The Vrykolakas tell a tale of the Baba Yaga, a hideous hag with incomprehensible magic powers. Once, a wanderer came to Baba Yaga, asking to be made immortal, for he had slain his brother and greatly feared the gallows. He asked three times on three different nights, and on the third night, Baba Yaga became so incensed that she slew him, and bound his ghost to his body, that he would be cursed to wander the nights for all eternity as a loathsome drinker of blood. Some versions of the legend claim that the wanderer was nameless, while others associate him with the Slavic tale of Koschei the Deathless.
There is something subconsciously unsettling or unwholesome about the Vrykolakas. All Vrykolakas lose 10-again from any Presence dice pools not used to cause fear or revulsion, and 1's rolled cancel successes.
Nicknames: Cappadocians, Burakumin, Necromancers
The Nosferatu have embraced undeath more than any other Bloodline. All Nosferatu appear as desiccated corpses when unfed, causing all Social dice pools to be capped by their current Vitae. Additionally, they exude a palpable aura of death – while they slumber, all plant life wilts and withers for a number of yards around their haven equal to their Sanguinus x 10, and all animal life (including humans) living in the area cannot heal wounds naturally and suffer a penalty to their Stamina equal to the Nosferatu's Sanguinus for the purposes of staving off diseases and poisons.
The Nosferatu are a bloodline of undead Necromancers. For millenia, they have haunted crypts and mausoleums, studying Death in all its guises. According to the bloodline's lore, the Nosferatu progenitor Cursed himself to undeath without a Sire.
Nicknames: Stirges, Monsters
The Echidna have embraced the Beast completely. They all appear animalistic and inhuman, with strange animal features such as slit pupils, hair covering their bodies, or maws full of sharp fangs. They deal doubled damage while feeding, and feeding does not cause their victim pleasure.
The Echidna maintain an appearance of feral monsters, preying on humanity as bloodthirsty beasts in the night. They are the legends of cannibal wolves and owls in the night, of unclean beasts come to devour sleeping children and wandering travelers. For many, this is a simple truth; others use this feral facade to gather information and hidden lore, and make the Invictus' best spies and assassins.