The Exsanguination

Every drop of power that courses through your veins belong to me. I am reclaiming it.  
— The beginning of the end
  The Exsanguination was the catastrophic rebirth of the vampire-god Shaitan in the Prime and the near extinction of every earth-bound vampire. Over the course of a few months, every vampire that shared an ancestry with Shaitan found themselves bleeding out, their blood rebelling against their flesh and breaking free of it. Believed to be one of the first vampires, Shaitan's blood had spread throughout the millennia as vampires turned mortals to abominations for companionship, servitude, or whim, and it was all returning to its master. It would gather in a great pool of blood, from which the vampire-god emerged.  

Bloody Uprising

Our great work... Is nearly done.  
  A scheme centuries in the making saw its final step in the failure of another. As the mortal warlock Alexander Sheridan attempted to breach the Ruinous Vault to plunder its world-ending secrets, the very instrument of his attack - his vampiric enforces - betrayed him. In the chaos of several unleashed disasters, they stole away the Heart of Shaitan and left the wizard to be imprisoned.  
After his escape - or release - Alexander himself aided the efforts against Shaitan... More out of revenge than anything.
 
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The fossilized organ was the last artifact needed for the vampire-god to re-emerge. For countless ages, he had lain dormant within the blood of every vampire spawned from his lineage, growing in power as they grew in numbers. With it, the Bloody Black Hand began to resurrect their long-dead god.  
At the same time, vicious fighting broke out across the Shadow, as strife followed the chaos left from the Vault's breach.
  By the time people had figured out what was going on, blood was already flowing. Desperate and dying vampires struck out in all directions; some following the trail of exsanguination to try to stop the source, but failed.
  One escaped long enough to warn others, setting the dominos in motion for a response.  
Other vampires fled into the Beyond. The fortunate few with this ability fared better then most, but none escaped unscathed.
  With the warning, people realized that as bad as things looked, they were worse. Few were shedding many tears about blood-suckers getting some ironic revenge, but the idea of an immortal undead god roaming around the world didn't seem much better.   Just as things looked like they couldn't get any worse, they did. Once the first attack was launched on the Bloody Black Hand, the vampires revealed that they had in secret accumulated a great number of vampires and revenants that they threw into battle.    

The War Of Blood

There's gonna be more spoilers, isn't there?  
  As the blood of vampires flows across the planet in streams and rivers, the world goes mad. Though the great masses of humanity remain ignorant through the workings of the Veil, they are not unaffected. Where the blood passes, so too does madness and violence.  
From the Beyond, ancient creatures stir from their slumber by the smell of such power. Some cross through into the Shadow and even into the Prime, adding to the chaos. Magi rally in great number to stop the birth of Shaitan, assembling an unlikely alliance of Spooks and Walkers never seen before.  
They fail.
  Betrayed and too late, the Exsanguination kills almost all lesser vampires in the Prime, including the Bloody Black Hand, and through their collective blood, an undead god emerges. Despite the feast that spawned him, Shaitan is ravenously hungry and devours drop of blood in the city of Ibarra, Ecuador. Such is his hunger that magi begin to fear only the whole of humanity would sate him.
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  And we can't let that happen, now can we?
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Vampires

Blood-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 abominations, 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. Shaitan alone could best a hundred without breaking a bloody sweat.  
Vampires
Species | Jul 25, 2021

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.

 

Revenants

Revenants 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.   So many vampires were exsanguinated that more than one unfortunate Revenant was drowned in the tide of blood. Many others, elder revenants found their gifted blood ripped from their bodies.  
Revenants
Species | Jul 25, 2021

Mortal slaves of vampires, bound by pacts of blood to immortal masters.

 

The Bloody Black Hand

Vampires and mercenaries, the Bloody Black Hand are a young brood of entrepreneurial vampires who hire their services to the highest bidder. These 'services' usually involve putting the hurt on some poor bastard, but if sufficiently motivated, they have other uses. As powerful, magical entities, their allegiance is bought as part of a Pacts, usually for a price in warm bodies and human luxuries.  
The Bloody Black Hand
Military Formation | Jul 25, 2021

Mercenary vampires with a thirst for blood and soul, combining arcane might with ruthless, crushing power.

 
Teasing a third book? Now you're just gettin' cheeky!  


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Author's Notes

You know, I got all the way to the end and then I started doubting myself. But, too late now, so I'm at least leaving this in for Summer Camp!  
— Q


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31 Jul, 2021 14:41

Don't doubt yourself, Q! I'm intrigued by the whole idea and finally understanding a bit more of the articles you've written over summer camp. You've brought everything together flawlessly!   Keep it up like that! :D

Hey you! Yes, you! You're writing amazing articles, don't forget that!
31 Jul, 2021 15:06

Agreed! Wonderful article as usual.

31 Jul, 2021 16:05

Three books? Way to go Amelia! She's good for you, Q. <3 And she sounds amazing.

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1 Aug, 2021 12:43

YOU TEASE! (also, I love Amelia's comments <3)

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
5 Aug, 2021 09:07

So many spoilers! *scandalised face*   And now a third book too XD Poor Amelia, you're dragging her into so much troubles :p I love all of those ideas you've come up with, so it's great that you're going to take the time to explore them all :D   Did the Black Hand survive the resurrection or did Lazarius sacrifice them all to a higher purpose? Or would knowing that be one spoiler too many? XD I'm intrigued with how the rest of the Beyond and the Fae are going to react to all of that... Seems like they're the only hope left - unless someone has the brillant idea to take something else from the vault :p

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5 Aug, 2021 13:35

The Hand did not survive - they were devoured by Shaitan along with the rest of the brood. Maybe I'll let one or two of them survive to have some named badguys around ;) It falls squarely under the "uh not sure yet!"   And that's... Possible. Never count out magi ingenuity though!

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Dimitris Havlidis
10 Aug, 2021 07:51

Nice one Q! Thank you for submitting on my special category! I really hope you enjoyed taking part in SummerCamp this year! Have a wonderful day and I hope we see you on the awards ceremony!

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10 Aug, 2021 10:03

Thanks! See you there! :D