A Vampire Elder is one of the three original Vampires, including the first Vampire. These three Vampires are Marcus Corvinus, Viktor, and Amelia. Marcus was the original Vampire and he sired the Hungarian warlord Viktor on his deathbed in exchange for his military prowess and the use of his army to aid Marcus in capturing his brother William, the first and most powerful Werewolf. For this task, Viktor’s troops were turned and made into the first Death Dealers, Vampire warriors trained to kill Werewolves. Marcus later sired Amelia for unknown reasons. As the oldest living Vampires, the three of them founded the Old World Coven and were soon regarded as Elders. Viktor was considered the most powerful and Amelia was highly influential. Marcus, however, was undermined and over-shadowed.
Viktor and Amelia both sought to undermine Marcus's authority, but Viktor believed the lie that should Marcus or William die, the rest of the species would die with them. Thus, he never sought Marcus's death.
It is possible that Viktor and Amelia have been deceiving the Vampires by implying that the Vampires' immortality was linked to the bloodlines of all three Elders.
The Vampire Elders have an intricate system known as the "Chain", during which one Elder rules while the other two slumber in the crypt in Ördögház for every century, thus preventing their conflicting styles of leadership causing division between them.
Generally, only an Elder will awaken another, as they have the ability to organize their thoughts into a cohesive record for the next Elder to refer to; however, it is possible for any blood to provoke an Awakening, although other Vampires lack the mental clarity required to coherently organise their thoughts.
Powers & AbilitiesEdit
The Elders' advanced age, in conjunction with being sired directly by Marcus, grants them much more strength and power than subsequent generations.
- Superhuman Strength: Vampire Elders are far stronger than younger Vampires and can overpower or kill them with ease. Their strength is on par with that of Lycans, allowing these Vampires to face them in single combat successfully when well armed and prepared. An Elder is strong enough to slay a Hybrid, though they must have great skill and fighting prowess in order to stand any chance, taking into consideration the confrontation between Viktor and Michael Corvin. Viktor, who was centuries older and therefore far more experienced, was able to eventually overpower Michael although not before sustaining considerable damage to himself in the process.
- Superhuman Endurance and Healing: They can heal faster and with more finality than younger Vampires and sustain far greater damage, as Viktor was able to recover from being stabbed through the mouth and out the back of his throat.
- Blood Sorting: Vampire Elders have the unique ability to communicate through their blood, organizing thoughts and memories into a single cohesive vision. This technique is used as part of the Chain, wherein the next Elder to rule is briefed in a blood vision by the previous ruler. In addition to having memories willingly imparted upon them, Vampire Elders are also able to extract the memories of those they feed on by force. Viktor used this power on Sonja, which is how he learned of his daughter's relationship with the Lycan Lucian.
- ↑ "Our noble houses may be separated by a great ocean... but we are equally committed to the preservation of the bloodlines..." ~Dmitri
- ↑ "There are twelve seats on the Council."~Andreas Tanis
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