"But vampires are just pretty misunderstood loners! LIKE ME!"
I'll let Professor Van Helsing field this one: "Young miss, not all of the nosferatu, of the undead are of one sort in any form and like men they are as various as they are numerous. I cannot disagree that they are frequently solitary, but this is often because they are a creature both hungry and greedy by nature; some can offer a pleasing form, but so may The Devil and a fair form may conceal an ugly nature all the better; allow me to agree that many are misunderstood, but that in this present time this is often because young misses and young men are ill-prepared to accept that they are NOT the stuff of pleasing fancy, but of HORROR."
Trust him, he may have an occasionally-shaky grasp of the English language, but that's only because his mental dictionary of that language sits on only one shelf in a rather over-flowing library of knowledge common, obscure and Weird (I'd say he wrote the book on Vampire-slaying, but that honour goes to Mr and Mrs Jonathan Harker, with contributions from the late, lamented Miss Lucy Westenra and Doctor Jack Seward, amongst others).
The King in Shadows is one of the Nine Lords of Death who dwells in the Death Zone. The other Nine Lords of Death include The Abyssal, Harmonious Jade in Winter, The Masked God With No Eyes, The Ordinary, The Twins Who Dwell In Their Names, Mister Nihilsm, and The Death's Head.
The wisest part of my mind knows that this tempting list of (as-yet mostly) undeveloped names is simply being used to establish context rather than issue a challenge, but being myself I am probably going to have to accept this implicit-in-my-imagination challenge anyway!
Oh, and the only reason he's NOT as famous as Dracula despite being a better warrior and necromancer? He knows not to advertise his weaknesses to an Irish author.
Charles, at this point I'd like you to know that Count Dracula the Fictional is currently glaring into my mind's eye and issuing an entirely-polite request for a retraction of the latter accusation (it was his Slayers who spilled out the truth of his vulnerabilities and destruction to Mr Stoker and not he), with all the peculiar intonations and undertone of ice-hearted murder he brings to his otherwise impeccable english.
He would also like to present Lord Ruthven an opportunity to settle precisely who shall claim the title 'King of the Classic Vampires' but apparently that will have to go via the appropriate heralds; you may well guess how he intends to settle the matter (and wince accordingly), as while Dracula is NOT QUITE Vlad the Impaler, he certainly admired the latter's style.
He may also have suggested that Lord Ruthven is a Hebridean Hippy (but since he was muttering in an undertone and a somewhat Magyar accent I cannot be sure).
And go see Thor: The Dark World.
I fully intend to, but only AFTER the weekend rush has settled down a bit.
Someone needs to do a "Kirby-esque" Pantheon for Victor's people to contrast the general douchebaggery of the High Aeons and Celestial Lions.
The Count Dracula has swiftly withdrawn from my Mind's Eye, owing to the appearance of The Super-Car Crew from Greenworld, who would like to put themselves into contention for the title of 'Best Counter-Balance to the Celestial Lions' AND point out that they are not merely Kirby-esque, but distant relatives of Victor Vanquish to boot (also quite possibly the Founding Mothers and Fathers of the EPICverse, with help from Justice Happening and the Best part of Humanity to boot).
Stonus would just like to add EXCELSIOR! (also add that The Pantheon do their best, to the point where it's hard to avoid the suspicion that The End put together his own variation on The Nine specifically to deal with THEM).
(Wonders if people knew that Gerard Butler was Dracula in Dracula 2000)
My invocation of Mr Butler's name in connection to Lord Ruthven AND Dracula was far from accidental.
Anyway, Vampire digression done. Thank you for reading.
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