Ever since Paradox Interactive announced Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2, we’ve been seeing a slow bleed of details regarding the various clans that players will be able to choose from in-game. Today’s reveal is the Tremere clan. The Tremere are scholarly and learned in the ways of ancient blood magic. They’re both feared and respected by their rival vampire clans due to their sheer mystical power.
According to today’s press release, the Temere can cause some serious damage with their skills by creating blood spikes, or even making people’s blood boil until they explode. While some abilities are subtle and can be used without detection, busting out some of these abilities in front of humans could reveal the existence of vamps to the rest of the world, so players will have to be wary of when and how they use these skills.
Skewer - Launches a small portion of the vampire’s blood at the feet of their enemies, where it erupts in a patch of razor-sharp spikes. Once they dissolve, a stream of blood flows back to the caster.
Purge - Allows the vampire to make their victims vomit up blood, damaging them heavily. A stream of blood flows back to the caster.
Blood Boil - A master of Thaumaturgy may cast Purge for a second time on an affected NPC, causing the blood in their veins to sear. The wretch explodes within moments; bystanders in a large area are damaged. Blood from each victim streams back to the caster.
Use of Thaumaturgy in front of witnesses is a Masquerade Violation.
Aura Sense - Allows the vampire to spot NPCs even through walls, read crowds at a glance, and mark individuals to keep them in their sights over long distances. It also allows the user to spot the weaknesses in a marked NPC’s attack and defense.
Psychic Projection - Detaches the vampire’s mind from their body. Untethered, they can explore the area in astral form, remaining free to use Aura Sight to mark any character they spot. Beyond that, the vampire’s mastery of their own senses has grown to such an extent that they can telepathically overwhelm the senses of others for a short while.
Use of Auspex is not a Masquerade Violation.
The Tremere are just one of several clans that players will be able to choose from in Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 each with their unique skill sets and character archetypes. While clan reveals have been rolling out steadily there are still several more from the table-top RPG that have yet to be announced. Right now Bloodlines 2 is set for a 2020 launch window, so there’s still plenty of time for more clans to emerge from the shadows. We’ll be sure to keep you up to date with all the latest announcements as they come our way. In the meantime, fans who attend this year's PDXCON will be able to get the first public hands-on demo with the upcoming game.