The Blood-Dimmed Tide
The Masquerade is the efforts and system of laws required by the Tradition of Secrecy to conceal Kindred existence from the mortal world. According to the Masquerade, vampires must act as mortals do when in the company of the living.
This law is more than a social requirement; it reflects an inherent part of vampiric nature. A Kindred’s reflection (and any photograph or video) appears slightly blurred or grainy. This effect is not enough to stand out at first glance (viewers often assume some flaw or dirt on a lens or mirror), but it is enough to make identifying individuals and their features very difficult. Vampires are able to suppress this effect using their will.
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