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manfred's comment on 2007-10-10 03:35 AM
Yes, it could use something extra... and a military base might be just that. Nice option, val! Go to Comment
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manfred's comment on 2007-10-10 12:49 PM
Yes, and it's a fake Tortuga, even. :) Go to Comment
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manfred's comment on 2008-12-30 11:25 AM
Well, it is claimed that the first Milton Halfbeard was saved by a shark, if you can believe it, that he was such a rabid seadog that the sharks accepted him as one of their own.

There is also the claim, that when the sharks vanish from sight, a hurricane is approaching. That sounds more likely.

New visitors will be told they are kept to feed on the non-paying customers.


Take your pick. :) Go to Comment
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Maggot's comment on 2007-10-09 11:41 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
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Cheka Man's comment on 2007-10-09 06:01 PM
Yo ho ho, I really like this. Go to Comment
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Murometz's comment on 2007-10-10 10:28 AM
As a location, in and of itself, its interesting. As a place to RP, its dynamite!

Wisps of Tortuga... Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2007-10-09 06:43 PM
Good but missing a spark. Though not sure what that spark should be.

Perhaps it is actually a well-desguised military base for Country X, with some of the privateers being real navy under cover. Go to Comment
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dark_dragon's comment on 2007-10-10 12:12 AM
I like this island. one of the many ports which would make up a chain of island. useful! Go to Comment
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Kuseru Satsujin's comment on 2008-03-30 10:26 AM
A useful pirate haven. Go to Comment
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Silveressa's comment on 2008-12-29 10:52 AM
Nice location, the adventure hooks make it especially easy to drop into any campaign. It woudl be nice to have a little back story exactly why the sharks congregate around the island, and what brought about the tradition against killing them. (Something most pc's would ask as soon as they heard of the tradition)

Also replacing "country x" with a fictional name would help make the piece feel more flowing and less rigid. Go to Comment
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Barbarian Horde's comment on 2009-03-21 04:20 AM
it was nice, unlike in my research in the past websites are so annoying so utrue. so thank you for giving me more knowledge about this. more powers to you Go to Comment
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manfred's comment on 2007-09-30 07:45 PM
Updated: I don't know how much life force I have lost while looking for the right format and words, and now it is a lifeform and book at once. Out with you!

Note: there will be a related post on vampiric magics. Go to Comment
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manfred's comment on 2007-10-01 02:06 AM
Yeah, I'm still missing bits to fill in myself. Hint: if you miss something, say what it is (well, if you know, of course... I often have a hard time telling what exactly a submission lacks).

Anyway, a system post on vampires and their magic is upcoming, and should explain how they work. Go to Comment
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manfred's comment on 2007-10-02 05:34 PM
Seeing the great discussion brewing here, a few words to the origin could be of use. I certainly like the concept of vampires, but seeing a few too many movies, where the ability to spawn made them little more than fast-breeding animals (or zombies of a different kind), I wanted something different. Seems like it was a success. :)


On to the discussion:

- Scrasamax correctly notes, that they lose a part of the trademark vampiric horror factor; but not without replacement

- the Kung Fu master parallel is an interesting one, and partially valid for the actual teaching... though it doesn't do justice to the seduction involved ("See, how easy the life is lost. It will always trickle away from you, and there is only little you can do to delay the inevitable.")

- just for the record, individual vampires of this kind - or of the 'standard' one you talk about - can be horrific or tragic, sensual or bestial. None of these features seem to be determined by their natures.

- agree that they don't just 'choose evil'. They choose immortality, or power, or simply greater control over their life. Evil comes afterwards.


Let me insert a little more on the seduction aspect... studying is a very elegant way of becoming a vampire. There is no one, who would make the starting decision for you - you are not bitten by something in the dark, and oops, you're a monster. Instead, you turn yourself into the monster, and you don't even have to notice. There will be just a small price to pay for all the bonuses, but it will grow in time... what a pretty path to evil.

So the beginning is much easier for this kind of vampire - you'll get the powers, a prolonged normal life, and the check on endless existence. But to some (relatively) decent folk, the horror known to classical vampires will come as well - if you don't feed, you'll die. With the added bonus of you being no victim at all... you made it all on your own.


(Okay, I'm running out of breath here, and didn't touch half of what I wanted; may add more stuff later. Anyway, it is a good exchange, and special thanks belong to dark_dragon for valiantly defending my cause. TY.) Go to Comment
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manfred's comment on 2007-11-07 12:32 PM
Happy to hear that - I like alternative explanations to things that seem to be well known! Go to Comment
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manfred's comment on 2009-07-15 06:05 PM
Thanks for all the points, Lockheed!

As said elsewhere, this piece was inspired by too many movies and stories, where their breeding ability degraded vampires into yet another case of zombies. And so came the idea of something completely opposite.

But you are right: this can be the 'official' philosophy of the vampires, or at least some of them, to rationalize their existence, or even to attract mortal followers. They can still be the bloodsucking fiends as we know them. Maybe this is the truth; maybe it is just a cover; maybe is the truth completely different. More mystery doesn't hurt here. Go to Comment
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Scrasamax's comment on 2007-10-02 02:36 AM
I have been hesitant to comment on this submission considering that I have long been a fan of the vampire, and particularly played Vampire for close to a decade now. I see that this submission has been very well recieved but I do not share the enthusiasm of the other members.

I particularly do not like the essence of vampire section since it makes becoming a vampire a willing choice as benefit of secret knowledge. This in many ways removes the horrific aspect of being a vampire, the innate sense of violation that comes with being slain by a member of the undead and brought back into a mockery of life by the gift of blood. Reading the philosophy and essence sections left me with the Kung-Fu master impression of Vampires, do as I say and I will show you the secret to immortal life, you will become one with the blood, yadda yadda yadda.

This take on vampires leaves me unmoved. They are neither horrific or tragic, nor sensual or bestial. Go to Comment
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Scrasamax's comment on 2007-10-02 03:35 AM
Again, I disagree. These vampires are philosophers, and I think the conscious choice to become evil is a bit trite and cliche. With the exception of Richard III, no one sets out to be a villain. As for dehumanization, we dont need any sort of supernatural agent for that, we can do that fairly well in terms of race, nationality, creed, gender, etc. It's just another extension of us good, them bad. Horror be definition is a cerebral responce rather than the viceral or gut response of terror. Horror is a person torn from their normal life and cast into darkness, forced to subsist on the blood and lives of others or face their own death. Terror is the person running from said vampire. These guys are as cold and clinical as the standard Liche and I remain unimpressed. Go to Comment
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EchoMirage's comment on 2007-10-01 10:14 AM
Only voted Go to Comment
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Cheka Man's comment on 2007-09-30 09:41 PM
That is so good. 5/5 Go to Comment
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