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With rumors flying first that VC would see the loss of the bloodlines all together and now that they will just be revamped I've been wondering what the big deal is. Dont get me wrong killing the bloodlines all together would suck but i never saw that as something GW would do. They've already invested to much time and money into pushing the different bloodlines that I never expected for them to be droped. Pluss it dosnt fit with what they say they want to do with them. Werewolves and frankenstine monsters are already out because they dont want to make VC feel like some generic monster movie so there wasnt a chance we would all end up with Von Carstins all around. I do like the idea of them being pulled from a general pool of vamp powers though. When you think about it a blood dragon dosnt just become a blood dragon becase another blood dragon turned him. It happens because hes spent hundreds of years traning to get the +2WS. Its also his traning that makes him want to issue a challenge every chance he gets. The same is with the necharch hiding out spending all there time studying magic. I for one am looking forward to seeing what they plan on doing with the bloodlines. Right now all the powers are used just to boost your vamps stats and give you a few new skills. Maby this time around we'll be able to buy some powers that will also change the way we build our army.
I like your point of view, and I am also excited to see what they come up with. Earlier others and myself have put the idea of a common pool of powers out there, for all vampires to choose from, along with a few specials maybe. As long as they don't make it so there is a 'super build', and all vampires become the same, I'm happy.
As for the bloodlines now, us Carsteins frequently use powers used to boost our army, so the idea isn't so foreign to us as it may be to a Blood Dragon or Strigoi... But yeah, more powers to enhance the vampires generalship, to further portray his all-embracing evil presence if you will, would be very nice, and very fluffy.
chaospantz I agree that although a Blood Dragon isn't a Blood dragon just because he was bitten by his master, the master chooses a sire based apon talents displayed. For example Blood Dragons only sire a thrall from a warrior they have challenged in combat and (altough beaten) believe worthy of being called a Blood Dragon, while Necrach choose thier thralls from Necromancers that have studied under them and shown great promise, and the Bloodline Vampirism accentuates those gifts, and then they train for 200 years to further increase those skills to that of a vampire count and then lord. So altough a Bloodline does not define a vampire, a vampire often defines their Bloodline because of skills displayed in life.When you think about it a blood dragon dosnt just become a blood dragon becase another blood dragon turned him. It happens because hes spent hundreds of years traning to get the +2WS. Its also his traning that makes him want to issue a challenge every chance he gets. The same is with the necharch hiding out spending all there time studying magic.
All together of little gaming relivence but I think Bloodlines provide a variety that would be lost without them, resulting in one or two standard template "Super Lords".