By Cynthia Summers, White Wolf
Clanbook Salubri is the third of the clanbooks series to be produced specifically for Vampire : The Dark Ages. It gives an in depth view on the Salubri bloodline, from it’s history as healers and holy warriors, to it’s present nights, being hunted down by the Tremere.
It’s nice to finally see a book dedicated to the Salubri. Their tragic tale is one of the more compelling parts of the World of Darkness and they have long been deserving of greater coverage. Now we finally get some insight into how the bloodline operated before they were all but wiped out. The book adds to the background considerably, and avoids repetition from too many earlier supplements.
The book details the clans history, from it’s early wars with the Baali to the dark medieval times. We also get some gorgeous descriptions of the three Salubri factions, the healers, the warriors and the watchers. The healers are wandering helpers of man and vampire, as per modern day vampire.The warriors make an interesting alternative, being mystic crusaders against the infernal. The watchers are incredibly interesting, they keep an eye on the Tremere, but don’t do anything, as if they are waiting for something….
There’s some good quality background history here. Along with the standard space wasters of too lurid prose and concept suggestions, you get some very nice alternate powers, a good bit of detail on the organisation of the clan, and some very tasty pieces of info on the world of darkness “backplot”. The book is written as a report on a dwindling bloodline by one of it’s few remaining friends, which gives it a nice feel, without detracting too much. Scattered throughout are some very nice pieces of flavour text, which add to the atmosphere of the book (for a change).
Overall:This is a well written sourcebook, which puts many of the older clanbooks (Ventrue and Brujah, we are looking in your direction) to shame.