Adept of the ancient arts: A temple artist of the Immortyl cult of the goddess Kali, either male or female. They are subjected to severe torture called the adept’s ordeal in order to prove their worthiness to serve the goddess. Extraordinarily beautiful, they must be without blemish, graceful, sing and dance well. They are also highly skilled practitioners of sexual pleasure and as such perform an elaborate ritual symbolic of Immortyl creation. At one time among the most revered of Immortyls, in recent times their status has been degraded to that of courtesan.
Alpha: Vassal to an Immortyl elder, always male.
Amazon: A renegade female Immortyl who lives apart and without male jurisdiction.
Elder: Head of one of the thirteen Immortyl houses, always male.
Forbidden science: The scientific pursuit of a biological origin of immortality, forbidden by the Grand Council in 1908. To suggest Immortyls aren’t divinely created is heresy punishable by death.
Flavor: A slang term denoting the psychosexual release a vampire enjoys from a certain class of victim.
Grand Council: Often called the GC, the governing body of Immortyls, presided over by the chief elder and made up of the elders of the houses, ordained by precepts laid out in a code established circa 100 BC, written by Liu the Chinese elder by mutual agreement. The code was devised to prevent constant bloodshed between houses and sets out in precise language the role of every member of Immortyl society and their duties, property rights, guidelines for business practices and religious observance. The code was amended in the 20th century to prevent the pursuit of a biological origin of Immortality. They convene once a century unless there is a great matter to decide. The elders all have one vote, there must always an odd number of houses according to the
code to prevent ties.
House: A clan of vampires related by the blood of the elder. Bloodline is another term for house.
Immortyl: Their own term for vampire. The term vampire is considered a vulgarity.
Kalidasa: Chief elder and accepted fountainhead of Immortyl blood hailing from the Indian subcontinent. He resides in a compound some distance from
Kali Maa: Fearsome form of the Indian mother goddess, consort of Shiva, worshipped by Immortyls, primarily in India, but widely given ceremonial lip service. Chief elder Kalidasa claims she gave him both the gift of immortality and his name, which literally means, servant of Kali. The Immortyl cult of Kali is unique and bears little relationship to mortal forms of worship. Its chief celebrants are the legendary adepts of the ancient arts.
Sewer rats: Cast off or runaway slaves of the pleasure class, generally residing in groups of 10-20, called packs, in the most squalid of conditions, historically in sewers and crypts. They have their own customs and hierarchy distinct from that of the houses. Females among their packs generally have low status. Many are children in form. They greatly outnumber their former masters.
Sharing essence: The practice of two or more Immortyls drinking one another’s blood as a form of intimacy. If this process is prolonged it can result in a psychological bonding of the recipients. It is not yet known how this occurs, the sharing evokes an empathetic response in the partners and in rare instances brings on hallucinations, which some refer to as visions in the blood. Some Immortyls take an illicit pleasure in forcing others to give their essence without reciprocation, an act akin to rape. In it’s most extreme form it is referred to as “Bleeding” and is used a manner of torture by ordeal.
Slave: These fall into two categories, one being soldiers called dogs, generally large, burly males, the other being sexual companions who also may function as domestic servants, these latter are both male and female, youthful in form and attractive. The females are generally referred to as concubines. A slave can never raise his or her status according to the code.
Taking the blood: The act of becoming Immortyl, accomplished when a mortal shares essence for the first time with the progenitor. Blood must be completely cycled between the two in order for this to be accomplished.
Territory: The holdings of an elder, generally parceled out among his alphas, who hold jurisdiction and pay him tribute.
Mia Disantini: Immortyl slave. Born in
Kurt Eisen: Immortyl slave. Born in
Ethan Sinclair: Immortyl alpha. Born 1833 near
Brovik: Immortyl elder. Born
Philip: Immortyl alpha. Born
Leisha Brookings: Immortyl slave. Born in
Chase Powers: Immortyl alpha. Born in
House of Gaius
Gaius Lupus: Immortyl Born
Dirk: Immortyl Born
Diego: Immortyl. Born
Lisette: Immortyl slave. Born Paris 1777, former streetwalker, favorite concubine to Gaius.
Giullietta: Immortyl slave. Born
Arturo: Immortyl slave. Born
Joe Ansari: Mortal Born
Jean Peterson: Mortal Born
Lee Brooks: CEO
Kalidasa: Immortyl chief elder. Born near
Raj: Immortyl alpha. Born
Sandhya: Immortyl slave. Born
Avijit: Immortyl slave. Born
Marco: Immortyl slave. Born
Cedric MacKinnon. Immortyl slave. Born,
Naveen: Immortyl slave. Born
Beeshom: Immortyl slave. Born,
Liu Li Cheng. Immortyl. Born in
Xin Yan: Immortyl slave. Born in
Wang. Immortyl alpha. Born in
Eamon: Immortyl pack leader. Born in
Sheih: Immortyl pack leader. Born outside of
Corrinna: Immortyl, former slave. Born in
Karen: Immortyl, former slave. Born
All four of these Immortyl kids were taken by a foreign alpha, who sold them off to Gaius’ dogs. The kids were all badly abused by mortals, their master and the dogs that held them captive. All of them are prone to bouts of violent behavior, like feral animals. Kurt is moved by their plight and convinces Mia that they should adopt the children to prevent further abuse within the packs.
Caleb: Born in
Hector: Born in
Felicity: Born in
Cesar: No one is sure of his birth date or birthplace. Around ten at the time he was taken. He is autistic and Mia’s favorite of the bunch.