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Offline Nigama

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Buck the Clan Stereotypes! <Vampire>
« on: January 21, 2012, 07:21:03 PM »
That's right.. buck'm.  Buck'm straight to hell.

I never did like the clan stereotypes, even if I get the reason for them.  Still, I think it's fun to create characters that buck the typical clan stereotype model. So let's do it in typical game/post fashion.. I'll post up the first one so people can see how it's done and then I'll post the suggestion for the next one.  The person that makes a character from my suggested idea then suggests the next idea and so on and so forth.  You get it?

I'll start with a Gangrel.

"Artemas Christopher Shaw III, born to a wealthy New York family, "Art" was obsessed with computers and always had the latest technology.  He excelled in the city's finest private schools and eventually went away to Stanford University.  On his return from his freshman year, Art's uncle and younger brother, Bernard Alexander Shaw II, both avid outdoors and sportsmen, persuaded Art to go camping with them when Prospect Park in Brooklyn opened the park up to outdoor camping for one night, an annual favorite of Bernie's.  They arrived early, and meticulously setup camp while Bernie roved around the neighbors camps with other kids his age.  As the sun started to go down, they setup a small fire in the designated pit to cook marshmallows.  He had leaned forward and was watching the flames lick at the white marshmallow, slowing turning it brown and then black.

It was then that he heard the first scream.  It ripped through the early evening, shattering the calm silence.  Next, he heard tires screeching on a nearby road, and gunshots rang out in bursts.  His uncle pushed Bernie and himself into the tent where they huddled.  Uncle Miles whispered for them to stay quiet and then went back outside of the tent to investigate.  As their uncle left the safety of their tent something hit him hard and pulled him out of sight.  Art jumped up, with Bernie close behind him, and dashed out of the tent.  They saw a man in rough, dirty clothes and dark hair apparently kissing their uncle's neck.. and strangely their uncle seemed to be enjoying it.  Finally, the stranger let Miles drop to the ground with a hard thud, then quickly knelt down and put his wrist to Miles lips.  Then the stranger turned towards Art and Bernie, bright red blood still trickling down his forearm. 

Art tried to tell the stranger to stop, but the stranger just came at him too fast.  It was all a blur, he could still hear Bernie screaming, but time had slowed down and his mind couldn't keep up.  Suddenly, he felt it all slipping away, forgetting what it was he was so worried about, knowing it was finally time to sleep...  and then a rush came over him and his eyes snapped open.  He gasped, but it was not for air.  He didn't know for how long he'd been out, but his uncle was again locked in combat with the stranger and his younger brother was pulling at his arm, screaming for them to run. 

And so they did.  Once away from the park, they broke a window in a basement apartment and snuck inside quietly.  After several hours, and once the gunfire had completely faded, they crept back out and made their way to the closest subway.  Tired and weary they returned home to tell their parents of the tragedy.

The police insisted on interviewing both of them the next day, but the family managed to defer it until the evening since Art had slept in late.  His parents attributed this as a reaction to seeing his uncle murdered.  The police claimed it was a gang war over territory in Bed-Sty (neighborhood of Brooklyn) and that the violence spilled over into the park.  Wrong place.  Wrong time. 

That night, he had another visitor, a man named Ashkelon who claimed to be a vampire, and who offered Art a choice between his own destruction or joining their vampiric society under Ashkelon's tutelage.  He chose the latter and slowly began to learn about what he had become."

Name: Artemas Christopher Shaw III
Concept - Buck the Stereotype (Gangrel Style)
Clan: Greek (City) Gangrel
Gen: 13th
Nature: Architect      Demeanor: Bravo

Physical
--Str 2
--Dex 2
--Stam 2
Social
--Char 4
--Man 4
--App 2
Mental
--Perc 2
--Intel 3
--Wits 3

Talents
--Alertness 2
--Athletics 2
--Empathy 1
--Expression 2
--Intimidation 2
--Leadership 3
--Subterfuge 1
Skills
--Etiquette 2
--Performance 3
----guitar, piano, violin
Knowledges
--Academics 2
--Computer 3
--Finance 1
--Politics 1
--Science 1
--Technology 1

Backgrounds
--Mentor 3
--Resources 4
--Allies 3
--Herd 1

Disciplines
--Celerity 1
--Obfuscate 1
--Dominate 1

Virtues
--Conscience 2
--Self Control 5
--Courage 3

Humanity: 7
Willpower: 6

Merits
--Computer Aptitude (2)
--Calm Heart (3)
--Enchanting Voice (2)
--Blush of Health (2)
--Eat Food (1)
--Additional Discipline - Dominate (5)
--Natural Leader (1)

Flaws:
--Prey Exclusion - Animals (1) (His rationale: They are beneath him and he finds it disgusting).
--Vengeful (Sabbat) (2)
--Bound (Ashkelon) (2)
--Xylophobia (Fear of Forests) (2)



I'll suggest for the next Buck the Stereotype: Ventrue
« Last Edit: January 21, 2012, 07:28:02 PM by Nigama »
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Re: Buck the Clan Stereotypes! <Vampire>
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2012, 11:01:46 PM »
Ashkelon stared hard at the young-seeming man in front of him. The youth of this day and age were so ill-kempt compared to the finely-wrought wardrobes of his own people and era. This one wore a rumpled white shirt, and pants that almost slipped off his waist. The look might've been attractive - in a vague, provocative kind of way - on a woman, but Ashkelon could see no such redeeming value in Artemas' attire.
Ashkelon demurely placed his hands before his navel, sable fingers interlocking in a complex and elegant pattern. The bright blue cuffs of his heavily embroidered robe slipped down over his hands, covering the powerful sinews that bespoke the hard life of a swordsman. It would not do to intimidate the young Kindred, not if Ashkelon hoped to escape the situation without bloodshed. Few other Hounds truly appreciated the social approach.
Ashkelon could understand the confusion and pathetically-hidden terror that the young man was experiencing. Nobody expected a black man to be a vampire. No, not since Dracula. Vampires were only from Europe, yes? They were all supposed to be pale to the point of translucence, with glossy black hair and prone to smiling too much. No one who knew Ashkelon would ever accuse him of smiling too much. Nor was he doing so now.
"The offer, I repeat, is a simple one: if you do not agree to abide by the rules of our society, you also forego all the rights that pertain to it. One of these rights - and the one that most immediately concerns you - is existence." Inside the broad and heavy cuff, Ashkelon's fingers were fondling the pearlescent pommel of his dagger. Unless the next words out of the neonate's mouth were "Oh, yes, Ashkelon, I submit to your will" (or words to that effect), the whelp would not get the chance to utter anything else.
"Um... Uh... Can I think about it?"
"No."
"God damn. This is serious, isn't it? I really don't have a choice here, do I?"
Ashkelon cocked his head, intrigued at the young man's phrasing.
"There is always a choice. The options are laid out clearly before you."
"'Join up or die?' That's not much of a choice!"
"And yet, those are the options available to you."
"What if I... just... stayed quiet about this whole thing? Or, hell - I could leave New York. You'd never need to see me again." Artemas spread his arms wide, a placating gesture, while his head hung low and submissive. His eyes, however... He had the eyes of a predator, never once leaving those of Ashkelon. If he was going to survive, he would have to break himself of that habit. Even now, Ashkelon could dominate his will and force him to travel with the Hound into the very company of the Prince, who would render final judgment upon him. That would be an unpleasant experience for all parties, given how deep underground Calebros' lair was. But such methods were for those agents who could not enforce their will through more direct means.
Ashkelon, in one swift and ostentatious move withdrew the dagger from its sheath inside his cuff, spun it over the backs of his fingers, and leapt forward with the point jabbing at Artemas' crotch. The neonate leapt back with a yelp, his spread arms flopping around trying to give him balance. Ashkelon did not give him the chance, leading with the dagger until the neonate was back against the wall, arms still spread.
"Your reflexes reveal how desperately in need of guidance you are. You move to protect your penis, and yet it is now nothing more than a swinging sack of flesh. What you should have done is move to protect your heart, for -" Ashkelon reversed the direction of the dagger, pricking the soft flesh of Artemas' left breast with the devious point "- that is now the single most important organ in your body." One simple thrust through the gap in the ribcage and the neonate would be putty in Ashkelon's hands. Or, to be more accurate, more like a cumbersome plank.
"Easy, fuck, EASY! Okay, damn, okay, damn! I'll come with you! Shit, I just need to grab some stuff! I need to say goodbye to my-"
"No."
"-family... 'No'?"
"No. We leave now and we leave silently, or only I leave." The young man's antics were already beginning to irritate Ashkelon's nerves. It would require a great deal of work and patience on his part to teach the young Gangrel the new rules of survival. It would probably involve a great deal of pain, and at that thought, Ashkelon parted his lips, revealing the shining ivory lengths of his fangs, and smiled.


(Using V20 rules.)
Name: Ashkelon Akinar
Clan: Ventrue
Nature: Soldier
Demeanor: Director

Physical: Str 4, Dex 3, Sta 3
Social: Cha 2, Man 3, App 2
Mental: Per 2, Int 2, Wit 3

Talents: Alertness 3, Athletics 3, Brawl 3, Expression 1, Intimidation 4, Leadership 2, Streetwise 1
Skills: Crafts 1 (Weapon Maintenance), Etiquette 2, Firearms 3, Melee 4, Stealth 1, Survival 2
Knowledges: Academics 3 (Modern History, African History, Geography), Investigation 3, Law 3 (Princely Edicts, the Masquerade, the Traditions), Occult 1 (Camarilla Lore), Politics 1

Backgrounds: Contacts 3 (Federico diPadua, assorted), Generation 3, Herd 3 (African women wearing traditional clothing), Mentor 2 (an increasingly-distant relationship with Lucinde, the Ventrue Justicar), Resources 3 (dispensed by the Prince), Status 3 (Camarilla Hound)

Disciplines: Auspex 1, Dominate 3, Fortitude 3, Presence 1

Virtues: Conscience 2, Self-Control 4, Courage 4

Humanity: 5

EDIT

Willpower: 7

Merits and Flaws: Permanent Fangs (3pt Flaw), Coldly Logical (1pt Merit), Language 2 (French, English), Bullyboy (2pt Merit), Eerie Presence (2pt Flaw)

EDIT

Next Suggested Clan: Assamite

*cough*
« Last Edit: March 05, 2012, 04:14:08 PM by Rick Gentle »
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Re: Buck the Clan Stereotypes! <Vampire>
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2012, 11:58:05 PM »
First of all, love it!  Didn't expect to see you continue on the fiction!  Nicely done!

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Fixed.

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Humanity: 5
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He has zero Willpower?

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And you forgot to suggest the next clan!

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:) Sweet job with Ash, tho
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Re: Buck the Clan Stereotypes! <Vampire>
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2012, 07:39:25 PM »
Alright then.  Rick seems to have disappeared so I'll toss out the next clan to buck.

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Re: Buck the Clan Stereotypes! <Vampire>
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2012, 01:26:24 AM »
Edited.

*cough*
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Re: Buck the Clan Stereotypes! <Vampire>
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2012, 02:21:16 PM »
I have pretty much never played a "By the book" character...

Cam Gangrel who after being embraced left the swamps and discovered how much there was to see in do in the city.

Tremere who never had interest in dusty old tomes, instead focusing on computers and cybernetics.

Malkavian who rather than silly or wacky was deadly serious (granted, there's a lot of these now, but this was back in the day of the sillier the better).

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Re: Buck the Clan Stereotypes! <Vampire>
« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2012, 05:23:10 AM »
Assamite, uh ?

Once, I made a pacifist Assamite, a socialite who was embraced to be a "face" for the Clan in Camarilla cities, to contact the clan in case of need. But she was pacifist and would avoid contracts to be made unless it suited her own political interests ;)

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Re: Buck the Clan Stereotypes! <Vampire>
« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2012, 09:04:01 AM »
Assamite, uh ?

Once, I made a pacifist Assamite, a socialite who was embraced to be a "face" for the Clan in Camarilla cities, to contact the clan in case of need. But she was pacifist and would avoid contracts to be made unless it suited her own political interests ;)

I like that concept.  Still, doesn't seem *that* out of what I'd expect of the Clan, tho.  It's definitely against the Silent Assassin stereotype.  But the Clan also has Viziers and it sounds like that'd be a perfect role for a Vizier.  And she could still pursue lowering her generation via blood tithes and payments.

I have my concept for a Buck the Stereotype - Assamite complete, I just have to sit down to put him on paper and do a lil light internet research.

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Re: Buck the Clan Stereotypes! <Vampire>
« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2012, 06:54:14 AM »
I don't like assamites, I prefer having the seven camarilla clans and a few oddities, not full blooded clans and all that... but that's just my vision :)

Oh, next clan would be....

Malkavian

It's hard, I know, good luck ! :D

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Re: Buck the Clan Stereotypes! <Vampire>
« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2012, 05:12:21 PM »
Since nobody's posted in a while I'll try to get one up tonight.

I'll do a Daeva: think Ash Rivers and Jeanette had a child if you don't know that clan.


I'm skipping Malk cause I wouldn't even know what the "stereotype" is to buck...  :rofl:


Ok -- here's the "flavor text" for the clan for those of you without the "new and improved" Vampire 2.0:

The Daeva are emotional, sensual and desirable. Sexual
predators and sensual hedonists alike populate the ranks of
these succubi-seducers.

Among Kindred historians, the Daeva are suspected of being
one of the oldest clans of the Damned. Their moniker
suggests a Persian mythological origin, and their abilities suggest
that they could be related to the demons from which
they take their name. A few ancient writings suggest that the
progenitor of the line was a Kindred known as Aesma Daeva,
but vampiric scholars debate whether this individual was actually
undead or the writings merely draw comparisons to the
Persian demon of lust and anger.

The name “Daeva” predates the commonly accepted origin
point of Kindred society, generally understood to parallel the
ascension of Rome. Certainly, some incarnation of the Daeva
existed before then, but whether they had their own society
or were merely a rabble of lust-crazed revenants is unknown.
After the rise of Rome, the Daeva had become an inextricable
part of Kindred society, and vampiric history shows that
they were very active in the Camarilla, the first known social
contract of the undead.
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Re: Buck the Clan Stereotypes! <Vampire>
« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2012, 05:28:00 PM »
This is the OWoD section.  NWoD is over here

Not that I won't still read your character, just thought it'd be more appropriate to start a new thread for NWoD vampire clans to buck their stereotypes.  Otherwise could get confusing. Best of luck with whatever you decide.

Also, nobody seems to be following *the rules*.   :haw:  If you post a character, you need to post the next clan (*looks at a certain Gangrel*), and if you DON'T post a character, you're not allowed to toss out the next clan (*looks at a certain French Tremere*), and if you're posting NWoD clans in an OWoD thread, you're just doin' it wrong (*looks at a mouse*)!

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Re: Buck the Clan Stereotypes! <Vampire>
« Reply #11 on: February 01, 2012, 05:32:38 PM »
Since nobody's posted in a while I'll try to get one up tonight.

Indeed.  I have an Assamite concept pretty much ready to go, I've just been lazy about putting him down on paper in lieu of other work.  I should do that tonight.

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I'm skipping Malk cause I wouldn't even know what the "stereotype" is to buck...  :rofl:

Hmm... I think this might merit some discussion.  I was thinking the same thing.. I really don't know what a "stereotype" is for a Malkavian except "crazy."  So I guess out of stereotype Malk is someone who *seems* incredibly normal whenever they are around people... but are bat shit crazy when alone.  Is there any other way to buck the Malkavian stereotype?  I've seen Malks portrayed as silly and also as somewhat sane (a la Dr. Grout).  Is there really a Malkavian stereotype?

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Re: Buck the Clan Stereotypes! <Vampire>
« Reply #12 on: February 01, 2012, 05:44:18 PM »
But I had asked for a Malkie concept !

Malkie concepts are generally high mental... and Talented.

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Re: Buck the Clan Stereotypes! <Vampire>
« Reply #13 on: February 02, 2012, 04:22:11 AM »
This is the Owod subsection, daeva are nwod....

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Re: Buck the Clan Stereotypes! <Vampire>
« Reply #14 on: February 02, 2012, 08:21:38 AM »
This is the Owod subsection, daeva are nwod....

Meh...

Like I bother to check what folder a post is in when I check unread posts  :taunt:


Ok, since I get to pick the next one: You want Old World of Darkness? Show me a Camarilla Tzimicshe.
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