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Name: Chimerstry
Pronunciation: kai'-mer-stree
Clans: Ravnos       
Bloodlines: Kinyonyi, Phuri Dae

Chimerstry is the trademark Discipline of the Ravnos that conjures illusions into existence. Such phantom images are as real as the Cainite's skill allows, and will even fool technological sensors.

OverviewEdit

While its origins are lost in myths and half-truths, it is assumed to have been developed by the Ravnos Antediluvian, and over the centuries has greatly contributed to the perception of Ravnos as tricksters and con artists. Because Chimerstry works best when targets do not realize they are being deceived by illusions, most practitioners keep their knowledge of it a secret. Even then, it is not always easy to dismiss the phantoms created by this Discipline even when one knows them to be false. Vampires with levels of Auspex may see through the effects of Chimerstry, as described on pg. 152 of Vampire: The Masquerade Revised Edition.

As an added note, Chimerstry works against the Fae as if it were real. Because of this, the Ravnos are often feared by the Fae who are aware of this effect, since it essentially means the Ravnos can more or less do anything it wants to the Fae. It is, however, unspecified how this effect works with the power Horrid Reality, whether the world it traps the Fae in is an illusion or just as real as any other Chimerstry creation is to a Fae.

In order to proper utilize Chimerstry, the vampire has to experience the illusion he creates himself, deceiving even himself for an instant about the substance of his creation(which can lead to Rötschreck if the vampire summons the illusion of fire). Also, the vampire can only create illusions he can perceive by himself; a deaf vampire could not create auditory illusions, while a blindfolded vampire could not summon visual illusions.

Chimerstry is a part of the curse on a vampire because it fools him into believing that he is able to truly creative acts, when all he does is perverting and deceiving the senses of his audience[1]. Some advanced users become so enthralled and convinced in the reality in their illusions that they lose themselves in dreamworlds of their own making or other derangements[2].

Official AbilitiesEdit

Included below are the official powers described in supplements for Vampire: The Masquerade and Dark Ages: Vampire. Sources are described below in the order they were printed.

Standard PowersEdit

  • Menu hover bulletMenu bulletMenu bulletMenu bulletMenu bullet Ignis Fatuus [1]: Create a motionless illusion that affects one of the five senses
  • Menu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu bulletMenu bulletMenu bullet Fata Morgana/Dweomer [2]: Create a motionless illusion that can affect any of the five senses
  • Menu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu bulletMenu bullet Apparition [3]: Add motion to an illusion created by Ignis Fatuus or Fata Morgana
  • Menu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu bullet Permanency [4]: Make an illusion created by Chimerstry last until dismissed
  • Menu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bullet Horrid Reality [5]: Places the mind of the victim in an illusionary world of the Vampire's creation

Advanced PowersEdit

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    • Army of Apparitions: Create multiple moving illusions
    • False Resonance: Disguise one's thoughts and aura from other attempts to read them
    • Fata Amria: Curse a target with a recurring illusion that interferes with them
    • Fatuus Mastery: No longer spend Willpower or blood points for the first three levels of Chimerstry, require less concentration to maintain illusions
    • Horrid Blade of the Demons: Create a dangerous weapon out of nothing
    • Subtle Spy: Impart a piece of the vampire's consciousness into a illusion which can be absorbed later to learn all the illusion witnessed
    • Shared Nightmare/Mass Horror: As Horrid Reality, except it affects multiple people
    • Truth's Essence: Reveal as falsehoods other uses of Chimerstry or Obfuscate
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    • Aid of the Gandharvas: Make everything in a room seem luxurious and splendid
    • Far Fatuus: Create illusions anywhere you can visualize
    • Mirror's Visage: Create duplicates of oneself
    • Suspension of Disbelief: Make an illusion seem completely real or what is real seem unbelievable
  • Menu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bullet Menu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu bulletMenu bullet [8]
    • Fantasy World: Place a target in an illusionary world in their mind
    • Occlusion: Control how a single target's or group's senses work
    • Pseudo Blindness: See through almost all falsehoods
    • Sensory Overload: Incapacitate a target by overstimulating their senses
    • Visions from the Asura: Assault a target with constant illusions, making it nearly impossible to know what is real or not
  • Menu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bullet Menu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu bullet [9]
    • Mayaparisatya: Temporarily make an illusion completely real or alter a person or object that already exists, possibly even erasing them from existence
    • Sensory Deprivation: Make a victim unable to use any of their senses, locking them out from the world
    • Truths of the Universe: Make a created illusion permanently real
  • Menu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bullet Menu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bullet [10]
    • Plot Device
    • Reality: Trap a victim in an alternate reality of your creation

References Edit

^  Level 1

Ignis Fatuus VTM: The Players Guide Bullet-pdf Bullet-nip Pg. 130
Ignis Fatuus The Players Guide Second Edition Pg. 134
Ignis Fatuus Vampire: The Dark Ages Pg. 146
Ignis Fatuus Vampire: The Masquerade Revised Edition Pg. 154
Ignis Fatuus Dark Ages: Vampire Rulebook Pg. 181

^  Level 2

Fata Morgana VTM: The Players Guide Bullet-pdf Bullet-nip Pg. 130
Fata Morgana The Players Guide Second Edition Pg. 134
Dweomer Vampire: The Dark Ages Pg. 146
Fata Morgana Vampire: The Masquerade Revised Edition Pg. 154
Dweomer Dark Ages: Vampire Rulebook Pg. 182

^  Level 3

Apparition VTM: The Players Guide Bullet-pdf Bullet-nip Pg. 130
Apparition The Players Guide Second Edition Pg. 134
Apparition Vampire: The Dark Ages Pg. 146
Apparition Vampire: The Masquerade Revised Edition Pg. 154
Apparition Dark Ages: Vampire Rulebook Pg. 182

^  Level 4

Permanency VTM: The Players Guide Bullet-pdf Bullet-nip Pg. 130
Permanency The Players Guide Second Edition Pg. 134
Permanency Vampire: The Dark Ages Pg. 146
Permanency Vampire: The Masquerade Revised Edition Pg. 154
Permanency Dark Ages: Vampire Rulebook Pg. 182

^  Level 5

Horrid Reality VTM: The Players Guide Bullet-pdf Bullet-nip Pg. 130
Horrid Reality The Players Guide Second Edition Pg. 134
Horrid Reality Vampire: The Dark Ages Pg. 146
Horrid Reality Vampire: The Masquerade Revised Edition Pg. 154
Horrid Reality Dark Ages: Vampire Rulebook Pg. 182

^  Level 6

Fatuus Mastery VTM: The Players Guide Bullet-pdf Bullet-nip Pg. 130
Mass Reality VTM: The Players Guide Bullet-pdf Bullet-nip Pg. 130
Fatuus Mastery The Players Guide Second Edition Pg. 134
Mass Reality The Players Guide Second Edition Pg. 134
Fata Amria Clanbook: Ravnos Pg. 42
Mass Horror Vampire: The Dark Ages Pg. 147
Army of Apparitions Dark Ages Companion Pg. 80
Horrid Blade Libellus Sanguinis 4: Thieves in the Night Pg. 34
Truth's Essence Libellus Sanguinis 4: Thieves in the Night Pg. 34
False Resonance Clanbook: Ravnos Revised Pg. 62
Fatuus Mastery Clanbook: Ravnos Revised Pg. 62
Shared Nightmare Clanbook: Ravnos Revised Pg. 63
Mass Horror Dark Ages: Vampire Rulebook Pg. 183
Horrid Blade of the Demons Players Guide to Low Clans Pg. 146
Subtle Spy V20 Lore of the Clans Pg. 183

^  Level 7

Far Fatuus VTM: The Players Guide Bullet-pdf Bullet-nip Pg. 131
Far Fatuus The Players Guide Second Edition Pg. 134
Mirror's Visage Dark Ages Companion Pg. 80
Far Fatuus Clanbook: Ravnos Revised Pg. 64
Suspension of Disbelief Clanbook: Ravnos Revised Pg. 64
Aid of the Gandharvas Players Guide to Low Clans Pg. 147

^  Level 8

Pseudo Blindness VTM: The Players Guide Bullet-pdf Bullet-nip Pg. 131
Pseudo Blindness The Players Guide Second Edition Pg. 135
Sensory Overload Clanbook: Ravnos Pg. 43
Fantasy World Dark Ages Companion Pg. 80
Occlusion Clanbook: Ravnos Revised Pg. 64
Visions from the Asura Players Guide to Low Clans Pg. 147

^  Level 9

Sensory Deprivation VTM: The Players Guide Bullet-pdf Bullet-nip Pg. 131
Sensory Deprivation The Players Guide Second Edition Pg. 135
Mayaparisatya Clanbook: Ravnos Revised Pg. 65
Truths of the Universe Players Guide to Low Clans Pg. 148

^  Level 10

Plot Device Gehenna Pg. 182
Reality VTM: The Players Guide Bullet-pdf Bullet-nip Pg. 131
Reality The Players Guide Second Edition Pg. 135
  1. DAV: Dark Ages: Vampire Rulebook Bullet-pdf Bullet-nip, p. 181
  2. DAV: Players Guide to Low Clans Bullet-pdf , p. 146

Vampire: The Masquerade Disciplines

Abombwe · Animalism · Auspex · Bardo · Celerity · Chimerstry · Daimonion · Dementation · Dominate · Flight · Fortitude · Melpominee · Mytherceria · Obeah · Obfuscate · Obtenebration · Potence · Presence · Protean · Quietus · Sanguinus · Serpentis · Spiritus · Temporis · Thanatosis · Valeren · Vicissitude · Visceratika

Blood Sorcery:

Abyss Mysticism · Akhu · Countermagic, Thaumaturgical · Dur-An-Ki · Mortis · Nahuallotl · Necromancy, Voudoun · Necromancy, Western · Ogham · Sadhana · Sihr · Thaumaturgy · Thaumaturgy, Dark · Thaumaturgy, Sielanic · Sorcery, Assamite · Sorcery, Anarch · Sorcery, Koldunic · Sorcery, Setite · Wanga

Defunct:

Deimos · Kai · Kineticism · Maleficia · Nihilistics · Rift · Striga

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