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Nosferatu Clan

You told your daughter that there was no monster under the bed or in the closet. You lied.

Something dead approaches. You shouldn’t know that it is there, but you do. It feels like reality suddenly bent towards your worst nightmare. It whispers to you that everything could be much worse. All you need to do is go home and never, never look back. You run, but it follows. It always follows and whispers your worst nightmares into your ears. When you reach the “security” of your home, you have some new white streaks in your hair.

Different Monsters

See the beggar on the streets. He hides his twisted and broken body under a wide cloak. He spends his nights in the most unsettling alleys of the city. Whenever somebody has to go through his alley, he follows them. They run, and he still follows. They need way longer to leave the alley than they should. And the fear never leaves them again.


See the legend youth fears and loves. Which name she goes by changes from generation to generation. But each generation of young adults has their own rites of calling her. And she always comes when she is called. Nobody who sees her ever survives. They all fear to death and lose their beauty and youth on the way.


See the medium. She has set up her shop in the rundown parts of the city, her home decorated with occult symbols from all cultures. She contacts the dead, or at least she says so. In truth, she connects to your worst nightmares and shows them to you. She seems to feed on your fears, and nobody seems to know which other currency she takes.


See the monster under your bed. It takes strange forms and shapes, but whenever you look for a second time, it seems to be gone. You hear its whispers and giggles. It tells you, as long as you keep your feet under your blanket, you are safe. It tells you that you may not come close to that empty space under your bed. You really want to believe it.


See the lover. His face is of perfect beauty, his girlfriend the most beautiful girl in town. But something about him is not quite right. When she is with him, his girlfriend looks quite afraid. But it’s worse when she’s not with him. Then the unsettling feeling intensifies. It becomes a nightmare. And it will never go away.

You want to be us

Do you remember all the situations when someone bullied you, pushed you around just for fun? Do you remember how these situations fuelled your nightmares? Well, good news! You can pay it back! You can grab his worst nightmares, you can make them come true. And you could even become that worst nightmare. You can scare everybody you like! And feared people are easy to manipulate, aren’t they?

You should fear us

When you approach us, your fears are ours. We mold it, we shape it to our liking, and we decide, if you ever escape this nightmare. Ever pushed a beggar out of your way? Stepped over corpses to reach your goals? Let’s hope it hasn't been the wrong beggar, the wrong corpse. There is no escape from your fears when a Nosferatu is around, and we could even drive you insane - or let your fears kill you.

What haunts us

Something is strange to every Nosferatu. It may be a twisted view, it may be a strange, unsettling feeling around us. Whatever it is, it keeps people away from us. Our Requiem is lonely, and while fear, dread, and their little, slimy siblings come easy to us, social contacts don’t. Other Clans call this The Lonely Curse.

How we live

While Nosferatu that are not physically twisted may live in any part of a city, most of them prefer their havens underground. These may be long forgotten caves, a lost part of the city's sewers, or the long forgotten catacombs beneath the city. No matter what of these, Nosferatu usually protects their havens with layers and layers of nightmares, monsters of dread and fear.

The inside of a Nosferatu lair will exhale the same dread that the master of that lair exhales. The interior is a patchwork, made of souvenirs, memories and images of the society that rejects the Nosferatu. Some of them even try to give their homes the appearance of a standard upper-class home in the city above them.

The way we are

Every Nosferatu is unsettling. This may show in his body, or in his mind, but the unsettling aura seems to bleed from them. The Path of the Nosferatu defines what kind of unsettling aura your character has.

Nosferatu can have any distribution of priorities they like, but they usually prefer a high Strength or Composure.

Nosferatu in Storypath Vampire

Most Nosferatu have a strange knack for certain skills. They prefer Command, Empathy, Larceny and Persuasion.

For Edges, the Blood of the Nosferatu manifests itself in these preferred Edges: Linage (1), Maker (1-3), Progeny (1), Haven (1-5), Retainers (1-5)

The Clan Disciplines of the Nosferatu are Nightmare, Obfuscate and Vigor.

 

2 Friendly

Seclusion, with mysteries to contemplate during that seclusion suits the Nosferatu.

1 Accepted

Sometimes the politics of change are the politics of fear.

1 Accepted

The First Tower knows the value of fear.

1 Accepted

When presenting the face of a demon, religion comes easy.

1 Accepted

Sometimes the politics of change are the politics of fear.

0 Neutral



Cover image: Nosferatu Banner Shattered Vampire Clans by WhiteWingedCrow
Character flag image: Clan Nosferatu Kindred by WhiteWingedCrow
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This article was written by the creative and talented Davina and edited for world and game use by Graylion in the Shadow War Across Creation. To see more writing and world building by Davina, visit WIRE.


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3 Oct, 2019 18:44

Completed Nosferatu Clan page, description, Clan Bane, need better haven notes and bloodline.


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