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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Durdona Checheg v20 wrote:
Geoffori I hope things get better. I can imagine some pretty awful stuff, and i hope none of it happened to you.

Sorry for the vagueness. My pup passed away. I didn’t want to make a big fuss, but I belatedly realized that leaving it vague made it more of a fuss.

Shadow, whenever you’re ready. I’m in no hurry, I’m not really in a gaming mood atm


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Geoffroi de Clairvaux wrote:
Durdona Checheg v20 wrote:
Geoffori I hope things get better. I can imagine some pretty awful stuff, and i hope none of it happened to you.

Sorry for the vagueness. My pup passed away. I didn’t want to make a big fuss, but I belatedly realized that leaving it vague made it more of a fuss.

Shadow, whenever you’re ready. I’m in no hurry, I’m not really in a gaming mood atm

Understood Pat.

I will likely get to that update next week as I have my munchkin this weekend plus I figure another week or so for you cannot hurt.

Once again my condolences, nothing quite like losing a special pup, in some ways its worse than losing a human as they are ALWAYS there with you and for you no matter what. :-(


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Male Nosferatu 6th Generation; BP 30/30, xp saved: 33, spent 62

One of my two pups has cancer and it's near the end now. I've lost men in combat that hurt like brothers and it's just as bad I swear. We are born in a fleeting moment and all gone too soon. Only love is eternal. The love we give another passes on and on through us to our families and their families and our non blood families like a flame of eternal hope. Just hold on to that. It's what we've got


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Night Completed:

Veronica Acqua
Sister Maria
Franz Albert Capsali
Savio Ingannatore

Night Close to Done:

Bernardo Morosini
Durdona Checheg
Ranerius Bernerius

Night with At Least One more Scene:

Lorenzo Cappelli
Michele Querini
Vitaliano da Riva
Alessandro Khadaji
Geoffroi de Clairvaux
Onfroi


Generation 8th Clan Assamite (Warrior caste) Blood 11/15; Will 5/7 Temp: Potency Point

My condolences on your loss. Puppies are a big part of our lives. Too bad they don't live as long as we do. I'll give mine a good long hug in honor of your loss tonight.


That loss just struck close... a friend of mine's pup. My condolences.


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Updates tonight.


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Night Completed:

Veronica Acqua
Sister Maria
Franz Albert Capsali
Savio Ingannatore
Durdona Checheg
Vitaliano da Riva
Onfroi

Night Close to Done:

Bernardo Morosini
Ranerius Bernerius
Lorenzo Cappelli
Michele Querini
Alessandro Khadaji

Le Sigh:

Geoffroi de Clairvaux


Is there any level of familiarity between Michele and Alessandro?


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Alessandro Khadaji wrote:
Is there any level of familiarity between Michele and Alessandro?

I believe you did interact earlier on in the thread.


Female 6th Generation Brujah|Blood Pool: 18/30|Willpower: 6/6

Sorry I haven't posted in a while. Been busy with schoolwork.


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Sister Maria Bellarosa wrote:
Sorry I haven't posted in a while. Been busy with schoolwork.

I have you as "off" anyway until the next night :-)


Storyteller Shadow wrote:

Le Sigh:

Geoffroi de Clairvaux

No worries brother. I’m still getting over my grief. Plus all the cases I’m doing are on FFWD because the holidays are coming. Fun times

Thanks everyone for your words of comfort. It’s been a hard two weeks for sure


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Geoffroi de Clairvaux wrote:
Storyteller Shadow wrote:

Le Sigh:

Geoffroi de Clairvaux

No worries brother. I’m still getting over my grief. Plus all the cases I’m doing are on FFWD because the holidays are coming. Fun times

Thanks everyone for your words of comfort. It’s been a hard two weeks for sure

Glad things are getting better. I can relate to that work crunch, now that tax busy season is over everyone wants a piece of me....


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Night Completed:

Veronica Acqua
Sister Maria
Franz Albert Capsali
Savio Ingannatore
Durdona Checheg
Vitaliano da Riva
Onfroi
Lorenzo Cappelli
Bernardo Morosini

Night Close to Done:

Ranerius Bernerius
Michele Querini
Alessandro Khadaji

Le Sigh:

Geoffroi de Clairvaux


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Bernardo, based upon where we left off, I assume you head to sleep for the night, a guest of the Cappadocian and I assume you DO NOT wander about. Take 1 more XP for the end of the night.

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Ranerius has maybe one more post left.

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Alessandro and Michele maybe have a few more passes then we are set to move on to the next night! And the NEW thread :-)


Seriously, you want 5 x 10s? I only roll 5 dice!


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Alessandro Khadaji wrote:
Seriously, you want 5 x 10s? I only roll 5 dice!

Considering I'm hiding the door with Obfuscate 7, that's a gift...


Storyteller Shadow wrote:
Alessandro Khadaji wrote:
Seriously, you want 5 x 10s? I only roll 5 dice!
Considering I'm hiding the door with Obfuscate 7, that's a gift...

And, I'm honored I'm worth hiding from... instead of just being snuffed. Bonus!


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Alessandro Khadaji wrote:
Storyteller Shadow wrote:
Alessandro Khadaji wrote:
Seriously, you want 5 x 10s? I only roll 5 dice!
Considering I'm hiding the door with Obfuscate 7, that's a gift...
And, I'm honored I'm worth hiding from... instead of just being snuffed. Bonus!

;-)


Generation 8th Clan Assamite (Warrior caste) Blood 11/15; Will 5/7 Temp: Potency Point

Sorry friends. I've had a week that kicked my rear. I'm doing my best to catch up, and try to have a post up by the end of today (Wednesday). I just wanted to let my games know I'm alive and kicking the week back as best I can.


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Durdona Checheg v20 wrote:
Sorry friends. I've had a week that kicked my rear. I'm doing my best to catch up, and try to have a post up by the end of today (Wednesday). I just wanted to let my games know I'm alive and kicking the week back as best I can.

No worries, you are done for the night anyhow.


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Night Completed:

Veronica Acqua
Sister Maria
Franz Albert Capsali
Savio Ingannatore
Durdona Checheg
Vitaliano da Riva
Onfroi
Lorenzo Cappelli
Bernardo Morosini
Ranerius Bernerius

Night Close to Done:

Michele Querini
Alessandro Khadaji

Le Sigh:

Geoffroi de Clairvaux


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Alessandro and Michele should be today/tomorrow.

After that, I will be posting up the new nights for everyone on Saturday. These new posts will be in the NEW thread:

Venice by Night - V20 Vampire the Dark Ages

ONLY Geoffroi will remain in the old thread as I believe he is still a night or two behind.

The night will begin with the following groupings:

Vitaliano and Michele,
Ranerius, Bernardo and Lorenzo,

Everyone else will begin their nights alone (though some will be with their Sires).


I was going to rename this game....'The Night That Would Not Die!!!!'

;)


sorry but have to drag it out just a little more.....


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Of course I was sick this weekend and had my daughter, between those two issues (and D&D table top Friday night), no time and no energy to move us forward. Will get to it this week (but not tonight as I have table top Vamp to run tonight).


I'm traveling... all good by me!


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Shadow ONLY:
Summon 4d10 + 6d10 ⇒ (6, 7, 5, 7) + (8, 5, 7, 2, 1, 4) = 52


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Posts are up for Everyone BUT Geoffroi in the new thread as he will remain here for a bit more time.


How speciesist


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Geoffroi de Clairvaux wrote:
How speciesist

Well, I'm rarely accused of being fair or nice :-)


I had forgotten about our meeting we set up with the sorceress for 8pm on the 30th. I’ll write in on that

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