Last night I ran a session of our Montreal By Night spin-off series. These sessions are mainly to allow my players to explore elements of the long running story that they would otherwise not see. This session ended when the players concluded that they were actually all playing the same character.
The backdrop to this session was that each Player Character was unknowingly one of the four facets of an unnamed Nosferatu’s mind. These Player Character were representative of the Platonic humours of the personality, and had traits that were distinct to the humour (My Classics courses in University were finally useful for something).
Upon the realization that they were one and the same, the personalities united/reformed into the completed mind of the un-named Nosferatu. I closed the session by describing the next few moments of the Nosferatu’s life. As his mind reformed, he realized that he was captive, and badly beaten. He had moments until he was to be diaberlized by a young Lasombra named Destiny.
Prior to the session starting, I handed each player a two page backstory, which they read independently. As they were playing the same character, the backstories were mostly the same, with select passages that differed (to reflect the memories of each personality). I’ve printed them below for your entertainment.
[NAME]‘s memory is imperfect due to repeated uses of mind control powers, but [SHE/HE] was born in the city of York, during the last years of Henry VII of England. [NAME] grew up with modest means, but gained a measure of finical success, while acting as an informant (Spy) for Cardinal Wolsey, King Henry VIII’s Chamberlin. You reported against the King’s enemies in the north of England, and helped uncover the treason of the Duke of Buckingham. It was during this time that [SHE/HE] came to the attention of an even greater spymaster.
One cold night, an intruder came to your fortified home, just south of York. He spoke to you from the shadows of your bedchamber, and his words dribbled from his mouth as if it were full of food. He recounted every action that you took on the King’s behalf, including those you never reported. Impressed, you challenged him to show you how he discovered this, and to your horror he did show you. Your sire embraced you during the reign of King Henry VIII, and trained you throughout the reign of Henry’s three heirs (Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I).
By the time Queen Elizabeth faced the Spanish Armada, you had nearly 40 years of tutelage at Samus’s (your sire), side, and your mind had nearly adjusted to your new and twisted form, as a Nosferatu. Your embrace brought with it the curse of Clan Nosferatu, an unjust series of deformities that stripped you of your human looks, leaving you as a hideously featured being. Even now, centuries later, you still avoid the eyes of others upon your form, using natural darkness and the powers of Obfuscate to cloak yourself.
For over three hundred years, you worked with your sire, Samus, uncovering threats to his interests in both England and later in the British Colonies of North America.
[PETRA] What began as a lark, eventually resulted in your sizable collection of artwork from around the world. When needed, you have sold a few pieces on the black market for great wealth.
[NERO] During your travels, you have met several (in)famous vampires, including; Sascha Vykos, Anatole the Prophet, Baylor the Justicar, and Mithras the Prince of London.
[AERAS] Traveling thrilled you, visiting Canada, the Thirteen Colonies, Hong Kong, Australia and India opened your mind to new possibilities. You saw patterns in cultures that had no contact.
[FOTIA] During a visit to the Colony of Hong Kong, you and your Sire took part in a Tremere ritual. You became immune to further blood magic as a result, but you became addicted to diablerie (the act of consuming the soul of another vampire) in the process.
During this time, both you and your Sire, defected from the far more strict body known as the Camarilla (the ruling vampire body of England) and joined the more Sabbat for its freedoms.
At the turn of the 20th century, Samus confided in you, age and vampire politics wore upon him. He was tired and he wished to settle in one place for some time. With his blessing, he sent you on to explore the Americas on your own. For the first time in nearly four hundred years you were free to do as you wish.
[PETRA] Suspicious of your Sire, and fearing this was a test, you carried on in his footsteps. You sought out Cardinal Strathcona, leader of the Sabbat in Canada, and acted as his eyes and ears in the Niagara region. You have identified a plot, against the city of Montreal. The Cardinal shares your fear, but you are forbidden to look into the matter any further.
[NERO] After a period of wanderlust, you elected to settle down. You began to study abnormalities in the Vampire condition. This lead to an in-depth study of vampire genealogy and traits that run through the bloodlines, and more than a few consultations with historians in both Mexico City and Montreal.
[AERAS] You celebrated with the freedom. You traveled widely, from Montreal to Mexico City, and reveled in the secrets and plots that they contained. During the Great Depression you offended Cardinal Desmoines of the Sabbat. He has placed a price upon your head, and actively sends assassins after you.
[FOTIA] Without the direction of your Sire, you have not been able to find a cause that you are passionate about. You have dabbled in several areas of study without satisfaction. In order to find satisfaction, you have even going so far as to sell secrets to the Camarilla Prince of Ottawa, a Tremere.
Now, at the turn of the 21st century you find yourself in a terrible situation. You traveled to the city of Montreal to consult with a noted scholar Aristotle deLaurent, as he needed information about York’s vampire population in the 1500’s. Instead of meeting him, you were ambushed by fellow Sabbat, and beaten into Torpor (a death like state).
Since then, your mind has been attacked repeatedly with Dominate and Presence. Now, with your memory shattered, and after months of interrogation you have been given an ultimatum by your captor. While you have paid close attention, your captor speaks to you from behind a spotlight. This prevents you from seeing his features.
[PETRA] This prevents you from seeing his features. At most you can tell that he is a Malkavian, with a sadistic side.
[NERO] At most you can tell that he too has studied some of the same bloodlines.
[AERAS] At most you can tell that he is even older than you, and knows some of the same vampires.
[FOTIA] At most you can tell that he is named Frank, which he politely told you.
At most you can tell that he is a Malkavian, with a sadistic side.
I will place you in a room with other prisoners. If you can make at least one confess their secrets, you will not meet final death at the next nightfall. I will release you, once I confirm their information. You know from the questions that you were asked before this, your captor wished to know the following from you:
1. You sired a mortal serial killer shortly after leaving your Sire. When last you spoke to him, he was living in Chicago among the Camarilla.
2. Your Sire once served a Lasombra Lord in Lincoln, England. His name was Faustino, though he disappeared before the 1500’s.
3. You sired a man by the name of Jackson. As he matured he joined the Black Hand within the Sabbat.
1. You have a nagging feeling that Aristotle’s ill-humored mentor, Plato is responsible for your current situation.
2. You have read of a bloodline of humans, who manifest unique powers when embraced. This only happens if they commit diablerie within moments of their embrace.
3. You have two childer. One is Camarilla, and one is Sabbat.
1. Your Sire once served a Ventrue Lord in Lincoln, England. His name was Baylor. He has a Childe who lives in Hong Kong, and another who lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
2. There is a family of eastern Europeans who settled south of York when you were mortal. Far more member of that family have been made into a vampires than any other.
3. You have discovered that you unknowingly Sired a Nosferatu who later became a Camarilla Archon. He does not know that you are his sire.
1. You do not fear Blood Magic. You are immune to it. This was achieved through a Tremere ritual.
2. Foreign Werewolves frequently attacked York just after you were embraced. The foreigners all bore a similar coloring of pure white or silver fur, and had Slavic accents.
3. Shortly after your embrace you sired a man who later chose the name, Rabbit. He works for the Camarilla.