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It's time for the fourth clan announcement, sit yourself down on this leather chesterfield, pour a glass of blood wine and enjoy .

Missed the stream, not a problem, you can catch the VOD right here on Twitch. Florian delights and dazzles this week, regaling us with the history of one of Seattle's clans, the Toreador.


We do not choose to enter this life, hungering and helpless, we come into this stale and plain world. So we spend out time searching for that one sublime revelation to fill the void, to lose ourselves in beauty and perfection. Beauty can be elegant, seductive, full of pleasure, raw, violent, lethal. Let me help us find it, to lose ourselves.

Come closer, I am a beautiful way to die.
Toreador

From its music, gardens and parks, and iconic architecture, it would almost appear as though Seattle was shaped by artists. And with good reason - two of Seattle's former Princes were Toreador, and they remain one of the most numerous Kindred in the city. Influencing the political, social, and cultural elite, the Toreador have been well entrenched within Seattle's power structure since its days as a pioneer settlement. One look at the modern landscape of Downtown could paint a different picture - as if the massive cranes reshaping the city represent hands plucking the petals off of the rose. Another music venue gets demolished, a block of cookie-cutter townhouses replaces a mid-century modern home, an eccentric district becomes a family-friendly shadow of itself. You will still find the Toreador on the arms of the influential and on the dance floor of exclusive clubs, but there is a sense that this clan is partying like it's their last.

Obsessed with beauty in all forms, there are those Toreador who would claim that their Clan only chooses the most accomplished artists of each generation - whether they wielded the brush, the pen, their voice, body or mind. It'd only be half a lie. There are true visionaries among the Clan of the Rose, but it also contains its share of one-hit wonders and posers embraced in a moment of fleeting passion. All of them are cursed to spend eternity between the short-lived bliss of true beauty... And the ever-increasing spans of ennui in between. Ever seeking the next surprise, the next experience, the next chance to feel, some Toreador descend into depravity. Others fight grimly to retain the shreds of their humanity, whether by immersing or withdrawing themselves from the mortal world. Among it all, new ideas and trends constantly wash through the Clan, and other Kindred often look to the Toreador to guide them. The Divas know this, and the shrewd among them manage to turn it to their advantage.

Disciplines

Presence
Toreador relish in their ability to turn a crowd into an audience, distraction into rapt attention, and aggression into adoration, by just entering the room. Their signature Discipline of Presence is at the root of this supernatural charm.

• Awe (Blood Cost: 2), the first active Presence power, allows the vampire to strike a pose that freezes all before them into adoring wonder. For a short while after, these new admirers will be oblivious to anything but what they just saw. The • • and • • • • • slots upgrade Awe.​

• • • Entrance (Blood Cost: 2), the second active power, forms a group of admirers around the vampire. For an extended period, these hangers-on will follow wherever the object of their adulation may go, distracting nearby enemies along the way. The • • • • and • • • • • slots upgrade Entrance.​

Using Presence powers is not a Masquerade Violation.


Celerity
Some Kindred are faster, dodge more elegantly, and can move with unimaginable grace. They use Celerity, the Discipline of pushing their bodies’ speed beyond mortal imagination.

• Unseen Storm (Blood Cost: 2), the first active, allows the vampire to dash in any direction at such a speed as to confound their audience. They can land attacks, dodge around enemies, or get away in a lazy dust cloud. Characters struck along the way of the dash get knocked down. The • • slot further enhances the Unseen Storm.​

• • • Accelerate (Blood Cost: 5), the second active, opens up speeds so fast that everything else in the world appears to slow down to a virtual standstill. The crowds seem frozen in their steps, as the vampire dances between cars and bullet streaks. A more gauche clan might wish for a popular 80’s synth track in the background. The • • • • and • • • • • slots allow the vampire to further improve their acceleration.​

Showing off Celerity to innocent mortals is a Masquerade Violation.

Four down and two to go...! See you next week. : )
 

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1. Is Presence used in dialogue?
2. Does it work the same for kindred & kine?
 

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Has anyone recorded the music in the streaming? It was a great piece based on the BL1 main theme (schaffer's?) and I hope they actually use it in the game :)
 
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Hmmm...

Nebulation for my Thinblood discipline and then join the Toreador for Presence and Celerity. Might be a good stealth/social way to go :3
 

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Nebulation is a great starting skill for a would-be Toreador obsessed with stealing and for whom that is just as much of an art as anything else (think of pulling a heist without anything knowing it was you, leading the city enforcers on a merry chase and still getting that sweet object you wanted.) A good thief can, arguably, be considered an "artist" of his craft... if he's good enough. Plus it's the kind of "hobby" that would require an eye for detail, quality and good taste - something Toreador usually have no shortage of.
 

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• Awe (Blood Cost: 2), the first active Presence power, allows the vampire to strike a pose that freezes all before them into adoring wonder. For a short while after, these new admirers will be oblivious to anything but what they just saw. The • • and • • • • • slots upgrade Awe.​
>strike a pose

Sono chi no saaadaameeee JOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOJO!
 

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Great stream guys. I especially love Florian's commitment to character ;).

Just a few things to say based on what we saw. I was surprised that our playable Toreadors got Celerity over Auspex....but that's cool. I was also a tad disappointed that the Toreador didn't get their Bloodlines 1 curse (lose 2 humanity instead of 1), but their new curse sounds intriguing. I also love that Willpower will be properly in the game this time around. I missed that in VtMB1.

Last of all, looking at the pre-alpha gameplay tease, I do hope you will consider removing the hand gestures for the Presence discipline. I feel that & Dominate need to be much more subtle in their use.....as they are much less physical disciplines.
 

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The clans seem way more set into thematic playstyles this time around. I like how different my playthroughs apparently will be. Bravo.
 

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Now that we have a clearer picture of how Presence is used in the game, do you still think that it's a good fit for Brujah, or is it a redundant discipline for them?
 

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Now that we have a clearer picture of how Presence is used in the game, do you still think that it's a good fit for Brujah, or is it a redundant discipline for them?
It could have been applied to them.

I think the application is very different. Presence as it applies to Brujah should evoke terror and submission whereas toreador use the same ability to attract adulation.
 

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It could have been applied to them.

I think the application is very different. Presence as it applies to Brujah should evoke terror and submission whereas toreador use the same ability to attract adulation.
Brujah can use Presence to intimidate, demoralize and force others to submit but that implies they're all street-thugs and brutes who know nothing more than violence. Some Brujah can be quite academic, influential and persuasive (and I'm not talking about True Brujah here). Anyone with a strong desire for change can be Embraced to the clan; a very vocal lawyer with a silver tongue can use Presence to inspire and pull people to his beliefs. A lot of people tend to misinterpret Brujah as street rabble but they can be much more than that; you need some wits about you to inspire and lead a revolution, not just mettle.
 

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Brujah can use Presence to intimidate, demoralize and force others to submit but that implies they're all street-thugs and brutes who know nothing more than violence. Some Brujah can be quite academic, influential and persuasive (and I'm not talking about True Brujah here). Anyone with a strong desire for change can be Embraced to the clan; a very vocal lawyer with a silver tongue can use Presence to inspire and pull people to his beliefs. A lot of people tend to misinterpret Brujah as street rabble but they can be much more than that; you need some wits about you to inspire and lead a revolution, not just mettle.
Fair point.