Kindred of the East: Crimson Empires
Blood Preservation, lvl 1 Dark Ages
The Chi remains in the blood or flesh only until the process of decomposition begins. In warm climates, this usually means that the vital forces flee by the end of the night. For Wan Kuei, who are much more reliant on coercive feeding than Cainites, this can be a serious liability. This simple ritual was devised in the early days of the Fourth Age, when young vampires began to need an unclean diet of still fresh blood. Since then, an art equivalent to distilling has developed, creating bloods of fine flavor and with intoxicating qualities. This blood distillation is frowned upon by most elders (at least in public), but it has nevertheless developed into quite a sophisticated process. Blood Distilling is available as a Crafts Skill and there are more powerful and specialized versions of this rite up to and beyond level 5. However, these differ primarily in palatability – blood created with this simple rite seems very flat and slightly ‘off’.
The ritualist mixes the blood and the necessary ingredients (primaril an extract of ginseng and aconite) and performs this 30 minute rite over them. At the end, the player makes an Intelligence + Occult roll, difficulty 7. Each success indicates one blood point preserved. Preserved blood is approximately one pint in volume per point and must be stored in a sealed, airtight container or it will spoil within a few days. The ‘flavor’ of the blood, Yin or Yang, is set by the herbs and incantations at the time of preservation and cannot be changed thereafter. There is a second level variant of this rite for storing yang healing potions the vampire creates for use by mortals, which omits the poisonous materials.