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  • Yeah, that part seems... odd, especially considering how no clan should be purely Camarilla anymore after kicking out everyone who doesn't seem either powerful or useful. I think some of the writers didn't quite get the memo.

    Diluted meaning that in previous times, "Anarch" meant "wants to be free from the Camarilla's laws and possibly bring down the Ivory Tower". Modern day "Anarchs" consist of at least four groups: Those who actually want to bring down the Camarilla, those who want to build a society away from the Camarilla, those who just live their...
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  • Could you provide a few sources for that? Because I really don't see it that way.

    First, talking about a specific number of clans seems misleading. Having "the Brujah" in your faction is something wholly different from having "the Ventrue" or, best case, "the Tremere (pre-SI)". One is probably going to spend one third of its ressources on fighting the second third, the other might actually be roughly pulling in one direction. The only mostly unified clan among the Anarchs is the Ministry - and they're also the newest ones to join the movement, so they...
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  • I disagree. Vampires are creatures of longing - the lust for blood is close enough to more mundane desires that almost all pertaining tropes carry over without even squinting. Compare socially hunting for blood to hunting for a one-night-stand and tell me what's different in the way you would frame a scene, both from the vampire's and the victim's point of view.

    Well... yeah....
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  • Considering it's vampire we're talking about, I'd go for the second, intermixed with letting sexuality be part of the storytelling rather than just serving as titillation....
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  • The core book mentions that a vampire can theoretically survive from 30 people, assuming the Masquerade doesn't matter. Go below that and their health will sooner or later deteriorate. It's unclear whether this refers to pure subsistence (just wake up in the evening, meaning you need around 15 Hunger's worth of blood per month) or a bit more activity (say, one additional rouse per night -> 30 Hunger per month).
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  • Eh, I disagree. The Setites have nearly as much entanglements with the mortal world as the Toreador. There's a reason that large herds are viewed as a borderline Masquerade-breach by most other clans. They may be devoted to the serpents, but they're not necessarily good at avoiding government-level surveillance....
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  • You're actually a little late for that - V5 does away with the free dot distribution and gives straight stats to distribute (one Attribute at 4, three others at 3 and so on) and some age-dependent XP on top of that. Those seem pretty balanced to me and since there are three possible skill distributions (Jack of All Trades with lots of low skills, Specialist with a few high skills and a few low ones, Balanced with... a mix), they aren't too inflexible either. Generation is simply agreed upon by the group.
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  • I would assume that the young and naive are the primary prey of the Ministry cults. Those and the ones who think themselves too clever to be ensnared - just like every cult. That said, I don't think their standing is that bad, or rather: It's not that much worse than everyone else's. Sure, don't trust the Setites! Also, don't trust the Tremere. Or the Ventrue. Or the Malkavians. Or the Lasombra. Trust the Toreador in matters of style, but not with anything else. Trust the Brujah to bash in your skull if you ever disagree with their vision how society should be remade. In fact, it's probably best...
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  • I'd say that the quote above indicates certain vampires believe all Antediluvians have been wights at some point....
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  • Ah, the old "everything's problematic, so nothing is" argument. That seems more than a bit lazy to me. Surely we can agree that there are representations that are more offensive and others that are maybe not ideal, but non-ideal on a far lesser level. For me, at least, it seems that Asian representation in media has risen a little above "yellow peril" levels.

    Also, there's always a way around that, particularly for large franchises like Vampire: Hire own voices....
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  • Cifer
    replied to Vampires and Implants?
    I think there are two possibilities: Either the Embrace restores full body function, removing the implant but also the need for the implant. Or it doesn't, in which case you've still got the implant and it does its work completely normally. So I don't see where the problem would be....
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  • Cifer
    replied to Vampires and Implants?
    I must say I like the randomness inherent in the Embrace (or rather, its potential for drama). I think "What makes for a better plot?"/"What is the character I want to play?" should be the main questions when it comes to determining what the Embrace can or can't heal. For a minor version, my current character concept could barely walk due to old injuries and got much better when he became a ghoul - the injury doesn't matter to the vampire he is today, but it's something to be grateful to his former domitor for....
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  • Cifer
    replied to Vampires and Implants?
    Define "rejected" - biological rejection would mean the vampire needs an active immune system, which is notoriously absent in corpses.

    In general: Yes, implants don't regenerate along with the vampire. Then again, they're also often made out of pretty sturdy stuff. Presumably, the bones around a titanium joint replacement would give way before the joint does. Also consider that vampires are actually pretty easy to operate on - if you need an implant replaced, find a trustworthy doctor and have them work on you, preferably either during daytime or after draining someone high...
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  • Cifer
    replied to [V20] Witness of Death
    Reading through the whole power, I'd say you're correct. The description talks about seeing "ghosts as translucent phantoms gliding among the living [...]. Yet one cannot mistake the dead for the living, as they lack true substance, and appear dimmer and less real than creatures of flesh and blood." Those descriptions don't work if you can't normally perceive the living. Also, the system part you've quoted italicizes the word "only", so I'd say this is specific to the botch section indeed.
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  • I was referring to V5 indeed.
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  • Agreed. This seems like something that shouldn't work. Also note that the difficulty actually wouldn't go up as much as one would think since for every 2 BP you gain, you also get +1 die on all discipline rolls.
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  • Well, the basic rule is: Toreador who are not in surroundings they consider beautiful lose dice according to their Bane Strength from discipline rolls.
    For neonate player characters, that mostly means losing one die (elders lose more dice, but the penalty is always roughly the same as the bonus dice they also receive for their Blood Potency). Notably, Celerity has next to no powers with rolls that the penalty applies to, so it usually won't matter in combat.
    Toreador players can define what their character considers beautiful - a Camarilla elder likely has a different sense of aesthetics...
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  • Cifer
    replied to [V5] Feeding from Kindred
    That is not the case:...
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  • Cifer
    replied to [V5] Feeding from Kindred
    That definitely wasn't Diablerie.
    Spoiler stuff, highlight to read: If it was Diablerie, Jasper would be a Wight in no time at all since it appears he regularly drains his victims before getting blood-bound to them. Additionally, in a chronicle where Jason Carl always notes when something might be a Stain or barely not a Stain, he doesn't particularly mention the whole "You just lost a full dot of Humanity, you monster". (why doesn't this forum have proper spoiler tags?)

    As for the original question, I think allowing feeding from vampires to reduce Hunger to 0 without...
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  • I think the Nosferatu are pretty solitary in that regard. Their clan weakness is among the few absolute ones, with others being far more relative. Particularly now that some of the more monolithic clans are being broken up and Anarchs in particular are often clan members by blood only rather than by culture, I think there are many clans with obvious tendencies, but few clans where you could say "X would never embrace for reason Y"....
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