The Toreador are the most
sophisticated of the clans. They are concerned with beauty in a way no mortal
can fathom. They use the rarefied senses and tastes given to them by the Embrace
to become as consumed and impassioned as possible. Ideally, to a Toreador,
nothing matters as much as beauty, though in many cases the search for beauty is
overwhelmed by the search for pleasure, and the Toreador becomes little more
than a sensualist.
Like all true artists, they
search for a truth beyond an existence they fear to be meaningless. It is that
struggle for truth, and ultimately salvation, that has inspired them with what
they consider to be their mission - protectors of the genius of the human race.
They are truly in love with the vigor and passion of the mortals, and never tire
of marveling at their creations.
The greatest weakness of
the Toreador is their sensitivity to beauty. They so reflexively surround
themselves with elegance and luxury that they often lose themselves in the
endless pursuit of vice after vice. Some among this clan become concerned with
nothing but their own continued pleasure - the reputation of the entire clan is
affected by their excesses.
The members of this clan
are as much prisoners of their artistic vision and sensitivity as they are its
beneficiaries. They are often overcome by the beauty they see around them, and
become immobilized with fascination. Such things as paintings, neon signs, or
even sunrises can captivate them. It requires a successful Willpower roll to
break the fascination quickly; otherwise, the Toreador will stand, awed and
helpless, for minutes or even hours. This trait explains why Toreador so often
fall in love with mortals.