- This article is about the Discipline used by Clan Tremere. For the generic usage of the term, see blood magic (VTM).
Created by exhaustive research and extensive experimentation, Thaumaturgy utilises the principles of Hermetic magic used by House Tremere when it was still a cabal of mages, adapted to be fuelled by the inherent magical power of Vitae rather than Quintessence. While it is certainly powerful and versatile, it is organised very differently to the Spheres; Thaumaturgy is largely unknown to mages, and universally distrusted and reviled by those who have encountered it.
Thaumaturgy uses a system of paths and rituals to focus the thaumaturge's will. Paths are learned expressions of thaumaturgical principles developed into reliable, repeatable effects. Unlike the "natural" powers of Disciplines, however, thaumaturges must concentrate their will, forcing the power of their blood to unnatural ends. If their concentration is not complete, if they falter, then the magic will fail, and in extreme cases such failure can have a lasting effect on the thaumaturge, draining their mental resources. It was not always so, however; before the Final Nights, paths were less difficult to use and did not carry the possibility of harm to the thaumaturge.
Rituals, by contrast, are elaborate, sophisticated and codified instructions for producing set magical effects. Rituals vary in complexity, and require varying levels of thaumaturgical knowledge to complete successfully. They often require the trappings of Hermetic magic - circles drawn in chalk, locks of the victim's hair, meditation, chanting ancient words of power and the like. Rituals can take hours, days or even months to perform, but if successfully completed will always produce the same result. They can be incredibly powerful, particularly when senior thaumaturges join forces; it was a thaumaturgical ritual which cursed the entire Assamite clan.
Adept thaumaturges have sometimes been diagnosed with Thaumaturgical Glossolalia, a mental derangement that stems from over-expenditure and heavy reliance on Thaumaturgy. Afflicted persons under stress speak only in thaumaturgical symbology, but often the mind of the individual seems to shift into a different state of thought - almost like magical aphasia. The afflicted rarely has any idea they are doing anything unusual, and sometimes becoming unable to translate more mundane language.
Thaumaturgy has a large number of paths; though it is not the oldest tradition of blood magic, the Tremere were magical scholars long before they were vampires and toil ceaselessly to push their studies ever further. Many paths were once known by names which reflected the Tremere's previous magical heritage.
- Simple changes to an object's form
- Complex changes to an object's form
- Complicated changes to an object's form
- Small changes in atomic number
- Major changes in atomic number
- Thaumaturgical Forensics: Gain information from a tissue sample
- Thaumaturgical Surgery (Revised): Convert a level of damage to a lesser form
- Animal Experimentation (Prerevised): Can alter life forms less complex than a human
- Lesser Animation (Revised): Animate dead plants or small animals that will follow instructions
- Thaumaturgical Surgery (Prerevised): Repair damage to all sorts of creatures, including supernatural ones
- Greater Animation (Revised): As Lesser Animation, except works on large animals and humans
- Human Experimentation (Prerevised): As Animal Experimentation, except works on humans
- Cognizant Construction (Revised): Grant an animated creature rudimentary intelligence
- Supernatural Experimentation (Prerevised): As Human Experimentation, exept works on supernatural creatures as well
Known in the Dark Ages as Rego Elementum, this path grants control over and affinity with inanimate objects.
- Elemental Strength: Draw greater strength and resilience from the earth.
- Wooden Tongues: Speak with the spirit of an inanimate object.
- Animate the Unmoving: Cause an object to move within the limits of its form.
- Elemental Form: The caster transforms into an inanimate object.
- Summon Elemental: Conjure and possibly command a spirit of one of the classical elements.
- Hello, Goodbye: Temporarily cause listeners to believe a true statement to be false
- Disciplinary Identification: Recognize what Disciplines are or have been used
- Thaumaturgical Nomenclature: Identify what Thaumaturgy powers and rituals are being used
- Ritual Madness: Give a target the sensation of a particular Thaumaturgical power or ritual without actually inducing the effect
- Sanguinary Affection: Produce an illusion that gives the effect of a particular Discipline power
- Readiness: Gain a dice pool to add to Wits-related rolls or initiative
- Centering: Cause a subject to ignore any effect that reduces dice pools; grant bonus to resist frenzy
- One-Tracked Mind: Make a subject unable to split perform multiple actions
- Dual Thought: Take an extra mental action per round, including another Discipline use
- Perfect Clarity: Reduce the difficulty of all actions, become immune to frenzy, and become resistant to mental influence
- Cause Sleep: Force a single target to become drowsy or sleep, opposed to the target's Willpower. Spend Willpower to affect supernaturals.
- Mass Slumber: Affect multiple targets with Cause Sleep against a flat difficulty.
- Enchanted Slumber: Force a target to sleep until a trigger event. Spend Willpower to affect vampires. Multiple successes extend sleep up to a year.
- Dreamscape: The vampire may project her own image into a dream, but has no control over the dream other than by her own actions within it. The vampire must have a belonging of the victim to use this power.
- Master of Dreams: The vampire may start changing the target’s dreams, once she has entered them by using Dreamscape. If the target is a vampire, a willpower point must also be spent. Once this power has been used, the target may also change her dreams with resistance rolls, and both characters may act in the dream as if they were awake. If either character dies in this dream, the character also dies for real.
Grants control over and communion with plants.
- Herbal Wisdom : Communicate with the spirit of a plant.
- Speed the Seed's Passing: Cause a plant to quickly grow or decay.
- Dance of Vines: Animate vegetation to fight or perform tasks.
- Verdant Haven: Create a physical and mystical shelter of branches, leaves and vines.
- Awaken the Forest Giants: Briefly animate an entire tree.
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Usually practiced by members of the Sabbat, this path is rumoured to have demonic origins. It grants various destructive powers, most of which require physical touch.
- Decay: Cause an inanimate object to age years in seconds.
- Gnarl Wood: Ruin an object of wood with a look.
- Acidic Touch: Secrete a powerful viscous acid which affects metal, wood and living tissue.
- Atrophy: Cause a victim's limb to wither.
- Turn to Dust: Cause a living person to age years in seconds.
- Guest's Herald: Create a small effect that goes off whenever someone passes through a entryway
- Master's Order: Know where all things that belong to you in your haven are located
- Rhyme of Discord: Anyone else who comes into your haven becomes disoriented and cannot remember what they find there
- Temportal: Teleport from one of your haven's doorways to another
- The Cauldron's Rede: Speak to items in your haven about events that have occurred there
This path, known as Rego Ignem in the Dark Ages, creates unnatural flames, which some believe are conjured from Hell. Rather than distinct powers, each level of mastery allows the practitioner to summon larger and more dangerous flames.
- Mirror Forge: Allows you to see through a reflective surface you created
- Reality of Reflection: Allows you to alter small details of reflections in a reflective surface you created
- Mastery of Reflection: Allows you to completly alter reflections in a reflective surface you created or use certain Disciplines (Auspex, Dominate, Presence, Animalism) through it
- The Thousand Eyes: Allows you to use the previous powers through any reflective surface
- Mirror Prison: Trap a victim within a reflective surface for an indefinite period of time
- Vertigo: Cause a target to be disoriented and dizzy
- Contortion: Make a victim's limb constrict and become useless
- Seizure: Cause a victim's body writhe and tighten uncontrollably
- Body Failure: As Seizure, but more powerful
- Marionette: Force a target's body to move and act as you desire
This path grants the practitioner the power of telekinesis, allowing them to move matter at a distance, at first as though they were using their hands, and at higher levels allowing flight and levitation. It was known in the Dark Ages as Rego Motus. Modern versions of the path do not have distinct powers; instead higher levels of mastery simply increase the mass a thaumaturge can affect, though level three is required for flight, and level four for throwing objects. Older versions have the following more strictly defined powers.
- Force Bolt: Cause a target to fall down losing his next action or can shunt a object of 100lb or less toward or away.
- Manipulate: Allows you to lift and handle a object that you would with one hand. TV remote, Hand Gun, a Lever et al.
- Flight: Allows the caster the ability to hoist a person or the caster into the air and can move them at walking speed.
- Repulse: As with force bolt but objects with much more weight and more then one.
- Control: Force a target's body to move as you desire or you can heft up to a single ton.
Originally called Rego Aquam in the Dark Ages, Neptune's Might grants a practitioner control over bodies of standing water plus some other water-related powers.
- Eyes of the Sea: See what has transpired on, in or around a still body of water.
- Prison of Water: Use a large body of water to bind a target.
- Blood to Water (Revised): Turn a subject's blood (or possibly another liquid) into water.
- Dehydrate (Prerevised): Remotely drain water from a victim.
- Flowing Wall: Create a barrier of water nearly impervious to all beings.
- Blood to Water (Prerevised): Turn a subject's blood into water, some other liquids as well
- Dehydrate (Revised): Remotely drain water from a victim.
- Portents: Receive visions after waking that allegorically refer to future events of one's life
- Foresee: As Portents, but works on another individual
- Dreamspeak: Send messages to someone through their dreams
- Augury: Gain answers to questions from another person's dreams
- Reveal the Heart's Dreams: Learn what someone most desires and fears from their dreams
- A Taste For Blood : Gather a variety of information from a blood sample
- Blood Strike: A projectile will strike your victim, and may return with stolen blood
- Blood Rage: Force a target to expend their vitae to raise attributes
- Purge: Nearby enemies will vomit blood, causing damage
- Blood of Potency: Temporarily lower your Generation
- Blood Shield: A damage-absorbing shield surrounds the caster
- Theft of Vitae: Steal blood from a target at a distance
- Blood Salvo: As Blood Strike, but affecting multiple targets
- Cauldron of Blood: Cause a victim's blood to burn them from within
- Blood Boil: The target's blood is heated to a boil, causing them to explode, damaging nearby targets
- Ravages of the Beast : Cause a target to frenzy
- Weight of the Sun: Make a vampire feel the effects of being awake during the day
- Abated Tooth: Prevent a vampire's fangs from extending
- Treacherous Bonds: Temporarily corrupt a blood bond, turning love to hate
- The Withering of Ages: Cause a vampire to decay to their true age
The practitioner can create objects (or even living things) from nothing. Such objects are generic, with repeated patterns or a uniform appearance, and have no flaws. Unless a caster is sufficiently skilled, conjured objects cease to exist without continued concentration.
- Summon the Simplest Form: Temporarily conjure a very simple object (single material, no moving parts).
- Permanency: Conjured objects may be given permanent existence.
- Magic of the Smith: Conjure a complex object (multiple materials, moving parts).
- Reverse Conjuration: Banish objects conjured with this path.
- Power Over Life: Temporarily conjure a living (though mindless) being.
- Contradict : Make someone change their mind on a course of action
- Disfigurement (Prerevised): Change the appearance of someone, making more or less attractive
- Subvert (Revised): Cause a victim to act on their dark impulses
- Change Mind (Prerevised): Give someone a new Demeanor
- Dissociate (Revised): Make someone become distant from others for a time
- Addiction (Revised): Cause a victim to be psychologically dependent on a particular sensation
- Cripple (Prerevised): Paralyze someone's legs
- Corrupt Soul (Prerevised): Give someone a new Nature
- Dependence (Revised): Temporarily bind someone to you
- Stigma : Make an individual suffer socially for an evening
- Malady: Curse a victim with an illness, reducing their Physical Attributes
- Pariah: Make others see the target as their worst enemy
- Corrupt Body: Temporarily reduce one of the target's Physical Attributes
- Fall from Grace: A victim gains a botch die to all actions
- Zillah's Litany : Discover blood bonds and Vinculi the target has
- The Crone's Pride: Reduce a victim's Appearance to zero for the night
- Feast of Ashes: Force a vampire to only be able to gain sustenance from ash for a time and be limited in how they may use blood points gained from it
- Uriel's Disfavor: Make all light uncomfortable and harmful the vampire
- Valediction: Temporarily undo any change in generation from diablerie
- Spark : Generate a small electrical discharge
- Illuminate: Generate enough energy to charge a small device or produce light
- Power Array: Discharge or absorb a greater amount of energy
- Zeus' Fury: Build up energy and direct it as arcs of lightning
- Eye of the Storm: Become charged with an incredible amount of electricity
- Warcry: Temporarily increase one's Courage and Willpower
- Strike True: A single melee attack automatically succeeds with one success
- Wind Dance: If not attacking, you can dodge many times without penalty
- Fearless Heart: All your Physical Attributes raise by one
- Comrades at Arms: Use Path of Mars powers on others
- Out Light : Make lights darker or extinguish
- Shadow Taunt: Make a shadow mimic your movements
- Coruscating Shadow: Cause shadow to cover you, making you harder to be seen
- Night's Veil: Extend a shadow so that it creates an area of night in daylight
- Abyssal Pact: Summon an abyssal shadow that attacks or counters Obtenebration
- Analyze: Learn how a device works
- Burnout: Cause a machine to malfunction
- Encrypt/Decrypt: Cause a device to only work for you
- Remote Access: Operate a machine remotely
- Telecommute: Project your mind into the global telecommunication network
- Fortify the Solid Form: Make an object stronger
- Crystallize the Liquid Form: Transform a liquid into solid form
- Liquefy the Solid Form: Cause an object to soften and melt for a scene
- Gaol: Turn air into an indestructible block
- Ghost Wall: Turn an object into a gaseous mist
- Bar the Common Passage: Block an door and get alerted if something breaks the ward
- Glyph of Scrying: Create a glyph to monitor its surrounding area
- Runes of Power: Ward an object with a rune, that deals aggraveted damage to everyone who touches it
- Glyph of Enlightenment: Create a glyph for scrying, comunication and transmitting thaumaturgical powers
- Secure the Sacred Domain: Seal of an entire castle for one night
This path has no own powers, instead it allows to counter other magic.
- Startle the Superstitious Mind: Create such fear that a mortal or vampire is rooted to the spot where he stands
- Rout the Charging Hordes: Cause an number of people to flee from you
- Wrath of God: Cause a victim to witness his particular version of hell
- The Inner Demon: Confront somebody with his darkest fears
- Demonic Horde: Create horrific images and implant them in your victims mind
This path has no own powers, instead it allows to create new paths.
This path is the pagan version of the infernal Rego Manes. It does not have individual powers at each level. Instead, each level allows to summon stronger nature spirits and to inflict more damage upon any spirit.
- Serpentine Sense : See in the dark
- Scaleskin: Get a smooth and scaly skin, allowing for greater flexibility on land and considerable freedom of movement through water.
- Venom Curse: Transform your vitae into a deadly poison capable of blinding the eyes of nearby opponents, like that of a spitting cobra.
- Touch of Typhon: Transform forarm in an venomous asp.
- Form of The Hydra: Transform your body into a writhing mass of vipers
- Hermetic Sight : See into the spirit world
- Astral Chant: Be able to communicate with all spirits
- Voice of Command: Force a spirit to obey your commands
- Entrap Ephemera: Bind a spirit into an object to create a fetish
- Duality: Exist in both the material and spiritual world
- Evil Eye : Inflict botched dice on your victim
- Spirit Sight: See and speak with spirits
- Spirit Slave: Demand a service of a spirit
- Fetishes: Force a spirit to inhabit an object
- Journey: Leave your body, and roam the physical world as a spirit
This path does not have individual powers at each level. Instead, each level allows you to increase the speed of larger groups of mortal, vampires and mounts for several hours.
This path is the pagan version of the infernal Video Nefas.
- See the Unseen : Gaze into the spirit world
- Learn the Heart's Pain: look into someone’s heart and determines what grieves him the most
- Seize the Moment : Reach into the mind of your victim and draw forth his memories and thoughts
- Casting the Bones: Part the mists of time and gaze into the future
- Recall the Bloody Deed: Raise a spectre of vengeance to uncover past misdeeds
- Methyskein : Make a victim slightly drunk
- Omophagy: Cause a victim to be ravenously hungry
- Hamartia: Give a target feelings of euphoria
- Enthousiasmos: Cause multiple victims to enter a passive state of happiness
- Oinos Aimatos: Imbue your vitae with the effect of Enthousiasmos
- ↑ VTM: Clanbook: Tremere Revised, p.69
- ↑ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vampire:_The_Masquerade_%E2%80%93_Bloodlines
|Alchemy||Blood Magic: Secrets of Thaumaturgy||Pg. 68-69|
|Biothaumaturgy||Dirty Secrets of the Black Hand||Pg. 78-79|
|Biothaumaturgy||Blood Magic: Secrets of Thaumaturgy||Pg. 69-71|
^ Elemental Mastery
|Rego Elementum||Vampire: The Dark Ages||Pg. 167-168|
|Elemental Mastery||Guide to the Camarilla||Pg. 99-100|
|Rego Elementum||Dark Ages: Vampire Rulebook||Pg. 215-216|
|Elemental Mastery||Vampire: The Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition||Pg. 214-215|
^ The Faux Path
|The Faux Path||Blood Magic: Secrets of Thaumaturgy||Pg. 84-85|
^ The Focused Mind
|The Focused Mind||Blood Magic: Secrets of Thaumaturgy||Pg. 71-72|
|The Focused Mind||Rites of the Blood||Pg. 139-140|
^ Gift of Morpheus
|Gift of Morpheus||Player's Guide to the Sabbat||Pg. 114|
^ The Green Path
|The Green Path||Guide to the Camarilla||Pg. 100-101|
|The Green Path||Vampire: The Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition||Pg. 215-217|
^ Geomancy Path
|Geomancy Path||A World of Darkness||Pg. 100|
^ Hands of Destruction
|Hands of Destruction||Vampire: The Masquerade Revised Edition||Pg. 182|
|Hands of Destruction||Vampire: The Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition||Pg. 217-218|
^ The Hearth Path
|The Hearth Path||Blood Magic: Secrets of Thaumaturgy||Pg. 72-73|
^ Lure of Flames
|Rego Ignem||Vampire: The Dark Ages||Pg. 165|
|Lure of Flames||Vampire: The Masquerade Revised Edition||Pg. 180|
|Rego Ignem||Dark Ages: Vampire Rulebook||Pg. 214-215|
|The Lure of Flames||Vampire: The Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition||Pg. 218|
^ Mastery of the Mortal Shell
|Mastery of the Mortal Shell||Blood Magic: Secrets of Thaumaturgy||Pg. 73-75|
|Mastery of the Mortal Shell||Rites of the Blood||Pg. 138-139|
^ Movement of the Mind
|Rego Motus||Vampire: The Dark Ages||Pg. 165-166|
|Movement of the Mind||Vampire: The Masquerade Revised Edition||Pg. 181|
|Rego Motus||Dark Ages: Vampire Rulebook||Pg. 215|
|Movement of the Mind||Vampire: The Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition||Pg. 220|
^ Power of the Mirror
|Power of the Mirror||Die Stadt, das Blut, der Tod: Frankfurt bei Nacht||Pg. 87|
^ Neptune's Might
|Neptune's Might||Pg. 86-87|
|Neptune's Might||The Players Guide Second Edition||Pg. 83|
|Rego Aquam||Vampire: The Dark Ages||Pg. 166-167|
|Neptune's Might||Guide to the Camarilla||Pg. 101-102|
|Neptune's Might||Vampire: The Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition||Pg. 218-220|
|Oneiromancy||Blood Magic: Secrets of Thaumaturgy||Pg. 75-76|
^ Path of Blood
|Rego Vitae||Vampire: The Dark Ages||Pg. 164-165|
|Path of Blood||Vampire: The Masquerade Revised Edition||Pg. 178-180|
|Thaumaturgy||Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines|
|Rego Vitae||Dark Ages: Vampire Rulebook||Pg. 213-214|
|Path of Blood||Vampire: The Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition||Pg. 213-214|
^ Path of the Blood's Curse
|Path of the Blood's Curse||Blood Magic: Secrets of Thaumaturgy||Pg. 76-78|
^ Path of Conjuring
|Path of Conjuring||Pg. 82-83|
|Path of Conjuring||The Players Guide Second Edition||Pg. 82|
|Path of Conjuring||Vampire: The Masquerade Revised Edition||Pg. 181|
|Path of Conjuring||Vampire: The Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition||Pg. 220-221|
^ Path of Corruption
|Corruption||The Players Guide Second Edition||Pg. 85-86|
|Path of Corruption||Guide to the Camarilla||Pg. 102-104|
|Path of Corruption||Vampire: The Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition||Pg. 221-224|
^ Path of Curses
|Path of Curses||Blood Magic: Secrets of Thaumaturgy||Pg. 78-80|
^ Path of the Father's Vengeance
|Path of the Father's Vengeance||Guide to the Sabbat||Pg. 117-118|
|The Path of the Father's Vengeance||Vampire: The Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition||Pg. 226-228|
^ Path of the Levinbolt
|Way of the Levinbolt||Dark Ages Companion||Pg. 94|
|Path of the Levinbolt||Clanbook: Tremere Revised||Pg. 51-53|
|Path of the Levinbolt||Rites of the Blood||Pg. 140-142|
^ Path of Mars
|Path of Mars||Guide to the Sabbat||Pg. 116-117|
^ Path of Mercury
|Path of Praapti||Blood Sacrifice: The Thaumaturgical Companion||Pg. 65|
^ Path of Shadowcrafting
|Path of Shadowcrafting||Clanbook: Tremere Revised||Pg. 53-56|
^ Path of Technomancy
|Path of Technomancy||Guide to the Camarilla||Pg. 104-105|
|Path of Technomancy||Vampire: The Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition||Pg. 224-226|
^ Path of Transmutation
|Thaumaturgical Alchemy||Dark Ages Companion||Pg. 92-94|
|Path of Transmutation||Blood Magic: Secrets of Thaumaturgy||Pg. 80-82|
^ Path of Warding
|Path of Warding||Dark Ages Companion||Pg. 95-96|
^ Perdo Magica
|Perdo Magica||Pg. 109-110|
|Perdo Magica||Players Guide to Low Clans||Pg. 168|
^ Prey on the Soul's Fear
|Prey on the Soul's Fear||Dark Ages Companion||Pg. 94-95|
^ Rego Magica
|Rego Magica||Pg. 106-109|
^ Rego Mentem
|Rego Manes (Path of Spirits)||Dark Ages Companion||Pg. 107-108|
^ Soul of the Serpent
|Soul of the Serpent||Cairo by Night||Pg. 88|
^ Spirit Manipulation
|Spirit Manipulation||Guide to the Camarilla||Pg. 106-107|
|Spirit Manipulation||Rites of the Blood||Pg. 142-145|
^ Spirit Thaumaturgy
|Spirit Thaumaturgy||The Succubus Club||Pg. 65-66|
|Spirit Thaumaturgy||Vampire Players Guide Second Edition||Pg. 83-84|
^ Transitus Velociter
|Way of Passage||Libellus Sanguinis 2: Keepers of the Word||Pg. 63|
|Transitus Velociter||Dark Ages: Vampire Rulebook||Pg. 217|
^ Video Pellis
|Video Nefas (Path of Evil Revelations)||Dark Ages Companion||Pg. 105-106|
^ The Vine of Dionysus
|The Vine of Dionysus||Blood Magic: Secrets of Thaumaturgy||Pg. 82-83|
^ Weather Control
|Rego Tempestas||Vampire: The Dark Ages||Pg. 166|
|Weather Control||Guide to the Camarilla||Pg. 108-109|
|Rego Tempestas||Dark Ages: Vampire Rulebook||Pg. 215|
|Weather Control||Vampire: The Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition||Pg. 288-229|
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