Toreador: Vampire The Masquerade
Vampire: The Masquerade is a role playing board game, first published in 1991 by White Wolf Game Studios. It is a game in the role playing genre and primarily revolves around the interaction of a number of vampire “clans” or “bloodlines.” The game won many accolades in the Role Playing world, including the Origins Award for “Best Role-playing Rules of 1991.” There were two subsequent editions of the game that were released in 1992 and 1998 respectively. The gameplay is implemented using the Storyteller system, created by White Wolf Game Studios, and is a complete set of guidelines governing the mechanics of gameplay.
The Toreadors are a clan of vampires that are active within Vampire: The Masquerade. The symbol of the Toreadors is a simple, rose with thorns. There are a number of characteristic values and traits that are common amongst the Toreadors. The most important and defining characteristic is the love of art and beauty. THis trait contributes strongly, and perhaps accurately, to the stereotype that Toreadors are incredibly superficial. It is also for this reason that the Toreadors are also considered to be the most human-like of all of the bloodlines. The founder of the the Toreadors is widely considered to be an artist by the name of Arikel.
Arikel was hired by the vampire leader Caine to create a series of wall paintings on themes of the vampire history. As she was painting the final piece of art, one which illustrated how vampires could, in fact, live peacefully among humans, Caine ordered her death so that no vampire would ever be tempted by the falsehood that they could have a human-like life. As Arikel was dying, Caine place a curse upon her that she would always be distracted by aesthetics. THis curse lives on for eternity in the Toreador line.