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…
Toreadors. The clan of the rose. The clan of the creators. The beautiful, the talented, the art and beauty loving vampires Anne Rice herself would love to believe in. Or are they indeed the ones who inspired her? For Lestat is clearly a Toreador.
Clan Curse: Every clan has a curse. Toreadors are no exception. Their weakness is their keen sense of nothingness, boredom. They need the humans around them, they crave feeling human. And, without, in isolation, you’ll find yourself having harder time regaining any willpower so very needed for your powers, gifts.
Presence – Supernatural charisma, essentially just mind control
- Awe – You’ll be able to draw everyone in, everyone’s undivided attention is yours, making them, for a short while, unaware of what’s going on, for… You’re here.
- Entrance – Much like Awe, it’ll make people mesmerized by you, but in this case, people, admirers, will follow you, shielding you, distracting your enemies, hiding you away.
Celerity – Supernatural speed and dexterity, beyond even the vampire standards
- Unseen Storm – Essentially a dash. You can dodge, disappear, knock people out. You can, quite literally, dash in supernatural speed.
- Accelerate – Everything seems to slow down on you, while in truth, you’re the one moving in supernatural speed.
If you care to listen more on technical in-game side of Toreadors, and even some actual game nuances, here’s the official stream by Paradox:
And now onto Outstar’s video:
She goes on the deep-dive of Toreador history, and I’m not going to re-tell it here, because you can read wikipedia for it, so instead just listen to her tell it.
Just one thing I disagree with very much: I was never enticed in seeing them as humane or good vampires for that matter. Their beauty alone told me they probably can’t be trusted all that much, that from such perfection there must come depravity of some kind. And in first Bloodlines game, I feel like I got it confirmed time and again. Same goes for the Clan Novel, but I can’t claim any expertise here. In my book they were always the gorgeous, charismatic imps. Devil’s little sisters and brothers.