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A vampire’s glowing eye.

Vampires ( or , Banpaia) are the supernatural creatures of the Vampire Knight universe. As in traditional folklore, they are sensitive to the sun and are active during the night; however, in reality, sunlight onlyhurts their eyesand doesnot actually cause them any physical damage.

When killed, vampires will turn into sand. However Purebloods are an exception, as when they die, they instead shatter into shards of glass. The most effective way to kill any vampire is to cut off their head or stab their heart using an anti-vampire weapon. Blood tablets had been developed to take the place of actual blood feeding, despite having a bad taste. Vampires also have a blood-lust that can only be quenched by the blood of their beloved.

The Pyramid of Numbers for Vampires

Vampires have existed for well over 10,000 years, first appearing when mankind’s civilizations began to crumble. At one point, they waged a war against humans, during which Purebloods began turning humans into vampires. When the number of vampires began to increase, a monarchy was established to rule the vampire race, with the Kurans as the royal family.

However, two generations ago in current times, the former king and head of the Kuran family (Rido, Haruka and Juri’s father) abolished the monarchy in order to avoid authoritarianism. The Senate was established to govern the vampire realm, with high-ranking vampire aristocrats in the seats. Despite their demoted status, however, the Kuran family still holds the title as the highest standing family, and it is well known that there are many vampire families who would support Kaname Kuran if he chose to take back the kingship.

There are 5 types of vampires, ranked according to the purity of their blood. The more diluted by human blood, the lower their ranking is.

Level A (A, A Kurasu, lit. “A Class”) are the Purebloods; the rarest, most elite, and most powerful class, whose blood lines have never mixed with any humans. They are the monarchy of the vampire race, meaning that they are very powerful and demonstrate many abilities such as being the only vampires able to turn humans into their own kind. However, these former human vampires are not powerful and will eventually lose their sanity and falling into Level E.

Level B (B, B Kurasu, lit. “B Class”) are known as the Aristocrats. Every Aristocrat has a special ability (e.g. Hanabusa’s ability to freeze vampires, humans and objects etc.) and the power to heal faster, have more strength and move more quickly. They have a small amount of human blood in their ancestry.

Level C (C, C Kurasu, lit. “C Class”) are general or regular vampires.

Level D (D, D Kurasu, lit. “D Class”) are humans who have been turned into a vampire by a Pureblood rather than being born as a vampire. These ex-humans would eventually go mad with blood-lust and become a “Level E” (E, Rebere E) if they are not stabilized by drinking the blood of the one who originally bit them. Stabilized ex-humans are known as “Level C” or “regular vampires”, and humans that have been bitten, but have not gone mad are “Level D”.

Purebloods (, Junketsushu) are level A vampires. The heritage of these vampires haven’t been diluted by human blood. They are the strongest type of vampires and have the most significant powers, and can destroy any lower vampire with ease. However, despite the fact Purebloods are very powerful, they only make up only a very small portion of the vampire population. The Senate holds Purebloods in extremely high regard, to the point where it is taboo to kill or even harm a Pureblood vampire. As a result, they are treated like royalty. The powers a Pureblood vampire possesses are dangerous to both their fellow vampires and humans. Purebloods have the ability to compel lesser vampires to do their bidding. In recent chapters, Kaname Kuran demonstrated why Purebloods are feared and respected by single-handedly killing the members of the Vampire Council. If a human is bitten by a Pureblood, that human will either die of blood loss or turn into an ex-human vampire, slowly falling into a Level E. The Pureblood and ex-human in question would become bonded as Master and Servant. The master is able to completely control their servant, while the servant becomes incapable of ever killing their master, even if they wish to. When a Pureblood vampire dies, their bodies slowly disperse into small sparkles (as shown by Shizuka Hio’s death in the anime) before shattering into shards of glass.

Aristocrats (, kizoku kaikyuu) are level B vampires. They are elite vampires with specialized abilities beyond normal vampires. These are also very powerful vampires, but not as powerful as Purebloods, due to having a small amount of human blood in their ancestry. They have super strength and speed, as well as specialized powers such as mind control or freezing matter. When an aristocrat is killed, they turn to dust like all other vampires, excluding Purebloods. These vampires are still able to be compelled by Purebloods, but enjoy a much more independent lifestyle in general. The Vampire Council is usually made up from their ranks.

Commons (, ippan kaikyuu, lit. “general rank”) are level C vampires. These are average vampires with no significant powers. Level C vampires are not usually seen in the anime but have several different appearances throughout the manga. They only have super speed, strength and they heal faster than a normal human.

Ex-humans (, moto-ningen) are level D and level E vampires. They are the lowest form of vampires, humans who have been turned into vampires by being bitten by a Pureblood vampire. The E in Level E represents the word “end” because after falling to level E, it’s usually the end of their life after losing control. If they don’t want to die, they’ll have to drink the blood of the Pureblood that bit them. The consequence is that the Pureblood would have complete control over the person and that person would truly become a vampire.

Elite vampires, such as Level B and Purebloods are known to have special powers. The following powers have been demonstrated:

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Daryl Now Has A Dog On ‘The Walking Dead’ So … –

The Walking Dead is about to take its largest, longest leap into the future yet, a fact previewed at the end of last weeks episode where we saw former toddler Judith Grimes turn into a 10-11 year old badass.

The new time jump is six years, following a 1.5 year time jump when the season started, and as such, some things are changing.

But I think one fact is getting me more excited than most. In early preview footage of the upcoming episodes of the show, we learn that Daryl has gotten a dog during this time.

You can see Daryls dog a few times in these trailers, where hes not mentioned specifically, but hes clearly there all the same. Here is one very dark screenshot I snagged of him, and its clear that he appears to be some sort of German Shepard, an appropriate post-apocalyptic dog in the vein of I Am Legend, though hopefully he meets a kinder fate. This matches up with earlier spy shots we saw on set with Daryl and a dog several months ago.

Daryl has always wanted to be something of a lone wolf, so him getting a new friend that isnt human seems like a logical development for his character. As everyone else is pairing off into couples in the future, it seems unlikely Daryl will do the same, as he has never had a love interest on the show other than a few brief flirtations with Carol many years back. Many have speculated about Daryls sexuality over the years, but if anything he seems more asexual than not. And so, his pairing is not a partner, but a dog.

Without getting into any spoilers at all, I have seen this weeks upcoming episode and while we do see Daryl, we do not see a dog. So what Im wondering is if we might get an episode where we find out how Daryl meets and adopts the dog, rather than the dog just showing up and we dont get to learn/see that story. I really would love for episode seven to be nothing but Daryl and a dog saving each other from walkers or something like that, but I sort of doubt well see that.

The Walking Dead has stayed away from animals most of the time throughout its run. The show famously had that terrible looking CGI deer in season 7, but for the most part, we just dont really see animals in this world other than a few brief hunting trips, or now livestock in the new world order. And I dont think weve ever seen a dog before, unless Im forgetting something.

Oh uh, I am forgetting the giant CGI tiger Ezekiel had, but that was so bizarre it feels like some kind of weird dream.

But Daryls dog will not be CGI, and hopefully will become a permanent cast member that is not killed off for shock value. I can forgive The Walking Dead a lot of things, but killing Daryls dog? Oh hell no.

Even if Daryls dog is trained to be an attack dog, he probably would not be very effective against walkers, considering you need headshot kills to take them out, and Im not sure a German can crush someones skull with a bite. But for other, human enemies which will inevitably appear again? Sure, hell be super useful then. Also, he can help hunt, sniff out people or food. In short, the dog may well turn into the MVP of the show soon enough.

So the real question, what would you name Daryls dog? Im going to go with just dog, knowing Daryl.

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The Walking Dead Recap Season 9 Episode 5: Does Rick Die?

The Walking Dead

What Comes After

Season 9 Episode 5

Editors Rating 5 stars *****

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes. Photo: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC

Say what you will about what The Walking Dead has become, but even if you loathed tonights ending, theres no denying that What Comes After delivered a full-circle Rick Grimes tribute and season-finale-level game-changers. Negan is broken. Rick is gone, but still breathing. Cue a major time shift and a band of new survivors. And meet Lil Ass-Kicker, a.k.a. Judith Grimes, who came here to do two things: hand out beatdowns and color and shes all out of crayons.

As shocking as Ricks exit was, the signs were really everywhere. The episode has been promoted as Ricks final, with no mention of his death. The fallen friends he met while slipping in and out of consciousness kept saying, We dont die. We know theres no way Rick simply croaks alone on a concrete slab. And please allow me an honorable mention for saying this last week (and yes, Im about to quote myself): It seems that any chance for Rick to get out of this thing alive has disappeared (unless Jadis-Annes chopper comes to airlift him to a hospital). Not exactly a prediction, but pretty damn close!

Before Rick flies off into the great unknown, he embarks on an agonizing journey that straddles the physical and metaphysical worlds or more simply put, slowly bleeds out while taking a wild This Is Your Life head trip. The opening scene carries new meaning now that we know how it all ends. At first, it looked like a nod to the first episode of the series, when Rick woke up alone in a hospital. But there were no skyscrapers outside his window back then, and what looked like a swarm of crows in the distance turned out to be helicopters. The unrecognizable voices asking him, What is your wound? might be members of the rescue chopper posse. All hints at what was yet to come.

To get there, though, Rick had to remove his belt, toss it over a piece of metal above his head, and pull himself off the rebar spike that impaled him. Is that possible? With a surge of adrenaline and two zombie hordes closing in, probably. But if youre still judging this show based on plausibility, you might want to find something else to do on Sunday nights. Things certainly dont get more realistic from there: Rick survives an immense loss of blood, has enough energy to ride/fall off that jittery horse, scraps with some zombies, and most impressively after all that, gets blown clean off a bridge into raging waters and washes ashore, alive.

But how about those dream sequences? In an obvious nod to the iconic image of season one, Rick leads the newly formed megaherd into downtown Atlanta; the outbound lanes are jammed with abandoned cars, while the inbound lanes are wide open. Soon hes reunited with Shane in their sheriffs car, like they were before Rick was shot and the world went to shit. As they eat fries and bust balls, Shane hits Rick where it really hurts cracking wise about how Judith is his daughter. You think hed say, Hey brother, thanks for taking such good care of the kid I had with your wife. Then again, Rick did kill him. Theyre probably right theyre both assholes. (Kudos for the jump scare as Shane lunges at Rick and the scene fast-cuts to a zombie preparing to take a bite.)

The best cameo is Hershel, who looks so wonderfully healthy and wise and two-legged. Hershels farm is basically heaven, and after Rick stops apologizing for everyone whos gone and every bad thing thats ever happened, Hershel tells him he cant stay (i.e., dont die yet). Sashas appearance was a bit of a head-scratcher her over Glenn or Abraham or T-Dog or even the kid that was eaten in the revolving door? but that sea of bodies was impressive. (Cue another first-episode reference with the door marked Dont Open Dead Inside.) Theres a lot of talk in these scenes about Ricks guilt, making amends, endings, and finding his family. Rick never finds Carl and Lori, but Sasha is pretty clear thats not in the cards: Your family youre not going to find them because theyre not lost. And you are not lost. He will be soon, though.

While Rick is walker-walking along the line between life and death, Maggie arrives at Hilltop with a crowbar in her hand and murder on her mind. It only takes a minute of debate and a few tears for Michonne to cough up the jailhouse keys and step aside. From behind bars, Negans ploy is pretty transparent: Hes not trying to get in Maggies head, hes trying to push her over the edge so shell put him out of his misery. Cant blame her for doing him that favor after Negan says he delighted in hearing Maggies screams and cracked open [Glenns] skull and popped out his goddamn eyeball. When Maggie opened the cell door, it seemed like a trap. Would he wrestle that crowbar from her and escape? One of the episodes biggest surprises was seeing how truly broken Negan has become begging for death, ugly crying, following orders back into his cell and dropping to his knees. Even Maggie cant believe what shes seeing. She delivers a line that might sum up how a lot of people feel about Ricks good-bye: Youre already worse than dead.

About that good-bye it is a doozy. Rick somehow makes it to the other side of the bridge and friggin Eugenes calculation that the megaherd would cause its collapse was all hooey. As luck would have it (over and over again in this episode), someone left a crate of dynamite on site, and Rick still has at least one bullet left in his Python. The gang arrives in time for Daryl to snipe a few walkers with his crossbow, but after that, they can only watch helplessly as Rick takes aim and blows the bridge and its reasonable to presume, himself to smithereens. Just as heartbreaking as Michonnes grief was seeing Daryl see it all happen, losing his recently reconciled bro, and being unable to save him. There was also a gruesome poetry in the heaps of walkers who were drawn to the fire, who went up in flames, and then plunged into the surging river below.

Thats when the show began to feel like the third Lord of the Rings movie just when you thought it was over, boom, another ending! Jadis-Anne appears, and frankly, with all that was going on, I was not in the mood for her bullshit. But somehow, Rick washes up on shore and Jadis-Anne is just as lucky: She not only found a passenger, but shes upgraded from an A (Gabe) to a B (Rick), whatever the frick that means. Inside the chopper, Rick has a tube in his nose and his eyes roll back, possibly from the unimaginable pain hes in, or more likely, at the thought of his future with Ziggy Trashpile. (Note one of the more obscure callbacks to the series debut. If youre wondering about the oddly upbeat music in that scene, its Wang Chungs Space Junk, which we heard when Rick was trapped in the tank and heard Glenns voice for the first time: Hey you! Dumbass. Hey you in the tank. Cozy in there?)

But wait, theres more! As the chopper disappears into the sky, the shack in the foreground suddenly ages. Ill tell you what I didnt need in this moment more randos. Yet thats what we got; couldnt quite make out their rushed introduction, but the interwebs tell me four of the five are Magna, Yumiko, Connie, and Luke. Far more important is whos behind the childs plea that leads them to safety. If you didnt know from the second you heard that voice, shes got a gun, and a sword and a sheriffs hat. Judith, she says. Judith Grimes. She even has the James Bond thing down cold.

By the looks of Judy Kick-Ass, weve jumped ahead approximately five years, if she was roughly three and is now somewhere around eight. I dont know where to begin with all of the questions this raises. A-town and the other settlements are sure to look different; the guarantee that windmill Michonne talked of building last week (and we see in the opening credits) is up by now, and lets hope Maggie fixed that tractor. What state is Negan in? Did Carol and Zeke have a royal baby? Have the Saviors assimilated? Whos in charge? When and how will Maggie make her exit leaving to join Georgie, perhaps? Did someone erect a statue of Rick, and if so, is it Bearded Rick or Five OClock Shadow Rick or Clean Shaven Rick? My only complaint is that they didnt jump even further ahead, so we can see young Hershel and Judith as the power couple theyre destined to be some day. Ive been saying the show needed to shake things up for a while now. Love this or hate it, consider it and us shook.

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If you havent seen the latest episode of AMCs The Walking Dead, Dont Enter: Spoilers Inside!

After the unexpected end of What Comes After, fans are understandably asking just that question of the AMC drama. While the exit of Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), in an unprecedented manner for the show, is certainly a turning point, its also the beginning of something new for the series. Whether that change is for better or worse (or the same) remains to be seen, but a newly revealed trailer teases out the next few episodes to come in the currently airing ninth season.

Now, keeping that spoiler warning in mind, this trailer shows events after a time jump, well after the departure of Rick Grimes to parts unknown. New faces join the show and new threats make their appearance, while returning players sport some new looks to show off the jump forward in the plots timeline. It also features evolved Walkers and talking Walkers, which sounds super-dumb when described that way, but is slightly less dumb when explained; well save that for after the trailer itself.

Take a look at the new trailer for the remainder of Season 9 of AMCs The Walking Dead below, and be sure to let me know if you see what Im seein’:

Get a special look at the next three episodes of Season 9. The Walking Dead continues Sunday at 9/8c.

So, a couple things to clarify here: First, that whispering Walker you hear asking Where are they? probably isnt a talkin Walker at all. These are, most likely, The Whisperers, a fringe group of human survivors who cloak themselves in Walker skin to blend in with the undead horde. This bizarre faction was teased in an earlier trailer released during San Diego Comic-Con this summer, but this new trailer features a better listen (if not a look) at them. Samantha Morton and Ryan Hurst were also previously reported to be cast as the Whisperers top members, Alpha and Beta, respectively, so expect to see them soon in some fashion.

Secondly, unless The Walking Dead has taken a page from the book of George Romeros 2005 film Land of the Dead and the Walkers are starting to be more like that movies zombie hero Big Daddy, Im going to take the suggestion that the Walkers are evolving rather loosely. Maybe some in the herd are showing signs of intelligence, maybe the herd itself is getting smarter thanks simply to the fact that its dumber members have walked off literal cliffs before this. Or maybe the evolved Walkers are actually the aforementioned Whisperers which our heroes are trying to suss out. Look, as long as the Walkers dont sprout wings and attack like flying Graboids, Im moderately okay with this idea, just dont take it too far.

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‘Walking Dead: Andrew Lincoln (‘Rick Grimes’) Fate …

[This story contains major spoilers for season nine, episode five of AMC’s The Walking Dead, “What Comes After.”]

For many Walking Dead viewers, the answer to the mystery surrounding Andrew Lincoln’s exit is bittersweet. It’s bitter because the face of the franchise is still leaving the flagship series but sweet because he’s still actively involved in the universe, as AMC plots a film trilogy centered on the once and future Rick Grimes’ continuing adventures.

“Andy loves the show and loves doing the show, but doing the show just had some practical difficulties towards being in England,” chief content officer Scott M. Gimple tells The Hollywood Reporter about the reasons behind Lincoln’s Walking Dead transition. “Rick Grimes is an amazing character and he’s done an amazing performance and there were story ideas brewing that, as the years went on, seemed very compatible with continuing telling the Rick story in another format that would allow him time.”

It’s sweet relief for those who were not yet ready to part ways with Rick Grimes yet, for some Walking Dead fans, bitterness remains the dominant taste. In its recent history, the AMC zombie drama has come under fire for executing misdirections that feel less like clever plot twists and more like active trolling. The two most famous examples center on the same character: Glenn Rhee, the original series character played by Steven Yeun, who was killed off in the show’s seventh season almost one full season after his false demise.

For those in need of refreshment: Glenn appeared to die in season six’s third episode, “Thank You,” an episode that acted as a veritable love letter to the beloved character. Toward the end of the hour, while standing atop a dumpster, Nicholas (Michael Traynor) killed himself and fell forward onto Glenn, causing both bodies to plummet into a crowd of hungry walkers. The episode’s final image of Glenn was an aerial view in which it appeared he was being eaten alive, eviscerated guts and all.

For the next three full episodes, Glenn was presumed dead, thanks in large part to the series’ own efforts to misdirect viewers through tactics including scrubbing Steven Yeun’s name from the opening credits. Fast-forward to season six’s seventh hour, “Head’s Up,” in which it’s finally revealed Glenn crawled underneath the dumpster and survived his fate an incident that subsequently became known in the fandom as “Dumpstergate,” as dubbed by those who predicted Glenn’s method of survival and were frustrated by the misdirect attempt.

“I don’t think this is any sort of new instance that broke the rules of our show at all,” Gimple told THR at the time, defending against the critics and the backlash that ensued. “I think it’s very much in line with everything we’ve done before. I don’t think there’s a credibility issue. It seems like there’s this growing sort of divide between the people who watch the show and the people who write about the show. There’s not a wrong way to watch it; nobody is doing anything wrong. I’m getting a lot different messages that are diametrically opposed.”

Frustrations surrounding the dumpster incident were heightened further due to Yeun’s eventual exit from the show, one that anyone within arm’s reach of a Walking Dead comic book reader saw coming: the infamous brain-bashing at the hands of Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). Once again, Glenn’s fate was left hanging in the balance for an unnecessarily lengthy period of time; in the comics, Negan makes his arrival and kills Glenn all within the same issue, while the AMC adaptation stretched the moment out for the more than six months that spanned the season six finale and the season seven premiere. Glenn’s actual death episode, for what it’s worth, had the show’s second-biggest audience ever, with ratings declining at an alarming rate ever since.

In light of that context, where does public opinion fall on the way in which Andrew Lincoln exited the Walking Dead series via helicopter, only to reprise his role in a slate of upcoming feature films all after months and months of fans essentially coming to grips with the apparent inevitability of Rick’s demise?

Reactions have and will continue to vary on the matter as the audience continues processing the plot twist. Beyond the Twitter samplings (which are predictably all over the map from overwhelmingly positive to overwhelmingly negative) and other active corners of the online Walking Dead fandom (“I don’t know what to say right now. Hype Rick’s final episode up only to not kill him and then announce this? Feel like I should be excited but I feel like AMC pulled an AMC on me for the 100th time in a row,” one user wrote on Reddit),there’s this more tangible reaction: the Talking Dead audience, who responded with silence when Gimple revealed plans for the series of AMC Studios films centered on Rick Grimes.

For what it’s worth, news of Lincoln’s departure broke late last spring, a development that pushed the Walking Dead powers that be into the unenviable position of either ignoring the reports (which they did until Comic-Con), or tackling them head-on at the risk of setting up expectations. For his part, Lincoln would have preferred to pull off the move without any detection from the fandom whatsoever.

“I didn’t want it to feel like an obituary tour,” says Lincoln, weighing in on the expectations surrounding his exit from the series, especially after he revealed his impending departure at Comic-Con in July. “That’s why I was quite keen for it not to be disclosed [in advance], so people could experience it real time [and go], ‘What the hell?'”

“There was a lot of discussion, one way or the other,” adds showrunner Angela Kang, speaking with The Hollywood Reporter the week before Lincoln’s exit episode aired. “Andy really wanted people to follow the story, but of course, things leak. That’s the way it is. We roll with the situations as they unfold. The choice was sort of taken out of our hands.”

As the creative mind who has been building the runway toward Lincoln’s transition from Walking Dead series lead to feature film frontman, Gimple hopes Rick’s final appearance on the show (at least for now; all parties involved insist Lincoln won’t return to the TV series, despite Rick’s survival) won’t be received as an instance of baiting-and-switching.

“I hope it isn’t treated like a cliffhanger,” he says. “It’s a promise of more story, but I suppose cliffhangers in general are looked upon a certain way. I imagine no matter which way the story went, there would be people who loved it and people who hated it. I hope not for the latter, but I just think literally every entertainment that comes out now, that’s what happens. Certainly anything unusual or different in some ways gets that [treatment]. I would hope that people will be excited that the character isn’t dead and that there is more story to come [but] not on The Walking Dead, not on the television show. I think that’s a really important thing that viewers should know, because maybe that is something where people will be like, ‘Hey, wait what’s going on here?'”

“Any big move we make on the show, there’s some people who aren’t going to be happy with it,” adds Kang, “but I think there will hopefully be a lot of fans who are excited that his story is continuing. There have been conversations with Scott and Andy over time like, for a long time about what’s the entry into the [feature film] universe so we tried to map out a way that the story was left open for him to transition into these other stories and hopefully more stories going forward. And we just concentrated on trying to tell the best version of that that we could in the episode.”

Fans who entered Lincoln’s final episode expecting his character’s demise, and therefore feeling cheated by his survival, should note that the reasons Gimple, Kang and even Lincoln gave for the actor’s departure over the past few months were all true all along: it was indeed a personal matter, as Lincoln could no longer spend months and months of his life at a time in Atlanta away from his family, based in England. Here’s the part that was left out of all that talk: Lincoln was more than happy to continue playing Rick, albeit in a more limited and focused capacity.

“Realistically I couldn’t give the time [to the series],” says Lincoln. “It was all about time, this decision. And for me to want to just do a limited number of episodes a year wouldn’t feel like I was doing my job properly, just because of the nature of playing this part has been so all-encompassing. I think I would get frustrated with that. So the idea of being able to contain the story and still work just as hard and tell a different story in maybe a more expansive narrative way seemed very exciting to me.”

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Rick Grimes finds himself one of the few survivors in this terrifying world. He was a small town cop who had only fired his weapon a couple times but never at anyone and had only ever seen one dead body. Separated from his family, he must sort through the death and horror to try and find his wife and son. In a world ruled by the dead, people are forced to finally begin living.

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“I say you can find out the servants of Death by their marks. No man is born so unnatural that his body does not revolt at the foul pollution of Undead blood. And by these marks you can tell them: by the fangs of the predator, for their thirst for blood is like that of a foul beast; by their porcelain white skin, cold to the touch and unnatural to the eye; the glow of their eyes, behind which lives the terrible Hunger. These are the marks of the blackest evil. These are the marks of the Vampire…”Johann van Hal, the Witch Hunter General

A Vampire of the Lahmian Bloodline

Vampires are immortal beings that have spread the loathsome curse of Undeath across the realms of Men for centuries. Though many lineages of this foul race now live in the rain-swept forests of the far north, their true origins lie within the once great civilisation of Nehekhara. The true masters of Undeath; they retain much of their original intelligence and capabilities despite their curse, and hence retain their ambition and desire. This makes them very dangerous indeed, for Vampires, due to their immortality, have an extensive period of time in which to hone their skills and refine their schemes to utter perfection.

Since the downfall of Nagash, the only remaining power-faction of Vampires still currently dwelling within the Old World is that of the Vampire Counts, which is supposedly led by Mannfred von Carstein, last of the Sylvannian royal blood-line. The Vampire, for all its power and cunning, is ultimately a base, selfish creature driven by the same motivations of the mortals they deem themselves superior to. For instance, the Brotherhood of Necrarchs strives to attain perfect knowledge of Necromancy and unsurpassed magical power, whereas the Lahmians possess luxury and decadence beyond any dream of avarice.

Vampires share no uniform physical appearance, aside from the fact that most of them have basically humanoid dimensions – most can pass as human at a distance, and hide their ungodly natures behind charm and magical glamour – but for all their refinement, they are but rotting corpses held together by Dark Magic, and only those who feed well can maintain the illusion of beauty. Some Vampires do not even care to do that, and cast aside anything that disguises their true natures, appearing as rotting cadavers that glory in their inhumanity.

The greatest curse of Queen Neferata’s legacy is that they cannot subsist on normal food and drink; in order to survive, the Vampire must feast upon the very lifeblood of mortal creatures, and it is only through this imbibing of fresh blood that they are able to preserve their power and their very unlife. For the youngest Vampires, this is a terrible affliction that consumes their every thought and drives their actions, smothering all sense of rationality and reasoning, causing them to become rash, animalistic creatures that are easily caught and destroyed by Witch Hunters and other dedicated foes of the Night. However, most older Vampires are far more subtle, and have learned to subsist on less and less fresh blood, until finally only needing to feed once every number of years. Regardless, none can totally outrun the primal instincts that now govern their evil existence. Due to their unholy nature, and the Empire’s Witch Hunters, Vampires are fewer in numbers then they were during the Time of Nagash or the first few Vampire Wars. Indeed, since the downfall of Vlad and Konrad von Carstein, the Vampire race as a whole is divided and often hides amongst the human population. Some Vampires, such as Countess Gabriella, are trying their best to prevent the start of another Vampire War, knowing full well that it would only lead to the unveiling and possible deaths of the last few Vampires in existence.

Some two and a half thousand years before the birth of Sigmar, the ancient civilisation of Men known as Nehekhara dwelt along the banks of the great River Vitae. Of all the kings of Nehekhara, none could match the splendour, cruelty and arrogance of Settra, the first Priest-King of the city-state of Khemri. Under his inspired leadership and unparalleled ruthlessness, the many priest-kings of Nehekhara’s city-states were conquered and forced to pay tribute and acknowledge Khemri as the greatest city of the land. But Settra was unsatisfied, knowing that one day death would rob him of all he had accomplished. In his arrogance he vowed that the grave would not claim him and proclaimed that he would cheat death, setting his wisest and most powerful priests towards working on a means of preventing his passing. Soon all of Nehekhara became preoccupied with death and the afterlife, building many huge temples and monuments to the dead. These huge tombs became so frequent and huge that the rulers blocked them all into the giant cities of the dead called Necropoli.

It was into this culture that Nagash was born, brother of the Priest king of Khemri. Nagash was the first son and was given to the mortuary cult as tradition demanded. He soon rose to the position of high priest. He observed the morticians as they prepared the dead for internment. He learned all of their ancient spells but, because Nehekhara was so far south of the Winds of Magic, he was too weak to cast them. Nagash took to unspeakable experiments in his quest for immortality and soon all the citizens of Khemri shunned him. But then, a group of Dark Elves was blown off-course and captured by the Zandri navy, then given to Khemri as a gift to be sealed in with Nagash’s father in his tomb. Nagash only pretended to poison them; he then proceeded to learn in secret all they knew. Nagash kept them sealed in his father’s pyramid as a bargain: he would learn their sorcery and they would get out alive. They taught him how to reap souls and use their energy to cast spells on his own. With this knowledge, he created the elixir that made him immortal as long as he continued to drink it. Nagash’s experiments met with limited success: he was able to prolong his life and forestall the effects of aging, but there was something missing, something that evaded Nagash. He shared his elixir with depraved noblemen, building support for himself before he finally killed his brother and seized power in Khemri. He and his immortal supporters were tyrannical rulers, slaughtering many of the citizens of Khemri. with their newfound power, they constructed the Black Pyramid, the largest structure ever built by man.

Slowly the other priest kings became afraid of Nagash and formed a confederation against him. A bloody war broke out, which culminated in the battle at the walls of Mahrak, known as the city of the gods. Here, Nagash severed the connection to the gods by killing Neferem, the embodiment of the covenant between mortals and the gods, so that he could shatter the wards protecting Mahrak. After nearly a century of warfare, Nagash’s power was broken and he fled north to avoid destruction. Unknown to the priest kings however, Nagash rebuilt his power and constructed a vast citadel, which became known as Nagashizzar, in the mountain known as Cripple Peak, seeking to take advantage of the huge reserves of warpstone there. The Skaven, also desiring the warpstone, tried many times to sack Nagashizzar and take Cripple Peak for their own. After many years of conflict, his ended in a stalemate, for they couldn’t take the fortress; however, neither could Nagash drive them away. Recognizing the potential for mutual benefit, Nagash negotiated an alliance with the Skaven, supplying them with warpstone in exchange for their aid with his plans.

The rulers of the city of Lahmia, Queen Neferata and her brother Lamashizaar, had been part of the confederation against Nagash. After Nagash was defeated outside the walls of Mahrak, Lamashizaar allied himself with Arkhan the Black in secret. They traveled to the black pyramid of Nagash, and plundered his library taking the nine books of Nagash. Lamashizaar enslaved Arkhan after he attempted to kill him. He brought the books and Arkhan back to Lahmia where he sought to recreate Nagash’s elixir and become immortal. Unwilling to kill humans to fuel the elixir because of a fear of being found out, he and his cabal of followers instead used animals. They extended their lives but did not make themselves immortal. Neferata was frustrated with the lack of progress and, desiring power for herself, she allied with Arkhan in secret and with his help created a new elixir, using it to turn the cabal to her side. Lamashizaar eventually attempted to kill her using sphinx venom which, with its magical properties, could overwhelm the elixir’s power. Arkhan, however, using sorcery andhis own foul blood,was able to save her. Arkhan then sought and killed Lamashizaar in his bedchamber, after which Arkhan was found and cut down by Abhorash, Lahmia’s most formidable warrior. Neferata through a combination of the sphinx venom and elixir turned into the first vampire. She then proceeded to turn the rest of the cabal, consisting of Lord Ushoran, W’soran, Naaima, Lord Ankhat, Zurhas, Abhorash and several others, into Vampires using the same method (though Abhorash had to be tricked into drinking the elixir). Each of the twelve masters (Nefereta included) bore particular traits, and they could expand their lineage by creating vampire servants, but through each successive generation, the powers of the vampire weakened. Abhorash became the first Blood Dragon Vampire, W’soran the first Necarch Vampire and Neferata become the first Lahmian Vampire.

The vampire cabal feigned their own deaths, using the cult of Asaph as a cover for their operations. Neferata ruled as queen behind the scenes using her mortal descendants to issue her edicts. The vampires defended their homeland but were ultimately pushed back to Lahmia itself. Alcadizaar’s armies then broke through the gates of Lahmia and set about the city. The library of Lahmia, the centre of the vampires’ lore and knowledge, was defended stoically, but the defenders were slain and died in the flames. Accepting Lahmia as lost, the vampires fled north. Of the twelve Masters, only seven survived the sacking of Lahmia.

Heading north, the remaining vampire masters encountered Nagash, who was secretly pleased with the havoc they had wreaked. Making them his captains, they lead the Undead into Nehekhara. The might of Nagash combined with the power of the vampires was awesome to behold, but they faced one of the greatest leaders of all time, Alcadizaar the Great. Through a brilliant campaign, he smashed the Undead armies, and sent the vampires fleeing from Nehekhara. Nagash, furious at being defeated, cursed the Vampires to be burnt by the rays of the sun. The Vampire Masters separated and fled into hiding.

Nagash then unleashed a plague upon Nehekhara: many hundreds of thousands died and were raised to swell the ranks of undead under Nagash’s control. Nagash used this new army to invade Nehekhara: easily overwhelming the meagre defences, he captured Alcadizaar and took him back to Nagashizzar in chains. After consuming massive amounts of warpstone, Nagash began the Ritual of the Waking to transform the whole world into an undead realm. Fearing destruction, the Skaven of Cripple Peak betrayed Nagash, freed Alcadizaar, who then (supposedly) killed Nagash with the Skaven’s Fellblade. In actuality, his spirit survived, though it took him nearly a thousand years to regenerate his body. When he was reborn in his Black Pyramid, he tried to seize control of Nehkhara once more, but the other Tomb Kings, outraged by what he had done and united under the leadership of the resurrected Settra, drove him out. Defeated, Nagash returned to Nagashizzar, only to find the Skaven had occupied it. Nevertheless, in a single night, Nagash destroyed the Skaven Clan that ruled his fortress, Clan Rikek, and seized Nagashizzar. The Skaven decided they didn’t want another war with the necromancer and left him his prize. Nagash remains in his fortress, biding his time and gathering his strength.

There are five distinct families of vampires, each descending from one of the “first vampires” or original ones created Neferata, these families are called “Bloodlines”, each with different characteristics that affect the way the armies of each operate, although the more powerful members of any vampire bloodline can cast spells, and that all vampires are formidable in combat. Games Workshop has removed the bloodlines from the new edition of the Vampire Counts Armies book; replacing them with selectable skills associated with the original bloodlines (yet mixable as though having aspects of many bloodlines).

Though they share the curse of undeath, Vampires are unique creatures with myriad abilities and traits. Some dedicate their immortal existence to mastering warfare, whilst others delve into arcane lore, create nations of Undead through political manipulations, or willingly succumb to their bestial nature.[3a]

Some characteristics are spread evenly across bloodlines, others may be confined to a single bloodline, and others still may be merely more represented in one bloodline than others.[3a][2a][2b][2c][2d][2e]

Some Vampires live a hermit-like existence in the wilds of the Old World, interacting infrequently with others of their kind. Such recluses prefer their own company, although some maintain a circle of minions to tend their needs. Through extended isolation, the Vampire loses all vestiges of its humanity.[3a]

For those who desire mastery of the dark arts, the curse of Undeath grants many long centuries during which the secrets of Necromancy can be unlocked. Such study can be arduous and perilous, but many Vampires find its lure irresistible at some point in their unlives and will seek to increase their Necromantic powers. Necromancy is at the core of a Vampire’s existence and to master it is to master themselves and their fate.[3a]

The curse of the Undead is not a stable thing, and many Vampires grow unable to control the red thirst, while others choose simply to not restrain their primal urges. Such beings swiftly devolve into terrible monsters, crazed and bestial things shunned by both the living and the dead, whose only drive is to feast upon mortal flesh and hot blood.[3a]

The martial skills of a Vampire can be fed by the red thirst and honed through centuries, or even millennia, of warfare. Few foes can stand before a Vampire who has given over his existence to the arts of the slaughterer.[3b]

Eternal life brings ample time to refine the practices and manners that are the trappings of many Vampires recruited from the noble houses of the Old World. The taint of the Undead also gifts a will as strong as steel that few mortal creatures can resist.[3b]

All Vampires can control the Undead through their innate power, but some turn their will to the domination of these creatures to the exclusion of all other goals. Such Vampires have near limitless legions at their disposal.[3b]

Several powers are found amongst a variety of bloodlines, but are not directly associated with neither a particular archetype of vampire, nor a particular bloodlines.

Due to the immunities offered by the Blood Gifts, not every Vampire suffers from the full six curses. As well, Vampires are also vulnerable to many things that plague ordinary mortals. Vampires are immune to normal weapons or injuries, and they must heal at the same rate as any creature, though they can use both blood and necromancy to mend their wounds more quickly. Vampires can also die from their wounds just like a mortal. They are only unique in that, because they lack a true soul, their spirit does not depart for Morrs Garden or the fury of the Realm of Chaos, thus allowing them to be summoned back to this world more easily than any other creature.[5j]

Vampires are also vulnerable to Insanity, perhaps even more so than mortals.[5j]

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Christopher Lee was arguably one of the most memorable actors of the late 20th century and early 21st-century cinema. His career, which began in 1947 and ended with his death in 2015, included 259 film and TV credits. He was most often cast by directors who needed an actor who could flawlessly portray a cunning and mysterious villain: he portrayed Dracula many times, he appeared as the ruthless Francisco Scaramanga in the Bond filmThe Man with the Golden Gunand the eerie Lord Summerisle in TheWicker Man. Also, fans of the Star Wars franchise remember him as the Sith Lord Count Dooku, and Tolkien lovers praise his portrayal of the evil wizard Saruman in The Lord of the Ringsand The Hobbittrilogies.

At one point during the filming of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, the second installment of the acclaimed trilogy, the crew filmed the scene in which Saruman gets stabbed in the back by Grima Wormtongue. Although the scene didnt end up in the theatrical release, it can be seen in the extended edition of the trilogy. During the filming of the scene, Jackson wanted Lee to scream after being stabbed in the back. However, Lee refused to scream; he told the director that he witnessed many men getting stabbed in the back and none of them ever screamed. According to the late actor, they merely sighed as air escaped their lungs. Peter Jackson listened to his feedback, and the scene was filmed without any screaming.

Christopher Lee at the Berlin International Film Festival 2013Photo:Avda CC BY-SA 3.0

Many might ask where an esteemed actor such as Christopher Lee could have witnessed the horrors of stabbing and killing. Well, the answer is: World War II. Before he became a celebrated actor, Lee had an extensive military career and fought for the British on several fronts. When the war broke out, he joined the Royal Air Force in hope of becoming a fighter pilot. Unfortunately for him, a medical examination uncovered that his optical nerve was damaged and his superiors concluded that he would never be able to fly.

Lees dream of fighting for the Allies in the sky was shattered, but he didnt give up: He joined the RAF intelligence and became a field agent. He conducted combat missions and was involved in high-risk covert operations in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Rhodesia before becoming a member of the Long Range Desert Patrol, an organization that eventually became the SAS, the special forces unit of the British army.

As a member of the Patrol, he fought against the Axis forces on the North African Front and was involved in the Allied liberation of Sicily. Therefore, he must have witnessed a fair share of fighting and killing.

Flying Officer C. F. C. Lee in Vatican City, 1944, soon after the Liberation of Rome

After proving to his superiors that he was an extremely capable soldier and an adaptive field agent, he was transferred to Winston Churchills elite unit named Special Operations Executive. The unit, which was nicknamed The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare by the public of the time, was infamous for conducting espionage and sabotage and organizing assassinations of enemy officials in the Nazi-occupied countries of Europe. Even though World War II has been over for more than 70 years, almost all details on the operations carried out by the SOE remain classified.

After the war, Lees bravery during the war was recognized and commended by the governments of England and Poland and then existing Czechoslovakia, and Yugoslavia.

Christopher Lee (left) at the Aubagne International Film Festival in September 1996. Photo: Charmich -CC BY-SA 3.0

When the war ended, Lee was actually persuaded into going into acting by his cousin Nicolo Carandini, the then Italian ambassador to Britain. In 1946, several weeks after he decided to leave the RAF for good, Lee met his cousin for lunch. During lunch, he told several long stories about his war wounds and the horrors he witnessed: Carandini was so impressed by Lees emotional performance that he urged him to try and find work as an actor.

Related story from us: J. R. R. Tolkien named the kind and protective hobbit Samwise Gamgee after a pioneering British surgeon

From that point on, more and more directors noticed Lees incredibly menacing voice and the passion with which he portrayed all kinds of characters. Peter Jackson was quite lucky to get schooled about the grim art of on-screen dying by a man who spent a lot of time surrounded by actual death.

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SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched Sundays What Comes After episode of The Walking Dead.

Rick Grimes is gone but not gone. The lead character for nine seasons of The Walking Dead made it through his final episode alive barely after blowing up a bridge full of zombies to protect his friends and family, and then being found by Jadis/Anne, who saved him by getting her former-foe-turned-friend on that mysterious helicopter taking him to God knows where.

And Ricks story is not over. EW can report that Andrew Lincoln will be back in the role for a series of Walking Dead movies for AMC. We spoke to Walking Dead chief content officer Scott M. Gimple to get all the scoop. When and where will these movies happen? How many are planned? Are there other non-Rick movies in the works? What happens to Jadis now? We asked Gimple who also reveals when the original Rick exit was supposed to take place all that and more.

Seeing as how Gimple also co-wrote Lincolns final episode with Matthew Negrete, we also got some behind-the-scenes scoop on those big return scenes by Jon Bernthal, Sonequa Martin-Green, and the late Scott Wilson. Read through both pages for all the intel, and make sure to also check out our chat with Andrew Lincoln, where the star explains how and when the plan came together for the films, and our interview showrunner Angela Kang, who talks all about the scene from Andrew Lincolns finale you didnt see.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: When did you start mapping out the creative vision for when and how we were going to say goodbye to Rick Grimes on this show. How long a process has this been and how did it come together?SCOTT M. GIMPLE: Years and years ago, Andy and I had some talks that were hardly formal or binding or anything, but just about how were very lucky to have such an amazing audience, and it going on and on and on. And so in the back of my head, I started mapping some things out, and they became more real in story even before Andys ultimate decision, but I already started putting things in the story and started developing a story that either would feature Andy, which I thought it would, or possibly could be something else inside that garden of forking paths.

But as we got closer and closer, those things that I put into the story looked like they were going to come to fruition, and last year things got really real, and I started talking with everybody a little more clearly, especially [new showrunner Angela Kang]. When I was moving her up into the showrunning position, there was a whole briefing of all the stuff we had to handle, and all the stuff that Id stitched in the story to get there.

I remember Andy telling me that at one point he was thinking, Okay, Im going to go out in season 8, and then he said, Well, lets wait until season 9. Im not sure how far you were at that point. Did you get to a point, if he had left earlier, what that goodbye wouldve looked like? Was that going to be in the middle of the All Out War arc?Oh, yeah. There was an absolute plan, and I knew which episode it was, and had a very good idea, as did the writers at that point. But on this show, its a constant exercise in that sort of choose your own adventure storytelling, of knowing the directions youre going to go in, and listing them all. And thats always worked very well in as much as even back before I was showrunning, having a few different directions, because invariably youll go back to those other directions you didnt use and potentially apply them to another story. And its also that remixing of Robert Kirkmans stuff. He gives you the opportunity to reorder some of the comic story, which I think has worked well.

So how was it originally going to happen?Oh, no! Im not going to say that! I never share that. Its like a sacred sort of alternate reality, the Earth Two thats in our heads. To tell you the truth, theres aspects of it that we might mine in other ways.

Ugh. Fine. Can you at least tell me when it would have happened?I can say nothing was every formal, obviously, but in some ways, in a very, very nascent way it was looking like episode 14 last year.

Before we get into the plan with the movies, I want to ask you about Ricks goodbye episode because you co-wrote it with Matthew Negrete and you have these three returning characters. Obviously Shane, Hershel, and Sasha come back, and I was really curious about what that was like for you and Matt writing that. Did you have to write parts of this episode around whos schedules lined up that you could get to come back? How did that whole process work in of writing around the story once you saw who you could get?There were some schedules and such that precluded one of the actors that we were looking at, and we had written to them, and so there was some rewriting and there was a new scene done, which actually was wonderful. But there was a little bit of shuffling. I will say whats funny is the person that we didnt think we were going to get, just because of schedule stuff, was John [Bernthal]. But again, you go with the possibilities youre looking at. You go forward with them with all your heart, and then if it doesnt work out, you apply that same sort of passion in another direction. It really worked out wonderfully, and were so lucky that it worked out the way it did.

So why another time jump? Why here? Why now?I dont know, thats fascinating. For fans of the comic, the end of episode 905, theyre like, Oh, this is The New Beginning, meaning the storyline in the comic. I mean, we see Magna, and Yumiko, and their group, and that was the beginning of The New Beginning storyline in the comics.

The last time jump was a jump, but it wasnt a huge amount of time. This jump is that quantum leap forward from the comic, and its a whole new world. It was important to, especially after All Out War, get some distance from that story, and be in a whole new reality for Rick and the group. But that was an incredibly dramatic overture to The New Beginning that we saw in the comic, which is one of the terrific arcs of the comic. And it was so surprising, and so intense, and so new. I loved that. I was so thrilled that Angela, Matt, and the writers came upon that for 905 to see Ricks legacy, and even Carls legacy in action in that episode. I think it was unexpected. When it was pitched to me, I was like, Holy crap. That is it. That is so definitely it. It got me excited.(Interview continues on next page.)

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