Sorcery and Necromancy

Open Development, Vampire: The Masquerade

Big Ritual Blood Play

Big Ritual Blood Play

Picking up momentum, here’s Chapter Four, covering the blood magic of the Assamites and the Setites, as well as the various takes on Necromancy of the Giovanni (as well as minor nods to other Necromancers). Matthew turned in a fairly clean draft, although I was more diligent on cleaning up his British English this time around.

One thing to note is there’s another reference to the Telyavelic Tremere here. The Giovanni believe them dead, but I wrote in a page XX reference that will point back to the Sabbat chapter. I kept it in, though, because I think this kind of “he said, she said” Kindred opinion is a stable of Vampire: The Masquerade, but I’m still thinking over the best way to make it clear to the reader that this is intentional without painting potential chronicle options into a corner.

Also, not as many new rituals in this one because there’s a lot of material to cover in a smaller space. Plus, a lot of this points to the converted material in Chapter Seven, so I’m hoping it ultimately balances out.

Chapter Four: The Independents

  3 comments for “Sorcery and Necromancy

  1. Phaolan
    June 3, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Regarding the ‘he said/she said’ notion of ‘canon’ and history: I’d say that a quick little sentence in the introductory ‘Another Bloody Thaumaturgy Book!?’ blurb addressing perspectives of various groups would suffice. Even if it’s written ‘out of character,’ the statements only truly apply to the group that’s the subject of the chapter (or the needs of the story!). I mean, the Sabbat chapter is going to be from a Sabbat bias, and the Anarchs chapter isn’t going to delve into the depths of what the Amr in Alamut knows, right?

    …I really like the tone you’re getting in these chapters, and I commend your attitude towards the open development process. Keep up the great work!

    • June 12, 2013 at 6:13 pm

      Thanks for the kind words! 🙂

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