The Bloody Black Hand
The only thing worse than a vampire is mercenary vampire.The Bloody Black Hand is a young brood of vampires with a rare entrepreneurial spirit, serving as mercenaries for any magi willing to pay their price. Inhuman and immortal, the true purpose of their mercenary crusade is something greater than blood and wealth. They serve at the behest of a true vampire for... Well, that would spoil the surprise. Where they go, trouble soon follows - if they aren't there to take care of it, they are sure to cause it.
The HandConsisting of four lesser vampires and a handful of their revenants, the Bloody Black Hand is a potent force. Even the youngest among them have been dead for decades, and learned to channel the immortal blood-arts of their kind. When they aren't on some assignment or another, the Hand's members often scatter to pursue private matters. More often than not, they lurk in the Shadow, away from prying eyes. None of the vampires go by their old names, discarding them in a brutal initiation rite as they become one of the Hand.
If brute force doesn't work, you're not using enough of it.
Every web has its spider...
Immortality... Is only the beginning.
Live fast, die young, leave a good-looking corpse - then do it all over again!
VampiresBlood-sucking horrors from beyond the grave, Vampires are dangerous horrors that haunt the Shadow. Most Vampires that a walker might run into these days are of the lesser variety, humans turned into abomination, but their origin lies in the Beyond. True, or Greater, vampires were never human, but spawned from the blood-splattered depths of myth and magic. They're as rare as they are powerful, each one an equal for a dozen magi.
Blood-sucking, undead fiends that definitely do not sparkle in the sun. While lesser vampires were once humans, their true origin lies in myth-shrouded monstrosity.
The world beyond all other worlds, a place of wonder and horror in equal measure.
Even other monsters fear Vampires for their cannibalistic hunger.
RevenantsRevenants are unfortunate mortals, bound to a vampire's will through a pact of blood. By consuming the vampire's blood, a mortal can gain a spark of their power - but at a terrible price. Most revenants serve their undying masters as in any number of capacities, from bodyguard to courtesan, and can live for centuries, as long as the blood flows.
Mortal slaves of vampires, bound by pacts of blood to immortal masters.
The Ruinous VaultA prison for creatures beyond killing and things beyond destruction, the Ruinous Vault guards secrets that could end the world. As long as any magi can remember, the Vault and its cult have been around, occasionally making an appearance to shop for new members or some trinkets. For the most part, they wait and watch, keeping the Vault sealed except for the somber occasions when they inter something new into its eternal depths.
The Ruinous Vault
Where immortal dangers are bound, blasphemous artifacts locked away, fiends forgotten.