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V20darkagescompanion
Credits
Written By: Matthew Dawkins, Steffie de Vaan, Meghan Fitzgerald, Susann Hessen, Neall Raemonn Price, and Malcolm Sheppard
Developed by: Matthew Dawkins
Line Developer: Eddy Webb
Editor: Dixie Cochran
Art Director: Michael Chaney
Interior Art: Michael Gaydos, Felipe Gaona, Glenn Osterberger, Brian Leblanc, Pat McEvoy
Cover Art: Michael Gaydos
Special Thanks

To Jacob Middleton, for his expertise and consultation regarding Mogadishu and what came before.
Dedication

To the memory of Phil Hartman. You might remember him.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Imprint: White Wolf Game Studio
Publication Date: May 17, 2017
Year: 1242
Pages: 131
PDF: DriveThruRPG.com Bullet-rpg
Price: Digital: $14.99

V20 Dark Ages Companion is a sourcebook for Vampire 20th Anniversary Edition: The Dark Ages, with additional rules and settings to complement the core rulebook.

SummaryEdit

From the Onyx Path Catalog:
Travel the long roads and deep seas in search of power and experience danger, or tackle the wilderness to hunt monsters and face death. Settlements large and small dot the black expanse with the promise of sanctuary, life, and community. These bastions of civilization present cold comfort, when playing host to vampire warlords and sadistic Cainite faiths. Whether led by a Prince, a coordinated belief, or hounded by monsters from without and within — no domain is truly the same as another.
Dark Ages Companion includes:
  • Domains scattered across the world, from small fiefdoms to massive cities. Bath, Bjarkarey, Constantinople, Rome, Mogadishu, and Mangaluru each receive coverage.
  • Apocrypha including plot hooks, new Paths, and mysteries to explore in your games.
  • A how-to guide on building a domain within your chronicle, including events and servants necessary to make a domain as functional or dysfunctional as you wish.
  • A study on warfare in the Dark Ages period, so combat in your chronicles can gain authenticity and lethality

ChaptersEdit

IntroductionEdit

Provides the theme and mood of the book, as well as instructions on how to best use it.

Chapter One: The Domain of RomeEdit

This chapter introduces the magnificent domain of Rome, fallen to the tyranny of Prince Camilla. The chapter concludes with apocrypha for Clans Nosferatu and Brujah.

Chapter Two: The Domain of BathEdit

This chapter offers coverage for the small, peaceful town of Bath, as it struggles to cope with an influx of hopeful Cainites seeking sanctuary. The chapter contains the sinister black dog as a folklore antagonist, and apocrypha for Clans Cappadocian and Ventrue.

Chapter Three: The Domain of BjarkareyEdit

This chapter introduces the isolated island domain of Bjarkarey, off the coast of Norway, as its savage Gangrel ruler seeks to reap the blood of all who oppose her reign. The chapter contains statistics for the fossegrim, an enemy to Cainite and mortal alike, and apocrypha for Clans Gangrel and Malkavian.

Chapter Four: The Domain of ConstantinopleEdit

This chapter reintroduces the metropolis of Constantinople, in the wake of a Methuselah’s failed ambition to make it a vampire utopia. The chapter also introduces the goblinoid kallikantzaroi, and apocrypha for Clans Lasombra, Toreador, and Tzimisce.

Chapter Five: The Domain of MogadishuEdit

This chapter covers the East African domain of Mogadishu, as its Cainite rulers vie for power over the split city and use faith as a weapon. The chapter contains apocrypha for Clan Assamite and the Ramanga.

Chapter Six: The Domain of MangaluruEdit

This chapter introduces the bustling domain of Mangaluru on India’s west coast, as it struggles to resist the War of Princes and the fall of Clan Salubri. The flesh-eating pishacha are profiled within, and Clans Salubri and Ravnos receive apocrypha.

Chapter Seven: Building a DomainEdit

This chapter details how a Storyteller or group of players may go about building a domain utilizing Backgrounds, and era-appropriate events and characters. The chapter concludes with apocrypha for Clan Tremere.

Chapter Eight: Art of the BattlefieldEdit

The final chapter handles weapons and armor of the dark medieval era, and new ways to orchestrate combat within the World of Darkness. The Followers of Set receive apocrypha within this chapter.

BackgroundEdit

Memorable QuotesEdit

We’re as ageless as emperors wrought in marble, but marble shatters.
  — Maginardo, Clan Nosferatu
Empires rise with the sun and fall with the onset of night. We just give them a little push, and watch these domains and their Princes topple.
  — Erebus, Cappadocian Seneschal to the Consul of Bath
The colour of the water is as it were a depe blew se water, and rikketh like a sething potte.
  — John Leland, poet and antiquary writing of medieval Bath
How kind of you to visit here to minister to us heathens, bishop. Now, how does it go again? “Hoc est corpus...”
  — Queen Valborg of Bjarkarey
I came seeking God. In the fading gold of the Queen of Cities, I saw only His reflection, broken into pieces. One for the Archangel, one for the Venetian, and one for me.
  — Josselin the Blessed
Welcome to the White Pearl. We specialize in wild dreams and wilder nightmares. I wonder which you are here for, hm?
  — Saruuro, Quadi of the Red Sky
We next arrived at the city of Manjarun, which is situated upon a large estuary of the sea, called the “estuary of the wolf,” and which is the greatest estuary in the country […] The king of this place is the greatest of the kings of Malabar.
  — Ibn Battuta
The King desires our money/ The Queen our manors too/ The writ of ‘By what warrant’/ Will make a sad to-do.
  — Eleanor of Castile, as recorded by Walter of Guisborough
10. Item, the justices shall have proclamation made in the counties through which they are to go that, with respect to those who do not have such arms as have been specified above, the lord king will take vengeance, not merely on their lands or chattels, but on their limbs.
  — The Assize of Arms of 1181, proclaimed by King Henry II of England

CharactersEdit

ReferencesEdit

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