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
Durdona Checheg v20 wrote:
Getting a post up now. The site hated me over the weekend, and I had a heck of a start to the week.

I had a few battles with the post monsters the last 10 or so days myself!


Male Vampire Gangrel

Oh hello, hello rpg
King of dice please follow me
Though nothing in this world is free
Just roll less ones, I'll pay the fee!

Just a little ditty for you military fellas who are all now doing cadence in your sleep.


Norwegian Mercenary / Aspiring Condottiero | 7th Generation Clan Tzimisce | BP 19/20 | Willpower 7/8 | Wound Level 0 | Active Effects: Auspex (Heightened Senses)

Will have post up tonight.


Shadow's Status

It just cannot be easy these days it seems. Updates early tomorrow morning, just too tired to effectively update ATM.


Male Italian (Toreador)

No worries. Better to have it a bit slow than 'fool ov typoes cuz tirde brains no work so good'


Hey there... No self deprecation, on our watch!

Kindred, bring immortal are patient if anything.

Take your time, take care of yourself and those around you.


Generation 8th Clan Assamite (Warrior caste) Blood 12/15; Will 5/7 Temp: Potency Point

Take your time.

FYI: I'll be away from good access May 23-27 (Paizo Con), and completely away May 30 - June 3 (family visiting).


Shadow's Status

Lap top now working, had a 3o minutes flurry of energy there but fading, will update from work tomorrow as I want to get this show on the road once more!


Shadow's Status

F@&#ing M&A projects....

Updates tonight.


Shadow's Status

Le sigh, just cant rally. Feeling run down updates likely tomorrow.


Shadow's Status

Alright, later this afternoon or tonight I'll get an update in again. Eberron took a while longer than I thought to unravel.


Take your time...


Shadow's Status

Finally, updates.


Shadow's Status

Vitaliano, I believe I am waiting for you to respond to my last post yes? How are you feeling?

Onfroi, you know where you are.

Everyone else is up!


Clan Malkavian Blood Pool 23/30

I'll ping you when you're up again you're a bit ahead of others.

Was the last post you sent me. Vitaliano is waiting for the Elysium to catch up to his timeline


Shadow's Status
Vitaliano da Riva wrote:

I'll ping you when you're up again you're a bit ahead of others.

Was the last post you sent me. Vitaliano is waiting for the Elysium to catch up to his timeline

OK.

Heh.

So busy lately I forgot!


Norwegian Mercenary / Aspiring Condottiero | 7th Generation Clan Tzimisce | BP 19/20 | Willpower 7/8 | Wound Level 0 | Active Effects: Auspex (Heightened Senses)

Sorry for the wait.

I wonder, can one have their head re-attached and be revived through the application of Vicissitude...?


Shadow's Status

Folks I will be returning to move the game along tonight. Tried to get to it this morning but ran out of time.

Just an FYI.


Woohoo!


Shadow's Status

Ugh, updates tonight. Think I will also have an apartment tonight and that has been eating up a LOT of time the last 10 to 12 days.


Finally replied. Sorry for the long wait, lots of crap going on


Shadow's Status

I finally have a place to live. Next six weeks will have further interruptions due to moving and work.

By the end of July this upheaval should be over. Thanks for your patience!


Norwegian Mercenary / Aspiring Condottiero | 7th Generation Clan Tzimisce | BP 19/20 | Willpower 7/8 | Wound Level 0 | Active Effects: Auspex (Heightened Senses)

Congratulations on the living space!


Shadow's Status

Hey folks, Father's Day today was great but long so feeling a bit beat after a grueling two weeks. I have one more long day at work tomorrow and an airport pick-up and a graduation on Wednesday morning. Wednesday night I should be re-energized and will get things started up that night.


Storyteller Shadow wrote:
Hey folks, Father's Day today was great but long so feeling a bit beat after a grueling two weeks. I have one more long day at work tomorrow and an airport pick-up and a graduation on Wednesday morning. Wednesday night I should be re-energized and will get things started up that night.

I've had a week or two of work crazy!


Shadow's Status

Sorry guys, had to take down some stuff in the old house and still packing, going to push off updates until Sunday night. Apologies for the further delay.


Focus on the task at hand! We are here. Heck, I was gone for two years! All Benne's fault, no doubt.


Shadow's Status

Updates at the end of the week, just can't catch a f**!ing break these days...


DO NOT STICK FINGERS IN CAGE

All the feels, brother. All of them


Generation 8th Clan Assamite (Warrior caste) Blood 12/15; Will 5/7 Temp: Potency Point

Take care of yourself.


Male Italian (Toreador)

We'll leave the light on for you, like Motel 6

or is it Hostel VI?


Shadow's Status

All, my move will be complete this Sunday, that day or the day after I will start the game back up again, till then, continued pause.

My apologies for the continued delay but too much to do and too little time to do it!


Generation 8th Clan Assamite (Warrior caste) Blood 12/15; Will 5/7 Temp: Potency Point

Take your time. As a heads up I'll be away from good computer access July 11-22.


Since I am helping him Sat I will make sure he gets it done...


Mood Music!


1 person marked this as a favorite.

Well I helped StorytellerShadow finish the nove... the couch almost killed us....but we did it ..


Male Nosferatu 6th Generation; BP 25/30, xp saved: 15, spent 60

I got my dream retirement home and paid large gumbas to come move for me. I am fifty now and I won't move ever again without big gumbas doing it for.me


Generation 8th Clan Assamite (Warrior caste) Blood 12/15; Will 5/7 Temp: Potency Point

At least you survived the deadly couch.


Male Ventrue 8 Generation 15/15 BP

Really, listen to Onfroi.
Next time get your Ghouls to do the heavy lifting.
Or at least pick up Potency if you insist on handling things yourself.


Durdona Checheg v20 wrote:
At least you survived the deadly couch.

I am starting to wonder if Storyteller did survive...haven't heard from him lately..,let me text him.,.


A Update....got in touch with Storyteller...he got slammed at work and in personal life...he said he will try to post this weekend...


All the best! Ready when he is!


Male Italian (Toreador)

YEs, glad he's okay


Shadow's Status

Checking in RL has just been impossible lately. Hope to be back next week.


Storyteller Shadow wrote:
Checking in RL has just been impossible lately. Hope to be back next week.

Check-ins are welcome! Sirrah!


Clan Malkavian Blood Pool 23/30

I feel yah SS, I've had a rough week. Between letting myself be super distracted by the release of a game, depression has been hell and kept me from the online forums so I'm almost a week behind on everything.


Male Ventrue 8 Generation 15/15 BP

One of those with RL-contact to Storyteller able to give us an update?

Based on the Status thread, I think it was vacation next week, so sometime the week after maybe? Or the one after?(I know I get buried in work if I'm away for a week...)

What I'm saying, it may be easier to make it an official hiatus and say it's picked up again middle of September or so?
Then Storyteller can let things calm down a bit without feeling pressured to do something that should be fun.


Definitely, no pressure... I'm here.

Heck, he let me come back after a two year hiatus.

All love!


He said maybe during his vacation..so maybe next week...


Female 6th Generation Brujah|Blood Pool: 16/30|Willpower: 6/6

Still here. :)

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