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  • In addition to the above:

    I'd say you don't have to be so quick to move past the Carthians. Yes, the general attitude is that they are more a secular / political faction, but the Covenant book also makes clear that religion is an important aspect for many members. It's just the religious Carthians aren't a huge universal power block like the Sanctified, and aren't super-focused on religion as the communal thread like the Circle.

    But the Final Civilization faction fits very nicely I think. They are the secretive group of Carthians that forsees the overthrow of Kindred...
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  • The inherent hierarchy of the Ordo, i.e. the Mentor/Student relationship, breaks down if you make teachers irrelevant. However, I believe one of the 1E supplements (I want to say the Ordo Covenant book itself) has expanded Chrysalis (Coil learning) rules, and having a mentor vs. working on your own breakthrough is accounted for in those modifiers. It balances the avoidance of teachers with a risk of failing to learn the coil in question. It may have even signified a loss of XP with dramatic failures. So no, you don't NEED a mentor in every case. But I would advise you think carefully about the...
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  • I'm pretty loose with specialties, and as Tessie mentioned, any specialty can probably be shoehorned into just about any skill.

    On the idea of broadness vs. narrowness, I think it's important to remember that a Skill Specialty is 1 XP, and a Skill Dot is 2 XP. Looking at it from that mechanical angle, a natural cut-off point is to say a player should, on average, be able to leverage a Skill Specialty on 50% of their rolls with that skill. I've found that easier to go with than trying to get into the weeds of deciding the actual various subsections of Socialist Economic theory or what...
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