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When you have already experienced death, why have faith? 

If you accept that you and everyone like you is cursed by God, why cling to His word?

When you return from the other side as a blood-drinking monster, what purpose serves belief?

Kindred build and are drawn to faiths for myriad reasons. The exertion of power over a flock. Satisfying their Hunger and their Beasts. Elevation of the self. Reassurance of the possibility of redemption. A grand plan they forged or that was bestowed upon them by secret masters.

While some vampire cults span the globe hiding in plain sight, others are fringe faiths with morbid practices and ancient conspiracies lasting centuries. Others such as the incestuous Clan of Death and the malignant Church of Set — arguably the largest vampire cults of all — believe in a destiny that will enable them to impose their wills on the world of the living and the dead.

Whether for power, salvation, or transcendence, all Kindred cults wallow in blood. They shed it in sacrifice, demand it of their followers, and exalt in it in unholy baptisms proclaiming their divine glories.

These cults dedicated to blood gods are among the most insidious, damning sects of Kindred, and tonight they approach their apex of power. 

Cults of the Blood Gods includes:

  • An in-character breakdown of the rise of esoteric beliefs among the ranks of the undead and how faith drives many of the major aspects of vampire culture.
  • A host of religions — from historic theocracies and globe-spanning conspiracies to fringe cults and mortal beliefs arising in the modern nights — introduced for incorporation into your character backgrounds or as supporting casts and antagonist groups in your chronicles.
  • The history, structure, and ambitions of the Hecata, the vampire group known as the Clan of Death, as well as a chapter dedicated to playing a vampire among the Necromancers, and the rituals for their signature Discipline: Oblivion.
  • Guidance on how to use ecclesiastical horror and construct cults in Vampire, making them a vivid backdrop for your own stories, including new coterie styles focused on cult play.
  • Faith-based story hooks and a full chronicle centered on the activities of the Hecata, involving walking corpses, ghosts, ready-made characters, and the secrets of the most twisted family in the World of Darkness.
  • New Loresheets, Backgrounds, and Predator types for inclusion in your chronicles, encouraging player characters to engage fully with the material presented in this book.
Note: Originally published by Onyx Path Publishing under license to Paradox Interactive.

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Georg M June 10, 2022 3:27 pm UTC
Didn't this PDF have bookmarks/TOC? It's now gone. Please fix.
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Brandon M June 03, 2022 7:07 pm UTC
Creatio Ignis is very underwhelming for the 4th dot power. There should be a ranged version similar to a molotav.
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Andrew L January 07, 2022 10:54 pm UTC
any chance of physical copies coming back or only as pdf?
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Stacie W July 10, 2021 5:26 am UTC
Will the Standard Color be coming back?
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Jason G June 14, 2021 5:40 am UTC
It came up that this version maybe different from the one the Kickstarter. This one listed no cost or roll to activate the power, but my Storyteller insisted their copy did.
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Milan P June 05, 2021 12:01 pm UTC
nice book, my favorite of the v5 line so far, beautiful art and a lot of useful and fun information.
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Paul S May 16, 2021 11:28 am UTC
An amazing book with some delicious content. Worth it for the Ashfinders and Hecata alone (which I've used to run a successful chronicle). The new Oblivion powers are pretty awesome too.
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Trollune ( May 07, 2021 9:59 pm UTC
Any reason why the standard color version is no longer available?
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Jason G March 05, 2021 12:31 am UTC
Would love to make a review though I cant as the book sent to me was 1 out of order and missing half it's pages. Is there no QC involved in printing the books?
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Matthew D March 16, 2021 3:10 pm UTC
If you contact DTRPG they'll get a replacement copy sent to you.
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Diego M January 25, 2021 11:12 am UTC
any reference to the old Cainite Heresy?
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Matthew D January 25, 2021 7:04 pm UTC
Yes, they're a prominent cult in this book.
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Jason G January 19, 2021 7:50 pm UTC
So glad I backed this I mean I've yet to receive me copy but glad to know people that didn't back it can get theirs before a backer.
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Matthew D January 25, 2021 7:04 pm UTC
Your version is a traditionally printed version, whereas this is not. If you backed it at PDF level, you'll have received your copy prior to it going on sale here.
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Florian Tobias B January 15, 2021 11:07 pm UTC
I mistakenly ordered the premium book WITHOUT the .pdf... is there a way to get the discount anyway?
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Nick E January 18, 2021 3:18 pm UTC
I would use the Contact Us button at the bottom of the page.
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Connor T January 15, 2021 1:17 am UTC
Does anyone know the difference between the Premium and Standard Colour books? Thanks!
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Florian Tobias B January 15, 2021 11:06 pm UTC

somewhat nicer print, no difference in content. I ordered premium
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