The VtM Clan Novels are probably the most influential books with regards to the World of Darkness in general, and VTES in particular. Initially published in 1999-2000, the series consists of 13 book (one for each major clan), and deals with the events around the Eye of Hazimel and the war between the Sabbat and the Camarilla on the US east coast, starting with the fall of Atlanta.
- Toreador (VtM: Clan Novel, #1) by Stewart Wieck — published in 1999
- Tzimisce (VtM: Clan Novel, #2) by Eric Griffin — 1999
- Gangrel (VtM: Clan Novel, #3) by Gherbod Fleming — 1999
- Setite (VtM: Clan Novel, #4) by Kathleen Ryan — 1999
- Ventrue (VtM: Clan Novel, #5) by Gherbod Fleming — 1999
- Lasombra (VtM: Clan Novel, #6) by Richard Dansky — 1999
- Assamite (VtM: Clan Novel, #7) by Gherbod Fleming — 1999
- Ravnos (VtM: Clan Novel, #8) by Kathleen Ryan — 2000
- Malkavian (VtM: Clan Novel, #9) by Stewart Wieck — 2000
- Giovanni (VtM: Clan Novel, #10) by Justin Achilli — 2000
- Brujah (VtM: Clan Novel, #11) by Gherbod Fleming — 2000
- Tremere (VtM: Clan Novel, #12) by Eric Griffin — 2000
- Nosferatu (VtM: Clan Novel, #13) by Gherbod Fleming — 2000
In 2003-04 the Clan Novels were reorganized into a four edition publication, but this time the story was told in chronological order.
A large number of vampires, items and locations appeared later on in VTES as crypt and library cards. Examples include the High Museum of Art, the Eye of Hazimel as well as all signature characters (one for each clan) as shown below.
|Calebros, The Martyr
In 2013, I was posting two articles (The Red List & Red List Update) regarding the ongoing work on an upcoming V20 role-playing supplement “Dread Names: Red List“. The book basically is an updated & expanded version of the classic “Kindred Most Wanted” book, and deals with the Anathema in general, and the vampires (and other supernatural creatures) on the current Red List of the Camarilla.
Finally this work seems to come to a conclusion. The publisher, Onyx Path Publishing, has posted an article named Red List: Help Us Finalize the Newest Anathema on its website which (as the name suggests) asks for the reader’s participation in finalizing the book. In particular, the authors ask about the reader’s opinion on of the characters on the Red List named Marisa Santos y Rodriguez. (The first comments on the character, for example, pointed out, that the characters name is actually Spanish, and not Portuguese as it would be more fitting for a vampire from Brazil).
After the development and release of the Vampire: the Masquerade 20th Anniversary edition (or short V20) in 2011, Richard Thomas and Justin Achilli have started a project publishing the Vampire: the Masquerade 20th Anniversary Companion. This time the publication project has a different a different direction. Using the Kickstarter platformto gain the necessary funding for the publication of the book, the book will only be published if there are people willing to pledge at least $50,000 (in total) for the development of the book. There are several levels of support you can give, from a mentioning in the credits to obtaining a hardcover book & PDF version and finally an online chronicle session with Justin Achilli himself.
You can find more information on the project on the Kickstarter and Open Development websites for the V20 Companion.
One interesting thing I stumbled upon, is that three of the “hunter” allies, are actually Imbued according to the Vampire the Masquerade/Hunters Reckoningbackground material. These three are:
On the both the (official) World of Darkness wiki and the unofficial White Wolf wiki information on these three mortal allies can be found (which I more or less copied):
- Wendell Delburton, known on hunter-net.org as Crusader17, was an Avenger, living in the United States. He was responsible for the destruction of countless horrors, Wendell Delburton had no doubts that God had chosen him, even before the angels set him on the road that would end in an encounter with the Devil, He was found dead Saturday, August 2, 2003 in a wheat field outside Wichita, Kansas. He was impaled through the neck with a stabbing implement.
- Jake Washington is an Innocent living in the United States, also known as as Bookworm55 on Hunter-net. Jake had always been a bookworm, but at 18, in his first year at college in Boston, things were beginning to look up for him until the Messengers imbued him. His first experience of the supernatural was meeting a little dead girl. He found and tipped off the police about her murderer. He quickly found Hunter-Net and made a few contacts among the Imbued, wanting to study and explore the new world he’d entered into, even though it frightened him. He made contact with a warlock he nicknamed “Purple” (because of the color of his aura when using the Second Sight) and learned much from him.Three weeks after his imbuing, Jake met a beautiful woman named Phaedra in his local bookstore-café, and quickly realized she was a vampire. True to his creed, he didn’t hunt Phaedra, but instead talked with her, hoping to understand her and learn more about vampires. An adolescent virgin, Jake didn’t resist her sexual advances, allowing her to bite him and even tasting some of her blood, but even though he was learning and beginning to understand her, things went wrong. On their third meeting, a local hunter Jake knew named Andy followed him and attacked Phaedra; she flew into a rage, killed Andy and pulled off Jake’s legs. He blacked out, his next clear memory of hospital, where he was recuperating from a “car accident“, his care paid for by insurance.For a while, Jake dropped off Hunter-net, though he eventually returned to post a bitter document titled “The Enemy“, drawing heavily on his conversations with Purple and Phaedra to set down everything he knew about supernatural creatures. He temporarily took over the running of the site from Witness1 following a period of downtime. As he pieced his life back together, Jake grew to regret the “Enemy” post, since despite what happened to him he still didn’t believe that “monsters” were inherently more evil than human beings. Differences with witness1 led him to create the Vitalis site and sub-list for those who, like him, thought of themselves as on a mission rather than a hunt, but after the Montreal “Body Snatcher” Tragedy and the fallout over Oracle171’sinvolvement, he grew conflicted.His feelings led him to realize that Phaedra must have helped him survive after her attack, and set things up so that he would be looked after in hospital; he became convinced she must have a soul, and left Hunter-net again to find her with the aid of an older hunter named Fyodor. He did manage to speak to her once, and he traveled the country with Fyodor in the hope of finding her and learning more about the monsters. Fyodor, a much more ruthless hunter, eventually left Jake to his own devices, but not before channeling the power of the Messengers to restore Jake’s legs.
Jake continues to travel around America, knowing he can never go back to his family – he has no way to explain to them how his legs have been healed. He is still obsessed with finding Phaedra and proving to Hunter-net that she has a soul – and that other monsters must have them, too.
- Dr. Carlton Van Wyk, known on hunter-net.org as Doctor119, is a Judge, living in Chicago, best known for his month long journal discussing his encounters with at least 18 rots and invisibles, He is somewhat clinical and detached, and approaches the hunt with a scientific mindset.Though the details of his past are never fully revealed, it seems clear that Van Wyk is no longer a legally registered doctor. He has a “clinic” in his basement where he carries out minor surgery, including illegal abortions.Van Wyk was also known under the alias of Harlan Crandall.
All list of hunters in Vampire: the Masqueradecan be found on these lists (from the Wikis mentioned above):
On a somewhat related note .. last week CCP Games (owner of the White Wolf imprint since November 2006) announced (“CCP Focuses on the EVE Universe – A CCP Announcement“) that it is concentrating on the support of EVE and the development of the upcoming Dust 514 computer game. This is reaction to the problems with subscriber numbers of EVE, after alienating a significant portion of EVE players (“A Letter to the Followers of EVE“). Effectively this means, that the company is slowing down the development of the World of Darkness MMO RPG, which was one of the main reasons of the White Wolf acquisition by CCP back in 2006.
Some Antediluvians discussing the origins of vampires:
Malkav: Ooo! Ooo! I’ve got an idea!
Malkav: Ooo! Ooo! We’re ALL … aliens! Yeah! From the planet … Yuggoth!
Brujah: Drop dead. (silence)
Malkav: Ain’t it just too bad you don’t have Dominate?
Brujah: Real men don’t need Dominate! (THUD)
Reference: The Real Story
As reported by the webzine Flames Rising White Wolf is putting together a Vampire: The Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition. The release of the book is scheduled for the Grand Masquerade convention later this year, but there’s no revive of the Vampire: the Masquerade game line. Also, this anniversary book is based on the first 20 years of the now-classic VtM role playing game, sort of a “best of” compendium, but it’s not directly related or a preview to the upcoming multiplayer-online RPG which is currently in development.
Is this a sign of hope for a revive or reprint of Vampire: the Eternal Struggle? Not really, I think, but hey, the 20th anniversary of VtES is only due to 2014!