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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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Clan Malkavian Blood Pool 26/30

Obviously this an AA meeting (Amaranth Anonymous) and I'm just here to get a list of people powerful enough to be worth drinking.... >.>


Male Nosferatu 6th Generation; BP 30/30, xp saved: 1, spent 10

I will join that group...


I am a bit lost, I'm pretty sure I am missing at least three intrigues and doomed ...but at least two elders will kill me quickly because they like me!


Updates tomorrow right now I want to spend a bit of time discussing plot.


We are closing in on 5 years playing this game. A number of characters have come and gone (most of which are still with us and several have made reappearances!)

I wanted to take a moment and reiterate the plots thus far some of your characters are involved and some are not. Obviously newer characters will have less of an idea about what is going on but as time moves forward you’ll learn more of what is taking place I/C.

The Mortal World

It is a time of great strife for Venice. Their holdings in the Mediterranean have been checked by the advances of the Ottoman’s and their own Italian rivals in Genoa as well as pirate activities. Their land holdings have increased but due to a rivalry with the Pope, Italy’s occupation of Ferrara has become contested. The Doge has sought concessions with the Pope who refuses to budge and has threatened excommunication of the entire city! This has caused internal strife with the opponents of the Doge and increased agitation in the city. I have described this in passing as each of you has walked through the city. This is the back drop and may or may not become important as the game moves forward.

The Vampiric World

For a century the War of Princes has raged sending many Elders thought eternal to the Final Death and many more Fledgling Vampires to their doom as well. This has led to feuds between the younger and older generations as many Ancillae have gotten it into their heads that there should be some measure of equality between the young and the old, thus the War of Princes has also struck a fuse of anger directed by Neonates towards their Elders.

As the fighting has continued Mortals have started to uncover the existence of the Creatures of the Night. This has alarmed many Elders who seek to re-enforce the Tradition of the Silence of the Blood. Others see it as an opportunity to come out to the Mortals and either work with them or terrorize them back into submission.

This is more problematic in the west than it is in the east or on the dark continent. Enter Narses, his influence waning as the Crimson Curia wanes he has sought a way to make himself relevant again. The Prince has called for more than a truce he has called for a reawakening and reinventing of the Roman Coven called the Camarilla. Instead of it just extending to Rome he has argued that it should be extended to all Cainites everywhere. He has invited many Elders and Ancillae to Venice to meet and hammer out an agreement to form this Vampiric Government by choosing Representatives for each Clan (even the Low Clans!) and rules for all Princes to follow.

Thus the Conclave that the bulk of you have been attending. Those who have Sires who have a chance to capture a seat have been trying to either influence others to support your Sire or have tried to find ways to bring down or smear their rivals. This is the main plot of the game. I do not list individual intrigues as there are too many to list.

Underlying these meetings and secret dealings are of course, sub plots.

Some characters are aware of them others are not. I list them below:

1. Hunters threaten the Vampires of Venice. Narses has claimed that many have left due to his own machinations, still, feeding and slaying are restricted until the Conclave ends to ensure that the Hunters leave and never come back. He has decreed that these Hunters should not be approached under any circumstances. Despite this, a Cainite had been slaying victims and leaving them where they could be found in direct violation of the Princes orders. It has been suggested that a Setite was the culprit.
2. While many of the seats as Clan Inner Circle Members are contested, one appears to have gained a shadow contestant though it is not clear who that contestant is!
3. Many Anarch Vampires are here, their presence is being tolerated by Narses despite the fact that they are under blood hunts from Princes in their own Domains. (Robin Leeland is the most notorious Anarch here).
4. The sister of a Mortal Hunter Sergei Volkov is missing (or is she?) several Cainites would pay dearly to locate her for various reasons…
5. Simon of Clan Nosferatu has claimed to have Sired a non-disfigured Childe and claims that it is a Miracle.
6. Documents of a sensitive nature related to the history of the Caintes themselves have surfaced, few have seen them but their contents are explosive indeed.
7. The Assamite seat was assumed by Lord Bajazet, rumor has it that he is about to be challenged for that seat.
8. Clan Tremere appears to be split as to who they will support to sit in their own seat. If Radek does not win the seat, his opponent has claimed that she will shackle him and send him to her Masters to meet judgment and Final Death.
9. A ship burned in the middle of the harbor several weeks ago, no one knows exactly why but a Fledgling from Venice owned the ship and lost many Mortal servitors.
10. Besides the members invited to the Conclave, other Vampires have been slipping into the city, some either have not announced or have yet to announce their presence here.
Other plot points are too specific to single characters to list but that is a basic run down of plots running through the game ATM. Fairly soon the Conclave will be over and we shall see what the fallout from that will be.

Let me know if you have any questions or want me to clarify anything.
Hope you are all enjoying playing as much as I have enjoyed running this campaign!


Clan Malkavian Blood Pool 26/30

Hmm, I think I'm tracking. Overarching plot is essentially the formation of the Camarilla and the founding seats of the Primarchs?

Then personal situation is more of an attempt to get myself and my Sire in a better standing as we attempt to take a seat and gain a bit of power and favor in the process.


Vitaliano da Riva wrote:

Hmm, I think I'm tracking. Overarching plot is essentially the formation of the Camarilla and the founding seats of the Primarchs?

Then personal situation is more of an attempt to get myself and my Sire in a better standing as we attempt to take a seat and gain a bit of power and favor in the process.

Correct.

Correct again though you have also wound down one of the more recent sub plots as you have seen. You have even gleaned accidentally another plot but did not know it... Sometimes my clues are quite subtle.


A fairly massive update there. I believe everyone has now received a update. I know some people have not responded to some of my most recent posts but I wanted to start moving us forward.

Lorenzo you can speak if you want. Durdona I can't wait for you to speak! :-)


Clan Malkavian Blood Pool 26/30

Anyone ever finish a post and just want a shower. I love the character and I've not delved deep enough into his darker sides yet but dear lord am I getting annoyed with his Pompousness and all the ceremony and principle he stands on and such with introductions and his attempts to manipulate people >.<


Vitaliano da Riva wrote:
Anyone ever finish a post and just want a shower. I love the character and I've not delved deep enough into his darker sides yet but dear lord am I getting annoyed with his Pompousness and all the ceremony and principle he stands on and such with introductions and his attempts to manipulate people >.<

Of course, it's just that DMs shower in the blood of slain players :-)

Looking forward to reading and responding later. Dealing with Khay'tall and Durga Syn is a tall order!


My dirtiest DM post this week...


Male Nosferatu 6th Generation; BP 30/30, xp saved: 1, spent 10

Awesome...


Clan Malkavian Blood Pool 26/30

That is my more favored style. CE for the win


Clan Malkavian Blood Pool 26/30

I've realized that up till now I have been making rolls of my own volition and didn't think to ask. Do you prefer SS to ask for the rolls or have my presumptions been ok?


Vitaliano da Riva wrote:
I've realized that up till now I have been making rolls of my own volition and didn't think to ask. Do you prefer SS to ask for the rolls or have my presumptions been ok?

I am OK with presuming rolls! :-)


Clan Malkavian Blood Pool 26/30

OH, s%%$e I realize I have no updating in a long time on my efforts. So I now have a service dog ^_^. A charity for Veteran's hooked me up with a trainer and a local breeder to get me a dog perfect for my situation. I ended up with a Great Dane (~swoons~), she is a delight, kinda robust in the chest but she has been super helpful mood wise and has been getting me out in the public a LOT more and made me more comfortable. Her training has been pretty top notch and I've learned a lot of stuff I had forgotten about working with a dog (I used to have and have trained raccoon hunting dogs) however she can be very STUBBORN at times >.<. But we work well as a unit and she loves my wife and my cats.


Vitaliano da Riva wrote:
OH, s*%%e I realize I have no updating in a long time on my efforts. So I now have a service dog ^_^. A charity for Veteran's hooked me up with a trainer and a local breeder to get me a dog perfect for my situation. I ended up with a Great Dane (~swoons~), she is a delight, kinda robust in the chest but she has been super helpful mood wise and has been getting me out in the public a LOT more and made me more comfortable. Her training has been pretty top notch and I've learned a lot of stuff I had forgotten about working with a dog (I used to have and have trained raccoon hunting dogs) however she can be very STUBBORN at times >.<. But we work well as a unit and she loves my wife and my cats.

So happy to hear it!

I have always thought Danes would be great service dogs as they are sturdier and stronger than their smaller counterparts.

Plus they are just sweethearts. Agreed, they CAN be stubborn.

Hey, who doesn't want a girl with a big chest?!


Clan Malkavian Blood Pool 26/30

~snorts~ True true.

Punky the Giant Pupper

Punky the Tiny Pupper


Vitaliano da Riva wrote:

~snorts~ True true.

Punky the Giant Pupper

Punky the Tiny Pupper

Great looking dog, she might even be bigger than my boys! How much does she weigh?


Clan Malkavian Blood Pool 26/30

She's weighing in at 130 roughly. She's only a year and four months at the moment so she's still got some wiggle room to grow. We are hoping for maybe another inch in height so she will sit 100% ideal for her harness to be at what I want for reach.


Ah she looks huge in the pic!

The older boy is 140 and the younger one 138. I really thought he would be much bigger as his paws are enormous. Go figure.


Male Nosferatu 6th Generation; BP 30/30, xp saved: 1, spent 10

Congrats on the service dog! Also God bless and thanks for your service. Started my army life as a 19D Cav Scout. Was down in South America for almost six years fighting the unofficial "drug war." Enough about me though, its good to know you are out there getting help.


Clan Malkavian Blood Pool 26/30

Danke, yeah I had no where near the time you did. Thanks to you as well sir. I unfortunately got injured state side during some staged ops and well, you know how it is when you get injured in the field. "It ain't that bad, walk it off"


Updates tomorrow, hoping a few more people chime in.


Male Italian (Toreador)

I'm very sorry I fell way behind. Flu , family problems and just plan small stuff have come up. I'll try to catch up, apologies to anyone I left hanging. :(


Ranerius Bernerius wrote:
I'm very sorry I fell way behind. Flu , family problems and just plan small stuff have come up. I'll try to catch up, apologies to anyone I left hanging. :(

Just the DM! :-)

No worries, I suspected that illness had you lain low. Check my PM before you post!


I think we lost Alessandro unfortunately. I'll recruit a replacement. I gave it two and a half weeks as he was a long time player. Hope he is alright.

As with other past PCs I will simply NPC him.


Male Nosferatu 6th Generation; BP 30/30, xp saved: 1, spent 10

That sucks, I enjoyed his story.


Ranerius Bernerius wrote:
I'm very sorry I fell way behind. Flu , family problems and just plan small stuff have come up. I'll try to catch up, apologies to anyone I left hanging. :(

Sent you a PM Ranerius, let me know if you need further clarification.


Further updates later, want to let that last post sink in a bit...


Hello to all

I am once again in the market for replacing a player:

Campaign:(Started in 2013 and still playing)
Red Hand of Doom Recruitment tab

Rule Set: ADD 3.5
Books allowed: Phb, Phb2, DMG, All complete, All Race of, DragonMagic, Spellcompendium, All Environmental, No psionics, No Race of Ebberon+Faerun
32 point Buy,
Alignment: All except, CE, NE, LE
Race: Elf or 1/2 Elf
Class: No dragon shaman /(on the top of my head)
Level: 6th, 5000 gp
Hp / level: 1/2HD +1hp (round down)

Looking for 1 or 2 Characters

DM Note: Enemy are intelligent,organized and ruthless, if you fall they WILL try to finish you off. NO NPC has resurrection spell available in Elsir Vale. If you die you might be able to play a NPC(as is) if unlocked in the story.

(you will be a upcoming member of an elven camp/town and therefore should be a class that is somewhat integrated in the community


I'll give the PCs in the main room more time to chime in as they wish but move along other portions of the story.


Meant to update Thursday or Friday but both days and nights I was just not able to do so.

Updates coming your way now.


Nice, just passed 8,888 posts. :-)

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