About Andrew the Hardy, Lord of Moray
“Andrew Moray” for short.
Human for now
Blood Pool 20 / 4 points/turn
Physical (5) Strength 2 - Dexterity 3 - Stamina 2
Social (3) Charisma 2 – Manipulation 2 - Appearance 2
Talents (13): Alertness 3, Athletics 1, Brawl 3, Dodge 3, Empathy 2 , expression , intimidation, Leadership 1, Legerdemain, subterfuge
Skills (9): Animal Ken 1, Archery 2, Commerce, Crafts , Melee 2, Performance , Ride 1, Stealth 2, Survival 1
Knowledge (5): Academics 1, Hearth Wisdom 1, Investigation 1, Law 1, Medicine 1, Occult , Politics 1 , Seneschal, Theology
Linguistics merit: Languages of Scotland (Gaelic/Scots), English, Italian, French
Virtues: (7)(all start at 1)
Conscience 3, Self Control 4, Courage 3
Withered Leg (3)
For whatever reason, one of your legs does not work as well as the other. You move at half normal speed.
Laughingstock: (5) (GC)
Odd Eye: (2) (Cbk Salubri)
True Faith (7-pt Merit – VtM Core)
You have a deep-seated faith in and love for God, or whatever name you choose to call the Almighty. You begin the game with one point of True Faith; this Trait adds one die per point to all Willpower and Virtue rolls. You must have a Humanity of 9 or higher to choose this Merit, and if you lose even a single point, all your Faith points are lost and may be regained only when the lost Humanity is recovered. Individuals with True Faith are capable of performing magical acts akin to miracles, but the exact nature of those acts is up to the Storyteller.
Unbondable (3-pt Merit – VtM Core)
XP points: 15 (-5 points raise faith from 1 to 2)
Envoy (draft) consisting of:
In line to receive lands/titles
Donnach . "enjoys a good jest". Solidier . advisor . trusted friend .
Luag -"The strong silent type" . Soldier . bodyguard - servant
Name . personality . social class . role . relationship
Pietro Gradenigo (1251 – 13 August 1311) was the 49th Doge of Venice?
----unknown to companions
Suspects Inquisitors in the country
The warehouse of one Dominic Cappelli, is thought to house goods which belong to the Inquisition. A former agent disappeared while investigating (Doge's security force).
Tour of the farm and discovered the land around is owned by the Giavonni family, will attempt to contact to buy/lease lands.
The wharehouse items belonged to Michele Querini
Pietro Giovanni buying federico's land for a hefty sum transaction through the bank of venice.
Met the Inquisition and agreed to show them where I saw the body tomorrow night.
Met Xing and the French court also unable to see the Doge, Adeline, Warrane, and Quintrell
"The importance of faith to the very existence of a religious tradition is without question. It provides sustenance to the tradition through centuries of intellectual challenge, political struggle and cultural change. It can inspire, it can motivate, it can breathe life into the ailing soul. Of course, faith in the hands of the narrow-minded can be dangerous; for these individuals, faith seems to also compel judgmental and even destructive behavior. Faith can create and destroy equally.
True Faith is a rare commodity even among the religious. Faith is more than just a deeply held conviction in God (in whatever form one would revere the Almighty) that is both higher than and deeper than conventional belief; it is at the core of a believer's soul. It is the flowering of the Divine in the heart of humanity, the whisper of God in the believer's soul, the very axis of a believer's life.
Note that True Faith does not imply orthodoxy, nor is it even mere piety. We are discussing Faith in the divine, not in the Holy Office or the teachings of a particular church. Faith is an individual relationship with God, uninhibited by dogma, liturgy or hierachy. While many with Faith will be full believers of all that the Church (or any religious tradition) has to offer, one with Faith can be equally guided by her own religious conviction or inclination." -The Inquisition, WW 2020, page 63-71
The effects of Faith
Faith has a multitude of effects at even the lowest of levels. At its minimum, it can be added to a character's Willpower and Virtue rolls. In times of great need, if a character is entirely out of Willpower points, then she may call upon her Faith: Faith points can be substituted for Willpower points. When her Faith points are all gone, then she is entirely out of luck.
Faith points that are lost in this manner are regained by acts of devotion. If the use of Faith as Willpower was successful, then lost faith should be returned almost as easily as lost Willpower. If the use of Faith as Willpower was a failure, then it should require more acts of devotion on the part of the character.
Mortals with a Faith rating may bless another character. Ordination is not a necessity if the mortal has Faith. Depending upon the tradition, the form a blessing takes may vary. In the Roman Catholic tradition, the blessing usually consists of a priest making the sign of the cross (gesturing with his right hand in a cruciform gesture in the air before him) above the person being blessed, while making a short prayer - as short as "the Lord be with you."
The results of a blessing may vary from the contextual, just adding a touch of atmosphere to a game, to the 'mechanics' aspect. Roll Faith (diff 8). The number of successes determine possible effects, which are up to the Storyteller. The following list is not meant to be decisive.
1 Beneficiary "feels" better, but nothing else happens.
2 Beneficiary gains a temporary Willpower point (for one scene).
3 Beneficiary gains a temporary Willpower point plus one additional die on any one Ability roll made
4 Beneficiary gains a temporary Willpower point and two additional dice on the next Dodge or Soak (players choice) that must be made.
5 Beneficiary gains a temporary Willpower point plus three additional dice on the next Dodge or Soak (players choice) that must be made.
Blessing should not be a routine event treated with mechanistic dispassion. ("Check my ammo, gas up the jeep, bless my allies.") It should be done at a dramatic and appropriate time. If it becomes routine, then Storytellers may increase difficulty, or simply ignore this rule altogether.
Items that are blessed may be used by those without Faith as though they do have it, but usually for a limited duration. A mortal may drive off a vampire, have limited countermagick, etc.; the items carries a temporary Faith rating of one.
1 One round (whenever necessary)
Those with True Faith may attempt to heal another's wounds by "laying on hands" and praying. The power of Heaven is fickle, though, and not every wound will be healed every time.
Roll a character's Faith rating (diff 8), the number of successes indicates the number of wound levels restored. The presence of any aggravated damage automatically brings the difficulty to 9.
Characters may also voluntarily offer up their own health in return for another's health as part of their prayer: each wound level that the healer sacrifices is one wound restored in another, regardless of the wound level; aggravated damage cannot be healed in this fashion. This is in addition to any other health levels restored through prayer.
Faith healing (including sacrificial) requires the expenditure of one Willpower point.
The Faithful will find that it is much easier to draw upon their Faith on holy days: these are the days that bear some special importance to the members of the faith, typically marking a significant event in the history of the faith, where Heaven and Earth were joined. On these days, the difficulty of Faith-based rolls are lessened by 1.
Such days vary according to tradition and even country. There are a number of significant days, but be careful not to go overboard: don't expect your Inquisitor's Faith rolls to be any easier on the Feast Day of Saint Romuald! (If your character's name is Romuald, then it is another matter entirely... )
The most important day in the Christian calendar isn't Christmas. It's Easter, the center of the liturgical year; on Easter, Faith-based rolls find their difficulty lessened by 2.
Faith against Supernaturals
Faith is particularly valuable against the supernaturals. Its effects vary from the subtle to the splendid. In some cases it is predictable, but it is never mundane and never taken for granted.
Vampires are among the supernaturals who show the most visible reaction to a Faith-wielding Inquisitor. Faith can ward against a vampire, repel her or even damage her.
A mortal trying to hold a vampire at bay must extend her holy symbol toward the vampire(s). The mortal rolls her Faith rating (diff of the vampire's Willpower). The number of successes rolled determines the number of steps backward that the vampire must make. If five successes are rolled, then the vampire either flees, or if impossible, takes a (non-aggravated) level of Health damage: the pain is so great that the vampire's entire body is wracked in agony. This option differs somewhat from the one presented in Hunters Hunted; the Storyteller can determine which method she prefers.
If the mortal places his holy symbol against the vampire's body (splashes holy water, presses a crucifix, etc.), the vampire actually receives damage: the number of successes determines non-aggravated damage levels received. As an option, Storytellers may decide that five successes causes one level of aggravated damage.
Note that in standard Vampire chronicles, the vampire rolls his Willpower against the mortal's Faith, and the number of successes determines the number of steps forward that may be taken. In a fame with combined mortals/vampire players, then Faith and Willpower are opposing rolls; the combatant with the most successes wins the conflict.
Ghouls, incidentally, have no problems entering holy ground other that perhaps a slight shiver of apprehension.
Faith, when wielded against werewolves, has less dramatic an effect than against vampires. Instead of causing them physical damage, or even holding them at bay, it seems to check the might of their bestial powers. A werewolf who wishes to kill an Inquisitor may simply walk forward and do so, but any of its Rage-driven powers may be hampered.
When a mortal with Faith is confronting a werewolf, the mortal must make a Faith roll (diff of the werewolf's Rage). Each success adds tot he difficulty of the werewolf's Rage roll.
Likewise, a mortal with Faith may bring a werewolf out of frenzy. A successful Faith roll (diff werewolf's Rage) and the expenditure of a Willpower point will calm a frenzied werewolf.
Witches, warlocks and cabals of sorcerors have long infested mortal society. At times, their magick is subtle, like a whisper; other times, it is harsh, like a vulgar shout. Regardless, those with Faith are protected from those sorceries.
Inquisitors and other mortals may use Faith as a form of countermagick: each point of Faith grants the mortal one die of countermagick.
The Society of Leopold is split on the nature of wraiths: some Inquisitors feel that they are truly human spirits, while others feel that they are merely demon spirits that require the facade of a dead human. Regardless of their true origin and nature, wraiths are known to use one truly insidious ability: possession.
Mortals may be protected from such attempts at possession. A wraith attempting to possess a mortal in any fashion must roll against the mortal's Willpower. (For more information, see Wraith: the Oblivion, pp. 167-169.) If the mortal possesses Faith, then her Faith is added to her Willpower.
Mortals who are attempting to Ward a wraith may add their Faith score to their Willpower for the purpose of the Warding roll. A minimum Rites 2 score may take place of the Occult 3 that is usually required.
Exorcists who wish to drive out a possessing wraith must roll their Faith rating (diff wraith's Willpower); some form of holy symbol is necessary for a true exorcism. If a ritual is used (which will, like holy symbols, vary in nature according to the exorcist's tradition), then the Exorcist's Rites skill may be added to their Faith rating. An Exorcism will dissolve any Consort link that has been built by a wraith, which then has to repeat the process again.
Demons and other infernal creatures may be held at bay or injured in the same manner as vampires. Likewise, they may be exorcised in the same manner as wraiths.
The use of holy symbols against vampires, witches, the possessed, ghosts and other supernaturals is pervasive in hunter lore. Unfortunately, little of it is based in truth.
Ultimately, no use of Faith truly requires the presence of a holy symbol. However, most mortals, including Inquisitors, are handicapped by their belief that a symbol must be present and in use. For such mortals, holy symbols are actually a dangerous crutch. Using Faith requires that some holy symbol be present on the believer's person; if not in his hand, then around his neck, in his pocket, etc. Some uses of Faith, e.g., repelling vampires, actually requires that the holy symbol be in hand.
The actual form of a holy symbol is, of course, dependent upon one's religion.
Prayers and Rites
Spoken prayer is a sonorous Holy Symbol, the exclamation of the believer's faith in the divine. As such, prayer may be used as a holy symbol in times of need. Typically, short invocations work best: recitation of the name of Christ, Mary, the names of Allah, etc. Many Rites are so designed to be uttered repeatedly, and so are ideal for this purpose.
A mortal must make a successful Intelligence + Rites rolls to concentrate upon their prayers (diff varies - at the minimum 6, but in times of stress 7 or even 8 may be required). It makes no difference whether Rites have been committed to memory or are being recited from a breviary - unless, of course, an Inquisitor relies upon a breviary and suddenly finds it missing.
While Society records and other witch-hunter accounts refer to cases in which a supernatural was driven off without use of a holy symbol, the idea that reliance upon a symbol may be a crutch that has not yet been realized. Some hunters, throughout history, have attempted schemes as absurd as engraving miniature cruciforms on weapons, but such hunters tend to be short lived.
What happens when more than one Inquisitor with Faith operate together? Two options are possible: individual rolls and pooled Faith. Individual rolls are the most common; each individual makes his own Faith roll. However, these rolls, even if done in the same turn, are not cumulative. For example, 4 Inquisitors are combating a vampire; one Inquisitor has a Faith rating of three, and the other three Inquisitors have a Faith of one. Each Inquisitor successfully rolls against their Faith, producing among them a total of six successes. Only five would normally drive a Kindred away, or even harm them; however, because these came from different sources, they do not stack.
The Faithful may choose to act in concert and pool their Faith. This requires that all participants be members of the same religious tradition, even if they are from different denominations.
Generally, those who "pool" their Faith operate under the leadership of the member with the highest Faith, adding up all Faith rating up to double the rating of the leader.
Individuals who are particularly strong in Faith (anyone with a rating of six or more) are literally beacons in the World of Darkness and stand a step apart from other humans. They are called by many names: friends of God, the Beatifix, saints, holy men; their titles matter not - they are the advocates of Heaven on Earth, and are powerful allies in the war against the Enemy. They are living vessels of Numina.
The Beatific automatically gain the Merit Holy Aura: their aura burns brightly for anyone who can see auras. Even those who are aura-blind sense something more about these people.
The Beatific find that their very presence disrupts supernatural activity, and they have a number of powerful benefits when contending with the supernatural:
The Beatific no longer rely upon holy symbols when contending with the powers of darkness; they realize that the power of Heaven flows freely in spite of any wooden artifact.
The Beatific, on a Faith roll, can automatically sense the presence of the supernatural; by extending a Willpower point, they can determine the source, but not the exact nature.
The Beatific can see through all Levels of Kindred Obfuscate, Chimerstry and other related Disciplines or Gifts with a Perception + Alertness roll (diff level of power +3).
Vampires, wraiths and demons cannot stand to be in the presence of the Beatific. They cannot approach any closer then one foot per level of Faith that the Beatific possesses, without making a Willpower roll and expending a Willpower point, unless the Beatific specifically invites them to approach. If a Beatific approaches, then they are forced to back away.
Demons and other conjured spirits recoil from the touch of the Beatific, and refuse to touch them.
Kindred touching the Beatific with malicious intent receive aggravated damage, rolled against the Beatific's Faith Rating. However, a Beatific can though them without any difficulty, or causing them automatic damage.
Scribers Note: Faith of higher then 6 is extremely rare, and does allow some to manage miracles. While some miracles might be added later, it is suggested that the Storyteller/Room Controller determine just what miracles someone might be capable of, and what is permissible in their room.
Vampire: the Masquerade, WW2300, page 301
True Faith (7-pt. merit)
"You have a deep-seated faith in and love for God, or whatever name you choose to call the Almighty. You begin the game with one point of True Faith (see p. 272 [see below]); this Trait adds one die per point to all Willpower and Virtue rolls. You must have a Humanity of 9 or higher to choose this Merit, and if you lose even a single point, all your Faith points are lost and may be regained only when the lost Humanity is recovered. Individuals with True Faith are capable of performing magical acts akin to miracles, but the exact nature of those acts is up to the Storyteller."
True faith short version
Level One: Any character with Faith may attempt to ward off vampires by brandishing a holy symbol or uttering prayers. (This is the Hollywood cliche of the vampire being held back by a crucifix.) The person who rolls Faith against a difficulty equal to the vampire's Willpower. The number of successes indicates how many steps backward the vampire is forced to take. If no successes are scored, the vampire need not step back but may not advance. A botch indicates that the vampire may advance unhindered. Further, if the cross, Bible or other holy symbol is placed against the vampire's body, each success causes an Aggravated health level of damage, burning into the flesh.
Level Two: A mortal with a Faith rating of 2 or more may resist vampiric Dominate by spending Willpower (one point typically protects for a few turns).
Level Three: A person with a Faith of 3 or more may sense the presence of a vampire. She need not consciously try to sense a vampire's presence, but must be in peaceful, quiet surroundings - perhaps alone in thought, praying, reading Torah, meditating on the Bible, etc. The person will not sense the vampire's presence if she is preoccupied (e.g., arguing) or in a crowded, noisy place (jostled by a mob, in the midst of a raucous banquet, etc.). This ability need not be infallible; the Storyteller should let the person sense the vampire only when it is dramatically convenient. Note that the person cannot know exactly what she sense through her Faith; all that she will know is that something unclean or evil is nearby.
Level Four: The mortal may not be turned into a ghoul and is unaffected by any mind-altering Disciplines like Presence and Obfuscate.
Level Five: The person is so pure, so holy, that she can fill a vampire with self-loathing, disgust, terror, even physical pain. Any vampire hearing the person pray, preach or recite psalms, or being touched by the person, may be forced to flee immediately by any available means. A vampire who is unable to flee is reduced to a gibbering wreck, flailing on the floor and screaming, sobbing or begging forgiveness. To avoid fleeing, the vampire must either expend one Willpower point per turn or must make a Stamina roll each turn (diff 5 + their own Intelligence). That's right - the higher the vampire's Intelligence, the higher the difficulty, because the more tortured and guilty she will feel.
Road of Heaven, commonly called the Road of Heaven and known as Tariq el-Sama' to Islamic Cainites, is one of the major Roads that vampires may choose to follow in Vampire: The Dark Ages and Dark Ages: Vampire. Followers of Via Caeli attempt to control their Beast through religious devotion. They are frequently referred to as Noddists or the Faithful.
Although the primary examples of the Road of Heaven come from Christianity, any Cainite devoted to their religious beliefs can follow the Road. Islamic kindred who follow Via Caeli are usually members of the Ashirra; especially devoted Jewish and pagan kindred are also commonly on this Road.
Contents 1 History2 Rules and Practices3 Paths4 Holy Sites
Rules and Practices
The rituals and hierarchy of the Road also closely mirror religious beliefs. Christian Noddists are usually inducted onto the Road by way of the Confirmation of Blood. Communion and confession are also expected of Via Caeli's followers, as are acts of contrition. Caniites may join a congregation or become a priest, confessor, or even a respected paragon of the Road. Likewise, a kindred who falls from the Road can be excommunicated and ostericised by his fellow Noddists.
Several groups have been created from Via Caeli. Many orders of knights who fight for holy and just causes, including the Leper Knights, the Order of Chanticleer, and the Unblooded are prime examples. In a similar vein, the Mahgrib is a secret division of the Ashirra that seeks out and destroy the corrupt Cainites hidden within the sect.
Via Divinitatis (The Path of Divinity) - Considering themselves favored by God rather than cursed by Him, the Divinity followers seek control over mortals and to appeal to as many Cainites as possible to join Via Caeli. This Path is considered by many to be the most devient of the four.
Via Penaculum (The Path of Penitence) - The opposite of Via Divinitatis, Faithful who follow this path consider themselves unworthy of God, the lowest of lowly creatures in his eyes. No path takes acts of contrition as seriously, for this is the only way these Cainites see to gain enlightenment and favor in the eyes of God.
Via Vindicta (The Path of Retribution) - The zealots of the Noddists, these kindred are the wrathful Hand of God, destroying those who have offended him. Any who are considered evil or unfaithful to God must be destroyed; this unfortunately includes non-Via Caeli Cainites.
Via Dolorosa (The Path of Tears) - The martyrs of Via Caeli, these Noddists offer themselves as undead sacrifices so others do not have to suffer. They will willingly sacrifice themselves to stop any corruption caused by anything considered unholy, especially demons or other Cainites. This Path is called Tariq El-Alaam' by the Islamic kindred.