Lonely Together

The Neglatu, a new bloodline for Vampire: The Requiem.

Happy New Year, everyone! Blood and Smoke came out last month, and the reception has been amazing. Thank you to all of you who bought the book, and especially to those of you who assisted in the open development process.

Since Blood and Smoke didn’t include any bloodlines for space reasons, writer David Hill and I decided to post one here. We also thought we’d take the opportunity to experiment a little with what a bloodline can be and how bloodline-specific powers work. Let us know what you think.

Neglatu

by David Hill

The Neglatu rise alone from the dead. Unlike most Kindred, they do not wake to a sire’s welcome. As result, they never accept a moment alone. They surround themselves with other Damned corpses. They create entire nests of revenants to keep them company, and to defend them from those Kindred intolerant of “reckless” Embraces.

Many Neglatu go through their Requiems never knowing the truth of the Embrace; they believe revenant awakening is the only way to create vampires. The revenant Embrace is natural to the Neglatu, so much so that they usually continue to eschew Kindred tradition even once “educated”.

Background: The Neglatu are an unusual line. Usually, bloodlines extend outward along family lines, with occasional infusions of adoptees. Neglatu aren’t even members of a single clan. They’re more a phenomenon. Their story, spread by their few elders and Kindred scholars who study the abnormal, says that they evolved out of a roving swarm of revenants in the cradle of civilization. To hear the Neglatu elders tell it, these revenants were the first vampires. A few of this rabble of unruly dead rose to the top and became full Kindred.

The elders say the Neglatu uplifted themselves. Other, more conventional Kindred believe that they destroyed or fled the vampire that uplifted them. The cynical (and the All Night Society has plenty of those) say that they found a powerful vampire, overwhelmed him as a swarm, and committed Amaranth to uplift themselves.

Over the centuries, Neglatu nests have appeared across the world. Their would-be Kindred never know where they came from. Typically, this leads to similar creation myths for the local broods. In New York, for example, nobody knows where the Neglatu came from, but they’ve known to avoid the subway systems from the night they opened. Their oldest tell of an ancient vampire unearthed in the construction, whose caustic blood both killed and resurrected many of the construction workers. These monsters became the local Neglatu.

Neglatu spread. Eventually, revenant broods grow too large for comfort. A city’s progenitor uplifts her favorite revenant, and sends the new Neglatu out with a fraction of the brood to seed a new branch of the improvised family.

The Becoming: Most Neglatu induct new members when they uplift them from revenant status. To the Neglatu, uplifting does not make a revenant Kindred, it makes her Neglatu. Often, a bloodline member will uplift the most favored of his brood of revenants, in order to expand and branch out. Some of the most ancient Neglatu keep enormous networks of lesser Neglatu and their own broods. These networks make excellent scapegoats and targets for the “legitimate” Kindred of a city.

Requirements: Neglatu must begin their Requiems as revenants. Being uplifted into the line doesn’t have a clan requirement. However, an Avus inducting a former revenant who has already been uplifted must share clan blood with the new family member.

In the Danse Macabre: Many Neglatu maintain only loose ties with their more numerous Kindred. They’ll negotiate territories and assert their right to the revenant Embrace, but otherwise ignore the Danse Macabre. Others jump headlong into Kindred society, simply claiming their broods as childer, without drawing the distinction of their revenant status. They’re often able to maintain this masquerade within a masquerade, as Neglatu revenants have advantages that make them harder to spot than an ordinary revenant.

Bloodline Bane: Neglatu maintain their parent clan banes. Additionally, Neglatu cannot employ the blood bond; they must maintain loyalty through other means.

The Agah

The Neglatu gift is the Agah, the “crown.”

  • When a Neglatu kills a mortal she’s fed from, subtract her Blood Potency from her Humanity when determining if the victim rises a revenant.

  • A Neglatu does not lose Humanity when uplifting a revenant, so long as she inducts the uplifted revenant into the bloodline.

  • A Neglatu’s revenants do not suffer the full effects of the hunger that normally curses their kind. A revenant that sleeps within arm’s reach of her Neglatu creator does not lose all her Vitae while she sleeps. Instead, her Vitae only evacuates down to the Neglatu’s Blood Potency dots. So, a Blood Potency 3 Neglatu’s brood awakens each night with three Vitae, or whatever they went to sleep with, whichever is lower. As with all vampires, they pay one Vitae to rise each night.

  • A Neglatu can grant benefits to her revenant brood. By spending one Vitae, she can divide her Blood Potency however she wishes among any number of revenants. The revenants gain that amount as a bonus on all physical or perception-based rolls. This bonus lasts for the rest of the night.

  13 comments for “Lonely Together

  1. nofather
    January 14, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Hey, nice. I really liked the whole revenants-being-uplifted thing and the different ways of becoming a vampire.

    I also appreciate being given a bloodline to work with.

  2. Ramza
    January 14, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Cool idea, I really like revenants and a line of them is a great idea. Also loving bloodlines having abilities that aren’t just devotions or disciplines, I’ve had lots of bloodline ideas that don’t really fit either of those options perfectly.

    Thanks!

  3. Yossarian
    January 14, 2014 at 10:56 am

    I really like the idea of powers that aren’t disciplines or proprietary devotions. And I’m happy to see a preview of the new Bloodline layout.

  4. Charlaquin
    January 14, 2014 at 11:27 am

    “By spending one Vitae, she can divide her blood potency however she wishes among any number of revenants.”

    What does it mean for the Neglatu to “divide her blood potency”? Does the Neglatu keep her blood potency and have an equal amount she can distribute among her brood, or does every dot she gives out have to come out of her pool, effectively decreasing her BP for the night? If the latter, that would be a really cool way for an older Neglatu to feed more easily.

    Well done on this bloodline! Perfectly suited for my upcoming game too, one of my players in the “find fear” step of climbing the ladder decided his character pushes people away for fear of letting anyone in, but deep down is more afraid of being alone than anything. This whole “alone together” vibe is going to work absolutely perfectly for his Nightmare!

    • Unahim
      January 24, 2014 at 7:41 pm

      For people reading in the future: this has been answered on the forum by one of the writers, MachineIV. He stated that the Neglatu’s blood potency is not lowered for the duration of the ability, but you can only have one instance of the ability up at any time.

  5. Rani
    January 14, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Awesome, reminds me of Vampire/Vampire Spawn from D&D though… which is pretty cool.

  6. January 14, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    I like the non-Discipline gift as well. And the image of a Neglatu surrounded by revenants as they sleep.

  7. Martin
    January 15, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Pretty nice work, but some of the “gifts” could do with a bit of clarification :)

  8. William R
    January 19, 2014 at 4:07 am

    Can we anticipate update rules for existing bloodlines soon? I imagine many other groups are eager to update their ongoing games as quickly as possible…

  9. Brian Goubeaux
    January 20, 2014 at 4:37 am

    Yeah, I want to know the other bloodlines that you guys wanted to place in the Blood and Smoke book as well. Plus, will these bloodlines be sanctioned for use in Mind’s Eye Society games?

    • IanW
      January 20, 2014 at 6:55 am

      Their use in MES games is entirely up to MES. We’re a tabletop RPG company, and have no input into how they run things.

    • January 20, 2014 at 12:49 pm

      I’m actually working with MES to get our material up and running for them. I’ve not had much time, since I’m in the middle of a move to the other side of the world. But MES is interested in switching to B&S; it’s just a question of logistics.

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