- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: White Wolf Pub; Revised edition (March 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1565042638
- ISBN-13: 978-1565042636
- Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 2 x 28.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 113 g
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #903,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Guide to the Sabbat Hardcover – Mar 1999
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The grotesque lords of humanity? The pitiful wretches of eternal hell? We are vampires, and that is enough. I am a vampire, and that is far more than enough. I am that which must be feared, worshipped and adored. The world is mine -- now and forever. No one holds command over me. No man. No god. No prince. What is a claim of age for ones who are immortal? What is a claim of power for ones who defy death? Call your damnable hunt. We shall see whom I drag screaming to hell with me. The Guide to the Sabbat examines the Sabbat exhaustively from the antitribu, or "anti-clans, " that populate its ranks, to the terrifying Disciplines they use, to their methods of waging war on the Camarilla and Antediluvians alike. This book also explores the Sabbat's progress in its war effort, chronicling the Cainites' inexorable spread across the East Coast and back to their usurped territories in the Old World.
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The books intro "Smart Moneys on Vegas" is very nice and is probubly my favorite opening fiction. It captures the mood of the Sabbat and keeps you moving through the introducion area that explains the Sabbat structure and internal strife.
The book moves to the numerous Anti-Tribes of the Sabbat and even special bloodlines that previous reviewers mentioned. One that didn't fit in to me though was a group called the Kiasyd, they are like Faeries but Vampires also... I don't see where they fit into the Sabbat or any sect for that matter.
The discipline section was medicore. Nothing to new, or ground breaking. Especially considering the neutral disciplines like Auspex are in Guide to the Camarilla. The path section is rather interesting, especially since it drills in that many sabbat aren't on paths and stick to humanity, most people can't take pathes dangers.
The section detailing Sabbat tactics for taking cities is amazing and a story based around a siege would be amazing. The tactics are varied especially due to Sabbat disciplines and considering that they already are good at fighting makes me wonder how the Sabbat could ever lose.
This book was very good all in all but my one complaint is that it really doesn't say much about what a Sabbat city really does when it isn't crusading? They weed each other out? Well, this book is still worth the price. It's information is invaluable.
The Sabbat clans and bloodlines are given here in detail, save for those already in the primary Vampire sourcebook. Also included (and excellently done) are several bloodlines designed for non-player characters. Among these is the Harbingers of Skulls, an odd group of Cappadocian Elders who escaped the Giovanni purge. Their now-forgotten legacy is only hinted at in this book, following a powerful tradition of answering one question and opening two.
The overall tone of this book is moving. Like its companions, it focuses on horror. But this is a whole different horror, from being buried "alive" to torturing mortals. It's a powerful guide to the darker half of the night, and an absolutely marvelous resource to anyone running a Sabbat chronicle.
Another Plus is the aditional clans that are told about. The True Brujah are real intreasting, but I'd have to say that one of my fav's would be the Tzcimisce.
This book may not be for everybody though. I would almost go so far as to say that with a little more it could make it as a Black Dog book. But it's good reading and a MUST for any ST.
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