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  • Thoth
    replied to Vitae & Addiction
    The Beast and the Hunger for blood is already an addiction metaphor in the very storyline DNA of V:tM, so adding another layer to it feels a bit overkill to me. With that said if a city suddenly had a supply of Thin-Blooded Vitae flowing into the market, I would be suspicious that it was a ploy of a more powerful clan.

    ​The reasons being that to provide for a customer base you either need one thin blood cycling huge amounts of blood, which means they will be weak and helpless a large amount of the time or you have a larger group of thin blooded all working together and sharing the...
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  • Thoth
    replied to Vampire Services to Provide
    ​Dominate doesn't inherently detect other peoples use of Dominate, and Auspex requires rank 4 to detect Dominate and even then you have to spend a great deal of time searching through the persons brain looking for it.
    Also just because there is a Dominate Command in place, it doesn't mean that the Elder would understand what it means. For instance if part of a minions training was computer related and the Dominate command was to always keep your programs updated, that in and of itself isn't harmful or treacherous, though if that updating process just happens to reliably activate a virus
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  • Thoth
    replied to The Stock Market
    Money is a tricky thing for White Wolf games. So much of the world is focused on specific monetary amounts and systems, yet the games use abstractions like Resources or Wealth to minimize book keeping. This is then further complicated by the use of magic or disciplines to change the background ratings.
    ​It is trivial to go from Resources 0 to Resources 5 in a single session with only starting character stats.

    ​I had a Tremere who was the "backer" of the coterie he was in, all he would do is drop by the local casino every few nights. He would play poker against other players
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  • Thoth
    replied to Vampire Services to Provide
    I thought about suggesting a "training school" concept as well, but it really falls apart when you view it through the lens of vampire society.

    ​Out sourcing your minion training, especially if Dominate and Presence is involved basically means you are begging for sleeper agents to be given to you. Also the skillset a servant would need to be a useful servant differs greatly between the clans.

    ​You would need an entire school of specialists to cover all the possible skillsets that could crop up as requests. You would need an entire paramilitary training facility...
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  • Thoth
    replied to Vampire Services to Provide
    A few businesses that neonates could gain respect for.

    ​Fire Suppression System Installation Company:
    Every vampire has issues with fire at some point in their unlives. Now this could be a Halon system for inside your haven (you don't breath anyways) or it could be an external sprinkler system. Alternatively you could be installing foam systems into vehicles for vampires on the go.

    ​Armor Tailor:
    ​While it is a bit of a John Wick 2 or Incredibles Edna ripoff, there is very real demand for forms of armor that can be worn socially. Adding a Kevlar and chainmail...
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  • Thoth
    replied to Using a Kiasyd in a Chronicle
    "Cold Iron" can be a poetic description or it can refer to cold forged iron, which is a very specific technique in metal work. Basically you don't use fire to heat the metal, you just hit a couple of pieces of iron with a hammer over and over until they merge into one piece. It is incredibly labor intensive and time consuming, but it does produce functional iron tools. This technique comes from areas that had limited fuel for use in forges or restricted access to raw materials which means it would be a waste to build an entire forge.

    ​As a weakness, cold iron usually refers...
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