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A beast does not know that he is a beast,
and the nearer a man gets to being a beast, the less he knows it.
- George MacDonald -

Blood and Vitae

Vitae and Hunting

  • Its assumed all Kindred hunt for an average of 1 Vitae per night in their downtime, to counteract the loss of Vitae from waking from daysleep, so Vitae pools dont decrease over time by default. Players otherwise keep track of their own Vitae pools from night to night.
    • Note: If under the effect of any power or circumstance that would prevent you from casually feeding with normal mechanics, you do NOT get the nightly Vitae back in downtime; any feeding methodologies will need to account for the nightly loss.
  • A Vampire PCs player may make one hunting roll per chapter (week), using the system for feeding scenes with dice on VtR2e page 96. Dramatic failure cannot be willingly taken, and an Exceptional success instead provides the Sated condition. If a Dramatic Failure is somehow naturally rolled, contact a Narrator.
    • The vitae gained from the weekly roll can be applied throughout the week rather than all at once. For example, if you are down 2 vitae and a hunt gains 6 vitae, 2 vitae can be applied immediately and 4 remaining can be used to replenish any other losses for that week.
    • 1 vessel = 3 vitae (or 7 with a breaking point, implying the victim died).
    • You may NOT gain the bonus for extra time; it’s already assumed you’re spending several hours over the week doing your hunting.
  • Vitae gained In-Character from other PCs or ST-NPCs works normally and has no effect on hunting rolls or visa versa. You may not, however, gain Vitae from retainers or similar merits in this way; if theyre willing to provide blood to you, buy Herd.

If theres any confusion about something might be affected by this, ask a Narrator (if in a scene) or the Rules Master.

Blood Bonding

Blood bonds may only be raised by 1 step per night via traditional feeding methods (powers that apply the blood bond are not limited in this way, however).

Players are expected to give OOC notice if the scene or action has the intent to be to bond a character.

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Celebrity Devotion (TYoN)

This use can grant 1 dot of the appropriate type of merits per victim after an appropriate scene, which can change after a new scene, but does not stack with the previous one gained (so, with 3 victims, you’ll never have more than 3 dots of merits gained at a time from this Devotion). As well, these must all be mundane forms of the merits; it will not provide Embassy Status, Allies among Spirits, or Psychic Retainers, for instance.

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Coil of Quintessence

The Scales of Quintessence in the book require you to ACTUALLY have the prerequisite Coils, you can’t just pay the 1XP surcharge to buy it when you lack the prereq. Other Coils are unaffected.

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Coil of Zirnitra

Not all Supernatural Merits are appropriate for Kindred to be capable of learning, and with the base Coil alone, it does not allow Vampires to bypass their banes or to fundamentally alter certain things about them. The Coil itself is allowed and may be purchased, but the following Scales and Supernatural Merits are not currently allowed for Kindred:

  • Grafting Unholy Flesh (Scale, SotC)
  • Skin-Thief (Merit, Dark Eras)
  • Pyrokinesis and Pyrokinetic Resistance (other Psychokineses are fine) (Merit, Core)
Photokinesis is allowed, but will not affect Sunlight
  • Clear-Sighted (Merit, Vampire)
  • Laying on Hands (Merit, Core)
  • Supernatural Resistance (Merit, Hurt Locker)
  • Mind over Body (Merit, Custom Items/Powers)
  • Biokinesis (Merit, Core) is allowed but does not affect Kindred healing.
  • ‘Micro Template’ merits of any kind.

Non-Listed Supernatural Merits and Scales are assumed to be allowed, but more may be added to the list if the Storymaster Team and Rulesmaster deem them to be an issue.

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Discipline Clarifications:

Animalism

While Feral Whispers allows communication with other supernatural creatures in animal forms, it cant be used to command them.

Protean (Swarm Form)

Use the statistics in the Chronicles of Darkness 2e book, pg 121, for Trained Guard Dog to determine your swarms base physical traits. The Bite dice pool gives you your Strength + Brawl, and you can extrapolate a Brawl of 2 and Athletics of 3 if you need any other physical skills (the rest are 0).

Clarification: Downgrading Damage

The book isnt entirely all-inclusive on what gets downgraded from aggravated to lethal or lethal to bashing. So, unless a power/ability (on either side) explicitly says otherwise, the following rules apply:

  • Fire/Sunlight damage is of course not downgraded, from any source.
  • Any mundane source of aggravated or lethal damage is downgraded; extreme levels of trauma may bypass this, at Narrator discretion in a scene.
  • Direct supernatural sources that deal lethal damage (such as Nightmare 5) are not downgraded.
  • Supernatural powers creating weapons, environmental tilts, or redirecting external forces (such as Telekinesis) are downgraded normally.
  • Supernatural sources of aggravated damage are usually downgraded. Exception: Vampiric powers that say they deal aggravated damage are not downgraded unless they say so.
  • Supernatural powers that say Vampires may be immune, downgrade the damage, or otherwise suffer less harm at Storyteller discretion have that lesser effect on Vampires by default.

Clarification: Tech-Savvy

Tech-Savvy is for mundane, physical (or electronic) equipment. It cannot be used for Mystical/Occult equipment, plans, repositories, creative works, etc. It CAN be used, of course, for labs and other tools thatd grant benefits to crafting those things, but will not benefit the end product directly.

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Elders and Thousand Years of Night

  • Age will NOT be enough to make you count as an Elder, mechanically. Instead, Blood Potency 5 replaces the normal prerequisite of ‘Elder’ if not already requiring a higher amount.
  • Abilities that require X years to be taught them instead require you to have gained Blood Potency equal to the years divided by 50.

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Custom Items and Powers

Devotions


.22 Solid (Protean ��, Resilience �)

Public

This Devotion hardens the user’s flesh, and coagulates the blood in such a way as to act as “internal armor”. While few things cause lasting harm to Kindred, this Devotion takes things a step further, and makes almost everything a vampire suffers as bad as a bruise.

Cost
2 Vitae
Dice Pool
None
Action
Instant

For the remainder of the scene, every attack which would cause your character lethal damage is lessened by this Devotion. Downgrade a number of lethal damage from each such attack equal to your character’s Resilience dots. For example, if your character with Resilience ��� suffers three attacks in a turn, one for one lethal damage, one for three lethal damage, and one for five lethal damage, your character would ultimately suffer two lethal damage and seven bashing damage.Note that this is in addition to Resilience’s normal downgrading effect.\\ Aggravated damage reduced to lethal by Resilience can be further downgraded by .22 Solid to bashing damage. So, for example, if a vampire with Resilience ���� and .22 Solid took a strike causing seven aggravated damage, if she activated .22 Solid, she’d take 3 aggravated damage and four bashing damage.

This Devotion costs 1 Experiences to learn.

Dire Beast (Protean ���, Vigor ��)

Private

The Beast surges Vigor through the flesh of their beast skin, expanding and refining its form into a yet more terrible predator

Cost
+1 Vitae (atop Beast’s Skin)
Action
Reflexive (atop Beast’s Skin)
Duration
Indefinite

When using Beast’s Skin, spend an additional Vitae to grow 1 point in Size and distribute bonus Physical Attribute dots equal to half the vampire’s Protean rating (rounded up).

This Devotion costs 2 Experiences to learn.

Elder’s Potency (Any Coil or Discipline �����, Blood Potency 6+)

Public/Private
Public

Elder Kindred are well known for the potency of their Disciplines, and some manage to heighten that to a point that lesser Kindred could never manage, both increasing their presence in the world and heightening the effects of their powers.

Cost
None
Dice Pool
Per Base Coil/Discipline
Duration
Permanent

Upon purchasing this Devotion for a given Coil or Discipline, that Coil/Discipline�s rating is treated as 1 higher for all purposes; Clashes of Wills, activation pools, derived or scaling effects, and anything else are all affected, including for any Devotions or other traits that use those Disciplines. For instance, purchasing this once for Majesty causes Awe to grant +6 dice to related Presence rolls.

This may be purchased separately for any Discipline/Coil that qualifies, and may even be purchased more than once for the same Discipline/Coil, but requires a Blood Potency equal to or greater than the new effective rating of the trait in the latter case.

This Devotion costs 3 Experience for scaled Disciplines (like Physicals) and 2 Experiences for any other Discipline or Coil.

Isfet (Pseshkf, Tyet)

Private

Combining the manipulation of Tyet and the manifestation of Pseshkf, the Khaibit can take the next step into the realm of shadows by giving them a physical form.

Cost
1+ Vitae
Action
Instant

The created objects have the Khaibit�s Blood Potency in Durability and can manifest either as simple creations of size equal to the amount of vitae spent (up to a maximum of five) or as mundade tools or weapons with an equipment bonus of the same. If need be, vitae may be spent over several turns to create these larger objects. These shadow objects are able to be manipulated by the Khaibit as if they were touching the objects with their hands and exist until the end of the scene. Any weapons created this way deal 1L to physical targets (including Kindred) or the Khaibit�s Blood Potency in Lethal Damage to non-corporeal entities, including spirits and Strix. By reflexively spending another vitae, the Khaibit can change the form of the objects while maintaining their structure, durability and size/bonus.

This Devotion costs 2 Experiences to learn.

Khat (Vigor 2, Isfet)

Private

Already skilled in turning shadows into solid objects, the Khaibit goes a step further into making them into extensions of their body, new limbs to strike and defend with. When activating Khat, the Khaibit sprouts additional arms made of shadow to aid them in a fight.

Cost
2 Vitae
Dice Pool
Vigor + Wits + Brawl
Action
Instant

Roll Results

Dramatic Failure
Your arms sprout, but get in your way, penalising giving you a −2 to brawl rolls for rounds equal to your Vigor.
Failure
Your shadows fail to come to your aid
Success
Arms sprout forth from your shoulders giving you the appearance of a many-tentacled horror. You gain a bonus to your brawl equal to the number of Obtenebration devotions you know, for rounds equal to successes, turning all damage into lethal even to enemies which would normally downgrade it, but as the power is spread thin over many limbs it does not grant the bonus damage such powers normally would.
Exceptional Success
The arms grant their bonus to your defense as well as your brawl.

This Devotion costs 2 Experiences to learn.

Mask of Tranquility (Obfuscate �)

Public

The Kindred masters the art of hiding himself to such a degree that he may subvert some of the stains that undeath leaves upon his soul. A vampire who knows this power can mask his Kindred nature from onlookers, leaving them without the impression of the Predatory Aura.

Cost
None
Dice Pool
None
Action
Reflexive to activate/deactivate
Duration
Indefinite

This power involves no roll, and is considered �always on.� The character does not exhibit the Predatory Aura. Therefore, the character doesn�t even appear as a vampire to other Kindred who see him. Additionally, typical tell-tales such as lack of breath or pulse go unnoticed by other Kindred (and other observers) unless they make an effort to investigate. This does not mimic the effect of the Blush of Life, it merely causes others not to pay attention. Those who can discern auras fail to register the vampire as undead; his aura is no different from a mortal�s. Note that this power doesn�t render the user immune to Lashing Out. If the character Lashes Out or enters frenzy, the effect immediately ends.

The character may turn off this power if he wishes, but such is an all-or-nothing proposition. He may not turn off certain aspects of this power and keep others active. If a supernatural power is used to discern the character’s supernatural nature, they must defeat the vampire in a Clash of Wills or see them as a mortal, and the Kindred gains 8-again on that roll.

This Devotion costs 1 Experience to learn.

The Messenger’s Touch (Auspex ����)

Private

The kindred has practiced how to leave his own thoughts and warnings by touch, accessible to those with or without his talent in the auspex discipline depending on the kindred’s preferences.

Cost
1 vitae + 1 willpower (optional)
Dice Pool
Wits + Occult + Auspex
Action
Extended (1 round per roll, Success required: Varies)

A Kindred can record images, memories, and words on an object or place no larger than her blood potency in size. He can ‘lock’ the message to be accessible only by a specific person he at least met nominally before. (5 successes required to lock). If someone with Auspex 3 tries to access a locked message (by accident or not) it provokes a clash of wills.

The kindred can make the message last more than one activation and it requires an additional success to do so per ‘additional’ time.

The Kindred can also inflict the spooked condition on the listener by expending a point of willpower when he records the message.

This Devotion costs 2 Experience to learn.

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Miracles


Tempter’s Tongue (�)

Private
Target Number of Successes
5
Sacrament
One Snake Tongue

Kindred are called to tempt and test mortals, just as Satan tempted Eve in the guise of a serpent. The sorcerer blesses the object and it remains empowered for a number of weeks equal to the caster�s blood potency.

When the sorcerer wishes to activate the power, he simply places the serpent�s tongue under his own where it disintegrates into nothingness. For the rest of that scene, the user may add the sorcerer�s Theban dots to their Manipulation score. A sorcerer may only have one Tempter’s Tongue in existence.

Venomous Vision (�)

Private
Target Number of Successes
5
Contested/Resisted by
N/A

Snake venom is ingested either by drinking or direct injection, opening the caster to the Lord�s will and divine plan. They send up a prayer pertaining to a particular circumstance and receive a vision in answer. The caster may ask a number of Yes/No questions pertaining to a desired situation equal to the ritual’s Potency.

Drawback
The beast is stirred up closer to the surface as divine wisdom is given to the caster and it lingers close even after the sense of the divine fades. Gain the Tempted condition.

Fortitude of Faith (��)

Private
Sacrament
One page of scripture or meaningful text to the ritualist
Target Number of Successes
9

True faith brings absolute certainty and unshakeable resolve to the believer. To activate this ritual, the ritualist must tear the sheet of paper in two. For the rest of the night, the ritualist may add his Theban dots to any roll to contest supernatural attempts to manipulate their mental or emotional state. If the power is not resisted with a roll but instead has a penalty mod based on the target’s attribute add the ritualist’s Theban dots to that penalty.

The sheet of scripture crumbles to dust if not used within one week per BP of the ritualist. No more than one version of this ritual may be active any given time. This ritual does not apply to mundane attempts to persuade, influence, or frighten the ritualist. It only applies to supernatural abilities.

Martyr’s Stand (���)

Private

Sacrament: A bag of white sand

Target Number of Successes: 11

Sometimes the faithful must make a last desperate stand against the tides of evil. This miracle makes those final stands far more powerful. The ritualist blesses the sand and until the next Sunday, the sand may be used to form a barrier of protection. When the ritualist wants to activate the powers of this rite, they simply pour the sand out onto the ground. It does not need to be a continuous line. The ritualist may pour several strategically located lines. For the rest of the night, no being with a BP (or other Supernatural Tolerance) lower than the ritualist’s dots in Theban may cross that barrier. The ritual blesses enough sand to create a circle with a radius of 32 yards.

The ritualist may choose to let an ally cross the barrier unencumbered. To pass safely, the ritualist must willingly touch the individual in question as they pass. Only one instance of the ritual may be active at any given time.

Writing On The Wall (����)

Private
Target Number of Successes
10 + Potency
Sacrament
One golden chalice filled with vitae

The sorcerer fills the goblet and blesses the blood. The target of this rite must be present when it is activated. The sorcerer activates the ritual by pouring the blood out, but instead of spilling on the floor, the blood vanishes and appears in the form of writing on a wall or other prominent surface. Normally, the writing will foretell of impending doom or fortune for one member of the audience (all left up to the ST), but if the sorcerer uses their own vitae and only their vitae, they may select both the subject of the prophecy and if it is a blessing or curse.

The potency of the ritual is applied as bonus to any dice pool by the sorcerer that may advance the prophesy or as a penalty to any dice pool by the subject that opposes the prophesy. At the sorcerer’s discretion, the bonus may be applied to any allies who seek to advance the prophesy. The potency of the rite may be set in advance, but requires an extra point of vitae spent for additional point of potency. Additional successes over the target will not apply to potency.

The miracle must be activated the night it is cast and remains active for one week. The sorcerer may not choose to apply the prophecy to himself or any Kindred who donated vitae to the rite.

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Oaths


Oath of Punishment (�)

This Oath is used as part of punishment in a legal matter to enforce the punishment that the Praxis has ordered. Generally, the process of being released from custody will include this Oath. The vassal swears the Oath, admitting their guilt and agreeing to the terms of their punishment.

Effect
Once a character takes this Oath, he swears to the terms of his punishment. He�s the vassal, and must purchase the Merit. The Prince is considered the liege. From that point forward, he cannot attempt to break the terms of his oath. If he wishes to do so, he loses a point of Willpower, and takes a single level of aggravated damage as charred lashes appear across his back. Additionally, the Liege takes a single level of lethal damage, and knows exactly why he�s suffering it.
Drawback
Can not gain the benefits of any other Oaths while the Oath of Punishment is active.

Oath of Service (����)

Rather than a specific task, like Oath of Action, this Oath covers terms of service to the Invictus to whom the oath is sworn. A duration of time is chosen at the swearing of this oath and must be included in the wording of the Oath itself. Choosing a duration over a year and a day is considered bad form, though the Oath can be resworn annually. Unlike Oath of Fealty, the one swearing the oath does not have to be a member of the Invictus. Wording of the oath must include what would constitute a breaking of the oath.

Effect
The vassal gains access to one physical discipline�s dots of his Liege�s discipline.

If the term ends with neither having violated the oath, nothing happens but the benefits and the drawbacks of the oath simply end. If the vassal breaks the Oath, all his vitae mystically evaporates and it is immediately known by the Liege that the oath was broken and the current location of the vassal.

Drawback
Can only swear one Oath of Service at a time and cannot take an Oath of Action during the time frame.

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Protean Modifications


Predatory Aspects

Camouflage
By altering her skin tone and even her clothes to blend into her surroundings, the Kindred becomes more difficult to notice, granting a bonus to rolls to go unnoticed equal to her Protean dots.
Projectile Blood
Spitting blood like a Cobra, the Kindred can temporarily render their opponents blind. Spend 1 additional Vitae beyond the activation cost of this power, the Vitae is expelled from the Kindreds mouth up to a distance of Strength x 3 yards. Roll Dexterity + Athletics - Defense, with the usual targeted attack penalty, but reduce this penalty by the character�s Protean dots. Success inflicts the Blind tilt on the opponent. The tilt is resolved if the victim of this power spends an Instant action wiping away the viscous fluid. Vitae so expelled from the body is considered inert, and does not cause Vitae Addiction or any increase in the steps of a Blood Bond.
Rodent�s Anatomy
Much like a Mouse or Rat caught in a Predators grasp, you know just how to move and wiggle to make an escape. If you have this power activated while in a grapple, you may add your dots in Protean to any roll to Break Free or Escape an Immobilize. Dots granted by this power may not be applied to Take Down, Damage, or the Disarm Maneuver. This power may allow the Kindred to attempt to escape an Immobilize caused by an item such as a Zip Tie or Handcuffs, make a Dexterity + Athletics roll with a penalty depending on how advanced the equipment is. Standard Rope levies a −1 penalty while Police Issue Handcuffs impose a −3. Success frees the character from the restraint.
Unnatural Maw
Though vampires are skilled predators, human physiology means their mouths aren’t their greatest weapon. Via Protean, the vampire increases the useful radius of their bite, whether by ‘unhinging’ their jaw in the manner of snakes, growing circular rows of lamprey-like teeth or some other animalistic method. When feeding ‘Violently’, they increase their effective ‘blood taken per turn’ maximum in grappling and other situations by their Protean dots. Used outside combat, this effectively turns any feeding into ‘The Assault’ instead of The Kiss.
Venom
The Kindred can produce powerful venom glands, like a spider or a snake, that they may excrete when they bite someone or hit them with a natural weapon granted by Protean. This counts as a Poison with a Toxicity equal to the Kindred�s Protean dots. In combat it inflicts the (Moderate) Poison Tilt.
Viper’s Gift
Vipers have the ability to track their prey through proteins in their bites. This Protean modification grants a similar ability. For the purposes of tracking a bitten victim by scent (p91, Vampire), the Kindred gains a dice bonus equal to their Protean until the end of the scene. This ability also allows other vampires to be tracked in a similar fashion to mortals. If the Kindred has other natural weapons granted by Protean, they can elect to cause this effect on a successful strike.
Wolf�s Hide
Adapting his flesh to that of a Predatory Animal like a Wolf or Lion, the Kindred becomes unnaturally resilient to damage. He enjoys an armor rating of 2/0 against any bashing attacks and a rating of 1/0 against incoming lethal damage. This armor does not apply to banes that the Kindred suffers from, but stacks with any armor worn.
Wolf’s Jaw
The Kindred’s jaws, tongue and voice-box shift to match those of a werewolf. This alters their voice, giving it a harsh, gravelly quality when speaking english but allowing them to speak First Tongue normally if they have taken two dots in the Spirit Speech merit. This also allows them to make a bite attack (0L, using Brawl) without first grappling their opponent, but does not allow them to Feed in combat without grappling.

Unnatural Aspects

Long Death
The Kindred produces a powerful hemotoxin as the Beast devours the subject�s blood from within them. This poison is delivered through the Kindred�s bite, or through any natural weapons created by Protean. This poison deals Lethal damage and has a Toxicity of their Blood Potency. The damage happens once per hour up to Protean times, but never during the day. In Combat this produces the (Grave) Poison Tilt, except that the victim takes a penalty to their Stamina + Resolve roll each turn equal to the Kindred�s Protean. Vampire victims lose Vitae instead of taking damage while Ghouls lose Vitae before health levels.
Monstrous Hide
The Kindred transmutes their bones and flesh, forming layers of tough leathery skin, carapace, or other natural armor. This counts as 3/5 armor with a −2 penalty to defense and a −1 penalty to speed, which does not stack with other armor (but note Resilience is NOT armor).

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Rites


Dark Consecration (�)

Public/Private
Private
Target Number of Successes
5

The Acolyte attunes herself to an area with an offering of blood, whether her own or that of a sacrifice (usually a small animal), spreading it in a circle around the outskirts of the area, which must be no bigger than a large room. At the ritual�s completion, the area becomes suffused with spiritual energy that bubbles up from nowhere, causing the location to act as a Resonant condition to any ephemera capable of making use of it for the rest of the night. Among other benefits, this allows a large portion of a typical �summoning� rite to be skipped, as no special preparations unique to the entity are needed; this lowers the target threshold of any related ritual research by the Potency of this rite.

Edesia’s Banquet (�)

Public/Private
Private
Target Number of Successes
7 + 1 for every additional point of Lacrima she wishes to transform

Edesia’s Banquet allows the Acolyte to make food or drink that vampires can consume as though it were blood. This ritual requires Mandragora Lacrima to be cooked in a cauldron over fire for the duration of the ritual. The lacrima used in the ritual can be added to food or drink during the creation process that will transform it into something the vampire can digest as though it were blood. The taste and textures remain the same as mortal food but make it palatable to kindred.

Anything created with this ritual must be consumed in the caster’s Cruac dots of nights or it will congeal and turn into a nasty mess that cannot be digested. Food made in this process is only edible to vampires and is toxic to any creature that doesn’t naturally consume blood. Additionally, vampires experience the same effects as mortals would when consuming the products (alcoholic drinks get the vampire drunk, edibles made with it make the vampire high).

There is not enough lacrima in the transformed food to satiate a vampire’s hunger or earn vitae, it simply allows them the experience of consuming food. Each ‘recipe’ requires a full point of the lacrima, so if a vampire wanted to make a meal with many courses, she’d have to transform more lacrima. Each point can make 4 portions of any given recipe (4 slices of pizza, 4 mixed drinks, 4 edibles, etc)

Blessing of Creation (�)

Public/Private
Private
Target Number of Successes
5

Creation is the providence of the Goddess and with this rite, the Kindred empowers their beast with a creative frenzy that temporarily throws the shackles of undeath away from their creativity.

Upon reaching the target number of successes the Kindred enters what can best be described as a crafting Frenzy, with the targeted goal of finishing the work they undertake while affected by the rite. Any distraction or obstacles to the work undertaken is treated like an obstacle to a normal frenzy.

The creative action (craft or expression) benefits from the Frenzy much like physical actions do normally and thus the ritualist can add their Blood Potency to relevant crafting rolls. Add the Acolyte’s Cruac dots to the maximum number of rolls that can be attempted for the project, if the roll is extended.

Mantle of the All-seeing Predator (�)

Private
Target Number of Successes
5

Enacting the ritual requires the ritualist to experiences some sensory input, enough of it that it causes a point of lethal damage or two bashing damage. Any senses is enough for the ritual to work out and then must take the experience in by healing. The cost of which counts as the cost of the ritual. Once complete, the ritualist become over come with the amount of stimuli and must spend a point of willpower to draw herself out of the stupor. Her sense are sharpened to an extreme, adding her Cruac dot to her Wits for the Evening.

Cheval (Advanced) (���)

Public/Private
Private
Target Number of Successes
7
Resisted by
Composure

It is functionally identical to Cheval. The subject of this ritual must be present at the casting, being physically touched by the ritualist, although the ritualist may also touch a third subject, and have them be the one that experiences the first target’s senses instead of themself. In addition, instead of just seeing and hearing, the vampire has access to the full range of the subject’s senses. They experience fully whatever the subject does: smell, touch, and taste and even experiencing the emotions as the target does.

Sacred Grove (����)

Public/Private
Private
Target Number of Successes
14 + 1 per additional beneficiary

An area of up to about 32 yards in radius (although it needn�t actually be a circle) — which must contain a mystical font of energy (like a locus, cenote, or ley line) — is consecrated with a sacrifice of blood, using the lingering life force to empower other magics that are practiced there for a scene. The Acolyte and each other individual she wishes to be able to benefit from the grove�s enchantment must anoint the area to be so altered with their blood; for her it�s included in the Rite�s cost, but for each other participant, at least 2 Vitae or equivalent lethal damage in blood must be used. As the ritual completes, the power builds and overwhelms the caster�s Beast; she must resist frenzy or the Rite fails and she seeks to escape the area.

For the remainder of the scene after the Rite�s completion, any other supernatural power used within the consecrated area by a participant, that�s not antithetical to Cruac�s nature (like Theban Sorcery), gains a dice bonus equal to the caster�s Cruac rating to their activation pool, and 9-again on any Clash of Wills they�re involved in for the same duration. This can include thaumaturgical rituals, a werewolf�s gifts or rites, a changeling�s contracts, or other magics, in addition to appropriate vampiric powers.

Unholy Kiss of the Seductive Beast (����)

Public/Private
Private
Target Number of Successes
8

The Acolyte must dance herself into a trance during the entire casting of this ritual and adopt the Blush of Life. She must spend a point of Willpower to rise from the exhaustion. Once cast, the Acolyte becomes the Beast as Temptress. Her allure is heightened to excruciating levels. She embodies the seductive aspect of the beast; the need for hot abandon, and a temporary escape from reality. It inspires the need for immediate, throwaway coupling. It evokes the primal need for instant gratification. For the Night, any attempt to Lash Out with the seductive beast gains her Cruac dots as a bonus to the roll. Additionally, the effects of her Kiss are greatly enhanced and any character she feeds from gains the Insensate Tilt during the feeding and the Ecstasy Condition for the rest of the night.

Ecstasy

Those affected by the Ecstasy Condition feel a loss of inhibition, with extreme euphoria, enhanced empathy and greatly enhanced touch and bodily sensations. Your character has a −2 to any rolls for perception and cannot spend willpower on any resolve + composure rolls to resist temptation. (This can be combined with the Wanton Condition). They gain the 9again quality on any action that pursues their vice or uses empathy.

Possible Sources
Being fed from by someone with the Unholy Kiss of the Seductive Beast ritual active.
Resolution
The condition ends naturally at the end of the night or can be resolved earlier on the successful roll of resolve + composure to resist temptation.

Blood Flows Freely (�����)

Public/Private
Private
Target Number of Successes
11 (+ Potency)

The Acolyte prepares a vessel of iron that�s never been used for anything but this ritual before by treating it with her own Vitae (included in the Rite�s cost), coating it with her blood and cooking it through as part of the ritual (often with fire). The blood of the target subject and donor are then added to the vessel, needing 4 Vitae from each or an equivalent amount of blood (or similar fluids); if the caster is the donor, they need only add a single additional point of Vitae. That mixture is then prepared and mixed before it�s poured slowly over the subject�s head, bathing them as completely as possible in the blood.

The donor must be a vampire, ghoul, or other character that has innate access to Disciplines, but the subject can be anyone, living or undead. If successful, the donor�s power is granted to the subject; up to 1 dot of a Discipline from the donor can be granted to the subject per point of Potency. They�re always granted starting with the lowest dot the subject lacks. Bloodline and Covenant Disciplines may not be gifted, however.

For one night per dot of the caster�s Cruac, the subject can make use of these Disciplines, but must use their own dice pool to activate them, where required; the granted Disciplines do count towards this, but only the dots actually granted. Those lacking Vitae can take lethal damage (in blood loss) instead of paying Vitae costs, although may only �spend� 1 damage per turn for this purpose (multiple turns may be used, however).

Unlike most Rites, the caster may determine the ritual�s Potency ahead of time, altering the target successes appropriately. However, in this case, any additional successes or exceptional success in casting does not add on to it.

Bloodfasting (�����)

Target Successes
22

With this warped version of a handfasting ceremony, the Acolyte is able to bind two vampires together in marriage (typically a pair of Acolytes). The ritual is performed in a sacred space, which must be a place of power or under the effect of long-lasting (at least a year) magic that blesses the area. The ceremony involves the guests, if any, forming in a circle around the couple, with the Acolyte either at the north end if officiating, or with her partner-to-be in the center, if also one of the couple. The hands of the two partners are bound together with twine crafted from the intestines of an animal that�s been sacrificed to the goddess within the past month and then soaked in blood (whether from that animal or otherwise). Vows, if any, are exchanged, along with a ring or other gift from each one to the other, and then both participants spill a point�s worth of their blood into a single vessel, drinking the combined mixture together. As they do this (or right after, if officiating her own wedding), the Acolyte calls upon the favor of the goddess to watch over the pair of them, and a kiss seals the end of the Rite.

Unlike the more politically-oriented marriages of the Invictus, this ritual automatically fails if there�s no actual love between the pair (a Vinculum doesn�t count). But if successful, this permanently (or until either somehow dispelled or willingly severed) provides the following benefits to the partners:

  • They break any existing Blood Bonds, and benefit from a third-stage Vinculum on each other for the purpose of Discipline usage and immunity to further ones. The emotional effect, however, is only as strong as a first stage Bond.
  • The two share a pool of Blood Sorcery. Any rituals that either knows can be cast by the other so long as the prerequisites are met (such as the Discipline rating). When casting a Cruac Rite specifically, if it would only target themselves, they may also extend the benefit to their partner, no matter where they are, by adding 5 successes to the ritual�s target; any duration bonus this causes benefits both.
  • This ritual can also be performed on a mortal as one of the couple, but at the apex of the Rite, the Kindred participant must drain and Embrace them, thus blessing them with the Crone�s favor right from the moment of their change. In this case, there�s one more pair of benefits: the sire rolls Detachment at her current level instead of automatically losing Humanity, and the childe-to-be gains a free dot of a vampire-specific merit the sire has for so long as the ritual lasts.

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Other Rituals


Tranquility of the Dead(���)

Public/Private
Private
Target Number of Successes
5 + size of corpse used as target
Sacrifice
Dead body no smaller than size 2

Performed on a body no smaller than a house cat this ritual rapidly decomposes it into a multitude of fungi that can be used to serve one person for a corpse of that size, plus another for every size above that. Mushrooms, slimes, and molds that can be collected from the body and then must be stored until they are ready to use. Alone the fungus is useless, but if steeped into a tea with vitae and drank by those still of this world bestows a blessing from those beyond. They feel the spirits of their ancestors at their back, and a deep mental fortitude and fatalist peace to face whatever trial is to come without fear.

When drank this magical brew bestows the person with temporary willpower points equal to the necromancy rating of the caster, that can take them above their normal rating. The vitae brew does not carry the vinculum or create vitae addiction and cannot be used to create a ghoul or the embrace, however it is addictive in its own merit and those that drink from it must make a resolve + composure - 1 roll or gain the Addicted condition towards it, which can evolve to Deprived if the addiction can’t be satisfied.

Undead Empowerment (Necromancy ���)

Public/Private
Private
Target Number of Successes
6
Sacrifice
1 willpower
Focus
Statue of a dead hero of at least Availability �� or taking 10 successes to craft by hand

This ritual manipulates the necromantic energy on an undead body, usually either a Kindred or a form of zombie, to increase their physical ability in a level proportional to the skill of the necromancer. At the conclusion of the ritual they gain temporary bonus dots they may add to any physical attributes of the target equal to their level in Kindred Necromancy. These benefits and increased ability may exceed the normal limitations of their power stat, and once cast, lasts the duration of the night.

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Scales


Blood of Kings

Public/Private
Public
Prerequisite Coil
Call to Serve (Voivode 3)
Procedure
Within a Wyrm’s Nest, the Kindred uses a specially formed alchemically enhanced set of manacles to tie himself to the ground. Both the manacles themselves and the anchoring end have a large spike in them, which must be driven into ground and flesh, dealing 1L damage to the Kindred. A line must be cut in his flesh, then, with a similarly prepared scalpel, with the wound originating at the manacles and drawing down over his forearm (another 1L damage). Finally, the Kindred must spill a number of Vitae up to the Nest’s rating into the mouth of a Torpored Vampire that he wishes to awaken.
Outcome
The energy of the Wyrm’s Nest flows into the Kindred’s blood, enhancing its potency and energizing the Vampire imbibing the arcane substance. The donor’s Blood Potency is treated as a number of dots higher equal to the Vitae spent (capped by the Nest rating, as mentioned), solely for the sake of determining if it’s potent enough to awaken the Torpored Kindred.

For instance, if a character with Blood Potency 3 uses this at a Nest of 3 dots, and spends all 3 Vitae towards this purpose, they’d count as BP6 and thus could awaken someone of Blood Potency 4 or lower.

Moment of Clarity

Private
Prerequisite Coil
Zirnitra (Unleash the Mind)
Procedure
Using a mixture of incense and various natural plants that produce a euphoric state, the Dragon boils then burns these items and captures the smoke into a small container, usually some kind of easily breakable capsule. The materials required for this Scale usually have a significant cost attributed to them (Availability 2). Once the capsule has been created, it can be broken at any time as an Instant action and the smoke inhaled to produce a sudden feeling of peace and tranquility. The effect is as if the Dragon had spent time in intense meditation.
Outcome
Once breathed in, the character gains the effect of Meditation and all benefits that it imparts, as if it had just been completed. This effect lasts for one scene.

Sanguine Empowerment

Prerequisite Coil
Embolden Potential (Zirnitra)
Public/Private
Private
Procedure
The procedure requires the bone of a creature that had some sort of supernatural power to it in life, whether a ghouled animal, mortal with a supernatural merit, werewolf, or otherwise. The bone is ground into a fine powder (or sludge, depending on its age), and then mixed with a pint or so of human blood. The Subject, who must be a Kindred (and can be the Dragon), then consumes the paste that results, using the Blush of Life to be sure he can hold it down for at least an hour. Within that time period, the paste is �digested� and absorbed, rather than being vomited up at the end.
Outcome
The unnatural remnant of power is absorbed by the Kindred, providing a bonus to his own supernatural potency. For the sake of any dice pools involving Blood Potency, the Kindred adds half their dots in the Coil of Zirnitra (round up, minimum of 1), though this doesn�t affect anything relying on the rating instead of a direct roll (such as Sunlight damage, derived frenzy bonuses, or maximum Attributes); for instance, contesting a Discipline, a Clash of Wills, or Lashing out are all affected. The effects of the Scale last for the following week. The Kindred may only have a number of �active� uses of the Scale at any one time equal to his Blood Potency; any additional uses of the Procedure before another fades simply fails.

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Malisons


Malleable Form

Public/Private
Private
Prerequisites
Significant Exposure to Blood from a Kindred that has Protean

You’ve been exposed to significant amounts of Protean blood. Maybe this was a feast of blood, a long standing bond, or some other dramatic occurrence but it’s changed your blood and unlocked a malleability of form. When taking this Malison choose three adaptions from the list below. From then on the dhampir may activate any or all of the three for the rest of the scene by rolling Stamina + Resolve and spending a point of lethal.

  • Armor (tumorous growths covering the skin, thick leathery hide, fused bone plates covering vital organs, etc.) with a rating of 2/1, but a �2 penalty to Initiative.
  • Aquatic You have the ability to breathe underwater, as well as webbed toes and fingers that give a +1 to both Speed when swimming and Swim rolls.
  • Biological toxin (venom sacs in the throat, mucus secreted from the pores, etc) that coats a target with a Dexterity + Athletics roll; target�s Defense applies. If successful, it inflicts a moderate version of the Poisoned Tilt on the victim.
  • Camouflage (skin that can change pigment and texture to match the environment) granting the 8-again quality to all Stealth rolls.
  • Extra Sense The Dhampir grows extra sensory organs, giving her tremor sense, echolocation, or some other sense that allows her to �see� without using her eyes. Using this sense, she has a 360-degree field of vision.
  • Natural Weapons (such as claws that grow out from underneath the fingernails or a second row of jagged teeth protruding from the gums) They are 1L mundane weapons that use Brawl to attack.
  • Patagia By growing a flap of leathery skin between her arms and torso, the vampire can glide � as long as she falls at least ten yards (ten meters), she can travel thirty yards (thirty meters) horizontally, and she takes no damage from the fall.
  • Quadripedal Longer arms and shorter legs allow a vampire to run on all fours like a cheetah or wolf. When running on all fours, add +4 to her Speed and double all jump distances.
  • Threat Display The majority of animals have mastered some form of threat display, or mimic behavior to warn off would be predators. Maybe it�s a collar of flared skin, a flush of toxic coloring, an obscene snarl, what ever the manner, it makes you more intimidating to others. This provides +3 to visually based intimidation rolls, but is as obvious as any other adaptation.
  • Wall Crawling The vampire grows hundreds of tiny insect legs, claws on his feet, or barbed hairs on his body that allow him to move freely across walls and ceilings without an Athletics roll.
Drawback
The character may change their adaptions, but it isn’t cheap. It costs a willpower and then a point of lethal for each adaption you choose to change. Not unlike the Protean Predatory Aspect, this is not a quick process. The ritual not only costs a willpower, and lethal but time. Requiring the Dhampir to rest for at least an hour for each change.
Cost
1 Lethal
Dice Pool
Stamina + Resolve
Time
Instant action for the activation but there after may be reflexively utilized for the duration of the scene
Duration
Scene

Roll Results

Dramatic Failure
The Dhampir not only fails to enact a change but for the remainder of the scene suffers −1 to Stamina as their body recoils from the changes it tried and failed to enact.
Failure
Nothing happens.
Success
As above
Exceptional Success
With an exceptional success the Dhampir may access a 4th adaption instead of the usual 3.

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