This verbatim from the VEKN forum by Ben Peal (design team leader) regarding information on some specific cards in the new VtES expansion “Danse Macabre“. I found it noteworthy, so that more players will read/know this:
Some notes on the cards previewed thus far:
- Dark Selina is first (and most extensively) mentioned in the book Dark Colony, which covers the struggle for power amongst kindred in New England in the late 1800’s. She’s a Cardinal working behind the scenes from Zurich, using her pawn Roman Pendragon in her attempt to gain control of New England. She also has a brief mention in Los Angeles by Night, where she has sent her agent Christopher to Los Angeles to use it as a staging point for an incursion into Asia.
She has no stats or physical description apart from being the sire of Roman Pendragon, so we used his stats for the basis of her disciplines and generation. There was also a need for a Brujah antitribu Cardinal in Group 5, so she was a nice find. Her special was derived from her political maneuvering from behind the scenes.
- Under Siege comes from Ben Swainbank’s old notes from his time as Storyline Coordinator. He had plans for a Sabbat vs. Camarilla clash for his next storyline event, but that was not meant to be. However, we were looking for help for the Sabbat as a sect in Danse Macabre. After some modification and after being forged in the savage fires of the playtesters, we have the final version.
- Synner-G‘s only canon reference is in the flavor text of the Sabbat version of Computer Hacking, where he’s mentioned as a Gangrel antitribu hacker. There was a need for a 5-cap City Gangrel in Group 5, as well as a desire to have a deeper selection of mid-caps with core City Gangrel disciplines. He has the standard 5 levels of disciplines for a 5-cap, but given that the disciplines are Celerity, Obfuscate, and Protean, we figured he could use a minor special. Going with the hacker idea and wanting to improve the toolbox potential for the Gangrel antitribu, we went with a special about electronic equipment.
- Instantaneous Transformation comes from the book Archons & Templars. It’s described as being a rapid version of Shape of the Beast or Mist Form (and there’s also a Celerity + Obtenebration version for Tenebrous Form). Rather than make yet another “combat ends” card for Protean, we opted for a multi-function card.