I imagine it is more of a "don't ask, don't tell" scenario. The diablerist doesn't mention it, and may stay out of sight for a while so that people with Aura Perception don't see the black lines. Give it some time to fade away.

    I think this is one of those nudge, nudge and wink, wink customs. The Prince declares the hunted to have forfeited their blood, and that is that. Nobody says they'll be engaging in diablerie, and the Prince would not bring up the topic publicly by doing an official pardon. But everyone understands the hunted is fair game, and the Prince does...
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  • I'm having trouble understanding your question because the book description of Background Pooling and Anchors is very clear to me. When backgrounds are pooled, it represents a common ownership or control of a institution, organization, or group. That entity represents the source of the pooled Backgrounds. Anchors are merely the one Background that represents the limiting factor to other kinds of Backgrounds as other Backgrounds can never surpass the one serving as the anchor.

    So what you need is:

    1) The group or organization.
    2) How your PCs "control"...
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  • Black Fox
    replied to High Appearance
    I disagree completely. Study after study has shown that IQ tests are very effective predictors of both academic achievement and job performance in real life. Whatever biases exist, they don't seem to fundamentally undermine the general validity of the tests. Certainly some form of biases existed historically and still do, but psychometricians have gotten really good at eliminating most of them to produce valid tests. The idea that such tests are mere "cultural knowledge" is bunk. That is different than saying, "we should be aware of the limitations of IQ tests" which is...
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  • That was not well known at the time Chicago By Night originally came out. Most likely the authors were ignorant about it. The book "Devil in the White City" which popularized Holmes' crimes did not come out until 2003....
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  • Black Fox
    replied to High Appearance
    That is one of those scenarios where while it is possible mechanically for them to have the same dice pools, the ST should be treating these characters very differently.

    Since Intelligence 1 represents below average intelligence, it really boggles the mind on the justification used to obtain Academics 5. Normally somebody on the left end of the Bell Curve simply won't be able to achieve Academics 5. If the character's concept was something like "He has an incredible memory and essentially knows an extreme amount of trivia" or is some kind of idiot savant, I'd possibly...
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  • Black Fox
    replied to Ideas for a Sabbat siege.
    Mentioning the convergence of the Sabbat siege and Watts Riots is a great call out.

    But just remember the OP didn't ask for generic ideas on how to conduct the siege, but encounters that show "how “horrible/monstrous/inhuman” Sabbat is" to his PCs.
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  • Black Fox
    replied to Ideas for a Sabbat siege.
    Some ideas below. Depending on when the PCs arrive at the scene and their actions, they might be able to prevent or ameliorate some of this. In order to build on the tension, make sure that this is done by one or two packs easily identifiable because of some kind of symbol or outfits one or more of them wear that identify their pack.
    • NPC friendly calls PCs at payphone to warn them, ask for help, give information, or whatever, and some Sabbat attacks him. Guy drops phone in mid phone call, but PCs overhear his screams as the Sabbat work on him. When over, it is some time before the receiver
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  • I think the very strong environmental message in Werewolf has less and less relevancy the further back in time you go. Centuries before the Europeans ever arrived in the Americas, the Indians had built great cities in Mexico and Peru, built the great mounds at Cahokia, created terra preta farms in Amazonia, and changed the woodlands of the northeastern United States into a mosaic of orchards and farms. So overall there were plenty of Indians who cut down trees. Then in the first centuries of European contact in Michigan, you had British and French lumbering to build the trading spots and forts...
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  • The Rite of Summoning should be able to summon Ancestor Spirits. Whether or not they are actually spirits of the dead or some kind of ephemeral construct is undetermined. Usually though they are only contacted through the Ancestors background or in their abodes in their Tribal Homelands. Axis Mundi states that Ancestors will respond to the proper rituals if done in their Umbral home and by members of their tribe. If not done in those circumstances, I would increase both the difficulty and the number of successes needed during the Gnosis roll. The pack might very well encounter their old packmate...
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  • Black Fox
    replied to Questions on Spirits
    This is how I view it.

    1) Gaian spirits would view the vampire as unnatural and not want to have anything to do with them. Some of those spirits might be particularly hostile. Things like "Astral Spirits" aren't part of the Gaian Penumbra that Garou are involved in. Instead, they'd be entities of the Astral Plane which vampires with Astral Projection routinely encounter as well as "spirits" that appear to be angelic or demonic.
    2) Bane spirits are said to often follow a vampire around to relish in the pain and suffering they produce to their victims. ...
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  • Black Fox
    started a topic Slain Fomori and their Banes

    Slain Fomori and their Banes

    After a fomori is destroyed, what happens to the Bane that possessed it? Is it "released" and now existing in the Umbra? Or is it "destroyed" in the sense that it is now reforming in its spiritual home and likely in slumber? Or something else?

    I've been ruling the Bane is reforming and will be in slumber for some time. Is that what others do?

    A similar question is what happens when a Fetish is destroyed. Is the spirit released, or is it to reforming somewhere in the umbra?
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