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   I am really NOT usually a fan of horror. I created this character as I find her background to be interesting and open to a lot of intriguing writing ideas. Avatar (c) Valentina Kallias, from Deviant Art.

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The Countess Marya Zaleska is a vampire, and moreover, the daughter of the infamous Count Dracula. Dracula has been killed by Professor Abraham van Helsing and Marya sees his death as a means to her freedom from the vampirism she fears and hates. Stealing her father's body, she burns it in a ritual she believes will free her from what she refers to as her "Curse". The ritual fails and Marya is devastated that she faces being a vampire for the rest of time - a conclusion she abhors. Marya reviles the unnatural urge for bloodletting which overcomes her at the least opportune moments. Yet, the power it gives her over others is addicting, as are the methods she devises to hunt, torture, and occasionally kill her prey. The only person she can confide in and trust is her loyal manservant Sandor. Only he can bring the Countess and her hunger under control - though just barely. However, Sandor is deeply in love with the Countess and secretly hopes she will convert him into a vampire so he can spend all of eternity with her. Being desperate to find a cure, the Countess seeks alternative means of ending the Curse. But it is not as simple as it sounds...

Fast forward to 1933 and we find a world on the brink of war. The Countess and Sandor have allied themselves loosely with a group of men and women known as the Diogenes Club. They are a diverse group whose goal is to find and gather the ancient treasures from the Legend of the Nibelungs. With her connections, she is an asset to the Club, but her cravings can at times make her their enemy. Her hope is that amongst the collective knowledge and experience of the members in the Diogenes Club, she will finally find a cure to her Curse.

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The curse nicely explained
Apr 16, 2012 02:48 am


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