7
\$\begingroup\$

The Clan weakness of the Assamites was, starting with the Convention of Thorns till the modern nights, the Tremere Curse:

Due to the Tremere blood-curse, should an Assamite consume the blood of another Kindred, she suffers one automatic level of unsoakable lethal damage per blood point imbibed. Diablerie attempts result in automatic aggravated damage, one health level per point of permanent Willpower the victim possesses; the would-be diablerist gains no benefits (including Generation reduction) if he survives the process. In addition, Assamites must tithe some of the profits from their contracts to their sires or superiors (generally around 10 percent of all such earnings). 1

This is written to quite obviously make it impossible to drink any Vitae, be they Assamite, Camarilla or not. However, the Convention of Thorns itself, and the Treaty of Tyre both have a notable exception:

From this night forward, the Assamites shall henceforth no longer commit diablerie on members of other clans. The Assamites must commit themselves to this acceptance by a mark of assurance placed on them in the form of a Thaumaturgical limitation. All member of the Assamites shall become unable to drink freely of the vitae of other Kindred from now unto forever. 2

The Clan Assamite shall refrain from taking the Blood of other Kindred, and as surety of this provision shall submit themselves to a ritual to be administered by the Elders of the Clan Tremere, whereby Kindred Blood shall be made poisonous to them 3

Both of these do say other clans, not Assamites drinking from Assamites. So we got a Crunch-Fluff conflict: The Fluff says, that the Tremere should have only barred drinking from non-Assamite vampires. The Crunch says, drinking from any Vampire, including Assamites, is poisonous

So... did Tremere botch their Blood-Curse, just forgot to have that exclusion of Assamite blood, or was this violation of the treaty text deliberate?


1 - V20 Core, p.49.
2 - V20 Anarchs Unbound, p.133, Left column: Convention of Thorns.
3 - V20 Anarchs Unbound, p.133, Right column: Treaty of Tyre.

\$\endgroup\$
3
  • 1
    \$\begingroup\$ I think there's a third option: it was intentional, but not the goal. The Tremere blood curse took a ridiculous amount of power and required sacrificing hundreds of Tremere apprentices to make it work; if leaving out that clause would make it easier or cheaper to cast, presumably the Tremere would have done so. \$\endgroup\$
    – Draconis
    yesterday
  • 1
    \$\begingroup\$ Now, I don't know if canon says one way or another (which is why this is a comment and not an answer), but it seems like a plausible third alternative alongside "they messed it up" and "it was their goal from the beginning". \$\endgroup\$
    – Draconis
    yesterday
  • \$\begingroup\$ it'd still be a deliberate violation ;) \$\endgroup\$
    – Trish
    yesterday

0

You must log in to answer this question.

Browse other questions tagged .