|Kindred of the East, Hengeyokai & Hsien Rules|
MAKING A KotE CHARACTER
BOOKS IN USE
KOE RELATED MEDIA
LINKS TO KotE RELATED WEB SITES
Summary of Kuei-Jin Society both in Asia and the USA (specifically DC).
Currently, the Kuei-Jin have an undetermined level of presence in DC.
The Game itself (notes, credits & opinions excerpted from RPG.net book reviews):
There's a direct link to Hunter: The Reckoning in their story. Originally, they weren't really vampires; they were the Wan Xian, dedicated to fighting the malevolent Yama Kings and their servants, empowered by the August Personage of Jade. If you're reminded of Hunter: The Reckoning, it's not by accident - the parallels between the two are deliberate. The Wan Xian themselves used chi to fuel their powers - but then found out that they could get more chi by draining things. At first, they drained only from the monsters and demons that they fought. Eventually, giving in to temptation, they drank from people. The August Personage of Jade took offense at having some of his creations treated like Slurpees, and cursed the Wan Xian, transforming them into the Wan Kuei - lifeless vampires. Now that the Wan Xian have fallen, the Yama Kings have seeped back in, and the World of Darkness came into being. That's where the Wan Xian - now called Kuei-Jin - come in.
Now that the blessing of the August Personage of Jade has been lifted, the Kuei-Jin have dramatically changed. For one thing, only those who have a strong dark side - a Shadow, in Wraith terms - are able to claw out of their graves and back into a second life. Until they're trained, they're slavering monsters, and once they've regained control of their P'o - their dark half - they spend some five years being extensively trained in the courts of the Kuei-Jin. They're also required to pick a Dharmic path, to avoid being eaten up from within by their ravenous P'o. Once they've managed to get themselves squared with the karmic requirements of being a Kuei-Jin, they can begin a period of apprenticeship, which lasts a human lifetime, and is where most PCs will play their characters. Meanwhile, the Kuei-Jin also naturally form into social groups called wu, which can be assigned various tasks by the Kuei-Jin courts . They can even have their own totem-spirits, if everybody spends the apppropriate Background points.
What can they do? Compared to the Western Kindred, there's not a whole lot that they can't do... As portrayed in the book, the Kuei-Jin dislike the Western Kindred, regarding them as nothing more than claimants to the legacy of a homicidal farmer, disgusting parodies of the Kuei-Jin and deserving of nothing more than a quick death.
The Kuei-jin are not nearly so culturally malleable as the Kindred. Indeed, the term "Kuei-jin" itself is a recent and somewhat laughable polyglot designed to instill harmony between the Chinese Quincunx and the Japanese uji. However, the longtime cultural hegemony of China's vampires has fostered some common terminology among the vampires of the East.
(May 2005: THIS GENRE IS NOW CLOSED)
The KotE/Henge ST does not currently have any restrictions on character creation.
-- Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
MAKING A KotE CHARACTER:
The following is merely a "cheat sheet" or guide. You are highly encouraged to at least buy or get access to the core book (WW8200).
Using the Template that you can download HERE:
1. Name: Put the name of your character.
2. Player: Put your name (and preferably also your email address).
3. Chronicle: Put "Washington DC By Night." (or DC By Night or 11th Hour)
4. Nature: Choose from the list HERE (link under construction). This is your true Nature, not the face the world sees. This aspect is vital, as you must act in the spirit of your True Nature to regain lost or spent Willpower.
5. P'o Nature: This governs your temperament when the P'o is dominant.
6. Demeanor: Choose from the same list as #4. Your Demeanor is the face you put on to the world, how you act. Nature and Demeanor must not be the same type.
NB: KotE do not have a "Concept" trait, or at least not one equivalent to other PC's.
7. Attributes: You will have 7/5/3 starting dots, to spend in three categories (Physical/Social/Mental) in whatever order most suits your PC (Primary/Secondary/Tertiary). Give thought to spending them according to the kind of person your character is, not what looks neat or what you think you have to have to keep from being killed.
8. Abilities (Talents/Skills/Knowledges): You will have 13/9/5 starting dots. You may not have anything above 3 dots in Initial Stage here. Please do not "Min-Max" either (where you have all your dots in just a couple areas, and nothing anywhere else). Also remember new characters grew up in the modern world. That means it is unlikely you don't know at least a LITTLE Computers and how to Drive. Some may not but you should be able to justify this in the background.
SKILLS: KotE have MARTIAL ARTS instead of SURVIVAL.
KNOWLEDGES: KotE have RITUALS instead of ACADEMICS.
NB: Specializations (Attributes and/or Abilities) -- If you have a 4 or higher, you may take a specialization in something, but the bonus rerolling ONLY is done when you are using that specific specialization.
Example, if you have an Appearance of 4 and your specialization is "Sexy", you only get the bonus when you are trying to deliberately be "sexy" in your RP.
9. Advantages (Disciplines/Backgrounds/Rites): You get 3 starting Discipline dots. You have 5 starting dots for Backgrounds (we highly recommend at least Resources 2 in order to be able to afford to live in DC at all, but you can also buy this up with Freebies.) You have 3 starting dots for your Rites.
15. Demon Chi:
16. Merits & Flaws: Add in Initial Stage. You may not have more than 7 total points of either Merits or Flaws. Any overages can be adjusted in Freebies stage: if you have more Merits than Flaws, subtract the difference from your Freebies. If you have more Flaws than Merits you may add the difference to your allowed Freebies (up to 22 total 15+7 Max). There is a list of currently approved Merits & Flaws HERE (link under construction).
WHO APPROVES YOUR SHEET / WHO IS KotE, Hsien & Henge ST?:
"The Tempter masters the lazy and irresolute man who dwells on the attractive side of things, ungoverned in his senses, and unrestrained in his food, like the wind overcomes a rotten tree. The Tempter cannot master a man who dwells on the distasteful side of things, self-controlled in his senses, moderate in eating, resolute and full of faith, like the wind cannot move a mountain crag."
**NOTE: A PC may not assume to know the "aura" or reading of a Kuei-Jin until they have earned this knowledge IC, via RP, buying KOTE Lore, or info from an approved background. Otherwise, they may see the reading as stated, but it has no meaning to them.
-- Li Mu Bai, "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" (2000)
KotE THEMED MEDIA:
MOVIES: Akira, Black Rain (mood), Big Trouble In Little China (campy), Kyûketsuki Hunter D (Vampire Hunter D), Vampire Hunter D 2000: Bloodlust, Wo hu cang long (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon), Geung si sin sang (Mr. Vampire), Jiang shi xian sheng xu ji (Mr. Vampire 2), Ling huan xian sheng (Mr. Vampire 3), Jiang shi shu shu (Mr. Vampire 4), Qu mo jing cha (Mr. Vampire 5 1990 aka Magic Cop), Xin jiang shi xian sheng (Mr. Vampire 5 1992), Jiang shi fan sheng (Kung Fu Vampire Buster), Jing cha gu shi III: Chao ji jing cha (Supercop 3 aka Police Story), Yi men dao ren (Vampire vs. Vampire), Spirited Away, Bai fa mo nu zhuan (The Bride With White Hair), Xin liu xing hu die jian (Butterfly Sword), Gaki zoshi (Scroll of the Hungry Ghosts), Yokai hyaku monogatari (The Hundred Ghost Stories), The Era of Vampire (Tsui Hark's Vampire Hunters), The Vampire Hunters Club, Blood Reign: Curse of the Undead Yoma, Shu Shan (Zu Warriors), Blood: The Last Vampire, Kyûketsuki Miyu (Vampire Princess Miyu), Sinnui yauman (A Chinese Ghost Story), Jûbei ninpûchô (Ninja Scroll), Jing ke ci qin wang (The Emperor & The Assassin), The Era of Vampire (aka Tsui Hark's Vampire Hunters)
BOOKS: "The Tao of Pooh" by Benjamin Hoff, "The Book of Five Rings" by Myamoto Musashi, "The Art of War" by Sun Tzu, "Analects" by Confucius, "Romance of Three Kingdoms" by Luo Guanzhong
TELEVISION: Shogun (Mini-Series)
THEATER: Shogun (Musical), "The Mikado" by Gilbert & Sullivan
Quintessential KOTE Archetypes in Media & Myth:
LINKS TO KotE & HENGEYOKAI RELATED WEB SITES:
Ban Ren Guei (Half-Demon people): http://www.geocities.com/roleplayingheroes/ibanrenguei.htm
Blood and Silk: Costume in Hong Kong Cinema: http://www.electroephemera.com/cellwrap/hkcinema.html
Daimyo Shi's KotE Page: http://www.daimyo-shi.com/koe.htm
(The) Hengeyokai of Japan: http://www.pvv.ntnu.no/~leirbakk/rpg/adnd/society/adnd_society_oriental.html
Hengeyokai Reknown: http://threeofdarkside.tripod.com/Wolf/Hene/henrenown.htm
Hsien NPCs Index: http://www.pen-paper.net/wod.php?op=npc&npctypeid=24
Kindred of the East Fansite: http://members.tripod.com/JustinCrowe/kuei-jin.htm
Kindred of the East Forum FAQ: http://www.geocities.com/kotefaq/
Kitsune NPCs INdex: http://www.pen-paper.net/wod.php?op=npc&npctypeid=31
KotE Lexicon: http://threeofdarkside.tripod.com/KotE/lexicon.htm
Kuei Jin (Kindred of the East): http://members.tripod.com/JustinCrowe/kuei-jin.htm
Kuei Jin NPCs Index: http://www.pen-paper.net/wod.php?op=npc&npctypeid=8
Kuei Jin Quick Notes: http://www.sccs.swarthmore.edu/users/03/ursula/rpg/quicknotes.html
Kuei Jin Rites & Rituals: http://www.pen-paper.net/vampire.php?op=rituals&ritualtypeid=16
Neurondancer's KOE FAQ: http://www.geocities.com/kotefaq/
Paradigma Kindred of the East: http://www.conradhubbard.com/paradigma/kineastprev.html
Playing Tips for Resplendent Cranes: http://www.nocturnis.net/articles/kote/2003/January/367/page1.html
Playing Tips for Thrashing Dragons: http://www.nocturnis.net/articles/kote/2002/October/358/page1.html
Predaphile's Kindred & KOTE Page: http://www.geocities.com/predaphile/wod-kote-n-kindred.html
Strike Force Zero (KotE) NPCs Index: http://www.pen-paper.net/wod.php?op=npc&npctypeid=7
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