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Pyramid Scheme

Carl "Pangloss" Davidson; October 20 - November 17, 2008

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Influence for Carl "Pangloss" Davidson; October 20, 2008

OCCULT x2:

Being a fresh arrival in the city, and more importantly, a penniless arrival in the city, Professor Pangloss tells his Occult influence to give him money.

(Note to STs: I am well aware that the "get money button" has been removed from the metaphorical "influence dashboard" of my "unmasqued vampire car". The above sentence, however, is pretty much what he does. If they give him money he will praise and flatter them, possibly giving them a Title of some sort. If they refuse to give him money, he will ask again, offering to tell them Awesome Scams/Spiritual Truths/Occult Secrets. If they do, he will feed them delicious lies until they are sated. There may also be pyramid schemes involved. If they still refuse, then he'll shrug and go off on his merry way)

Also, Professor Pangloss makes his magic cult people do magic things to make him more magicks! Even more so if Cassandra's contacts pull through!

(ST Note #2: I'm pressing the "research thaumaturgy rituals button" now. It still exists, right? I have no idea how this bit actually works, being new to playing Tremere and all.)

Influence Response:

Seeing as your Occult influence is composed of what amounts to a bunch of screaming fanboys and malicious crooks, they are glad to give you some amount of spending money. Hey, if you can get a $20 from each guy... (This will be reflected on your Assets. Hopefully.)

I have no idea how the Research Thaumaturgy Rituals button works either. I was under the impression that you have to have an inkling for what you're looking for - a name, something, etc.

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Influence for Carl "Pangloss" Davidson; October 24, 2008

OCCULT x3:

Not Being Ash Gently x 1

Hello STs! Here's a general synopsis on plans for Professor Pangloss's occult influence!

I estimate Pangloss's occult consists of roughly 18% new age hippy voodoo mumbo jumbo, 28% cult, 31% pyramid/mailing scheme, 34% novelty store, and 3% whipped cream. Generally the hierarchy of in-the-know is as follows:

Category I. This is a fun hobby.

Category II. This is an amazing opportunity to acquire wealth, social standing, and psychic powers. Hahaha people in Category I sure are short-sighted losers.

Category III. This is a means to spiritual awakening and miraculous powers! Hahaha people in Categories I + II are such small-minded fools!

Category IV. This is a profitable scam. Hahaha people in Categories I-III are such pathetic saps! Thank goodness those guys in Category V told us how things work!

Category V. Hahaha those guys in Category IV totally bought into the whole "profitable scam" thing. Profitable...for us! Cha-ching!

Category VI. Wait...this bit isn't a scam at all. Hahaha those Category V guys don't know what they're missing! Teach us your magicky ways Professor Pangloss/Doctor Daedalus/Other Witty Pseudonym!!

Category VII. Yay! I'm getting to do magicks! Hahaha I'll bet those guys in category VI wish they were me! I got to go on a spirit journey and I got an artifact and now I'm FUCKING FLYING THROUGH THE CLOUDS OMG WHEEEEEEE!

Category VIII. Goddamit Professor-Pangloss/Doctor-Daedalus/Other-Witty-Pseudonym you lovable bastard! That wasn't a spirit journey, my "artifact" is a marble half-covered in tin foil and WHERE THE HELL DID YOU GET THAT MUCH WHIPPED CREAM? Hahaha I guess the joke's been on me all along.

Category IX. This is a fun hobby. Hey. Magic. Neat-O. We should go drinking sometime Pangloss or whatever-the-hell-your-name-actually-is.

Category X. Lookit me! I'm Professor Pangloss! Doo-de-doo!

Influence Response:

Check and Check

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Influence for Carl "Pangloss" Davidson; November 17, 2008

PERSONAL ACTION:

GOAL: Call the Anarch Tremere Contact Cassandra got Pangloss last game/cycle, confirm they do not want Pangloss dead, and figure out how to get SPECIAL MAGIC ANARCH TREMERE WONK from him or her. Failing that, enough tips to get Path of Blood x3.

Pangloss calls the SPECIAL MAGIC CONTACT that Cassandra got for him last game/cycle. Proper precautions are taken. At the very least, he calls from a payphone, and buys one of those cheap voice-disguiser things.

Other than that, he'll try to be chill. He'll explain he's got the basics (so to speak) and was hoping for some tips on where to go from here. He has the standard issue Tremere 101 Theory Books (whatever those are called) and can probably puzzle things out, but it'd be great if SPECIAL MAGIC CONTACT could explain things or show him a trick or two.

Influence Response:

YOU MAKE CONTACT WITH THESE PEOPLE

GUY #1: YOU'RE STARTING WITH PATH OF BLOOD X3; YOU'LL HAVE TO WORK UP TO THE COOL SHIT

GUY #2: TRIX WILL BE HAD, BRICKS WILL BE SHAT

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Influence for Carl "Pangloss" Davidson; November 17, 2008

OCCULT x2:

Stealth the SHIT out of this OMG x2

Pangloss has his peoples research Scry. He figures it's a good place to start, as it is useful, obvious, and easy to do and get ritual components for. As far as he knows, the ritual components are as follows:

1. Kiddie Pool
2. Water
3. MAGIC PANGLOSS BLOOD
4. MAGIC SYMPATHETIC LINK LIKE HAIR OR SOMETHING
5. ??? (ST Hint: Owl's Blood goes here. Pangloss might not know this)

In spite of it being TOTALLY PAINFULLY OBVIOUS, Pangloss will explain that the purpose of the ritual is to see SMOKING HOT BABES TAKING OFF THEIR CLOTHES XXX HAWT. He'll then leave them with the combined ritual components and a bit of his hair and then sit in the next room over. Reading a book. Naked.

He'll assume they've figured it out when he hears the cry of anguish.

P.S. If MAGIC TREMERE CONTACT can offer tips with this, it would be gravy.

Influence Response:

SCRY COMPONENTS ACQUIRED (I DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY ARE) MAGIC TREMERE FRIEND OFFERS PROTIPS

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