Paradox Interactive has revealed yet another clan appearing in Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2.
Clans are vampiric factions sharing a bloodline, and the Toreador’s is one of the oldest and most influential of the vampire families. Known for their creative spirits and artistic sensibilities (as well as their hedonistic nature), the Toreador – also known as the Clan of the Rose – use their wisdom and charismatic presence to shape and influence the cultural milieu of their environment. In Bloodlines 2’s Seattle, the Toreador are some of the city’s most venerated artists, poets, performers, and architects.
Players who decide to join the Toreador clan during their adventure will use their charismatic wiles (and some vampiric magic) to charm crowds and train their bodies to push the limits of their physical capabilities. According to Paradox:
Toreador are creators with the ability to capture a room like no other Kindred, using the discipline of Presence to turn a crowd into an audience, distraction into rapt attention, and aggression into adoration. They also utilize Celerity to push their bodies to incredible speeds.
Awe: Strike a pose that freezes all before you in adoring wonder. For a short time after, new admirers are oblivious to anything other than what they’ve just witnessed.
Entrance: Form a group of admirers around the vampire, following along and distracting nearby enemies.
Public use of Presence abilities does not constitute a Masquerade violation.
Unseen Storm – Dash in any direction with such speed that you momentarily disappear from view, allowing you to land attacks, dodge around enemies, or get away before the dust has settled. Upgrades further enhance the effects of Unseen Storm.
Accelerate – Move so fast that everything else in the world appears to slow down to a standstill. Assailants seem frozen in their attacks, cars crawl forward, bullets zip by lazily, and the vampire can perform stunts that, with an 80’s synth track in the background, would make for an awesome movie scene. Upgrades further enhance the effects of Accelerate.
Use of Celerity before mortals is a Masquerade violation.
What do you think of this newly-announced clan? Check out the other clans that have been revealed so far, the Brujah and the Tremere, and be sure to check out what we thought of a full half-hour demo of Bloodlines 2 we got when the game was revealed during GDC 2019.
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