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The Succubus Club
The Succubus Club Sourcebook Cover, written by Andrew Greenberg, Graeme Davis, Bill Bridges, Lisa Stevens, Nigel Findley and Steve Crow
The Succubus Club Sourcebook Cover, written by Andrew Greenberg, Graeme Davis, Bill Bridges, Lisa Stevens, Nigel Findley and Steve Crow
Author(s) Andrew Greenberg, Graeme Davis, Bill Bridges, Lisa Stevens, Nigel Findley and Steve Crow
Series Vampire the Masquerade
Genre(s) Role Playing Games
Publisher White Wolf Games
Publication date 1991
Media type Paperback
eBook
Length 145 Pages
ISBN 978-1565040113
Succubus Club: Dead Man's Party
Succubus Club: Dead Man's Party Sourcebook Cover, written by Richard Chillot, Christopher Kobar and Mark Rein-Hagen
Succubus Club: Dead Man's Party Sourcebook Cover, written by Richard Chillot, Christopher Kobar and Mark Rein-Hagen
Author(s) Richard Chillot
Christopher Kobar
Mark Rein-Hagen
Series Vampire the Masquerade
Genre(s) Role Playing Games
Publisher White Wolf Games
Publication date May 2003
Media type Paperback
eBook
Length 87 Pages
ISBN 9781588462404

For other uses of the word Succubus, see Succubus (disambiguation).


The Succubus Club is an iconic nightclub run by vampires in the Classic World of Darkness role playing game. Originally the foremost of Chicago's Elysia, a franchise of the club took its activities on the road in the late 1990s, moving from one American city to another.

The Succubus Club was featured in two sourcebooks for the World of Darkness role playing game. The first, The Succubus Club, was written by Andrew Greenberg, Graeme Davis, Bill Bridges, Lisa Stevens, Nigel Findley and Steve Crow and was one of the eight original books published for Vampire: the Masquerade in 1991.

The second, Succubus Club: Dead Man's Party, was written by Richard Chillot, Christopher Kobar and Mark Rein-Hagen, released in 2003 and provided more detail on the social structure, event planning, and character backgrounds.


History

The original site of the Succubus Club was opened in Chicago in 1982 under the management of Brennon Thornhill, childe of Chicago's Prince Lodin. The club served as the premier meeting place and Elysium of most of the vampires of the greater Chicago area (including many of the Kindred of Gary, Indiana). The Club was actually constructed over the haven of the torpid Methuselah Helena, thanks to the efforts of her ghoul, Prias.

In 1993, the War of Chicago erupted between the Kindred and Lupines of the greater Chicago area. In a Lupine assault on the Club, a number of Kindred were slain, including Thornhill. The Club reopened not long after under the guidance of the neonate "Portia" — actually a cover identity for Helena herself, who had awakened in 1991. Several years later, an actual neonate took on the identity of Portia and established a mobile Succubus Club in homage to the original.


Description

The ancient brick warehouse which holds the Succubus Club looms over State Street like a brooding titan, projecting an image of solidity and stability which belies the madness within. A sense of the Succubus Club's true nature begins with a look at the hordes of people outside, all struggling and battling to be let in. Two hulking bouncers stand guard at the double doors, more on the look out for the unstylish than the underage.

Among the people cajoling, threatening and even begging for a chance to get inside are punks, gangstas, Yuppies, Blood Dolls, bikers, executives, college students and middle-aged music lovers. They mill around the front of the club, stand in lines which usually stretch down the block and tie up traffic all along the road. The bouncers maintain a strict yet unwritten entrance policy which stresses style more than anything else. The parking lot lacks enough spaces to meet the demand, so cars circling the block on the hunt for a space bog down with the taxis, buses and thru traffic. Weekends as the Club's busiest time, but while nowhere near as crowded on weeknights, the Club still manages to draw on a large regular clientele.

When open, the Succubus Club is never empty. The regulars provide the club with the cash flow it requires to stay operating, while the weekend rush gives it its substantial operating profit. The regulars, primarily Blood Dolls and trendy Yuppies, remain primarily on the club's ground floor. They only venture into the infamous basement labyrinth on those rare occasions when they seek more dangerous thrills.

Layout of the Succubus Club

The layout of Succubus Club is not unique. It is as large as the most clubs in Los Angeles and New York and has a reputation as one of the most unique of the mega clubs. In terms of size the Succubus Club rivals anything on the two coasts, but when it comes to atmosphere the Succubus Club surpasses them all. Extravagant amounts of money were spent in the design of the club, the procurement of the very best in sound equipment, lights and decoration.

The Succubus Club is divided into three different areas which act as three completely different nightclubs. There is the punk hangout in the basement, known as the "Labyrinth", a central club located on the main floor and as "Reality," and a large balcony above and overlooking Reality known as "Elysium". The Labyrinth has its own outside entrance in the back of the club and is clearly marked with its own neon sign. A number of signs at the top of the stairs indicate when one enters Elysium, but "Reality" is only an nickname marked by no signs. Other areas of note are the VIP Lounge and Brennon Thornhill's private suite, as well as the Helena's secret haven located in the basement.

The Succubus Club's Name

Brennon Thornhill's one disappointment regarding his club comes from its name. Originally conceived of as the Succubus, an artist painted "Succubus Club" on the sign in error and clubworkers put it up before Brennon had a chance to correct the error. The name caught on so quickly that Brennon has since been unwilling to change the sign and the name of the Club has passed into legend.


The Succubus Club Sourcebook

The Succubus Club is a sourcebook for Vampire: The Masquerade, and built upon information established in Chicago by Night, including information on hotspots of Chicago nightlife. The sourcebook was written by Andrew Greenberg, Graeme Davis, Bill Bridges, Lisa Stevens, Nigel Findley and Steve Crow and was one of the eight original books published for Vampire: the Masquerade in 1991. The work describes the Club as the most notorious nightspots in the Chicago Rack. Included are a complete description of the club and six complete one-chapter stories, each story set within the confines of the Club.


Succubus Club: Dead Man's Party Sourcebook

Succubus Club: Dead Man's Party was the second sourcebook that referenced the Succubus Club and was written by Richard Chillot, Christopher Kobar and Mark Rein-Hagen, released in 2003 and provided more detail on the social structure, event planning, and character backgrounds. Included is information on planning a social affair from concept to implementation (and aftermath) and how to participate in the social structure of the undead within the game universe.


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