Abel: (Multi-color Mage) According to biblical legend the second-born son of Adam and Eve, murdered by his brother Cain. In Vampire legend Abel is one of the two mages who cast the curse, which transformed Cain into the original vampire. A multi-colored mage noted as being strongest in Silver magic. Abel’s death was revenge for his murder of Cain.
Adam: (Multi-color Mage) According to biblical legend the first man. In reality this occasional Gold magic wielder, was the first disciple of the minor Sumerian deity, Yahweh. He is the father of Cain, Abel, Seth, and their three sisters.
Aluka: (Hebrew – Leech) Slang term used by ancient vampires for the hangers-on at a vampire court.
Astryiah: An Ancient Jewish female vampire. There is conflicting information as to whether she is of the third or fourth generation from Cain. Fragmentary evidence discovered in the Dead Sea Scrolls places her in the third generation as a daughter of Nina-Ishtar.
Barghest: (Vampire Clan) A twisted and deformed vampire clan. Legends and rumors say that they were once a clan of beautiful vampires until their third generation sire offended Cain. According to legend, Cain cursed the bloodline to be as twisted and deformed on the outside as they are on the inside. Members of this clan are chosen from amongst the most beautiful, vain, and arrogant mortals. Surprisingly the few mortals who were twisted and deformed of body but good of soul suffer a reverse of the curse and become beautiful. They have an extensive information network and are legendary in their abilities to keep and collect secrets.
Beauty, House of: (Mortal Hunters) the descendants of Belle better know as Beauty from the story Beauty and the Beast. The House of Beauty are renowned shifter hunters. This family is dominated by the women of the family lead by the Huntress of the House. In the 15th century, a son of the line became the Hunter of the House but died in battle after only a few years as Hunter. In the 21st century, Kieran Samuel Belle-Cooper became the Hunter of the House of Beauty and began a new era in the family history.
Bellabarisruk: (3rd Generation Vampire) a former Chaldean nobleman and Chief of the Magi, who usurped the Babylonian throne. His usurpation brought him to the attention of Sharru-Kino the second-generation vampire king of El-Abel. Bellabarisruk was given the Gift of Cain and transformed into the first vampire of the third generation. He founded the princely Bel-Kino Clan.
Bel-Kino, Clan: (Vampire Clan) Founded by Bellabarisruk sometime after the great flood. This clan of vampires chooses only those who have proven political leadership skills. They rule over the various clans of vampires in a given city, county, province, or country depending on their age, skills, and power. Regardless of how much territory they control the leader is given the title Grand Duke or Grand Duchess and is addressed as Your Grace.
Cain: (Multi-colored Mage, First Vampire) According to biblical legend the first-born son of Adam and Eve, murderer of his brother Abel. In vampire legend and lore Cain is the first vampire. Cain was a multi-colored mage strongest on Emerald magic and a gifted healer. In trying to stop a mage duel between his younger brothers, Cain was caught between two terrible killing spells of opposing magic. Cain’s Emerald magic tried to heal him but because of the conflicting Silver and Ebony magic tearing him apart and binding him together, his own magic killed him and then brought him back in a half living state. Only the energy of the living (strongest in blood) sustains this half-life.
Cain, Cult of: An early medieval sect of heretical monks who worship Cain as the first savior of mankind. They serve as mortal eyes and ears within the most sacred of Mother Church’s sites. Members of the Cult of Cain wear a cross with a secret compartment in which is hidden a vial with a single drop of blood in it. The blood according to the sect’s traditions is the mingled blood of Cain and his brother Abel, drawn from Cain after he fed from his brother. Those who serve in the Cult of Cain wear the habits of many different monastic orders Cistercian, Dominican, Franciscan, Hospitaller, Jesuit, and some say the Templars. When the members of the cult gather for conclaves they wear, blood-red robe tied with a black, silver, and emerald rope belt, go bare-foot, and wear a cross of red stone usually garnet for the lower rank and file members and ruby for the leadership of the order.
Curse, The: The ancient magic, which transformed Cain from human to vampire. The Curse is a tragic combination of Silver, Ebony, and Emerald magic, which can only be undone by a multi-colored mage strongest in Gold magic. The Curse is tied to Cain directly and can be “gifted” to others by bringing them close to the point of death and then letting them drink the blood of one carrying the curse. Legend has it that if one were to kill Cain, they would inherit The Curse sevenfold.
Dante’s Inferno: A nightclub in the city of Boston opened in 2318 by Adam FitzCaine as neutral territory where inter-clan or inter-species business dealings can be negotiated. The nightclub takes up the top ten floors of the old Prudential building. Guest enter the first circle on the very top floor and work their way down by upgrading their membership or earning an invitation to the next level. The inferno is a sex club that caters to all tastes depending on membership and level access. The ninth circle is reserved for Grand Dukes, Pack Alphas, and mortal leaders. The tenth floor is Mr. FitzCaine’s private domain.
Dyta, Celina: (4th Generation Vampire, Barghest Clan) this ancient vampire is one of the most dangerous and powerful of her generation. A warrior queen of a proto-polish tribe, she the gift forced on her by Parthalán the 3rd generation founder of the clan. Her physical beauty was destroyed as the darkness within her soul was unleashed by the curse on Parthalán’s bloodline took full effect. The once mighty warrior queen became a twisted and horrifying hag. She began a true reign of terror earning the appellation The Crone of the North. Some believe she is the fact behind the stories of Baba Yaga and other ancient evil crones. Sometime in the late medieval period, Celina Dyta slipped into dormancy and her reign of terror ended. Rumors about her return sprang up in the mid-twentieth century when the Soviet block collapsed. It wasn’t until the late twenty-first century when the second Russian Empire rose to power in Eastern Europe that her return was confirmed. The new Czar of All the Russias, ordered her hunted down and destroyed. Her destruction is unconfirmed even though both Einar Frost and Richard St. Martin were rumored to be hunting her.
El-Abel: According to vampire legends the City of Cain located south of Ur along the coast of the Persian Gulf. Cain alone ruled the city for many mortal generations until he became lonely and granted his gift onto five of his ministers. While Cain was away visiting a vassal king, two of the five chosen tried to seize the rule of El-Abel for themselves. Cain returned and reclaimed his rule, destroyed his rebellious children and then passed the rule of El-Abel on to his three remaining children.
FitzCaine, Adam: (Suspected 3rd Generation Vampire) the owner of the infamous nightclub Dante’s Inferno in the city of Boston. Adam FitzCaine is known to be a vampire of incredible power but his generation is unknown. He does not seem to be affiliated with any of the clans and his nightclub is considered neutral territory. Vampires of almost all clans are welcome as long as they play by the rules and can afford the membership fees.
Frost, Einar: (Mortal Hunter, created by Phetra H. Novak) Einar Frost is a hunter, just like his father and his grandfather had been before him, it is in his blood. Born and raised in Sweden, Einar grew up in in the frozen wilderness hunting shifters from the time he was old enough to walk and carry a gun. The walking corpses, vampires are rare but both his father and grandfather learned the methods of sending these monsters to their final death and passed this knowledge on to Einar. Nothing else matters to Frost but the hunt. In the Scandinavian region the Frosts rivals the fame of the ancient House of Beauty in kills of shifters. The many changes over the last decades of the 21st Century have brought Frost many opportunities to expand his hunting territory, which has brought him to the attention of the ancient 5th Generation Bel-Kino Grand Duke of St. Petersburg. Frost resents the intrusion of the famous hunter Richard St. Martin into what he sees as his territory, even though the man was invited by the Czar of Russia to help remove the ancient Barghest vampire, Celina Dyta, known as The Crone of the North. Frost is human and proud of it. He has a legacy to live up to and he has no plans of fucking that up.
Gift of Cain, The: Term used by vampires to describe the transformation from mortal life to the undead life of a vampire.
Grand Duke/Duchess: Vampire ruler of a given territory be it a city, county, state, or nation. These rulers are mostly of the Bel-Kino clan, but some are from other clans. The Grand Duchess of Hollywood is a member of the Lorelei Clan.
Hubert of Liege, Saint: (Mortal Catholic Priest and Hunter) this 8th century bishop was canonized as the Patron Saint of Hunters because of his ability to detect vampires and shifters. His profound holiness kept vampires at bay and could force a shifter back into human form even in the height of their frenzy. His relics are said to cure rabies and the diseases brought by the bite of wild animals. His feast day is November 3rd.
Immertun: (3rd Generation Vampire) A gentle scholar-priest of the sect of the Babylonian goddess Ishtar, Immertun’s teaching and kind nature attracted the attention of Nina-Ishtar, the second-generation vampire vizier and consort to Shanu-Kino of El-Abel. He is thought to be the either the second or third vampire of the third generation. He is the first vampire known to have discovered a method of controlling the beastly nature of vampirism. He founded the scholarly clan Kalumtum few of whom survive today.
Izcacus: (3rd Generation Vampire originally 4th Generation) was born in Hungary shortly after the Magyar invasions of the late 9th century to a Frankish mother and a Magyar warrior. He grew up to become a fierce warrior and a mighty pagan priest. His prowess as both warrior and priest drew the attention of Bellabarisruk who gave him the Gift of Cain in the early 10th century. Izcacus chaffed under the yoke of Bellabarisruk’s rule and sought his freedom. Using his magic and the magic of his fellow shamans, Izcacus broke the controlling bond created by the drinking of his sire’s blood. Seeking a way to make himself his sire’s equal, Izcacus discovered the resting place of the third generation scholar vampire Immertun and traveled there. He drank Immertun dry, destroying the ancient vampire and taking his place and power among the third generation. Returning to his native Hungary, Izcacus gave the Gift of Cain to many of his fellow priests founding the clan that preserves the ancient shamanistic traditions and carries his name.
Izcacus: (Vampire Clan) This clan is ruled by a council of warrior-shamans of the fourth generation who choose the strongest warriors or the holiest of shaman as candidates for membership in the clan. Shamantic traditional magic is highly prized and preserved by this clan. This clan fiercely opposes the scholarly traditions of the Kalumtum clan whose founder their own clan founder destroyed to gain his power and position. They will go out of their way to destroy a member of the Kalumtum clan regardless of the sanctions, which will fall on them if the Grand Duke of the territory learns of what they’ve done. Members of the Izcacus clan take on the role of a guardian spirit to a shaman and guide him and his tribe. When a shaman comes close to the end of his days, his guardian spirit will offer him the Gift of Cain so that he might join the ancestors and take over guiding the tribe.
Kalumtum: (Vampire Clan) this clan founded by Immertun as a council of scholar-priest to act as advisors to the Grand Dukes and Grand Duchesses of the vampire world has all but disappeared following the destruction of their founder. Most of the survivors have hidden themselves in the ranks of the Bel-Kino clan. There are no known elders above the sixth generation of this clan.
Lamasthu: (3rd Generation Vampire) from ancient Babylon where she was worshipped as a demon-goddess. Her name means Daughter of Heaven. Adulteress women found to be pregnant with a child not their husbands were brought to her temple and the bastard child was sacrificed to her, often by cutting it from the womb. Lamasthu’s six fourth generation handmaidens are women whose children were sacrificed to her. The demon-goddess was chosen by the second-generation vampire general, Bel-Sharra to be his consort. Her all female clan bares her name.
Lamasthu, Clan: Since ancient Babylon this clan has been all female, beginning their founder and her six handmaidens. Each new member is a woman, whose child was considered illegitimate under patriarchal laws and force aborted or sacrificed after birth. Many of the members “died” of blood loss due to the procedure or during childbirth. Members of this clan can be found posing as midwives, nurses, doctors, paramedics, nannies, or other positions that will bring them into contact with their chosen prey or a possible convert.
Lorelei: (4th Generation Vampire, Clan Lamasthu origin) was an eighth century Germanic tribal chieftain’s daughter with a golden voice. She was known as the Siren of the Rhine because her beauty and her voice lured suitors to her father’s territory from as far way as Rome. Sadly, for Lorelei, one of her suitors refused to be rejected and raped her on the shore of the Rhine. Distressed and disgraced, Lorelei sought to drown herself in the river but was rescued by the third generation vampire Lamasthu and given the Gift of Cain. Now a vampire, Lorelei sought revenge against the man who had destroyed her mortal life. The dark magic of the change made her golden voice a deadly weapon. She sang by the shore as her rapist’s ship sailed past and her voice drew the attention of the crew away from their duties at a critical moment and the ship struck the rocks and sank. Her gift allowed her to break the bond between her and Lamasthu and the two female vampires parted ways. Lorelei traveled and eventually found a young musician whose music blended well with her voice and offered him the Gift of Cain. Together they founded a clan of vampire artists of all types. Those who saw beauty in the world should be preserved. The clan they founded took Lorelei’s name as their own.
Lorelei: (Vampire Clan) Members of this clan are gifted in the arts. They are singers, actors, musicians, painters, sculptors, or anyone of the many arts. While many are physically beautiful, not all are. The prime requirement for members of this clan is the ability to see and produce beauty in the arts. Some of those recruited into the clan have turned out to be frauds in the arts, mere posers who make up some of the most vile art critics in the business.