V20 Miami: The Next Generation
Discipline of The Ritual
“In spite of all the refinements of civilization that conspired to make art—the dizzying perfection of the string quartet or the sprawling grandeur of Fragonard’s canvases—beauty was savage. It was as dangerous and lawless as the earth had been eons before man had one single coherent thought in his head or wrote codes of conduct on tablets of clay. Beauty was a Savage Garden.”
Ecirenna is born into extraordinarily rare kindred who subject themselves to the Ritual of Crete or the Ritual of Tallis. The Ritual dates back more than 2,000 years and has been cast only a handful of times since. Ritualists may purchase this discipline as a clan discipline.
“The Dark Gift is different for us all.” —Lestat
Those who have undergone The Ritual know each other. Whether part of a different instance of the Ritual of Crete or Tallis, the feeling is unmistakable. Those who have undergone the Ritual of Crete can also sense those who have undergone the Ritual of Tallis and vice versa.
System: any kindred with The Sensing will feel an unmistakeable sensation of pain and anticipation anytime another kindred who has undergone a separate Ritual of Crete or any who has undergone the Ritual of Tallis. Members of the same Ritual cannot sense each other.
Some kills are righteous kills, some are not. If done for the right reason, cainites may benefit from a fight to the death so long as the death does not result in diablerie.
System: a kindred with The Duelist and the Ritual of Crete who kills a kindred for the sake of justice will gain a random talent or aspect of the one killed, as will those in his group. The same applies to those under the Ritual of Tallis except that the kill must be against one who is actively trying to suppress their cause.
Some Ritualists are more talented with the mind, some with the tongue. This begins to show with The Quickening, an expression of ability.
System: Choose permanently either mental or social attributes. The kindred may boost these abilities with blood just as with physical attributes. This power may not be taken more than once. Usual restrictions on spending blood apply.
••••Memories of Times Before
In some unknown and mysterious way, Ritualists are connected to other times and places. Times present, past and future and beings known or unknown.
System: this power may not be controlled, the kindred will simply receive occasional sights, sounds, smells or other memories of an unknown origin. These sometimes turn out to be very helpful.
It is rumored the Ritualists undergo a gradual transformation to something different than a traditional kindred. It is especially surprising when staking them through the heart does no more than the usual lethal or aggravated damage. There are potential downsides however…
System: the kindred’s center of power shifts from their heart to their brain. Staking the heart no longer has a special effect. However, the vampire may be killed via decapitation.
There are no documented cases of the Transformation, only rumors. The very few Ritualists at this level are not sharing…