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Count Drake
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Race

Vampire

Gender

Male

Height

7'6

Weight

450 lbs

Hair

Black

Eyes

Blood Red

Alignment

Lawful Evil

Likes

Blood, Violence, Death, Oblivion

Dislikes

Sunlight, Garlic, "Common Trash"

In life, Drake was known as Count Victor Drake, a Jehdan Noble and a mutant who was the most powerful Jehdan who ever existed. Born with psychic powers far exceeding the average Jehdan and a superhuman physique, he made numerous attempts to wrest control of the Imperium from the Washai Royal Family. However, he never succeeded thanks to the efforts of a group of heroes known as the Unforgiven. Drake died in the final conflict with them, and his body was entombed in the city of Sirius and sealed by the Order of White Monks where he remained for 3000 years. Following instructions given to him by Lilith, the Necromancer Frett hired a saran Deathwalk to kill everyone in the city (including the Monks whose powers made them powerful against the undead Horde) so he could recover the corpse. Using his magics, he reanimated Drake as a Vampire. As hoped, his altered state not only significantly increased his powers, but wiped his memory of his previous life, ensuring his loyalty to the Horde.

As a high level Vampire, Drake possesses incredible strength, speed, and fortitude as well as psychic powers of telepathy, telekinesis, and pyrokinesis that rival those of King Crash. He has the ability to suck the blood from any weak or wounded opponents within a given distance, absorbing their power, knowledge and experience. After absorbing Frett’s and the Horde Nobles’ powers, he gained a colossal boost of his existing abilities as well as several new ones. Significant among these were his abilities to turn into mist also or a flock of bats and transport enormous distances. After drinking Frett’s blood and gaining his mastery of Necromancy, Drake gained complete control over all other undead able to force them to do his bidding (as he did with the rest of the Horde) or summon other lesser undead to protect him as demonstrated during his fight with John Nash.

Like other powerful forms of undead, Drake has unnatural powers owing to his state. For example, he can put mortals in a paralyzed state of hibernation with a touch, making them seem dead to others, and can radiate an aura of horror which can send weak-willed would-be foes to flight. Drake is capable of sustaining tremendous physical damage, and is immune to disease, poison, fatigue and other effects that affect only the living. After becoming a complete vampire Drake becomes so strong that he is immune to almost all vampiric weaknesses, with even sunlight ineffective against him. He is extremely difficult to permanently damage, and can regenerate from any damage so long as there is blood around to reconstitute himself from.

Even before his memory was restored by Lilith, Drake had a superior air about himself and referred to himself as the Ultimate Being. After his past as a Noble was returned to him, he began carrying himself with his regal bearing and making a big deal about honorable behavior. For instance, he generally shows great enthusiasm in fighting Cain, who was Prince of the sarans, but is uninterested in fighting the others who he regards as “common trash.” In life, Drake was master of a Jehdan Martial Art called Black Hand which relied on deep stances and rapid movement to overwhelm the opponent and destroy their ability to fight. He is extremely powerful and very bright, but has a strong tendency for temper tantrums when things aren’t working out the way he wants. He is also very arrogant about his power, but becomes a terrible coward once he’s hurt or thinks he’s going to lose. In appearance, Drake is of gigantic stature, standing over 7’ tall and heavily muscled with black, spiky hair shooting back from a pronounced widow’s peak. After being touched by Lilith and having his full vampiric powers activated, he assumed the form of a True Vampire, albeit much bulkier. His skin became pale white with a black carapace on the chest. Horned ridges appeared above his eyebrows, and his hands and feet became tridactyl talons. He has batlike wings on his back, which he does not need to fly but is rather able to control the shape of and use as shields or weapons.

Techniques and AbilitiesEdit

NecromancyEdit

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As a vampire, all of Drake's powers come from the magical sphere of Necromancy from which he draws his undead strength.  Creatures resurrected through the use of Necromancy are have the powers they possessed in life greatly enhanced and are granted a plethora of incredible horror themed powers.

Twilight: Drake’s standard attack after he eats Frett. It manifests as lasers fired from the eyes at a target and causes cutting damage upon making impact.

Mist Form: Drake is able to turn into mist and render himself invulnerable to physical blows. He is vulnerable to being blown away by wind or being burned by flame.

Eclipse: A sweeping arch of Necromantic energy similar to the Marauder Flash, which clears the area in front of its user.

Bat Form: Being a vampire, Drake is able to teleport across large distances by breaking his body into bat shaped forms and vanishing.

Blood Memory: By drinking someone's blood, Drake is able to steal their memories and powers.

Telekinesis: Drake is able to move matter with his mind. He generally uses this technique to cut open the skin of victims and draw their blood into his mouth from a distance.

Desecrate: This ability allows Drake to change the nature of a person, place or thing or even create new effects out of thin air. Using this ability, he was able to twist the Akeron from a giant palatial spaceship into a twisted castle. It was also using this method that he forcibly evolved his henchmen into True Vampires, giving them all massive power increases. He was also able to enforce a never ending night on Earth to allow vampires and other monsters to run free. The effects of Drake's desecrate ability end only when he chooses to undo them or if he is killed.

New Moon: He summons Necromantic energy into his palm and fires it at his target.

Undead Summoning: The ability to summon familiars, the souls of those whose blood he has sucked in a variety of forms that either sprout from his body or swarm around him as an army numbering in the millions. These familiars can also include animals such as horses and the weapons and abilities that the familiars possessed in life. The familiars can come in two ways, one is similar to a ghoul, mindless and constantly moaning in pain, while the other is the soul manifesting exactly how it was when it was alive, personality, powers, and all, but completely under the control of the vampire who summoned it.

UltimateEdit

Breaking Dawn: Drake’s final attack. The Breaking Dawn is a huge bolt which decimates everything it touches.

TriviaEdit

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Drake in his base form.

- As per the Jehdan naming convention Victor is the family name and Drake was his given name. The Victor family were the hereditary rulers of duchy of Ortega and were rather infamous for their bloodthirst. Ortega's position on the far fringe of the Great Jehdan Imperium meant that they were looked at more as a buffer state with the Zohan and in turn the Victor Dukes often gave only nominal loyalty to the Jehdan Emperor while trying to maintain a fragile truce with their Zohani neighbors.

- Victor Drake was born at a time when the Great Jehdan Imperium was at war with a neighboring state called the Zohan Empire.  In his youth he and his brother were prisoners of the Zohan Sultan who subjected them to incredible brutality.  Where Drake's younger brother broke under the strain of this torture and became a slave to the Sultan, it bred in Drake a hate that steeled him and made him stronger.  As the years passed he became more violent and bloodthirsty than his captors, and they in turn began to fear him.  When he finally escaped, he seized the throne of Ortega from his Uncle, who had killed the true born Count and sold Drake and his brother to the Sultan.  In the years that followed Victor Drake consolidated his power with ruthless efficiency.  He ruled Ortega with an iron fist, crushing the populace under his boot as he pressed all able bodied men into his army and forced others to work to support them.  Drake casually slaughtered any who defied him and took any woman who caught his eye.  He turned his armies against the Zohan and achieved great victories through a combination of tactical brilliance and murderous brutality.  Any enemies who were captured by Drake's forces could expect no mercy and were often flayed alive with their corpses put up on crosses as a warning to all who would oppose him.  After driving the Zohan from the Imperium's borders, Drake decided that he would seize the Throne from the Imperial Family.  He proved largely unbeatable in battle and it was only through selective engagements and numerical superiority that the Imperial Guard were able to keep Drake away from Jehda.  It was only through the actions of Gideon (who was actually his bastard son by one of his conquests) and the Unforgiven that he finally met his end.

- While he was the ruler of the realm of Ortega, Drake was buried on the planet Sirius where he met his end at the hands of the Unforgiven. Drake was looked at as a brutal tyrant by his native Ortegans and they did not want his remains returned to them.

- Drake was crafted from a young age to be Lilith's champion and the lynchpin in her plan to re-emerge into the Midplane.  A mutant who possessed a superhuman body and the most powerful psychic abilities of his day, the mortal Drake was able to contact beings in other planes.  He was quickly noticed by Lilith, who shaped the boy into her ultimate warrior and inspired him to conquer the Universe.  He was stopped in life and killed in battle by a band of Knights known as the Unforgiven, but even this was always part of Lilith's plan.  She managed to resurrect him as a vampire, further increasing her influence on him, and inspired him to overthrow Frett.  Throughout his life and unlife, Lilith would appear to Drake as a spectre that only he could see, leading others to believe he was insane.  He was madly in love with her, and freeing his "Queen" so she could rule the Universe at his side was his greatest ambition.

- The original vampires were a race of bat-like humanoids with remarkably powerful Auras who Lilith enslaved and converted into her undead army.  With their new necromantic nature, Lilith had a race of powerful servants who could rival the gods but were completely under her thrall.  After her defeat at Adam's hands the original Vampires began dying off though, but not before passing a diluted form of their gift to a tribe of humans.  These new vampires would find themselves gaining more and more of the attributes of the original vampires as they progressed in age and power, but when Lilith unlocked the full potential of the vampiric gift in Drake he completed converted to that form.

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