Every week we've been getting a look at different clans that Paradox Interactive's Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 will have to offer fans and the latest reveal brings the Ventrue front and center! Labeled the Kingmakers of Bloodlines, check out our first look at their appearance in the upcoming sequel in the video above!

The Ventrue are known as the guardians of the Masquerade and their commanding presence is felt throughout vampiric society. Paradox tells us, "The blood of rulers flows through the Ventrue's veins. While that once meant embracing high-priests and aristocrats, they now recruit from investment bankers and corporate executives. The "Clan of Kings" see themselves as the architects of vampire society who hold lineage and loyalty above all. Unusually for the clan, the Ventrue of Seattle were drawn to the dream of building their own power structure without oversight from elder generations. Now that the Camarilla has gained control, many Ventrue have realigned to join these new rulers, or have doubled down on their autonomy. Enterprising Ventrue have entrenched themselves in the business of the 21st century, paving the way for a prosperous future and making enemies of anyone who prefers the old ways."

Just like any other clan, the Ventrue have a specific skill set that players can utilize should they choose this alignment: 

Dominate

  • 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.

Fortitude

  • 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. 

With the latest reveal, it's easy to be excited for the next step in the Bloodlines franchise! Unfortunately, we still don't have a release date at this time, though the team promises much more to reveal between now and E3!