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  • 212) Drawn from the ranks of domestic moonshiners and homebrewers, he was lured to the Followers of Set with promises of freedom from controlling powers (he'd never had much respect for governments or moral busybodies). The transition into vampirism, however, disrupted his ability to enjoy alcohol. As such, he pursued the power of Setite Sorcery, specifically to master Typhon's Brew.

    Some in the Followers of Set would consider this is poor - if not blasphemous - reason for learning Set's magic. He doesn't particularly care, and less orthodox Setites are just happy for another sorcerer...
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  • 56) The monarch made comments disparaging bad puns. This affront to wordplay cannot go unanswered....
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  • 210) A Nosferatu Anarch who works to undermine Camarilla institutions.

    Literally. With a pickaxe.

    A miner during his breathing days, this Nosferatu knows his way around soil and stone. Due to having lost his mortal employment to both outsourcing and mechanization, he's got a (pick)axe to grind with corporate interests. The Camarilla being highly involved in big business - including in manipulating economies to their own ends, no matter if it makes the little people suffer - he takes these lingering frustrations out on them.

    His years of experience with geology...
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  • Agreed with Theodrim. It's pointless and self-indulgent to get hung up over exact numbers of Kindred. When it comes to the question "how many vampires are there in the world", the only relevant and helpful answer is "as many as the storyteller needs".

    Everything else is relative.

    For the Kindred powers that be, numbers of vampires is compared relative to what's convenient for them. "There are too many vampires vying for the same quantity of vessels". "There's too many vampires vying for the same resources, influence, etc". "There...
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  • Bluecho
    replied to Large Scale Vampire Projects
    The reason why they'd want darker streets is because, while it can inhibit them, it definitely hobbles the Kine. And unlike the Kindred, Kine don't usually need the cover of darkness to attack people (muggers and the like notwithstanding).

    I'm fairly certain that vampires working to keep streetlights in poor repair is canonical. I remember reading that somewhere. Midnight Siege made a point of saying how, when a Camarilla city is doomed to fall to the Sabbat, the Prince in charge is given orders to clean it up, in more ways than one. Funding gets allocated to utilities (including...
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  • Of course the threat of Lupines doesn't make much sense NOW. We have the benefit of planes, trains, and automobiles. Between fast transport and the gradual "filling in" of space between major cities with lots of minor islands of "civilization" (if only through gas stations, fast food joints, and cheap hotels/motels), getting around or even settling in small cities isn't as huge a gamble as it used to be.

    But it wasn't always thus. Used to be, even a "short" jaunt to a neighboring city was a long and dangerous undertaking. And that's just with the rigors...
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  • Bluecho
    replied to Large Scale Vampire Projects
    How about one of those sites or the like that caters to fringe, reactionary groups online? Your InfoWars and PraegerUs, that pump out editorials that push biased or outright fabricated stories, in order to profit from reinforcing and exasperating the views of reactionaries. These sorts of sites have big donors (like the Koch Brothers), who pump money in for the purposes of pushing agendas they find convenient. That they'll make money from hocking consumer products is a fringe benefit to exploiting fringe movements.

    The act of steering public opinion - even of an extremist minority...
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  • Sounds familiar...
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  • Obviously he wouldn't have to. The Celestial Chorus fully accept the idea that their "Awakening" is just them being used as an instrument of the One's will. For many, the idea of them being the god is at best foolishness, and at worst dangerous levels of pride. Sure, others in the Celestial Chorus disagree, but Sullivan Dane wouldn't be obligated to go along with their thinking....
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  • Bluecho
    replied to Isn't Genius Loci too op!?
    While we speak often of the "World of Darkness", in practice all the splats exist in their own particular versions of the World of Darkness. Lupines in Vampire are not necessarily the same as the Garou of Werewolf, just as the Kindred of Vampire are not necessarily the same as the vampires in Werewolf. Each gameline examines the residents of the setting within their own overarching worldview.

    As such, even if a vampire is a spiritually dead creature that is anathema to the world, that may only be true within the context of Werewolf: The Apocalypse. If we're talking about...
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  • Bluecho
    replied to Isn't Genius Loci too op!?
    I don't think Herr Meister was making a statement about morality - of Good or Evil - but rather of Absolutes versus Ambiguity.

    From the Werewolf perspective, regardless of value judgments, the facts of the matter are cut and dry. Your post itself shows what amounts to a bullet list of things that, from the Werewolf side of the WoD, are JUST TRUE:

    -Vampires have no spiritual identity
    -Spirits find vampires distasteful, categorically (unless they're Banes)
    -Vampires disrupt the spiritual fabric just by existing

    For a Vampire game, however, things...
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  • It's also worth remembering that, when it comes to mysticism, Themes, Symbols, and Motifs have a habit of popping up everywhere. Whether this is due to actual exchange of ideas across geographical areas, or because of some kind of "convergent evolution" of beliefs/practices that arise organically from shared aspects of the global human experience. (Not all cultures will have a god of a specific vegetable, but many will have a deities of the sun, storms, and love).

    For example: the Chaoskampf. A mythological motif wherein a figure - usually a god of the sky - does battle...
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  • See, if it were me, I'd make her use letters. Maybe because she predates the advent cell phones or just because she's old-fashioned, but if she's interacting with vampires, she would write these notes in flowery script. Maybe she's an accomplished calligrapher, at least as a hobby.

    It would also serve as contrast to her activity as a seduction-using matron of a strip club....
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  • Don't forget that a nom de plume protects a vampire's mortal family, friends, and descendants. This is less a problem as the vampire ages, when only their distant blood relations persist, but in the vampire's youth it is vital. The Jyhad is high stakes, and plenty of rivals will scour the world looking for any leverage over the vampire...or a way to hurt them, if nothing else.

    This can also include non-living things that were important to the Kindred in life, such as an institution they built or a work of art they made. If it exists, it could be destroyed, corrupted, or threatened....
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  • Bluecho
    replied to Isn't Genius Loci too op!?
    Moreover, if you want, you could turn the wide-spread manipulation of spirits into, if not a detriment, then a problem that needs solving.

    Consider: Tzimisce tend to see themselves as masters of the land, and lord of the spirits therein. It's this feudal relationship - that of lord reigning over subjects - that allows Koldun to dodge the Sabbat Inquisition, who look down upon dealings with spiritual entities that put vampires on the servile end. If the vampire doesn't work with the spirit as its equal or better, that's too close to Infernalism for the Inquisition. Koldunism is allowed...
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  • First, thank you for remembering that Elizabeth exists. (Even though it's a bad example, because her Embrace was specifically a part of Hesha's elaborate attempt to kill her; Hesha didn't intend for her to survive the sunrise).

    Second, while I understand that reasoning, I have two problems with it. 1) The Children of Osiris have been around for thousands of years, and know the Followers of Set and their tricks. I suspect that when the books say that a Setite being genuinely repentant "has never come up", I assume the emphasis is on "genuinely". I would not be surprised...
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  • A fascinating possibility. Golconda is a difficult and perilous state. It's totally possible that a vampire could achieve it, but not in the way they would have liked.


    Bardo is certainly powerful, though it carries with it strings that I think balance it out. For one, the vampire must adhere to Humanity, and all that implies. There's no trying to jump onto a Path of Enlightenment, so the character is married to the path of emulating humans. Granted, while the Bardo score can only be as high as one's Humanity, it still means that most vampires of 8th generation or higher will...
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  • There is another idea that might explain Michael's ability to survive and avoid destroying the Masquerade: he's got Disassociate Identity Disorder.

    Consider that Michael's primary personality is that of a child-like innocent. That's the mode he occupies most of the time. But when needed - usually when he needs to hunt or dispose of bodies - a different, more aware personality takes over. One that's able to hunt effectively, and generally "clean up" after himself. What the exact behavioral traits this personality might embody are up to the Storyteller to determine. This identity...
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  • Bluecho
    replied to 101 DnD Character Ideas
    With the release of the full Revised Artificer UA, I would definitely make #105 an Archivist rather than an Artillerist. The Archivist is exactly the sort of concept I wanted from the Artificer: a character who channels magic through the power of the pen, and through language. I'm imagining Fayyaad's Telepathic Adviser to come from a richly ornate glass lamp/bottle - the surface covered in artful script - from which a genie-esque apparition appears and attacks on his behalf.
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  • 15) Samual Haight doesn't need dragonsbreath rounds to kill vampires. He just stares at them with his smoldering gaze, and they burst into flames.
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