Clans are an integral part the Vampire the Masquerade universe. Besides being the main plot and gameplay devices, the clans enrich an already intriguing universe, making it more believable and close to our own reality.
Despite a rocky development cycle and less than ideal launch, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines has achieved cult status thanks to its fascinating lore, brilliant writing and intriguing characters. And now, with the sequel on the horizon, fans are excited to experience more of this dark universe.
Disclaimer: For this quiz, we’ve taken into consideration only the clans that have been officially confirmed for Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2.
You’re hanging by the watercooler minding your own business. A coworker comes by and starts bad-mouthing the manager:
You’re riding the subway. With the corner of your eye, you see a creepy guy upskirting a random woman. They don’t seem to know each other:
You’re at the movies and somebody from behind keeps kicking your seat. Halfway through the movie, you’ve had it and decide to do something about it:
You’re sitting on a park bench, eyes on the phone screen, when you’re approached by a stranger. Turns out, a relative of theirs from out of town went through a terrible accident and they need a few dollars to catch a bus. Impressed, you give them the money. Not 10 seconds later, you overhear them pulling the same stunt on a person sitting on the bench next to you:
The person you’ve been fancying for a while has agreed to go on a date with you. You really, really like this person and you don’t want to screw it up. Thing is, you don’t know that person very well and the date’s tomorrow, so you have to decide quick:
You were mugged on your way home after a night in the city. Apart from a few scratches, bruises and the hassle of cancelling your credit cards and recovering your documents, you’re fine. You decide to do something about this:
You’re waiting in line in front of a venue. After reaching down in your pockets, you realize you’ve lost the concert ticket. This is their final tour, so it’s probably your last chance to see this band live:
A former friend has been propagating some vicious rumours about you, both in real life and online. Some of these rumours may have legal ramifications. Only you know if they’re true or not. You decide to do something about this:
You’ve been going through some rough times, both personally and professionally, and you decide to do something to unwind yourself:
Unable to fall asleep, you decide to catch a late-night movie at the local theatre. Which one do you choose?
You’re on death row and the execution day has been set for tomorrow. You get to choose your last meal:
You’re in a queue that’s taking forever. The clerks don’t seem to care much about this. You’ve got stuff to do, so you decide to:
You text constantly, as much as the next person. You’ve got a very particular style of texting:
Congratulations! You’ve made it. The Ventrue are the closest thing the vampire world has to an elite society. The clan of kings, nobles, CEOs, politicians, patricians, judges Mafia bosses and businessmen, The Ventrue are tailor-made to lead the vampire society and enforce its laws. Members of this clan have been pulling strings from the shadows for thousands of years, middling with human affairs whenever it served their interests.
There is no major historical events where The Ventrue haven’t dipped their fangs in. They ruled Rome behind the scenes, invented the feudal system, supported colonialism during the Victorian Age, and made massive profits during the Cold War by exploiting the panic and paranoia of the nuclear arm’s race. Of course, since you were embraced in modern times, you can’t possibly have had any role in those events. But who knows, maybe you’ll be the architect of the next major historical event?
The Ventrue are extremely selective when it comes to embracing, welcoming only those they deem worthy of their proud lineage. As so, only humans who hold some sort of leadership position are considered eligible. Whether you were a low-level bureaucrat, a local councilman, top of your class in college, or a project manager at an IT start-up, it doesn’t really matter now.
You are stoic, proud, and willing to step up and do whatever is necessary to maintain order and stability. And that, young kindred, is the essence of a true Ventrue.
Fun fact: Al Capone was apparently part of the Ventrue Clan.
- Shrewd politicians
Congratulations! You are a Brujah. For thousands of years, The Brujah have gained a reputation as the clan of activists, rebels and protesters. In this respect, they are the polar opposites of the Ventrue. While The Ventrue value hierarchy, order and stability, the Brujah were always about challenging the status-quo and what they view as the arbitrary laws of the Camarilla, which the The Ventrue enforce. The Brujah of old were the architects of Carthage, a place where kindred and kine alike lived in peace and harmony. The Brujah of now have adapted to the times, embracing biker culture, punk rock and other movements that are in-line with their rebellious nature.
If there’s a vampire you shouldn’t mess with, that would be a Brujah, as they are trained equally in the arts of combat and philosophy. Strong-willed and passionate, a Brujah will dissect your views and personal beliefs, piece by piece, with strong arguments and razor-sharp precision. And if they push you too far, they’re in for a beating. So it’s safe to say that talking politics with a Brujah is as dangerous as physically provoking them.
Owing to their passionate nature, The Brujah have a knack for radical philosophies and revolutionary ideas. When they’ve had enough with politics and manifestos, they join underground fight-clubsust for fun.
You’ve been welcomed in this clan for your idealism, fierce devotion to justice and, last but not least, your ability to take and give a beating in equal measure. You’re one of the tough guys, and in the world of the unliving, that is something.Fun fact: Hannibal, the famous general, and Menelaus, the legendary king of Greece, first husband to Helen of Troy, were Brujah.
- Fierce fighters and intellectuals
- Prone to embracing radical and revolutionary ideas
Congratulations! You’re a Malkavian. Malkavians are… interesting, in the words of the Nosferatu elder Bertram Tung. Malkavians are an enigmatic and disturbed clan of vampires who inherited the curse of insanity from the Antediluvian Malkav. While not all Malkavians are irredeemably insane, they all carry their own brand of madness, whose extent varies from kindred to kindred.
Insane as they might be, the Malkavians are gifted with insight into the world around them. Their supposedly incoherent ramblings have, more often than not, prophetic qualities. Nobody knows the source of this power, but whatever its origin, their wisdom and insight ensured them a spot at the high echelons of vampire society, despite their unpredictable nature.
During the Roman Era, they assumed the roles of seers, vizirs, advisors and jesters to Ventrue Princes. Due to their supposed insanity, Malkavians are naturally inclined toward the fields of psychiatry, psychology and, more broadly, the study of the mind’s intricacies. In the Victorian Era, when Freud and Jung dominated the scientific fields and the public took an interest in mental illnesses, Malkavians were, quite fittingly, the main supporters of mental asylums. Paradoxically, Malkavians have also had success in the artistic fields, as their erratic and unpredictable behaviour helped them blend into bohemian circles.
Malkavians might be slightly insane, but it’s not without its perks. As a Malkavian, even with all the prejudice, you’ll hold a privileged position in vampire society. Thanks to your gift of prophecy and insight, other vampires will look to you for advice. And one thing’s for sure - if you were chosen for this clan, you’ll never get bored.Fun fact: Alesteir Crowley was a Malkavian.
- The gift of insight and prophecy
- Accomplished artists
Congratulations! You are a Toreador. Vampires often say that if the Ventrue are the mind of the Camarilla, the Toreador are its soul. And if you ever meet a Toreador, this paradigm makes sense - they are the epitome of beauty, lust and passion. Seductive, emotional and glamorous, the Toreador are mainly responsible for the stereotype of the vampire that seduces prey with their beauty and sensuality. And if you were chosen for this clan, you probably held that belief too.
Toreador are possibly the most ‘’human’’ out of all the vampire clans. Paradoxically, this is also their curse, as Toreadors will spend more time than any other vampires lamenting their lost humanity. As such, Toreadors channel their inner melancholy into admiring, and even creating works of art. As a Toreador, you play an essential role in maintaining the image of grace and civility of the Camarilla, the ruling body of vampire society.
Traditionally speaking, Toreador is the clan of artists, actors, musicians, writers and poets. In the modern times, the progressive wing of the clan has taken to embracing members of the newer arts, such as graphic designers, graffiti artists, CGI technicians, Wall Street brokers, and game developers. While members of the old guard see this as a dilution of their values, younger vampires view it as a necessary step to stay relevant in the modern times.
Nevertheless, Toreadors bickering over what can be considered true art is as eternal as their curse. And now you’re going to take part in that debate for God knows how many hundreds of years. Who knows, maybe you’re going to be the one that finally solves it.
- Physical beauty
- Closer to humans than any other vampires
- Accomplished artists, musicians, actors, writers, poets
- Influential leaders of vampiric society
Congratulations! You are a Tremere. Back in the early middle ages, Tremere existed as a clan of mages who used various forms of magic and alchemy to stay immortal. With their numbers dwindling and their potions becoming ineffective, Tremere began searching for alternate ways to maintain their immortality. The solution was found by Goratrix, an ambitious mage who managed to turn some clan members intro vampires after a successful, albeit twisted experiment. Thus, the Tremere clan as we know it today was born.
The youngest of the original vampiric clans, the Tremere has slowly but surely advanced from a state of marginal importance to being one of the pillars of vampire society, second only to Ventrue in terms of authority and reach. Tremere are feared, envied and admired in equal measure due to their practice of Thaumaturgy, a twisted form of vampiric blood magic.
Owing to their history as usurpers, backstabbers and knack for political intrigue, the Tremere are obsessed with their reputation and maintaining the image of a united front. While non-Tremere vampires have a legit reason to view them in this way, the clan’s days of internal bickering and political turmoil are long past, as the clan sports the strictest hierarchy and code of conduct.
The Tremere are prone to embracing scholars, scientists and, more generally, people from academic backgrounds. Ambition, intellectual drive and the pursuit of perfection are the defining characteristics of the clan. If you value these things above anything else, you’re a perfect match for this clan.Fun fact: Heinrich Himmler was apparently a Tremere.
- The Practice of Thaumaturgy, unique amongst the clans
- Ambitious and intellectually-driven
- Shrewd politicians
- Deeply hierarchical
- Feared and respected by other clans
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Each clan, be it Toreador, Ventrue or Malkavian, has its own unique qualities and characteristics, as well as a rich backstory. For example, the Ventrue is the closest thing that vampire society has to an ‘’elite class’’, while the Toreador are represent the classic vampires who seduce prey with their charm and grace. Naturally, every fan of the series identifies with the rules and the values of a specific clan. Are you a noble Ventrue? A hot-headed Brujah? A sensual Toreador? Take a quick look at our Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines quiz to find out.
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