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Kuei-jin

    In General 
Located in Chinatown, the Kuei-Jin are a species of strange, vampire like creatures originating from Asia who came in LA. After a history of war with the Anarch, the Camarilla returning to town has led them to strike a truce with them, though nobody really trust them.
  • Chinese Vampire: Sort of; they are the equivalent of Kindred in Asia, though everyone you meet talking about them (including Ming-Xiao) insists that they are not the same kind of being than Kindred.
  • Fantastic Racism: Neither Kindred nor Kuei-Jin particularly like each other, seeing the other as disgusting monsters and untrustworthy devil respectively. The Anarchs have a deep grudge against them following years of wars, and while the Camarilla maintains an uneasy truce with them, it's pretty obvious both sides are just waiting for the right opportunity to strike again, with the Kuei-Jin actively preparing for that day.
  • In-Series Nickname: Yukie refers to them as "Ghost People", while Kindred have been known to refer to them as "Cathayans".
  • The Triads and the Tongs: They hold influence over them in Chinatown, using them to control the area from behind.
  • Vampiric Draining: As explained by Ming-Xiao, their kind feed on Chi rather than blood.
  • Yellow Peril: Downplayed, but they do incorporate elements of the stereotype, including being oriental, enigmatic and considered treacherous and backstabbing.

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    The Cathayan 
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These Cainites are a curious and fragile race. They waste the gift of their immortality on petty schemings and fleshly gain. We will have little problem making this city our own.

A Kuei-jin agent sent to spy on the Kindred of Santa Monica. Knox and Tung ask for the Fledgling's help to take care of him.


  • Foreshadowing: The reports in his computer are clues about Ming Xiao's plan for taking control of LA, and the first mention of the Kuei-Jin's influence on the story for some time.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Notably, it can't be picked up after he dies.
  • No Name Given: Only known as "the Cathayan" (or nicknamed "the Asian vampire" by Knox), which is synonymous with "the Kuei-Jin" (note that this word is used by Western Kindred but perceived as offensive by Kuei-Jin themselves). The character is never named in-story, but this title appears on top of his life bar during his Boss Fight.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: Unlike the other Kuei-Jin and the Mandarin, he doesn't bother to monologue or taunt the player character, but immediately attacks without saying a word.
  • Underestimating Badassery: His reports talk of Kindred in rather condescending terms, describing them as capricious and wasting their abilities on pointless schemes and conspirations against each other, leading him to the conclusion they should be easy to take down. Bertram has you find his hideout and kill him precisely by using one of these schemes he criticized.
  • Undying Loyalty: He tells Ming-Xiao in his final email that he's attracted the PC's attention and may die in the ensuing fight, but seems nonplussed by such a possibility and encourages her that the disorderly Santa Monica is ripe for the Kuei-Jin's taking.
  • Unusable Enemy Equipment: It is impossible to loot his weapons after his death in the unmodded game.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: To a non mêlée-oriented player character. While Gimble and Dennis' gang are both fairly easy to take down, the Cathayan uses better weapons, is more resilient, and actively exploits the environment against you, making him potentially dangerous if you didn't invest some experience in combat.

    Ming Xiao 
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Voiced by: Edita Brychta

You may think of me as the Baron of Chinatown, to borrow from your coarse, Cainite language.

Leader of the Kuei-jin vampires in Chinatown. Despite being strongly disdainful toward Kindred, she keeps an uneasy truce with the Camarilla, though clues suggest she is planning a new conflict and an invasion of the city. She's plotting with LaCroix against the Anarchs, but clearly has her own agenda...


  • Asteroids Monster: Clones of her grow from amputated pieces if the player isn't careful during the boss fight.
  • Bad Boss: So bad, apparently, that the Mandarin prefers to make a suicidal last stand against the Fledgling rather than running away and having to suffer whatever horrible punishment she will inflict him for his failure. Looking back, this is one more reason you should know right away siding with her is a bad idea.
  • The Baroness: She enjoys tormenting people and lording her superiority, real or imagined, over them.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Secretly, with LaCroix, who uses her to weaken the Anarchs' position in Los Angeles. However, she is using him to keep the Camarilla off her back, and their alliance ends as soon as he outlives his usefulness.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Comes off as very wise and eloquent, at least at first, but don't be fooled for a moment.
  • Blob Monster: Shapeshifts into one. Foreshadowed when a piece of her washes ashore in a news report earlier in the game.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: To a lesser extent than LaCroix, but only just. She disposes of all of her allies the second they are no longer useful to her. Including you if you side with her.
  • Combat Tentacles: In her battle form.
  • Cultural Posturing: And how. It's to the point where she flat-out lies about certain things Kindred and Kuei-jin actually have in common (like being burdened with an ancient guilt), just to insult the PC and their race.
  • Did You Actually Believe...?: If you finish off the Syndicate, you can call her out on her actions, and she merely responds that Kindred and Kuei-Jin are at war and any attempt at peace is a mere pretense to that.
  • Dragon Lady: While she speaks perfect, unaccented English, she otherwise fits the bill quite accurately. With some Cultural Posturing thrown in for good measure. Unusually for this character type, she's the head of her own organization in LA, rather than serving someone else (meaning she's not The Dragon.)
  • Evil Brit: Although her exact place of birth is never specified, she has a sophisticated English accent.
  • Femme Fatale: Sultry, elegant and seductive to the PC, but also extremely dangerous and totally untrustworthy.
  • Fantastic Racism: Ming Xiao considers Cainites to be horrible disgusting monsters. Which they admittedly are, but the Kindred of the East aren't any better. She has a particular distaste for Malkavians, and her polite mask will slip into open contempt for your "strain" of vampirism very quickly into a Malk PC's first meeting with her.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Like LaCroix, she acts quite charming until it looks like she isn't going to get what she wants, at which point all decency goes out the window. Must be why they get on so well. Notably, her "polite" greeting to the PC is actually loaded with racist slurs and Stealth Insults.
  • Friendly Enemy: To a point. She's very polite and well-spoken towards the PC, but gives some scathing commentary on western vampires and clearly believes herself your better. This gets fully subverted if you call her out on her shit after finishing up the Chinatown Quests and learning she's behind all the stuff going on there.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Mistress of Mirrors" by the Malkavian.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Your fight against her is a satisfying case of this, since you're not just killing her! Background materials say that if a Kuei-Jin dies without fulfilling its Dharma, they get sent back to Hell. Your fight against her is essentially sticking "Return to Sender" on her.
  • Meaningful Name: Is called "The Mistress of Mirrors" by a Malkavian, giving the idea of a person who shows different faces to those she meets and hides behind smoke and mirrors, aka deception and lies. Proven true when confronting her on the fact that she sent the Hengeyokai to kill you, was behind the Tong rising to power, and pretended to be Nines using her Flesh Shintai to appear as him after she supposedly killed Grout.
  • Not So Stoic: A Malkavian can really get under her skin with her own superstitions.
  • One-Winged Angel: She'll turn into a slimy, tentacled slug monster for her boss fight.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: She definitely believes in this if the PC sides with the Kuei-Jin.
  • Villainous Breakdown: A minor one, but converse with her as a Malkavian and her true self starts shining through when you nickname her and when you namedrop the Yama Kings in response to her posture about "silly Cainite superstitions".
  • Smug Super: While the way she expresses herself is unfailingly polite, she's constantly taking cheap shots against how much inferior vampires, their nature, their mentality etc. and also Western humans are when compared to the Chinese alternative. The player character has abundant opportunities to call her on out on this, though.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: She has convinced the people of Chinatown that she is a force for good, even as she bankrolls the street gangs terrorizing the populace and moves to ruin or kill a good, honest man and a prominent member of the local community.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Hence her nickname above. She uses this power to frame Nines for the murder of Groat, then again to go One-Winged Angel if you come to kill her.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: If the PC sides with the Kuei-Jin, she betrays them as soon as they do her dirty work. Ditto for LaCroix, since she exploits their alliance to turn the Cainite factions against each other and has him killed if she gains the upper hand.

    The Chang Brothers 
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Voiced by: Michael Yama

We Chang Brothers accept your life graciously.

Blade and Claw, twin Kuei-jin dispatched by Ming-Xiao to retrieve the Sarcophagus. You must fight them in the Giovanni crypt.


  • Affably Evil: Downplayed, but they offer you several chances to leave without a fight and are just as confused as you are that you've been sent to cause one. As far as they know, you're meant to be on the same side.
  • Anti-Villain: See above. They don't seem like particularly bad people and don't understand why you've come to fight them, since their boss and your boss are supposedly allies. Interestingly, it's the PC who forces the fight in every scenario.
  • Co-Dragons: To Ming Xiao, if only by virtue of being the only named Kuei-Jin you get to face besides her.
  • Combination Attack: If both are still alive, they can join their chi to fill the crypt with a Sphere of Destruction that deals massive amounts of damage if the player can't find cover.
  • Contractual Boss Immunity: Able to No-Sell powers from most of the "spellcasting" disciplines, like Dementation and Thaumaturgy.
  • Dual Boss: They attack you two-on-one, and separating them is part of the challenge.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Blade Brother.
  • Sibling Team: Assuming they're blood brothers.
  • Teleport Spam: Unlike Andre, they use it to aggressively flank you rather than purely for escape.
  • They Call Him "Sword": Their monikers match their favoured weapons.
  • Wolverine Claws: Claw Brother uses them as his primary weapon, naturally.

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