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Dark Ages Vampire - Bloodlines

Game Master Dennis Harry

Bloodlines is a continuation of the now defunct table top Dark Ages Vampire game wherein the PC's have created lineal descendants throughout the ages.

Attendees seeking a seat or have a seat in the Inner Circle:

Assamite - Lord Bajazet al Nasir.

Brujah – Lady Meridie de Chancie, Lord Criatas, “Dark”Selena, Robin Leeland.

Cappadocian – Lord Benne.

Gangrel – Milov Petrankov.

Lasombra - Prince Narses the Archbishop of Nod

Malkavian – Antione le Fanu, Lutz von Hohenzollern.

Nosferatu – Cristo Petradon, Simon.

Salubri – Brian Stack.

Setites – Sadir.

Toreador – Rafael de Corazon, Francois Villon, Helene la Jouste.

Tremere - Radek, Mistress Fanchon.

Tzimisce – Myca Vykos.

Ventrue – Alyssa Gilbert, Lady Jadviga Almanov, Lanzo von Saschen, Prince Alexander.

Remember - only those listed get votes. Of course influencing their Childer can go a long way to getting a vote.

Social Combat:

Let me first thank Sir Dunstan and his excellent Game of Thrones campaign as the inspiration for this rules tweak. A shout out to Vitaliano who also does an excellent job as a player in that campaign.

Game of Thrones has a Social Combat system that, while not translatable directly, I used as inspiration for this campaign.

This is a proposed rules set and I am more than happy to hear feedback from Players before I implement it in full.

Roleplaying is still required to get your point across. However, I think a mechanical system could be beneficial for this scenario, a scenario quite unlike anything I have ever done in a Vampire game before.

Making My Case

To convince a “voter” to side with your Sire, you may roll the following set of Attributes and Abilities:

1. Against someone who is clearly NOT in your favor --- Manipulation+Subterfuge+Politics
2. Against someone who is NEUTRAL – Charisma+Expression+Politics

The difficulty of all rolls is that Cainites Willpower. You will need to score as many successes as they have Willpower to win the contest. Once you engage the voter, you will only have three rounds to make your case and can only attempt do so one time per night.

If you have Presence – Awe or Enrancement, you may attempt to use these powers in conjunction with the above roll. Each success utilizing that Discipline gives you one more success on your total roll.

Beware, failing in using Presence in Elysium can lead to Sanctions by Thomas Brexiano.

Also beware, Cainites may try to turn this system around on you…

But What if Someone Else Tries This on a Voter I just Brought to my Side?

Amount of successes is a key factor here, you will want to score as many success as you can to ensure that a rival does not try to take that vote from you!

Certain NPC’s already believe that others are in their favor and would never change their votes. Those will be the toughest cookies to break.

Note this system cannot be used on:

Your In-Clan rivals, no amount of sweet talking or bribes will change their minds they all want this position badly.

Prince Narses, he simply will not entertain such discourse. Of course, this does not mean you cannot try to get into the ears of one of his Childer to have them speak with him…

Discerning My Quarry’s Intent

How can I tell if someone is for or against me despite what they are saying?

Make a Perception+Empathy+Politics roll.

The difficulty is 10, less that Cainites Humanity score. Those closer to the Beast are much harder to read. For every Century over 300 years that Cainite has lived, the DC will be increased by 1, topping out at 10, as these Cainites have well and truly mastered this game to have existed for so long in the first place.

Once you engage the voter, you will only have three rounds to ferret out their intent and can only attempt do so one time per night. You will need to score as many successes as they have Willpower to ascertain their intent.

If you have Auspex – Read the Soul or Invade the Mind, you may attempt to use these powers in conjunction with the above roll. Each success utilizing that Discipline gives you one more success on your total roll.

How else can I make my case?

The use of Presence, while frowned upon, is much less cause for censure than using Dominate. Dominate does not work on a Cainite whose blood is closer to Caine than your own. If you seek to use Dominate to convince a voter (or perhaps one of the Childer?) to vote for your Sire, it would be best used elsewhere in the city.

Boons – the boon system of quid pro quo can also be used to gain votes. You will need to offer something of course that that voter does not have or cannot get from another candidate.

Eliminate my rivals. This one is obvious though failure to do so without detection may subject YOU to the Final Death!


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Male Italian (Toreador)

Good luck, Da Riva. I think yelling at malk elders ranks right up there with poking a badger with a spoon, but given that Ranerius is hardly the favorite young vampire for Helene or Raf right now... perhaps I've no right to talk :)


Clan Malkavian Blood Pool 26/30

O.o...I have no words for even understanding what my character has been presented with....Is there a roll I should make to know a thing of what has been said...should I even remotely know what's going on?


Gangrel Blood Pool 14/10

Finals are over and I'm currently competing at a national leadership conference. Should be back by Monday and resume a better frequency of posting now that schools out.

Apologies for the lack of keeping you all informed. Up until now most free time was trying to fix metaphorically shooting myself in the foot on one final.


Vitaliano da Riva wrote:
O.o...I have no words for even understanding what my character has been presented with....Is there a roll I should make to know a thing of what has been said...should I even remotely know what's going on?

Nope, it's a bunch of Malkavians being snaivaklaM.

No roll can help with this one, just have to roll with it or lose your s$%$, whichever you prefer! :-)


More updates later.


Male Nosferatu 6th Generation; BP 23/30, xp saved: 8, spent 25

Defeat within the jaws of victory or as Sheryl Crow says its ironic... ah ST you naughty, naughty monkey!


Onfroi wrote:
Defeat within the jaws of victory or as Sheryl Crow says its ironic... ah ST you naughty, naughty monkey!

Isn't that Alanis Morisette?


Human

Sure is!


in case anyone is interested I am starting recruitment for a Dark Ages Vampire the Masquerade game


Game ran MUCH later than I intended it to last night and my most recent Recruitment sucked up a TON of time tonight.

Tomorrow I'll get this going again, just too tired to coherently update a 13 PC game without screwing something up I don;t want to screw up :-)


Moving super slow tonight, I have a light day at work tomorrow, I'll update in the morning!


Onfroi:
Boy, it's a good thing you stopped eh? :-)


Male Nosferatu 6th Generation; BP 23/30, xp saved: 8, spent 25

ST

Spoiler:
yep
someone just rolled an f load of tens!


Updates between tomorrow and Friday crazy few days.


Updates now, crazy work week and I spent some time today getting a submission ready for a game I will be a PC in. My first foray into Mythic so it was a time consuming endeavor.


Later on I will update what I did not get to.


Max Blood Pool/Current = 20/6

31xp to spend. Spending it all on below.

Melee 4 - 6xp
Brawl 4 - 6xp
Occult 1 - 3xp
Occult 2 - 2xp
Occult 3 - 4xp
Potence 1 - 10xp


Ranerius, I am waiting for Michele to respond which he should do tonight before I move your scene forward.


Male Italian (Toreador)

Done :)


posting to all my games:

I'll be traveling for the next 24h (and then i have to settle for 3 weeks of vacations) so please bot me if needed


Finn Garrety wrote:

posting to all my games:

I'll be traveling for the next 24h (and then i have to settle for 3 weeks of vacations) so please bot me if needed

Tis the season again eh? :-)

No worries, I'll hide you away for a bit till your return.


oh i'll be around just don't know how yet if i'll get a reliable connection.. but at the current pace of the game i know i can keep up.. just don't expect anything from in in the next 3 days :)

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