The Neonate's Guide to Knoxville - Weapons
I’ve heard old Kindred who’ve been around since the Dark Ages talk about how the scariest thing on the battlefield used to be a Gangrel with claws. Now we can carpet-bomb that Gangrel and he won’t stand a chance. Ah, technology.
All right, so it’s very unlikely that you’re going to be able to call in an airstrike. But modern weaponry has replaced claws and swords on the battlefield, and you should get some. Here’s how.
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Weapons for the Kindred
So just what kind of weaponry do you want? There are some real gun nuts out there. But have you ever seen a gun nut’s collection? Do you know where it is? That’s right, it’s in his house. In his house, on display, where it is almost never picked up. There’s a reason for that. Even if you have licenses for everything, if you walk down the street looking like a small munitions factory you are going to attract the wrong kind of attention. You want things that are concealable. You want things that you can whip out quick if there is danger. And maybe you want to supplement that with a shotgun in the back of your car, but that’s only maybe. There are three basic settings for a Kindred.
- Elysium. In Elysium, there is no fighting allowed. A lot of times there are no weapons allowed, you need to check with the Master of Elysium for that. Even if weapons are allowed, you’re probably better off not bringing them in. They just cause trouble. If you really feel naked without a weapon, you want something small that you can conceal in a jacket pocket without anyone noticing. If they notice your weapon, they get antsy. A Glock 26 is good for that. A little gun. Fits in your pocket. Doesn’t bother anyone. Of course, guns don’t do much to Kindred, so maybe a switchblade to go along with it. Switchblades aren’t very big, but given the fact that bullets tend to blow through Kindred without doing anything, they’re actually more lethal than a gun in close quarters.
- Walking Around. Outside Elysium you still don’t want to be loaded for bear. Keep that rifle in the car, if that. At the same time, out on the streets anything can happen, and you need to be prepared. At this point, it really depends on your style. If you need to make an impression, that means you’re wearing at most a jacket. That limits your options, since you don’t want to openly carry a weapon. An army issue combat knife can be concealed pretty well inside a jacket. If you have a heavier jacket, a bowie knife tears up flesh a little better. I could recommend the Glock 17 to fill out your armament, but most dandies will choose the Walther PPK instead so they can pretend to be James Bond. Whatever. Any concealable handgun will do. Now if you don’t care about style, that’s different. Get yourself a trenchcoat, and put a stake in it. Then put a sword in it. Not one of those ren fest knockoffs, a real sword made to sever heads from bodies. Those are your Kindred killing weapons. Now, it’s tempting to get yourself a Desert Eagle and pretend you’re Dirty Harry. And hey, hand-cannons have their place. But an H&K Mk.23 is made to fit a suppressor, and you can get an Uzi almost anywhere on the street. SMGs and machine pistols put out so many bullets that it can even cut down a Kindred at range, but make sure you have extra clips, and make sure you can use them. If you’re a weakling, get yourself something without as much kickback.
- Going to War. Sometimes you know you’re going to kill things. Now understand, getting spotted by a cop like this is bad. Very, very bad. But here’s what you do when you absolutely have to kill everything in the room. Forget the trenchcoat. It will only get in the way, and some of the stuff you will be carrying just can’t be hidden. A lot of this also depends on your strength. If you’re a weakling, some of this stuff will blow you back into a wall. You don’t want that. Anyway, assuming that you are a hulking battle monster, get yourself either a good fully automatic assault rifle, or a semi-automatic shotgun. That’s your core weapon. You want at least a bowie knife in case they come in close, but unless you’ve been trained in weaponry you’ll probably do more damage with a monster gun. If you can get your hands on some frag grenades, get your hands on them. Otherwise, make yourself some Molotov Cocktails, especially if you’re going after Kindred. Your beast will hate you using them, so keep your beast under control. But when you absolutely must set everything on fire, Molotovs are the way to go. If you’ve got black market contacts, get yourself riot gear. If you don’t, buy a bulletproof vest. Both those will slow you down, but they protect you real good. Just make sure no one sees you before you get there. Wearing any of this stuff in public will bring every cop for miles.
Of course, that’s assuming you don’t have access to military grade tech. If you do, then why the hell are you still reading this, you know what you’ve got.
Gun Licenses and Other Yankee Ideas
Knoxville. You’ve got to love it. See, Kindred in those Yankee states have it really rough, what with all the permits they need for, well, everything, and the fact that carrying a weapon immediately leads to police attention. Let’s face it, when you’re talking about Kindred it does not matter what the law actually says, just whether what you’re doing will attract attention.
And in Tennessee, it doesn’t. For the most part.
It’s all but impossible for a Kindred to get a gun license, since that requires going to a Driver’s Service Center, and they shut down before sunset. Everything else, though, is easy. Eight hours of training, and you can find night classes for that. Permits can be forged, but most of those will not pass a thorough any police check that links up with the state database. Because of that, I recommend Kindred conceal all firearms, as open carry tends to prompt questions.
For one thing, carrying any firearm, knife with a blade longer than four inches, or a club requires a permit. Simply owning these weapons, however, does not. It is illegal to even own explosives, machine guns, short-barreled shotguns, silencers, switchblades, or metal knuckles.
Still, you have Tennessee working in your favor. As long as you have a forged permit, you’ll probably be all right. Just wave it in a nosy cop’s face. Better yet, don’t have any firearms visible on your person. If possible you can actually set up a fake ID that is in the police database, but this takes effort, and often mortal allies.
The Black Market
So what about those weapons that are not legal to sell? Who hasn’t dreamed of firing a shotgun armed with dragonbreath into an assailant? That takes effort. The Black Market is black for a reason. It is invisible. There is no physical location, no place where an outsider can just stroll in and buy illegal materials. You have to know about it, and more importantly, they have to know and trust you. That means having Allies. Normally allies in a criminal organization. You may have allies in the Military, but convincing them to give you military weaponry will be difficult. Not impossible, but difficult.
Just having allies is not enough, however. Then there are negotiations. Black market weapons are not in ready supply. They have to be found, brought in, and sold, often at a significant risk to all involved. Be prepared to have a great deal of skill in negotiating with criminal elements to pull this off. Of course if you happen to be a member of a criminal organization, that works too.
Some things, like civilian-legal guns and ammo, are fairly easy to get. Any mook in a gang can get a Glock. SMGs, exotic ammo, silencers, and industrial explosives take more doing, you need friends with connections to bring those in. Don’t even try grenades or machine guns unless you have some serious clout with the local criminal elements.
Of course, taking the time to get black market weaponry has its advantages. For one thing, the weapons can’t be traced back to you. That alone is worth the extra cost you’ll pay for illegal arms.