A Domain is an important location within a city that can be influenced, controlled or outright bought by a character. They confer certain bonuses on the character that ‘owns’ them and need to be acquired through the use of Backgrounds.
|Domain Categories||Primary Skills Needed|
|Academia||academics or investigation|
|Bureaucracy||bureaucracy or finance|
|Legal||bureaucracy or academics|
|Entertainment||persuasion or expression|
|Financial||finance or bureaucracy|
|Health||medicine or technology|
|High Society||high society or expression|
|Law Enforcement||intimidate or security|
|Media||investigate or expression|
|Occult||academics or enigmas|
|Politics||politics or expression|
|Religion||academics or expression|
|Transportation||politics or technology|
|Street||streetwise or persuasion|
|Underworld||intimidate or subterfuge|
Base difficulty is 6.
If the attacking character does not have the Primary skill, any skill may be used if appropriate at +1 difficulty.
If the attacking character is using an appropriate City Influence, the difficulty is not altered. If using an inappropriate Influence, the difficulty is +2
Health levels per level of domain are 2 for unowned Domain Dots. The Level of the Domain dots for characters (PCs and NPCs) is determined by the Ability levels for player owned dots. So a player with Health 3 will have a Health Domain with 3 'health levels' per Domain dot.
Once a player controls every Dot of a Domain he could petition his Faction Leader to acknowledge that the character is the sanctioned owner of that domain. Some Factions have an intricate bureaucracy in regard to Domains (Ie.Kindred)
Backgrounds may be used at game or in Down Times. If the situation warrants the use of a background Staff will inform the player and one or more dots will be 'tapped' (filled in on the character sheet.). Rolls will be made and the background will be tapped. All Backgrounds untap at the end of the downtime phase of each game. this means that Backgrounds that were tapped during game can't be used for actions in between games during the same game session. (Ex: Someone with a 3 in Contacts wants to find information out during game, their dots is 'tapped' at game (bubbled in by Staff) and rolls are made. They cannot be used for that session's Down Times as well.
Once Downtime actions are concluded all Background dots are untapped/refreshed to be used again at the next game.