Adding to the pantheon
of revenants in the annals of roleplaying, revenant families
are families of vampiric ghoul
s in Vampire: The Masquerade
, the original World of Darkness roleplaying game
published by White Wolf Game Studios
. Revenant families
have been bred and kept by their vampiric masters for centuries or even millenia, and generations of breeding children from parents with vampiric vitae
in their veins has caused revenants to spontaneously generate vampiric vitae in their systems, thus endowing them with the same supernatural abilities common to ghouls, without the need to feed on vitae from an external source as often, or even at all. Additionally, most revenants are able to learn higher levels of vampiric Disciplines
than other ghouls. Revenants share the same unswerving (though sometimes misguided) loyalty to their masters.
Revenants are most commonly found among the retainers of vampires of Clan Tzimisce, and are especially common in the moldering castles of the voivodes of the Old Country. Most revenant families are Slavic in origin, having names like Bratovitch and Ducheski -- though revenants from other areas, like the Rafastio and Zantosa, do exist. The Zantosas are particularly notable, for they are believed to have guarded the body of the Tzimisce Antediluvian somewhere in the American southeast until 1997.