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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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Venice by Day – Wednesday March 26, 1309

The Road to Venice -

Geoffroi de Clairvaux:
The man frowns, "This is the proper place indeed". He charges you the equivalent of two ducats, a steep price! He then provides you with a writ to sell your wares. It takes time for the writ to be written out and dried. By the time your transactions are completed, the Knights and their mounts have already gotten on boats and gone to the mainland.

By mid-afternoon a boat is sent that is large enough to accommodate your wagon and horse team.

Make either a: Charisma+Carouse roll DC 7 to try and learn whether any Templars have been seen here in the city OR Intelligence+Investigation roll DC 7 to try and discern where they might have a secret location here. If you took any Expert Knowledges you believe to be relevant to the rolls, go ahead and make a case for them.


Nice Michele, stepping into plot points from like 3 years ago :-)


Venice by Night – Tuesday March 25, 1309

Narses Court - Narses Shadow Parlor

int+Pol DC 7: 4d10 + 1d10 ⇒ (10, 5, 2, 8) + (3) = 28 +1 auto success (from willpower)

DM:
Well since you don't mind i'll keep them for the time being for two reasons. First: if i am the one to hand them back over to kratos or some would be thieves then none of them will be the wiser as who else i might have then read, and therefore that would protect you partially and maybe some advantage. Second: If i can not pass this test of safekeeping documents without them be stolen from kindred how can i be entrusted with anything serious in the future ? he replied with a smile I thank you for the offer and will gladly have the Seneshal escort me back. Is there any less obvious entrance i can use when coming to court or to see you ?


Venice by Night – Tuesday March 25, 1309

Narses Court - Narses Shadow Parlor

Finn/Bagrat:
Narses frowns. There is indeed another way. I will have Brexiano show you tomorrow. Meet him at the Cornish Hedonist, a Tavern of ill repute. It is a place that he secretly controls".[/b]

The Politics Roll 5 successes (10 counts twice)!

1. The Nosferatu vying for a seat names himself Petradon Cristo. This document seems to indicate they are two separate people.

2. If this is the same Cristo that is here in attendance he may be able to confirm whether some of the activities attributed to the Cainites listed actually took place.

3. Criatas the Elder is the Childe of a Meneleus. Could this be the same one referred to in the writing?

4. The name Beshter seems like one you have heard in passing while here but you cannot remember in what context.

5. Mithras, if it is the same one in this writing, has a representative here named Alyssa. Whether a direct descendent or not is not clear but this Mithrs rules in Londinium and the scrolls did state that Mithras would be journeying west...

Bonus for the 5 successes. 6. Helen mentioned here may well be the Sire of Francois Villon. You remember someone mentioning that Francois and Criatas' Sires were enemies. If that is so then something went wrong between them after Alexander's March.

Any questions? If not, we can assume that Brexiano safely escorts you to the alley enxt to your "Haven" which is also your second objective for the day...


Hope you found that scroll more interesting than Xing did Finn :-)


DM:
sooo much points of interest.... more than 13 clans ? the actions of Saulot, the existance of a true brujah Antedelivian, the Ravenos , Fight between younger and older vampire, The one called lilith, the possible location of the one called tiamat... so much information... Right now i can't make much connection but in du time and with more information / research... Right now i really have no question as finn (and myself) lack any substantial knowledge, so it looks like i am going to rely on a Benevolent DM :)

Venice by Night – Tuesday March 25, 1309

Narses Court - Narses Shadow Parlor

DM:
Prefect i will get the detail and procedures with him then and use it only in time of need. also Bargrat will ask the Seneshal if there is a servitor's entrance he could use to the Elysium during daylight ?

DM:
yes moving on. All please assume that Bagrat will make a special satchel so as to hid the document under his cloth so that they avoid common means of perception


Finn:
Brexiano shakes his head, "To enter by day would be your doom. Do not attempt it".

Venice by Day – Wednesday March 26, 1309

Greetings Inn

Finn:
OK we can handwave that. Do you want to attempt to infiltrate Greetings Inn by day?


Signore Querini made an excellent point to to me on the phone today. Willpower points.

Right now, everyone gain 1 back for solid RP the prior night.

If you believe you deserve more than 1 point back please list your Nature and Demeanor and explain why one or both were played correctly.

Thanks!


Storyteller Shadow wrote:

Venice by Day – Wednesday March 26, 1309

The Road to Venice -

** spoiler omitted **

GM intel

Spoiler:
The man frowns, "This is the proper place indeed". He charges you the equivalent of two ducats, a steep price! He then provides you with a writ to sell your wares. It takes time for the writ to be written out and dried. By the time your transactions are completed, the Knights and their mounts have already gotten on boats and gone to the mainland.

By mid-afternoon a boat is sent that is large enough to accommodate your wagon and horse team.

Make either a: Charisma+Carouse roll DC 7 to try and learn whether any Templars have been seen here in the city OR Intelligence+Investigation roll DC 7 to try and discern where they might have a secret location here. If you took any Expert Knowledges you believe to be relevant to the rolls, go ahead and make a case for them.

Geoffroi:

Spoiler:
Geoffroi puts the writ in his purse and observes the approaching sight of Venice from the boat's prow. When he gets out he sees to his team's stabling and finding suitable lodgings for both himself and his wares. Once that is settled he hits the streets, using the pretext of selling his goods to try and find his long-lost mentor, Andre de Beaulieu

Intelligence+Investigation: 4d10 ⇒ (8, 7, 1, 2) = 18

I'm not sure if either Perception (at a 4), or Knowledge (Occult/3) would have any bearing. I would assume Geoffroi would be familliar with any secret signs the order would leave in the city to show their presence


Venice by Day – Wednesday March 26, 1309

Greetings Inn - Bagrat

DM:
oh, yes going on forward with that according to the plan outlined us the use of skilled and powers detailed in previous pm


Venice by Day – Wednesday March 26, 1309

Greetings Inn -

Bagrat:
Sorry, I have had a billion PM's lately so it'll be ab~@&! to track that one down. I know you were going to take the appearance of someone and enter the Tavern Owners home, which form were you going to take again? We can skip the roll on the fleshcrafting assuming you take your time and get the appearance right here. Normally I would not take this approach but here I will allow it.


Venice by Day – Wednesday March 26, 1309

Ahhh Venice -

Geoffroi de Clairvaux:
You begin walking the streets of the city looking for any signs of the Order. Your first few hours turn up no good leads. As you take lunch at a Cafe' near a small canal, you see a Holy Warrior strolling the waters. He looks somewhat dejected. He is definitely not one that you saw with the large group outside of the city. In fact you believe that he is a Teuton.


Clan Malkavian Blood Pool 26/30

....Really! Thanks dice ^_^


Venice by Day – Wednesday March 26, 1309

Greetings Inn -

Bagrat:
The home is actually a hotbed of activity by day. Seamstresses, restauranteurs, and other service members come to and fro. The most striking person to leave is a young beautiful redhead. The name Jordan is called out, she is accompanied by several young ladies. It appears from the snipets of conversation you catch she will be gone for a good deal of time. You have yet to see the proprietor.

What do you do?


Storyteller Shadow wrote:

Venice by Day – Wednesday March 26, 1309

Ahhh Venice - ** spoiler omitted **

Spoiler:
Geoffroi moves towards the dejected looking Teutonic warrior. He addresses him in his flawless German

"Greetings sir! Please excuse my forwardness, but I am new to this city, and I couldn't help but notice you seem a stranger here as well. Could I buy you a meal and perhaps hear your thoughts on this place? I find fellow travelers good sources of information "

Manipulation(persuasive): 4d10 ⇒ (4, 1, 4, 8) = 17


Venice by Day – Wednesday March 26, 1309

Greetings Inn -

DM:
Joran would then be according to the intel, the inkeepers' daughter.Bargrat will take on the appearance of one of the restauranteurs who just departed and will have a first look inside the house


Male Italian (Toreador)

Ranerius is now in full paranoia mode. *eek*


Male Nosferatu 6th Generation; BP 30/30, xp saved: 0, spent 10

I am two points down so here my justification goes: competitor and Bon Vivant. Need I say more? Live like there is no tomorrow and compete like a mofo!


I'll try to update tomorrow at work, if not will have to be Saturday night.

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