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Does a White Court Vampire get limited to a single type of emotion at character creation, or can they feed from lust one day and fear another?

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White Court vampires in general stick with a single "flavor" of emotion. There are multiple references to the fact that this is not a true limitation. However, there is a systematic limit, which makes it a bit murkier.

From OW89:

Instead of blood, White Court vampires consume psychic energies—the pure life force—generated from strong emotions like lust, fear, hatred, pain, and despair through physical contact. They merge their own energy with that of the prey, allowing their Hunger to “dance” through the victim’s aura, thus transforming their prey’s life energy into their own; they then pull this away.

From OW90

While a White Court vampire can feed on several types of emotions, the three main bloodlines of the White Court tend to stick with a single “flavor”: House Malvora feeds on fear, House Raith feeds on lust, and House Skavis feeds on pain and despair.

From powers on same page:

Incite Emotion (Lasting Emotion) [–2] Start with one of: lust, fear, wrath, despair.

Emphasis mine.

From weaknesses on same page:

Additionally, White Court vampires suffer injury from True expressions of pure, selfless emotions considered the “opposite” of the one they mostly feed on.

Again, emphasis mine.

However, from a system-based standpoint, turn to YS189 and look at Emotional Vampire:

Musts: You must choose the emotion associated with this power when you take it.

Can this be bought off then, from the indications in Our World? It doesn't really say. But for all intents and purposes, from the limits in RPG, the must is a hard limit. And since the question refers to limits at character creation, the answer is, yes, there is a limit that must be chosen.

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Is there any reason Emotional Vampire could not be taken again, choosing a different emotion? (So long as it fit their High Concept or character development, of course.) –  SevenSidedDie Mar 22 '13 at 18:49
@SevenSidedDie - There's nothing I know of in the rules that would prevent that, but there is no precedent for that in the Dresdenverse so it'd be totally up to the GM. Pretty interesting character, though. Possibly a hybrid from 2 houses. –  Cthos Mar 22 '13 at 19:31
@SevenSidedDie Proven Guilty has an example of a Raith-family WCV who feeds on fear. He's regarded as a pervert at best by his relatives. –  BESW Mar 22 '13 at 21:56
@BESW - Good catch- I'd forgotten about him. –  wraith808 Mar 22 '13 at 22:28
Alright that gives us alot of room to work with. Now I just have to get my GM to agree with your reasonings. –  Drew Mar 23 '13 at 8:15
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White Court vampires belong to various families. The families each have a different emotion they feed on, usually a "negative" one. (I will ignore here the fact that such judgements can be tricky - what is it, exactly, that makes Lust negative, for example? People have done stupid and destructive things for Love, too, right?)

But leaving that aside, the simple answer is:

A White Court vampire feeds from and is able to stoke a single kind of emotion.

Page references coming as soon as I can find them for you.

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