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  • In my experience, the people who most vocally espouse that kind of "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" rhetoric are beneficiaries of privilege who don't need to pull themselves up by their own bootstraps.

    But that real-world issue is irrelevant when we're talking about fictional representation. Characters only obtain whatever measure of respect, dignity, and relevance their author chooses to grant them.



    Speak for yourself. I find it needless limitation on anyone's imagination to say that established canon is too sacrosanct to alter for one's...
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  • VtM vampires are different from vampires in most other forms of fiction, and even other TTRPGs, in that players essentially get to mix and match iconic vampire powers through Disciplines. If you want super-senses, you buy Auspex. If you want super-speed, you buy Celerity. If you want mind control, you buy Dominate, and so on. In D&D, the vampire template gives all those abilities out of the bag, but it's not intended as something for PCs.

    Vampires can be pretty darn strong when they want to be though thanks to Blood Surges/spending blood points. A Strength 2, 13th-generation...
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  • I'd forgotten about that. That's great.



    Well, this is largely for "fun" for us as readers. What genders the Antediluvians originally were is effectively unknowable, as Eldagusto excellently points out, and will be twisted by different Kindred to suit their purposes and biases. Some feminist-leaning Tal'Mahe'Ra Kindred might hold that all of the Antediluvians were female and right to rebel against their majority-male sires and grandsire, while some Bahari might believe the Antediluvians were all male and hold that fact as "evidence" for why female...
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  • False Epiphany
    started a topic More Female Antediluvians

    More Female Antediluvians

    So, this is one of the '90s elements of the game that hasn't aged well.

    Women: Arikel, Ennoia (2)
    Sources Disagree: Troile (1)
    Men: Absimiliard, Augustus, Cappadocius, Haqim, [Lasombra], Malkav, Saulot, Set, Tremere, [Tzimisce], [Ventrue], Zapathasura (12)

    Yeah. Almost all of the Antes are guys, and the only consistently female ones are the beauty-fixated ultimate seductress and the Ante who's closest to being "one with nature." That feels a little problematic today.

    The upside is that it's easily fixable. Gender means less to the Antes...
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  • I like the idea of thaumaturgic schools. The Tremere have secret societies dedicated to specific kinds of magic, but they're usually pretty "non-mainstream" kinds of magic (eg, Vodoun). Giving the clan greater mystic diversity within its mainstream body is a cool thing and lends greater depth to existing NPCs. Like, going with the Chicago by Night Tremere, I'd say Nicolai is a Hermetic Thaumaturge, Erictho is a Mystic Thaumaturge, and DuSable is a Sanguinary Thaumaturge. I have a better feel now for what their individual magic is like.

    However, five different XP rates for...
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  • Well, the way the World of Darkness has played out, is the Tremere get screwed over. Gehenna the novel, Gehenna the sourcebook, and V5 all have the clan get cast down from its throne once the stakes get real. They're either the first clan to fall or the one that loses the most.

    And that's in-theme. They're (former) mages. They overreached themselves and get smacked down for their hubris. You can tie that to Ascension's themes instead of Once Upon a Time if you want, the truism that power carries costs and consequences is pretty universal. The Tremere founded a brand new clan while...
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  • I agree with this, for thematic reasons as much as "oops, Tzimisce vitae" ones.

    The Tremere are arrogant bastards who pretended towards power they never really earned or understood. Their former game line's theme is hubris. They wanted to escape that inconvenient "mortality" thing that was starting to affect other mages and they got played for suckers by Saulot and Kupala because they didn't know the costs of becoming immortal through Tzimisce vitae. Then when that didn't work out and got them in trouble with pissed-off Tzimisce, they doubled down and decided they'd...
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  • False Epiphany
    replied to Unbondable Blood
    This. I've personally not found PCs to use the blood bond against NPC vampires that much. The three drinks over three nights requirement is tricky to pull off. It's usually less hassle just to use Dominate or Presence.

    I've not known many PCs who didn't want to bother with ghouls, though. Not being able to blood bond your own servants is huge. Chances are other vampires won't approve if they find out, either.

    I'd say an Infertile Vitae Flaw that makes Embracing, ghouling, and blood bonding impossible should be 5 dots, and a "no blood bonding" Flaw should be...
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  • That's a fun question. I'd say the most "standard" answer would be for the mortal to get Embraced at the same generation as the vampire, if it's fed to them after they're drained. Otherwise, they could become a revenant. Aka, ghouldom that never wears off.

    For the fun part, the vampire's personality could come along for the ride and potentially pull a Mithras....
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