Names

  • “Penanggalan/Manananggal” in the Philippines and Indonesia
  • “Krasue” in Thailand and Laos
  • “Ap” in Cambodia
  • “Leyak” in Bali
  • “Nukekubi” in Japan

Forms

They have two forms.
The first is the “hunting form” – which takes the form of a stunningly beautiful person. This form is difficult to harm, and is quite often a practitioner of “black magic.” Though it does not like the sunlight, nor the daylight hours, it can operate and function during the day without too much difficulty.
The second form is the “floating horror form” – The head separates from the neck and all of the interior organs (esophagus, heart, lungs, intestines, etc.) come up and out with the head. It levitates and flies around and the tongue elongates into a mosquito like proboscis and the mouth gains fangs.

Feeding

The creature feeds on the raw innards of human beings. Fear is like a sweet sauce for their feeding and the beast will do nearly anything in its power to maximize the fear prior to actually killing the victim and eating its fill. The only thing these creatures like more than raw innards of adults? The placenta of a mother and the unborn fetus.
These creatures will subsist on animal innards when/where slaying humans would give away its presence (or if its trying desperately to not give in to its monstrous nature) but eventually they always succumb to the “lure” of raw human innards sweetened with fear.

Tells

Just like sometimes the “flesh mask” of the Red Court slips, hunters that know what to look for can occasionally see the writhing innards around/below the collar bones and or the “seam” where the neck and the detachable head go together. Because of this, the creatures prefer to have tattoos around the seam, wear high collars, and/or wear chokers and necklaces.
Sometimes when they succumb to their Hunger, locals that live nearby will find animal corpses with their innards eaten and this is often a clue that one of them is in the area… but people are quick to dismiss such things as animal attacks.

Reproduction

Luckily (or perhaps ‘horrifyingly’ depending on your point of view) the Jade Court does not replenish its numbers easily. Two things are required to create the circumstances necessary to bring a new one into existence.
  1. One, violent and “wronged” death. – Any death that has a good chance of creating a “ghost” is the same kind of death that creates a new creature of the Jade Court.
    • “Free Ticket” – Dabblers in “black magic” who knowingly or unknowingly carry the bloodline taint of the Jade Court (see #2 below) will always rise as one upon anything but a natural death due to old age.
  2. Two, heredity. – There are entire bloodlines and families “infected” with the latent curse of the Jade Court throughout all of Southeast Asia, Japan, or the Asian Diaspora. Though the creatures can no longer bear or beget offspring, any offspring prior continue to carry the bloodline taint.

Musts

A Jade Court Vampire must have an appropriate High Concept and the following Powers:

Flesh Mask [-1]
Feeding Dependency (Human Innards) [+1] affecting:
Inhuman Toughness [-2]
Inhuman Recovery [-2]
The Catch (Plant thorns and attacks to the innards) [+2]
Human Form [+1] affecting:
Claws [-1]
Flight [-1]
Incite Lasting Fear At Range [-3]

Options

Some elder Jade Court Vampires can use Thaumaturgy. The Jade Court is subject to the Laws, but they usually embrace the corruption of Lawbreaking.

Minimum Refresh Cost

-6