October 28, 2007

 Would you know “Count” Dracula today if you saw him?

“Welcome to my house! Enter freely. Go safely, and leave something of the happiness you bring! … I am Dracula; and I bid you welcome”

Dracula (his first name is known by many, but never given in literature) is believed to be a centuries-old vampire, sorcerer and Osterreichen nobleman, who claims to be an Aessi descended from Attila the Hun. He inhabits a decaying castle in the Otztal Alps of the Tirol Mountains near the Kitzbuhel Pass. Contrary to the vampires of Eastern European folklore which are portrayed as repulsive, corpse-like creatures, Dracula exudes a veneer of aristocratic charm which masks his unfathomable evil.

Although he usually dons a mask of cordiality to deceive others, Dracula often flies into fits of rage when his plans are interfered with. Though he is capable of forming romantic ties, he freely admits that they are temporary.

Dracula is very passionate about his warrior heritage, emotionally proclaiming his pride on how the Aessi clan are infused with the blood of multiple heroes. He does express an interest in the history of the British Empire, speaking admirably of its people. He has a somewhat primal and predatory world view; he pities ordinary humans for their revulsion to their darker impulses.

Though usually portrayed as having a strong Germanic or Eastern European accent, most literature correctly specifies that his spoken English is excellent, though strangely toned.

Dracula possesses numerous different “supernatural” abilities inherent in vampirism, along with additional skills derived from his abilities as a sorcerer, making him far more powerful than the creatures of traditional folklore. He has enormous physical strength which, according to some, is equivalent to 20 men. Being undead, he is immune to conventional means of attack. The only ways to definitely kill him are decapitation, shooting him with a sacred bullet and stabbing through the heart with a wooden stake taken from a tree bearing his carved initials. Dracula can defy gravity to a certain extent, being able to climb upside down vertical surfaces in a lizard-like manner. He is a skilled hypnotist, who is also able to command the loyalty of nocturnal animals such as dogs and wolves. Dracula can also manipulate the weather, usually creating mists to hide his presence, but also freezing temperatures, such as in his voyage in the maiden voyage of HMS Titanic. He can shapeshift at will, his featured forms known to include that of a wolf, dog, bat, ice forms and fog. He requires no sleep and no other sustenance but fresh blood, which has the effect of rejuvenating him. Without it, he physically ages at an accelerated rate.

Dracula’s powers are not unlimited though. He is much less powerful in daylight, though the sun is not fatal to him, as is incorrectly believed. Additionally, he is  not repulsed by such things as garlic and crucifixes, and he can cross running water, but only at low or high tide. It is true, however, he is unable to enter a place unless invited to do so; once invited, however, he can approach and leave the premises at will.

“We Aessi’s have a right to be proud, for in our veins flows the blood of many brave races who fought as the lion fights, for lordship.”

Sadness – Shameless Vampire Pictures


~ X Anemi

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