Heard of Vampire the Masquerade, but you don’t know where to begin with it’s lore and story? Not sure how to roleplay some of the factions?
The villains of Vampire the Masquerade range in variety and tactics, from royal vampire families, to humans with big guns. The key is figuring how each enemy plays differently so you can make each game unique.
But, no matter how powerful these villains, how evil their intentions, there is one thing they cannot escape…
Me, making up a bunch of yearbook titles to make fun of them.
Most Likely to Complain About Tax Hikes on the Rich – The Camarilla
The Camarilla were the once leaders of the Vampire world. They hide in the shadows, drinking the blood of mortals, quietly spreading their thralls into the world…
And they are such babies about everything.
What happens when the vampire community asks for some changes in leadership? The Camarilla slaughter people. What happens when the vampire community notices that the higher ups are getting all the fame and fortune? The Camarilla slaughter people. They are all privileged snobs who literally live in an ivory tower.
I mean, come on. You can do something for the aesthetic, but once you unintentionally cause multiple vampire revolutions, maybe you should consider if you are the problem.
In short: how do you play Camarilla? Be obnoxious, snobby, and crazy influential in the world.
Most Likely to Be Spying On Your Phone Right Now – The Second Inquisition
Made up of the CIA, Interpol, and every other human led secret government organization in the world, the Second Inquisition is a secret network of agents out to destroy the vampire threat. They have already wiped out a huge section of the Tremere family in Vienna. With increased world surveillance, the Second Inquisition is everywhere, and ready to strike at any moment.
The best way to play as the Second Inquisition is sticking to the shadows, or hide in plain sight. The Second Inquisition lends itself a unique opportunity for an NPC to betray the party, secretly being an agent, ready to kill the party the moment they think they are safe. This could also help induce paranoia in the party to not trust mortals, or people outside of their coterie.
All to say: backstab, keep hidden, and them hit them where it hurts. Just make sure to use these tactics sparingly, or your party will quickly grow jaded from the game.
Most Likely to Have Anger Management Issues – Werewolves
This is where I am a little confused by the Vampire: The Masquerade lore. Vampires and werewolves are ancient enemies. They both hide in secret, lingering in darkness, out of sight of mortals.
The thing is – why are all vampires and werewolves enemies?
It mentions an ancient hate between each other, but nothing else. I can understand the Camarilla being the traditional, hateful little bastards they are, but the Anarch’s? You would they would be sympathetic to another group of people who cannot control or trust their instincts. Seems like a worthy ally to have, especially against the Camarillian’s.
I could see in this new time of Anarch government, a melding of the two factions. Then, two unlikely figures, one vampire, one werewolf, fall into a deep and passionate love, leading to…
Wait. I think I have read this fan fiction somewhere.
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