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Vampire: The Requiem Second Edition is a rulebook revision for Vampire: The Requiem. While keeping the basic premise and structure of the game intact, it dramatically overhauls the setting and rules. It incorporates elements from Requiem for Rome and the Requiem clanbooks, including the Strix, demonic antagonists that debuted in the Roman setting.

Originally titled Blood and Smoke: The Strix Chronicle, it was announced at Gen Con 2012. Between September 2012 and its release in December 2013, it was the subject of extensive open development on the Onyx Path and White Wolf blogs and forums. In 2014 the book was renamed to its current title.

Summary

From the Onyx Path catalog:

Updated and revised core rule book for Vampire: The Requiem.
Tonight, you become one of the Kindred, the beautiful and the damned who hide behind our ordinary world. Driven by a hunger like fire, you will struggle to maintain your humanity while immersed in a vicious society of monsters.
Featuring Blood and Smoke: the Strix Chronicle.
The sharks you swim with aren’t the only ones out there. Your Kindred are the smart, sexy vampires of pop culture, but you are haunted by the Strix -- the grisly, demon-possessed corpses of folklore. They slaughtered the Night-Senate of Rome, drowned the tombs of the Princes of Alexandria, and warred with the Plague Lords of Transylvania.
Tonight, they’re loose on the streets of your city. Time for the sinners to become the saints, and the hunters to become the prey.
Vampire: the Requiem 2nd Edition contains:
  • A first-ever look at vampire domains around the world, from Tokyo to Berlin.
  • Twenty unique Strix, as well as complete rules for building your own.

Introduction

A general overview of Vampire the Requiem, including how Kindred are different from standard Vampires and inspirational media that helped create the game.

Chapter One: Who We Are Tonight

Overview of the character options for Vampires as well as in depth lore about what being each one entails.

Clans

Covers the Daeva, Gangel, Mekhet, Nosferatu, and Venture Clans.

Lost Clans

Brief descriptions of the previous existence of the Akhud, Julii, and Pijavica Clans though does not provide rules for them.

Covenants

Covers the Carthian Movement, Circle of the Crone, Invictus, Lancea et Sanctum and Ordo Dracul Covenants. Also covers the VII Covenant as an antagonistic Covenant dedicated to killing off all Vampires.

Broken Covenants

Brief descriptions of previously existing Covenants: Legion of the Dead, Gallows Post, Children's Crusade, and Tenth Choir. Though rules are not provided for them.

Chapter Two: The All Night Society

An in depth look into the world of Vampire the Requiem. Including what it means to be a Vampire, the Traditions/Laws of Vampire society, the structure of Vampire society around cities, how Vampires interact with one another in the Danse Macabre, and the Lexicon of terms.

Chapter Three: Laws of the Dead

Includes all of the rules for Vampire character creation.

  • Character Creation Rules
  • Vampire Touchstones, Blood Potency, Immortality, Torpor, and Final Death.
  • Vampire abilities that every vampire has.
  • How vampires turn others into vampires, feeding, sleeping, and bloodlines.
  • How blood/vitae works.
  • Downsides of being a vampire; sunlight, fire, Clan Banes, Frenzy, Torpor, and Humanity.
  • Merits
  • Disciplines
  • Devotions
  • Blood Sorcery
  • Coils

Chapter Four: Rules of the Night

Basic rules for Chronicles of Darkness games.

Chapter Five: The Parliament of Owls

Antagonist rules for the Strix. As well as pregen Strix.

Chapter Six: The World We Die In

Settings that a Storyteller can use as a jumping off point for a campaing.

Chapter Seven: Storytelling

Advice to Storytellers on how to run Vampire the Requiem games.

Appendix One: The Living

Rules for Blood Dolls and Ghouls.

Appendix Two: Conditions

List of all the conditions that exist in the game.

Epilogue

Background Information

Blood and Smoke: The Strix Chronicle Cover

Originally titled Blood and Smoke: The Strix Chronicle' before being renamed to Vampire: The Requiem Second Edition. Similarly, the Second Edition rules update for the Chronicles of Darkness ("New World of Darkness") game line as a whole was originally included in The God-Machine Chronicle; later, it was fully updated to a new core rulebook, which was under development as "World of Darkness Second Edition" before it was finally released under the title Chronicles of Darkness: Revised Storytelling System Rulebook.

Memorable Quotes

Characters

References

Solace

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