Clan Tzimisce (茨密希, Cí mì xī) is a Vampire Clan and one of the two clans that make up the Sabbat.
Along with the Lasombra Clan, they make up the Sabbat. They are known for their cruel nature, use of dark arts and lack of compassion. They don't even consider this to other members of their clan, though it is not uncommon for them to guide other members into what it means to be a Tzimisce.
The true dark side of their clan is their desire for exploration; they like to experiment on subjects, making them suffer great pain while they carry out their scientific studies. Their experiments exhaust a great dealing of resources, but fuel a bloodlust within their clan members, causing them to feel great power within over life and death.
Their leader and crown prince is Yi Sai, who is the most cruel and sadistic vampire of the clan and follows the ideal Tzimisce blueprint for his clan members. He enjoys setting an example for others to follow by forcing all Clan members to be his obedient servants who do as he asks or face the consequences.
Their clan also raises Zombies for use by the Sabbat as mass stock troops.
- They are based on the clan of the same name from Vampire: The Masquerade, they hail from Transylvania, in fact Dracula is a member of their clan. While their sadistic habits are carried into the Vampire Sphere storyline, the members of this clan are quite a step away from the forms displayed in Vampire; the Masquerade (save Yi Sai himself). Their reputation as a cruel and sadistic clan results in many other clans simply avoiding them, as their experiments are inhumane, twisted and cruel. They push the limits of the Vampire form, their dabbing with Vicissitude, the art of crafting flesh and bone, results in many of the clan barely looking human. This makes them one of the clans who least resemble their VtM counterparts. In VtM, the clan are also part of the reason for the existence of the Tremere, who technically are classified as a variation of their bloodline. Due to the interactions of the two bloodlines, the two are locked in a bloodfeud.
- The clan in VtM is the most heavily influenced of the clans by the book Dracula.
- The use of Zombies early on is likely based on the Revenants, Ghouls that are often associated with the Tzimisce Clan. In popular culture, "ghouls" is a loose term that can mean any form of undead creature, including Zombies and sometimes they are regarded as the same thing, and further more it is not always possible to translate successfully into other languages.
- Their clan logo is of a serpent biting its own tail or "devouring" itself and is also from VtM. It represents their need to redefine themselves, to explore the limits of the flesh in regards to life/death, create inhumane experiments and thus this ends up devouring their humanity to redefine themselves as Vampires.
- The Elemental magic Yi Sai is teaching to Xi Yan is based on the Koldunic Sorcery. In VtM it exists in fire, earth, water, wind, spirit, and sorrow based variation. In the VS so far only the fire and water / ice variation got mentioned.
- The Tzimisce Clan also uses Animalism, which is a spell that allows them to summon animals. They normally use it to induce fear in their victims or opponents. Yi Sai uses this to summon snakes.
- They are also practicing the Auspex, which can heighten their senses. With it they can sense lies, see someones emotions, dirty little secrets, personality, phobias, etc... Yi Sai demonstrates all standard skill when he deals with Xi Yan.
- Their most significatn skill in VtM is Vicissitude, which can make them look inhuman, twist their body into alien forms. It basically flesh-bone-and-body crafting. In VS they don't demonstrate the "ugly" side of their ability, though Yi Sai uses technics from this skill set: Body Arsenal, that can make the users bones into weapons The Body Impolitic, which can infuse parts of the body with will to allow them to be severed from the trunk to do his biding. Malleable Visage which is for cosmetic use like erasing scars. The imperfect spell of the Giovanni seems to be from this skill set, too: Liquefy the Mortal Coil: turn victim body parts into blood and Reform Body: recreate a body after death (both are from the highly advanced level).
|The Demon Clans||Lasombra Clan ● Tzimisce Clan|
|Leaders||Fan Le Lao ● Yi Sai|
|misc. characters||Titan ● Xi Yan ● Zhao Yan ● Bi Ni ● Lin Xuan Chi ● Sorace|
|Sacred Weapons||Devil Key ● The Cup of Blood|