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Name: Vicissitude
Pronunciation:
Clans: Tzimisce
Bloodlines: Naglopers

Vicissitude is the trademark Discipline of Clan Tzimisce, it is widely known as their art of flesh and bone shaping.

OverviewEdit

One of the most horrifying powers available to Cainites. Vicissitude is the signature power of the Tzimisce and is almost unknown outside of the clan. With it an experienced crafter can sculpt the flesh and bone of a subject, making them a creature of alien beauty or gnarling them into a deformed monstrosity. Tzimisce use Vicissitude on themselves extensively, altering their appearances with their mood or changing their bodies to be as vile as their souls.

Vicissitude is similar in some respects to Protean, but springs from a much darker source. Whereas Protean merely enables a Cainite to emulate God's creatures, this twisted power allows a Tzimisce to defile and deform those creatures or him/herself for all manner of perverse ends. The most beautiful maiden or noble stallion can, with but a knead of the fingers or a flick of the wrist, be reduced to a hideous freak or a blob of deliquescent pus. The Fiends have certainly used Vicissitude's more grotesque side effects to cement their infamous reputation.

Note that while this Discipline permits powerful and horrific effects, the wielder must obtain skin-to-skin contact and must often physically sculpt the desired result. This even applies to the use of the power on oneself. Tzimisce skilled in Vicissitude are often inhumanely beautiful; those less skilled are simply inhuman.

Outside of Thaumaturgy, Vicissitude is the most versatile of the Disciplines, and is often used in tandem with extensive ghouling. Tzimisce tend to deform their servants into war-forms szlachta, which are optimized for combat through extensive bone plating, spiked forearms and other modifications. True masters of fleshcrafting are capable of fusing multiple victims together into mammoth killing machines known as vozhd, but such creations are incredibly rare. Vicissitude was also used to create the Blood Brothers bloodline, and their Discipline Sanguinus is a derivation of the Tzimisce art. While its effects are normally permanent, vampires of lower generation can heal fleshcrafting transformations over time. Likewise, the clan curse of the Nosferatu cannot be removed through use of Vicissitude.

The nature of Vicissitude is shrouded in mystery, with even the most elder Fiends only speculating as to its origins and true potential. More than just a Discipline, it seems to act as a virus that "infects" others through transmission of blood. It is assumed to be invented by the Tzimisce Antediluvian, with some speculating that Vicissitude itself is an extension of the Elder Tzimisce and that it continues to learn and experiment through those that fleshcraft. The Tzimisce themselves view the control over physical forms granted by the Discipline as proof of their superiority over mortals who are slaves to their bodies. Practitioners of the Path of Metamorphosis go a step further and consider Vicissitude the path to achieve individual evolution and transcendence through a somewhat scientific approach of research and experimentation.

God's curse is reflected in Vicissitude in that it replaces the ability to nurture and care with the ability to rend and corrupt. Advanced users find that the discipline develops a certain degree of independent existnce: Spontaneous flesh- and bonecrafting effects manifest from time to time, usually as a response to outside stimuli. An threatened Tzimisce might find herself growing claws, while one caressing a favored servant might find herself altering said servant to be more beautiful.

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 Malleable Visage [1]: A vampire with this power may alter his or her bodily parameters: height, build, voice, facial features and skin tone, among other things. Such changes are cosmetic and minor in scope. He or she might, for example, resume his or her mortal coloration; make him/herself resemble a Moor, Viking or Saracen; or even copy the form of a web-fingered naiad or faerie noble.
  • Menu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu bulletMenu bulletMenu bullet Fleshcraft [2]: Alter muscle, fat, and cartilage
  • Menu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu bulletMenu bullet Bone Craft [3]: Alter bone
  • Menu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu bullet Horrid Form [4]: Transform into the war-form zulo, the transformation takes 2 turns to complete.
  • Menu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bullet Bloodform [5]: Instantly transform into a pool of sentient vitae

Advanced PowersEdit

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    • Body Arsenal: Transform the bones in your body into weapons
    • Blood of Acid: Permanently make your vitae highly corrosive
    • Chiropteran Marauder Transform into a huge, flying bat
    • Ecstatic Agony: Change the pain of wounds into pleasure
    • Entrail Saraband: Turn your bowels into writhing tendrils
    • Graft Life to Life: Attach the limbs of one person to another without it becoming useless
    • Living Testudo: Use a victim as a living weapon and shield
    • Plasmic Form: As Bloodform, except you can move and hold any shape as a pool
    • Skin Trap: Peel off a layer of skin to use as a net
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    • Cocoon: Wrap yourself into an incredibly resilient shell
    • Flesh Rot: Give a target a disease that eats away at their body
    • Impaler's Fence: Cause a victim's spine to shoot up and down them
    • Kraken's Kiss: Transform your face into a tentacle that can drain blood
    • Transcend the Flesh: Expel foreign substances from your body or move through solid objects
    • Liquefy the Mortal Coil: Turn victim body parts into blood.
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    • Bauble: Transform into an object no smaller than half your size
    • Breath of the Dragon: Exhale a blast of flame
    • Will over Form: Use Vicissitude without one's hands over a distance
  • Menu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bullet Menu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu bullet [9]
    • Doppleganger: Assume any shape
    • Earth's Vast Haven: Dissolve your body into the earth
    • Perfect Essence: Control your vitae more efficiently

Version Differences Edit

In Dirty Secrets of the Black Hand, Vicissitude was said to be a parasite that originated in the Deep Umbra and was brought back by a Tzimisce named Andeleon. As a disease, it eats away at the body, mind, and soul of an infected individual until they are consumed and taken over by it, becoming a Souleater. Supposedly the Old Clan Tzimisce were the few Fiends able to isolate themselves and avoid becoming infected. The True Black Hand was devoted to wiping out the alien invasion, while at the same time keeping it a secret from the world. [11]

The idea of Souleaters and Vicissitude as an alien plague received a great deal of criticism and was a divisive element of canon. The Vampire Storytellers Handbook Revised stated the idea was merely the result of a "lunatic fringe" within the Old Clan Tzimisce[12], and to be disregarded. However, the Guide to the Sabbat reintroduced an optional rule with Vicissitude as a disease that can infect anyone that comes into contact with tainted blood. Infection is necessary for learning Vicissitude, and the degree to which one is afflicted influences the difficulty of learning levels of the Discipline. Instead of taking over a practitioner's mind, however, the disease makes it more likely those infected gain Derangements. [13]

GalleryEdit

References Edit

^  Level 1

Changeling Players Guide to the Sabbat Pg. 112
Malleable Visage Vampire: The Dark Ages Pg. 172
Malleable Visage Vampire: The Masquerade Revised Edition Pg. 186
Malleable Visage Dark Ages: Vampire Rulebook Pg. 222

^  Level 2

Fleshcraft Players Guide to the Sabbat Pg. 112
Transmogrify the Mortal Clay Vampire: The Dark Ages Pg. 172
Fleshcraft Vampire: The Masquerade Revised Edition Pg. 186
Transmogrify the Mortal Clay Dark Ages: Vampire Rulebook Pg. 222

^  Level 3

Bonecraft Players Guide to the Sabbat Pg. 112
Rend the Osseous Frame Vampire: The Dark Ages Pg. 172
Bone Craft Vampire: The Masquerade Revised Edition Pg. 186
Rend the Osseous Frame Dark Ages: Vampire Rulebook Pg. 223

^  Level 4

Horrid Form Players Guide to the Sabbat Pg. 113
Awaken the Zulo Shape Vampire: The Dark Ages Pg. 173
Horrid Form Vampire: The Masquerade Revised Edition Pg. 187
Awaken the Zulo Shape Dark Ages: Vampire Rulebook Pg. 223

^  Level 5

Inner Essence Players Guide to the Sabbat Pg. 113
Ascendancy of the Sanguine Humor Vampire: The Dark Ages Pg. 173
Bloodform Vampire: The Masquerade Revised Edition Pg. 187
Ascendancy of the Sanguine Humor Dark Ages: Vampire Rulebook Pg. 223

^  Level 6

Blood of Acid Players Guide to the Sabbat Pg. 113
Body Arsenal Players Guide to the Sabbat Pg. 113
Plasmic Form Players Guide to the Sabbat Pg. 113
Skin Trap Clanbook: Tzimisce Pg. 45
Chiropteran Marauder Vampire: The Dark Ages Pg. 173
Entrail Saraband Libellus Sanguinis 1: Masters of the State Pg. 65
Living Testudo Libellus Sanguinis 1: Masters of the State Pg. 65
Blood of Acid Guide to the Sabbat Pg. 123
Chiropteran Marauder Guide to the Sabbat Pg. 123
Chiropteran Marauder Dark Ages: Vampire Rulebook Pg. 223
Graft Life to Life Players Guide to High Clans Pg. 162

^  Level 7

Cocoon Players Guide to the Sabbat Pg. 113
Kraken's Kiss Clanbook: Tzimisce Pg. 45
Impaler's Fence Libellus Sanguinis 1: Masters of the State Pg. 65
Cocoon Guide to the Sabbat Pg. 124

Transcend the Flesh

Liquefy the Mortal Coil

Players Guide to High Clans

Dark Ages: Companion

Pg. 162

Pg. 96

^  Level 8

Bauble Players Guide to the Sabbat Pg. 114
Breath of the Dragon Players Guide to the Sabbat Pg. 114
Breath of the Dragon Guide to the Sabbat Pg. 124
Will over Form Players Guide to High Clans Pg. 163

^  Level 9

Doppleganger Players Guide to the Sabbat Pg. 114
Meld with the Land Players Guide to the Sabbat Pg. 114
Earth's Vast Haven Guide to the Sabbat Pg. 125
Perfect Essence Players Guide to High Clans Pg. 163

^  Level 10

Reform Body Players Guide to the Sabbat Pg. 114
Plot Device Gehenna Pg. 182

Vampire: The Masquerade Disciplines

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

Blood Sorcery:

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

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

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