Marcus Faust has a blood cousin, Dante Seraphim. In Noristrad all the royal houses (families) are vampires or headed by a vampire, except the monarchy itself. Vampires usually install a human puppet on the throne to keep the humans pacified.
He was originally based off Raziel before he was betrayed by Kain in Soul Reaver. My story was about how Faust manipulated Dante to do things for him, but Faust always at the last moment would jump in and save Dante if he felt he needed it. I wrote this long novel with every intention of publishing it, until I set it aside for a couple of years, then pulled it back out and read it. It was completely awful. It was like a child wrote Soul Reaver fan fiction.
Dante was my vampire that was supposed to not be like the others of his kind. He didn’t care about vampire politics, he was an advocate for humans, often protecting them from other vampires. He’d been raised a count, with lands, but gave the title to his heir, Rene, and wanted to be left alone to live on his ancestral estate: Angelwood. He had taken on a life of a hermit, but even though he acted like he hated to be disturbed, he often appreciated the visits from Faust. He had weaknesses that other vampires didn’t have, such as he lacked telepathy, and to attempt to use it on him it was debilitating, for Dante. He pined after his deceased wife, Chalarty, so no other women interested him. He was virtuous, he protected and defended those he considered family and friends.
In 2012 & 2013 I began to flesh out more of Noristrad and more of the vampire politics, and in fact, more of the convolution between the houses of Faust and Seraphim, and I decided that Dante really needed a new face. At that moment I was putting moons on my all my ikes and came across this image of Aidan Turner from Being Human and decided that Dante Seraphim had found a new face.
I roleplayed off and on with Dante and Faust, I enjoyed god moding too much to let anyone else into the monologue. I just never had the same feel for Dante that I did in 2000, so Faust became my favorite and I found myself writing more for Faust than Dante. I actually pulled Dante from my medieval Noristrad and put him into a more modern setting, I brought Faust with him, but Faust became someone who he sought for information or guidance, and Dante was the main character. It was told from his point of view and from the point as if he was writing his memoirs. I fully intended it to begin him telling about his life and activities as a young vampire and to be interrupted by whatever modern events were happening. I was trying for a ‘case a week’ type story telling, and I wrote 5 cases, they seemed weak. I’ve posted the first case on my writing blog: Dusty Words I also intend to post one of the parts of the medieval monologue with Faust and Dante.