Vampire: The Dark Ages

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Vampire: The Dark Ages
A Storytelling Game of Epic Horror
Dark Ages - Vampire.jpg
Dark Ages: Vampire cover (2002 edition)
Designer(s) Jennifer Hartshorn, Ethan Skemp, Mark Rein·Hagen, Kevin Hassall
Publisher(s) White Wolf
Publication date 1996 (Vampire: The Dark Ages)
2002 (Dark Ages: Vampire)
Genre(s) Personal Horror
System(s) Storyteller System

Vampire: The Dark Ages is a role-playing game originally published by White Wolf Game Studio in 1996. Later, in 2002, the gameline was replaced by Dark Ages: Vampire. Additionally, with the release of Dark Ages: Vampire, several other game lines were added, Dark Ages: Werewolf, Dark Ages: Mage, Dark Ages: Inquisitor, and Dark Ages: Fae, each contributing to the shared setting. Vampire: The Dark Ages is a spin-off from the Vampire: The Masquerade game, also published by White Wolf, the latter set in modern times.

Setting[edit]

The original game was set in dark medieval Europe in the year 1197, while the 2002 edition updated the setting to the year 1230. The setting lives from both its differences to the historical facts and to the predecessor game Vampire: The Masquerade.

  • In Dark Ages, vampires rule the night openly and some are even revered and worshipped, though the powers of the Inquisition and other mortal foes restrain their freedom.
  • A large number of vampires, as the rest of the European population, are deeply religious. The Cainite Heresy tries to infiltrate the Church.
  • The major vampire sects, the Camarilla and the Sabbat, have not been formed yet. The vampire society in Europe is ruled by Princes and other fief holders, although their power rarely extend beyond their city or domain.
  • The Tremere clan is in its infancy. Their clan leader has slain the founder of Salubri clan, Saulot, only few decades ago. The Tremere are at war with a number of other clans, notably with the powerful Tzimisce.
  • The Blood Curse has not yet been imposed on the Assamite clan.
  • The Cappadocians are one of the major 13 clans. The Giovanni are a bloodline of the Cappadocian clan.

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References[edit]

Vampire: The Dark Ages cover (1996 edition)
World of Darkness
Vampire series
Vampire Settings

World of Darkness Clans

Old World of Darkness
Vampire: The Masquerade

Masquerade Society
Genealogy

New World of Darkness
Vampire: The Requiem

Clans & Bloodlines

Other
Vampire: The Eternal Struggle

Mind's Eye Theatre