I'm making a Cheiron Group Hunter for a Hunter the Vigil game.
I'm set on playing my character as similar to the Operative, from Serenity, but with a darker outlook. He will see him self as damned, and that he has sold his soul to the Devil/Corporation.
I plan to back up this attitude by investing in a lot of Thaumautechnology and showing how it's made my character less human.
What I liked the look of Cortical Adaptation, which lets you gain slasher merits, and some other bonuses on spending a willpower, in part because I may be able to share some backstory with a VASCU character.
The other reason, is that as pay off for his soul, he is well aware that he's now more than capable of taking on what the night brings. So I need him to be a figurative combat combat monster, and this merit might let me do that.
However as I was trying to stat up the character, it seemed like a lot of effort for little return.
My build relied on boosting wits, and sacrificing dex. Then buying a dot in Status(Cheiron Group) and spending three dots in Cortical Adaptation, and burning another one of Atavism (making my dexterity sacrifice . That's 5 of my merit dots gone, and four of them having been spent not getting a direct bonus to combat. I wanted to put dots in Weaponry Monomaniac (2) and Frenzied Assault (1-2) but I'm short.
On top of this, my Slasher merits would only work when I activated them with willpower. If I (ever) get to 5 dots in Frenzied assault, I'm spending another willpower point to use it once.
All in all, it seems like a lot of effort for little gain. I don't want to get subjective, but I would like to know if I other options for combat effectiveness (maximum successes in combat) would also fit the character.
- I want to maximize success in combat with weaponry or brawling
- Someone else in the group has focused in Langschwert, and others in using Guns. I'd like to avoid those.
- I want to focus on my character being monstrous, so I'm focusing on my Conspiracies compacts.
- I am happy to sacrifice morality, and various other traits (in fact I like this idea) to get better results.