Dionysus is the Olympian god of Wine and Revelry. He is also known as Bacchus among the Romans.
Dionysus is the god of the grape harvest, winemaking and wine, of ritual madness, fertility, theater, and religious ecstasy in ancient Greek religion and myth. Wine played an important role in Greek culture, and the cult of Dionysus was the main religious focus for its unrestrained consumption. His worship became firmly established in the seventh century BCE. However, he may have been worshipped as early as c. 1500–1100 BCE by Mycenaean Greeks, and traces of a Dionysian-type cult have also been found in ancient Minoan Crete. His origins are uncertain and his cults took many forms.
Vampire: The Masquerade Edit
In Vampire: The Masquerade Dionysus had some Cainite impersonators throughout the years, the most prominent of which was the Malkavian methuselah known simply as The Dionysian. The Cainite Prince of Athens in ancient times was also called Dionysius - which is an alternate spelling to the name of the god himself.
Werewolf: The Apocalypse Edit
Though much older than the Ancient Romans, this ancient Incarna of intoxication, sex and fertility has been dubbed with the name Bacchus ever since, and does not object. Always known as a mad wanderer, he has traded favors with the Black Furies as a fertility god, been pleaded with to bless the brews of the Fianna, and these days seems most at home among the raves and innumerable narcotics of young Glass Walkers. Those who see Bacchus only as a reveler miss the darker mysteries into which he inducts his children and the terrible rage he can bring upon those who would deny him. What’s more, those Silent Striders interested in the Dark Umbra often see the once-dead Bacchus as a guide.
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Bacchus immerses his children in the mysteries of life and death, giving them +3 Occult and +2 Enigmas. These are far from trivial and he prepares them for the shocks they will face by giving each of his children +1 Stamina (which also enables them to withstand greater intoxication before passing out). Finally Bacchus is wise but furious in his anger. His packs may draw on 3 extra Rage per story.
Those who follow Bacchus tend to be strongly connected to their baser natures. If a character has a chance to indulge a strongly felt desire, they must succeed in a Willpower roll (difficulty of their own Rage) to do otherwise.
Mage: The Ascension Edit
Changeling: The Dreaming Edit
Wraith: The Oblivion Edit