One of the new elements in the V20 Dark Ages book is the Bonsam bloodline. I don't understand where they come from or why they were introduced, and the book doesn't explain it very well.

  • Are they just a lot of embraced were-bats?
  • How do they change forms?
  • What's their story?

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The 20th Anniversary edition of Vampire: Dark Ages builds on the efforts of Kindred of the Ebony Kingdom to develop the vampires of Africa into a standalone society rather than a single clan. That's why they took the word "Laibon," once used to reference a Kindred bloodline and there after the African sect of vampires, to be a generic term for an African undead, like "Kindred" or "Cainite."

The Bonsam — whose name echoes the Asanbosam vampire myths of the Ashanti — have Animalism, Obfuscate, and Abomwe. In this way, they are reminiscent of the Nosferatu of VtM, except with their custom discipline replacing Potence. Their weakness incites fear in those who look upon them. References to their "true form" do not mean "unshapeshifted"; they mean "unconcealed by Obfuscate."

Although the printed image may suggest a batlike mien, and their language is composed on "whistles and shrieks," there's no evidence that they derive from the Camazotz changing breed.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Thank you for all, I've not so much time to write things properly, so thanks for reformuling my question and thanks for the answer! \$\endgroup\$ Oct 12, 2016 at 7:56
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    \$\begingroup\$ Just a point - I believe that Camazotz were limited only to South America, which definitely makes Bonsam a "Genuine vampire" rather than "embraced werebat" \$\endgroup\$
    – Yasskier
    Oct 12, 2016 at 19:32

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