The Strains of the Blood- The Clans


A clan is a vampiric lineage. The Kindred acknowledge five
clans, and all Kindred belong to one clan or another. The
most widely accepted theory regarding clans is that they are
like “families” of vampires. Members of clans all inherit certain
mystical commonalities, from acumen with certain Disciplines
to traditional shortcomings for their particular type.
One of the failings of the “families” theory is that none of the
clan progenitors are reliably known, and only a few are guessed
at with any degree of confidence. Certainly, the clans came
from somewhere — but where? In a modern context, only
two Kindred are known to have no clan, and they haven’t
reliably demonstrated that they’ve been able to Embrace over
the course of their Requiems. These vampires, the legendary
Dracula and the Roman centurion Longinus are responsible
for the creation of certain covenants, not clans, but might
they be on a path toward clan creation themselves? And if
the origin of clans doesn’t lie with certain progenitor vampires,
from what source do clans originate? If Longinus and
Dracula have no clan, who’s to say that other, more secretive
Kindred haven’t also suffered the curse in the same way?

Tonight, the influence of the clans is felt almost everywhere.
The five clans have a presence throughout the Western world,
or so it is believed. The Kindred definitely came to the New
World along with the early colonists, suggesting that these
vampires are European in origin, or that they grew out of the
civilizations that first populated the world and followed the
movements of mortal men. Oral histories and sparse records
indicate that some vampiric presence existed among the tribal
cultures of North America before its colonization, but whether
these creatures were members of clans or solitary, unique beings
— or even if they were truly vampires at all — cannot be
determined. While information on the Far East is fleeting,
members of the five clans are known to be active there, as
they are in Africa, South America and much of the Middle
East. Still, little is known about how indigenous culture shapes
the understanding of clans in all these regions, and anyone
attempting to study the phenomenon is probably wise to take
no presuppositions with him.

A bloodline is like a clan, but its characteristics are not so
universal. It might help to think of a bloodline as a “sub-clan.”
Not all vampires are members of bloodlines. Each bloodline
has a parent clan from which it distinctly diverges, yet claims
descent. Kindred scholars have no reliable estimates of how
many bloodlines exist in the world tonight, because bloodlines
can arise at any time and few of them would stand up to
be counted, even if some formal roster of them were made.

The Strains of the Blood- The Clans

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