Abombwe is a Discipline practised by the Akunanse Legacy of the Laibon and the mysterious Bonsam bloodline of the Dark Ages. Abombwe utilizes the vampire's close connection to and control over their own Beasts (and that of others), as well as channel the Beast's power for various purposes.

Overview[edit | edit source]

The Beast, for the Akunanse, is not so fearful as it is for European vampires. Akunanse are less burdened by knowledge of sin and its accompanying guilt, and thus are more receptive to the urges of their Beasts, demonstrating admirable control over it – a control that is learned through hard experience and communion in the wastes.

Abombwe is almost never taught to European Cainites, who usually have difficulty working with their Beast in such a manner. The Discipline's common use by "Laibon" in the Dark Medieval period strongly suggests that it was the Akunanse or Bonsam who came to Europe.

It resembles both Protean and the Beast-affecting powers of Animalism, betraying the Gangrel heritage of the Akunanse.

In Vampire: The Dark Ages 20th Anniversary Edition, Abombwe originates from the primal darkness. The Bonsam bloodline was first introduced here; the relationship between the Akunanse and the Bonsam (if there even is one) remains unclear.

Official Abilities[edit | edit source]

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 Powers[edit | edit source]

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    • Predator's Communion: Learn of the presence and relative strength of any beasts near you.
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    • Invoking the Beast: Temporarily grow a minor animal feature (claws, poison gland, wings, exoskeleton, etc.)
    • Taming the Beast: Gain bonuses to physical actions by drawing on the Beast.
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    • Unseen Hibernation: Meld into a natural piece of terrain to rest.
    • Whistling up the Beast: Unsettle a target and make it harder for them to resist Frenzy.
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    • Devil-Channel: Focus the Beast's power into specific parts of your body for a variety of effects.
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    • Predator's Transformation: Assume the shape of a predatory animal you have killed.

Advanced Powers[edit | edit source]

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    • Predator's Mastery: Intimidate a creature into obeying you.
    • Incarnate Darkness: Infuse oneself with the darkness and become the ultimate predator.

References[edit | edit source]

^  Level 1

Predator's Communion Dark Ages Companion Pg. 97
Predator's Communion Dark Ages Storytellers Companion Pg. 36
Predator's Communion Kindred of the Ebony Kingdom Pg. 97
Predator's Communion Vampire: The Dark Ages 20th Anniversary Edition Pg. 189

^  Level 2

Taming the Beast Dark Ages Companion Pg. 97
Taming the Beast Dark Ages Storytellers Companion Pg. 36
Invoking the Beast Kindred of the Ebony Kingdom Pg. 98
Invoking the Predator Vampire: The Dark Ages 20th Anniversary Edition Pg. 189

^  Level 3

Whistling up the Beast Dark Ages Companion Pg. 97
Whistling up the Beast Dark Ages Storytellers Companion Pg. 36
Unseen Hibernation Kindred of the Ebony Kingdom Pg. 98
Unseen Hibernation Vampire: The Dark Ages 20th Anniversary Edition Pg. 189

^  Level 4

Devil-Channel Dark Ages Companion Pg. 97
Beast-Channel Dark Ages Storytellers Companion Pg. 37
Devil-Channel Kindred of the Ebony Kingdom Pg. 98
Power from Darkness Vampire: The Dark Ages 20th Anniversary Edition Pg. 190

^  Level 5

Taking the Skin Dark Ages Companion Pg. 97
Taking the Skin Dark Ages Storytellers Companion Pg. 37
Predator's Transformation Kindred of the Ebony Kingdom Pg. 99
Preadtor's Transformation Vampire: The Dark Ages 20th Anniversary Edition Pg. 190

^  Level 6

Predator's Mastery Dark Ages Companion Pg. 98
Predator's Mastery Dark Ages Storytellers Companion Pg. 38
Incarnate Darkness Vampire: The Dark Ages 20th Anniversary Edition Pg. 191
Vampire: The Masquerade Disciplines pre-V5:
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 pre-V5: Abyss Mysticism · Akhu · Countermagic, Thaumaturgical · Dur-An-Ki · Mortis · Nahuallotl · Voudoun Necromancy · Western Necromancy · Ogham · Sadhana · Sihr · Thaumaturgy · Dark Thaumaturgy · Sielanic Thaumaturgy · Assamite Sorcery · Anarch Sorcery · Koldunic Sorcery · Setite Sorcery · Wanga
V5 Animalism · Auspex · Blood Sorcery · Celerity · Dominate · Fortitude · Obfuscate · Oblivion · Potence · Presence · Protean · Thin-Blood Alchemy
Defunct: Deimos · Kai · Kineticism · Maleficia · Nihilistics · Rift · Striga
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