House Rules - Blood Bond
Blood Powers, magic, even the transformation from human to vampire itself, have supernatural elements. However, all of these also have many plausible, mundane explanations and are not wholly mystical. In addition to those mentioned, some might even say separate, is the Blood Bond. Created whenever a vampire sires a new protégé, the Blood Bond inextricably binds them together, with the controlling power residing with the sire. This is an emotional as well as mental influence that allows the sire to maintain a level of control. As the new vampire grows older, the sire can begin to rescind that control, although this is not compulsory. However, retaining too strong a blood bond almost always results in the protégé’s growth and development of their powers being stunted.
Using the Blood Bond, the sire is able to compel and subtly influence his or her protégé, although mental problems may arise from those compels and influences being too intrusive, or forcing the protégé to indulge in things that go against their beliefs. Allowing ones protégé to grow and develop, whilst educating and supporting them, is key if a vampire is to produce loyal and productive protégé.
This is the Blood Bond at it’s most basic. Learning to use it without causing long term harm takes a lot of practice. Most sires are encouraged to take a slow but firm approach. Controlling a new vampire is of the utmost importance. This is a new life accompanied by the realisation that the world is not what one thought it was. This in itself causes huge mental strain, so a slow introduction to protégé’s new existence is vital. Subtlety and discretion is strongly advised, especially when it comes to feeding. Drinking human blood is a big psychological hurdle that most struggle to overcome and so an unobtrusive compel can help ameliorate that mental revulsion.