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In our newest update we've changed some graphics, added new contextual sidebars, revised some sections after a sensitivity review
 and updated the custom Black Hand character sheet by Mr. Gone. We've added four new Loresheets to the PDF since release. They're available to everyone who's already bought the book as well as new customers. The Bloody Valentine Sale added the strange lessons of the Chrysalis of Flesh and the unhinged Tremere Antitribu terrorist Valerius Maior. At the sale's end and in honor of going Electrum, we've added the Breakup Update which adds The Angels of the Abyss and Redeemers of Enoch loresheets, with new abilities for the Path of Night and Path of Blood


The Black Hand: Playing the Sabbat
is a Player's Guide and Storyteller resource for the Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition Roleplaying Game. This book is a comprehensive guide to the selfless and inhuman warriors of the Sabbat for V5.

Mature Warning: contains graphic and written content of a mature nature, including violence, sexual themes, and strong language. Reader discretion is advised.

To bridge an abyss, a sword is required.
But nothing is gained without leaving something behind.
If the prize is everything...
How much of yourself would you cut away?

Features: 

  • 143 page full color PDF
  • Detailed Safe Play section for The Sabbat
  • Custom Black Hand character sheet by Mr. Gone
  • New Chronicle Tenets, Predator Types, and Ritae
  • Over 20 new Discipline Powers and 22 Loresheets
  • How to run a Sabbat Pack with 12 Pack Types
  • Makes full use of Sabbat: The Black Hand for V5
  • Detailed rules for Sabbat Paths of Enlightenments
  • The return of House Goratrix, Revenants, and more
 
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Khaldoun K May 18, 2022 9:45 pm UTC
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There are a lot of printing options out there outside the ST Vault, but unfortunately that means the creators get cut out of their royalties. While everyone is certainly allowed to have the PDFs they own printed, I'd ask you consider buying some of Saskia, Rachel or Mark's other work if you go that way.
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Jose B May 18, 2022 3:42 pm UTC
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for anyone interested in POD, I got mine printed through Lulu.com (color photo book option) it really excellent quality and same soft/matte cover as the traditionally printed Renegade books; highly recommended.
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Khaldoun K May 15, 2022 4:36 am UTC
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We uploaded the final version update of the PDF for The Black Hand: Playing the Sabbat. While we are disappointed to hear there will be no Print on Demand option for the Vault at this time, we are moving forward with other projects to support this line of books.

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Lost in the Garden a Scenario for Sabbat players using The Black Hand: Playing the Sabbat and material from Bloodlines Unbound 2: The Tal'mahe'Ra is a Bahari focused Scenario for V5 Sabbat players set in lost Montréal. Ally or battle against the most notorious Sabbat of lost Montréal, all while your Pack threads its way through a web of prophecy and lies. Return...See more
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Dimosthenis L May 06, 2022 8:32 am UTC
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I wish to buy the book in printed form, are there any plans for that in the near future?
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Khaldoun K May 06, 2022 9:05 am UTC
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Not at this time. We’d love to print the book but Paradox and OBS make those decisions. Not us.
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Allison B April 12, 2022 6:57 pm UTC
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This is a perfect companion for the first-party book, "Sabbat: The Black Hand." So much so that the majority of it would not have seemed at all out of place simply interspersed throughout the official book. While the official book gives us insight into what has happened to the Sabbat over the past two decades — and where they might be heading now — this supplement wastes precious few words on redundancies. Instead it provides guidance for players wishing to run Sabbat characters, including a fair amount of ways to ensure safe play in inevitably dark chronicles.

Perhaps what it does best however — and indeed the core of the experience — is provide mechanics for running revamped Paths within the framework of V5's Humanity system. It's a simple and elegant solution, eschewing what could have simply been a lazy port of earlier editions' Path ratings. Rather, "Playing the Black Hand" pushes Sabbat ritae forward in place of Touchstones. As each Touchstone is destroyed, you gain...See more
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Khaldoun K April 12, 2022 7:40 pm UTC
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Thank you for the amazing review! Much appreciated.

The dream powers are certainly a call back to 1E Sabbat where Dreaming was first introduced as a skill and the thaum path Gift of Morpheus. It also informed our take on the Ravnos, the clan of nightmares, with Sabbat chimerstry being more about making dreams real than illusions.
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Allison B April 14, 2022 6:24 pm UTC
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That makes sense. I suspected it was largely an attempt to associate Chimerstry with the sect! I would have loved to see a write-up about zealous Ravnos filling the ranks of the Gehenna War, looking to stop the Antediluvians after experiencing them first hand during the Week of Nightmares.
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Michael B March 08, 2022 6:29 pm UTC
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What can I say, a welcome edition to the V5 myths via the Storyteller's Vault.

A companion t o Sabbat: The Black Hand, this has just about everything a potential player requires to p participate as a pack member of the Sword of Caine in modern nights...and perhaps a little bit more. Guidance on the Creation Rites, paths of enlightenment as well as creation of Sabbat members....this volume also presents safeguarding for playing a V5 story that both a storyteller and players can agree and define.

The authors and devs are to be commended on this stunning supplement, and if a print on demand copy should become available I would purchase it

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Khaldoun K March 20, 2022 7:08 pm UTC
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Thanks for the kind words! If we get POD on for V5 on the vault we'll let everyone know ASAP.
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Charles P March 05, 2022 12:22 am UTC
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The official V5 Sabbat handbook was controversial for its decision not to include rules for playing Sabbat. Indeed, for going out of its way to make it clear that it was impossible to play Sabbat. There were no rules that could be adapted for such, no Paths of Enlightenment, and no real insights on how to play in the 21st century.

The Black Hand: Playing the Sabbat is a fantastic book that adapts V5's Humanity rules to paths, gives excellent guidance to roleplaying a Sabbat, and addresses the comfort levels of players among other matters. It is an excellent and well-written supplement that really should have been a part of the undersized V5 supplement.

It is pretty close to professional quality and very enjoyable. I think it's the best of all the Sabbat Storyteller Vault supplements.
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Khaldoun K March 20, 2022 7:10 pm UTC
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Very high praise! We tried to produce a book of the same quality as any of the "official" or "canon" books we've all worked on over the years. It was my first time art directing, developing and laying out a book on my own so that was my chief concern but luckily I'd learned from the best in the business and it came out pretty OK.
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Christopher S February 15, 2022 9:14 am UTC
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What does this Sabbat Book offer that others do not? I see that there is currently three big ones (The Black Hand by Judd - Kheil & Liddick, Guide Sabbat by Haller & Soldatovic, and then The Sword of Caine by Jenkins).

Could you explain what yours does differently and why one should purchase this one instead of the others? Of course it would be ideal to purchase all three and sample all of them but my gaming groups budget does not allow for this.
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Khaldoun K February 15, 2022 12:01 pm UTC
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I can't answer that question bc I've not read all of those books. The only help I can offer is to say you should compare reviews and previews of the work and get the ones that fit your budget and the play style of your table. This is a link to a youtube first look and a lengthy review and response of our book:
YT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHTfFeNUOU4 Review/Response: https://www.storytellersvault.com/product_reviews_info.php?products_id=385327&reviews_id=695715
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LUCCAS P February 13, 2022 10:02 pm UTC
Do I need the OG Black Hand to use this book?
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Khaldoun K February 13, 2022 10:16 pm UTC
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You don't need to have the V5 Sabbat book to use The Black Hand: Playing the Sabbat, but we certainly thought of it as the foundation we built on.
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Khaldoun K February 05, 2022 8:56 pm UTC
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If you're unable to leave a review, please send me a message or respond to this comment and I'll contact STV support.
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Jon P February 04, 2022 2:02 pm UTC
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Hi! I love the book, but I don't get how path merits work in a pack with different paths, may be is stated in the book, but I haven't seen it.
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Khaldoun K February 04, 2022 6:54 pm UTC
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The Path Advantages all stack, but many require a certain Blood Resonance on the part of Packmates on a different Path. For example, if your Pack has a Bahari with Mother of Monsters (3) and a Cathari with Party Animals (3), everyone in the Pack with a Sanguine Blood Resonance would benefit from both Advantages bc both paths have a Sanguine Path Resonance. If your Pack has 3-4 Paths in it, then you'll get less benefit from the Path Advantages bc most of them have clashing Path Resonances. Certain Paths, like Caine, have Advantages that don't lean heavily on the Path Resonance mechanic - so Noddists add a lot to Packs without requiring a lot from others.
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Khaldoun K February 04, 2022 6:55 pm UTC
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Thanks! I'm glad you loved it! Please leave a review with your thoughts!
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Jon P February 07, 2022 9:05 am UTC
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Thanks, I get it. And those merits should be bought by the player or the pack?
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Khaldoun K February 07, 2022 10:09 am UTC
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Path Advantages have to be bought individually by a packmate on the Path. If you take a look at the Path Convictions rules you’ll see that you have to have a number of path convictions equal to the cost of the Path advantage to buy it.

For example, to buy a level 3 Cathari Path Advantage you have to have 3 Cathari Path Convictions.
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Jon P February 09, 2022 10:09 am UTC
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Thanks!
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Neil S February 03, 2022 12:11 am UTC
POD
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Khaldoun K February 03, 2022 12:53 am UTC
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AFAIK there are no current plans to give V5 STV products a POD option, but maybe in the future!
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Søren A February 04, 2022 9:02 am UTC
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One can only hope - Chaosium's creator-programmes like Miskatonic and Jonstown has proven that having POD options is an viable option.
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Khaldoun K February 04, 2022 10:26 am UTC
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I think all V5 creators on the STV would like POD. I’m sure the reason we don’t have it is way above my pay grade. But it doesn’t hurt to keep asking
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Jose B February 04, 2022 4:27 pm UTC
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Lulu offers great POD options, just sayin
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Roy B February 08, 2022 2:38 am UTC
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This is what I was going to ask. A shame that STV doesn't allow POD, but hey - it's already a big step to allow material like this to be published at all.
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