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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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Sergei Volkov and Michael Santo Prologue:
As the gondola is guided by Michael towards the meeting with Dr. Cappelli the group is silent. Michael wrapped in his own thoughts and the others simply observing their surroundings looking for trouble. The gondola arrives at a pier and is tethered at a moor. Michael leads the way on foot towards the house, as the group rounds the corner you come upon a group of men all dressed in black patrolling it seems the streets while not heavily armed they all have weapons showing.
"Evening gentlemen. Who are you affiliated with and where are you going?" asks the man in front.

Katriana Volkov Prologue:
Katriana arrives at the new safe house with Francois and Kat. The house is nice but a bit cramped. It will be two people to a bedroom and as Wilhelm mentioned there is a broken window in an office room. Whoever lives here is a but messy as the paperwork on the desk is scattered some of it on the floor. What does Katriana want to do?

Xing Shi Prologue:

She nods to him "I have been hired to find out information about a certain someone in this city and am trying to do this job but unfortunately I lack the ability to read your language and would never burden you with this task if I did not have anywhere else to go." she says very seriously.

"If this is something you will not do I understand but I have no where else to go or anyone else I can trust."

Michael santos + Sergi + story teller shadow:

Michael address the man in the front
"Good even my good man I do believe that you are being rude questioning who we are and our affiliations without properly introducing yourself first. I am not inclined to tell you anything without good reason as to why I should or without knowledge of who you are."
Michael crosses his arms in a defensive stance

Are there any noticeable symbols, or a badge that would give way to who these gentlemen are. Like police or political faction? Random thugs

Lorenzo Cappelli Prologue:
"The family business? Were you not the one who sought to take it over and expand it to what it is today? What has changed, Dominic?"

Gunther Thesing Prologue:


Somewhat taken back by Christopher's gratitude, Gunther clears his throat and reaches for the young lad's hand with both of his.
"Young man, you and your family are most welcome.", he replies, shaking his hand firmly.

He turns to look at Jordan and finds her blushing at Rafael's charm.

"To answer your question, Rafael, I am the owner and manager of a local inn and tavern just down the road from here. It is one of the finest, most reputable, and popular in the city.

Gunther's attention then shifts to their family crest and adds, "I have to admit, I was very concerned as to whom this boy was that my daughter has such an interest in, but I recognize your family crest and I must say that it is an honor to have you and your family here with us this evening. Thank you all for accepting our invitation to dinner."

Xing Shi Prologue:
"It is not that I do not wish to aid you my dear it is that you have documents here belonging to a very important person who is a member of a more Important family. This documentation is sensitive in nature and simply having it could be dangerous to you and me. Now I must know what information about this man you are seeking?"

Adelchi steps forward, "Perhaps just as important is how this information was acquired".

Sergei Volkov and Michael Santo Prologue:
"My identity is irrelevant sir, it is my role in the city which is important. With escalating violence in the city the Doge has instructed all of his men to monitor the comings and goings of anyone who looks suspicious. As far as I am concerned these foreigners look suspicious"' he points at Sergei, Wilhelm, and Brice.

Another man in the entourage steps forward, " Sir this is Michael Santo a fine upstanding citizen who has a gondola business here in the city, it is his companions though who should identify their purpose here as h is simply doing his job in leading them somewhere".

Lorenzo Cappelli Prologue:
"No brother that is what father wanted. With him gone my desire to do this passes along with him. I am not sure I ever knew what I wanted and I still do not. I suppose there is no going back now, I am what I am".

Gunther Thesing Prologue:
Jordan curtsies, "Thank you Signore".
Christopher steps inside and closes the door behind him his smile is dazzling as he steps forward to take Jordan's hand, " You honor us with your invitation sir I am most happy to be here".
"Proprietor of an inn? That is a very distinguished position for a foreigner here in our fair city. Tell me how did you come to Venice Signore Thesing? asks Rafael.

Xing Shi Prologue:

Xing Shi ignores Adelchi and keeps talking to Luigi.

"In truth all I need to know is what is the name of the owner of this document and what he does for a living. The rest I can handle. If I have put you in danger I apologize and this document will be returned to where it came and none will know you have ever seen it."

Xing Shi Prologue:
"See that these documents are properly returned. They belong to a man named Michele Querini, he is a member if the Grand Council of Venice and a broker of deals. These documents are interesting to say the least. In exchange for putting me at risk I would like something from you, a meeting with this man, he may be the key to preventing an escalating war which Venice does not need".

Lorenzo Cappelli Prologue:
"I see...that's why you were so thrilled with the prospect that I might be taking an interest in the family busines...misery loves company, right?"

Gunther Thesing Prologue:


"Well, I was born and raised here, but my parents were originally from Hungary. They moved here something like forty years ago, established a business which I now own and run, and I met my lovely wife twenty years ago. We were just about Jordan's age when we first met.

Fiona, having already placed a tray full of various finger foods on the table, enters the room with another serving tray with an opened bottle of wine and her finest stemware, some fresh fruit, and some cheese.

"Anyone care for some wine? There's also some appetizers on the table to tide us over until dinner is ready."

Lorenzo Cappelli Prologue:
"Misery? No your presence on a daily basis would be the exact opposite. Just consider it".

Gunther Thesing Prologue:
"Some wine would be lovely Mrs. Thesing", replies Margherita.
"Hungary eh? I have not been there myself, I spend most of my time here in the city taking care of matters which need attending to so that merchants may continue their businesses freely. My son on the other hand is a freeloader, who would rather drink and fight than attend to matters of importance".
Christopher stares at his father but before he can say anything Filomena speaks, "Miss Jordan you are ever so pretty how did you meet my brother?"
Jordan replies, "A few weeks ago at market with my mother your brother spotted me sifting through fruit and he introduced himself. You are pretty too Filomea and Christopher has told me so much about you I am so happy we can finally meet!" The girls conversation takes the tension out of the room as they continue their small talk. Fionna enters the room again pouring wine for everyone and engaging in conversation.Rafael remains quiet. Make conversation if you wish to, otherwise I will fast forward to dinner.

Michael + Sergei + story teller:

speaks with the man that speaks on his behalf.
"thank you for that warm introduction, and good sir who might you be. Your man here says that you are of the authority of the Doge do you have any credentials that would confirm that. As far as we are concern the streets have been hostile with scams and malicious characters how do we know you guys are not of the sort.
Michael looks at the other gentleman
"for citizens in good standings those of authority should display a little more common courtesy to those of the city instead of aggression. You catch more flies with honey than vinegar"

Michael Santo and Sergei Volkov Prologue:
"As a representative of the Doge my identity is not mine own as we are not individuals, suffice it to say the fact that we outnumber you two to one and are armed while you are not should speak volumes". replies the man who recognized you.

" Beg pardon Signore these are troubled times and we cannot afford to be too careful. Why in fact just a handful of nights ago a young Lord was assaulted by unknown assailants during a duel. Regardless of my manners your companions will reveal their identity and their destination, now". The man in charge with a calmer demeanor but still with an authoritative air says.

Gunther Thesing Prologue:


We can fast forward. That's cool with me.

Xing Shi Prologue:

Xing nods to Luigi. "Yes of course I will do this for you. Thank you for the information. Have any of the tea from out east? she smiles at him.

Lorenzo Cappelli Prologue:
"I make no guarantees, brother, but for your sake, I will consider it."

Michael santos+ Sergei+story teller:

Michael will allow for the others to introduce themselves
"A YOUNG LORD YOU SAY!!!" Michael says with concern
"that will not sit well with the Doge at all, who were the duelist was anyone apprehended?

Gunther Thesing Prologue:
The two families engage in small talk during appetizers and during dinner. Discussing some antecdotes and personal histories. As you well know the Dandolo's are a very old very prestigious family and the stories you hear support that knowledge. A sense of entitlement seems to exude from Rafael though it does not seem to have extended to the rest of his family. As Fionna prepares dessert Rafael motions to you to come with him and he stands and exits the kitchen.

Xing Shi Prologue:
You and Luigi sit and catch up, Adelchi sits with you though he frowns at you probably because you ignored him before but you do not really care. You make small talk with him and enjoy tea from home. It has been so long you almost forgot what it tasted like. Let me know what you want to do after your visit is over.

Michael Santo & Sergei Volkov Prologue:
"The duelists identities are being kept anonymous. The attacker was not apprehended". states the second man.
The leader turns back to him, "I think you have said enough. Now you will identify yourselves". [/b]
Wilhelm and Brice introduce themselves as vassals of Sergie here on his behest.
Lou will probably post tomorrow, let's pause till then.

Gunther Thesing Prologue:


Gunther also stands and follows Rafael's lead, exiting the kitchen to join him.

Gunther Thesing Prologue:
Rafael walks through your living room and out the front door into the cool night air.
He turns to you, "Surely you realize by now that I frown upon this union. Not because I harbor any ill will towards you or you lovely daughter but because I have arranged a number of marriages which are beneficial to my family which Christopher has broken off. I suspect that some of these issues have arisen from his interest in your daughter. I am not sure how these things are done in Hungary but here a daughter is expected to provide a suitable dowry upon marriage to her husband's family. If this is to be their fate I think it best that we discuss this matter up front".

Xing Shi Prologue:

Now that I think I know what my marks name is i'm going to stake his house out until he gets home and then finally confront him

Gunther Thesing Prologue:


Clenching his fists and narrowing his eyes, Gunther does all that he can to keep from reacting to the anger that is welling up inside of him. He takes a deep breath and exhales slowly before finally responding.

"Rafael, first of all, what makes you believe that my daughter does not have a suitable dowry? Secondly, where I come from, the man is supposed to be able to provide for his beloved, not the other way around. Third, perhaps the reason why your son has broken off all of your arrangements is because he values women more than just prospects, he values who they are more than what than what they own.

Having expressed himself somewhat, Gunther relaxes his hands but the look of sheer insult is still evident upon his face.

"At first, I was very concerned about the age difference between Christopher and Jordan, but after hearing how he has refused all the arrangements you have tried to force upon him, it is quite clear that he has more respect towards women than their material possessions, and I have a greater respect for him for doing so."

Gunther pauses a moment, then adds, "Oh, and if this is to be their fate, I say they decide for themselves. I don't know how they do things where you come from, but I would rather see my child happy than miserable and resentful."

Still annoyed, Gunther turns to take his leave and heads back into the house to join the others.



Arriving after a long voyage the young man looked forward to his new life as a diplomat of Scotland. He had come a very long way since his days as a boy during the battle of stirling Bridge 11 September 1297,

he was a man though by the time of the Battle of Falkirk. On 1 April 1298, the English bastards invaded Scotland at Edinburgh.

William went to France on mission to help beat back the bastards.

More than one minor battle we had in 1304; one happened at Happrew and the other at Earnside.

I should have been there in 1305, but wasn't.

That was four years ago now and still the English bastards are breathing down our necks!

Looks at the others as prepares to depart the ship....

Gunther Thesing Prologue:
Rafael chuckles as you walk away. " There are few who would speak to me in such a manner and fewer still who would turn their backs to me after doing so. Tread lightly Signore Thesing, I have destroyed many enemies over the years, one more makes little difference to me. I will give you a pass for the sake of my son. I suggest you gather your wits and your good sense for when we next meet I expect an answer to my question". With that he turns and walks away keeping your figure in the corner of his eye and his hand on his rapier.

Xing Shi Prologue:
You head through the dark streets of Venice back to the household of your mark. As you arrive to case the location you realize tht there are lights on inside, it would appear he has returned home. What do you do?

Gunther Thesing Prologue:

What question? Did I miss something?

Gunther Thesing Prologue:
He wants to know what the dowry will be for the marriage.

Gunther Thesing Prologue:

Will the sack full of coins he received from Mr. Kestral for reserving the inn be ample enough?

Santo, Volkov, and the Goons:
Sergei speaks up

"Gentlemen, or whatever, my name is Sergei Volkov. These two are my retainers. We just arrived in town and were heading to meet with Lorenzo Cappelli and his brother to see about procuring some warehouse space. You are welcome to escort us there to check our stories. We would also like to make a donation to the cause."

Sergei would normally kick some ass, but he knows he is outnumbered

Katriana Volkov:
Katriana, now that Sergei is gone, is feeling better. She tried to get frisky with Francois.

Michael Santo and Sergei Volkov Prologue:
"Donations to the cause are always welcome as are travelers who wish to spend coin in Venice. I can take your donation right here and make sure it finds its proper place in the Doge's coffers", replies the leader.

Katriana Volkov Prologue:
Francois obliges your urges. Sergei's other retainer says nothing as the two of you close the door to the bedroom you will be sharing with her.

Gunther Thesing Prologue:
That is a LOT of coin to part with. You will have no more income until Mr. Kestral grants you the balance once his associates complete their meeting at your inn.

Gunther Thesing Prologue:

Ok, so what would you suggest? I don't know just exactly how much he was given. What would be a suitable dowry and yet still be enough for him to take care of his family? Half? Third?

Santo and Volkov:
Sergei will make a modest donation
"Always happy to help! Do you still wish to escort us?"

Xing Shi Prologue:

Xing Shi will approach his house front door and knock waiting for an answer.

Andrew the Hardy Prologue:
A little whose who. Aodhan is Robert the Bruce's Diplomat to Venice. Aodhan is a Lord like you are. Donnach and Luag are his bodyguards though not Scottish nobility. As you step off of the ship, Aodhan turns to you, speaking in Gaelic "These bastards were supposed to provide an entourage for us to the Doge's palace. I see no one waiting for us". Aodhan's eyes sweep back and forth as Donnach and Luag carry off the baggage. Night has fallen as a storm pulled the ship off course delaying your arrival.

Gunther Thesing Prologue:
Tough call. That is up to you. You will not be making any income at all for the next month. While the first payment is a lot of money it is equivalent to what you would have made over a five week period of operation. It is the second payment which really puts your family ahead, probably two or more months of income and with no outlay of overhead.

Michael Santo, Sergei Volkov and Lorenzo Cappelli Prologue:
The security forces leave you be once the donation is made and your small group arrives at Dr. Cappelli's residence. Wilhelm knocks on the door firmly.

Xing Shi Prologue:
You need not wait long as an attractive looking young woman answers the door. She is tall and blonde and dressed in nightclothes. She says something you do not understand as she answers the door.

Katriana Volkov Prologue:
As you are bent over in front of Francois your training from Sergei allows you to pick up on a knocking sound. A few moments later you hear Kat ask in Russian, "May I help you?"



"Strap yer sword on an well find err own way thar. How yah feel bout followin a one eyed, and nearly crippled warrior, healer turned diplomat?"

Leans on his cane and unsteadiness thinking of the benefit of solid ground for shambling around.

Andrew the Hardy:
Aodhan frowns, "Following you at least I know I do not need to rush. I am sure I can follow you and you will find the way, you are the reliable sort I know. The fact that they left us at the dock is unacceptable, we are diplomats! We are entitled to a certain amount of respect!"
Aodhan is nearly frothing at the mouth he is so angry.
Donnach puts a hand on his shoulder, "My Lord. Hows about we let Lord Andrew here take our lead en find an Inn for us to rest our weary heads?"
As you look around you see that the area by the docks are surrounded by canals, these are the features that make the city fresh and unique. Sitting and standing on these canals are a few men in boats, it looks like that would be the best way into the city proper.

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