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Scrasamax's comment on 2006-02-07 02:55 PM
I frequently play Vampire the Masquerade with my wife, and one of the things that has developed through playing the game for several (8 years, actualy) is that there are certain things that remain secrets among the undead. While it is not the sort of secrets listed above, secrets are a major part of the vampire game and I thought I might share some of the more important.

1. It is considered a faux pas of the first order to enquire of a vampire her generation, steps removed from the first vampire. In the game, the closer a vampirer is to the first vampire, the stronger their abilities are. This would be like asking a woman on the street what her bra size, and weight is.

2. Asking a vampire to name her clan. While a few of the bloodlines have inherited flaws (All Nosferatu are hideous, all Gangrel get animal furry, etc) the majority do not have a glowing sign on their heads. A few vampires do state their clan, but often as a sign of prestige and power. Knowing a vampire's clan establishes that vampires basic vampiric powers (which vary from clan to clan) as well as their blood born flaw. Being secretive and xenophobic, vampires dont like their weaknesses or powers to be known.

3. Asking about specific vampiric powers, IE asking a local vampire if he has the power to read minds (auspex) carries the same class as asking a proper lady if she does it doggy-style. Go to Comment
Locations  (Regional)   (Desert)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-02-07 08:04 AM
Eventually. Calcobrina is a major region of my home campaign, and it was created back in 01 and has been growing steadily until the end of 04 when the Aterrizar campaign was put to rest in favor of a street racing LA by Night vampire game. Go to Comment
Locations  (Regional)   (Desert)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-02-08 05:15 PM
The main source of inspiration for Calcobrina was the Mirage expansion of Magic the Gathering, which in turn was very likely influenced by Arabian Nights (not the prior Arabic based expansion of the same name.) Go to Comment
Vychan the Flamespewer
NPCs  (Major)   (Knowledge/Lore)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-02-07 08:02 AM
Well, it took nearly four years for the sequel to The Oversized Baby plot, which means that working at this George Lucas Star Warsian pace means that the sequel to Vychan should be released in January 2010. The only thing is that it started as a plot, continued as an NPC, so the next submission has to be something different. Go to Comment
Vychan the Flamespewer
NPCs  (Major)   (Knowledge/Lore)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-02-07 10:54 AM
THe one concept that hasn't been mentioned was that he took the hoarde from Xeatoxx, unlikely but possible. I would expect that Vychan accumulated his mountain of gold by a hearty mix of Manfred's suggestions, investing in human endeavors, raiding the bandits and carvans that don't pay some sort of a protection fee, and following human leads to find lost hoardes.

As for dealing with other dragons, Vychan is no weakling. For his age he is both exceptionally large and dangerous. While he does have a large degree of respect for humans, one cannot forget that he is a large and dangerous creature. Go to Comment
Vychan the Flamespewer
NPCs  (Major)   (Knowledge/Lore)
Scrasamax's comment on 2012-11-26 11:25 PM
We're almost 3 years late on the next leg Go to Comment
Love's Poisoned Chalice
Plots  (Event)   (Single-Storyline)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-02-06 02:35 PM
The names make the post a little hard to follow, but that is a minor detail, names can always be changed to protect the innocent. The plot seems solid enough, and with the best friend murderering the would-be groom out of love, this makes th eplot less than predictable. All in all the work is nice, I look forward to what else you might concoct for us. Go to Comment
Demonic Hysteria
Plots  (Crisis)   (Mini-Campaign)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-02-06 05:52 PM
Hell bent...heh heh Go to Comment
Theory of Elements
Systems  (Mystical)   (General)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-02-06 11:41 AM
An interesting idea and superb presentation. I look forward to what this thread generates! Go to Comment
Trollshaw Staff
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Magical)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-02-06 10:14 AM
Updated: released 2-6-06 from Works Hidden Go to Comment
Trollshaw Staff
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Magical)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-02-06 12:56 PM
The only way I could describe the effect of the staff around humans is that the wielder will be percieved to be nasty, brutish, and boorish. This is a basic reation, not one governed by appearance, or manners, they just radiate an aura that seems 'trollish' to the average person. In game terms it would manifest as a moderate to strong penalty to social interation, or would do something like reduce their charisma trait by 50% Go to Comment
Trollshaw Staff
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Magical)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-02-07 10:49 AM
well, the basic inspiration for this item came from the racial items of DnD, such as the Belt of Dwarvenkind, and the Boots, and cloak of elvenkind. What kind of racial item would a troll have? A big stick, of course. Go to Comment
Crystal Goblet of Maddening Storms
Items  (Other)   (Cursed)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-02-06 09:35 AM
Good detail, and I especially liked the ongoing weather commentary throughout the history section of the item. Go to Comment
The S'krae
Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Water)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-02-06 05:56 PM
I would like to know more about how the amphibean S'krae smelt and forge metal. I would think that the heat and dryness associated with metal working would be anathema to them. Go to Comment
The Society of Nightmares
Society/ Organizations  (Criminal/Espionage)   (Regional)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-02-05 08:55 AM
While I am all about political malefesence, there is one thing that really nags at me about the SoN and it is that there is no organization that utilizes their unique services. Are they adjutant to the Crown, kind of like a mystically inclined Gestapo, or are they freelancers? Also, I think it might help if there were some hints on how to use them, and maybe some plot hooks. Go to Comment
NPCs  (Major)   (Combative)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-02-05 09:06 AM
I think Thaxen would be a fine character, there is adequate beckground. Some his his attributes are rather cliche, especially the orphan part, did someone kill his draconic parent, of was he orphaned by abandonment? I think the fact that he is half-drow and half dragon detracts from the post, and to echo Manfred's thought, his description sounds quite fierce and evil looking, i dont imagine he would be found in most lawful, or good aligned communities. Orcs might be more forgiving... Go to Comment
Cardinal Luther
NPCs  (Major)   (Artistic/Performance)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-02-05 09:10 AM
A wonderful surprise, the not really there character. Worthy of Mr. Sterling's attention, even if the mechanics of multiple phylactaries as rather confusing. Go to Comment
The Quarsooth
Society/ Organizations  (Ethnic/Cultural)   (Country/ State)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-02-03 01:08 PM
How it pains me to do this...
Starscream, Transformers the Movie

The Quarsooth smack too much of Atlantian mythos, and they are too arrogant and too removed from the wet and gritty reality of Tarrod. As Moonhunter said (Though I must admit ignorance of his quoted materials) this smacks too much of another source of inspiration. Go to Comment
Kazi Weapons
Items  (Equipment Listing)   (Non-Magical)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-01-31 10:54 PM
They don't believe in fighting fair, but they think archery to be cowardly? To quote an Italian proverb, the Best Armor is to be out of range. Go to Comment
Kazi Weapons
Items  (Equipment Listing)   (Non-Magical)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-01-31 10:54 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
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What if potions and tonics had negative side effects? Potions of increased strength cause violent tempers, or damage joints. What if potions of dexterity caused tremors, or palsy?

What if they were addictive, and had withdrawal symptoms?

Could someone make a bad batch? No one use the brown strength potion!

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