Daughters of Cacophony


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The Daughters of Cacophony are a fictional bloodline of vampires from White Wolf Game Studio's Vampire: The Masquerade books and role-playing games.

The Daughters of Cacophony are a bloodline of unknown origin (although the most common guesses are Toreador or Malkavian). Currently composed entirely of women (all male members were culled for an unspecified reason), the Daughters practice Melpominee, a discipline which allows the Daughters to invoke strange effects through singing. The Daughters are the choralistes par excellence of the undead, and hosting a gathering of them is worth high prestige for the Toreador.[1]

Believed to have origins in both the Malkavian and the Toreador clans, the Daughters are very few in number and reject association with either the Camarilla or the Sabbat. As their nickname "Sirens" suggests, the Daughters are known for their ability to deliver emotions through a form of song. They have a unique discipline called Melpominee (after Melpomene, greek muse of tragedy).

Only female vampires number among the Daughters of Cacophony.[1]

Bloodline Founder Parent Clan Faction Disciplines Nicknames Weakness
Daughters of Cacophony Melusine Toreador and / or Malkavian Independent Fortitude, Melpominee, Presence Sirens The Daughters of Cacophony are so caught up in their music that they hear it constantly. As a result of this distraction, the difficulties of all a Daughters Perception rolls are increased by one. Additionally, a Daughter's awareness can never exceed three.

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History

Strong evidence suggests that the clan was founded by the Malkavian Dr. Reiner Stotschka and his Gentlemen's Society for the Rational Investigation of Super-Natural Matters. They experimented on Kindred to determine whether common clan traits such as weaknesses and affinities for certain Disciplines were psychological in nature. However, the experiments drove their subjects quite mad.

One of their charges was a Toreador woman, who found the only way to lessen her own pain was to share it with others. And to do this, she sang. Although only hinted at, this is the only explained origin of the clan. A much more subtle hint is in the Toreador section of Libellus Sangunis II, it talks of a Toreador Singer, who went to learn with the Fae, and she would return for vengeance, hearing two voices. [2]

Sons of Discord

Contrary to popular belief, the Sons of Discord, Baritones, and so forth are an apocryphal fan creation. Up until Revised edition, there were some male members of the bloodline[3], but no official reference to the name was mentioned.

In Vampire's Revised Vampire: The Masquerade Storytellers Companion, the writeup of the Daughters therein mentioned that the bloodline had recently purged all male members from the bloodline, thus removing the Sons from the picture permanently.[4]

As of the Heirs to the blood expansion of Vampire: The Eternal Struggle there appears to be a male Daughter of Cacophony in the set. No mention of The Sons of Discord has been seen.

Vampire: The Eternal Struggle

The Daughters of Cacophony also appear as a bloodline in the card game Vampire: The Eternal Struggle.[5]

Strategy

The Daughters of Cacophony cards mix well with the Toreador and Ventrue (as well as both clans' antitribu counterparts), especially where voting is concerned. They could be played on their own, but their low capacity (high generation) and small numbers, coupled with generally poor defensive capabilities will work against them in a single-clan deck.[6]

New mechanic

Split Discipline Cards

Some library cards have two Discipline icons on the left side. Some of the effects listed on these cards require one of the Disciplines listed, while other effects require the other listed Discipline. Each effect shows the icon of the Discipline required.[6]

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References

  1. ^ a b Justin Achilli et al., Vampire: The Masquerade (Revised Edition) (White Wolf Game Studio, 1998, ISBN 1-56504-249-2)
  2. ^ Achilli, Justin, et al, Victorian Age: Vampire, White Wolf Publishing, September 30, 2002
  3. ^ The Vampire Player's Guide, Second Edition
  4. ^ Vampire: The Masquerade Storytellers Companion, White Wolf Publishing; Package edition, December 1998
  5. ^ http://www.white-wolf.com/vtes/index.php?line=Checklist_Bloodlines
  6. ^ a b http://www.white-wolf.com/vtes/bldoc.html



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