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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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Lorenzo Cappelli Prologue:

Yeah! Let's hear it for being ghouled ;)

Lorenzo, feeling energized by the sip, and at Dr. Benne's urging, finishes his glass of "wine". "Anything more unusual than a man crumbling to dust as he dies, no. Something else odd, certainly. The man seemed to be interested in a crate. I took a look into the crate to ease my own curiosity, and found a large amount of religious paraphenalia and a large number of sharpened chair legs."

Lorenzo Cappelli Prologue:
:-) You may add one blood point to your character sheet for so long as you retain that bp you may add one dot of Potence as well. If you are injured you may also use that blood to heal. You may not use it to increase attributes temporarily.

Dr. Benne looks a bit dismayed for a split second then his face is impassive again.

"So it would seem that there are other witch hunters here besides your acquantaince. The question now becomes who is the mystery figure which Narses' agent met with before his demise? There is a good chance that figure will recruit others. We must find them.

First though I will assign you to your first task. You must convince this Signore Volkov that the death of Hans is due to some natural cause. I will leave it to you to determine how best to do so. I wanr you not to arouse his suspicion as he is likely a very dangerous man. I will return in two nights time to check on your progress. Is there any other question you wish to ask of me before I take my leave?"

Storyteller Shadow:
I have felt better but the wounds are not festering. They are healing quite nicely. How long until I meet Saidr as I would like my wits with me?

Michael Santos:

do I know of this Signore Ansora ?!?
Michael responds as any hospitable host would welcoming his guest into his office
"Signore Renaldo the please is all mine please come in. How can I be of service to you today?"
Michael walks back to his chair and motions for his company to take a seat along with him.

Michele Querini Prologue:
As you finish your sentence the breeze picks up mysteriously in both directions bringing the ships together. Grappling hooks are thrown by the crew of the black ship and they latch onto the rails of your ship.

The Captain smirks, "Not long now. Come I will go across with you and make introductions. After that we will part ways. I trust that you have found my service and hospitality to your satisfaction and perhaps we can meet again in the future".

With that said he heads towards the black ship and steps onto the gangplank lowered by his crew. What do you do?

Storyteller Shadow:
"Working together in the future would bring us much coin. How would I go about contacting you?" After our exchange I will follow him towards the black ship.

Michael Santo Prologue:
Lucious Ansora is the guy you were looking for two nights ago.
The man enters sits and gives you a hard stare. "I believe you were looking for us, hard Signore Santo. I trust I am not wasting my time here".

Michele Querini Prologue:
"I have a contact in your city a Lucious Ansora. Find him, he can find me".

You step onto the black ship and are greeted by a small entourage of men. One is a Spaniard like Captain Domingo wearing a flamboyant hat with two cutlasses sheathed on each hip. Three others are dressed in robes the likes of which you would no doubt see in Egypt each holds a hooded lantern giving off just enough light to see by.

The last figure wears a dark cloak and hood. His hands are covered in tattoos, he is dark skinned and about your height.

The Captain addresses him, "Lord Sadir I present to you Signore Michele Querini Councilor of Venice as you requested".

Sadir stares at him then at you then back at the Captain. "He is not as I requested. He is injured Captain Domingo. Do you care to explain why thus is the case?"

The Captain clears his throat, "There was a misunderstanding over a card game. Such things happen on pirate ships my Lord".

"Bring the man that injured Mr. Querini to this ship. Then be on your way. The payment had already been loaded on your vessel".

The Captain opens his mouth to object and one of the men with a lantern turns to him, "You may stay in this man's place if you object".

The Captain shuts his mouth and nods heading back to his ship and calling out in Spanish likely for his crew to produce the easterner.

Sadir turns to you again, "Walk with me Mr. Querini, I am sure you have many questions feel free to ask away". The three hooded figures move with you while the other man heads towards the front of the ship.

Storyteller Shadow:
" Lord Sadir- a pleasure to meet you after all these years of doing business together. The question that begs to be asked is, Why after all these years did you need to see me in person in such haste?"

Michele Querini Prologue:
"You are direct I like that. I have also found my association with you to be quite valuable. For a long time o have attempted to operate within Venice, it was not until my agents came into contact with you that began to flourish. I would have preferred to leave well enough alone but those to whom I owe fealty have placed a great burden upon me. Thus have I called upon you. Your reward for this will be beyond measure if you serve me well".

He stops at the back of the ship looming over a trap door. Gesturing to one of the hooded figures to open it. As it opens a horrible smell turns your nose, sounds of moaning and despair from people rise out of the hole. "I am to deliver these whores to the city, to a Tavern named Greetings. Obviously slavery is outlawed in your Republic so I will need you to call in all of your favors to see to it that the delivery is not questioned or even glanced at by Venetian authorities. For this I believe your personal presence wad required. Do you understand now?'

Storyteller Shadow:
Wincing in a little pain "I now understand the urgency of my presence. Anything can be arranged with enough coin to avert the eyes of those who would utter a word. How many whores are there so I can understand how and when to move them to this tavern?"

Michele Querini Prologue:
"It must be done under the cover of night. There are two hundred in there. They will be staying at the Greetings Tavern not the Inn. Under no circumstances must the ship be in port for the entire night thus it must be complete in one night".

Storyteller Shadow:
Raising a brow when I hear of 200 women.. When are we expected back? I will need a few hours to make arrangements and drop coin when we return. Are they all accounted for or may I have one?" I will smile after my last statement

Michele Querini Prologue:
"We can make it in two days. I would prefer to wait near the city and approach the third day to give you the entire night to handle these affairs. Once we close on the city I will be taking an alternate route in. I will contact you once I have settled".

Sadir smiles at your last comment, "Would you prefer male or female?"

Make a Humanity check difficulty of 7.

Lorenzo Cappelli Prologue:
"I will try my best to convince Sergei, though I doubt it will be easy."

As Dr. Benne begins to leave, "How soon will you teach me the way to bring my Constancia back?" he asks eagerly.

Lorenzo Cappelli Prologue:
"Bring her back? My friend she never left, it is simply that you cannot see her. I assure you there are ways to bring her back across to the land of the living but this will take time years in fact to perfect. In the meantime once you have completed the task I have given to you, I will find a way for you to communicate with her".

With that said Dr. Benne takes his leave.



"Tis smaller tha I thought but wit more land therbouts could be some potential in growin pipeweed, I see now why he's never been able tah go it alone an get tha farm goin."

"Donnach I knew yad be up fer a late night an a trip tah tha country in tha morrow. I always say God helps em who helps emselves."

Andrew the Hardy Prologue:
Aodhan and Luag head back up to the room to alternate between sleeping and watching for English assassins.

Donnach leans into you and whispers in Gaelic, "What are we goin ta this warehouse fer anyway? Can't we just talk about the pipeweed on the morrow when we see the plot?"

Storyteller Shadow:
Excellent, then I will go across on the 2nd day and make arrangements for the next night. A female would suffice. Humanity roll 7d10 7d10 ⇒ (6, 6, 6, 1, 5, 6, 3) = 33

Michele Querini Prologue:
"Excellent idea Mr. Querini. I will pick a choice female for you. Come to my quarters and let us celebrate".

Sadir brings you below deck to quite nice quarters. His attendants remain above. He gestures for you to sit as he pours a glass of wine for you both. "To our new partnership". What do you do?

As you drink you realize that you are condoning treating people like chattel you try to push the feeling down but it simply stays on your mind. Lose 1 Humanity.



"Aye but thers fun tah be had an I intend tah find it! Tis not in tha hotel fer certain!"

If you prefer I can see him later on....

Storyteller Shadow:
I will grab the glass of wine, "To our new partnership. Cent' anni." I will sip the wine.

Andrew the Hardy:
Donnach looks at the fossils around the room, "Yer right about that. Let's drink and then go later. Huzzah to adventure!"

I have no preference at all, just an NPC being curious is all :-)

Michele Querini Prologue:
The wine is delicious. Each sip you take makes you eager to take another. You feel invigorated by the drink.

Sadir smiles, "Have a few more glasses my friend, I would be willing to bet that the properties of this will have a most beneficial effect on your injuries".

How many glasses will you drink?

Michael santos:

"I do appreciate your coming Mr. Ansora I must say you are quite hard to get a hold, but let me cut to the Chase so we can avoid wasting each others time. I am looking for a man named Michele Querini. Michele often makes use of my Gondola services transporting goods, but Michele only contacts me when he needs me. Now I would like to discuss an opportunity for him but I have been unsuccessful in finding his know where about. That's why I'be been looking for you. Can you assist me in this matter?

Katriana Volkov:
Katriana smiles shyly and enters

"Sorry I am late, I had a terrible fight with my brother. But I am looking forward to tonight. I am so glad you don't have work tonight.



"Indeed Donnach tha world waits fer us an Im fer takin it!"

Storyteller Shadow:
In between sips, "A fine wine like this always makes the body and mind feel better. It is an honor to share it with you." If we are drinking for a few hours I would most likely consume 5 or 6 glasses.

Michael Santo Prologue:
"I am Renaldo, Signore Ansora does not meet with just anyone. Now you seek someone Signore Querini a member of the Grand Council. It is not easy to gain an audience with such powerful men. This of course begs the question what do you offer us in exchange for facilitating this meeting?"

Katriana Volkov Prologue:
Antonio stands and kisses your hand in greeting he then pulls out your chair to the table then settles himself once you are situated.

The restaurant is quaint but certainly not top notch. Then again this man is a guardsman so it is likely that his pay does not rival that of a merchant.

"Yes I am glad as well. It is a rare thing to have time off but my Captain granted me such leave to pursue this opportunity with you. Work must not stand in the way of romance no? Tell me Signora Volkov are you here on a permanent basis?"

Andrew the Hardy Prologue:
Let's pause here for the time being. Once I see what the other characters are doing I will move forward with your scene at the warehouse.

Michele Querini Prologue:
The night is thoroughly enjoyable as you sit in a cabin as comfortable as any room you have ever been in. The wine and conversation flows freely. Sadir let's you do all of the talking. He asks you about your family, its history, your current agenda, and what you wish to accomplish. He nods seemingly approving of your lifes choices.

He is also quite interested in the current political affairs of the city. You pique his interest when you tell him about the rivalry between the Pope and the Doge it seems he was not aware of the development.

Do you want to toss out any questions before you are done for the evening.

Sadir turns to you as the dawn approaches, "It is time for you to retire to your own quarters my friend. I will see you on the morrow". As Sadir finishes speaking one of hs attendants retrieves you to lay down in your own room.

When you wake in the morning all of your wounds from the knifefight are healed. Add 3 blood points and one dot of Potence to your character sheet.

Katriana Volkov:
"I think so Antonio. I am tired of my brother always dragging me from place to place on his business. It has been decades, well it seems like decades since I did anything for me. I seem to have fallen in love with this city. I will need to find a place to stay that is away from him, if I truly am to be free."

Michael Santos:

"I am sorry Mr Renaldo I will do well to remember that. My business has been well I can pay a decent sum to have this meeting arranged, or if you would like to barter a bit I do run a Gondola service which can come in handy for transporting people and goods safely through the city. What else could you possible wish for in exchange of locating someone whom your well familiar with that utilizes my services quite often. If it is to much to just tell me where to find him or at least let him know I am requesting him come by for a chat. I am sure he will show up sooner or later."

Michael gazes at Renaldo in anticipation of a response
Is the Grand Council Public knowledge?



Then kindly assume Donnach and I are drinking and possibly looking for a future lady of Moray (though the court may be the best place to find her!

Storyteller Shadow:
at some point during the conversation I would like to ask " So when and where do I return these whores when your associates are done with them?" at the end of the night after Sadir's last comment " many thanks again for the good drink and conversation. Perhaps tomorrow I can learn some of your grand adventures."

Xing Shi:

While he's sleeping I was to look through his belongings to see if I can find anything of interest.

katriana Volkov Prologue:
"Why do you seek to get away from your brother? You must value family my Lady, when all others abandon you they will be there to aid you. If perhaps he is violent my place is small but safe..."

Michael Santo Prologue:
"Ah but if it was so easy to obtain his attention you would not reach out to Signore Ansora no? Ducats are nice but Signore Ansora prefers to barter information. As one who ferries around so many people is there any information that you have which may be worth the price of arranging a meeting for you?"

Yep Grand Council rules the Republic, very public knowledge.

Michele Querini Prologue:
"That is up to them to decide not I".
"Yes if you perform your function well we will have plenty of time to discuss my past".

Xing Shi Prologue:
You find nothing of interest.

Katriana Volkov:
"Oh, he is violent, just not so much towards me. I just need to get away from that life. Start fresh, in a new city, new loves, new chances......"

Storyteller Shadow:
"Aw quite understood. Good night."

Katriana Volkov Prologue:
"Yes a fresh start. While I cannot offer you a manor house or fine jewels, a fresh start I can offer to you Signora. Do you wish to stay with me this evening or am I too forward?"

Andrew the Hardy Prologue:
How do you wish to approach the warehouse by stealth or in the open?

Katriana Volkov:
"I am not a child, I can stay where I want, when I want. And right now I want to stay with you......"

Katriana Volkov Prologue:
Antonio smiles, "I would be honored Signora. Shall we eat now?"

Lorenzo, Xing Shi, Katriana, and Michele are done for the evening. Michael and Andrew still have some things to resolve. Is Sergei in for the evening? Gunther is experiencing internet issues so I may have to pass him for the evening.

Michael Santos:

"what information would you like to know, or better question who would you like to obtain information about"

Michael Santo Prologue:
"No one specifically, at least not yet. Let's just say we will arrange a meeting and you will owe us. Sound fair?"

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