House Rules/Miscellaneous

From City of Hope
Jump to: navigation, search

Contents

Ability Aptitude and similar merits

Merits that reduce the difficulty of an ability roll (such as Ability Aptitude) do not apply to supernatural powers using that ability roll, unless the merit specifically says that it does.

  • Exception: Ability Aptitude in Rituals applies to level 1 and 2 rites, but not to higher levels.

Examples:

  • A demon uses Lore of the Forge (Perception + Crafts) to improve a car. If the demon has Ability Aptitude: Crafts, then it doesn't apply in that situation.
  • The above demon succeeded anyway, the car now gives -1 difficulty to Drive rolls. A ratkin steals the car and gets into a high-speed chase (Dexterity or Wits + Drive). If the ratkin has Ability Aptitude: Drive, then it does apply, and stacks with the car's bonus. (It's not affecting a power, just the side effect of a power.)
  • A mage has the Natural Channel merit, which includes "difficulty to use magic to pierce the Gauntlet is one less". This applies as stated.
  • Acute Sense (VtM Revised page 296) says "This Merit can be combined with the Discipline Auspex to produce superhuman sensory acuity." This also applies as stated. In particular, Aura Perception (Auspex 2) is specifically visual, so Acute Vision applies to it.
  • Awareness is not a power, it just detects powers, so Ability Aptitude: Awareness is allowed. However, Awareness is not consistently tied to any of the five senses like Auspex 2 is, so the Acute Sense merits don't apply to Awareness.

Character Generation

See also Character Generation

General

  • All requests to add stats to CGen must include book references.
  • Willpower cannot exceed 8 in cgen.
  • Willpower is always 1 freebie.
  • Abilities over 3 do not require justification.
  • Abilities can only be raised over 3 with freebies.
  • Resources 3 and below do not require justification.
  • Merits do not need to be purchased with Freebies from flaws. They may be purchased with standard 15/21 freebies.
  • Potent Blood is not available to Shifters and Kinfolk.
  • Special combat maneuver stats (Kailindo, Do, Fast-Draw, etc) are not in use.
  • Awareness is available to all races.

Mage

  • Magic Resistance is not an appropriate merit for Mages.

Mortal+

  • Kinfolk may purchase Gnosis merit, but only Kinfolk-specific Gifts.
    • The Gnosis merit is required for Kinfolk-specific Gifts.
  • Kinfolk, Kinain, and Ghouls that are also Sorcerer-Psychic must be Subrace:Sorcerer-Psychic and purchase Kinfolk (Merit):4 and/or Kinain:4 merits.
  • Kinfolk may not have both Gnosis and Numina.
  • It is recommended (but not required) that Ghoul PCs have an off-stage, statless NPC domitor.
  • The Totem merit is not used, as it is sufficiently and more flexibly covered by backgrounds (e.g. Totem, Mentor, Guide).
  • Sorcerer-Psychics get one free ritual for each dot of a Path that features rituals as described under Mythic Numina, WW4254/46.
    • We do not differentiate between Mythic, Technological, and Psychic Numina.
    • The free ritual is restricted to the Path providing the dot.
    • The free rituals are at character creation only.

Shifter

  • All Faction:Wyrm shifters get Power, Cunning, and Infamy for renown.
  • Ratkin: The bonus rite (and bonus rite only) can be used without having Rituals.

Vampire

  • Gangrel Mixed Blessing (WW23252/56) are not in use.

Drive

Having a dot in an ability means that you have a skill, talent, or knowledge that not everyone has.

In the U.S., just about everyone can drive a car, so we don't require a dot in Drive to be able to drive. This goes for both automatic and manual transmission vehicles and anything that doesn't require a special license, including rentable moving trucks.

Some things that will require Drive:

  • A motorcyle (Drive 1 is sufficient)
  • A finicky or poorly-maintained manual transmission
  • A tractor-trailer, RV, or industrial vehicle (Garbage truck, dump truck, tow truck)
  • Tailing someone without being noticed at normal speeds
  • Tailing someone blatantly at high speeds
  • Evading pursuit
  • Excessive speed (>100 MPH)

Influence

Influence uses the categories from Laws of the Night 96-104, documented using +notes:

  • Bureaucracy
  • Church
  • Finance
  • Health
  • High Society
  • Industry
  • Legal
  • Media
  • Occult
  • Police
  • Political
  • Street
  • Transportation
  • Underworld
  • University

PCs can +request to use Influence for the types of actions listed, based on a monthly cap. Example: A PC with Influence (Bureaucracy) 2 could pull strings to acquire one fake driver's license per month, or trace two utility bills per month.

Some actions may have broad long-term effects, e.g. a PC with Influence (Political) 4 gets the city council to alter the laws against vandalism. Staff will maintain a central list of such effects and take them into account when relevant.

Each PC may have a total of up to 5 dots in Influence, allocated to as many or few categories as desired (e.g. Underworld 5, or Underworld 3 + Media 2, but not Underworld 5 + Media 5; for that, you need two PCs working together).

In Public

Prospect is a city of millions and all those people have to be somewhere. Everywhere you go, there will be citizens doing their things. What follows are guidelines to determine whether or not there are people at your location:

  • If you're in the Deep Forest, Desert, or Deep Ocean, '+dice 1'. If you get 1, there's at least one person somewhere nearby. If you get anything else, there's no one around (probably).
  • If you're in a private space behind a locked door, there's no one around (probably).
  • If your location is not in the above list, there are people around. This includes alleys (bums), parks (joggers, dog walkers, rapists), and the beach (more rapists).

Furthermore, if you're in a place that would reasonably be crowded such as a club, it is crowded. Crowds make it difficult to hear people, notice people, and find people. If there would reasonably be loud music playing, there is loud music playing.

If you're in a PC-owned location, and do something that would reasonably cause a NPC working there to notice and tell that PC about it, then please OOCly contact that PC and let them know.

  • 'ex here' will tell you who owns the location (OOCly and usually also ICly).
  • Non-exhaustive list of causes:
    • Getting into a physical confrontation.
    • Breaking the law (e.g. smoking or naked table-dancing in a family restaurant).
    • Doing something overtly supernatural (e.g. shifting to Crinos).
  • Many NPCs will run away if threatened, and are affected by Delirium etc. as usual, but there are exceptions (e.g. ghoul retainers). Some NPCs / PCs won't care if you smoke / whatever, others will be concerned about being reported (possibly by another PC) and shut down. Run it by the PC just in case.

Kryptonite

The term "kryptonite" is used here as shorthand for "race-specific weakness that causes aggrevated damage or significant disablement for a character because of their race/subrace". Examples include:

  • Silver for Werewolves
  • Cold Iron for Changelings
  • Sunlight, Stakes for Vampires
  • Gold for Corax
  • Reference Book Organization for White Wolf Editors

Kryptonite weapons are not trivial to acquire. While the materials themselves (silver) might be very common, the purity and quality of weapons/ammunition made of these materials is rarely such that supplies the desired agg. Kryptonite to be used on NPCs in a PRP may be handwaved by the player running the PRP. Kryptonite to be used on PCs must be requested and approved by staff ("Kryptonite:Y" in +equip), and is subject to risk protection as usual.

For RP purposes, most of these materials as found in everyday items will have little effect on PCs. Players are encouraged to play out some level of trepidation and discomfort handling common kryptonite items and have reactions up to severe rashes from handling them, if desired. Changelings are free to use an iron railing to climb stairs. Werewolves can pick up a silver locket (but shouldn't wear it). Vampires are still incinerated by sunlight; sorry, there is no depleted sunlight.

Supernaturals have relatively few weaknesses and as such, they take those weaknesses very seriously. Brandishing Kryptonite at a PC in a threatening manner, in combat, automatically promotes the wielder to Risk Level 3 for the duration of combat. This is regardless of either player's level of sphere-specific Lore. For this to be the case, however, the kryptonite must be the appropriate type for the character's real race. If you're a Gangrel posing miraculously well as a werewolf and someone pulls a silver dagger on you, they aren't automatically promoted to Risk Level 3.

For vampires, holy water, garlic, and crosses are not considered Kryptonite, but stakes and fire are. Fire is not considered Kryptonite for anyone else.

Linguistics

  • We don't do per-language skill levels. A language is at 0 or it is at 5.
  • The number of languages you get per level of linguistics is by the books.
  • Your native language is free.
    • English (everyone)
    • Garou, Lupine (Garou); similar for Fera
    • Enochian (demons)
    • Inanimica (Inanimae)
Linguistics Number of extra languages
1 1
2 2
3 4
4 8
5 16
  • Once you've reached Linguistics 5, additional languages can be purchased for 3 XP each.

Lore

For evocations performed by demons, see Lores instead.

  • Lores are counted as primary Knowledges and can be purchased with XP.
  • At Lore 0, your character can believe, but your knowledge is inaccurate and mostly derived from popular culture.

The following types qualify for free Lore in chargen. Characters can qualify for multiple lores.

Supernatural Race Free Lore(s)
Bygone Lore Bygone:3
Changeling Lore Changeling:3
Demon Lore Demon:3
Fera Lore Fera:3
Garou Lore Garou:3
Mage Lore Mage:3
Vampire Lore Vampire:3
Wraith, Risen Lore Wraith:3
Wyrm Shifters Lore Wyrm:3
Mortal+ Subrace Free Lore(s)
Ghouls Lore Vampire:2
Kinain Lore Changeling:2
Kinfolk (Fera) Lore Fera:2
Kinfolk (Garou) Lore Garou:2
Possessed (all) Lore Spirit:3
Possessed (Fomori) Lore Wyrm:3
Sorcerer-Psychic Lore Sorcerer-Psychic:3
Wyrm Kinfolk Lore Wyrm:2

Maelstrom (aka Week of Nightmares)

The Sixth Great Maelstrom, aka the Week of Nightmares, was a major canon event that forever changed the world. It marked the entrance of Demons to the world, but it also screwed up the Umbra something fierce (something about the Technocracy using spirit nukes).

We like having Demons loose in the world, it lets us have them as playable characters here. We do not like the Avatar Storm, it excessively limits certain mages. Thus, we've chosen a compromise: it happened, but most of the Umbral problems ended years ago.

Short version:

  • Demons are playable characters
  • Wraiths are playable characters
  • Ravnos are playable characters
  • Mages can cross the Gauntlet to/from the Umbra without taking damage
  • Mages still cannot cross the Horizon to/from the Deep Umbra

In mid-July 1999, after a week of psychic backlash that drove most Ravnos insane, the Ravnos Antediluvian rose and began wreaking havoc in India. It was finally put down in Bangladesh by the combined might of (a) three high-Dharma Kuei-Jin and (b) the Technocracy's 'Do Not Open until the Apocalypse' toybox.

The spirit nukes in said toybox cracked the Abyssal prison that the Fallen were trapped in, as well as causing the Sixth Great Maelstrom to sweep through the Underworld. A side effect was the Avatar Storm, a poisoning of the Gauntlet that would flay the Avatar of any Mage trying to cross it. It also wreaked havoc on the Horizon, making trips into the Deep Umbra even more difficult and dangerous than they already were, and trips back nearly impossible, cutting off Earth from contact with most of the high-Arete Mages, who had long since retreated Outside to escape the crushing weight of Paradox.

Another effect was the death of nearly all of Clan Ravnos. By the end of the Week of Nightmares, there were less than 100 left, mostly Ancillae and Neonates. Clan Ravnos is now effectively a Bloodline.

By 2012, things had settled down somewhat:

  • Ravnos PCs are available, per our standard rules for PCs (no lower than 8th Generation). They can't really be considered a true Clan anymore without an Antediluvian or any Methuselahs, so consider them a Bloodline (this isn't really a mechanical effect, just a roleplay thing).
  • The Avatar Storm ended years ago. How exactly it ended is a mystery. Rumors include: It simply burned itself out. It was repaired by the Traditions. It was repaired by the Technocracy. It was repaired by an unprecedented cooperative effort of Dreamspeakers, Void Engineers, Corax, and Nuwisha. The upshot is, it's gone, everyone has their own theory of why, and nobody knows for certain. You do not take agg damage when you use Spirit/DimSci to Step Sideways through the Gauntlet/Barrier.
  • The Horizon, however, is still damaged. The Deep Umbra is still difficult and dangerous to access. Many of Earth's mightiest mages are still out of contact.
  • Fallen (Demons) are still trickling out of the crack in the Abyss and claiming mortal bodies, per their canon. Nothing has changed there.
  • The Underworld/Shadowlands are all kinds of messed up, but not nearly so bad as in canon. Thus you can still play Wraith PCs, see 'news wraith' for more details.
  • There is no Red Star. The End of the World forgot to happen. Maybe the destruction of Ravnos forestalled it.

Sniping

Here we define 'sniping' to be the use of special abilities or items to discern information about another character. Specific examples include (but are not limited to):

  • Aura Perception
  • Sense Wyrm/Weaver/Wyld
  • Scent of the True Form

Using these abilities requires at a minimum concentration, if not overt actions such as staring, making hand gestures, or licking the subject.

While we may only have a few dozen players logged in a time, Prospect itself is a city of millions. As such, sniping any but the most obvious supers would be exhausting work; you'd get nothing else done. Sniping therefore requires a clear and specific reason to be used on a character, PC or otherwise.

A PC must have done something significant to warrant being sniped:

  • A PC violating the territory of another race/faction may be sniped at any time
  • A PC using a supernatural power must offer the detection roll (if any) specified by that power, as well as a passive Awareness roll (+rules awareness)
  • A PC mundanely reacting to a supernatural weakness (e.g. running from fire) is not sufficient cause for sniping unless the sniper has the relevant sphere's lore at 3+

For example, Willy the Werewolf sees Bob back away from a silver blade nervously. Willy the Werewolf suspects Bob is a BSD. Willy has Lore Garou at 3 and is justified in using Sense Wyrm. Turns out Willy senses no obvious Wyrm signs in the area. To figure out what's up, he uses Scent of the True Form on Bob. Bob happens to be a Mage. Willy sees that Bob isn't a Werewolf at all, he's something else. However, because he doesn't have any dots in Lore Mage, he doesn't know what he's looking at.

If Bob doesn't think he's been presented with sufficient justification for being sniped, he may refuse.

Specialties

For each attribute and ability with 4 or more dots, you may select one specialty.

  • Specialties do not apply to combat or supernatural powers.
    • Exception: A specialty in Rituals applies to level 1 and 2 rites, but not to higher levels.
    • Other things reusing the 10-again game mechanics (e.g. Legendary Attribute merit) may apply to either/both of these things.
  • Specialties must be documented in +notes and approved by staff. The main rulebooks contain several suggestions.
  • Specialties must be clearly limited to a subset of all possible rolls involving the attribute or ability. The book suggestions for attributes tend to be bad about this.
  • If a stat is temporarily/semi-permanently/conditionally raised to 4+, it may have a specialty that applies while the raise applies.
    • Examples: +effects from +shift forms or other sources, changeling birthrights while in the Dreaming
  • Players should do '&VERBOSE_ROLLS me=1' to see how many 10s to re-roll. This also affects rolls shown to you by others.
  • Any 10s in the original roll are re-rolled (before 1s canceling).
  • Any 10s in the re-roll are re-rolled again.
  • Any 1s in the re-roll cancel successes on a 1:1 basis as usual.

Status

Certain stats (usually backgrounds) are intended to represent a character's standing in their own society. These stats include but are not limited to: Status (Vampire), Pure Breed (Werewolf), Title (Changeling), and Eminence (Demon). These stats work well in table top where a storyteller is omniscient and can manage the implications. MUs are not such an environment.

Even in table top, Status only carries weight amongst those who respect it. The Brujah or Bone Gnawers with no status have no incentive to respect the status of others; they're unlikely to get any themselves so playing the status game is unlikely to pay off for them. In short, Status is something respected by those who have, or want to gain Status.

Those same Brujah and Bone Gnawers will, however, respect the authority of others within their sphere. Authority is delegated from the top down, not merely assumed. Authority can be assumed when there is no established structure, but assumed authority is not automatic; it must be defended, possibly through force.

Some Status stats can modify dice rolls. Those effects are by the book, regardless of the above interpretations.

Weapons

  • Equipment comes from WtA Revised (WW3801).
  • Customized weapons can be requested, but are not automatic for approval.
  • Combat rules come from the character's sphere respective book.
    • For combat involving PCs from multiple spheres, see Combat.
  • We do not use combat specialties.
  • We do not use special combat maneuvers.

XP Costs

See XP Chart