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"We're all around you."
Julian Luna[src]
Kindred: The Embraced
Kindred - The Embraced
Title: Kindred: The Embraced
Format: Live-action
Running time: 60 min.
country: USA
Network: Fox Broadcasting Company
Seasons: 1
Episodes: 8
Production company: Spelling Television
Executive producers: John Leekley; Aaron Spelling; E. Duke Vincent
Producers: Mark Rein·Hagen; Steve De Jarnatt; Llewellyn Wells; Joel Blasberg; P.K. Simonds
Principal cast: C. Thomas Howell; Mark Frankel; Stacy Haiduk; Erik King; Patrick Bauchau; Brigid Walsh; Channon Roe; Jeff Kober; Kate Vernon; Brian Thompson
Air dates
First aired: April 2nd, 1996
Last aired: May 8th, 1996

Kindred: The Embraced was a short-lived television series that ran for only eight episodes on the Fox network. The series was based on the popular roleplaying game "Vampire: The Masquerade" published by White Wolf Publishing. The plot of the series revolved around Detective Frank Kohanek (played by C. Thomas Howell) who begins investigating a string of bizarre murders which ultimately brings him into conflict with reputed crime boss Julian Luna. What Kohanek doesn't yet realize however is that Luna is a vampire and the "prince" of San Francisco. Even after he learns the truth about Luna and his "Kindred", he commits himself to bringing the vampire down at any cost.

Clans Edit

The clans presented in this series are based on those from the Vampire: The Masquerade roleplaying game. In the 1st-3rd editions of the game, there are thirteen established vampire clans (not counting extinct clans and alternate bloodlines). Kindred: The Embraced however only focuses on six of the clans. The primary clans presented in the series are the Ventrue, the Toreador, the Gangrel, the Brujah and the Nosferatu. The Assamite clan are presented in the episode "The Rise and Fall of Eddie Fiori", but possess distinctly different abilities from the other clans. In the game, members of a specific clan are proficient with a set group of powers, but in the series blends these elements together, giving all vampires the same abilities, though with varying degrees of skill.

Ventrue: The Ventrue were one of the original thirteen vampire clans descended from Caine, the first vampire. The Ventrue are characteristically portrayed as leaders, nobles, politicians and businessmen and are one of the architects of the faction known as the Camarilla. More than any other clan, Ventrue vampires produce the most Princes and Archons and excel at games of deceit and manipulation.


Toreador: The Toreador were one of the original thirteen vampire clans descended from Caine, the first vampire. The Toreador are classically portrayed as hedonists with an acute appreciation for the arts. Toreador vampires are usually found within artist colonies and may include poets, painters, sculptors, musicians, etc. This is not to say that Toreador divorce themselves from politics or Kindred affairs. In many ways, the view games of deceit and manipulation as an art form and many prove to be just as politically savvy as any Ventrue vampire.


Brujah: The Brujah original thirteen vampire clans descended from Caine, the first vampire. The Brujah are characteristically portrayed as rogues, rebels and rabble-rousers, who are desperately trying to bring back to glory days of ancient Carthage when the clan wielded true power over the Kindred. The Brujah can be found in both the Camarilla as well as their rival faction, the Sabbat. Modern Brujah tend to enjoy more violent lifestyles and it is not uncommon to see these vampires associating with biker gangs, street gangs or organized crime.


Gangrel: The Gangrel were one of the original thirteen vampire clans descended from Caine, the first vampire. The Gangrel are nomadic by nature and as such, they rarely involve themselves with the political structure of a given environment. Despite this however, many Gangrels are aligned with the Camarilla, though just as many Gangrel antitribu follow the ways of the Sabbat. The Gangrel are closer to nature than most other vampires, preferring to live in the wild rather than the congested, polluted cities of their contemporaries. One of a Gangrel's inherent powers is the ability to shape-shift into the form of a wolf. Because of this, Gangrel vampires have a better chance of getting along with werewolves than any other clan, even though werewolves typically view all vampires as corrupt, dead things that are part of the Wyrm.


Nosferatu: The Nosferatu were one of the original thirteen vampire clans descended from Caine, the first vampire. More than most other clans, Nosferatu are the least human in terms of physical appearance. They are characterized by their bald heads, extended fangs, pointed ears, bloodshot eyes and razor-sharp claws. Because of this, the Nosferatu are usually set apart from most other vampire clans, but their common physical condition makes them one of the more unified and closely-knit clans. The Nosferatu tend to create havens in dank and dark places such as sewers - safely hidden from the prying eyes of humanity. The Nosferatu are excellent scavengers and information brokers and are known for creating vast spy networks throughout their various subterranean warrens and tunnels.


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Notes & Trivia Edit

  • Actor Mark Frankel, who played the role of Julian Luna, was killed in a motorcycle accident shortly after the conclusion of the series.
  • Mark Frankel was credited only as "Julian" in the opening credits.
  • Although Brian Thompson, who played Eddie Fiori appeared in six of the eight episodes, he was always credited as a guest star in the end title credits.

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