Clanbook: Salubri - Episode 135

Their founder has been murdered and the clan has now scattered to the four winds. They are hunted by a cabal of usurpers and betrayed at every turn. Through every hardship, they seek unity and peace between spirit and beast. The tale of the Salubri is one of hardship, betrayal and purpose. Join us as we explore the hidden secrets of Saulot’s brood, their unique nature and history, and what is to become of them in the modern nights.

Clanbook: Salubri is a clanbook for Vampire: the Dark Ages written by Cynthia Summers and published April 29th, 1999 by White Wolf Publishing.


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Clanbook: Salubri
Written by: Cynthia Summers
April 29th, 1999


It Is the Way of War

Saulot is dead destroyed by the foul Usurper. Everywhere the servants of the Tremere hound the remaining Salubri, condemning them to the pyre or the stake. And while the land cries out for a healers touch, it is only by turning to the sword that the Salubri can survive.


Cainite Heresy - Episode 134

The Cainite Heresy spread corruption and blasphemy like slowly growing roots through the Dark Medieval church. Was the ultimate goal salvation or destruction? Did their Gehenna ever come?

In this episode, we review the 1999 release, Cainite Heresy, published by Black Dog Game Factory. This title details the twisted nature of the Cainite Heresy, their goals, rituals, history and everything else you’ll need to include these Blasphemers in your Vampire: the Dark Ages chronicle… and beyond.

This book was written by Kenneth Hite with R. Sean Bergstrom, Jason Langlois and P.D. Cacek and published by Black Dog Game Factory for White Wolf Publishing. It is part of the “Year of Reckoning,” meta-plot event and book line.


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Cainite Heresy
Written by: Kenneth Hite
with R. Sean Bergstrom, Jason Langlois
and P.D. Cacek
Feb. 24th, 1999

Shadows Creep Up the Basilica

It is the time of the Red Pentecost and the Albigensian Crusade. Soon the Third Caine will walk the land, tearing asunder the world of illusion and daring to face the rage of unholy Ialdabaoth, the Womb of Creation. In the sleepy towns of France and the cities of Italy, the adherents of heresy await, the taste of blood on their lips and only the purest flame of devotion in their hearts.


Wolves of the Sea - Episode 133

This week, we review Wolves of the Sea. This sourcebook for Vampire: the Dark Ages explores the Nordic, Viking, and Einherjar culture. Additionally, it introduces new vampiric ideals, abilities, backgrounds, systems, roads and more.
From White Wolf Wiki: From out of the north they come, relics of centuries past but deadlier than anything that has ever sailed the seas. For even in the enlightened year of 1197, when true Vikings are just a bloody rumor of the past, there are still knorrs filled with true sons of Odin and Thor, waiting for a chance to loot, pillage and slaughter.

Wolves of the Sea was written by Geoffrey C. Grabowski, Jason Langlois, Roman A. Ranieri, and Jess Heinig and published on November 12th, 1998 by White Wolf Studios.


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Wolves of the Sea
Written by: Geoffrey C. Grabowski, Jason Langlois, Roman A. Ranieri, Jess Heinig
November 12th, 1998

For Blood! For Glory! For Odin the All-Father!

For over two hundred years they pillaged across Europe, exacting tribute, sacking towns and pirating ships. The Vikings spread from Scandinavia across England and France, Greenland and Vinland, as a society of valiant warriors and traders. With them came vampires of the North, the slain warriors chosen by Odin to rise and do battle. All of Christendom learned to tremble at the approach of the Norsemen, and their blood-soaked berserkers and einherjar threatened the rule of every weakling Cainite in Europe.


Jerusalem by Night - Episode 132

We’re back to Dark Ages this week with our review of the city sourcebook, Jerusalem by Night. At the crossroads between good and evil, where the crusades meet their violent conclusion, you have Jerusalem. An ancient, holy city cherished and coveted by the three major religions of the world, Jerusalem can never be possessed by anyone - kine or cainite - for long.

Jerusalem by Night was written by Jen Clodius, Todd Satogata, James A. Moore, and Janet Berliner (Original Fiction) and published by White Wolf Studios on June 10th, 1999.


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Jerusalem by Night
Written by: Jen Clodius, Todd Satogata,
James A. Moore, and Janet Berliner
June 10th, 1999

The City of God

It sits at the crossroads of the world. Held by Islam, open to Christian pilgrims and longed for by the Children of Israel, Jerusalem is the magnet that draws three faiths to one place. It is here that East and West collide bloodily, where palmers from England and hashishin about their business can pass in the street. And it is here that Cainites gather, drawn by a power far greater than they can comprehend or fight.


Libellus Sanguinis 2 - Episode 129

Well, we kinda lied and said we wouldn’t have a podcast this Friday. Turns out, we recorded one anyways. This week, we take a dive into Libellus Sanguinis 2: Keepers of the Word. This sourcebook covers three clans of the Dark Ages: Toreador, Tremere, and Brujah.
Book one details the Toreador of the Dark Ages, art in the Dark Medieval world, religion and the Courts of Love.
Book two explores the Usurper clan’s attempt to be viewed as legitimate, their internal organization, spread across Europe, and the Telyavelics.
Book three details the Brujah and their roots in pre-Carthage. It also explores the role philosophy and Olympian ideals, as well as their current status in the Dark Medieval world.
Libellus Sanguinis 2: Keepers of the Word was written by Cynthia Summers, Richard Stratton, and Jackie Cassada. It was published October 1, 1998 by White Wolf Studios.


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Libellus Sanguinis 2: Keepers of the Word
Written by: Cynthia Summers, Richard Stratton, Jackie Cassada
October 1, 1998

Three More Gather in Darkness

The medieval Tremere have seized immortality for themselves, and are despised and hunted as a result. The Toreador dance to the music of prestige and slander in the courts and castles of Europe. The Brujah want to shatter the Long Night to avenge their shattered dream. All three are here. The undead secrets of the Dark Ages are laid bare before you.


Clanbook: Baali - Episode 127

Welcome back to our regularly scheduled podcast! We return from Transylvania to review everyone’s FAVORITE clanbook! That’s right, we go deep (all puns intended) and review the Baali! Like all Black Dog books, this one is highly contentious, offensive, and covers topics and themes many will find offensive. We do our best to cover the book without running off the rails.
Clanbook Baali was written by Sven Skoog and Lucian Soulban for Black Dog Game Factory and Published by White Wolf Publishing on June 1st, 1998.

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Clanbook: Baali
Written by: Sven Skoog and Lucian Soulban
June 1st, 1998

We Serve a Greater Power
To the other Cainites, we are legends and lies. Behave, the old ones tell their childer, or the Baali will take you. We are as monsters out of children's tales to them, but that is all. That suits our purposes. Let them have their slanders. The truth would freeze the stolen blood in their veins. For we are not monsters lurking in the shadows after the occasional straggler. We are something far, far worse.

To Submit Is to Conquer
The Baali have always been hidden in shadow, swaddled in veils of deceit. Now, for the first time, learn the demon-haunted truth. Understand the terrible cost of Daimoinon. And know, if you can, why the Baali make their pacts with darkness.


Transylvania Chronicles IV - Episode 126

In this episode, we conclude our in-depth review of the Transylvania saga. The final book brings us into the height of the Victorian Age and beyond into the modern nights. The final prophesy of Gehenna is realized in blood and fire! After 800 years, your characters must discover the plans for the end of the world and stop them - or usher in the end of days.

Transylvania Chronicles IV was written by Brian Campbell, Jackie Cassada, and Nicky Rea and published on February 3rd, 2000 by White Wolf Studios.

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Transylvania Chronicles IV: The Dragon Ascendant
Written by: Brian Campbell, Jackie Cassada, and Nicky Rea
Feb. 3rd, 2000


Eight Centuries of Evil

The prophecies of Gehenna continue to unfold. In the darkest corners of Transylvania, Dracula stirs. Halfway across the world, a conflagration destroys an entire clan of Sabbat Cainites. The geomantic web unravels, revealing one of the greatest pieces of the Jyhad. Can the players coterie put aside its differences in time to foil the plot of an Antediluvian? Or has Gehenna finally arrived?



Transylvania by Night Pt. 1 - Episode 121

In this episode, we give a general overview and basic review of the Dark Ages sourcebook, Transylvania by Night. This is part one of our multi-part series on Transylvania and the Transylvania Chronicles. We will bring you part two in two weeks, followed by an overview on the Transylvania Chronicles volumes I-IV.
Transylvania by Night was published October, 1997 by White Wolf Publishing and written by Brian Campbell and Nicky Rea.


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Transylvania by Night
Written by: Brian Campbell, Nicky Rea
October, 1997


When Fiends and Warlocks Go To War

Good evening, childer. Welcome to our old and blood-drenched soil. We have known the tread of the Hun, the Roman, the Magyar, yet we stand defiant, as we always have. Now, after sunset, cries of war and horror pierce the night. As the old ways crumble and Usurpers recieve their bloody baptism, limitless power awaits those clever and brutal enough to take it. But beware: The Old Country is a harsh mistress, and those who fail greet the dawn on impaling stakes. So come, my friends. Enter freely, and of your own will. After all...you may never leave.


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 2 - Episode 118

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Hello, friends. We’re back with the second and final part of our review of Libellus Sanguinis 1: Masters of the State. In this episode, we talk about the Tzimisce and Ventrue and their place in Dark Medieval Europe and beyond. Next week, we return with Clash of Wills.
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, 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.


Book of Storyteller Secrets - Episode 112

In this episode, Bob and Nate take a look at the Book of Storyteller Secrets for Vampire: the Dark Ages. This sourcebook collects information for storytellers left out of the corebook such as an atlas of Dark Medieval Europe, a plethora of Storytelling tips for running your own Dark Ages game, and rules for ghouls, antagonists, magical weapons and mythical beasts found in Dark Medieval Europe.

This book was written by Wade Racine, Matt Burke, and J.D. Wiker for White Wolf Game Studio and published July of 1996.


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This book is currently out of print.

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Book of Storyteller Secrets
Written by: Wade Racine, Matt Burke, and J.D. Wiker
July, 1996

Explore the weird and wonderous nights of Dark Medieval Europe. Wander the lonely nocturnal roads in service to vampire princes – or become one yourself. Track a unicorn for its blood, or delve into the intrigues of the Italian merchant cities. Battle Assamite killers in the Holy Land, or aid the nascent Tremere as they struggle for survival against the ancient Fiends.


Vampire: The Dark Ages - Episode 111

Finally, we’re back at it with our very first Dark Ages review. I guess you could call it our second season. No? Regardless, this is a new chapter for our podcast and we’re glad to bring you all along with us.
In this episode, we review the corebook for White Wolf’s Dark Ages line. Vampire: the Dark Ages takes place in the dark, medieval World of Darkness in 1197. Dark Ages represents the first of three historical game lines including Werewolf: The Wild West (1997), and Mage: The Sorcerer's Crusade (1998).

This book was published in March of 1996 by White Wolf Studios. It was designed by Jennifer Hartshorn, Ethan Skemp, Mark Rein•Hagen, and Kevin Hassall.

This book is currently out of print.


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Vampire: the Dark Ages
Written by: Various
March, 1996

A Storytelling Game of Gothic Horror
This, my childer, is the Long Night. The Age of Learning is toppled and forgotten. The Age of the Empire drowned in its own bile. This is an Age of Darkness. Look there, my childer, upon the lightless wild places, where no law exists save that of tooth and talon. Behold the human cities as well, where we may be as lords when the sun gutters and dies.

Beware, my childer, of thy eternal enemies: of the savage ones, the skinchangers, who hunt as wolves. Of the knights of fire and sword, the witch-slayers. Of the burning scions of the Pit itself. But above all, my childer, beware one another, for we shall always be our own direst foes.
This, my childer, is the Long Night. It is thine.