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In my Vampire: the Masquerade game all stat increasing are necessitated by in-game actions to improve the related stat. Other than Vicissitude, what in-game actions would be appropriate to facilitate the permanent increase of the Appearance attribute?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Just an FYI, you may not get an answer to this - you have eliminated one of the only things I can think of that actually works on Kindred. It is an otherwise good question. \$\endgroup\$ – Tritium21 Apr 2 '17 at 18:17
  • \$\begingroup\$ Is this a house rule, recommended by the game, or both? Also, can you describe what kind of in-game actions a character must undertake to increase a few of the abilities other than Appearance? Must increases have a magical origin? \$\endgroup\$ – Hey I Can Chan Apr 2 '17 at 18:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ In-game actions for stat increases are rarely magical in nature. Abilities are usually increased by practicing, Willpower and Virtues are usually increased by facing harrowing situations, and Attributes are usually increased by having high Abilities which would impart some benefit to the Attributes; unfortunately Appearance has very little which uses it. \$\endgroup\$ – FluxIX Apr 2 '17 at 22:53
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Appearance isn't just the raw materials that come from one's looks; it's also the way one uses first impressions and style to their best effect. Some potential in-game acts that might suggest a rise in Appearance: learning to use makeup to better flatter oneself; buying a new wardrobe (or manipulating fashion trends to make the style you already favor become the in, hot thing.); assuming postures and behaviors that show off your best attributes. These might also facilitate buying other Abilities and Attributes to complement them, just as an increase in Athletics might accompany raising Strength or Dexterity.

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    \$\begingroup\$ So how would one increase Appearance beyond 5 and why would humans not be allowed to have the same scale as Vampires? \$\endgroup\$ – FluxIX Apr 2 '17 at 22:55
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    \$\begingroup\$ @FluxIX I think this is already addressed: A vampire can afford to have an excessive and what would otherwise be unhealthy interest in fashion that far exceeds the standard human's. It might be as simple and subtle as hemming his pants by 1/8" to turn Appearance 5 to 6, but it takes an immortal clotheshorse to know that! \$\endgroup\$ – Hey I Can Chan Apr 2 '17 at 23:19
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    \$\begingroup\$ @FluxIX Those are, I think, separate questions from this one, and probably merit being asked on their own. The short version of each, as HICC says above, is that scores above 5 are available through dint of advanced age and magical blood, and that's just one of the game's premises. The notion that vampires can be inhumanly attractive goes along with saying they can be inhumanly smart or persuasive. \$\endgroup\$ – Jadasc Apr 2 '17 at 23:26
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    \$\begingroup\$ @HeyICanChan I hesitate to reduce Appearance to "knowing what to wear when" as it then becomes a subjective attribute (so the Appearance of 7 only applies when the viewer really likes that overall appearance, whereas a different viewer in the same place at the same time seeing the same appearance may treat it as Appearance 1 because they don't like it). \$\endgroup\$ – FluxIX Apr 3 '17 at 0:15
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    \$\begingroup\$ @FluxIX The NPCs depicted in supplemental materials are not constructed using the character creation rules followed with the application of XP; they're built to spec for the author's needs. It's enough to say that through dint of supernatural power, they have made themselves as powerful as they need to be. Likewise, if your PCs are of Methuselah level, it's fair to say the system is ill equipped to handle their level of improvement. At that stage, you can simply say that, as effective gods of blood and death, they use their inhuman will and power to make others see them as they would be seen. \$\endgroup\$ – Jadasc Apr 3 '17 at 0:16

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