Merits

  • Acute Sense (1 pt): One of your senses is exceptionally sharp, be it sight, hearing, sound, taste or touch. The difficulties for all tasks involving the use of this particular sense are reduced by 2. This Merit can be combined iwth the Discipline of Auspex to produce superhuman sensory acuity.
  • Ambidexterity (1 pt): You have a high degree of off-hand dexterity and can perform tasks with the “wrong” hand at no penalty. The rules for taking multiple actions still apply, but you do not suffer a difficulty penalty if you use wo weapons or are forced to use your off hand.
  • Bruiser (1 pt): Your appearance is sufficiently thug-like to inspire fear (or at least disquiet) in those who see you. While you’re not necessarily ugly, you do radiate a quiet menace, to the point where people cross the street to avoid passing near you. All Intimidation rolls against those who have not demonstrated their physical superiority to you are at -1 difficulty.
  • Catlike Balance (1 pt): You possess an innately perfect sense of balance. Characters with this Merit reduce difficulties of all balance-related rolls. (e.g., Dexterity + Athletics to walk along a narrow ledge) by 2.
  • Early Riser (1 pt): No one can explain it, but you seem to have the ability to work on less rest than your fellow vampires. You always seem to be the first to rise and the last to go to bed, even if you’ve been out until dawn. Your humanity or Path score is considered to be 10 for purposes of deciding when you rise each evening. Vampires with this Merit cannot take the Deep Sleeper Flaw.
  • Eat Food (1 pt): You have the capacity to eat food and even savor its taste. While you cannot derive any nourishment from eating regular foods, this ability will serve you well in pretending to be human. Of course, you can’t digest what you eat, and there will be some point during the evening when you have to heave it back up.
  • Friendly Face (1 pt): You have a face that reminds everyone of someone, to the point where strangers are inclined to be well-inclined toward you because of it. The effect doesn’t fade even if you explain the “mistake”, leaving you at -1 difficulty on all appropriate Social-based rolls (yes for Seduction, no for Intimidation, for example) when a stranger is involved. This Merit only functions on a first meeting.
  • Blush of Health (2 pt): You look more hale and healthy in appearance than other vampires, allowing you to blend with human society much more easily. You still retain the color of a living mortal, and your skin feels only slightly cool to the touch.
  • Enchanting Voice (2 pt): There is something about your voice that others cannot ignore. When you command, they are cowed. When you seduce, they swoon. Whether thundering, soothing, persuading or simply talking, your voice commands attention. The difficulties of all rolls involving the use of the voice to persuade, charm, or command are reduced by 2.
  • Daredevil (3 pt): You are good at taking risks and even better at surviving them. When attempting exceptionally risky non-combat actions (such as leaping from one moving car to another), characters with this Merit add an additional 3 dice to their rolls, and negate a single botch die that may result from such a roll. Generally, such actions must be at least difficulty 8 and have the potential to inflect at least 3 health levels of damage if failed.
  • Efficient Digestion (3 pt): You are able to draw more than the usual amount of nourishment from blood. When feeding, you gain an additional point to your blood poool for every two points of blood you consume. This does not allow you to exceed your blood pool maximum.
  • Huge Size (4 pt): You are abnormally large in size, at least 6’10 and 300 lbs in weight (well over 2 meters tall and over 130 kgs). Aside from making you extremely noticeable to the public, this extra mass bestows an additional Bruised health level. Characters with this Merit may also gain bonuses to push objects, open barred doors, avoid being knocked down, etc.

 

Mental Merits

  • Coldly Logical (1 pt): While some might refer to you as a “cold fish”, you have a knack for separating factual reporting from emotional or hysterical coloration. You may or may not emotional yourself, but you can see clearly when others are clouding the facts with their feelings (-1 difficulty on all related rolls).
  • Common Sense (1 pt): You have a significant amount of practical, everyday wisdom. Whenever you are a bout to act in a way contrary to common sense, the Storyteller can make suggestions or warnings about the implications of said action. This is a very useful Merit for beginning players that are unfamiliar with the game.
  • Concentration (1pt): You have the ability to focus your mind and shut out any distractions or annoyances. Characters with this Merit are unaffected by any penalties stemming from distracting circumstances. (eg., loud noises, strobe lights, or hanging upside down).
  • Introspection (2 pt): You have keen insight into the ulterior motives of all your actions. Through this nightly exercise, you also have incredible insight into the underlying motives of others’ actions. Add 2 dice to your Perception dice pool when you must take an action against someone with the same Nature or Demeanor as you.
  • Time Sense (1 pt): You have an innate sense of time and are able to estimate the passage of time accurately without using a watch or other mechanical device.
  • Useful Knowledge (1 pt): You have expertise in a specific field that makes your conversation intriguing to an older vampire (or other older Supernatural being). So long as your knowledge holds the other vampire’s attention, he has vested interest in keeping you around. Then again, once he’s pumped you for every iota of information you possess, that patronage may suddenly vanish. (Note: This Merit should be played like 1 dot Mentor with a specific interest. However, unlike a Mentor, Useful Knowledge does not imply a permanent relationship.)
  • Code of Honor (2 pt): You have a personal code of ethics to which you adhere. The specifics of this code must be worked out with the Storyteller prior to play, and the character must follow it strictly. Characters with this Merit gain two additional dice to all Willpower or Virtue rolls when acting in accordance with their code. (e.g., defending the helpless) or when attempting to avoid situations that might force them to violate their code.
  • Computer Aptitude (2 pt): You are familiar with and talented in the use of computer equipment. Other supernaturals may not understand computers, but to you they are intuitive. All rolls involving computers are at -2 difficulty for you.
  • Eidetic Memory (2 pt): You remember with perfect detail things you see and hear. Documents, photographs, conversations, etc., can be committed to memory with only minor concentration. Under stressful conditions involving numerous distractions, you must make a Perception + Alertness roll (difficulty 6) to summon enough concentration to absorb what your senses detect.
  • Light Sleeper (2 pt): You can awaken instantly at any sign of trouble or danger, and do so without any sleepiness or hesitation. You may ignore rules regarding how Humanity or your morality Path restricts the number of dice available during the day.
  • Natural Linguist (2 pt): You have a flair for languages. You may add 3 dice to any dice pool involving written or spoken languages and each dot in “Linguistics” background grants you +1 additional language for each dot you have in the Background “Linguistics”.
  • Calm Heart (3 pt): You are naturally calm and do not easily fly off the handle. You receive 2 extra dice when atempting to resist Frenzy. Brujah may not take this Merit.
  • Iron Will (3 pt): When you are determined and your mind is set, nothing can thwart you from your goals. Characters using Dementation, Dominate or any other mind-altering magic ritual or spell against your character are at +3 difficulty. Elder levels of Dementation or Dominate may overwhelm even this resistance. Against Level 6 powers the expenditure of a Willpower point through Iron Will only raises the difficulty of the Discipline roll by 2. Against Level 7 powers, that difficulty is by 1. Level 7 and higher cannot be resisted with Iron Will. This Merit does not affect Presence or other powers that focus on a person’s emotions. Characters with Willpower below 8 cannot take this Merit. This Merit is an active merit, rather than a passive one, meaning you must declare you are activating it and spend 1 Willpower point to make it active.
  • Precocious (3 pt): You learn quickly. The time for you to pick up a particular Ability (or Abilities, at Storyteller’s discretion) is cut in half, as is the experience cost.

Social Merits

  • Elysium Regular (1 pt): You spend an unusual amount of time in Elysium. You see and are seen to such an extent that all of the movers and shakers of Elysium at least know who you are. Extended time spent in Eysium also gives you extended opportunities to interact with the Harpies and other Kindred of that stature, and they’ll know your name when you approach them. This Merit is generally taken by vampires that respect and attend Elysium on a regular basis.
  • Former Ghoul (1 pt): You were introduced to the Blood long before you were made Kindred. Your long experience as a ghoul gives you insight into and comfort with vampiric society. You are at a -1 difficulty on all Social rolls when in the presence of other neonates (particularly those who haven’t been educated by their sires) and have a -1 on difficulty on all rolls relating to vampiric knowledge.
  • Harmless (1 pt): Everyone in the city knows you, and knows that you’re no threat to their plans. While that sort of estimation may seem insulting, it’s also what’s kept you from being killed. No one considers you worth their time to deal with, and that low opinion keeps you safe. If you start acting in a way that demonstrates that you are no longer harmless, others’ reactions to you will likely change as a result.
  • Natural Leader (1 pt): Yu are gifted with a certain magnetism to which others naturally defer. You receive 2 extra dice when making Leadership rolls. You must have a Charisma of 3 or greater to purchase this Merit.
  • Prestigious Sire (1 pt): Your sire has or had great status in her Sect or Clan and this has accorded you a certain amount of prestige. Though your sire may no longer have any dealings with you, the simple fact of your ancestry has marked you forever. This prestige might aid you greatly in dealings with other vampires or it might engender jealousy or contempt.
  • Protégé (1 pt): Your sire watched you for some time before Embracing you and spoke glowingly of you to acquaintances. These vampires may be inclined to look favorably on you by dint of your sire’s recommendation; you are at -1 difficulty on Social rolls with all those who’ve heard good things about you.
  • Rep (1 pt): Your fame has exceeded the bounds of your Sect. Everyone knows who you are, what you’ve done and what you’re supposed to have done (which might not be the same thing). The publicity can be good or bad; what matters is that everybody knows your name. Whether individuals outside of your immediate social circle know enough to match your face to your name is a different matter.
  • Sabbat Survivor (1 pt): You’ve lived through at least one Sabbat attack or attempted recruitment. Your experience helps you anticipate situations where you might potentially be endangered by the Sabbat once again. You re at -1 difficulty on all Perception rolls when it comes to Sabbat-based matters. This Merit is generally taken by groups in conflict with the Sabbat and comes into play most frequently as a means of avoiding ambushes.
  • Boon (1-6 pt): Someone owes you a favor. The vampire in your debt might b the lowliest neonate in the city or might be the Prince herself.; it all depends on how many points the Merit costs. You only have that single favor owed yu (unless you take the merit multiple times) so using it properly is of paramount importance. Depending on status and other factors, the vampire who owes you a favor may well resent his debt and might go out of his way to “settle” it early, even going so far as to create situations from which he must “rescue” you and thus clear the slate.
  • Bullyboy (2 pt): You’re part of the brute squad that the local Sheriff or Bishop calls on when he needs some muscle. As a result, you get in on action that others miss entirely, score points with those in power and occasionally get a chance to act outside of the law law. How far outside the law you can go depends on circumstances and how much the vampire you report to likes you.
  • Old Pal (2 pt): An acquaintance from your breathing days was Embraced at the same time you were. Fortunately your friendship has endured even death and unlife and you find a constant source of support and aid in your old friend. She expects the same of you, which isn’t always convenient, but at least you each have someone to hang onto who remembers the good old nights and days. The Storyteller should play the Old Pal as a very loyal Ally.
  • Lawman’s Friend (2 pt): For whatever reason (maybe your winning smile or perhaps just ur superb groveling technique), the local Shriff or Bishop in charge of discipline likes you. He’s inclined to overlook your minor trespasses and let you in on things you’re not supposed to know about. He even gives you warnings about occasional crackdowns and times when the higher-ups aren’t feeling generous. Of course, abusing this connection might well turn a friendly vampire into an enemy and the change might not be apparent until it’s too late.
  • Open Road (2 pt): Unlike many Kindred, you like to travel. You have a solid knowledge of safe travel routes and methodologies, not to mention haven space available to any number of destinations. Unless someone out there knows your exact route and is specifically looking for you, you cn move between cities unimpeded by random encounters with Lupines, overzealous state troopers and the like.
  • Sanctity (2 pt): This Merit is sometimes called the halo effect. Everyone considers you innocent and pure though not necessarily naive. You have a saint-like quality that is hard to pinpoint but cannot be denied. Yu are trusted even if you are not trustworthy. At the Storyteller’s discretion, you tend to receive lesser punishment for wrongdoing, and you are liked by most.
  • Scholar of Enemies (2 pt): You have taken the time to learn about and specialize in one particular enemy of your Sect. You are aware of at least some of the group’s customs, strategies, abilities and long-term goals and you can put that knowledge to good use. This Merit is worth a -2 difficulty for all non-combat rolls pertaining specifically to the subject of your specialization. On the other hand, you are at a +1 difficulty when it comes to dealing with other enemies, simply because you’re so thoroughly focused on your field.
  • Scholar of Others (2 pt): This Merit functions identically to Scholar of Enemies except that it applies to a group that is not necessarily inimical to your Sect.
  • Friend of the Underground (3 pt): While you’re not a Nosferatu, you know your way around the sewers, tunnels, ducts, subway tubes and other subterranean passages of your hometown. The local Nosferatu (and any other creatures dwelling in the muck) may not actually like you, but they’re not inclined to kill you on sight when they see you in their territory. You are at a -1 difficulty on any rolls involving the subterranean world (sneaking from place to place underground, finding routes into sub-basements and so on). Nosferatu cannot purchase this Merit.
  • Mole (3 pt): You have an informer buried in one of your Sect’s organizations who funnels you all sorts of information as to what her peers are up to. What you do with this information is up to you, but abusing the knowledge might be a good way to get your informer killed. The other side has spies too…
  • Rising Star (3 pt): Youre one of the up-and-comers in the city, a rising star in your Sect. Everyone wants to know you and be your friend, even as those in power groom you for positions of greater responsibility. You are at -1 difficulty on all Social rolls against any vampires in your Sect who aren’t actively opposing yoru ascent.
  • Broken Bond (4 pt): You were once blood-bound but have secretly slipped the leash and you are free to act as you will once more. Your regnant has no idea that you are not in fact bound, and still continues to trat you as if you were. At Storyteller discretion, the experience of having been bound once may render you immune to ever being enthralled again. Sabbt vampires cannot take this Merit.
  • Clan Friendship (4 pt): One paricular Clan (not your own) has a special liking for you. You might have done the Clan as a whole a favor at some point or perhaps you’re just a loud voice in support of their aims. Wahtever the case, you’re at -1 difficulty on all friendly Social rolls involving members of the Clan in question. of course, the reaction your cozy relationship with another Clan is likely to draw from your own Clan leaders is an entirely different can of worms.
  • Primogen/Bishop Friendship (4 pt): The ruling vampires of the city value you and your opinions. You ar ecalled in to consult on decisions and your recommendations carry great weight. Your position my not be na official one, but it’s a powerful nonetheless.