Caine's Chosen: the Black Hand - Episode 81

In this episode, Nate and Bob review the sourcebook for the Sabbat Sub-sect, the Black Hand. Gone are the days of the "True Hand," and all shits given have left with them. Today, we look at a mysterious group of mystical assassins who await the rapidly approaching Ghenna to take their place besides Caine. Like many other Vampire: the Masquerade books, Caine's Chosen is presented from many different sources and perspectives. This allows the book to have a healthy dose of subjectivity and complexity. 
This book was written by Sarah Roark, C. A. Suleiman and Janet Trautvetter, developed by Justin Achilli for White Wolf studios and released January 20th, 2003. 


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Caine's Chosen: the Black Hand
Written by: Sarah Roark, C. A. Suleiman and Janet Trautvetter
January 20th, 2003


WARRIORS FOR THE SWORD OF CAINE
Hidden behind veils of secrecy and mystery, the Black Hand serves as the martial arm of the Sabbat. When the blood and fire of the sect's packs and prisci fail to win the night, the Black Hand arrives like a grim cavity on the cusp of the night. With all its autonomy and authority, however, the Black Hand has turned upon itself - does it truly serve the Sabbat or has it become a Gehenna cult?


State of Grace - Episode 80

In this episode, Bob and Nate discuss the 2002 release, State of Grace. This release is part of the "Year of the Damned" event, which culminated in the release of the Demon: the Fallen game imprint. Other books included in the event are:
World of Darkness: Mafia, Kindred of the East - Heresies of the Way, Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Possessed, Hunter: The Reckoning - Fall From Grace, Dark Ages: Inquisitor Rulebook, and Demon: The Fallen Rulebook.

This book is a sourcebook for religion among the kindred of the World of Darkness. 
It was released November 25, 2002 and was written by Richard Dansky, Jason Feldstein, Ari Marmell and C. A. Suleiman and developed by Justin Achilli for White Wolf studios. 


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State of Grace
Written by:
Richard Dansky, Jason Feldstein, Ari Marmell and C. A. Suleiman
Nov. 25, 2002

Cursed by the Divine
Faith in the Final Nights sometimes tends to polarize people, and the Kindred are no exception. Despite the cynical lack of faith that all too often characterizes the modern nights, a rare few find strength in reverence of a higher power. For these Kindred, spirituality is often a harrowing road as they are forced to reconcile their undead natures with the tenets of a God they may well feel has abandoned them.

Yet Still Reverent
Portraying a character who held his faith close to his unbeating heart has always been a challenge. This book looks closely at those Kindred, determining how they exist in the face of their obvious damnation. State of Grace applies real-world faiths to the World of Darkness, making for a realistic point of character development.

 


Giovanni Chronicles Conclusion Episode 46

Welcome to the conclusion of the centuries spanning Giovanni Chronicles saga. In this episode, we will discuss and review the final two books in the series and bring the clan of Necromancers into the modern nights (or at least up to 1999.) This review dives into Giovanni Chronicles III: The Sun Has Set, and Giovanni Chronicles IV: Nuova Malattia. 

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Giovanni Chronicles III: The Sun Has Set
Written by: Christopher Howard
March 12th, 1998


It is the 19th century, and Britannia raises her flag across the world. The murder of Cappadocius is rapidly becoming ancient history. But, in the shadows, the Giovanni still plot and scheme to achieve apotheosis. Can your characters, now mighty elders, stop the Necromancers?


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Giovanni Chronicles IV: Nuova Malattia
Written by: Heather Grove and Matthew McFarland
1999 (Unknown date)

A New Sickness
An unhealthy development is taking place in Boston, Massachusetts - the ascension of the Milliner family of Clan Giovanni. From their surreptitious beginnings in the shadow of the Kennedy empire to their sinister prominence at the end of the 20th century, the Milliner history is one of treachery and cunning manipulation. Can the characters carve their own place out of Boston's dwindling resources, or will they be swept along with the tide of the Giovanni's inexorable conquest?

An Old, Unbeating Heart
The final installment of the Giovanni Chronicles resolves the mysterious ending of The Sun Has Set, including the significance of the sought-after Sargon Fragment. The story takes place in some of the most memorable and exciting periods of American history, from the Roaring 20s to the looming terror of the modern nights. Players get a chance to help or hinder the newest machinations of Clan Giovanni, including participating in Boston's desperate attempt to remain independent of Camarilla and Sabbat influence.


Revelations of the Dark Mother - Episode 44

In this episode, we discuss and review the 1998 release of Revelations of the Dark Mother. This book is similar to the Book of Nod, both in layout, format and design. It was created, according to meta-plot, in response to the Book of Nod. Revelations of the Dark Mother compiles various accounts of Lilith, the titular Dark Mother, and of the Bahari cults that worship her. 


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Revelations of the Dark Mother
Written by: 
Phil Brucato, with Rachelle Udell
November 19th, 1998

Embraces Her Children for the Final Nights
Even The Book of Nod speaks of her but little. She is Lilith, the Dark Queen, the Harlot of the Damned. It was she, some whisper, who taught Caine his shadowed gifts. And it is she, the legends continue, who will rise to herald the Final Nights, the great Gehenna.Come, childer, and hear the Dark Mothers tale.


Clanbook: Giovanni - Episode 41

Out in the darkest parts of town, in the most secret boardrooms, and in the coldest crypts, there's a family most fucking vile. Don't get your undies in a bunch, just listen to our fuckin' review of Clanbook: Giovanni. You'll like it or you won't. We don't really give a shit. Either way, we win. 


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Clanbook: Giovanni
Written by: Justin Achilli
July 14th, 1997

Bury yourself in this book...
You've matched wits with Malkavians and done business with Ventrue. You've survived the soirees of the Nosferatu and the dungeons of the Tzimisce. Now, in this final clanbook, descend into the nightmare crypts of the incestuous Giovanni.

...It's an offer you just can't refuse.
Baptized in blood and treachery, this sinister clan of necromancers worms its way through the Jyhad while feigning noninvolvment. Whether gutting companies or animating corpses, the Giovanni is a power to be reckoned with. Discover the bloody legacy of these insular undead, and their even deadlier future.


The Inquisition - Episode 32

In a return to our conventional review style, we comb over the secrets hidden within The Inquisition. This detailed and rather large sourcebook reveals the Society of Leopold, who continue the medieval inquisition in the modern day. This book is the first of five books released under the "Year of the Hunter" theme, which focused mortals and their interactions with the denizens of the World of Darkness. 


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The Inquisition
July, 1995
Written by: James Estes

While young vampires may scoff at the mortals who hunt them, their elders remember a time when robed monks rode from haven to haven, using the twin weapons of fire and faith to destroy the undead.

But the Inquisition did not die in those dark ages. Its soldiers still roam the earth and the Damned fear it more than any other group of mortals. Begin your search for those elusive spirits known as the Restless Dead.


The Book of Nod - Episode 20

Hello all. Welcome back to the podcast! In this episode, we discuss and review the 1993 release, "The Book of Nod". This particular book is a little bit different than the previous books we've reviewed, both in content and layout. This book is more of an in-game prop than a rule book, and is printed in a size more consistent with White Wolf's Mind's Eye Theater line of Live-Action Role Playing books. 
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The Book of Nod, 1993
Written by: Sam Chupp, Andrew Greenberg

From White Wolf Wiki:
The Book of Nod is a collection of texts that are viewed as sacred by Noddist scholars and most Elders, especially of the Sabbat. This book is designed to be setting material only, avoiding any game mechanics, to serve as a prop for Vampire: The Masquerade or Mind's Eye Theatre: the Masquerade chronicles.

The contents of the Book of Nod is divided into three major sections: "The Chronicle of Caine", "The Chronicle of Shadows", and "The Chronicle of Secrets". The first section is the "History of vampires", giving insights to how Caine became cursed, his encounters, and the founding of the thirteen vampire clans. The second section, Shadows, are the "Laws of vampires", providing commandments that Caine dictates to the Kindred, as well as each clans' expectations. The final section, Secrets, is the "Prophetic word for vampires", declaring the coming of Gehenna that Noddist activists preach.


The Players Guide to the Sabbat - Episode 11

In this episode, we discuss the book, "the Players Guide to the Sabbat." It is the first Vampire: the Masquerade sourcebook to fully describe the Sabbat. Many prominent Sabbat-related elements of the setting, such as the antitribu and the Paths of Enlightenment, were introduced for the first time in this book. Additionally, the Lasombra and Tzimisce were described in detail for the first time in this book. This is a much longer podcast than normal, and we hope you folks enjoy it. We tried not to ramble or get overly detailed, but clearly the Sabbat is something we enjoy as players and storytellers. Thanks for listening!


the Players Guide to the Sabbat - 1992
Written By: Steven C. Brown

By Any Means Necessary
The Sabbat: a sect of diabolists and murderers whose sole purpose seems to be wanton destruction. These Night Fiends reject the ancient laws of the undead and revel in the fear and hatred they inspire, considering them tributes to their strength and courage.
The Prince of Freedom is Death
But there is a method to their madness. They are the true saviors of the undead, something only they can or will see. The Sabbat has gathered power for centuries, allying with the darkest powers of the supernatural, growing and expanding with only one purpose — the utter destruction of the Antediluvians.