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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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Shadow's Status

Lorenzo Cappelli Prologue:
Once Dominic heads off to find Francois what do you do?

6th Generation Cappadocian | Bloodpool: 29/30 | Willpower: 7/7

Lorenzo Cappelli Prologue:
Not a lot too do, with Dr. Benne wanting my to convince Sergei that it was not a vampire, I'm not going to press anything to see the new body. That being said, until something else comes up, I will return home and continue my research.

Shadow's Status

Lorenzo Cappelli and Michael Santo Prologue:
Michael you shake hands with the Councilor and agree to a meeting time then step into your Gondola and push off for your next destination. Rain begins to fall lightly making the trip a bit miserable but you finally arrive at your destination.

Just as you sit down to contemplate what to do with the rest of your day Dr. Cappelli there is a knock on your door.

6th Generation Cappadocian | Bloodpool: 29/30 | Willpower: 7/7

Lorenzo Cappelli and Michael Santo Prologue:
Not expecting any other guests, Lorenzo quickly cleans up and hurries from his laboratory, calling out "I will be just a moment. Who's there?"


Michael shouts from beyond the door to beat the sounds of the rain
"Dr. Cappelli it is Michael Santos may I enter?"

Shadow's Status

Lorenzo, the Michael Santo post us for you to check.

6th Generation Cappadocian | Bloodpool: 29/30 | Willpower: 7/7

Lorenzo Cappelli and Michael Santo Prologue:
"The door is locked, Michael. I will be right there." A few moments later, Lorenzo opens the door. "Good day, Signore Santo. What can I do for you today?"

Sergei Volkov:
I want to try to find that guardsman that we bribed handsomely the other night. I realize this might take until night time, but thats ok.

Shadow's Status

Sergei Volkov Prologue:
Good idea! Make a one Charisma + Carouse roll for each hour you spend searching, difficulty 7, it will take 10 successes to figure out his name and get an idea of where to find him.

Shadow's Status

Andrew the Hardy Prologue:
As the search for Pietro Giovanni continues the overcast sky begins to release drizzle. The drizzle is followed by a steady stream of rain. While Federico and Brice look miserable you and Donnach smile - now it feels like you are home!

Sergei Volkov:
I am spending 2 xp to get a dot of carouse, lol.

4d10 ⇒ (3, 1, 4, 10) = 18 hour 1
4d10 ⇒ (10, 5, 7, 4) = 26 hour 2
4d10 ⇒ (10, 2, 10, 9) = 31 hour 3
4d10 ⇒ (8, 9, 8, 6) = 31 hour 4
4d10 ⇒ (3, 5, 8, 7) = 23 hour 5


Michael Santos, Dr Cappelli:

"Good Day Dr. I just wanted to stop by and setup the funeral arrangements for Hans. I would like to give him his last rights for his family and see to it he gets a proper burial."

6th Generation Cappadocian | Bloodpool: 29/30 | Willpower: 7/7

Lorenzo Cappelli and Michael Santo Prologue:
"That would seem to be a perfectly reasonable request, Signore Santo, but would that not be a more appropriate request to make of an undertaker? Please let me know with whom you have made arrangements, and I will be happy to have Hans's body delivered there...unless you prefer to take him with you now."

Michael Santos, Dr. Capello:

"perhaps that would make a great deal of sense. Yet I am unfamiliar with the process of death would you happen to know of an undertaker who would assist?



"Like tha Highlands ehh Donnach, though I had hoped tha rain might wash tha stench from tha air, yet it seems tah help!"

Laughs tremendously, pulls his flask

"Shall we fortify ourselves?"

Shadow's Status

Sergei Volkov Prologue:
Please update your profile to reflect the XP spent by Katriana and Sergei.
After hours of beating the now rain soaked streets you finally have a name. Paolo Crenetti. His shifts vary from week to week. It seems he is not an actual man on the Doge's payroll but a mercenary who sometimes assists the guards and he is easily bought. Finding him on patrol is a matter of being out when he is out.

Shadow's Status

Andrew the Hardy Prologue:
"Aye", Donnach grasps the flask and takes a swig smiling and laughing.
Finally after hours of searching Brice exclaims, "Found it!"

You and your companions step onto the slick cobblestones and head up a set of elegant stairs to a very well appointed building, it seems the undertaker business is quite good. Brice heads up with you to stand in the alcove as you knock on the front door and wait for an answer.

Shadow's Status

Lorenzo Cappelli ONLY:
The most prominent undertakers you know of are the Giovanni's. Other people in the business Michael would need to find through a referral from local clergymen.

6th Generation Cappadocian | Bloodpool: 29/30 | Willpower: 7/7

Lorenzo Cappelli and Michael Santo Prologue:
"The most prominent undertakers in the city are the Giovanni family. I can make arrangements to send Hans's body to them if you would like. If the Giovannis are not to your liking, I would suggest you seek out the local clergy. They would be able to refer you to someone different."



Pays the gondala driver including a handsome tip....

"We might be awhile, yer welcome tah wait err tah stop back by yer call."

Joins Donnach in the alcove
"Yah think hes fer waitin?"

Andrew shrugs his shoulders.

Michael Santos and Dr cappellI:

"if you recommend the business of Giovannis they I am content. I am all about building business relationships with most trusted sources and you''ve come highly recommended already so I trust your judgement. I would greatly appreciate you arranging it I will inform his next of kin. Good day doctor.

Storyteller shadow:

going to thesing's for food and drink

Shadow's Status

Michael Santo Prologue:
The rain still coming down hard you get back into your Gondola and head to Greetings. You see a few people scampering along the streets but very few other Gondolas out in service. Rain is bad for business.

Grimacing at the money you are losing you dock in front of Greetings and head to the Tavern. You see behind the bar Giuseppe one of Gunther's long time employees. He looks at you curiously and asks, "Are you with Mr. Kestral's party Mr. Santo?"

Michael storyteller:
do I know Mr. Kestral?
"No, I am not but can you tell me more about this affair that is going on. Parties like this is usually good for business and can he profitable for all who are involved Michael flips the employee a coin

Shadow's Status

Michael Santo Prologue:
Giuseppe accepts the coin and slips it in his pocket. "All I know is if you are not invited you can't drink here or stay here, invitation only. If you are looking for Signore Thesing he is home, you can go knock on his door".
You have never heard of Mr. Kestral.

Michael Santos and storyteller shadow:

"is this a formal affair or just some people getting together? What time did it start ?
I may try to sneak in if it's not a formal affair they if it's been going on a while I will try to sneak in. Under the pretense that I had no idea it was a formal affair and Giuseppe was helping a drunken patron and I just waltz in unaware.

Shadow's Status

Michael Santo Prologue:
"It started yesterday and will go on for weeks. That is all I know. Please if you need to know more information discuss it with Signore Thesing as I will have to ask you to leave now." There is no one else in the Tavern besides you and Giuseppe.

Michael Santos:

Michael takes his leave to see Thesing to inquire about this party

Shadow's Status

Michael Santo and Gunther Thesing Prologue:
Michael striding back out into the rain again you knock on Gunther's front door and await an answer.

Gunther you hear a pounding on your front door. Both your wife and daughter are out of the house.

Katriana Volkov:
I will make my way to Greetings once night falls.

6th Generation Cappadocian | Bloodpool: 29/30 | Willpower: 7/7

Lorenzo Cappelli Prologue:
Lorenzo will make a quick trip over to one of the Giovanni mortuaries and set up arrangements for transport of Hans's body for funeral arrangements.

Gunther Thesing prologue

Storyteller Shadow wrote:
Gunther you hear a pounding on your front door. Both your wife and daughter are out of the house.

Ever since making that arrangement with Mr. Kestral, Gunther had planned on utilizing his 'extra free time' to his advantage... finishing up some projects around the house, spending time with his wife and daughter, and maybe even getting some much-needed rest.

The loud pounding on his front door would grant him none of those things.

Angrily, Gunther gets up to answer the door.

"What?! Who is it?!, Gunther asks in a huff.

Michael Santos and Thesing:

"Gunther It's Michael open up"
Michael waits patiently in the rain

Shadow's Status

Lorenzo Cappelli Prologue:
Lorenzo you head out in the rain getting absolutely soaked in the process. Because teh rain is falling so hard the Gondaliers are simply not out, it is not worth them getting soaked when there will be very few fares available.
Cursing your ill luck you are forced to take the long way to arrive at the Giovanni mortuary.
As you hurry towards the alcove you see three figures already standing there. Two of the them are obviously foreigners based on their clothing, northmen you would wager as one is wearing a kilt and both have long hair which is not currently the trend in Venice. The third man is a young Venetian and there is something familiar about his face...

Shadow's Status

Andrew the Hardy and Lorenzo Cappelli Prologue:
Donnach knocks on the door again getting impatient at the long wait. Andrew you turn to scan the streets and you see a man heading towards you wearing a heavy coat to protect himself from the rain.
Andrew and Lorenzo please describe yourselves to one another.



The man in front of you has a fine over-coat and a shirt he has obviously acquired in the city of Venice as the ruffles stand in sharp contrast to his kilt.

His right leg is deformed in such a way as implies an agregeous injury, a cane compensates for his current immobility.

He wears a ring on his right hand, a broad belt with a coinpurse.

He also has a dirk on his belt, and is drinking from a flask.

"Someone else either seeks shelter or hast business within."

Shadow's Status

FYI Lorenzo you may open Andrew's spoiler as you are now in the scene together.

6th Generation Cappadocian | Bloodpool: 29/30 | Willpower: 7/7

Andrew the Hardy and Lorenzo Cappelli Prologue:
The man approaching you is shrouded in a fine, dark, ankle-length coat with a hood pulled up over his head in a feeble attempt to keep some part of his body dry.

Arriving a the door of the mortuary, the man pulls down his hood to reveal a clean shaven man with dark hair and pale skin. Upon closer inspection of his clothing and bearing, it is easy to assume that the man comes from a wealthy family.

Looking at the man's face his grim demeanor is obvious.

"Excuse me." he says trying to get to the door.

Shadow's Status

Lorenzo Cappelli and Andrew the Hardy Prologue:
As Lorenzo reaches the landing the door opens. Standing in the doorway is an elderly man easily in his late seventies he sways slightly and uses a cane to prop himself up.
"Good day gentlemen. What business do you seek here?"



"I am Lord Andrew ths Hardy, Lord of Moray, this is Donnach. We seek some title to lands near a small pipeweed farm on tha mainland, tha owner o that land informed us that tha family Giavonni has title to tha connected lands. I had hoped to acquire nuff tah expand tha farm to a business rather tha a hobby fer tha farmer."

"I hast a sample iffen yer inclined tah smoke."

"I know not tha business o this gentleman."
Points at the newcomer.

6th Generation Cappadocian | Bloodpool: 29/30 | Willpower: 7/7

Lorenzo Cappelli and Andrew the Hardy Prologue:
Lorenzo thinks to himself, Definitely a Scotsman...I can not imagine there are many of his kind here, so this must the one who visited the warehouse last night...

"Good day, Signore. I am Dr. Lorenzo Cappelli. I have come to make funerary arrangements for a body that is currently left in my charge."

Lorenzo Cappelli and Andrew the Hardy Prologue


"A Doctor you say! I had been meanin tah look one up since mah own phsician is so far away, any chance yah thinks mah leg will heal intah more a human bent an less a dog?"

6th Generation Cappadocian | Bloodpool: 29/30 | Willpower: 7/7

Lorenzo Cappelli and Andrew the Hardy Prologue:
"Perhaps, but I have other business to attend to first, as you do if I am not mistaken."

Shadow's Status

Andrew the Hardy and Lorenzo Cappelli Prologue:
The man clears his throat. "Dr. Cappelli. Yes I have heard your name before you make make whatever funeral arrangements you want to with me. As for you Lord of Moray you will need to meet with someone else if you wish to procure land from the Giovanni family. Pietro is away for the day but will return in the evening. If you wish you may come inside and wait or return later. In either case please all of you come in this weather is dreadful today you may wait here until the storm breaks".
The old man steps back into the parlor which has plain looking plaster walls. Stepping beyond the parlor and through the double doors though the main entrance of the building has a very different look. Marble floors are polished spotless. Beautiful oil paintings adorn the walls all pictures of prominent men. The farther back in the hall you walk the older the paintings appear to be.
The entranceway has several small alcoves wherein these pictures rest. Next to each alcove is a set of three chairs and a desk, six alcoves with six pictures in total. It would appear that business is slow as no one else is here.
Through the north is a second set of double doors which are closed.
The old man sits at a desk near this door and looks at Lorenzo.
"Very well then. What is the name of the deceased and who will be responsible for his burial? Are you looking for a ceremony with a priest to oversee it or will a simple spot in the mortuary be sufficient?"

Lorenzo Cappelli ONLY:
Lorenzo it is likely that this is indeed the Scotsman you are looking for as the man who looked so familiar to you is Federico, one of your brothers employees. The young man looks quite nervous and has not looked towards you at all.

6th Generation Cappadocian | Bloodpool: 29/30 | Willpower: 7/7

Andrew the Hardy and Lorenzo Cappelli Prologue:
"Sadly, I know little about the man. The only name I have for him is Hans. As to the responsible party, that would be Michael Santo. I believe a spot in the mortuary would be sufficient, though the man's employer, Signore Santo would prefer that he is at least given last rites with Hans's family in attendance."

While waiting for the old man's response, Lorenzo turns in the direction of the man with Andrew, giving him a knowing dispationate look.

Turning again to Andrew, "Please forgive the imposition, but I was wonding if your man may be able to help me with something for a moment."

Gunther Thesing and Michael Santos:


Looking somewhat perplexed, Gunther rushes Michael inside from the rain.

"Michael, come in, come in. Get out of that nasty weather and dry off."

Closing the door quickly, Gunther guides Michael with a firm hand upon his shoulder towards the hearth.

"Get the chill out of your bones... then you can tell me what the matter is."

Michael Santos and Thesing:

Michael shuffles into the house out of the depressing rain.
"I stopped by the Inn to to get the usual only to be rejected. I see there was a party going on, anything of an interesting nature going on in there?

Andrew the Hardy and Lorenzo Cappelli Prologue


"Thank you fer yer hospitality."

"We should like tah wait in tha chapel iffen yah has a public one in yer place."

"I am certain Donnach would be willin tah lend a hand, he has reported some boredom today and would welcome tha distraction, though he might require payment in ale o whiskey."

Donnach moves to help

Gunther Thesing and Michael Santos:


"Stand by the fire and warm yourself a moment. I will be right back."
Gunther heads into the other room for a moment and returns with a dry towel and a bottle, something he knows Michael will enjoy. He pours him a drink, hands it to him and places the towel aside.

"Here you are... your usual. Now, to answer your question my friend, the Inn and Tavern have been reserved for a private party for a couple of weeks. It is strictly a business arrangement, so unless something is missing, stolen, damaged, or destroyed beyond repair, there should be no need for concern."

Thinking a moment...
"Is there something I should be made aware of?"

Michael and Thesing:

Michael takes a drink to warm him up "No nothing to be alarmed about. Just interested in the clients which will will be partying. I will have my men stationed round the inn for those that would like to roam the city while they are jot partying. But I am always in the business of meeting people to venture into other profitable avenues. Just wanted to know anyone I should look out for."

6th Generation Cappadocian | Bloodpool: 29/30 | Willpower: 7/7

Andrew the Hardy and Lorenzo Cappelli Prologue:
"Thank you, kind sir." Lorenzo says to Andrew. "Come along then, this should not take too long." he says to Donnach.

Lorenzo Cappelli Prologue:
Once outside and out of earshot of Andrew, Lorenzo looks at the man and asks, "Well which is it, Federico or Donnach? I hear reports that your friend visited the warehouse last night and Dominic has confirmed that he has no Scotish clientele. What is your plot? Please do not try anything foolish, my whereabouts are currently well known and my brother has been alerted as well."

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