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Memery and the past of SongdogMI

This will mean more to selected folks on my friends list, and you know who you are.* But a little background for everyone else:

Once there was a nice little grungy coffeehouse. It was full of hippies, musicians, and other unwashed sorts. Then it was taken over, er, was invaded, er, quietly transitioned into a gamer's haven. The two leading games were Magic: The Gathering and Vampire: The Masquerade. Apart from the fact that the games drove all the hippies and most of the musicians away, thus leaving the place with just an overpowering cigarette smoke haze as opposed to other hazes... well, let's not go too far there. The folks playing the Vampire game pretty much took over the joint on weekly game nights, which would get kind of, er, interesting. Occasionally I was allowed to stay, because (1) they thought they would convert me, or (2) they took pity on the poor loner who didn't seem to have anywhere else to go, or (3) the owner needed SOMEone around who was not insane.

I have my own RPG past, in Advanced Dungeons & Dragons as you probably could predict given how old I am. So the vampires were less weird to me than they would've been to others. But I never played Vampire: The Masquerade. I would joke that I'm more the werewolf type. In point of fact, I might have been convinced to try Werewolf: The Apocalypse. But I wasn't curious enough to ask around to find a group playing it; something about a day job and a musical career taking all my time, I think. Eventually I decided to hang around the outer edges of different fandoms, instead of the outer edge of the RPG fandom. (Or the outer edge of living history, before that. That's me. I'm edgy.)

Interesting side note: I did kind of endear myself to the vampire crowd with my rendition of Michael Smith's song "Vampire." I'm sure Mr. Smith would be, er, fascinated to learn that.

Anyway... upon seeing the esteemed hellmutt post his results to the following quiz, I decided to finally find out what sort of vampire I would've been, if I had wanted to risk walking around a smoke-yellowed coffeehouse in all black with my arms crossed in front of my chest. (Well, I was already wearing a lot of black, anyway. Black wouldn't yellow in the constant cigarette smoke bath.)

Caitiff
Some Kindred, either from ignorance of their
linneage or dilution of clan traits due to thin
blood, have no distinguishable clan to speak
of. These Caitiff are often seen as little more
than pawns by most factions, especially the
Camarilla. Cannon fodder at best and hunted
outcasts at worst, they keep to themselves or
others of their kind for the most part, viewed
by those of "purer" blood as clueless
proles or weak-blooded, useless drones. Of
course, at times, their independance from clan
politics can prove significantly advantageous.

Which Vampire: The Masquerade clan do you belong in?
brought to you by Quizilla

So I would've been just a pawn in the games of the Camarilla, eh? Good thing I had my guitar.

/* starts strumming a D-minor chord and humming "Sounds of Silence" */

*Not to say all were Vampires. They at least witnessed, though, same as me.

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hellmutt
Aug. 3rd, 2005 04:21 pm (UTC)
The words of the prophet were written on the coffee-shop waaaallls...
songdogmi
Aug. 3rd, 2005 04:30 pm (UTC)
Yup... my favorite phrase someone scribbled up there was "We may be in the gutter / but some of us are looking at the stars."

Of course, this was the same place where, the night I saw Comet Hale-Bopp from the over-lit streets of Ferndale (it was THAT bright), I was met with shrugs and "OK" when I came in excitedly relating my sighting.
hellmutt
Aug. 3rd, 2005 06:56 pm (UTC)
Not many apod readers there, then?

Le sigh. *thinks inexplicably of disco werewolf sex à la Elf Only Inn*
songdogmi
Aug. 3rd, 2005 07:53 pm (UTC)
APOD... oooh pretty. Added that to my newsfeeds.

Elf Only Inn... will have to explore that in further depth when I'm not expected to be working. :-)
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