Friday, June 06, 2008

Vampire: Sangiovanni Discipline

Bloodlines: the Chosen is among the poorer products put out for the Requiem line. Without going into too much detail, the poor attention to detail, graphic and typographic errors, weird concepts, and fan-based submissions all combine to make this product less than useful.

That sad, there are some good bloodlines in there. The work is find the nuggets of good and making them stand out.

My two favorite are the Baddacelli (blind Nosferatu) and the Sangiovanni (based on the Giovanni from previous editions, and one my favorite then). Previously using a magic-like ability called Necromancy, they now use a discipline called Cattiveria, meaning wickedness. Thematically interesting and poorly developed in its mechanics, the discipline is getting a severe rewrite from me for my campaign.

Below are my notes.
• Mortician's Appraisal
Does not change

•• Restful Slumber
This power reflects the calm with which Sangiovanni rest. During the day, so long as the Kindred rests in soil or a coffin lined with soil, he rests perfectly and without pause. He awakens refreshed regardless of event and can even awaken from a state of near Torpor. So long as the Kindred has a single point of vitae, he can wake by spending two willpower instead of blood. In addition, if he does not spend Willpower to awaken, his Willpower is fully restored each Night, regardless of event. Nothing short of the most powerful rituals can undo this.

Lastly, the Sangiovanni are less unnerved by the presence of the obscene and foul. The Nosferatu aura of menace does not repulse them, nor do they find it uncomfortable.

••• Shuffling Porter
Same as the book, except increase all Physical Attributes to 2.

•••• Breath of Ash
Same as Predator's Bequest, except that it is at a very short range (no need to touch) and the Kindred can use Intelligence or Dexterity as the base for the roll.

••••• Soul Jar (Needs a name)
The Sangiovanni can actually take the soul of a recently deceased person and put in into a receptical. I don't have mechanics yet, but it won't matter if only the NPCs use this one. This ties into Iro Giovanni's story in the previous arc of my Los Angeles Chronicle.

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Funny and you learn something.