Cults of the Blood Gods is a Vampire: The Masquerade Fifth Edition sourcebook.

The book is supplemented by three additional books: Trails of Ash and Bone, Forbidden Faiths, and Children of the Blood.



Summary

Cults of the Blood Gods include:
  • As in-character breakdown of the rise of esoteric beliefs among the ranks of the undead and how faith drives many of the major aspects of vampire culture.
  • A host of religions - from historic theocracies and globe-spanning conspiracies to fringe cults and mortal beliefs arising in the modern nights - introduced for incorporation into your character backgrounds or as supporting casts and antagonist groups in your chronicles
  • The history, structure, and ambitions of the Hecata, the vampire group known as the Clan of the Death, as well as a chapter dedicated to playing a vampire among the Necromancers, and the rituals for their signature Discipline: Oblivion.
  • Guidance on how to use ecclesiastical horror and construct cults in Vampire, making them a vivid backdrop for your own stories, including new coterie styles focused on cult play.
  • Faith-based story hooks and a full chronicle centered on the activities of the Hecata, involving walking corpses, ghosts, ready-made characters, and the secrets of the most twisted family in the World of Darkness.
  • New Loresheets, Backgrounds, and Predator types for inclusion in your chronicles, encouraging player characters to engage fully with the material presented in this book.


Contents

Introduction

Fiction: Just Another Family Dinner

Chapter One: Rise of the Methuselah Cult

Chapter Two: Kindred Religions

  • The Ashfinders
  • The Bahari, Children of Lilith
  • The Church of Caine
  • The Church of Set
  • Cult of Shalim
  • The Mithraic Mysteries
  • The Nephilim, Children of the Angel
  • Minor Cults

Chapter Three: The Cult of Death and Undeath

Chapter Four: Mortal Cults

  • The House of Anteros
  • The Church of Means
  • Leah's Circle
  • The Dread Cult of Eligos
  • The Order of the Broken Branch

Chapter Five: Cult Construction

Chapter Six: Hecata and Oblivion

Chapter Seven: Bloodlines and Loresheets

  • Bankers of Dunsirn (Bloodline; Hecata characters only)
  • Children of Tenochtitlan (Bloodline; Hecata characters only)
  • Descendants of the Baron (Bloodline; Hecata characters only)
  • Flesh-Eaters (Bloodline; Hecata characters only)
  • Harbingers of Ashur (Bloodline; Hecata characters only)
  • La Famiglia Giovanni (Bloodline; Hecata characters only)
  • The Criminal Puttanesca (Bloodline; Hecata characters only)
  • The Gorgons (Bloodline; Hecata characters only)
  • Calling the Family Reunion (Hecata characters only)
  • Child of the Angel Michael (Unavailable to Nosferatu characters)
  • Servitor of Irad
  • The Promise of 1528

Chapter Eight: Styx and Bones

Background Information

Memorable Quotes

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Characters

Hecata


Malkavian


Toreador


Tremere


Caitiff


The Thin-Bloods


Terminology

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Trivia

  • The book was fully funded by a Kickstarter campaign which reached its initial goal of $30,000 USD within an hour of going live, surpassing $100,000 in under two weeks and finishing with over $150,000 raised and sixteen stretch goals reached, including the playable story supplement Trails of Ash and Bone (featuring Old Wounds, a political story; Open Your Eyes, a mystery story; and The Wellspring, a religious story), the bonus cult supplement Forbidden Faiths (featuring the chapters Pathways to Power, Dreams of Golconda, and Eschatological Thought), and the SPC supplement Faithful Undead, renamed Children of the Blood. The campaign was also able to find funding for increases for the overall art budget as well as bonuses for the writers.
  • The Baali were at one point considered for inclusion in the book, but this was vetoed by Paradox.[1]

References

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