Every drop of power that courses through your veins belong to me. I am reclaiming it.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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. 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.
Mortal slaves of vampires, bound by pacts of blood to immortal masters.
The Bloody Black HandVampires 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
Mercenary vampires with a thirst for blood and soul, combining arcane might with ruthless, crushing power.