The LGBT community is also dissatisfied, but the developers have already apologized to it.
The American company White Wolf has released a fifth of the board role-playing game Vampire: The Masquerade. She is dedicated to how vampires live in 2018. One of the chapters describes Chechnya headed by “Sultan Ramzan.” I got acquainted with the plot of the game “Kommersant”.
In the story, Chechnya is actually ruled by vampires who drink the blood of local residents. The head of the republic is listed as “Sultan Ramzan”, he submits to vampires and hides the truth about them from the Russian authorities. In addition, according to the authors of the game, the statements of human rights activists about the persecution of LGBT people in Chechnya are “smart manipulation of the media” to divert attention from vampires.
The game also mentions the division of the Chechen community into numerous tapes – according to the plot, the player can join one of them. Each teip is ruled by a vampire elder who forms the supreme council of The Duma. For a long time, the supreme elder of Chechen vampires was Imam Shamil. He allegedly created the Abrek organization, whose members organized the Islamic State. In 2018, Abrek allegedly fully controls Chechnya.
According to the plot, on the territory of the republic there are more than 75 sites where vampires feed – they are disguised as gyms or other social facilities. Most of the people are treated as vampires as “livestock products”, and all the passports of all mortals in Chechnya indicate their blood types. In addition, Chechen vampires have a distinctive external feature – “broken or torn ears.”
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Ramzan is the anemic head of the regime. He was promised immortality, and therefore he is none other than the puppet of Abrek. Due to the fact that he can endure daylight, Ramzan is used as a representative of [Arbek] and he received supporters in Grozny and Moscow – some of them fought with government forces during the First Chechen War. In the eyes of Russia, Ramzan is the real leader of Chechnya and the people. Ramzan is prone to childishness and his favorite fun is a zoo with zombies tigers, lions, pumas and panthers, which he feeds exclusively on blood and flesh.[/perfectpullquote]
According to the authors, statements by human rights defenders about the persecution of LGBT people in Chechnya are required to conceal the existence of vampires in the region.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]International discussions about the persecution of homosexuals are only smart manipulations of the media, designed to focus on Sharia law, and distract from the internal affairs of the republic. While homosexuals are in fact detained, humiliated, starved, tortured, and possibly fed [to someone] and killed, this is not the main thing. The main thing is to divert attention from what Chechnya has become. It is alleged that any kind of “homosexual behavior” is severely punished.[/perfectpullquote]
The story explaining the persecution of gays in Chechnya by the desire to hide the power of vampires, has caused criticism among representatives and fans of the gaming industry.
The latest Vampire: The Masquerade sourcebook frames the very real anti-LGBTQ purges in Chechnya as an in-fiction smokescreen for vampire activity. White Wolf Publishing should be ashamed. https://t.co/Nxs7TbwoYJ
— Jess Morrissette (@decafjedi) November 8, 2018
Former White Wolf employee game designer Joseph Carriker called theexplanations of the developers “cryingly ugly.” He said “Kommersant” that the game transforms real deaths “into a bright trick, with the help of which vampires hide the truth about their existence.” On November 10, White Wolf apologized and acknowledged that some of the topics in recent books may be “cruel and insensitive.”
A spokesman for the head of the Chechen Republic, Alvi Karimov, told Kommersant that the game developers “decided to promote the popularity of Chechnya and its leaders,” but at the same time they were pursuing a political goal to blacken Russia and Chechnya.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]I am confident that behind it are the same organizations that claimed the alleged persecution of sexual minorities. They themselves released the game, now they themselves criticize it – this is the real game. Immoral and shameless.[/perfectpullquote]
The Chechen Minister for National Policy and External Relations, Jambulat Umarov, did not rule out the likelihood of legal proceedings in connection with the mention of the republic in a “negative context,” TASS reports .
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]This is the shameless behavior of various dealers who deceive people with illusions. We are in a state of information war. I do not exclude – and this probability is large enough – that we will apply to the courts.[/perfectpullquote]