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Strasba wasn't much of a village. Nestled in a secluded valley, the tiny hamlet consisted of perhaps a dozen shops and a score of crude peasant huts. The two-story wooden shops occupied the head of the village, facing an unpaved road lined with thatch-roofed hovels. A modest stone church resided at the opposite end of the road, as though the town’s founders had been determined to place as much distance as possible between God and Mammon.

Blood Enemy novelization, chapter 9

The Village of Strasba is a location that appears only in the non-canon novel, Blood Enemy. Strasba is small settlement, really no more than a hamlet, and all that is really known is that it is a small population located somewhere within the Pannonian Basin area, but within journeying distance of Ördögház. A group of human zealots, led by a charismatic monk known as Brother Ambrose, hail from Strasba.

The village is never seen in the series' official canon.

Blood EnemyEdit

A mob of able-bodied villagers, having been whipped up into a anti-Vampire/Lycan frenzy by Brother Ambrose, are led by him into attempting a siege upon Castle Corvinus. They are nearly successful in their attempt, only for the superstitious mob to be driven away when Lucian, one of the Vampire Coven's servants, is able to scare them away with bats, (which the mortals think are the actual Vampires).

Some three weeks later[1], as the New-Year approaches[2], the procession from Castle Corvinus, led by the Lady Ilona (wife of the Vampire Elder, Viktor of Moldavia), and includes her daughter, Lady Sonja, makes their arrival at a Keep, (a way station and sanctuary for travelling Vampires), the mob, led again by Brother Ambrose, spring a successful ambush and kill all but Sonja & Lucian, and Soren.

When Viktor is appraised of the death of his wife, he is furious. One month later, under a full moon, he leads a company of Death Dealers, (including Nicolae and Kraven), and a transformed Lucian, (who Viktor needed to identify Brother Amborse to him), straight to the village of Strasba, where his informants had tracked down as Brother Ambrose's base of operations[3], and at Viktor's command, the Death Dealers begin there initial charge into the village, waking the villagers. After Nicolae slays the nightwatchman, Viktor proclaims that, for that night only, the ban on killing humans is lifted, encouraging his Death Dealers to 'slake [their] thirsts' on the village, but that the monk is his and his-alone[4]. At his decree, the contingent of Death Dealers leap from their mounts and, swords drawn, begin laying siege to every building and proceeded to ravish, feed from, and massacre the small population of men, women & children, infants and the elderly; innocent and guilty-alike; revelling in the carnage.

While the rest of the Vampires are busy, Viktor calls upon Kraven to "fetch [him] a live tongue, while there is still one to be had". From one of the peasants, Viktor is directed towards the small church on the outskirts of the village[5]. Once within, and Lucian having confirmed the monk's identity as Brother Ambrose, Viktor bites Brother Ambrose, infecting him with the Vampire virus with the intention of turning the monk into his personal slave "for all eternity". Brother Ambrose's body, however, is unable to cope with the effects of the virus, and he quickly dies at Viktor's feet.

After the Vampires are finished, Viktor leads his party away from the village for the Coven, leaving the village in ruins and aflame, all of its residents dead, to be left as an example to any who would challenge the Coven again.

ReferencesEdit

  1. "An empty throne, carved from polished ebony, rested on a marble platform behind and above the platform upon which the Lady Ilona stood. Only an Elder was entitled to sit on the regal seat; thus, its very presence served as to remind those in attendance that the absent Marcus remained the ultimate ruler of the Coven, at least until Viktor rose to reclaim the throne some three weeks hence." ~ Blood Enemy novelization, chapter 4
  2. "There was good reason for the Vampires' haste, however. In less than three nights, with the coming of the New Year, Viktor would be Awakened from two centuries of hibernation, and Lady Ilona was determined to attend the ceremony along with her daughter." ~ Blood Enemy novelization, chapter 5
  3. "My informants tell me otherwise. The one we seek lies below." ~ Viktor, Blood Enemy novelization, chapter 9
  4. "Nicolae was clearly having a grand time, but Viktor's voice was all seriousness as he addresses the company. "By their perfidy, the mortals of this village have forfeited their protection under the Covenant. Tonight--and only tonight--the prohibition on slaying humans is lifted. Feast as you will, Death Dealers. Slake your thirst with the lifeblood of these unworthy mortals. Only remember this: the monk is mine!"" ~ Viktor, Blood Enemy novelization, chapter 9
  5. "The humble parish church was the only stone structure in Strasba. A single bell tower rose above the church's steeply gabled roof. A pair of oak doors barred the entrance, at least in theory. Here, too, garlic and hawthorn branches had been strung up in a pathetic attempt to keep out the Devil's minions." ~ Blood Enemy novelization, chapter 9
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Characters
Selene - Lucian - Sonja - Viktor - Kraven - Nicolae - Soren - Leyba - Brother Ambrose - Grushenka - Ilona - Leonid Florescu - Marcus Corvinus - Yoshio - Diego
Species
Vampire - Lycan - Immortal - Human
Locations
Silver Mine - Castle Corvinus - Crypts - Strasba - Keep - Ördögház - Budapest
Weapons
Silver
Terms
Death Dealer - Vampire Elder - Budapest Coven - Blood Memories

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