∙ .... every other car that turns the corner is a new sports car with some bad-ass behind the wheel.
∙ .... that same bad-ass rams that new sports car into the side of a building because he botched his damn roll.
∙ .... lightning does occasionally strike on a clear night.
∙ .... a city block is destroyed because a 'gas main' blew.
∙ .... that same city block is completely repaired the next week.
∙ .... you're the only one in a club because every other person has Obfuscate and is using it and you don't.
∙ ... every person you meet on the street is a Mage, Werewolf, or Vampire pretending to be human.
∙ .... people just fall out of the sky and land next to you...(Malkavians who thought they could fly, so they jumped from a plane at 20,000 feet).
∙ .... if you have every heard, "OK, I am going to jump off the roof and right before I hit the ground I'm going to Earth Meld."
∙ .. there are over thirteen Vampire Clans fighting to secretly control humanity
∙ ... there are a bunch of mages casting spells and fighting the Technocracy, which also happens to be secretly controlling humanity.
∙ ... shapechangers are fighting the Wyrm-controlled Pentex Corporation—which also, coincidentally, secretly controls humanity.
∙ ... there are wraiths and the Fae running around, if not trying to control humanity, then at least interfere with it.
∙ ... there are numerous other wackos, religious cults and terrorist organizations, all trying to kill something.
∙ ... (and this is the kicker) despite all of this, humanity, in general, does not have a f---ing clue as to what is happening right under their noses.
∙ ...the mortal Goths out number the rest of the population two to one.
∙ ... the word “Prince” does not make you think of the son of a king first.
∙ ... a witness says "It looked like some big guy in a wolf costume" to the cop asking questions.
∙ ... the cops are always two minutes late in getting to the scene of the crime, and the person at fault has long since left.
∙ ...the magic show in Las Vegas is real, and no one but his friends know.
∙ ... white tigers are more common than orange ones. (Khan Bastet in my group’s games)
∙ ... Stephen King and other horror fiction authors have nothing on the "real" world.
∙ ... New York is safe in the streets around Central Park.
∙ .. you can blame the last post's lack of content on Nosferatu Hackers, instead of a screwup.
∙ ...the revolutionaries with no Resources and no fixed address have cell phones and e-mail.
∙ ..... Night Court handles things like traffic tickets.
∙ ..... you realize even the podunk towns have stores that are all open until 10:00 pm.
∙ .... the liquor board never checks up on complaints about funny-tasting red "wine"
∙ ......the Department of Public Health issues concerned statements about mass anemia among the poor and downtrodden.
∙ .... you wake up in a small dark room and you're dead..
∙ .... you can find a gun shop open 24/7
∙ .... you see a man piss on the ground and sidestep reality.
∙ .... every club is open till sunrise.
∙ ... you see a man running down the street, trip, and stake himself on a toothpick.
∙ ... you see a man take two full Uzi clips into the chest, two grenades in the back, a sword through his side, and a knife in the head and all he says is "Ouch, that kinda itches a little.."
∙ .. the moon is full every time you can actually see it through all the rolling, thunderous storm clouds.
∙ ... nobody figures out that the bloody Tremere headquarters is located in the 100-plus-floor-skyscraper made out of black marble and covered with gargoyles which seem to have changed position every time you look at them.
∙ ... vampires look more alive than normal people, because they actually try to look like normal people, while the normal people try to look like vampires. It gets confusing sometimes.
∙ ... nobody thought The Crow had a dark and brooding atmosphere or a Gothic feel to it. "It was very realistic," people say.
∙ ... conversations don't begin with 'How was your day?' but 'How many people did you kill today?'
∙ ... the leading cause of death in the world is exsanguination.
∙ ... half the dead people you know still drop by for a visit every once in a while.
∙ ... there are no human-owned companies.
∙ ... repressed memories are the most common psychological problem, due to the Veil, Delirium, Dominate 3, etc.
∙ ... Fox Mulder is the head of the FBI.
∙ ... everyone you know has Appearance 5 or 6 but you.
∙ ... your son finds it necessary to "battle the Wyrm" every goddamn night
∙ ... half the population disappears during the day
∙ ... the government invests in extraterrestrial-detecting glasses and uses them on senators
∙ ... the congress investigates the president to find where THEY can find good hookers for a reasonable price
∙ ... you're a serial killer and your victim ate you
∙ ... you try to take candy from a baby and get shot
∙ ... you can swear you smell a rotting corpse but it is just the local panhandlers
∙ .... every black leather coat is sold out.
∙ ... Luxembourg is located in Scandinavia.
∙ ... vampires in Denmark have trouble with "Midnight Sun".
∙ .. every episode of the Twilight Zone is a lame documentary film.
∙ ... "the dinner is served" man looks an awful lot like the leather nut from Pulp Fiction.
∙ ... every potentially instructive topic is presented as a "dark and mysterious secret".
∙ ... your writing does not compensate for your absolute lack of knowledge in geography and demographics.
∙ ... you can go on to say: "Hey! It is my idea! I know where I want to go with this!" and people pay you for it.
∙ ... shining wealth and third world poverty crowd together in a single city.
∙ ...corporations buy and sell lives like POGs.
∙ ...psychotic militant groups and fringe religious cults throw hatred and violence at people who don't deserve it.
∙ ... personal success is proportional to the amount of people you step on.
∙ ... you regularly hear sirens off in the distance every five minutes.
∙ ... you can learn a lot about life by just talking to a street prostitute.
∙ ...the weather forecast goes along these lines—"Cloudy. Chance of rain. Pretty much the same for the rest of the week."
∙ ...you hear your next door neighbor beating up on his wife/kid/dog on a regular basis.
∙ ...Walking to and from work is an exercise in hoping you get there safely.
∙ ...The tabloids are more believable than regular newspapers.
∙ ...There are several really cool nightclubs where Goths hang out.
∙ ...you at least once woke up somewhere not knowing how you got there. You feel slightly drained and you neck hurts...
∙ .. the head of the art gallery looks at you funny and keeps calling you "mortal".
∙ ... the obituaries take up more room in the paper than the stock reports.
∙ ... your town has the following: cemetery, occult shop, Gothic-looking art museum, more cemeteries, gun shops, knife shops, sword shops, cemeteries, and four blood banks, for a population of 3500 and falling.
∙ .... everyone on the street has a poorly-concealed shotgun underneath their long trenchcoat.
∙ .. pigeons try to crap on church statues and they get their heads ripped off. (Gargoyles, if you didn't get that one)
∙ ... every radio station plays nothing but Switchblade Symphony, Type O Negative, Rosetta Stone, Fields of Nephlim, and Eva O Hallo.
∙ ... every motorcycle is either a Harley, or "That cool one from Crow 2".
∙ ... every suit is accented with lace and ruffles, a cane (with a sword inside it), a cape, and a top hat.
∙ ... you see forty to fifty rats running down the street in a tight pack in the same direction, and it doesn't bother you the least bit.
∙ ... you go to see John Carpenter's Vampires, and the whole movie you keep hearing people saying, "What a moron! I can do that ten times better than he can!"
∙ ... your grandmother wants you to start dating "some nice, human girl"
∙ ... the Rocky Horror Picture Show manages to launch the careers of several stars, like Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry and Barry Bostwi...never mind...
∙ ... every one of us who has ever accessed this web site is murdered in our sleep for "knowing too much"
∙ .. the only time a city gets any sunshine, it's for the surreal awe and innocence scene just before it gets obliterated by a pissed-off Mage with Forces 5/Prime 2
∙ ...Everybody wears fedoras and trenchcoats with a bulge at the side.
∙ ...Kids in Third World countries are working as fast as they can to dye clothes black.
∙ ...A body with half the blood gone, and no wounds, comes rolling into the morgue and nobody is surprised.
∙ ...You stub your toe on the street, and a guy in a black cape with an Omega symbol clasp appears out of an alley, holding a gun, muttering something about “Returning to the Wheel...”
∙ ...Poe, Shelly, Byron, and Lovecraft are put in the non-fiction section at the library.
∙ ...The Pale Biker Thugs run away when you introduce yourself as "David Giovanni."
∙ ...You see an ad in a local tabloid for Dr. Vladimir's scalpel-less cosmetic surgery.
∙ ...Half of the people you interview for the job as the Driver of the Red Cross "Blood Mobile" say they can't work day hours.
∙ ...There are at least a half-dozen abandoned Gothic Cathedrals in the city.
∙ ...everybody in the city has, at least once, seen a wild dog attack; woken up pale and tired after picking somebody up in a club; or had a bad dream about big blue people with hammers after scolding a six year-old that there are no monsters under the bed.