For the last month or so, Paradox has been bleeding out new game details by introducing fans to one of the several Vampire clans they’ll be able to join in a series of short videos. The latest clan to make our acquaintance are the bohemians of the Toreador clan also known as The Clan of the Rose.
Just like the Toreador clan in the original tabletop RPG that Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 takes it cues from, these creatures of the night are all about art and decadence. This clan has long been established in the city of Seattle, WA where the game takes place, but it turns out even vamps can fall victim to gentrification.
According to the latest Paradox press release, the Toreador are “Beauty-obsessed artists and architects, poets and songwriters, these Kindred have had their hands in shaping Seattle since its pioneer days. As the historic music venues and eccentric mid-century homes make way for expensive high-rise apartment buildings, some wonder if the Clan of the Rose is fading in Seattle.”
Toreador’s powers give them the power to awe onlookers and they really know how to make an entrance. They can also move at speeds so fast that they can’t be seen.
- 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.
There are still several more clans from the table-top version that have yet to be revealed, so the odds are good we’ll have another Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 clan video coming your way next week. Right now the game has no official launch date but is scheduled for a 2020 release. Players who will be at PDXCON this year will be able to try out the first public demo.
Blake Morse posted a new article, Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 reveals Toreador clan
They got it wrong again. Where my Malkavian?
My guess is they save them for DLC, along with Gangrel. Next clan they announce will almost certainly be Ventrue based on the teaser image. I suspect that Lasombra or Nosferatu is last because they don't have a sneaky stealthy clan yet.