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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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Gangrel Blood Pool 14/10

Storyteller Shadow:

[b]"My loved ones...are there any rules in regards to them, will they be safe should I unintentionally offend, or must I keep this new life a secret from them?"

"And are there peculiarities to this existence I may not understand yet? The sun burns me and the smell of blood drives my urges to feed. What other surprises lie in wait?"

"If somone should slight me, am I allowed to retaliate? Both among the circle and mortal men."

"And thank you for your guidance. I have much to learn, and hopefully a long lifetime to learn it."


Mortal Courtesan

Storyteller Shadow:
"Wait...you mean both magic and vampires are REAL? Give me a second" she pauses for a second, "Okay...I am ready"


Sorry my day and night were all screwed up by work. I'll get to Veronica, Luca and the next night I/C tomorrow folks.


Luca:
The Gondola stops and Durga Syn gestures for you and Adria to step off of the boat, she hands the man some coin and whispers to him, he goes still for a minute as she leaps off of the boat and net to the two of you. A shocking move considering how old and brittle she appears to be. Once your group moves along he seems to snap out of his trance and waves to you all before heading out to seek another fare.

"Come, this is where I am staying". You stand before a modest home off of one of the smaller canals in the eastern section of the city. "The Prince provided me with a Haven but I like to have a variety, also I do not like anyone knowing where I am staying, a habit you can fully utilize with your Gangrel powers and I suggest you do so. Now to your questions:"

"My loved ones...are there any rules in regards to them, will they be safe should I unintentionally offend, or must I keep this new life a secret from them?"

"No no rules except for the Silence of Blood, unless you make them herd or retainer they should not know of your condition. If they do know you must hold them to absolute secrecy. Allowing yourself to be found out can lead to trouble from mortals who would hunt our kind. Rulers of our kind, Prince included know these dangers and will censure you or worse for not heeding this Law of the Night. Keep your distance from them unless you are full of belly, else you may lose control and do something you may regret..."

"And are there peculiarities to this existence I may not understand yet? The sun burns me and the smell of blood drives my urges to feed. What other surprises lie in wait?"

"We, all of us, have an aversion to fire. If you are not able to steel yourself in presence of a large open flame, you may lose control as does the most cowardly mortal in the throws of their worst fears. Wood through the heart will incapacitate us but not kill us. Suffering beheading will result in the Final Death, well for most of us anyway".

"If someone should slight me, am I allowed to retaliate? Both among the circle and mortal men."

"Someone will slight you, that is inevitable. In Court, words are your weapons but take care who you offend back the dead hold grudges for longer than would seem possible. Outside of Court, you may strike another but only the Prince may give sanction to slay another. With Mortals if they belong to one of our kind, take care in striking them other Mortals are fair game but if you are known the local law may track you as a criminal".

"And thank you for your guidance. I have much to learn, and hopefully a long lifetime to learn it."

Adria chimes in, "Yes, but why are you helping us?"

"I seek to assist the young that they may be more humane to Mortals and kinder and more compassionate to our own as well. So long as I am here I shall watch over you. Yenshun is well known to me, though I disagree with his approach to creating Childer he is a wise and honorable being. Come now, let us get rest for tomorrow we shall have to hunt outside of the city for your meals before we go to Court".


Veronica:
"Vampires is vulgar phrase, we refer to ourselves as Cainites as the old legend goes we are descendants of Cursed Caine form the Bible. Though I have my doubts as to that particular Legend, I find the word one that Mortals do not know and thus safe to use in shared company

Be not surprised then when you discover that Werewolves exist. Spirits of the restless dead stalk the shadows of this world, fey from another realm can present a challenge and of course human Mages can be deadly".

She proceeds to spend the next several hours PAST daybreak teaching you magic until the sun rises and forces you both to sleep in the dark room you both currently occupy. OK, new updates coming up! Let me know if you want to chat about choices next game so you can finalize your stats.


I am working on updates offline. I will release all 13 as well as my set up Post for the evening later tonight after my child is put to bed :-)


One Gameplay Thread. Thirteen Games all of which are now up and running once more, welcome to Thursday March 27, 1309.

FYI, the Pope ACTUALLY did Excommunicate Venice in that Year on approximately that date in real world History.


Male Italian (Toreador)

Those whacky mortals...
Just when you think the vampire side of things is going nuts, they've got to top you.


Clan Malkavian Blood Pool 26/30

Sigh...time for a culling of the herd.

Vitaliano only has enough give a damn for one crisis like situation at a time....he will make poor political mistakes possibly now >.<


Updates tomorrow.


Mortal Courtesan

I have been busy with stuff since Thursday...and this week looks just as busy. I will hopefully get to finishing the character in profile soon...and will try your keep up with the updates also...but I can not make any promises...


Veronica Acqua wrote:
I have been busy with stuff since Thursday...and this week looks just as busy. I will hopefully get to finishing the character in profile soon...and will try your keep up with the updates also...but I can not make any promises...

No worries we all get busy sometimes!

We can always discuss Discipline selections on Friday.

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