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  • Black Fox
    replied to The Koenig family
    To my mind, death cultists mean they are in an Oblivion cult and are likely in contact with a Nephwrack. If that is too much to you, it might simply be a pejorative name for some kind of ancestor worship, again related to Wraiths or Spectres. That would make the family an obvious target for the Giovanni.

    The first edition Clanbook lists the Koenig (along with several other families) merely as breeder families to propagate the Giovanni mortal bloodline with very few of them actually embraced. That would indicate the Koenig were only recently brought into the fold.

    Koenig...
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  • In my chronicles, I give jagglings names, but that is not their "true" names in a spiritual/magical sense, but a name that are known by or have adopted as a public name. Those names are whatever would be appropriate for the spirit. Gafflings sometimes have names given to them by Garou based on some sort of observable quality, much like how humans give names to animals. With jagglings though, it's more like Gordon Sumner telling people to call him Sting.

    Normally the ST calls a player to roll Willpower whenever he needs to overcome some compulsion that would otherwise...
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  • Black Fox
    replied to Great Hunt quarry ideas
    I could see that, or any other human provided he has somehow committed great violations against Gaia. (I remember a comment about the Sept of the Green in the corebook that to preserve some bit of caern magic, once a year the sept carries out a task for the caern spirit, and that is usually for them to punish someone responsible for polluting her waters. This is similar.) Even with retainers and money though, it is unlikely to present much of a physical challenge for the Garou although it could be a challenge in regards to the Veil. But if there are enough goons around with special weapons...
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  • A problem with all the tribes to an extent was how much they were derived from specific human ethnic groups/cultures as opposed to being their own thing separate from the culture of their kinfolk. That never made sense for metis and lupus, but even among homids not all homid members came from those cultures. Vikings were specific to the Norse for a few centuries, but what about Scandinavia afterwards? Or Carolingian or modern Germany? What about the Bronze Age? All the tribes were like that. I think it is OK to take a few stereotypical aspects of some human culture and portray a certain...
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  • Black Fox
    replied to Great Hunt quarry ideas
    Even with an entire sept of Garou, those examples seem very powerful and not anything that would be a routine threat. I'd save that for one of the rarer preys of the Great Hunt as failure would be very possible.
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  • Black Fox
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    What do you mean by a dragon? There are stats for the Zmei in Rage Across Russia, but they are so powerful I can't imagine they'd be the object of a Great Hunt in ordinary conditions. Do you mean something like a Thunderwyrm?

    Likewise, there are lots of banes out there. What would be examples of banes you think of are as unusually powerful, or what would you add to a normal bane to make them more powerful? Just add more Essence? It's just too vague to understand what you are thinking.
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  • Black Fox
    started a topic Great Hunt quarry ideas

    Great Hunt quarry ideas

    The Great Hunt is the summer seasonal rite that is supposed to reveal a worthy creature or creatures for an entire sept (or whatever group participates in the right). They have only from Dawn to Midnight to complete the hunt. Failing the Great Hunt is a big deal. Besides causing participants to lose renown, it is considered a bad omen in general, and has a mechanical penalty of making ALL rites performed by the sept to increase by one until next midsummer.

    While this is a great hook to present to the players, that it is an annual event should force the ST to come up with interesting...
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  • I always viewed Lucien as being more based out of Chicago (I believe he controls a shipping company that many Kindred use to move around) in practical terms. However, in social terms, he hangs out in Gary precisely because nothing happens there. It is peaceful and relaxing there. I think he doesn't like Lodin personally, and wants to avoid most of the politics and intrigue among the Chicago elders. That's why he prefers Modius's little clique socially. Overall he avoids vampire politics. The antics of Modius's court amuses him because it is small and petty and not dangerous to him.
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  • Black Fox
    replied to tribal moots
    We get more detail for Shadow Lord tribal moots. They are held in desolate, isolated locations, preferably when storm clouds are overhead. Since weather is fickle, that sounds like there is not a set of regular dates, but are specifically called on special occasions. The moots are very hierarchical and decorous with much pomp and music (drums and Gregorian chants are listed as examples). Oh, and the Shadow Lords also perform human sacrifices on occasion.

    Their tribebook calls them "shadow moots" and state they are done in secrecy. They also have a purpose - to organize...
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  • Black Fox
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    Red Talons have tribal moots that revolve around hunting or howling competitions. They try to lose any human rationality and act on pure instinct to return to their animal roots. In addition, they have other "darker" moots where they perform human sacrifice. Corebook explicity mentions a Yuletide rite where they pin a human to a tree and eviscerate him.

    Unfortunately the Red Talon Tribebook does not provide any other details. It is the first tribebook which does not have a section detailing tribal moots. This is bad. All the other tribebooks have built on the little...
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  • Black Fox
    replied to tribal moots
    Yes, you are completely right. That hadn't occurred to me, but there are lots of reasons why an ST may want to do that....
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  • Black Fox
    replied to Renown for killing garou?
    Killing and murder are two different things. There are lots of circumstances where killing another person is not murder. There is killing during war, self-defense, other forms of justifiable homicide, manslaughter, etc. (What it if is a result of Frenzy? What about if the Frenzy was caused by a Wyrm attack? What if the victim was a member of the killer's own pack, and the survivors just want to move on.) In those cases, the act is not murder, and any punishment applied would be much less than death.

    Nor do I think it is clear that the penalty for murder is always death (even...
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  • This is one reason I didn't like the Sabbat of Revised. It implied the "ultra-conservatives" (basically the Lasombra and Tzimisce who wanted to centralize and control the sect) had won. Where were the Sabbat Loyalists or other factions that opposed them? Revised presented one specific version of the Sabbat where older materials allowed STs to decide what to happen and what to emphasize. There's a lot of factions in the Sabbat, and most of them would not see any benefit to the heavily regimented control that some of the bishops wanted.

    Even though I see the Sabbat as...
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  • Pretty much every City By Night book after Chicago has been terrible although every so often I hear a few people defend that one or this one on some minor point. But the failure of LA By Night was really bad because at the time everyone I knew was expecting it to be a big showcase for what an Anarch game could be. The Anarch equivalent of the Chicago book with interesting NPCs, intriguing conflicts, and secret mysteries to uncover. It wasn't. There's a few good bits in LA By Night. A few of the NPCs have potential, and there is nothing wrong with the basic idea of the Free State being divided...
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  • In my chronicles, I portrayed the Sabbat as basically the old school evil vampires of Count Dracula, Count Yorga, Salem's Lot, Hammer Film's satanic vampire cult movies, and any other movie where the vampires were irredeemable monsters that needed to be staked. The Camarilla was portrayed and the new school vampires of Anne Rice combined with sympathetic vampires like Barnabas Collins (from Dark Shadows) and Hannibal King (from Marvel's Tomb of Dracula).

    The Anarchs were mostly just Lost Boys - vampires who mostly belonged in the Camarilla, but thought they were evil like the Sabbat...
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  • The late Middle Ages is not known for its bureaucracy or finances. They exist to a certain degree, but Europe lacks a large enough class of educated literates to staff a large bureaucracy or a large enough tax base to pay for one. The laws are few and there is only a handful of people whose permission you may need to get. The issue is not navigating red tape, it's being politically powerful enough to have access to the right person. Finance in the era is limited, and what does exist is dominated by either local moneylending Jews or the Italians. The Italians control international banking in this...
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  • I would not choose Vampire or any other RPG where the PC would be anything other than a normal human. Now maybe a WoD game where he plays a mortal who uncovers one of the supernatural conspiracies and has a supernatural as an antagonist (the plot is to kill the one vampire that is discovered) would be OK.

    You don't want him to have to learn a bunch of lore before he can play. You want a game where he can get into his character and then explore the setting. And not everyone would find it fun to roleplay a monster. They need something more identifiable and comfortable.
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  • Black Fox
    replied to Greenpeace and friends
    I don't think in general those are things that would be a sept approved killing (meaning they'd be sanctioned or approved of), but individual Garou have their own motivations just like individual humans. Now in general, people don't kill criminals who engage in those activities against unrelated people. But certainly those crimes against themselves or loved ones have lead people to kill the criminals. So if the target is someone under their protectorate (even if they don't know the person), it is possible.

    But in general, I think Garou have their own (supernatural and mundane)...
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  • Black Fox
    replied to Greenpeace and friends
    I don't think Garou (generally) kill humans for no reason. There are lots of reasons why they might, but there needs to be reasons.

    Intruding onto a Garou caern moot at the caern heart, or during some other solemn rite. Or humans specifically targeted for sacrifice because of a sacred vision. Or if they need to specifically perform some kind of human sacrifice (yes, there are various times some sourcebooks state or imply this happens for special reasons). But otherwise Garou leave normal humans alone.

    Now the Red Talons might slay any human who intrudes upon a caern...
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  • Every gaming group will have different ideas on what is appropriate for learning out of breed/auspice.tribe Gifts. In the chronicles I ST, I generally limit them to what Gifts would be appropriate for the pack totem to assist them with in their pack quest. If Unicorn or Bear is their pack totem, they'll find it easier to learn healing gifts. With Stag, some of the Fianna tribal gifts may be available. If it is a war totem, then Ahroun gifts are in play. They'll be a bit more chiminage involved, but not too badly.

    If PCs try to learn gifts outside of that arrangement which don't...
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