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Chronicles of Darkness - Vampire: the Requiem Second Edition

Requiem CofD (aka Requiem 2e) Character Template
Requiem CofD (aka Requiem 2e) Genre Directory

"God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. Yet his shadow still looms. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned, has bled to death under our knives; who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves?"
-Friedrich Nietzsche

Overview

What would you do if today was the last day of your life? It’s the kind of question you never answer honestly until it’s too late. Until the last day of your life was yesterday, until you wake up in a stranger’s bedroom with a hunger like fire. One of the graced, the cursed, the beautiful, the damned. One of us. You belong to the night, now, to the streetlights and the concrete and the howl of sirens. To the glitter and the gore. To a world of want and need and kill. Welcome to the first night of your life. What are you going to do?

Genre Staff

Global Chronicle Storyteller (CST Chronicles of Darkness): Alex Strange
BtS Genre Storyteller (GST Requiem CofD): Sara Hastings
GWB Genre Storyteller (GST Requiem CofD): Aaron Gomez

Characters

Creation

Vampires are created through the Embrace; in this, a vampire drains the 'candidate' of all their blood and replaces it with a small amount (generally a single drop) of their own in this is a portion of the vampires very soul (a piece that cannot be recovered and mentally weakens the vampire). This causes the corpse to rise as a new vampire, usually instantly. The vampire who initiates the Embrace is the Sire; the new vampire is the Sire's Childe.

Once Embraced, the candidate changes considerably. The internal organs wither away, almost all body fluids are replaced with blood (so vampires will sweat and cry blood under certain circumstances), they are incapable of eating food (vomiting it up almost instantly), have no need nor interest in sex (although they can imitate the physical reactions if needed), do not blink (as their eyes do not need moisture), and have no need to breathe (though does so to speak). They are no longer human. They are now Kindred (the title that Vampires call themselves).

As a result, a vampire is paler and generally thinner than they were prior their Embrace. Certain clans have more extreme physical changes, as mentioned below.

Once Embraced, vampires are locked into a form of stasis. Apart from wounds (healed with blood), vampires are restored to their condition at the time of Embrace every time they rise up for the night (cut hair regrows to its original length, newly printed tattoos vanish, piercings close, etc...). This physical condition eventually extends to their mindsets — old vampires find it very hard to learn new things.

Vampires from every bloodline have superhuman attributes (all can gain temporary bursts of speed or strength), but in certain clans one of each may be superior to other clans.

The Blood

Kindred use blood (also called Vitae) for a variety of purposes:

  • To rise each evening when the sunsets
  • To enhance their physical attributes and use supernatural powers Disciplines.
  • To Embrace (as noted above)
  • To create Ghouls (living mortals empowered and addicted to the Vitae of their 'creator').
  • To heal damage.

Feeding

Blood is usually replaced by feeding off humans. While vampires can feed on animals, they do not enjoy the taste of it and more powerful vampires will acquire no sustenance from it. The process of taking blood is euphemistically called the Kiss or feeding. Vampires do not have to completely drain a victim, although frenzying vampires are likely to do so. Vampires can hide the puncture marks of feeding by licking the wounds, making the process fairly subtle.

The Feeding process is highly pleasurable, arguably the only pleasure, for vampires; and is also extremely pleasurable for victims. Vessels who are drained regularly can become addicted to the Kiss.

Weakness

Vampires are highly vulnerable to a some physical threats, most importantly sunlight and fire. Vampires burn easily, and will spontaniously combust almost instantly in sunlight. However, outside of these, vampires are very hard to kill - bullets do not cause much damage (as they no longer possess any vital organs), and their superior strength, speed, and stamina make them true monsters in combat.

In addition to the physical changes, vampires experience extreme intellectual and emotional changes. The vampire is now a predator, and has a raging id called the Beast. This Beast reacts to a variety of stimuli, notably hunger, anger, and fear. The Beast continuously assaults the character, and if the Beast's demands exceed the character's own capacity to control it, will react in a Frenzy or Rötschreck. Vampires can permanently lose control to the Beast, entering Wassail, a state of permanent Frenzy. In this condition, all humanity is lost and the vampire becomes a draugr, a mindless killing machine.

Torpor

When severely wounded, vampires can pass into a deathlike stasis called Torpor, which allows them to heal more extreme damage. Torpor can last for centuries depending on the circumstances, and as a vampire gets older, Torpor becomes a more attractive option. Some vampires have been in Torpor for millennia.

Clans

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Every vampire belongs to a particular lineage called a Clan; it defines the abilities they can develop as well as certain tendencies to flaws and personality, though in those instances they are not all-defining.

  • The Daeva evoke the image of vampires as seductive, decadent, sexually transgressive predators who blur lust and hunger together, equating the act of feeding with sensual pleasure. The majority of "Succubi" are found within the Invictus.
  • The Gangrel embody the idea of vampires as predatory feral demons. The "Savages" are often devoted to the Circle of the Crone, though more 'pro-active' Kindred align with the Carthian Movement.
  • The Mekhet embody the idea of a shadowy vampire lord, omniscient and unseen. The "Shadows" are frequently found with the Carthian Movement or Lancea et Santumn, though a number also work within the Circle of the Crone.
  • The Nosferatu are the repulsive, yet fascinating, alien monsters of legend. The 'Haunts' can be found within every Covenant.
  • The Ventrue are regal vampires who value power and dominion to the point of obsession, self-styled "lords of the night". These "Lords" are often associated with the Invictus, though just as many work within the Ordo Dracul.

Exceptions exist, but are few and far between. The Akhud were tied to an ancient Middle-Eastern curse, if they existed at all. The Julii vanished with Rome, apparently destroyed by the Strix. The strange Pijavica of Eastern Europe were gone by the end of the 19th century. And the Jiang Shi are kept in a Malthusian check of their own awkward Embrace.

Bloodlines

Certain clan members find ways to refine their Blood, transmuting it such they develop new powers and flaws, though they retain quintessential qualities of their clan. Such lineages are known as Bloodlines. Most bloodlines can only exist within certain clans, though rare exceptions of multi-clan bloodlines do exist.

Covenants

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Over the course of vampire history, five major political factions known as Covenants have emerged.

  • The Carthian Movement works towards finding the best form of government for the Kindred, basing its experiments on mortal systems like Democracy, Fascism and the like. It is by far the youngest Covenant, and many of its members are young by vampiric standards.
  • The Circle of the Crone is a collection of many faiths, pagan cults of every stripe who worship a goddess that can be equated with the eponymous Crone. They practice the dark magic of Crúac, and call their largest meetings during major pagan holidays.
  • The Invictus believe themselves heirs to the Camarilla, an ancient organization of vampires thought to be the greatest union in their long history. They are the most influential of the Covenants, and hold a large percentage of Kindred power positions.
  • The Lancea et Sanctum believe they have been put on the earth by God deliberately as a curse, to prey upon the sinful and test the faith of the pious. Their sorcerous practice, Theban Sorcery, is the invocation of dark miracles upon the world.
  • The Ordo Dracul claim to be Dracula's descendants, and study what it means to be a vampire, with the aim to transcend its limitations. Following in the footsteps of Dracula himself, they have developed Coils of the Dragon that remove certain weaknesses of their state.

Those that claim no membership in any Covenant are referred to as Unaligned.

Smaller splinter Covenants are said to exist, though their presence is rarely felt. But there is also an adversary, known only as VII; they hunt other Kindred, they might be in league with the Strix, and they always leave behind their sign or brand.

Courts in Australia

Courts in North America

Player Resources

These are some additional pages with information for players from the GST Requiem.

Shadowplay International Resources

These are some additional pages with information for players from the CST CofD.