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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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Andrew the Hardy Prologue:
The man doing all the talking nods, [b] "There now, ythat was not so hard was it? If you have just arrived then you are not the foreigners we are looking for. Be warned, there are travelers here who have attacked noblemen, they will no doubt attack you as well if you are unprotected. The Doge has requested that travelers not wield arms while in our fair city due to the precarious times. As you have just arrived we will be lenient and allow you to keep your arms for now. On the morrow request an escort from the Doge if you intend to move about. We will not be so lenient again, even for such important dignitaries". [b] The man smiles a crooked smile, whether he is poking fun at you cannot be determined. Donnach still holds his sword forward ready to rise to the challenge if necessary.

FYI for those of you involved in any thread with the Volkovs. This player has had some RL issues slowing down his posting. He will post as often as he can, bear with it in the meantime, thanks.



"Indeed then perchance you can escort us from The Way of Kings Inn, to his excellency the Doge in the morning?"

"Also we can check our weapons when we arrive at the palace."

No problems understand RL comes up!

Volkovs, Santo, Cappellis:
"Then I assume all that is left is to check out the location and go from there! When and where is the best to meet tomorrow? I prefer the daytime, but that is up to you Signore"

Katriana Volkov and Xing Shi Prologue:

Storyteller, is there anything out of the ordinary about this woman? Is it too late to catch her, for she said she left already?

Andrew the Hardy Prologue:
"We will send word for a squad in the morning to escort you. You need not check your weapons simply leave them in your room. Enjoy the rest of your evening, Lords".
The group of men walk away.
Donnach turns to you, "Don't you find it strange that these men represent the Doge but wear no affiliated symbols?" Looking back at the confrontation, you realize that Donnach is right, and a bit more perceptive then you realized.
Aodhan chimes in, "Let us get inside this Inn and rest, I for one am weary and it appears based on our greeting this day, we will get the same treatment from this Doge".

Sergei & Lorenzo & Michael Prologue:
Dominic smiles, "Tomorrow at 11 am is fine, I will take you on a tour. Lorenzo would you like to come along?"

Katriana & Xing Shi Prologue:
You can catch her, she did turn and ask a question of Francois. She is quite exotic looking, you have never seen a human of that color before sort of yellowish skin but quite pretty, her eyes are slanted in a strange manner.

Sergei & Lorenzo & Michael Prologue:
Lorenzo returns the question with a nod. "Of course, Dominic, I would be happy to do so."



"Aye havin identified us they determined we err not tha quarry they seek, an they turned tail an ran given tha chance. No worries hopefully a squad will show tah accompany us, an we will take err weapons tah tha palace an turn them over only after were safer inside tha out. I also was suspicious o our visitors, Donnach, well observed though."

"Shall we walk further err return tah tha Inn?"

"Tomorrow we meets tha Doge, an maybe shop fer fresh pipeweed, an perhaps an eel skin pouch fer it!"

Katriana & Xing Shi Prologue:
"Young Miss, a second of your time please. You are quite exotic looking. I do not believe I have ever seen a being with your beauty before......
Appearance + Expression (-2 difficutly for first meeting) 6d10 ⇒ (8, 10, 7, 8, 3, 5) = 41
I believe that is 6 successes

Sergei & Lorenzo & Michael Prologue:
"Excellent, then we shall see you tomorrow! I will bring me sister, she will want to see the facilities also!"

Katriana & Xing Shi Prologue:

Xing Shi turns from the man to the girl and asks the same question.

"Do you not know where the master of the house resides now? It was only but a few days ago he was still here."

She smiles a bit "And thank you for the compliment but I am just a normal woman where I come from."

Her Italian accent is broken but understandable.

Katriana Volkov and Xing Shi Prologue:
Xing Shi something seems familiar and comforting about Katriana.

Lorenzo Cappelli & Sergei Volkov & Michael Santo Prologue:
If no one else has anything to day Michael and Sergei can take their leave.

Katriana and Xing Shi Prologue:
"So he was living here up until a few days ago, then abruptly left, only to rent it out? Does that strike anyone else as odd?'

Katriana shakes here head, not sure what to make of the situation. It then dawns on her.....the broken window......

"I don't think we can stay here...The broken window!! Something happened to cause this person to up and leave very quickly..... I too would very much like to meet this Querini gentleman."

Katriana and Xing Shi Prologue:

"You must pay this man somehow to stay at his house yes? Were would you be sending this money?"

Katriana and Xing Shi Prologue:
Katriana looks to the retainers

"Do you know where the money goes??

She pauses while Francois and Kat answer.

We may have to wait until my brother and the others get back. I am sorry, where are my manners? Please come in, I am Katriana Volkov, this is Francois, and Kat. Your name is?"

Katriana and Xing Shi Prologue:

Xing Shi looks between the two and blushes slightly.

"Apology, I am Xing Shi" She bows slightly and steps back into the house.

"Have you ever had tea before?" she pulls out a small pouch with some leaves in it. "Much better taste than your western coffee."

Katriana Volkov and Xing Shi Prologue:
"This was Wilhelms find my dear, we will have to wait for him to return", says Francois.

Michael + Sergei:

Michael looks perplexed
"Where do we go from here? I am too emotionally invested, I have to see this through to the end, but dont know what else i can contribute to this investigation. my friends think this is madness, my wife was borderline hysterical when I broke the news. I have Has sister to confront. Still no answers. Do you have a plan? "

michael waits for a favorable response

Michael and Sergei:
I assume we left the Cappellis now?

"My friend, Rome was not built in a day. We cannot just run everywhere telling people about this. We have to be subtle, for we never know who is under the dark ones thrall....... Let us head back to our place and check on my sister, then we can come up with a plan, does that sound good?"

Andrew and Lorenzo you will be done for the evening unless you have something further you wish to do. Michael and Sergei you can discuss issues back at Sergei's place but I would like that discussion to be accelerated a bit so we can get to the next day. Katriana and Xing Shi you may want to interact with Sergei but I also want to accelerate that a bit if possible. Thanks.

Michael + Sergei:

Assuming we are back at Sergei

"After carefull consideration I understand what you mean by keeping this to a minimum amount of people. Each person's reaction although unique in response has the same panic/fear written all over, Heck I didn't know what to make of it my self but there has to be a reason behind all of this. After the initial fear all that was left was unanswered question I wished to be resolved."

Michael ponders to him self .oO(######)

I dont see why we dont just break into his place after we know its location. Your sister and I can cause some sort of diversion for the guards shouldn't be but one or two while you sneak in through other means. Why didn't Lorenzo assist us I mean he knows what we are after and he just sat by idle didn't he say he wanted to know about this as well.

ARRRGGHHH!!! "This is frustrating" Michael works himself into another worrying frenzy

done for the evening...

Lorenzo Cappelli Prologue:
After the other guests have left, Lorenzo escorts his brother to his home. After bidding Dominic and his family good night, Lorenzo returns to his home to continue his research.

Otherwise, done for the night.

Michael and Sergei:
"I have an idea. Wilhelm, and Brice, tomorrow I need you to try to locate the guardsman that we donated to. I would like to talk with him more.... We can try to break into the warehouse, but lets see it first. At least we will know what to expect, and we can ask him details about security and it would seem like we are just asking because we are customers. So come meet us at our place at around 10, and we can head over together."

Sergei Volkov & Michael Santo Prologue:
With plans set in motion Michael pushes his gondola off towards home while Sergei and his allies come home to an unexpected female guest having tea...

Gunther Thesing Prologue:


Gunther looks up at Margherita.
"No need to apologize. I cannot fault the man for looking out for the best interests of his family."

Turning his attention towards Christopher, he adds, "If your intentions with my daughter are genuine, which I believe they are, then you have nothing to worry about from me."

Gunther Thesing Prologue:
[b] "Thank you for being understanding Mr. Thesing. The hour grows late and no doubt you will have a busy day ahead of you tomorrow. If it please you I would like to see Jordan again this Friday evening, I can arrange for whatever chaperone you feel is appropriate". The Dandolo's stand and begin to say their goodbyes awaiting your response.

Sergei & Katriana Volkov & Xing Shi Prologue:
Francois looks up as Sergei, Wilhelm and Brice enter the home, Francois is wearing no shirt, "Good evening Sergei. Say hello to a friend of the master of the house Xing Shi".

Sergei & Katriana Volkov & Xing Shi Prologue:

Xing Shi looks up at the man sipping some tea and smiles.

[b]"Well met" and she holds out her hand to him.

Do I recognize this man?

Gunther Thesing Prologue:


Gunther rises from his seat and walks his guests to the door upon their departure.
"Margherita, it was a pleasure to meet you. I hope you enjoyed your evening."
He places his hand upon Christopher's shoulder and shakes his hand with the other.
"Young man, I look forward to seeing you again soon."
Gunther crouches down to speak to the young girl.
"I hope my eye didn't frighten you, little lady."
He pats her head and smiles at her, then rises back up and puts his arm around his wife as their guests take their leave.

Sergei & Katriana Volkov & Xing Shi Prologue:
Sergei looks bewildered, not sure what to make of the strange woman outstretching her hand. He obliges her by shaking it.

"Xing Shi is it? I am Sergei Vokov, I see you have met my sister Katriana, and the others. These 2 are Brice and Wilhelm.

The master of the house? How long has it been since he lived here? by the way, Kariana, we have a meeting tomorrow at 11 to see the warehouse space. So lets try to finsh up with our guest and get settled in"

Sergei & Katriana Volkov & Xing Shi Prologue:

Xing Shi smiles slightly at Sergei.

"His name is Michele Querini and he but only lived here a few days ago. I appears he had left quickly as none seems to know where he may be found. Quite interesting."

Xing Shi & Volkov's Prologue:
Xing Shi roll Perception + Awareness
Wilhelm responds to Xing Shi's question, "According to this Michele's friend he was called away on business yesterday and will be away for a few weeks time. I met with the friend yesterday and that is how I got the lead on renting this place temporarily".

Xing Shi & Volkov's Prologue:
"I was just saying, I sure hope that broken window has nothing to do with it, and we are in danger staying here..... We should add some security tomorrow and get that window fixed"

Xing Shi & Volkov's Prologue:
"Very well sister, we can get on that tomorrow also. Xing Shi, I would like to help you find this Querini gentleman also. I would like to know what may have happened here, to know what were getting into. I will get my best men to locate him, how can we get in touch with you with news?

After that we are done for the night

Xing Shi & Volkov's Prologue:

6d10 ⇒ (1, 10, 8, 7, 2, 9) = 37

Xing Shi looks between the people she's sharing conversation with.

"Unfortunately I do not have a permanent resident to stay at as Michele promised I could stay here and he obviously had moved on and forgotten about me."

She begins to frown and sob a little. After wiping her tears away.

"I will be about and check in frequently to find out what you know if that is ok?"

Xing Shi & Volkov's Prologue:
"That is fine, I wish we could help you out in regards to a place to stay, but we have only been in the city for a few nights, and already had to move a couple times. It was nice to meet you, and I look forward to maybe seeing you again soon."

Sergei is a little flustered. He seems quite enamored with the yong ladies exoticness. It is definitely not something you see very often....



be sure to re-boot me in the "morning" so I know when to start back.

I will start posts for everyone tonight when I get home, work will be too busy today to do so properly.

Xing Shi:

After I leave I want to head where I met that one dude at the docks area to see if I notice him or my mark around.

Xing Shi Only:
Sorry you were successful in that Perception check, you realize that Wilhelm was the man that met with Gino (who was with your mark). Based on what Gino said he did for a living he was the one that set these people up in the marks household as renters. Kepp in mind you did not meet him by the docks but by a major canal which Venice is full of! Also the initial night you did follow the mark to a hosue but whose house you were never 100% sure.

Sorry got home from work late last night, I will get things moving again tonight!

Xing Shi:

In that case I would probably want to find out where this Wilhelm lives by following him or whatever and then question him on my marks whereabouts.

Xing Shi Only:
You mean Gino. Gino is the one you saw the mark with the first night you identified him. He is also the one you met by the canal. He then met with Wilhelm. Wilhelm is one of the Volkov's retainers, he is staying with them in the marks house. Got it? You may want to question Gino as to the marks whereabouts, that I agree with.

Xing Shi:

Ok yeah! Was getting confused to many guines!

Venice by Day - Tuesday March 3, 1309

Michele Querini Spoiler:
The gentle rocking of the ship and lack of sun in the cabin causes you to stir very late. You hear voices from above but you do not see the Captain. What do you do?

Vykos Twins Prologue:
Sergei and Katriana wake with the morning. Wilhelm seeks out the man from who he rented the property to learn more about him while Brice looks for the guards to whom the bribe was paid the previous night, Francois in the meantime looks for a man who can repair the broken window, Kat will hold down the fort for the day. What do the Volkov's do, they hav a few hours till their meeting.

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