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Jade Court Vampire
Jade Court vampire
Members of the Jade Court look human, and since they have the ability to mimic other’s form…it is possible one could be standing next to you know and you would not even know.
-1 Soul Drinker.
-0 Human Guise
-2 Breath Weapon-acid
+1 Feeding Dependency effecting the follower powers:
-1 Cloak of Shadows
-2 Mimic Form
-2 Inhuman Speed
-2 Inhuman Strength
-2 Inhuman Toughness
Notes Still working on the soul drinker bit. Invades the mind with nightmares or possibly takes away memory.
Total refresh cost: -12 so far.
This is a work in progress
In the past, vampires native to Japan called themselves gaki or Recently, the younger vampires have adopted the term “kuei-jin” as part of a false display of unity with vampires of China (the gui ren) in the face of Cainite incursions into the East. The gaki and other Asian vampires, like the Cainites, are undead beings with fangs, an “inner demon”, sensitivity to sunlight, access to magical powers, and a dependence on the life force of others for sustenance. However, the Asian vampires are not descended from Cain, nor can they make others of their kind.
An Asian vampire arises from a strong-willed individual who has either (a) awakened his “dark side” (p’o) through sustained deeds of depravity or callousness, or (b) died in a such a traumatic fashion that the p’o awakened at the moment of dying. The soul of such a person is dragged down to the Yomi World (the Thousand Hells) by the weight of the p’o. A small fraction of such souls manage to escape Yomi and resurrect themselves in their former bodies (or sometimes in other bodies) in a process known as the Second Breath. The new-born kuei-jin is initially a p’o-dominated, mindless monster concerned with nothing but sating its hunger. For a small fraction of new vampires, the “higher”, rational part of the soul (the hun) tames the p’o shortly after the Second Breath. These vampires are taken in by the local vampire court and instructed in the rudiments of kuei-jin existence and society.
After a short period of undead existence, most kuei-jin come to want more than just superhuman power. They adopt a di’hana, or Dharma, which is a path towards identifying and fulfilling the purpose of one’s existence. For some vampires, the Dharma is an avenue to transcendance, redemption, and rising above one’s undead condition; for others, it’s a road to becoming a more perfect monster. Vampires with an advanced sense of their own role in creation garner more respect at court, and are able to gather the chi (life force) needed for their existence in ways other than drinking blood. Sufficiently advanced vampires can take chi from a victim’s breath, and the most advanced kuei-jin can siphon chi directly from the environment.
The gaki (those that aren’t heimin, or loners) organize themselves into uji, or territorial families that govern provinces containing several cities. Members of a uji swear fealty to a daimyo or family head. The two mightiest uji are House Bishamon, a traditionalist family concerned with preserving Japan’s customs and traditions, and the Genji, a loosely structured uji that is heavily involved in Japan’s modern corporate culture. Suspicion and distrust between Bishamon and Genji runs deep.
The Genji are very interested in resolving Tokyo’s chi disturbance problems, as the resulting economic mess is cutting into bottom line and their long-range plans.