Just what the title ask. Can a Vampire fall unconscious due to physical damage (bashing, lethal or aggravated) without entering torpor, like being hit in the head? What are the rules for it?


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You need to be at Incapacitated with enough blood to heal yourself conscious.

When a mortal takes enough health levels of damage to become Incapacitated, they fall unconscious. When a vampire takes that many health levels, they either spend one Vitae to heal themselves to Crippled or, lacking that blood, fall into Torpor. It's possible to lose consciousness during this period of being Incapacitated — Sabbat mass embraces are described this way:

This infamous method consists of collecting a number of victims, Embracing them with the tiniest quantity of blood possible, bashing them over the head with a shovel (to knock them unconscious before they frenzy), and burying them in a mass grave. The newly Embraced Cainites rouse quickly, and they must dig themselves out of the grave to sate their frenzy, often at the expense of the weaker vampires entombed with them.

So there's a period while being Incapacitated where one can "be unconscious" without falling into Torpor. However, there's no equivalent to the "knock on the head" where you're unconscious without having your damage boxes full of damage. (Certain disciplines can do it, but they're exceedingly rare -- Daimonion 2 and Auspex 8)

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    \$\begingroup\$ So, they can't be unconscious without losing all health levels, right? \$\endgroup\$
    – Flamma
    Commented Oct 18, 2014 at 20:13
  • \$\begingroup\$ That's correct. If you want to have a vampire taken out without rendering him near-torpid, stake him. \$\endgroup\$
    – Jadasc
    Commented Oct 18, 2014 at 20:18
  • \$\begingroup\$ Maybe this is house rules, but I believe that when you suffer health levels equal to your stamina (plus Fortitude, I suposse) you are stunned (can only take defensive actions?) and when you suffer more heath levels than your stamina you are knocked out. Could it be? Although a good question is... how much time are you knocked out? \$\endgroup\$
    – Random
    Commented Oct 20, 2014 at 10:05

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