Learning Rare Disciplines

An open secret among Philadelphia’s kindred is that with a few possible exceptions any discipline can be learned by any kindred including those accepted to be unique to specific bloodlines. The process is a complex and demanding one however and only rarely practiced. Possessors of a rare discipline, particularly members of the bloodline who developed it almost always take violent offense at their secrets being shared. This can take the form of an official sanction usually backed by the parent clan or the Prince or, more severely the forced torpor or even quiet destruction of the kindred who betrayed the bloodline trust.
Despite these deterrents both the Ordo Dracul and Carthians are rumored to know the necessary ritual.

Mechanics:
To learn a bloodline discipline not of your bloodline the following conditions must be met.
  • You must drink the vitae of a kindred of the bloodline that founded the discipline subjecting yourself to the usual chance for blood addiction and steps towards vinculum. A kindred who has managed to learn the rare discipline but who is not of the founding bloodline may not be substituted. This drink must be repeated for each dot of the discipline learned.
  • You must be actively taught the discipline use by a kindred who has mastered the dot you are learning. This may take days, weeks, or more depending on the discipline’s complexity. The actual teacher need not be of the founding bloodline but must know the power they are teaching. Note it is not unheard of for the teacher to sabotage this lesson and declare the student unable to learn thereby subjecting the student to a level of vinculum and giving them nothing.
  • You must spend a Willpower dot for the first dot in any bloodline discipline that is not from your bloodline. This is required to attune your vampiric condition to the bloodline. Further dots in that particular discipline require the expenditure of a Willpower point.

Learning Rare Disciplines

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