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  • Disciplines

    Kuei-jin group their Disciplines into several categories. The most widely known are Chi Arts, Soul Arts, Demon Arts, and Shintai Arts. Shintai Arts allow vampires to study and practice the movement of Chi through their bodies -- the five Shintai ("god …

  • Equilibrium

    The Discipline of Equilibrium allows the vampire to regulate and redirect the flow of Chi in her body. Masters of Equilibrium commonly concern themselves with maintaining proper Chi balance in their systems; conversely, though, Equilibrium can be used …

  • Feng Shui

    The ancient art of feng shui ("wind and water"), or in Chinese geomancy, is mentioned in several places in Kindred of the East and in World of Darkness: Hong Kong. to mortals, feng shui is the art of the proper placement, construction, and arrangement …

  • Tapestry

    Just as mortal fang shih can manipulate the Middle Kingdom's Chi forces through geomancy, so can certain erudite Kuei-jin use the Discipline of Tapestry to manipulate dragon lines more directly. Through practice of Tapestry, the vampire attunes …

  • Yang Prana

    Kuei-jin are taught many exercises and Rituals to calm, evoke, and control their Chi. The most astute vampires study the ways of the Yin or Yang Prana. The Yang Prana is actually a series of increasingly more difficult forms and postures, which …

  • Yin Prana

    This Discipline, the counterpart to the Yang Prana, allows the vampire to tap into and manipulate her internal Yin energy. Like Yang Prana, Yin Prana relies on motions and postures to utilize the various powers, but these motions are a far cry from …

  • Black Wind

    Allowing the rage of the P'o to channel itself through her body, the Kuei-jin becomes inhumanly swift -- a typhoon of destruction. Essentially, Black Wind is a focused -- or not so focused -- frenzy. While in the Black Wind state, the character gains …

  • Demon Shintai

    Quite simply, this Discipline allows the P'o to manifest itself in the Kuei-jin's body. When this Discipline is activated, the character assumes a monstrous form, appearing as nothing less than a demon-spirit from the Yomi World.

    Characters who …

  • Iron Mountain

    The Demon is strong indeed. With its strength, the Demon sometimes imparts resilience. By calling upon their inner Demons, Kuei-jin who know the arts of the Iron Mountain can withstand hideous amounts of damage. The Demon revels in pain, even its own; …

  • Kiai

    The voice is a powerful thing. It's what sets mortals and shen alike apart from beasts. However, in the hands of a Kuei-jin with the proper training, the voice can become much more than a vehicle for expression -- it can become both a weapon and a …

  • Beast Shintai

    This Shintai Discipline calls upon the power of a Kuei-jin's P'o to allow him to dominate, control, or make use of the beasts of the field. At higher levels, Beast Shintai actually provides the character with a link to a sort of "totem spirit" that …

  • Blood Shintai

    The Blood Shintai Discipline, the Water element analog, concentrates on the ebb and flow of Chi through the character's circulatory system.

    Blood Shintai Disciplines can be attuned to Yin, Yang, or Balance; in the view of a practitioner, Yin …

  • Bone Shintai

    The Bone Shintai, the Metal element analog, is a frightening and forbidding art, the subject of speculation even among Kuei-jin. Closely tied to Yin, practitioners of the Bone Shintai use it to augment the corpselike features of their bodies, to …

  • Flesh Shintai

    The freakish Flesh Shintai is believed to have its roots in the jungles of the Golden Courts, although it's spread throughout the Middle Kingdom. As the Wood element analog, the Flesh Shintai allows a Kuei-jin to channel yang energy through the medium …

  • Ghost-Flame Shintai

    The Ghost-Flame Shintai, the Fire element analog, allows its practitioners to evoke the "shade-time flame"; raw Chi energy from the spirit worlds. This energy manifests as unearthly fire, which radiates from a vampire's eyes, mouth, hands, or entire …

  • Jade Shintai

    The Jade Shintai, the Earth element analog, teaches that all things, even vampires, are but temporary receptacles for the Chi that naturally flows from the Yin and Yang Worlds to the Middle Kingdom. The Jade Shintai bears similarities to the …

  • Smoke Shintai

    The roiling smokes of the volcanoes of the Ring of Fire, the hazy smoke of New Year's firecrackers on the streets of Shanghai, the cordite-laced smoke that lingers in the wake of a Triad gunfight: These are the essence of the Smoke Shintai.

    The …

  • Storm Shintai

    This Shintai Discipline reflects the Cathayans' links to the storms of the pacific and Indian oceans. Most of the middle Kingdom is subject to terrible storms, even monsoons, during the course of every year. Some Kuei-jin, particularly those with …

  • Chi'iu Muh (Dragon Tears)

    According to the sages, the dragons of the early Ages bore opalescent pearls in their foreheads. These pearls were the receptacles and conduits of vast celestial power. Long ago, in happier Ages, the Kuei-jin developed this Discipline to emulate and …

  • Cultivation

    This Soul Discipline is widely distrusted, even among the Kuei-jin. Practitioners of Cultivation learn various techniques for communing with and influencing the P'o -- their own and others'. To a master of Cultivation, the P'o is just another family …

  • Internalize

    The dual soul can be a curse, but Kuei-jin who master Hun and P'o are capable of feats of will far surpassing anything their Kindred rivals can imagine. The Internalize Discipline centers on inner focus and control. Vampires who master it are rare, …

  • Mibasham

    This Discipline, whose name derives from the Farsi (Persian) word for "to be," is concerned with the very nature of existence itself. Kuei-jin who study it are seeking answers to the mysteries of how the Kuei-jin came to be and what their purpose in …

  • Obligation

    In the early Ages, the ancestors of the Kuei-jin walked among mortals as emperors and gods. As divine emissaries, they received Heavenly blessing to command the lesser mortals of the Middle Kingdom. The power of dragons shone in their gaze, and when …

  • Tzu Wei

    Much like Feng Shui, the arts of Tzu Wei grew out of Chinese hedge magic and folklore -- or is it the other way around?

    Tzu Wei, as practiced by mortals, involves the use of Chinese astrology and horoscopes to determine what the future holds …