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1a. The people were okay.
- Surviving a literal building falling on my character. +Declan
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RE: Existentialism and Vampires
I’d say you are mostly right. However, the alternative with the Beast is not the pleasant one nor deservings a downplay that it relents the throttle. It is and it will always remind the host that placating it is a forever far better option than naught.
The Beast’s path is one of animalistic intent, The Savage. While some clans, notably the Gangrel, idealize it to a Noble Savage intent, even they fear the true savage that is the Beast should it gain full control and frequently, through other editions and V5, seek to establish discordant harmony with it. Other clans seek to dominate it and others revel in the debauchery of the Beast’s intentions.
Learning of this reality, generally, rather quickly, most will opt for some part or balance among them. Much of the lore of the game is written around the idea of surviving, simply surviving, the tests of the Beast and the machinations of ancient madmen that have dwelt with their Beast, as it slowly crafted them into something that was no longer human at all.
Having played a character that was loathed by a majority of a clan simply for being my clan. Having to play through it and over it to get information on things and work out with the few that didn’t hate me but watched them get it instead and sometimes purposefully to lessen my own hate, it is a strange but good thing.
No good story is complete without adversity. Just because they are a rival doesn’t mean you can’t be dealing with them. Think of GoT and similar stories, sometimes your worst enemies make your best allies until they then turn as well.