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  • tsusasi
    replied to Vampires and the World
    New bloodline idea (insert pretentious name to translate to Ventrue strix hunter) The bloodline origin story centers around a Ventrue who get retarded bonuses to powers that enable them to instantly and completely bloodbond and and condition a pack of werewolves to exterminate strix. Kinda makes the idea of werewolves being so much better at dealing with strix not such a great idea all of a sudden....
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  • Why is resilience a prerequisite for these powers? There is only one power that gives any endurance enhancement effect and incidentally doesn't require resilience.
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  • For me no. There's no "mystical anti vampire symbolism" in snapping a piece of of copper laced quartz into a shiv. As a matter of fact, petrification or decomposition of wood would be sufficient for a previously staked vampire to come out of torpor. But I also consider using crossbows and bows of fiberglass or aluminum with lead or steel tips as staking to be garbage because arrows and bolts "used to be made of wood" doesn't count either. For me much of the "symbolism" comes in the preparation of the stake.
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  • tsusasi
    replied to Help: Blood Vintners
    The only thing I can think of offhand is the Invictus covenant book made a brief reference to kindred who go around tasting blood from as many different rare and exotic animals and people and often hold events in the same vein as a wine tasting party. But they didn't get any specific weird powers or abilities.
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  • It's up to your ST. I'd allow it for circumstances like several months or years passing during downtime or something unusual like the Humanity loss taking place while the character is possessed or under the long term control of someone using Majesty or vinculum or Dominate and suddenly they aren't controlled anymore. Or if they get their personality rewritten extensively and the Humanity gain facilitates the new personality....
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  • I didn't say anything about diablerie streaks. In fact I deliberately did not use that terminology even though the second edition book does describe diablerie as stains on one's aura. So you're the one confusing editions. And yes really it does work exactly as I described it. Aura reading is STILL a thing in 2nd edition. Not only do kindred see each other's auras, they even get the ability to fling portions of their own auras onto others. And there's also a psychic power in 2nd edition where the user gets to distinguish different colors to pick up on moods and certain supernatural effects...
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  • That's up to the storyteller. Diablerie detection is most likely not going to be based on aura reading but a Mekhet successfully consulting a psychic entity using an unresistible power that provides correct answers via telepathic projection with no explicit statute of limitation or restrictions as to what kind of question can be asked. Has this person ever committed diablerie? If the person did the act at one point, the answer is going to be "yes". But if you want to get technical (as in actual aura reading) the psychic residue of the person the diablerist destroyed only remains until...
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  • tsusasi
    replied to Characters concepts.
    The horror part comes in when the character with a 3 in Occult learns the hard way that vampires don't crumple to dust when they put a stake in the heart of their first vampire rival like they do on Buffy. Or that werewolves don't require a full moon to transform into a giant wolf or wolfman.
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  • Being cheap (stingy) doesn't HAVE to be a symptom of Greed. It could stem from Envy. (I don't want anyone having more than I do.) Pride. (I have more money because I'm better than you and this proves it.) Lust. (Money is the only thing worth having.) Gluttony (There is no such thing as having too much money.) Wrath (I earned my money. Fuck anyone who tries to take it.) Sloth. (I don't care enough about you or your problems to trouble myself to give you money.)
    The point sort of was the fact that you can put any number of self aggrandizing behavior that victimized others under multiple...
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  • Their point still applies. Unless there's some kind of self-preservation or personal motivation involved or setting specific information I don't know about, I don't see Vampires running around and deliberately mind controlling normal people, much less specifically targetting other supernaturals. It is a waste of their most valued commodity, blood. Let's take a look at the most likely way a Vampire is going to encounter another supernatural he's not specifically looking to find for personal reasons. That's going to be in the process of hunting for food.

    A Vampire uses Dominate to lure...
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    Last edited by tsusasi; 08-27-2017, 11:43 PM.

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  • I'm answering this, not with the intention of derailing the thread, but as an anecdote to demonstrate how people are able to quickly change their speech patterns and language when it suits them.

    For me, they call asking for service for a particular piece of equipment. They may or may not have a faint accent in the first 3-5 minutes of conversation troubleshooting certainly not thick enough to where they are hard to understand. Then when they're told they may have to pay for the repair usually because the equipment is outside the warranty period, they ask for a technician who speaks...
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  • Have fun with it. But things to ask yourself about the character. What language does she "think" in? Does she cling to her native language and speech mode or does she try to blend in with her contemporaries? I lived near a woman who lived in the U. S. for over 30 years. She refused to speak any language but Tagalog. She would have her children and grandchildren translate for her but she understood English perfectly well. There's a security officer who works at my workplace who started 5 years ago and had a heavy German accent. Today its barely noticeable. I have a friend who...
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