Three clans are returning to Vampire: The Masquerade, as the Tzimisce, Ravnos, and Salubri will be included in an upcoming free book.
In the lore of Vampire: The Masquerade, there are 13 clans that are descended from Caine, the first vampire. Clan Tzimisce is one of the most sadistic clans of all, as their Discipline of Vicissitude allows them to shape the flesh and bone of those they touch. The Tzimisce are known for using their powers to create hideous monsters as servants. Clan Ravnos were known as wanderers, except in their homeland of India. They possess the unique Discipline of Chimerstry, which can create illusions. Clan Salubri were the healers of vampire society and vicious enemies of the demonic Clan Baali. Only a handful of Salubri exist in the modern nights, as they were annihilated and replaced by the mages of Clan Tremere.
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The core rulebook for Vampire: The Masquerade has rules for some of the clans, but many from the earlier editions of the game are still missing. Paradox Interactive has announced a free book called Vampire: The Masquerade Companion, which will be released in December. Vampire: The Masquerade Companion will include rules and disciplines for Clan Tzimisce, Ravnos, and Salubri. Vampire: The Masquerade Companion will introduce rules for playing as ghouls and mortals in the game, as well as including updates for rules in the existing core rulebook. The book will also include new Merits for players to use for their characters. A new video on the World of Darkness YouTube channel has discussed some of the changes to the clans.
The new Ravnos are deceivers and tricksters, with the ability to induce hallucinations in other people. Their clan bane involves experiencing nightmares of events from the clan’s history. The new Tzimisce are obsessed with control, and their disciple of Vicissitude remains as potent (and terrifying) as ever. There are seven Salubri remaining in the world and they possess unique powers that let them heal the emotional and physical wounds of other vampires.
It will be interesting to see how these returning clans will be brought into the existing lore of the game. Clan Salubri were supposed to be destroyed at the hands of the Tremere, the Ravnos were almost wiped out when their own Antideluvian awoke in the Final Nights, and the Tzimisce (along with the Sabbat as a whole) were taken down the by Second Inquisition. Big changes are coming to the World of Darkness, and the return of the Tzimisce means Kindred all over the globe should start arming themselves for war.
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Vampire: The Masquerade Companion will be released for free as a PDF in December.
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