Back in early 2004 as part of the Day of Judgment campaign, White Wolf announced a special VTES event called the Prophecies League, which was designated as a (local) VTES league with varying special rules for each match day. This is the second part of the reproduction of the original rules/web page.
If you want to play this format in the near future in your local playgroup, I advise you not to read the full article. You’ll just spoil the fun and surprise of encountering different VTES game environments.
The 12 Envelopes of the Prophecies
“There will come a time when the ancient wars will stir afresh. And struggle though you may, you Foolish Kings, to stop the coming storm or even halve its rage, Your weakling efforts will not save your souls. Harken to the words of the scholar, for whom knowledge is a curse.”
Special rule: When a Methuselah loses pool during the resolution of an action performed by another Methuselah’s minion or a master card played by another Methuselah, he or she may discard 5 cards to reduce the pool loss by 1 pool. This may be done any number of times until all the pool loss is prevented. When a Methuselah’s library is exhausted, he or she is ousted immediately.
The Eldest Awaken
“There will come a time when the world will be shaken by the sudden awakening of some of the Eldest, who cannot tolerate sleep any longer. They will abandon childer to the sun’s mercy, and the Crone will awaken and consume them all. Mark these signs, they are coming! Hearken to the words of the teacher, for his lessons smooth crooked paths.”
Special Rule: A Methuselah may move any vampire in his or her uncontrolled region with 6 or more blood counters to his or her ready region at the end of his or her influence phase.
Midnight of the Jyhad
There will come a time when Caine will rise again from his sleep in the earth and call for the city Gehenna, the Last City, the City of Judgement. In hiding, we remain today, but for a while longer, for the Jyhad continues still. Hearken to the words of the prophet, for his prophecies rend the veil of time.
Special Rule: Each Methuselah has two master phase actions per turn. (Note that Rumors of Gehenna and Anson are redundant with this special rule, but the Parthenon adds a third master phase action.)
“There will come a time when hunger cannot be stilled save by a brother’s blood And a time of waiting that seems like eternity with no end in sight. Hearken to the words of the songstress, for her hymns admonish the soul.”
Special Rule: Vampires with a capacity greater than 5 may hunt by stealing 1 blood from another ready vampire as a (D) action.
There will come a time when the Curse of the One Above will not be tolerated further, when the Lineage of Caine will end, when the Blood of Caine will be weak. For their blood will run like water, and the Potence in it will wither. Then, you know in this time that Gehenna will soon be upon you. Hearken to the words of the songstress, for her hymns admonish the soul.
Special Rule: Cards that require Disciplines cost an additional blood.
“There will come a time when my children will be bewitched by idle chatter. When babbling will replace action and gossip will usurp watchfulness. But I will be vigilant, and soon, I will act. I will silence those who spew foolishness and destroy those that heed their words. Hearken unto the words of the scholar, for whom knowledge is a curse.”
Special Rule: Tapped vampires controlled by other Methuselahs cannot vote in referendums called by vampires you control.
Nourished on Heart’s Blood
“There will come a time when those who eat heart’s blood will flourish and Kindred will crowd each to his own and vitae will be as rare as diamonds. You will know, then, that these are the last times. Hearken to the words of the warrior whose sword cries out for vengeance.”
Special Rule: Successful diablerie fills the acting vampire to capacity from the blood bank. If a vampire is diablerized, no blood hunt is called (and no referendum is conducted). Vampires prohibited from committing diablerie still may not commit diablerie.
Purging the Thin Bloods
“There will come a time when the Blood of Caine will be weakened, and it will run like water. And my childer will seek to undo their crime and break in a fortnight what ages of recklessness have wrought. But your desperate hunts cannot save you, for Gehenna is already come! Hearken to the words of the sage, for his wisdom enlightens the fool.”
Special Rule: Any Methuselah can burn 1 pool to send a ready vampire to torpor during his or her controller’s untap phase if there are no younger vampires in any Methuselah’s ready region. This can only be done once each untap phase.
Rise of Seth’s Children
“There will come a time when the Children of Seth will rise against us. For they always hate us, again and again, for we are their predators, we are their Masters, and this they know, deep in their souls. Hearken to the words of the sage, for his wisdom corrects the fool.”
Special Rule: The cost to recruit allies is reduced by 1 pool or 1 blood (not less than 0). Allies get +1 intercept when blocking hunt actions. Any ally may burn a vampire in torpor as a (D) action. If that action is successful, all equipment on the burned vampire is moved to the ally.
Black Sun Risen
“There will come a time when the moon is a sliver of darkness and the veil of night does not lift, nor does the dawn arrive. On this last night, comes the final embrace! On this last day, sleep does not beckon! Shine black the sun! Shine black the moon! The waters rise! Hearken to the words of the prophet, for his prophecies rend the veil of time.”
Special Rule: During his or her influence phase, a Methuselah may spend X pool to untap X ready vampires he or she controls.
Render Unto Caine
“There will come a time when your childer will be little stronger than mortals and your blood will be weakened for you have not controlled your generations. While there are nights remaining before the Dark Father declares you unworthy, honor those who are closest to Caine in the course of generations, for they bear his strength and are truest to his nature. Render unto them honor, obedience and fear, as you would render unto Caine. Hearken to the words of the teacher, for his lessons smooth crooked paths.”
Special Rule: Vamires may burn 1 blood to not tap when blocking younger vampires.
Brother Against Brother
“There will come a time when those you treasure most of all, the offspring of your pride, shall war among themselves according to their blood — brother against brother, young against old, weak against strong — until the best are vanquished and the ranks of your family laid waste. Hearken to the words of the warrior whose sword cries out for vengeance.”
Special Rule: Any vampire may enter combat with a vampire of a different sect controlled by another Methuselah as a (D) action.