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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SS is suffering from burn out...just give it some time.


Male Ventrue 8 Generation 15/15 BP

As said, no hurry at all.
Was just looking for an update, and maybe suggest to set a date in the future, rather than him hurrying up and trying to force himself to update when he first has some time in theory.


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

I'm still here.


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

Still here as well.


Clan Malkavian Blood Pool 23/30

~is still around~


Male Italian (Toreador)

Still here. And I got no stones to cast in my glass house :)


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

It's summer it always is slower for gaming


Shadow's Status

Hi Folks, sorry for the long absence had to figure out a number of things in RL.

Though I am dropping from a number of games I run and play in, I will continue this game.

Look for updates (for sure) this coming week.


Shadow's Status

Sorry for that further delay there folks, I can't seem to get things to settle down well enough plus my "posting muscles" are atrophied :-)

NO child tomorrow. NO girlfriend at the moment (I believe we are officially done but she is lingering around trying to decide what she wants given my current position on the status of the relationship), no work tomorrow. That means I think I can actually move us forward once more!

Today though there is too much to do. Look for an update post from me tomorrow.

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Due to the long break, can people who are still here sound off?

Anyone who is gone will be converted to an NPC as I do not wish to delay the pay off on this chapter any longer, it's gone on for years longer than I first planned for it. Once that is done, I am not sure if we should start a new thread or stay with this one, I'll poll you all at that point in time.

Glad to be getting back to this one, I missed it :-)


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

Still here!


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

Still here.


Vini vidi vici, Habibi!

(that should take care of the Italian and Arabic sides)


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Male Ventrue 8 Generation 15/15 BP

The Ventrue are not converted into mere pawns that easily.


Female Vampire Tremere Courtesan

Still here...


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

Here!


Male Italian (Toreador)

Here.


Clan Malkavian Blood Pool 23/30

Here


Shadow's Status

I know that Bernardo and Michele are also both on board.

I believe that Geoffroi will need to be NPC'd for now.

That just leaves Einar and Savio unaccounted for.

So about 10 of you are here and ready to go.

I was planning on writing yesterday but my schedule got a bit messed up (I know shocker). I will try and get things off of the ground later this evening. Will take a bit of time as I need to refresh my recollection on a few things.

I plan on simply end all current interactions and advancing the night (I know it just started for most of you) forward to get us close to the end of this chapter (finally).

FYI, I have no plans to re-recruit again for this game even if we do lose PCs as 7 to 10 is more than enough anyway. I ran tha game with all 13 clans represented for years and it has bogged me down too much so going forward I don't want that to happen.

My posting load is much lighter than it used to be so we should move along at a good click from now on.

:-)


Done if the recruitment thread end up looking good, there is so much variety... It's difficult to curb ones enthusiasm (and not apply)!

Crazy times! I think it speaks a lot to the content and community, industry in general.

Welcome back! Pace yourself, my friend!


Shadow's Status

OK, updates for all 14 active players. Hopefully everyone checks back in.


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

I'm here. :)


Male Lasombra 6th Generation Max Blood Pool /Current: 30/30

I'm here


Male Lasombra 6th Generation Max Blood Pool /Current: 30/30

Don't know if last post took, but i am here.


Shadow's Status

Great, that is just about everyone then.

All posts are up, respond at will! :-)


Male Italian (Toreador)

Ha! I have forgotten SO much. :o


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

This is going out to all the games I'm either playing in or running: I'm in the path of Hurricane Dorian, so I'll be battening down the hatches and preparing for the worst.

I'll try to post updates in the games I run on Monday. If I'm holding anyone up in the meantime, please go ahead and bot me.


Male Italian (Toreador)

Yikes. God Bless, Good Luck, Positive Vibes..whatever form you like best- hope all goes well for you.


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

Take care of yourself. Maria.


Clan Malkavian Blood Pool 23/30

Apologies if I slow things down. I may not be able to post til around Tuesday. I managed to slam a rubber mallet down on my right index finger hard enough to separate skin from muscle. So, it's difficult to type.

Thankfully it didn't do any crazy damage but still very sensitive.


Shadow's Status

Geoffroi and Einar both have yet to check in. As neither is currently in scene with a PC, I will give them two weeks to check in. If they do not, I will BOT their storylines and treat them as NPCs.

Barnardo:
Sorry that also puts you on a bit of a delay. Hpwever, if Einar is botted I will be able to fairly quickly bring you to Venice proper and insert you into the next night really anywhere.


Shadow's Status

Sister, let's play that scene with Durga Syn in spoilers once you have power back form the storm. For now, I will have you come back down into the main room in Elysium to keep things moving along.


Shadow's Status

I do so enjoy re-introducing NPCs to PCs several years later... :-)


Shadow's Status
Storyteller Shadow wrote:

Geoffroi and Einar both have yet to check in. As neither is currently in scene with a PC, I will give them two weeks to check in. If they do not, I will BOT their storylines and treat them as NPCs.

** spoiler omitted **

Awesome, Geoffroi is back! :-)

Just one more hold out then.


Female Vampire Tremere Courtesan

Okay refresh my memory who is this Michael fellow that just spoke to me...?


Shadow's Status
Veronica Acqua wrote:
Okay refresh my memory who is this Michael fellow that just spoke to me...?

Michael is the Childe of Radek (Mistress Fanchon's opponent for the Inner Circle seat) who approached you a few evenings ago (in game) asking that you convince your Sire (Mistress Fanchon) to withdraw her petition for the Ineer Circle seat as he (and his family) will die if Radek loses. Or at lest that is what he believes.


DO NOT STICK FINGERS IN CAGE
Storyteller Shadow wrote:
Storyteller Shadow wrote:

Geoffroi and Einar both have yet to check in. As neither is currently in scene with a PC, I will give them two weeks to check in. If they do not, I will BOT their storylines and treat them as NPCs.

** spoiler omitted **

Awesome, Geoffroi is back! :-)

Just one more hold out then.

I had a summer like yours. Just getting back myself. Hope I can keep the posting up


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

Well I would have posted tonight except a storm rolled in and the computers had to be shutdown


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

Glad to see you're still around. I was beginning to fear you had suffered the "Story linked with Lorenzo" curse. I'll hold off on posting further until you get a chance to do so.


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

What sort of roll would it be to see if I can identify the super-pretty Cainite?


Shadow's Status
Sister Maria Bellarosa wrote:
What sort of roll would it be to see if I can identify the super-pretty Cainite?

Define identify :-)

Your character has definitely not seen him before.


Male Ventrue 8 Generation 15/15 BP

Maybe she has seen the statues before...and knows who they represent?
As a Lay Sister....


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

Onfroi heads up for the vote after his sires nod then thanks. Let me know when I arrive


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

Capsali is right--do I recognize the statues the Cainite resembles?


Shadow's Status
Sister Maria Bellarosa wrote:
Capsali is right--do I recognize the statues the Cainite resembles?

Ah. Yes. Michael the Archangel....


Male Italian (Toreador)

Sorry, folks. Busy week. I may not catch up till this weekend


Shadow's Status

No worries, I was run down last week and just too damned busy this weekend to get to posting, updates in a few minutes.


Shadow's Status
Storyteller Shadow wrote:

Geoffroi and Einar both have yet to check in. As neither is currently in scene with a PC, I will give them two weeks to check in. If they do not, I will BOT their storylines and treat them as NPCs.

** spoiler omitted **

OK, Einar has not checked in. I am officially DMPCing him. If he wishes to re-enter the campaign, I will do so once this "Chronicle" ends as I want to move things along.


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

Work kicked my butt for the last week or two. End of Federal Fiscal year sucks. Hopefully my posting will get back to a more consistent one.


Shadow's Status

Sorry for the slow 10 days there. Will try to get back to daily posting starting today!

I find that if I slack off for a few days the struggle to back to it creates a bit of writer's block. Interesting times are ahead I promise :-)


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

Goodness, I can sympathize with that. :(

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