Vampire: the MasqueradeEdit
Ventrue are the politicians and CEOs of the Camarilla. They're the ones most likely to have control over mortal affairs, from large businesses to police and government functions. They also commonly set themselves up as Prince; the clan-wide predilection for organization helps a lot with that. This regimental thinking gives the clan a reputation of having a stick up their butts.
Ventrue are often obsessed with lineage, and most are able to recite their sire's sire's sire going back to the clan's founder. This lineage carries a social weight, and Ventrue are quick to use their lineage as an advantage. Their clan isn't really organized, not like the Tremere or Nosferatu are, but a Ventrue is expected to follow the orders of their elders. the clan holds a lot of traditions, and it's that hidebound mentality that helps keep the Camarilla from falling apart. (It's also what keeps it from ever getting shit done or adapting to changing times)
Antitribu tend slightly more towards the knights and stewards of old (eg, killing people) and tend to learn Auspex over Presence. They're even given the nickname "Crusaders".
Ventrue have the weakness of needing to feed upon specific kinds of blood, like that of virgins, senators, children, or whatever fills their palate, and only that kind of blood. If they did consume blood besides that they will receive no nourishment (or blood points) from it and/or vomit it up.
Vampire: the RequiemEdit
The Ventrue are one of the five Kindred clans in Vampire: The Requiem. They have a simple boast: they always win. Their plots and plans can take years, decades, or centuries to assemble or accomplish, and they have all the time they need to accommodate outside influences.
Known as the Lords for their habitual pursuit of power, many Kindred domains have Ventrue in high-ranking positions. Their preference in childer conforms to this goal: many Ventrue in life were old money, entrepreneurs, politicians, crime bosses, or other professionals with expertise, connections, and money. Of all the other clans, the Ventrue consider only the Daeva as a potential threat to their positions of power.
The thirst for power erodes the Ventrue's humanity, turning them paranoid or delusional and making them more prone to losing the Touchstones that remind them of what it meant to be human. This degeneration makes them more susceptible to insanity after confronting the horrible acts they commit. In fact, one of their core bloodlines is Malkovian, who are all incurably insane in one form or another. Additionally, some are known to succumb to a condition dubbed Malkavia, a bizarre form of contagious mental illness that grants flashes of insight at the expense of insanity.
Their favored Discipline, Dominate, accounts for much of their success; when personal charm and diplomacy fail, just mind-control somebody into doing what you want. For Malkovians, using Dominate can set off their derangements, and Malkavians (I.E. vampires that have contracted Malkavia) gain the powers of Dementation.
In accordance with the rest of Requiem, the intricate clan structure used in Masquerade is abandoned for a more open-ended backstory. This has its benefits (allowing for the general archetype of the Ventrue as commanding, leader-like vampires to appear outside of their stereotypes in Masquerade) and its detriments (many Masquerade fans saw it as lacking in the fluff that they enjoyed in Masquerade).
|The Clans of Vampire: The Masquerade|
|Brujah||Gangrel||Malkavian||Nosferatu||Toreador||Tremere||Ventrue|| Daughters of
|Independent Clans||Fallen Clans|
| Absimiliard - Augustus Giovanni - Arikel - Cappadocius - Ennoia - Haqim - Ilyes |
Lasombra - Malkav - Saulot - Set - Tremere - Tzimisce - Ventru - Zapathasura
|The Clans of Vampire: The Requiem|