Vampire Players Guide


Power, wealth, immortality. These taunt the dreams and drive the minds of many mortals. These things can be had, and all you have to do is die, to be embraced as a Cainite, a Vampire. Frozen in time at the moment of their death these immortals prowl the nights of the Dark Medieval, having existed since their namesake, Caine, first slew his brother and was forever after marked with the thirst for blood. In the 10th century the Cainites, as they call themselves, rule the night as masters of their Domains through Courts ruled by Princes, lords and vassals. 

The process of making a vampire, called embracing, is simple and reflects the first act that cursed Caine himself. First the Vampire must kill the mortal they intend to embrace and then feed that mortal their own cursed blood. The creature that reawakens from their death isn’t the person they were before. Their emotions, their feelings, everything that made them feel alive before is muted. Food and drink no longer hold any fascination and instead blood is everything. Vampires trace their lineage back to Caine through their Clans, the progenitors of which are the 3rd Generation. Commonly called the Antediluvians these mythical figures, 13 in total, pass the curse of Caine to all they embrace, as their childer do, and so on down the Generations.

Vampires in the Dark Medieval gather together wherever there are enough people to support them. They thrive in the cities of Europe and organize themselves through a complicated system of Oaths and Vassalage that, they claim, spawned the Feudal system of Europe. Vampires call their territories Domains. The Prince rules the largest Domain in an area, often claiming the entire city or province. Beneath the Prince, through oaths sworn in blood, are their Court. Lords and Ladies of the Undead who hold the positions of office within Cainite society; Scenshal, Warlord, Sheriff, Chamberlain, Keeper, an Scourge. Next in line are the Princes Vassals, Cainite knights who enact the Prince’s will and enforce the Laws of Caine in their name. Beneath them are the Residents of the domain, the vampires who have sworn fealty to the Prince and, in return, been given their protection. These oaths bind the Prince to provide for their domain and the domain to support the Prince. All others, whether guests or Caitiff, have no rights beyond that which the Prince grants them. 

Vampire Clans

Vampires are divided by their clans, the blood lines that lead from an Antediluvian back to Cain. These are further divided into the High Clans, those of perceived noble birth with the divine right to rule, and the Low Clans, those of lesser blood whose Antediluvian’s crimes warranted greater punishments or tend to be on the outskirts of Cainite society.

Clans are simply the blood lines that influence how the curse affects a vampire. No clan is a monolith or united and a domain is made up of many clans all working together. While any given domain is more likely to have High Clans in position of powers this is far from always true and you will find members of the same Clan plotting against each other just as fiercely as they do everyone else.

The High Clans

Brujah are a clan of warrior-scholars noted for their fierce devotion to their philosophies. Their views were greatly shaped by the Greeks and they strive to have total mental and physical discipline. Trained equally in debate, politics and war the Brujah are formidable. Their weakness is both a blessing and curse, instead of feeling less after death the opposite is true, their passion is inflamed and their rage is as legendary as it is difficult to control. A unifying trait of the clan, instilled by most Sires to their Childer, is a strong dislike, some might even say hatred, of the Ventrue. The Brujah still blame them for the destruction of their great experiment, Carthage, and few can hold a grudge as hard as a Brujah.

Cappadocian, the Clan of Death, are a clan of scholars focused on completing the Clan’s Great Work. Cappadocians are obsessed with the study of death and transition. Long ago the Antediluvian, Cappadocius, encountered a lone traveler near the Holy Land that introduced him to the nameless God, and forever after became the obsession of all of Cappadocius’ projects. He realized he could not find the answers needed alone, and so created his clan to help him reach his goal, to meet and diablerize God. He founded Erciyes, his home and research center and bent the entirety of his Clan to this end. 

Time, however, changes all things and the Clan diverged from Cappadocius’ goal. In the 8th century he called his entire clan to the Mountain Kaymakli. Two of his Childer and their lines attended, Japheth and Caias. Lazarus and his line, sensing the trap, stayed away. Cappadocius then led his clan through the caves under the mountain, asking them questions. Those that answered poorly were dismissed to wander the caves. After, the Antediluvian laid his curse upon the cave, for no Cainite to be able to leave and no child of Seth to enter. Cappadocius used this event, known as the Feast of Folly, to purge his clan of those who had lost their focus on his goal. This wound is still fresh, and many who trace their lineage back to Lazarus have lost faith with the rest of their clan.

Lasombra exist for only themselves. They believe that might makes right and they are willing to sacrifice anything, or anyone, to achieve their goals. Tied to the sea, indeed many claim to be the fabled “Sea People” that ravaged the Bronze Age Mediterranean, their Antediluvian resides in Sicily and claims the Sea of Shadows as its Domain. They are known by many names, Lau-Som-Bheu, Lucien, The Shadowed One, Laza Omri Baras among many, many others but most commonly simply as Lasombra. Lasombra, along with his clan, is integrally tied to the night, able to call and command shadows and worse from the Void to do their bidding. The Lasombra love learning, for knowledge is power, and many have tied themselves to the church of Islam or Christ and rise in power and standing as those institutions do.

Salubri are enjoying their last nights and are blissfully unaware of the destruction that will soon befall their Clan. Tremere will steal the Curse of Caine and consume Salot, their Antediluvian, and see the clan all but annihilated. That is yet to come, in the 10th Century the clan are few in number and secretive, but none are more respected by all than the Salubri. Much of the Clan and its founder are shrouded in mystery. It is known that Saulot was the most beloved of Caine and was a skilled healer who traveled far to the east seeking enlightenment. His Clan, like him, had supernatural abilities with healing and could mend not only the maladies of the body but those of the soul as well. Shortly after Saulot returned from his travels a new Clan of demon worshiping Cainites were not far behind and attacked the Second City. It was in this struggle that Samiel discarded the path of the healer and founded the Warrior Bloodline.

The Salubri are split between two bloodlines, the Healers who follow the teachings and ways of Saulot and the Warriors, who follow Samiel, and take up the sword to smite evil wherever it can be found. The Healers are all but incapable of causing harm and the Warriors all but incapable of refusing anyone in need and combined the two form the sword and shield that is the staunchest enemy of the Baali and Infernalists among the Cainites.



Toreador are one and all obsessed with beauty, but what is beautiful lies in the eye of the beholder. The curse Caine levied upon their Antediluvian, Arikel, was cruel. He asked her to compose a painting showing the past, present and future of his kind. While Caine was enthralled with her portrayals of Cainite’s past and present, when he laid eyes on her painting of the future he became enraged and cursed her. The art she loved so dearly would now be her obsession and distract her above all things. All Toreador share this curse and, when they see something beautiful, are lost in the experience for a time. Many Toreador don’t see this as a curse at all and seek out such experiences, going down a desperate path to find new beauty before growing bored with what is currently around them. The Toreador are muses, artists, dancers and courtesans of peerless skill with members of their clan equally at home in the Courts of Princes, on stage, or the battlefield.

Tzimisce, the fiends of the Carpathian Mountains are a brutal yet honorable clan tied intrinsically to their land. After the breaking of Enoch their Antediluvian, known only as the Eldest, settled in the Carpathian Mountains and, around them, their clan grew. It is rumored that it allied with an ancient fallen, the demon Kupala, and it is this alliance that tied the Eldest and its Clan to the earth. Most of the Tzimisce exist within the Tzimisce Voivodate, a loose confederation of domains in Eastern Europe and remain unchallenged through the 10th century. They rule their domains with an iron fist as the lords of the night and while they war with the werewolves that share their mountains yet remain truly unchallenged until the 12th century with the start of the Mesana War.

Tzimisce are fascinated with perfecting the physical form and see, with their discipline Vicissitude, flesh is their canvas. Many of the clan follow their own Road, the Road of Metamorphosis, which focuses the Cainites existence in constant experimentation and modification of themselves and others. Few clans are simultaneously as respected, feared and avoided as the Tzimisce for even fewer want to become the next subject in their flesh crafting experiments.

Ventrue are the nobles and knights of the Cainite world during the Dark Medieval. Eventually they will evolve into a Clan of CEO’s, merchants and politicians, but in the dark ages they strive to embody everything a knight or lord of Cainite kind should be. Strong, ruthless, cunning and honorable the Ventrue claim to have created the system of Fealty that ties Cainite kind together. There may be some truth in this, as few contest that they created the Road of Kings. The Clan’s true rise was with the Roman Empire. To hear them tell it, they were responsible for the creation of the greatest empire the world had ever seen, from behind the scenes of course. They laid low the degenerates of Carthage, the Brujah, Assamites and even Baali who ruled the Kine there openly, and who had fallen to worshiping demons and worse. 

The Fall of Rome was a blow to the Ventrue, but only a minor one. Venture spread throughout Europe, ruling their own fiefdoms of Cainites and spreading the method of governance that has become the standard among Cainites. Incredibly hierarchical, the Ventrue like to know everyone’s place, preferably with themselves on top.

The Low Clans

Assamite are best known as assassins and diablerists. Based out of their hidden fortress Alamut in the Middle East they are, in truth, guardians, warriors and scholars who seek to distance themselves from the War of Princes. The Assamites typically follow their Clan’s Road, the Road of Blood, that sets them to judge Cainites as worthy, or destroy the ones that are not. Many Cainites are found wanting. They are rarely seen in Europe, but when they are, death soon follows. This Clan is not available to players at Darkwood Nights and is ST only.

Baali are a bloodline of Infernalists and demon worshipers. The stories of their origin vary, even among their own kind, but three main groups have formed with each claiming a different progenitor; Nergal, Moloch, and the Unnamed. Each identifies, at least among themselves, as Nergalites, Molochites or simply the Unnamed. To hear a Baali tell it they do not worship demons. Instead they try to keep the ancient ones asleep by providing them with pleasant dreams. That atrocity and mayhem are their desires are irrelevant, if they wake all will perish and so they damn their souls to save the world. At least, that is what a Molochite would tell you, but few give any Baali the opportunity. Nergalites rarely seem to have a cause beyond wanton destruction and inflicting as much pain as possible and the Unnamed are rarely seen outside of their own kind.

Caitiff are the Clanless, Cainites whose blood is so thin that the markers of Clan cannot manifest. Caitiff terrify the majority of Cainites, for the Time of the Thin Blood heralds Ghenna, the end of days when Caine will return once again and destroy all of his blood, if not the world. As such they are hunted and killed universally across the domains of Europe, for if they are allowed to persist, will hasten the destruction of all.

Dracian are the rogues, tricksters, drifters and troublemakers who wander the domains of the Princes. Few rulers like seeing one of these Cainites darken the door of their domains but few can argue with how useful they can be. Their Antediluvian is known by many names, but the one this clan shares is Dracian, their namesake. It was Dracian who convinced the others of the 3rd Generation to rise against their sires and destroy them. Not all talk, Dracian was the first of his siblings to devour his sire. Upon his return Caine, in his rage, cursed Dracian and all of his blood to forever be enslaved to their desires and vices, thirsting for them as they thirst for blood. The Clan fractured, Dracian disappeared to the east with those he found worthy, those who wanted to repent, those who were weak. Those who refused to submit to any authority, even Caine’s, traveled west and populated Europe as Clan Dracian. The Clan has a special hatred for Gangrel, who waged war on them during this migration and tried to exterminate them. Rare is a Dracian who won’t kill a Gangrel given the opportunity and rarer still for one to willingly work with one.

In the 10th Century the Dracian are involved in all things shady. Where crime flourishes, so do they, and while many Princes would rather banish them from their Domains they have a knack for making themselves just a little more useful than they are annoying. Their signature Disciplines, Chimerstry, makes them peerless illusionists and they liberally use this ability to trick others into doing, or giving them, what they want. The Dracian later unifies with the Ravnos from the east after the migrations of the Romani, however that HAS NOT occurred yet. In 900’s Europe the clan has no attachments to its Eastern philosophies or culture.

Followers of Set hail from North Africa and call Egypt home. They claim their progenitor, the god Set himself, was not a child of Caine despite the similarities of their Curse. They seek to dismantle the work of Horus, civilization itself, by showing the weakness of the people that make it up. They trade in corruption, seeking to lay low leaders and commoners alike through providing for their vices until they become the obsessions that destroy them but all too often fall victim to their own trade. This Clan is not available to players at Darkwood Nights and is ST only.

Gangrel are the closest to their Beasts and to nature itself. There are many stories surrounding the Antediluvian of Clan Gangrel, Ennoia. Most Gangrel hold that she was THE Ennoia and was directly embraced by Caine, not one of the 3rd Generation that rose against their sires. Gangrel tell the tale of how, tricked and betrayed by Dracian, Ennoia was cast out of Caine’s city and forced to live outside the walls of civilization with the beasts. Instead of falling Ennoia adapted. She became a wanderer and as she became closer to the wild things she became more like them. This passed to all who share her blood. This betrayal has led to a blood feud between the two Clans and rare is a Gangrel that will not kill a Dracian on sight. The Gangrel wander the wilds of Europe, one of the few Clans more comfortable outside the cities than within. 

The Gangrel are brutal and value independence and resilience above all else. The typical Gangrel Embrace sees the prospective childer attacked, killed, embraced, and their corpse stuffed under a rock or log while they go through the change. They awake, alone, hungry and a Cainite with no knowledge of who or what they are and no one available to provide answers. Their Sire may return in a year, or ten, or not at all, but if they do and find the childer alive they take them in and teach them of their Clan. Many Gangrel are found by members of other Clans and instead raised by them, if not destroyed, and the wild Gangrel look upon these “pet” Gangrel with disdain. 

Malkavian are an enigmatic and deeply disturbed Clan. Their Antediluvian, Malkav, was a seer in life and continued to be one after their Embrace. Rumors say that Malkav, Saulot, and Set were close before the flood and shared the same sire, Enoch, however this is only one of many tales. Most agree that Caine cursed Malkav and their blood with the madness that now afflicts them, however stories vary widely around why. Some tales make Caine out to be the monster, breaking Malkav’s mind for a minor slight or a fortune that displeased him while others lay the uprising of the 3rd Generation at Malkav’s feet, saying they gave false visions and prophecies that resulted in the uprising and so were cursed. What is known is that, one and all, something in the minds of each Malkavian is well and truly broken and the world that they see and experience isn’t always the same one the rest of us do. This crack in perception can be shared, through their Dementation Discipline, and leads them to see and connect things others never thought of. Despite its blessings it truly is a curse, and their inability to distinguish reality from their perceptions makes them mistrusted at best in Cainite society, although none can dispute their prophecies have a habit of coming true.

Nosferatu are the most obviously cursed of all of Caine’s children, for each is disfigured and obviously inhuman. Their Antedliuvian, Absimiliard, was a skilled and beautiful hunter, as vain as he was powerful. He, in turn, was hunted by the 2nd Generation and subsequently embraced. The event left him with a tiny facial scar, a scar that marred his perfection and inflamed his vanity. His wounded pride led to resentment, then hate and he was the first to kill his sire and started the revolt against the 2nd Generation. Caine, in turn, levied his most terrible curse. Absimiliard and all his blood were twisted into new, hideous, forms none would ever again call beautiful.

Few clans hold together as tightly as the Nosferatu. While they may fight and scheme among themselves they are outcasts one and all and, in that, they find their solidarity. They exist in the fringes of society, both Cainite and Kine, and so are privy to all sorts of information that otherwise goes unnoticed. Consummate information brokers, spies, and enforcers the Nosferatu are respected throughout Europe and few Princes will dare spurn them, even if they would rather not look upon them.

The Differences in Darkwood Nights

The largest difference between the setting in Dark Ages: Vampire and Darkwood Nights is the Tremere, specifically the lack of them. Tremere has not yet stolen Vampirism, as such the Masana War, where the Tremere simultaneously fight against the Tzimisce, Order Hermes, Nosferatu and other clans, has not begun. Thaumaturgy and its rituals do not exist, blood cannot be bottled, and the knowledge of clan and generation granted by Rigo Vitae does not exist. This spirals further, with no Tremere Saulot has not been consumed and the Salubri are still a well respected High Clan. While their powers may make Cainites uneasy but none have accused them of infernalism.

Similarly Cappadocius has not yet embraced Augustus Giovanni. The Italian merchant family is just starting its foray into Necromancy and hasn’t yet caught the eye of the Cappadocian founder. As such Necromancy, the Discipline, doesn’t exist. The Feast of Folly has occurred and while Canon is vague and contradictory concerning its dates we’ve settled on 711CE. This is relatively recent in the memory of Cainites but far enough in the past that the wounds it caused are no longer fresh.

Europe in the 10th Century has no Cainite Kings or Queens. Known as “The Long Night” the period after the fall of Rome and the 12th Century was a high point for most Cainites. The highest authority in the land was the Prince, and any who could claim and hold Domain could take the title. With no unifying leaders to oversee them the Prince’s authority was absolute and each Princedom is an island of civilization in an otherwise sea of dangerous wilderness.

Additional Resources

For more information you will want to read Dark Ages: Vampire, Dark Ages: Guide the Low Clans, Dark Ages: Guide to the High Clans, Clan Book: Salubri, Clanbook: Cappadocian, and Dark Ages: Storytellers Companion. These can most often be found physically in second hand book stores or purchased online PDFs/Print on Demand through Drive Through RPG. 

Why Play a Vampire

The Vampire game is one of personal power, politics, and predation. A Cainite is an apex predator, the equal of any other supernatural Faction with the exception of the Garou, who hunt and feed on the humans they used to be. The individual themes of power are represented in the Faction’s rules, with Vampires being the most potent individually but with very little mechanical focus on supporting each other. Politics are central to playing a Vampire. How one fits into the Domain, rises through its ranks, or survives being an outsider is something no Cainite can escape, for as much as they are lone predators, they are drawn to each other for companionship over their long lives. In Cainite society one must prove why they are worth more than the power their blood brings, and why keeping them around is worth the competition for blood, power, and prestige.

This forms the first aspect of playing the monster that is a vampire and central to their themes; how will you feed? Every Vampire must answer this question or perish. This is compounded by the Beast, which provides a fantastic element of internal role play. It constantly pushes a Vampire to give into its instincts and consume everyone it can. Permission to feed is tied to the Law of Domain, one of the Laws of Caine, and so every Cainite must participate to some degree in the Oaths of Fealty that tie a Domain to the Prince and each other. Navigating those oaths, the political landscape of the domain, and the Laws of Caine provide a rich and challenging play experience no other Faction can provide and is not for the faint of heart.

Mechanically the base abilities of a Vampire make them a formidable physical opponent. The weakest of them can hit incredibly hard, bond others to their will, and heal as fast as they are damaged. Indeed, fighting a Vampire is a fight of endurance pitting your skill and power against the supply of the Vampire’s blood. In addition to their innate powers they gain access to a wide array of powers through their Disciplines and can even combine these into new abilities called Devotions. All of this power comes at a price, however, and Vampires have the highest impacting, and most numerous, weaknesses. They suffer Aggravated Damage by direct exposure to sunlight, take Aggravated Damage from Fire, cannot be healed with Medicine or potions, can be immobilized through Staking and have an additional weakness based upon their clan. The combination of their power, weaknesses, and political play focused on the long game combine to make Vampire a deeply challenging, engaging, and entertaining experience.

Vampire Attributes

Vampires have a few Attributes that set them apart from the other Factions of Darkwood Nights. These are; Generation, Blood Pool, Road, Disciplines, and Devotions.

A starting Vampire has a Generation of 10. A Player can lower their Generation at Character Creation by spending XP, 3XP to drop 1 Generation to 7th Generation at the lowest. A Player may, instead, choose to start at a higher Generation however there is no reward for this self nerfing but it does lend itself to certain stories. After Character Creation Generation can only be lowered through the vile and terrifying act of Amaranth, also known as Diablarie, or through Kismet. Mechanically Generation determines a Vampire’s Blood Pool, how many Blood Points they can spend in 1 second and the maximum dot level of Disciplines they can learn. See below for the Generation chart (* Generation, Blood Pool, Blood Per Second, Max Discipline Rating).

*Gen   BP   BPS   MDP

  13       10       1       3rd

  12       11        1       3rd

  11        12       1       3rd

  10       13       1       4th

   9       14       2       4th

   8       15       3       4th

   7       20      4       4th

   6       30      6       5th

   5       40      8       5th

   4       50     10       5th

For Example, Victor is on the Road of Heaven and has a Rating of 9. He witnesses a vengeful Prince brutally punishing a guest of their domain for killing a member of their Court.  He is bound to both speak out against the Prince’s corruption (Rating 9 Sin), using his position for personal vengeance, while also needing to see the murderer punished (Rating 3 Sin). He chooses to not speak out, but doesn’t spend a Willpower Point and so immediately drops to Road 8.

Every Vampire follows a road, the most common are: Road of Humanity, Road of Kings, Road of Beast, Road of Sin, and Road of Heaven. These Roads also provide Aura Powers to those who have a Rating of 7 or higher in that Road. See Page ??  for the Roads Sin chart and Aura Power.

There are also specialized Roads followed by specific Clans or blood lines, which are; Road of Blood, Road of Bones, Road of Metamorphosis, Road of Night, and Road of the Abyss. These may be played and their Sin Chart found in the respective source book or online, however they do not provide any Aura Powers.

A Vampire may be created on any Road they choose, or can change roads during game. The latter is fraught with danger and first requires the Vampire to purposely erode their Road. They do this by purposely violating the Sins at, or below, their current Rating. A Teacher makes this process safer, and if being Taught their new Road a Vampire may change Roads after they have reached Road Rating 1 or 2. If they are not being Taught then they can change Roads when they reach Road Rating 1. In either case to change Roads requires them to spend 1 Willpower Pool.

A Vampire with 0 Road Rating loses themselves to the Beast and becomes a Wight. A Wight never regains Road, cannot speak except to make animal noises, can only use Natural Weapons and will act accordingly in the following hierarchy of actions only.  It is important to note that this is a rare occurrence and generally not something that accidentally happens.

Wight Hierarchy of Actions

Outside of their mechanics, Road is a very important aspect of Vampire game. They are the codes of behavior that dictates how a Vampire MUST behave. A Vampire known to be on the Road of Kings will be more trusted than others because every Cainite knows that breaking their word is against their road where a Vampire on the Road of Blood is feared and mistrusted, since destroying other Cainites is central to that Road. The Road provides unique roleplay experiences and allows for structured, clearly inhumane, roleplay and should be thought about and explored in depth when playing a Vampire.

Some rare Disciplines were created not by Caine or Lilith, but by the Antediluvians themselves. These are; Dementation, Mortis, Serpentis, both paths of Valeren, and Viscissitude. Some rare Disciplines were instead created by the progenitors of their Bloodline, the only one of which currently in Darkwood Nights is the Baali’s Daimonin, but others may be added as time goes on. These Disciplines always require a Teacher and cannot be learned without one. During character creation these can be purchased by spending Kismet and the XP required.

Abilities of a Vampire

Next the Vampire moves to Drinking by calling, “Drinking 1, Drinking 2, …” at a cadence of one count per second. Each count deals 1 Regular Damage to the Target and the Vampire regains 1 Blood Point, except as noted above. At this stage a Non-Human character can spend 1 Willpower Point after the Vampire reaches “Drinking 5” to break free and Resist. If Resisted in this manner they remember the event clearly.

Drinking ends when the Target informs the Vampire they have 0 Health Points remaining or the Vampire stops touching the Target. Drinking also immediately ends if the Target or Vampire takes damage from a source other than the Drinking Action.

Vampires can also use Feeding to give Blood Points to other characters. The process is the same as above, with the Vampire wounding their wrist and giving the Feeding Count. This is used to Blood Oath, create Ghouls, Embrace (create another Vampire), and how Ghouls refill their Blood Pool. The effects of feeding are detailed below based on what the Donor and Recipient’s Faction is:

Example: Vampire is dropped to 0 HP and has 3 Blood Points. The Vampire is Incapacitated but doesn’t move to the Dying State. Their enemies continue to strike them, dealing 15 damage in the next 4 seconds then walk away. This damage is not Aggravated as since it wasn’t Agg, Fire or Sunlight damage and so is negated. The vampire lays there for 3 minutes, spends 1 blood to heal 1 HP, gets up and walks away.


In all of the above cases the Vampire loses 1 Road Rating when the Frenzy ends. If a Vampire enters Frenzy for any other reason, such as with the Frenzy Control power, Terror, or Song of Rage they do not lose Road Rating.

A Vampire may have any number of Thralls, and a Thrall may be 1 or 2 stage Blood Oathed to any number of Vampires, however a Thrall may only be fully Oathed (stage 3) to 1 Vampire. Blood Oath stages are difficult to break and do not expire naturally, see below for the effects of each Stage and how to break the Blood Oath.

Despite its power the Blood Oath is not perfect. The Thrall may temporarily overcome it by spending 1 Willpower Point. This will allow them to attack their Regent once, or act against them once. For example Player A is the Thrall of Player B. Player A is presented with an opportunity to give sensitive information to a Character about their Regent for a reward. Player A will need to spend a Willpower Point to give the Character the information.

There are four way in which a Blood Oath may be broken. The first is with the death of the Regent, and Blood Oaths end when they die. The second is if the Regent is missing, if the Regent does not attend 2 games in a row that the Thrall does attend the Blood Oath is reduced by 1 Step. The final In Game method is Separation. This requires both the Regent and Thrall to attend game, but the Thrall to never perceive them. If this is fulfilled the Thrall may spend 1 Willpower Pool to reduce the Blood Oath by 1 Step. Even hearing the Regent’s voice is enough to prevent the Blood Oath from degrading, so this method is incredibly difficult to achieve and usually requires others keeping the Thrall isolated.

Lastly, the Blood Oath is the key to Vampire’s success throughout history. It is used both among themselves and every other Faction to ensure loyalty and safety for their kind. It is, inherently, victimizing and subverts the free will of the Thrall. For this reason if your character is Thralled to a Vampire and you are not comfortable with the IG relationship for OOG reasons please contact the Game Rep or Head of Rules for arbitration.

Once this is done the Drinking Count changes to Amaranth, with each count dealing 1 Aggravated Damage to the Victim. The Victim informs the Transgressor when they are dead, then the count changes to: Count 3 Consuming. This is the stage where the Transgressor pulls the soul out of the Victim and attempts to devour it. Once Consuming 3 is called the Victim may spend 1 Willpower Point, if they have any, to call Resist. If they do the Transgressor may spend 1 Willpower to start the Consuming count again. This repeats until one party no longer has, or doesn’t spend, Willpower Points. 

If the Transgressor wins and the Victim doesn’t Resist then the Victim informs the Transgressor of their Generation. If it is lower than the Transgressor’s both players go to ST Camp where the Transgressor’s Generation is lowered by 1 step. If it is equal or higher then the Victim immediately goes OOG and no updates are made to the Transgressor’s Character Sheet. In either scenario the Transgressor immediately loses 1 Road Rating and, for 1 year per difference in Generation, minimum 1 year, they must answer, “Yes,” to Sense Amaranth. If the Victim wins they die, however their soul isn’t consumed and so can be resurrected in any manner than could resurrect a Vampire.

Weaknesses of a Vampire

Sunlight, being the bane of Cainite kind, cannot easily be resisted with the powers of their Blood. Fortitude does not provide its normal Soak Agg until the Cainite has 4 dots in the Discipline. Also keep in mind that Sun Damage is immediate, this means that as soon as a character is exposed they take the damage, so putting a hat on once every 30 seconds will result in more damage from Sun than just walking around exposed.