The Chaos Within

Background Supplement

A character’s Backgrounds define her ties with the world around her as well as reflect beneficial elements derived from both her mundane past and supernatural present. Each Background works on similar principles to one another, yet each defines something distinctly different.

All backgrounds are rated most commonly on a scale from one to five for PCs, while NPC elders and advanced PCs may ratings above five. In general, the more Traits a character possesses in a given Background, the more beneficial it is to her story. Some Backgrounds affect the character’s creation and development directly. Several others only come into play during the game.

One thing about Backgrounds is constant. When using them in play, there is always a cost, whether temporary or permanent. Mentors only have so much knowledge to share, Allies expect something in return for their assistance and even Fame has its limits to extending a vampire’s influence upon the mortal world. The costs associated with their use are detailed within each Background description and examples of their use are included for clarity.

  1. Allies

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    Allies represent the powerful and influential friends a character has within the mortal world. These Allies are more often than not helpful in the character’s...
  2. Alternate Identity

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    The Alternate Identity Background enables Characters to have 1, if not multiple forms of identification, allowing Characters to slip by mundane and perhaps mystical checks...
  3. Contacts

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    Contacts represent the acquaintances a character has in the mortal world that can help keep her informed about topics of interest to her. More often...
  4. Fame

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    Fame represents the pull you have over your Allies, Contacts, Influences, Resources and Retainers, thus allowing you to exercise these Backgrounds over longer distances than...
  5. Generation

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    The lowest generation that a new character may buy down to is determined randomly unless they have an in-game sire (PC or NPC). It is...
  6. Havens and Haven Security

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    Havens Havens are defined by two aspects: The structure itself and its corresponding security. Buying the Haven background indicates constructing or adding additional rooms, buying...
  7. Herd

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    Herd is obtained through painstaking work and subtle manipulation of mortals from which a vampire feeds. This background can represent any group or demographic defined...
  8. Mentors

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    Mentors are older, more experienced individuals that look after a character. More often than not, they are portrayed by NPC ancillae or elders whom have...
  9. Occult Library

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    This is not a Merit; it is a background per Secrets of Blood Magic. No lore may be learned from your Library above the level...
  10. Resources

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    Resources represent the jobs, financial investments, secured assets, estates and other holdings that a character uses to sustain her lifestyle and obtain a regular income....

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