Three Pillars - Episode 120

In this episode, we discuss Three Pillars, which examines the three branches of Dark Medieval society - the nobility, the clergy, and the peasantry – and how they have been adapted and corrupted by Cainites. Included in this book is further details about Italy, Europe's most dynamic region at the time. This book was written by Lea Crowe, Tom deMayo, Eric J. Griffin, Michael Lee and published October 1st, 1997 by White Wolf Publishing.


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Three Pillars
Written by: Lea Crowe, Tom deMayo, Eric J. Griffin, Michael Lee
October 1st, 1997

Lords and ladies, abbots and nuns, serfs and guidsman - the foundations of Dark Medieval society rests upon feudal obligation. Each denizen owes his superiors fealty and his inferiors duty. How, then, do Cainites reconcile this temporal hierarchy with their own society of the Long Night?



Clash of Wills - Episode 119

In this episode, we review “Clash of Wills” for Vampire: the Dark Ages. Clash of Wills is a self-contained supplement that can be easily added to a current chronicle or played as a single event story. It is a story of politics, violence and intrigue in Dark, Medieval England. It was written by Steve Miller for White Wolf and published August 1, 1997.


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Clash of Wills
Written by: Steve Miller
August 1st, 1997

A story for Vampire: The Dark Ages
The Earl of Galtre lies on his deathbed and his lands hang in the balance. Fearing for his immortal soul, the earl wills his lands to the Church in exchange for absolution or does he? His son produces what appears to be a valid will that designates him as the heir to his father's lands. Add the players' characters under the direction of Mithras, Prince of London, and what becomes of the situation? An unforgettable journey through the darker side of Cainite politics and morality!


Libellus Sanguinis 1, Part 1 - Episode 117

In this episode, we discuss Libellus Sanguinis 1: Masters of the State. Masters of the State gives players and storytellers details on the three clans of nobility in the Dark Ages - the Lasombra, the Tzimisce, and the Ventrue. We manage to cover one third of the material in this book. We will be back next week for part two.

This book was written by Craig Bolin, Richard E. Dansky, and Robert Hatch and developed by Justin Achilli for White Wolf Publishing. Libellus Sanguinis 1: Masters of the State was published August 1st, 1997.


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Libellus Sanguinis 1: Masters of the State
Written by Craig Bolin, Richard E. Dansky, and Robert Hatch
August 1st, 1997

Born to Rule

These lands are mine, childer; mine for as far as your Cainite eyes can see. Who defended them when the barbarian hordes clamored to the north? Who fought off the howling infidels to the east? Who put down countless insurrections, both of Cainite and kine contrivance? It was I, my sons and daughters. I, who gave myself wholly unto my lands and their people; for their people are my people. My service is both a privilege and a responsibility, childer – as I am a master of the state.


Liege, Lord and Lackey - Episode 116

it's a secret to everybody. Master using it and you can have this.
Here's our review of Liege, Lord and Lackey, the 1997 Dark Ages title coinciding with the Year of the Ally theme. This book details service in Dark Medieval Europe, as well as those that serve.

Year of the Ally was a World of Darkness event consisting of 6 books detailing the mortal (-ish) allies of the supernatural.
This book was written by Jason Carl, Tom deMayo, Michael Lee, and Wendy Soss and published June 1st, 1997 by White Wolf Publishing, Inc.


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Liege, Lord and Lackey
Written by: Jason Carl, Tom deMayo, Michael Lee, and Wendy Soss
June 1st, 1997

Who would serve Cainites, the dread lords of the Long Night?

The answer is surprising, as vampires draw their allies from all echelons of Dark Medieval society. From the humble cotter on the path outside the city to the prince regent of the greatest kingdom, mortals often move according to the whim of their unseen masters.

Come - join the legion of those retained by the Childer of Caine - and reap the benefits that servitude offers. Anything else is to live among the sheep, upon whom the wolves prey...


Dark Ages Companion - Episode 115

Bob and Nate discuss the first major supplement for the original Vampire: the Dark Ages line - Dark Ages Companion. This book details some of the unique bloodlines of the Dark Ages, it expands information on the Roads which all Cainites follow, it also gives insight into life in Dark Medieval Europe and various beliefs of the day.
Dark Ages Companion was written by Andrew Bates, Jackie Cassada, Ken Cliffe, Richard Dansky, Robert Hatch, Michael Lee, Nicky Rea, Sion Rodriguez y Gibson, Ethan Skemp, Cynthia Summers, and Fred Yelk. This book was published by White Wolf Publishing on March 29th, 1997.


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Dark Ages Companion
Written by: Various
March 29th, 1997

Welcome to the Long Night, childe. Come and learn the secrets of an ancient race that comes alive after the last rays of sun have fled the sky and that hides in the darkness at the foot of the children's beds. A whole new world lies within, just waiting for to unfold before your unbelieving eyes. Run with the Children of Caine through the moonless nights of Dark Medieval Europe, learn their lore and solve their mysteries – for you have become one of them.


Clanbook: Cappadocian - Episode 114

After some investigation into the release dates of the early Dark Ages books, we discovered that Clanbook: Cappadocian was up next! Welcome to it. This edition tells the story of the rise and eventual fall of the clan that would span the reviled Giovanni clan. This book was written after the creation of the Giovanni, and as such is the first real details into their origins outside of Giovanni material.
This book was written by Justin Achilli and published March of 1997 by White Wolf Publishing.


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Clanbook: Cappadocian
Written by: Justin Achilli
March 1st, 1997

More than a clan of scholars and priests, Clan Cappadocian is the Clan of Death. From their humble beginnings in the Holy Lands, these doomed vampires have spread throughout the Dark Medieval world, pursuing their eternal quest as time and history conspire against them. They are condemned by their own actions, and toil endlessly against inevitable destruction.


Constantinople by Night - Episode 113

In this episode, we discuss the first city sourcebook for Vampire: the Masquerade - Constantinople by Night. Constantinople is one of the richest and most powerful cities of the Dark Medieval era. This book was written by Philippe Boulle, Joshua Mosqueira-Asheim, and Lucien Soulban and published in 1996 for White Wolf Game Studios.


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Constantinople by Night
Written by Philippe Boulle, Joshua Mosqueira-Asheim,
and Lucien Soulban
1996

The greatest city of the medieval world, domed Constantinople is a lodestone for the vampires of the Dark Ages. Immerse yourself in intrigues ancient and contemporary as you traverse the labyrinthine streets and torchlit bazaars of Byzantium's wonderous capital. But beware: yours is not the only hunger in the East that demands to be sated.