More objectively the term Thin-Blooded denotes a Cainite who is part of the Thin-Blood "clan" in 5th Edition or an individual who suffered from the Thin Blood Flaw, introduced in earlier editions (also known as Thin Blood Syndrome). That said, "thin-blooded" is a term that can also contain some amount of subjective interpretation. Blood "thickness" is a relative concept: Cainites of lower generations have more highly-concentrated or "thicker" Vitae, while those of higher generations are considered to have "thinner" Vitae.
For centuries, the thin-blooded have been persecuted by elders, Gehenna cults, and other Noddists that fear their existence because Gehenna prophecies seem to indicate thin-blooded vampires are a sign of the End Times. While in previous centuries the Caitiff bore the brunt of this hatred, the upsurge of 14th and 15th generation Kindred has become a matter of great debate and concern, and has notably resulted in the return of the office of the Scourge in Camarilla cities. In the Modern Nights, while only about half of 14th generation vampires are afflicted by the Thin-blood Syndrome, all 15th generation vampires are. Until recently, they were thought to be the final Generation, but evidently vampiric blood gradually thickens over the centuries. There are rumors that some vampires of the 16th Generation have begun to appear.
Thin Blood Syndrome
Vampires with Thin Blood Syndrome possess exceptionally diluted vitae. A character with Thin Blood Syndrome must expend twice the number of Blood Points necessary when using Disciplines and other vampiric abilities, cannot form blood bonds, and have a portion of their blood pool which can only be used to wake each evening.
In addition to what was described above, thin-blooded vampires generally have great difficulty Embracing others, and more strangely, those who do survive the Embrace often do not awaken as a vampire until minutes or hours later. Despite being definitively weaker than other vampires, they do possess some advantages.
Many thin-blooded vampires are able to learn strange and rare Disciplines without training, while others develop their own powers, a feat normally impossible for any but the lowest generations. These rare individuals are sometimes called Inceptors, a title usually reserved for ancient vampires who spend centuries developing new powers of the blood. Even with powers they create themselves, however, the thin-blooded cannot achieve high mastery of Disciplines: 14th generation vampires can only learn up to level 4, and 15th generation vampires only up to level 3 of any Discipline. They are also harder to learn, costing both generations more experience.
The thin-blooded also share an oracular ability that is amplified within groups and grants them knowledge of the plots and deeds of Methuselahs and the Antediluvians. Naturally, this makes them of great interest to the few who know their secret, but debates rage over the source of their visions and whether they can be trusted. Some believe the visions are memories of things glimpsed during their longer than normal period between death and rebirth as a vampire, while others believe the thin-blooded are being used by the Antediluvians to mislead those who would fight them. Many Kindred simply want to destroy anyone who could learn their secrets through such gifts, though for their part the thin-blooded rarely understand the significance of what they see.
15th and 16th generation vampires feel some aspects of the curse less acutely than other Kindred. They are less affected by sunlight, both physically and psychologically; they find it easier to wake during the day, and may survive exposure to dim sunlight unharmed. They can hold down food for longer periods of time and even digest it as sustenance with a great deal of effort. Their bodies display some signs of true life; sometimes their hair or nails will grow, or they will feel the beat of their heart. A very small number have even fathered or, more rarely, given birth to children. Such offspring are known as dhampirs, and their nature is not well understood.
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines
As seen in Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines, a number of thin-bloods have migrated to Santa Monica, California, to escape being hunted and persecuted. Five thin-bloods are seen and named in the game (E, Lily, Rosa, Copper, and Julius), although E tells the player's character that other thin-bloods are present in the city.
Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition
Thin-bloods in Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition cannot learn Disciplines the normal way; instead they need to drink blood with a special resonance to get the ability to use one temporarily. Additionally thin-bloods are capable of learning Thin-Blood Alchemy to create formulae, counterfeiting normal Disciplines or creating whole new effects.
Thin-bloods need to choose from up to three Thin-blood Merits and Flaws.
- Anarch Comrades
- Camarilla Contact
- Catenating Blood
- Day Drinker
- Discipline Affinity
- Thin-blood Alchemist
- Vampire Resilience
- Baby Teeth
- Beastial Temper
- Branded by the Camarilla
- Clan Curse
- Dead Flesh
- Mortal Frailty
- Shunned by the Anarchs
- Vitae Dependency