History TabletopGame / KindredOfTheEast

24th Sep '16 7:35:53 AM Morgenthaler
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This book was the flagship project of WhiteWolf's ''Year of the Lotus'' event, which focused on the Asian side of the TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness. ''KOTE'' was intended as an offshoot of ''Vampire'' but the Kuei-Jin, as Eastern vampires are called, share only superficial similarities with the Western variety. Because it introduces several new mechanics and has its own {{Splat}}s, ''KOTE'' is often treated as a standalone game, though some knowledge of ''Vampire'' and ''WraithTheOblivion'' will help.

OurVampiresAreDifferent indeed. Kuei-Jin are humans who died violently and are sent to [[IronicHell Yomi]], from which they escape back into their bodies and must sustain on Chi to survive. At first, they can only obtain chi from human blood and/or flesh, but at higher levels of spiritual enlightenment (read: centuries), they can draw it from a person's breath or even directly from the earth itself. Like Western Vampires, Kuei-Jin are allergic to sunlight, vulnerable to staking, and subject to beastly frenzies of anger or fear. However, they can't embrace: all damned souls have to make their own way out of Hell; and they can't make Ghouls or blood bonds: their curse is theirs to bear alone. As former Wraiths, Kuei-Jin also have to contend with their Shadows and Oblivion (see WraithTheOblivion for details) and strive to Transcend the mortal plane.

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This book was the flagship project of WhiteWolf's ''Year of the Lotus'' event, which focused on the Asian side of the TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness. ''KOTE'' was intended as an offshoot of ''Vampire'' but the Kuei-Jin, as Eastern vampires are called, share only superficial similarities with the Western variety. Because it introduces several new mechanics and has its own {{Splat}}s, ''KOTE'' is often treated as a standalone game, though some knowledge of ''Vampire'' and ''WraithTheOblivion'' ''TabletopGame/WraithTheOblivion'' will help.

OurVampiresAreDifferent indeed. Kuei-Jin are humans who died violently and are sent to [[IronicHell Yomi]], from which they escape back into their bodies and must sustain on Chi to survive. At first, they can only obtain chi from human blood and/or flesh, but at higher levels of spiritual enlightenment (read: centuries), they can draw it from a person's breath or even directly from the earth itself. Like Western Vampires, Kuei-Jin are allergic to sunlight, vulnerable to staking, and subject to beastly frenzies of anger or fear. However, they can't embrace: all damned souls have to make their own way out of Hell; and they can't make Ghouls or blood bonds: their curse is theirs to bear alone. As former Wraiths, Kuei-Jin also have to contend with their Shadows and Oblivion (see WraithTheOblivion TabletopGame/WraithTheOblivion for details) and strive to Transcend the mortal plane.
22nd Sep '16 6:02:29 AM jormis29
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** A lot of the concepts and terms were adapted to ''{{Exalted}}''. To name some of them: Hun and P'o, Shintai, Scarlet Empress and Ebon Dragon, the dragon lines.

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** A lot of the concepts and terms were adapted to ''{{Exalted}}''.''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}''. To name some of them: Hun and P'o, Shintai, Scarlet Empress and Ebon Dragon, the dragon lines.
12th Feb '16 6:54:18 AM Morgenthaler
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* SpiritualSuccessor: Thematically, ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'' can be seen as a SpiritualSuccessor to ''KindredOfTheEast''. The player character went to a literal {{Hell}} and was tormented by {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, escaped to the mundane world as an almost completely changed person, and is now trying to figure out what to do with his or her existence. And the monsters that tortured them want to drag them back to Hell. Also, the emotion of the prey is important to both the Lost and the Kuei-Jin.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: Thematically, ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'' can be seen as a SpiritualSuccessor to ''KindredOfTheEast''.''Kindred of the East''. The player character went to a literal {{Hell}} and was tormented by {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, escaped to the mundane world as an almost completely changed person, and is now trying to figure out what to do with his or her existence. And the monsters that tortured them want to drag them back to Hell. Also, the emotion of the prey is important to both the Lost and the Kuei-Jin.
31st Oct '15 4:25:25 PM DesertDragon
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* FriendlyLocalChinatown: The larger ones have a healthy number of Kuei-Jin. UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco in particular is considered neutral ground between Eastern and Western Vampires.

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* FriendlyLocalChinatown: The larger ones have a healthy number of Kuei-Jin.Kuei-Jin, and are a good way to set a Kuei Jin campaign in a Western setting. UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco in particular is considered neutral ground between Eastern and Western Vampires.
31st Oct '15 4:20:26 PM DesertDragon
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* '''Devil Tigers:''' P'o; Sadists

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* '''Devil Tigers:''' P'o; SadistsSadomasochists
28th Oct '15 7:05:15 PM FordPrefect
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*** It's easier to ignore a vampire just hanging out at a bar then it is a vampire actively trying to eat your family. While they may not deal with the average vampire, if the vamp crosses the line, they're pretty much screwed.

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*** It's easier to ignore a vampire just hanging out at a bar then than it is a vampire actively trying to eat your family. While they may not deal with the average vampire, if the vamp crosses the line, they're pretty much screwed.
27th Jun '15 1:42:32 PM Bootlebat
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* FireAndBrimstoneHell: The [[NamesToRunAwayFromRealFast Hell of Boiling Oil and Hell of Seven Burning Seas]]

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* FireAndBrimstoneHell: The [[NamesToRunAwayFromRealFast [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Hell of Boiling Oil and Hell of Seven Burning Seas]]
27th Jun '15 1:41:47 PM Bootlebat
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* FireAndBrimstoneHell: The [[NamesToRunAwayFromRealFast Hell of Boiling Oil and Hell of Seven Burning Seas]]
17th Nov '14 7:04:21 PM DesertDragon
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* HollywoodAtlas: The game generally portrays "[[InterchangeableAsianCultures The Middle Kingdom]]" as a combination of {{Animeland}}, FarEast, LandOfDragons, ThirtySecondsOverTokyo... basically the place has more in common with a John Woo movie than the real world.

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* HollywoodAtlas: The game generally portrays "[[InterchangeableAsianCultures The Middle Kingdom]]" (actually an old epithet for China, used here to refer to the entirety of East Asia) as a combination of {{Animeland}}, FarEast, LandOfDragons, ThirtySecondsOverTokyo... basically the place has more in common with a John Woo movie than the real world. Whether this is artistic license or artistic insensitivity is a subject of debate.
13th Sep '14 11:24:53 AM StarSword
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* SeductionProofMarriage: The gameline features animal spirit shapeshifters who like to seduce humans ForTheEvulz. It's specifically stated that their seduction powers don't work on anyone who is serious about being faithful to their spouse, or a vow of celibacy.
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