It’s all about power (and telepathy)
The Bloodlines 2 team has revealed another vampiric clan: the Ventrue.
The fourth clan to be revealed for Hardsuit Lab’s sequel to Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines, the Ventrue are “known throughout history as kings and kingmakers, the Ventrue are Machiavellian vampires who utilize their cunning, patience and iron will to rule,” according to a release from the team at Paradox Interactive.
The Ventrue clan relies on powers of mental domination to influence the minds of mortals to gain and consolidate socio-political power around the world. According to Paradox:
The Ventrue are the guardians of the Masquerade and Princes of uncounted cities. It runs in their blood to be obeyed. Using their signature Discipline, Dominate, a Ventrue gains the power to control the actions and manipulate the memories of others. Fortitude is the Ventrue’s Discipline of physical resilience and allows them to outlast their foes.
Mesmerize – Allows the Ventrue to place one NPC in a brief hypnotic trance. The person so affected is oblivious to the world around them, ignoring sound, touch and even pain.
Command – Significantly extends the Ventrue’s control over the Mesmerized NPC. They can now be ordered to move, remove obstacles, or even attack others.
Using Dominate powers is not a Masquerade violation.
Absorb – Allows the vampire to take a brief defensive stance in which they may deflect all attacks they can see, healing their wounds for every would-be strike.
Personal Armor – Hardens the vampire’s skin into a stone-like barrier.
Allowing a mortal to witness your Fortitude under attack is a Masquerade Violation.
What do you think of Bloodlines 2’s latest clan reveal? Check out the other clans that have been revealed so far, the Brujah, the Toreador, 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.
JR is IGN’s Senior Editor of Features, and can’t wait to write a political thriller based on his Bloodlines story; he’ll probably call it “The Manchurian Candidate (Who Is Also A Vampire)”. You can tell him this is a bad idea on Twitter.