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Authors: Roger William Barnes, Ty Bjarnason, Adriano Bompani, Ray Fawkes, Brian David Gibson, Misha James Handman, David Michael Hubbard, Paul Alexander Scokel, Sean Smith, Zachary Thomas Tyler, Randy Ulch
Creative Director: Rich Thomas
Production Manager: matt milberger
Developer: Ray Fawkes
Line Developer: Will Hindmarch
Lead Submission Jury: Kelley Barnes-Herman, Ray Fawkes, Will Hindmarch and Rich Thomas
Art Direction & Layout: Craig S Grant
Interior Art: Patrick Ballestros, Avery Butterworth, Matt Hughes, Ron Lemen, Adrian Majkrzak, Cathy Wilkins
Cover Art: Todd Lockwood
Mexcellence: Oscar Garza
Once and Future Justin: Justin Achilli
Associate Tallest Little Person: Zachary Walters
Icelander Housing Officer: Pétur Ö. Þórarinsson
Too Many E-Mails That No One Cares About: Will Hindmarch and John Chambers
Everything Bad That Happens to John Chambers’ Phone: John Chambers
Publisher: White Wolf Publishing, Inc.
Imprint: White Wolf Game Studio
Published: June 30, 2007
Pages: 140
Year: 2007
Publication #: WW 25104
Reference #: ISBN 978-1-58846-269-5
PDF: Bullet-pdf.png
Price: $26.99 U.S.

Bloodlines: The Chosen is the third Bloodlines book for Vampire: The Requiem. It details ten bloodlines first mentioned in the core rulebook who consider themselves somehow influential in the destiny of all Kindred.

Uniquely the content of the book is written by players and fans, who were invited in an open contest to submit their versions of 18 bloodlines from the rulebook, which White Wolf had maintained they would never write up themselves.

Summary Edit

From the Onyx Path catalog:

"They say we are inbred and perverse. They say we are amoral, evil. They are not wrong. But we are chosen." - Benedetto, Sangiovanni Prodigy
These vampires shouldn’t exist. Arrogant, violent, and proud, their notorious bloodlines discolor the weave of Kindred society. They are feared and reviled, cursed and low – and almost every single one of them identifies as an extraordinary agent of vampire destiny. For better or worse, they may be right.
A character sourcebook for Vampire: The Requiem™
  • Ten new, dangerous bloodlines for your chronicle
  • Unique, mysterious and frightening Disciplines, Devotions and rituals
  • Storyteller’s resource with optional mechanics and sample chronicles for bloodline stories

Prologue: Down in the Dark Edit

Fiction by Ray Fawkes. Abbott of Nosferatu, a former Marshall and football player turned Hound for his local Prince, is captured by "vampire freaks" who wish him to join their bloodline.

Introduction Edit

An overview of the bloodlines in the book, the content of the Appendices, and an explanation of the contest which decided which fan submissions would be published in the book.

Bloodlines Edit

The bloodlines are presented in the usual format, but with developer's notes discussing what about the submission took the selection panel's eye and how it developed through the editing process.

Agonistes Edit

by Paul Alexander Scokel

A Mekhet bloodline from the Mediterranean who practice rituals designed to penetrate the Fog of Eternity. They keep secret knowledge of many Devotions which allow them to sift through the memories of those who have slumbered in torpor.

Baddacelli Edit

by Brian David Gibson

A bloodline of blind Nosferatu who live in underground warrens of their own construction. They practice a unique Discipline, Mimetismo, which provides them with superb powers of mimicry and other abilities related to sound.

Duchagne Edit

by Roger William Barnes

A French Daeva bloodline who can inflict their desires onto others using their unique Discipline, Licentieux.

Noctuku Edit

by Randy Ulch

Monsters among monsters, the Noctuku are a Nosferatu bloodline who prefer to feed on other Kindred rather than humans. They practice Phagia, a unique Discipline which enhances their ability to feed on vampire and mortal alike.

Rötgrafen Edit

by Ty Bjarnason

A Norse Ventrue bloodline who follow a perversion of the Viking tradition. Masters of the sea, they know many Devotions which assist them when sailing.

Sangiovanni Edit

by Sean Smith

Venetian vampires descended from the Mekhet clan, the Sangiovanni are necromancers following in the footsteps of an insane mortal sorcerer, from whom they take their name. Their unique sorcerous Discipline, Cattiveria, grant power over the essence of death, allowing them to create zombies.

Taifa Edit

by Zachary Thomas Tyler

The Taifa are an Islamic Gangrel bloodline originating in northern Africa. They are nomads and bards, with strong traditions, including the swearing of Blood Oaths.

California Xiao Edit

by Adriano Bompani

A Daeva bloodline who are devoid of all feeling. They crave living emotion and drain it from victims through the powers granted by their unique Kingjan Discipline.

Tianpàn Xiao Edit

by Misha James Maroon Handman

A Daeva bloodline whose passions so threaten to overwhelm them that they must let them out at every opportunity. Their unique Discipline Xinyao allows them to manipulate the passions of others.

Yagnatia Edit

by David Michael Hubbard

An aristorcratic Nosferatu bloodline with Russian roots, created by the Circle of the Crone; the line has developed a few Cruac rituals of its own. The Yagnatia have an age-old feud with an Eastern line of Ventrue.

Appendix A: Bloodlines in the Danse Macabre Edit

A more detailed examination of bloodlines from the perspective of Kindred society, including player and in-character advice on tracking, contacting and joining bloodlines. Introduces rules for forcing another Kindred to join one's bloodline unwillingly.

Appendix B: Bloodlines in the Story Edit

Advice for Storytellers wishing to include bloodlines in a chronicle.

Appendix C: Sample Bloodline Chronicles Edit

Five sample chronicles which revolve around bloodlines: "The Quiet Invasion", "Marriage into the Line", "The Sudden Pogrom", "Vendetta" and "The Bitter End". Each provides story hooks, a theme and mood, notes on setting and atmosphere, and suggestions for bloodlines which would suit the chronicle well, drawn from all of those already published.

Index of Bloodlines Edit

An index of all the Kindred bloodlines which have received detailed write-ups in published works, grouped by book, and including the parent clan, list of bloodline Disciplines, whether the bloodline knows and unique devotions and with page references.

Background Information Edit

The other bloodlines for which fans could submit proposals were the Acteius, Anavashra, Anubi, Beni Murrahim, Cassius, Licinii, Matasuntha, Mnemosyne and Norvegi.

The book's title originally referred only to the fact that the bloodlines contained within would be chosen from fan submissions, but Ray Fawkes noticed that many of the entries had a common "superiority complex", and decided to develop this theme for the book.

A PDF document containing several bloodline write-ups which very nearly made the cut for the book was proposed for release as a free download on the White Wolf web site - Fawkes' introduction in the book mentions that it may have been made available by the time of the book's publication. It has yet to be released, however.

Memorable QuotesEdit



Agonistes, Baddacelli, Bloodline Duchagne, Noctuku, Rötgrafen, Sangiovanni, Taifa, Xiao (California, Tianpàn), Yagnatia

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