Lay Your Black Hand Upon Onyx Path’s Guide To The Tal’Mahe’Ra

April 7, 2016 by dracs

Onyx Path Publishing have released a supplement for Vampire: The Masquearade Anniversary Edition detailing one of the most secretive sects of the Classic World of Darkness. It’s time to learn the truth in The Black Hand: A Guide To The Tal’Mahe’Ra.

The Black Hand

The Black Hand is apparently a subsect within the ranks of the Sabbat, the society of vampires that traditionally serves as the standard antagonists for the game.

Yet, there is reportedly an even older society working in the shadows; the Tal’Mahe’Ra, also known as the True Black Hand, who seek to serve the ancient Antediluvian vampires during the final nights.

However, the cover art suggests to me that this guide book may allow players to participate in rather more complex clandestine matters. Here we see what appears to be a meeting between a vampire, a human and a werewolf!

Seeing vampires and werewolves not trying to tear one another to shreds is rare enough, so I’m hoping we might see some intriguing collaboration between the different supernatural races.

Every interaction, every fight, every clandestine meeting, it’s all about the truth. The truth hurts. The truth kills. But in the end, the truth protects. The truth shapes the world. Shape the world with us.

This book updates the Black Hand conspiracy to take place in the world of the 21st century, teaches you the new eldritch powers and disciplines used by its members, and details the subsects within the Hand itself.

All of this means this should prove a vital sourcebook for anyone wanting to look deeper into the Classic World of Darkness and will provide players and Games Masters with plenty to work with when thinking up characters and stories.

Will you pick this up from Onyx Path? Can you tell us more about this sinister vampire conspiracy?

"The Tal'Mahe'Ra, also known as the True Black Hand, seek to serve the ancient Antediluvian vampires during the final nights."