Kindred of the East: Crimson Empires
Memories of Torments Unexperianced
Memories of Torments, lvl 4
Through the use of this ritual, the Devil-Tigers indulge in one of their favorite pastimes – torment – without the difficulties involved in actually mutilating the victim. By breaking into a residence and setting this rite upon a sleeping victim, they ‘torture’ the target all night long, yet when the victim awakens, she finds that nothing has happened. This sort of elaborate dream-torture is a favorite among those who punish sinners, though it has seen use for other (generally erotic) purposes from time to time.
The Devil-Tiger must stand beside the victim and recite to himself a 15 minute mantra. At its conclusion, the victim is transported to a dreamscape that the Devil-Tiger controls. Nothing that happens to her there is real, and she cannot be killed, no matter how badly she is mutilated. The Devil-Tiger may choose to appear in the dream as himself, as another person or not at all, remaining the unseen mastermind of the unfolding nightmare.
More than one vampire can participate in this rite, sharing control of the dreamscape. All participating Devil-Tigers must link hands around the body of the victim and must know and perform the rite.
The vampires need not be visible during the rite, and for the purposes of Chi expenditure to maintain Disciplines, the entire period of the dream is a single scene. The correspondence between time and the dream and time outside it is chosen by the Devil-Tiger – the victim can be tortured for days and wake up with but an instant having passed, or she can have a terrible dream of falling and wake up to find she spent the entire night screaming in terror. If the rite is disturbed, even for a moment, the dream ends and the victim almost certainly starts awake. If the rite is brought to a natural close by the Devil-Tigers, they can choose if the victim wakes at that time or not. Repeated use of this rite at its most intense can drive the victim to suicidal abuse of stimulants to avoid sleep or cause a psychotic breakdown.