Kindred: The Embraced


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Kindred: The Embraced

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The role-playing game Vampire: The Masquerade (now known as Vampire: The Eternal Struggle) was brought to television in 1996 in a short-lived series, Kindred: The Embraced. Although it only lasted for a few weeks, those unfamiliar with the mythology of the game had a chance to see the vampiric world of vampire clans, working with each other in a city under the leadership of a prince and a conclave of clan leaders. As the story developed, Julian Luna (Mark Frankel), the vampire prince of San Francisco, was being hounded by a police officer, Frank Kohanek (Thomas Howell). Kohanek believed that Luna was a mobster, but in the meantime had begun to date one of his former lovers. Slowly he was made aware that she was a vampire.

While keeping Kohanek at arm’s length, Luna also has problems with ambitious clan leaders, one of whom, Eddie Furio (Brian Thompson), the leader of the Brujah clan, wanted to become prince and was working to dethrone Luna.

Furio killed the leader of the Gangrel clan, who also worked as Luna’s personal bodyguard, and Luna feared that if he did not bring the killer to justice, a clan war might occur. He called upon the other clan leaders (including the Ventrue, Toreador, and Nosferatu clans) to stop Furio.

Kindred only included five of the many clans represented in Vampire: The Masquerade, but each of the leaders served as anexample of the distinctive characteristics of each type of clan. In the first episode, the conclave of clan leaders had to deal with a vampire who disobeyed the law and shared information about vampires with a mortal, thus breaking the Masquerade. The conclave called for a blood hunt, the legal killing of a fellow vampire. In the meantime, Luna was pursuing a course that allowed vampires to infiltrate mortal society and blend with it as much as possible. Subsequent episodes began to detail the political intrigue and blood-drinking proclivities that are the major factors of vampire life.

The series was subsequently released in VHS and DVD formats.

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