Vampire: the Requiem (Second Edition)

The Beast demands obedience from lesser creatures. It slips into the Kindred’s voice, modulating his tone and his words to express absolute authority. It progresses from the simple barked commands of a drill sergeant to creating false memories of whatever the vampire desires — or letting her steal her victim’s body to walk in the sunlight once again.

● Hypnos

Slag: Intelligence + Expression + Dominate vs. Resolve + Blood Potency | Kostnad: Ingen | Handling: Omedelbar

All a vampire has to do is meet her victim’s eye to catch him in her thrall. Her control isn’t obvious; she just asks him to do something and her victim acquiesces. He could unlock a door, pass her a gun — or forget ever meeting her. Some cruel vampires mesmerize passers-by just to take the rap for their crimes.


Fummel: The victim sees through the vampire’s attempt to control his mind; emboldened, he gains the Steadfast Condition.
Misslyckande: The vampire’s victim proves stronger-willed than she’d thought.
Framgång: The vampire holds her victim’s gaze for just a second, but it’s enough to inflict Tillståndet Hypnotiserad (Mesmerized p. 305).
Exceptionell framgång: The vampire’s control flows over the victim’s brain like water. They want to do whatever the vampire says. The vampire can issue a command in the same action as mesmerizing the victim.

Once she has inflicted the Mesmerized Condition, the vampire can command the victim as an instant action. Her commands can’t be longer than three or four words, and she has to be direct — her control doesn’t extend to issuing vague commands. “Follow me,” “Shoot your husband,” and “Repeat after me…” are all suitable commands, while “Forget,” “Submit,” and “Do my bidding” have too much room for interpretation. She can even mess with the victim’s memory, making one statement about the current scene that victim will remember as truth. While she can still only use simple and unambiguous commands, she can pack a lot of changes into four words: “You killed that man” and “I was not here” combine to frame the victim for murder.

●● Edikt av järn

Slag: Inget | Kostnad: 1 Vitae | Villkor: Du måste ha försatt personen i Hypnotiserat Tillstånd | Handling: Omedelbar

Once she’s got a hotline into her victim’s mind, the vampire can take some time to play with his thoughts and memories. While it takes more of her power to relay complex commands, she goes from jerking her victim’s strings to controlling him like a puppeteer, making his ever movement dance to her tune.

The vampire can issue a longer command to a Mesmerized victim. This edict can be up to three sentences long, and can include a successive series of actions. The command takes two turns per sentence to convey. As with Mesmerize, the vampire’s control doesn’t extend to commands that rely on the victim’s interpretation. The victim takes the Dominated Condition (p. 302) and will follow the vampire’s commands as soon as she finishes speaking them. He continues to follow the order until he has completed his task, or the sun rises. Many Kindred use Iron Edict to issue a simple command, such as “Obey my direct instructions when I give them to you,” which effectively gives them control over the minion until the sun comes up — though it doesn’t extend the duration of the Mesmerized Condition.

●● Begraven befallning

Slag: Intelligence + Subterfuge + Dominate - offrets Resolve | Kostnad: 1 Vitae | Villkor: Du måste ha försatt personen i Hypnotiserat Tillstånd | Handling: Omedelbar | Varaktighet: En vecka eller månad per lyckad tärning (se nedan).

The vampire has enough control over her meat-puppet to implant a subconscious trigger, a specific set of conditions that will turn him into her slave when he encounters them. She can force her victim into a suggestible state when he points a gun at her, make him transfer all of his money into her account when he hears Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, or only allow him to remember his son when he smells lilacs.


Fummel: The vampire’s attempt to set up a trigger backfires. The victim loses his Mesmerized Condition. For the next week, when he encounters one trigger that the vampire attempted to set he instead gains the Steadfast Condition (p. VtR2 306).
Misslyckande: The attempt to set triggers in the victim’s mind doesn’t take. Is he fighting back, or is there another reason?
Framgång: The vampire can implant a number of subconscious triggers equal to the number of successes rolled to trigger specific effects of other Dominate powers. She must pay any Vitae cost for these powers as normal. These triggers remain in place for one week per success, or one month per success if the victim is in any stage of Vinculum towards the vampire. During that time, the effects of the trigger emerge each time the victim encounters the stimulus.
Exceptionell framgång: The vampire’s commands slip into the victim’s subconscious with ease. Reduce the Vitae cost by one when implanting Edikt av järn and Förljugna minnen (The Lying Mind).
Each trigger is a specific event or sensory stimulus that causes the linked effect to emerge. The vampire must pay any Vitae cost for other Dominate powers, but only need do so once to attach that power to any number of triggers. Using [[[Dominate2| Edikt av järn]] in conjunction with Begraven befallning to force a man to show up at a nightclub when he argues with his wife, and making him fill a USB stick with sensitive information from his workplace all costs only one point of Vitae. Describing both the trigger and its specific effect on the victim takes about two turns per trigger.

Other Dominate abilities work as follows when channeled through Begraven befallning:

  • Hypnotisera: Offret försätts i tillståndet Hypnotiserad when he encounters the trigger. If the vampire isn’t present to capitalize on his state, the effects soon fade.
  • Edikt av järn: When the victim encounters the trigger, he immediately gains a Dominated Condition relating to the imprinted command. As he is entirely under the vampire’s sway when Dominated, he does not encounter other triggers until he resolves the Condition.
  • Förljugna minnen: The trigger serves as a switch for memory alteration. Encountering it once causes a memory to emerge (or to vanish), while encountering it again reverses the change.

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