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See also: Clanbook: Tzimisce Revised

Clanbook: Tzimisce is the sourcebook on the Tzimisce clan for Vampire: The Masquerade Second Edition. It was subtitled The Way of All Flesh.

Summary

From the White Wolf catalog:

Called "fiends" even by other vampires, the Tzimisce are the masterminds behind the dread Sabbat; their atrocities have given rise to the mortals' legends of vampires stalking human prey in the night. In rejecting their humanity, the Tzimisce hope to attain something far more wondrous. Should they achieve their aim, Kindred and kine alike will have reason to fear.
Clanbook: Tzimisce includes:
  • The history of the clan and its role in the formation of the Sabbat
  • Details on the clan's mastery of Vicissitude, sorcery and the Blood Bond
  • A nightmarish array of grotesquely transformed servitors.


Content

Chapter One: Into the House of Fiends

The Fiend Alexei inducts his childe Julia into the ways of the clan.

Chapter Two: Fiends Among Us

A history of the Tzimisce, from the Anarch Revolt to the modern nights.

Chapter Three: To Sup with Fiends

Perspectives on the Tzimisce Embrace, the clan's factions, the clan's views of outsiders, the blood bond, and the various fleshcrafted ghouls found in service to the Fiends, as well as new Merits and Flaws and Vicissitude powers.

Chapter Four: A Cavalcade of Fiends

A selection of Tzimisce character templates.

  • The Carnivorous Carny, Anthropophagic Yokel Director
  • The Count, Exiled Aristocrat Director
  • The Fallen Surgeon, Victim of Circumstance Deviant
  • The Seeker of the Forbidden, Supernatural Investigator Architect
  • The Monster Maker, Demented Genius Deviant
  • The Tattoo Artist, Artiste Visionary
  • The Torturer, Sicko Bravo

Appendix: Fiends Most Infamous

Profiles on several notable and notorious Tzimisce.

Background Information

The back cover illustration depicts a Tzimisce whose face is fleshcrafted to resemble pierced female genitalia; this fact caused the Clanbook to be distributed in a brown paper wrapper once it was noticed by retailers.

Memorable Quotes

Welcome to my house; enter freely and of your own will. Welcome to my house. Come freely, go safely; and leave something of the happiness you bring!

- Bram Stoker, Dracula

And those, the Fiends, who near allied, o'er nature's wounds, and wrecks preside; whilst vengeance, in the lurid air, lifts her red arm, expos'd and bare...

- William Collins, "Ode to Fear"

There's a stake in your fat black heart and the villagers never liked you. They are dancing and stamping on you. They always knew it was you.

- Sylvia Plath, "Daddy"

What's your fetish? What's your pleasure? Designer violence made to measure - Like a velvet glove, like a ball and chain, like the kiss of a whip when you're hungry for pain.

- The Electric Hellfire Club, "Where Violence Is Golden"

And this was the way and those were the horrors as father went reaping.

- Death in June, "Behind the Rose (Fields of Rape)"

What this planet needs is plastic surgery.

- The Overlords, "Organic"

But we know evil is an exact science - being carefully, correctly wrong.

- Shriekback, "Nemesis"

A Grinch is unpleasant , uncouth and unclean - now say this together: I'm frightfully mean!

- Dr. Seuss, The Grinch Meets the Cat in the Hat

...Nor know the vampire's from the lover's kiss: for him the scarlet ghost of Lilith from time's last necropolis rears amorous and malign.

- Clark Ashton Smith, "Zothique"

Yet, with all that deformity, there was a certain air of vigor, agility and courage - a strange exception to the classic rule that strength, like beauty, comes from harmony.

- Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame

I think we are in rats' alley, where the dead men lost their bones.

-T.S. Eliot, "The Waste Land"

...powers which, so far from proceeding from the heights and leading men thither, are in reality survivals from the depths of being. The amoeba and the snail have powers we do not possess...

- Arthur Machen, "The Novel of the Black Seal"

Human germ!

-Shrapnel, The Transformers: The Movie

Filth. Bacteria. The lowest form of life.

- The Sleep Man, Marshall Law

Characters

  • The Ancient - Founder of the Clan
  • Alexei
  • Julie - Alexei's childe
  • Lugoj
  • Ruthven
  • Stefan Kiostas - Sabbat Priest
  • Lars Svengaard, inventor of the Kraken's Kiss
  • Demetri, 10th Generation Old Clan
  • Wexler - Former Brujah Primogen, Final Death
  • Vasantasena - Malkavian, Sabbat
  • Baba Yaga
  • Petrov Four-Fang - Shadow Lord Garou, Met death fighting a Tank.
  • Radu - Alexei's Szlachta servant
  • Mikhail - Alexei's Szlachta servant
  • Tom - Former Mortal Co-Worker of Julie, before her Embrace.
  • Prudence Stone - Nosferatu

Gallery

Terminology

Kupala, Koldun, Zhupans, Voivode, The Old Clan, Oradea League, Metamorphosists, Neofeudalists, Reclaimationists, Diversifists, Exsanguinists, Kupala's Night, Revenants, Szlachta, Vozhd, Zulo

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