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  • Well, other than the fact you're making bones about what I assumed to be comparative statements...I really should copy/paste this...

    Human population isn't equally distributed, and those oh-so-often cited numbers earlier in the thread are pulled straight out of people's asses, sparing the one reference in one book that cites the 100,000:1 ratio, which is near-universally misunderstood and misapplied to try to create some kind of mathematical voodoo vampiric census.

    Because, y'know, the basic assumption of it all is the ease and importance of maintaining the Masquerade...
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  • Theodrim
    replied to Vulgar Effects
    Well, I wrote up a Templar as a back-up character for an M20 game in case my Akashic bit the dust. In his case, one of his starting rotes was a Forces 3 straight-up kinetic damage Effect linked to a spray-n-pray action from his M60 (violence as focus). At this point you're thinking, "how is this possibly vulgar?"...well, the PC was a former gunny sergeant, and one of his foci was profanity.

    I'll be leaving now.
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  • Well, look at it this way.

    Say you're a 6th generation elder -- oh, about 700 years old or so. Old enough to have been a neonate in the Anarch Revolt. And, because you were a neonate in the Anarch Revolt, one way or the other you probably weren't Embraced 6th generation. You've made your fair share of enemies, and have your fair share of allies, and a whole lot more individuals who, depending on the night of the week, would be one, other, or both.

    It's modern nights, and you need a few more pawns for your schemes, which is the only reason any elder would want to sire....
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  • To me, to what this boils down is cold, hard utilitarian logic. To maximize self-gain is the highest, and indeed only, true ideal. Pursuant to that, every decision must be deliberate and calculated by the harshest-possible risk/reward analysis. To say something "suits [someone's] interests" is necessarily "I felt like it" or "what I wanted to do anyway" is exceptionally insufficient; that's where and how the Beast takes over, and how one becomes a Wight off this Path, because the Beast is all about short-term gain, topical fulfillment, and satiation. No, what suits...
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  • Indeed, it very much depends on what parts of metaplot and background one prioritizes over another, especially when the issue of edition wars and how the metaplot and background shifted over the years.

    Personally, my takeaway -- and how I've preferred to play it in chronicles in which this has featured -- is Saulot is more a classically tragic, and Mosaic, figure than anything else. Sure, Saulot was the healer of the sick, companion and warden of Malkav, partner of Haqim, and shepherd of Golconda, and likewise his clan were healers, diplomats, and chroniclers. But, Saulot was unduly...
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  • In modern nights, there's no point or call for your average human being on a Path. A fatally-addicted ghoul or revenant (or "close enough" as the case with proxy-kissed Giovanni, or favored Setite cult leaders), sure, but not your average meat puppet. By modern nights, Paths are so far divorced from human life and so intricately tied to the act of staving off the Beast, not to mention such a gross breach of the Masquerade and/or "above" humans, it just wouldn't happen.

    In the Dark Ages setting, though, Roads are vastly more common and aren't just a means of staving...
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  • Doesn't have to, any game that involves the Jyhad in a larger sense, or even just the Tremere or Tzimisce, has cause to invoke it. Put simply, ur-Shulgi's motive may simply be to incapacitate or co-opt the Assamite clan so that Saulot, or whichever Antediluvian you rule to be the progenitor of the Baali if indeed they have one, can move more freely in the Jyhad. The Assamites would be, as they always have been, Saulot's chief rivals.

    In the TC game I'm running now, Saulot has two chief enemies that stand most strongly against him: [Tzimisce] and Haqim. The former I'll dispose first,...
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  • I'd hope so; it would be a shame for such a promising metaplot thread to drop off the face of the Earth. Especially for the fact they're preliminarily presented as a sect that isn't another in the long(ish) line of "we hate European vampires, and either infiltrate them to destroy them from within, constantly plotting major power plays that go nowhere, and/or just straight up start chewing faces off" alternative/regional/cultural sects, complete with a double dose of magical-POC syndrome and Jung-inspired Revised edition mechanics for the sake of mechanics. KotE was enough of that, thank...
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  • Behind the scenes notes...

    Ruthven doesn't just up and vaporize an entire city because he feels like it, or because he tires of the Tremere pests on his doorstep. Nope, he does it over a certain long-lost book and a tree. Or, perhaps more to the point, that the book has gone missing and is likely in Tremere hands, which is the very last place you would want it if you were a methuselah whose charge was the spirit of a convalescing Antediluvian, and that book included a wealth of sensitive lore about said convalescing Antediluvian. Not that anyone but Ruthven, his sire, and his grandsire...
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  • Speaking of...

    Are there plans (for v5 I guess?) to stat out the members of the new sect introduced in BJD, towards the end of the book when Vykos and Beckett go on their buddy-cop adventure?...
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  • TC report 6: Please allow me to introduce myself...

    I'll say up front, this story mutated quite a bit from what I originally intended, as in the course of blue booking I realized it was going to be way more central to the overarching story line, themes, and narrative flow of TC than I thought. Which is good, because it was originally intended to be a one-shot story opportunity for one of the PC's to diablerize, gain power, and start down his personal storyline...and the player backed out at the last minute, realizing his PC wouldn't have the resources necessary to pull out the coup (this was rationalized in character as well). So, with what I'm...
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  • They only do the Jackass with Fangs shtick on other Sects' turf. When it comes to their own, they know to keep their noses clean and their heads down, insofar as incidents and activities that risk public exposure. Their methods of cleaning up messes are more of the "kill all witnesses" flavor than the Camarilla's bureaucratic and media manipulation, though, and unlike the Camarilla their method of cleaning up messes tends to involve Templars, Shakars, and Inquisitors making responsible pack(s) disappear, as well.
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  • Theodrim
    replied to What's up with V20 wolves?
    Otherwise known as "the natural replacement for those spiked collars you were on about". Those dogs being bred for those traits is quite intentional, because that fat, loose skin, and heavy fur protects vitals and keeps the animal from being pinned. It's not just about insulation against cold; that's actually the function of those animals' double coats. Which is important in engagements with predator animals, because...

    Perhaps it's my cue to leave the thread, but my patience to maintain tact is wearing thin. Once again, your shocking resilience to anything approaching genuine...
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  • There'd probably be more reservations about this, if this weren't what happened with most clans during the Dark Ages. Few were what you would call "free range" feeders, given choice in the matter, and of those most were low clanners. Cainites stuck to what they knew, and fed from select groups of mortals by herd cultivation. Not just the Ventrue, or those with Prey Exclusion or Prey Preference, had "favorite stock"; they were merely the ones limited to it, mechanically. Earlier editions' publications went to detail how vampires developed tastes for certain kinds of mortals,...
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  • Not that I saw. Mostly, Lambach being oh-so-characteristically twitchy about Transylvanian Tetsuo Shima....
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  • Theodrim
    replied to Discipline rarity?
    Oh dear lord, it's not how far apart towns and villages are that's the problem, it's what lives in and between them that might drive one to avoid settlements or the wilderness, respectively. That, and one can only expect to cover a couple dozen miles on average per night -- if you have some kind of mount. Visibility's low at night, animals get spooked easier, road and path conditions vary and are rarely straight shots, and one has to account for making/breaking camp, clerical stuff if staying in a village, and husbandry.

    A hundred-mile trip is still going to take four or five nights...
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  • Theodrim
    replied to Can I put it on a Boat?
    Actually, why I think the idea would get kiboshed on jurisdictional grounds is that some Lord would like it. Then, other Lords -- probably ones that didn't think of it first, or ones that originally disliked the idea but got curious/paranoid that another did -- would get shitty about the Pyramid apparently looking at expanding its jurisdictions to international waters, and start a pissing contest over who gets what piece(s) of the action. Their Pontifex gets involved, and not wanting other Pontifices getting shitty at them for stepping on "what should be their territory", and/or not...
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  • As usually the case with Beckett, there's method to the madness, even if it's comes off as rationalization at times. As the book's written in first-person, Beckett reminds the reader(s) many times he deliberately puts himself into situations where he's at a disadvantage, because it's easier to extract information from people who believe they're the interrogators rather than the interrogated, lure people into slipping up when they believe they have the upper hand, or get access to places otherwise inaccessible when drug kicking, screaming, or unconscious. Scholar though he may be, he's still a...
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  • Sunlight can't kill them? That's...interesting....
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  • Theodrim
    replied to Discipline rarity?
    Obviously, era impacts this. But the way I've always interpreted it...

    The only disciplines that are "ubiquitous" regardless of era, are Fortitude and Auspex. More clans have this combination than any other, if I remember right, and even if the two main clans that had this combination are extinct, most of those clans were diablerized by others meaning those usurper clans have ready access to it as well (and in the Tremeres' case, Auspex is already in-clan). And, the raw utility of these two disciplines can never, ever, be understated, as they directly impact a vampire's...
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