The Players Guide to the Sabbat is the first sourcebook to fully describe the Sabbat. From the nadir of despair comes the beginning of greatness. Although the Sabbat is a major sect of vampires, they had previously been lightly detailed and were implicitly restricted to the ranks of Storyteller characters. Many prominent Sabbat-related elements of the setting, such as the antitribu and the Paths of Enlightenment, were introduced for the first time in this book. Additionally, the Lasombra and Tzimisce were described for the first time in this book; previously, nothing was known of those clans other than their names, as mentioned briefly in the first edition of the Vampire: The Masquerade Rulebook.


Summary

From the White Wolf catalog:

By Any Means Necessary
The Sabbat: a sect of diabolists and murderers whose sole purpose seems to be wanton destruction. These Night Fiends reject the ancient laws of the undead and revel in the fear and hatred they inspire, considering them tributes to their strength and courage.
The Prince of Freedom is Death
But there is a method to their madness. They are the true saviors of the undead, something only they can or will see. The Sabbat has gathered power for centuries, allying with the darkest powers of the supernatural, growing and expanding with only one purpose — the utter destruction of the Antediluvians.
The Players Guide to the Sabbat includes:
  • The history and secrets of the Sabbat, including it's myths and traditions
  • Rules on creating Sabbat characters for use by players or Storytellers
  • New clans, bloodlines, Disciplines, Abilities, rituals and much, much more


Contents

Introduction

An introduction to who and what the Sabbat are, how to use this book, and the view of the Sabbat from the outside, from other vampires to non-vampires.

Chapter One: Inside the Sabbat

This chapter focused on the Sabbat perspective of those outside the sect, guarding secretes, and their Lexicon. There is a quick overview of the Clans of the Sabbat. The structure of the Sabbat describes its internal makeup which includes information about the Black Hand and the Inquisitors. Learn the History of the Sabbat and what it is like today. See how the Sabbat fair around the world.

This chapter also explores the Sabbat Ideology, Holy Crusades, Sabbat Tactics and how they conduct scouting missions. There is a small section on the uses of Mortals as well as who are Allied to the Sabbat. And finally a section on Sabbat Weaknesses.

Chapter Two: Running with the Sabbat

Chapter Three: Character Creation

Chapter Four: The Paths of Enlightenment

Chapter Five: Sabbat Traits

Chapter Six: Sabbat Templates

Appendix One: Unusual Weapons for Vampire

Appendix Two: Sabbat Relics and Magical Devices

Background Information

Eyes of the Sun - A Native American Shamanistic Society that numbers only 20 members. They are Allies of the Sabbat and are all skilled to some degree with the Magical arts.

Penumbra of the Gray Squirrels - A Native American Shamanistic Society that numbers only 20 members. They are not only Allies of the Gangrel Antitribu but also of Lupines as well. They share some special connection with the land that bestows on them mysterious and unexplained abilities to all its members.

Path Finders - A Native American Shamanistic Society that numbers less then 10 members. They are a group that seeks supernatural enlightenment and has formed alliances with many supernatural powers. They provide no support for the Sabbat Gangrel other than information and the Sabbat Gangrel provide the Path Finders with protection.

Memorable Quotes

All great truths begin as blasphemies.

-George Bernard Shaw, "Annajanska"

Right now. I am an Antichrist. I am an anarchist. Don't know what I want but I know how to get it. I want to destroy. Pacify. 'Cause I wanna be Anarchy.

- Sex Pistols, "Anarchy in the U.K."

Ever dance with the devil in the pale moonlight? I always ask that of all my prey.

- The Joker, Batman

A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic.

- James Russell Lowell, Shakespeare Once More

Your guilt consists of this: I want to eat you up!

- Ivan Krylov, Fables, Wolf and Lamb

He goes seeking liberty, which is so dear, as he knows who for it renounces life.

- Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy

Three may keep a secret if two of them are dead.

- Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanac

He bore the curse of the seed of Cain, whereby God punished the grievous guilt of Abel's murderer. Nor even had Vain cause to boast of the deed of blood. God banished him far from the fields of men; of his blood was begotten an evil brood.

- Beowulf

I am the people - the mob - the crowd - the mass.

Do you know that all the great work of the world is done through me?

- Carl Sandburg, "I am the People, the Mob"

Go put your creed in your deed,

Nor speak with double tongue.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Ode Inscribed to W.H. Channing"

He must be a demon flown first class from Hell, advance agent for the Anti-Christ, if he is not him in person.

- Philip Jose Farmer, Nobody's Perfect

Roses have thorns and shining waters mud, and cancer lurks deep in the sweetest bud

Clouds and eclipses stain the moon and sun, and history reeks of wrongs we have done

After today, consider me gone

To search for perfection is all very well, but to look for heaven is to live here in hell

After today, consider me gone.

- Sting, "Consider Me Gone"

Did you think the lion was sleeping because he didn't roar?

- Johann Friedrick von Schiller, The Conspiracy of Fiesco

Make a promise for a new life

Make a victim out of your life.

- Joy Division, "Leaders of Men"

He who is skilled in the attack flashes forth from the topmost heights of heaven, making it impossible for the enemy to guard against him. This being so, the places he shall attack are those that the enemy cannot defend... He who is skilled in defense hides in the most secret resources of the earth, making it impossible for the enemy to estimate his whereabouts. This being so, the places that shall hold are those that the enemy cannot attack.

- Sun Tzu, The Art of War

What if I told you there was no place you could run to to hide from your fears? Where good is bad and bad is good and all the tears you cry no one can hear?

- 24 - 7 Spys, "Heaven and Hell"

Blood will follow blood

Dying times are here.

- Metallica, "Damage, Inc."

What fools these mortals be.

- Seneca, Epistles, 1,3

We have no eternal allies and we have no perpetual enemies. Out interests are the eternal and the perpetual, and these interests it is our duty to follow.

- Henry John Temple, Speech in the House of Commons

You saw his weaknesses, and he will never forgive you.

- Johann Friedrich von Schiller, Welhelm Tell

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;

For he today that sheds his blood with me

Shall be my brother.

- William Shakespeare, King Henry V

Raise my eyes, she stands

Holding out healing hands...

Are you happy now?

I walk the thin line for you.

Do just what you say to,

With fear as my friend.

- Queensryche, "The Thin Line"

Ya eatin' death cause ya like gittin' dirt from the graveyard, chips and casket cover clips-dead women hips ya do the hump with-bones. Nuttin but love bones. Lifestyles of da liver-en-dead.

- Public Enemy, "Flavor FLAV Cold Lampin"

What more felicity can fall a creature,

Than to enjoy delight with liberty.

- Edmund Spenser, The Fate of the Butterfly

What though before us lies the open grave?

Like men we'll face the murderous cowardly pack,

Pressed to the wall, dying, but fighting back!

- Claude McKay, "If We Must Die"

Submit to the present evil, lest a greater one befall you.

- Phaedrus, Fables Book One

So what - it's your problem

To learn to live with;

Destroy us or make us saints.

We don't care; it's not our fault

That we were born too late.

- Ministry, "So What"

I saw the Devil, King Countraryman ..., He said to me "Boy, I want your soul,"

I said, "Yeah, I want to go to Hell."

-The Cult, King Contraryman

Characters

Baba Yaga, the Iron Hag. The Sabbat, at this the time of publication, did not know she existed.

Djuhah - Seraph of the Black Hand.

Melinda Galbraith - Regent of the Sabbat.

Joseph Pander - Leader and Founder of the "Pander" bloodline of Caitiff. Priscus.

Vlad Tepes, Count Dracula - Mentioned as a member of the Tzimisce.

Vestgeir - A Ravnos who picked up the pieces after the failed Anarch Revolt; Some Sabbat members believe him to be Caine. He disappeared sometime between the 1500s - 1600s.


Terminology

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