Wraith: The Oblivion

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Wraith: The Oblivion
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Role-playing game published by
White Wolf
Rule System Storyteller System
Authors Mark Rein·Hagen, Jennifer Hartshorn, Sam Chupp, Richard E. Dansky
First Publication 1994
Essential Books Wraith: The Oblivion

Wraith: The Oblivion is a roleplaying game of "Passion and Horror" published by White Wolf that often provides more PCs than there are players, thanks to a system allowing for "The Shadow" of a character to act like a separate entity. Progenitor to the Promethean school of "game that people like to read but no one actually plays." One of the grimmest, most depressing games ever made that wasn't unintentionally so. It also is one of the only WWI role-playing games via the historical setting Wraith: The Great War. And if the trenches of WWI weren't horrifying enough, there's even a splatbook for the dead of WWII, including The Holocaust.

Each player, in addition to their character, plays the "Shadow" of another character, undermining whatever they tried to do and tempting them to give in to their worst impulses and damn themselves. This seemed like such a good idea on paper that everyone somehow missed that it means that the game was actively encouraging players to screw each other over. To quote our hatefuckbuddies over at TVTropes: "The intent was to create deep, psychological roleplaying where the players got to flex their drama muscles as much as the GM; the effect was that most people saw it as a game that could only end in hurt feelings and recriminations." Which, if you think about it, is exactly what the game wants, friends undermining each other, except that somewhat fatally it doesn't encourage people to actually play the game or at least not more than once.

The Setting[edit]

W:tO takes place in the planes of existence surrounding and within in the Shadowlands, the place where the deceased go after their earthly demise. Not all humans turn into wraiths; some people simply die violently and horribly enough that they simply cannot get over the fact that they kicked the bucket. Tying the wraith in the space between the skinlands and the ever-increasing and all-consuming Oblivion are the wraith's personal "fetters". Fetters are random objects that meant something emotionally to the restless in question. They may range anywhere from a simple pocket watch to a vampire character. Wraiths may use these items to restore their mental and physical attributes: Pathos and Corpus.

Your main focus as one of the restless should be to pass on into eternity either by achieving Transcendence, now made widely taboo and outright claimed as a fairy tale by wraith society or succumbing to the will of your "shadow" and embracing Oblivion, thus becoming a Spectre: A hellish ghost solely pursuing its own vicious, self-destructive and selfish goals.

Unlike most settings; wraiths cannot really use any sort of items, unless they were of some emotional significance, the only thing that matters in the land of the dead, where all hope is lost and the only thing that keeps you from simply giving up is the memory of when you were alive. And, boy howdy, are those things scarce. One way to get around this is to use soulforgery, which is the only way to create everything on the wrong side of the Shroud. However, Soulforging comes at a price, in order to create anything, someone has to give up their existence to become that item. The process of hammering a wraith into a piece of furniture, for instance, is a horrible and ghoulish endeavour, the process causes extreme agony to the wraith and it is irreversible. Some say they can hear their soulforged items wail and moan occasionally. Usually victims of soulforging are the types of wraiths known as drones: mindless and simple ghosts doomed to forever play out the last moments of their life.

Sounds bad? Well, Charon put it this way, Soulforgery is the final and worst punishment to a wraith and is only to be mete out in the most extreme conditions, such as leading wraiths to feed oblivion or trying to overthrow Stygian society. A soulforged wraith cannot feed oblivion anymore and serves a better purpose as a sword, for instance, against the denizens of the Labyrinth. There! You can use this cognitive dissonance to muffle those silent moans and sobbing your soulsteel blade is emmitting.

Since most of wraiths are ancient dead from bygone eras, such as classic Rome and the middle ages, most of them prefer swords and traditional weapons. Plus, in order to fire a soulforged or relic firearm, it requires relic or soulforged bullets plus the mental energy of the wraiths, 'pathos', to operate, cause basic physics don't work naturally in the underworld, they have to be fueled; so it is simply more cost effective to use a crossbow, for instance.

Stygian Guilds[edit]

Stygian guilds formed around the use of one of the "Arcanoi", the psychic powers of wraiths. While most wraiths are well-versed in more than one power, guilds simply focus and draw profit on one of them. Guilds were banned from Stygia by the order of Charon, cause they kept messing around with the Quick (You are either quick or dead) and causing a general ruckus. Now guilds operate in secret and only allow exclusive membership. While guildship is punishable by soulforging, many wraiths still employ their services to advance their machinations and plots as well as providing a service to the high-ranking deathlords and other residents of Stygia (every Wraith will need the services of a pardoner or a monitor at one point). Use of different Arcanoi causes permanent "scarring" on the Wraith Corpus (plasm surrounding the soul).

  • Alchemists: Alchemists use the Arcanoi "Flux" to manipulate objects in the skinlands, such as causing things to break down to creating inanimate golems to wreak havoc. Separate from their parent guild, The Artificers, Alchemists were disbanded by Charon, as a part of his "stop meddling with mortals" -policy. Alchemists don't have any distinguishing marks, but they are obsessive idiots, who never talk about anything else except their power.
  • Artificers: Mockingly known as "Hammerboys" or by modern "Neos", these wraiths use "Inhabit" to manipulate real world machinery or items. Artificers are the richest guild in Stygia, due to practicing the fine art of Soulforgery. Artificers are recognized by red blotches caused by working at the soulforges or by circuitry-shaped burns from inhabiting electrical machinery.
  • Chanteurs: The loudest of the loudest, Chanteurs can use their Arcanos "Keening" to imbue their voice with amazing powers. They function as bards, in the sense that their singing can imbue Pathos to wraiths in need of it and can even cause harm and heart attacks on mortals with a combination of "Embody" and "Keening".
  • Harbingers: The taxi-drivers of the shadowlands. Using the Arcanos "Argos", these wraiths have the ability to jump to and fro in the ever-roiling tempest. Using different abilities to mask themselves and their clientele from the hungry gaze of the denizens of oblivion, Harbingers can carry other wraiths to safety or rescue them from the strong currents. Harbingers can be recognized from their completely black eyes.
  • Haunters/Spooks: These two guilds work closely together to wreak havoc inside haunts to drive out inquisitive mortals. Spooks use "Outrage" to cause material objects to fly around and do spooky stuff; while Haunters use "Pandemonium" to create any kind of substance into the skinlands a'la blood elevator in The Shining, these effects are temporary, however, and at worst will simply cause slight structural damage. Spooks are oddly misshapen with strong muscle groups and Haunters wear fantastic black cloaks for theatrical effect, much like the Phantom of the Opera.
  • Masquers: If you don't like what you look like, you can employ a masquer to use her "Moliate" ability to change your appearance for the better or make you more deadly by crafting your Corpus to have swords for arms, for instance.
  • Mnemoi: The ability of "Mnemosynis" grants the power to read minds, making Mnemoi effective Inquisitors in wraith society. Like Soliciting, Mnemosynis can implant thoughts and objectives into the mind for the poor victim to perform. Like Monitors, Mnemoi never blink except by conscious effort, which makes their affiliation very obvious.
  • Monitors: Considered very useful by wraiths, these users of the Arcanos "Lifeweb" to probe, monitor (hurr) and manipulate the structural strength of Fetters. Monitors never close their eyes, which isn't really amazing, cause dry eyes isn't really a thing when you're a ghost.
  • Oracles: The Oracle's guild uses "Fatalism" to divine the strands of fate and possibly "turn the tide" to their favour. Tempting fate too much, however, can have dire consequences. Oracles have a permanent "eye" tattoo on their forehead, which seems to dance and twirl.
  • Pardoners: With the shadow constantly tormenting you as a wraith, Pardoners come in handy for their Arcanoi called "castigate", which tells the wraith's Shadow to STFU. These wraiths act as the psychiatrists of the underworld, where your crazy self is constantly trying to destroy you and those around you. Pardoners have inky, black fingers.
  • Proctors: Permab& by Charon, Proctors use "Embody" to phase over to the Skinlands to mess around with mortals as they see fit. Everything from materializing in front of poor souls just for cheap thrills to taking a stroll just to relive past days of being made of flesh. You may tell a user of this Arcanoi by blots on their skin, which resemble shadows cast by trees.
  • Puppeteers: Once again, banned by Charon for painfully obvious reasons, skinriders can "hop a ride" on mortals or even control them on higher levels of this art. Skinriding causes the wraith to adopt certain quirks and habits used by the host. In the 20th Anniversary edition, this got updated to also taking on the physical characteristics found between the hosts a given Puppeteer most frequently possesses (eg, age, gender, ethnicity, weight).
  • Sandmen: These overly dramatic users of "Phantasm" can cause sleep in mortals and affect their dreams in any way they see fit. In addition they can weave illusions around them in the shadowlands, making them wanted performers in Deathlord and other aristocratic courts.
  • Solicitors: Solicitors can probe into your head and fish out your deepest desires or wants with "Intimation". In addition to this, Solicitors can change your wants and needs to the point of even making them into an obsession. They can use this power on any type of creature, barring maybe Fey creatures. If a wraith with a single, glowing green eye says he wants to peer into your very being, just say no.
  • Usurers: Like odd healers of the underworld, the Arcanos Usury allows these merchants of death to transfter Pathos into Corpus and vice versa. They can even imbue either of these attributes into material objects, turning them into freakish mana or health potions. Usury also creates soulfire crystals, which are used to create soulforged objects. Usurers speak in precise, numerical terms.

Arcanoi[edit]

The supernatural powers of the dead, powered by Pathos (from the Psyche) or Angst (from the Shadow). Comes in the three flavors depending on the group in question, possibly more as they depend on what Dark Kingdom a wraith is from, but WtO wasn't always fleshed out as much as the main three gamelines.

Wraith Arcanoi[edit]

The normal Arcanoi for players who play one of the core sixteen Guilds. In the earlier editions of the game they are all on paths of five powers, with splatbooks providing alternative powers to pick up. In the 20th Anniversary Edition they come in two paths of five powers: the first path has powers that can be learned by anyone, and the second path consists secret powers that are limited to members of the guilds only. Some of these powers are taken from existing Arcanoi, while others are created for the new edition. The two are learned seperately from one another, and the number of dots you know in an Arcanoi are determined by your highest dots in either path.

Regular Arts: Argos (travel), Castigate (shadow control), Embody (physical manifestation), Fatalism (future sight), Inhabit (control machines), Keening (bardic ability), Lifeweb (fetter control), Moliate (plastic surgery), Outrage (classic poltergeist), Pandemonium (control buildings), Phantasm (control dreams), Puppetry (possession), and Usury (pathos control).

Forbidden Arts: Flux, Intimation, and Mnemosynis.

The Arts of Jade[edit]

The Way of the Scholar (psyche control), The Way of the Artisan (jade crafting), The Way of the Farmer (shadow control), The Way of the Merchant (pathos control), The Way of the Soul (modified version of Castigate), and Chains of the Emperor (for capturing wraiths).

Dark Arcanoi[edit]

Contaminate (manipulation of the shadows of wraiths), Corruption (manipulating the living), Hive-Mind (a way of staying in contact with other spectres at all times), Larceny (prolongs their existence in the tempest), Maleficence (infusing being with the power of oblivion), Shroud-Rending (lets them see the skinlands and the living), Tempest-Weaving (manipulation of the tempest), and Tempestos (lets them move through the tempest).

Dark Kingdoms[edit]

The underworld of the old WoD was never fully defined, instead existing as a bunch of island kingdoms surrounded by what used to be the Sea of Shadows, but is now The Tempest after the 3rd Great Maelstrom set in motion a perpetual storm. The North African "Amenti" of the Dark Kingdom of Sand have their own game-line in the form of Mummy: The Resurrection.

Stygia[edit]

The main setting for WtO, also known as the Dark Kingdom of Iron, it sits on the Isle of Sorrows. It's impossibly big and supposedly a reflection of Western civilization

Stygian Factions[edit]

  • The Hierarchy

Founded by the legendary Charon himself, The Hierarchy is the largest wraith government form in the Shadowlands. The Hierarchy's role was to keep unruly restless in-check from messing with folks in the skinlands, examples include everything from the occasional jump scare crazy house to blatant possession of mortals. After Charon's disappearance, however, guilds proceeded to practice their typical shenanigans.

The Hierarchy is the main form of government in Stygia, the city made from soulforged wraiths.

  • Heretics

Heretics are wraiths, who practice one or another form of religious worship to a deity known in the mortal world or an idea. During the first days of Christianity, the underworld was beginning to see a sect of Heretics, known as the "Fishermen". Posing a danger to the local pagan wraiths by possibly staging a coup, Charon sought an agreement with the Fishermen, allowing them to continue recruitment of new wraiths but leaving the current residents alone.

  • Renegades

Renegades live outside Stygian society and follow their own path in the afterlife. A certain biker gang rides through deadlands in a neverending journey of violence and lack of liquor.

Yellow Springs[edit]

East-Asia, AKA the Dark Kingdom of Jade or Jade Kingdom. Has ties to the VtM spinoff, Kindred of the East and the Wu T'ian of MtR.

  • Imperial Army
  • Jade Censors
  • Judges of the Dead
  • Protectors of the Prosperous Realm
  • Rebels

The Bush of Ghosts[edit]

Africa, the Dark Kingdom of Ivory.

Karta[edit]

Australia, the Dark Kingdom of Clay.

Port Royal & The Mirrorlands[edit]

The Caribbean, full of pirates of course.

Swar, the City of Delights[edit]

India, no kingdom title.

The Dark Kingdom of Obsidian[edit]

The Americas. "The Lands of Gold" in South America were devastated by living & dead conquistadors, while the Mesoamerican "Flayed Lands" and North American "Islands of Flint" are still around. Easily the most criminally underused setting in the World of Darkness, possibly all of fiction.

The Dark Kingdom of Wire[edit]

Detailed in Charnel Houses of Europe: The Shoah. Welcome to where the victims of the Holocaust wind up.

Yeah, it's that kind of place. The Dark Kingdom of Wire is comprised of the various ghettoes, extermination camps and other infamous sites related to the Final Solution, all linked by a network of ghostly railways that reflect the real-life ones built to carry out the Final Solution. The name comes from the relic barbed wire that enmeshes practically everything here, carrying with it a charge that will toss anyone who touches it screaming straight into Oblivion. It's about as horrendously grimdark as you might expect, to say the least.

As for how the Kingdom came into existence, well, that's a long story. Basically, WW2 was a complete fuckstorm for mundane and supernatural factions alike; this even extended to the Underworld, where the Dark Kingdom of Jade went to war with Stygia while there was a massive influx of new souls from the battlefields, bombings, and butchery that defined the war. As a result, when the first wraiths of the Holocaust began to appear they were lost in all the confusion for some time. Eventually the Hierarchy noticed weird stuff was going down, put two and two together, and decided to basically shove all the Holocaust-born wraiths into the Underworld's ghettoes until they could adapt to Underworld life. Unsurprisingly, this was a complete failure in the long term.

As WW2 ground on, more and more wraiths connected to anti-Nazi resistance groups began showing up. Unsurprisingly pissed at the state of the ghettoes and desiring revenge on old enemies, they effectively convinced the wraiths of the ghettoes to secede from the Hierarchy and join them (the Hierarchy's reaction ranged from 'much rejoicing' to 'about time', as they saw the Holocaust wraiths as more of an environmental issue than anything else). This marks the point where the Dark Kingdom of Wire de facto began, since the Hierarchy didn't officially recognise it for some time afterwards.

Eventually, Hiroshima and Nagasaki were nuked, kicking off the Fifth Great Maelstrom and causing Charon to vanish. The Deathlords took full control of the Hierarchy and intended to continue ignoring the issues caused by the 'toss them in the ghettoes' approach, only for the Boatmen to not-so-subtly tell them to sort their shit out or be replaced. The Holocaust victims and their protectors (the Army of Fire) promptly took the opportunity to demand that their independence be recognised and any Nazi wraiths handed over to them; in exchange, the Dark Kingdom of Wire's wraiths would deal with the Spectres and Nihils caused by the Holocaust.

Uncertain of their new power and recognising the potential damage that could result if they fucked up, the Lords agreed, signing the Covenant of the Millions. This agreement essentially recognised the semi-autonomy of the Dark Kingdom of Wire and bound the Deathlords to send any Holocaust victims found outside the Kingdom's Necropoli over to them; courtesy of the Boatmen threatening the formation of more sub-regions, it also forced them to accept the millions of souls lost to genocide and purges before WW2 in Europe into the Hierarchy, after the Deathlords previously abandoned them for fear of over-bulking the Grim Legion's ranks.

(The higher-ups of the Hierarchy are still salty over this deal going through, though the lower and middle ranks are generally sympathetic to the DKoW's actions and plights).

The Kingdom itself consists of several Necropoli:

  • Theresienstadt Ghetto: One of the waypoints on the road to Auschwitz, Dachau, and the other extermination camps. It's a copy of what it was in life, though the walls now bleed and the Small Fortress (used as a base by the SS) now has a Nihil (basically a portal to the Tempest, from which Spectres can emerge) right in the centre of it. The German doctor Richard Holvenbach runs this place - having tried (and failed) to help the Jewish inhabitants there during the events of WW2 after seeing just how horrific their conditions were, he's now running a (so far unsuccessful) program that aims to redeem Spectres and help the Wraiths of the ghetto peacefully achieve Transcendence.

Factions here are pretty few in number: The biggest are the Patients, led by Doc Holvenbach, who act as the unofficial administrators and policy-makers to the rest of the camp - due to this, they're fairly well liked and looked up to (even if the good doctor's Redemption Program is causing some fear among the general populace). They comprise the bulk of the Ghetto Circle', the official administration and political party of the Ghetto, who work to try and turn the Ghetto from a place of horror and pain to one of healing where Transcendence can be achieved.

The smallest and by far the most hated are the Red Cross, the members of the IRC who failed to see the truth behind the "model ghetto" and its prisoners' treatment despite even Doctor Holvenbach trying to tell them how bad it was; they are now Fettered here by these failures, and their failures have not been forgotten - or forgiven. They're led by Jean-Claude Leclerc, a former Red Cross diplomat who brushed off Doc Holvenbach's claims (thinking such horrors could not be possible) and subsequently drank himself to death when the truth about the Holocaust came out; he now seeks to redeem himself and his colleagues for their horrific failures and find acceptance within the Ghetto.

There are also the remnants of the Judenrat, led by Solomon Eisenfeld; a Rabbi put in charge of selecting those to be sent to the gas chambers in life, he and his colleagues now seek redemption for what they did, despite the vast majority of the Ghetto's wraiths hating their guts for hopefully obvious reasons.

  • Babi Yar: Site of multiple massacres of Jews by Nazis from 1941-43. On the Underworld side of things, it's home to a fucking huge Nihil which likes to spit out Spectres; the nearby Kiev wraiths do not like the wraiths that live here, since they like throwing Nazi wraiths and their collaborators into this Nihil. While this used to be a total shithole due to the constant Spectre assaults and official stance of ignorance of the massacre in the Skinlands, the creation of the below two factions and the shift toward recognising the massacres in the Skinlands have improved it somewhat.
    • Menders: Wraiths who want to find and help other survivors, while closing the nearby fuckoff-huge Nihil.
    • Fallen Comrades: Red Army ghosts, dedicated to protecting the Menders and fighting the constant hordes of spectres emerging from the Nihil in the Ravine.
  • Auschwitz-Birkenau: Yep. *That* Auschwitz-Birkenau. It's one of the biggest Necropoli in Europe in terms of sheer population density (which scares the pants off the Deathlords due to the damage they could cause if united), and is appropriately grimdark even by W:TO's standards - the place stinks of rotting corpses, giant clouds of ash and Zyklon-B permanently cover the skies, the air is filled with dissonant sound and agonised screaming, soulforging is common, and there's an utterly massive Nihil smack-bang where the SS Barracks used to be, from which hordes of Spectres often erupt to menace the camp. Oh, and there's basically zero leadership because of the dark memories that censuses and identification bring up, so it's mostly an anarchic nightmare with the outermost camps completely overrun by Spectres.

The infamous "Arbeit Macht Frei" gates are still there, though the majority of the camp's officers and guards have been rather agonisingly fused with them, I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream-style. Most of the camp is covered in a perpetually-regenerating mildew-like substance made of rotting flesh; that relic barbed wire from earlier is everywhere, denoting the camp's boundaries. The crematoria have become Soulforges - don't stay in them after dark. There's a bordello by the name of the House of Dolls, though it's creepy as all hell and several corridors lead straight into the Labyrinth. Birkenau itself is completely overrun with Spectres; the rest of the land around is a mix of barely-organized subcamps that are frequently attacked by Spectres.

Faction-wise, the spectres of Auschwitz are mostly divided into groups named "Triangles"/"Kommandos", in a display of bleak humour on their part.

Partja: The closest things to idealists in this place. They're socialists that want to make the camp better to live in, since they're stuck there.

Collective: Hardcore old-school Communists. They're mostly Artificers and keep to the adjacent work camp of Buna, where they sometimes Soulforge Nazis into various goods (the rest of the time, it's implied they use any poor schmuck that gets sold to them). They've got a monopoly on Darksteel in the Kingdom of Wire, but have been becoming more and more isolated due to fears of corruption by Spectres in the main camp (which may not be entirely baseless - the DKoW's wraiths tend to be pretty fuzzy on the difference at the best of times).

Kanada: The black marketeers and relic-traders. You name it, they can probably get it for you. And if they can't, well, they'll just kidnap some poor fucker and sell them to the soulforges in the camp's crematoria so that they can get it for you!

Sonderkommandos: The Jews forced to help the Nazis dispose of bodies from the gas chambers. These poor bastards are *really* hated by most of the camp's inhabitants, who consider them barely a step above the willing collaborators and Kapos, despite the fact that the Sonderkommandos were coerced to work under threat of death. Those who died rebelling against the guards tend to be treated better, but there's still a lot of bad blood between the regular inmates and them.

Die Eingeistein: Ex-Kapos, these assholes worked with the SS to help keep the prisoners in line. They function as the camp's conscripted militia, keeping the other wraiths safe from Spectres (albeit grudgingly) in exchange for not having their asses thrown into Oblivion for their willing collaboration with Nazis in life. Probably the single most hated faction in the camp (tying with the non-rebellious Sonderkommandos), except for...

Black Triangles: In life, these guys are those considered "Aryans" and treated better by the guards. In death, these guys are the lowest of the low in the hell of Auschwitz - about the only reason they haven't been soulforged/moliated into furniture or thrown into Sheol (that fuckoff-huge Nihil where the SS Barracks were) is because they (mostly) aren't outright Nazis, and because they fill the unofficial role of prison bitch for literally everyone else (including the otherwise deeply despises Sonderkommandos and Kapos).

Spectres & The Labyrinth[edit]

A spectre is a wraith/ghost who has become an agent of Oblivion. The transformation into a spectre happens, when a wraith's Shadow gains control and its Psyche becomes secondary, their biggest asset is that they share a hive-mind. Some dead start this way, such as children, because their wants, lack of patience and selfish attitude overrule any self-reflection and are instantly consumed by their shadow. There was even a book under the Black Dog label, Dark Reflections, that provided rules for an inverted experience where someone else plays your character's Psyche instead of their Shadow. Spectres cannot see people or really understand their surroundings in the shadowlands under normal circumstances, because their alignment towards oblivion far removes them from the land of the living.

The Labyrinth is essentially the center of the Underworld, and at its center is the Maw of Oblivion, a big hole of nothing that destroys all that falls into it. Spectres experience the pull of oblivion far worse than wraiths, to the point where it is akin to a ripping agony and the only way to satiate it is to cause untold misery and suffering to wraiths and eventually lead them to be consumed by Oblivion. One way this happens is through "Harrowings".

A harrowing occurs when a wraith becomes weak enough (whether by losing all their corpus, or having a passion/fetter damaged) to be pulled through the tempest via nihil forming under their corpus, and into the Labyrinth; in here, they get thrown into an impromptu nightmare scenario that is orchestrated by the local spectres. The scenario is invariably personalized to the poor bastard who's suffering from it (courtesy of it being dictated to the spectres by the wraith's shadow), with the spectres typically attacking their victim's fetters or passions (for example, a wraith whose passion is to be remembered through work may find a manuscript of theirs is under threat, and need to save or abandon it). Every spectre is consumed by oblivion eventually, increasing its mass and power.

(If you're still having trouble grasping this: watch the original version of Jacob's Ladder, which is a pretty good representation of a wraith undergoing several back-to-back harrowings).

Spectre Castes[edit]

  • Apparitions: middle-caste lackeys, in transition to becoming Nephracks.
  • Doppelgangers: low-caste, the usual Wraith whose Shadow took over, can pass for a Wraith
  • Haints: non-caste as they hate everyone, became Spectres after a horrific death that defined their unlife.
  • Hekatonkhires: varies with the spectre, they're failed Onceborn and like Shades at Malfean power levels.
  • Malfeans: leader-caste; two types, Onceborn (former humans) and Neverborn (nonhumans).
  • Mortwights: under-caste, became Spectres on death yet are still defined by their life.
  • Nephracks: upper-caste (admin, military, priests, etc.), they're former Doppelgangers warped by their contact with Oblivion.
  • The Nothings: lowest caste, those stuck in shell-shock or who just give up, some even try "suicide".
  • Pasiphae: non-caste ciphers, created when the Ferrymen use a weird ritual to permanently separate their Shadow from their Psyche.
  • Shades: middle-caste shock troops, twisted into monsters by Oblivion kept in check by the hive-mind.
  • Striplings: non-caste, mobs of feral dead children.

Charnel Houses of Europe: The Shoah[edit]

If Wraith is known for anything in particular, it's the book they had covering the Holocaust in great detail, "Charnel Houses of Europe: The Shoah". Interestingly, the whole thing is actually regarded as "not a horrible mistake", which is the most probable fate facing such a product (see, for example, White Wolf's infamous Gypsies, which was regarded as "a horrible mistake" due to WW's usual lack of tact rearing its ugly head), surprisingly well written and respectful with a lot of interesting idea's if you have the balls to run it.

For the poorfags and casual browsers, there's a fairly good rundown of the sourcebook here.

Wraith 20th Anniversary[edit]

A Kickstarter for the 20th Anniversary edition of Wraith was put online on December 2nd 2014. As usual with White Wolf Kickstarters it was funded in 69 minutes. A release in the same vein as V20, W20, M20 and C20, Wr20 will be based on a game with a small but dedicated fanbase, that might bring in some new players.

The game was finally released in February 2018, seeing the release of a book of nearly 600 pages long. It turns the clock back to a time before the Sixth Great Maelstrom, which is only referenced to once in passing as something to prevent. So far, it has come out with a Player's Guide, and the Book of Oblivion, a book detailing... Well, Oblivion and its spectres.

See Also[edit]

Links[edit]

The games of the World of Darkness
Old World of Darkness New World of Darkness
Vampire: The Masquerade Vampire: The Requiem
Werewolf: The Apocalypse Werewolf: The Forsaken
Mage: The Ascension Mage: The Awakening
Wraith: The Oblivion Promethean: The Created
Changeling: The Dreaming Changeling: The Lost
Hunter: The Reckoning Hunter: The Vigil
Kindred of the East Geist: The Sin-Eaters
Mummy: The Resurrection Mummy: The Curse
Demon: The Fallen Demon: The Descent
Orpheus Beast: The Primordial
Deviant: The Renegades
Fan-made games
Exalted Versus World of Darkness Genius: The Transgression
Highlander: The Gathering Giant: The Perfidious
Zombie: The Coil Leviathan: The Tempest
Mutant: The Aberration
Princess: The Hopeful
Sovereign: The Autonomy