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* OurGargoylesRock: Brun in "Dark Moon" is of a species that is the origin of the gargoyle myth. Their skin toughens and gardens in the sun, causing them to sit for a very long time.

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* OurGargoylesRock: Brun in "Dark Moon" is of a species that is the origin of the gargoyle myth. Their skin toughens and gardens hardens in the sun, causing them to sit for a very long time.


* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: Creator/HarryHoudini and CreatorHPLovecraft made use of an ApoccalypticLog linked to [[spoiler:the Gray Trader]].

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* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: Creator/HarryHoudini and CreatorHPLovecraft Creator/HPLovecraft made use of an ApoccalypticLog ApocalypticLog linked to [[spoiler:the Gray Trader]].


* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: Creator/HarryHoudini and CreatorHPLovecraft made use of an ApoccalypticLog linked to [[spoiler:the Gray Trader]].



* ButtMonkey: The Romanian Vampires have this as their hat, though they do [[AlwaysChaoticEvil deserve it]]. Not only are they the easiest of all vampires to kill (with a weakness to sunlight and wood), but they keep siring random people and creating stronger bloodlines than them. It's definitely ironic that they think of themselves as [[SmugSnake the superior species]].

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* ButtMonkey: The Romanian Carpathian Vampires have this as their hat, though they do [[AlwaysChaoticEvil deserve it]]. Not only are they the easiest of all vampires to kill (with a weakness to sunlight and wood), but they keep siring random people and creating stronger bloodlines than them. It's definitely ironic that they think of themselves as [[SmugSnake the superior species]].



* TheChosenOne: One of [[spoiler: The Ancients in ''Survival of the Fittest'' says this to Felicia in its language before she escapes]].

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One of [[spoiler: The Ancients in ''Survival of the Fittest'' says this to Felicia in its language before she escapes]].

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* OurAngelsAreDifferent: [[spoiler:"Isakku" are giant, white-skinned, bald humanoids that are confused for angels, with their blood being the "blood of light" that can kill pretty much any agent of the Beast. They are seen as the opposite to Homo abominus. Unfortunately, there don't seem to be any left alive, and the only one remaining has very limited blood left.]]

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** The only exception seen was the couple in ''Long Road to Hell'' - they try desperately to hold on to their humanity and love for each other, but within a few days of being turned into Carpathians they've almost gone mad with bloodthirst. They attempt to find a cure and to only feed on "bad" people, [[spoiler:but in the end they allow Travis Kidd to MercyKill them rather than go on living that way.]]

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* MysticalHollywood: A coven of the Carpathian vampires control Hollywood, using it to strengthen both their financial clout and influence over mortals. It also turns old Hollywood from merely being cruelly exploitative to horrifyingly dangerous, as the conscienceless vampires are more than happy to feed on naive wannabe actors and actresses and have all the power necessary to cover up their sadistic and murderous deeds.


* DepletedPhlebotinumShells: Various people utilize the weaknesses of different abomination species through weapons or coating their natural weapons with the substance. The Vassals of the Morning Star are a standout example, as they have a device that can transmute small samples of the material into a bullet on short notice.



* SaltSolution: [[spoiler:Tongues of the Beast]] are deathly vulnerable to salt.



* ShoutOut: [[spoiler:The Asian vampires. They bear some resemblance to the Xenomorphs from the Alien movies.]]

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[[spoiler:The Asian vampires. They bear some resemblance to the Xenomorphs from the Alien movies.]]]]
** ''Lord of Nightmares'' has a host of references to ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'', such as Agent William S. Harker being sent to recover from a mission to take down the Carpathian Prime with his cousin Creator/BramStoker.
* SilverHasMysticPowers: The [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Homo abominus canis Asiatic-2]] are deathly vulnerable to silver.



* SlidingScaleOfVampireFriendliness: European vamps are at the unfriendly end to the point they're described as (re)born without the human parts that would give them compassion, so they literally ''can't'' be good. Ironically, Sweet's line of American vampires are potentially incredibly friendly, having little to no HorrorHunger, no personality shifts, an easily sated blood thirst (Pearl survives for decades from mild feedings on her husband John). It's ironic because Skinner Sweet is perhaps the most misanthropic and sociopathic character in the series.

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* SlidingScaleOfVampireFriendliness: European vamps are at the unfriendly end to the point they're described as (re)born without the human parts that would give them compassion, so they literally ''can't'' be good. Ironically, Sweet's line of American vampires are potentially incredibly friendly, having little to no HorrorHunger, no personality shifts, an easily sated blood thirst (Pearl survives for decades from mild feedings on her husband John).Henry). It's ironic because Skinner Sweet is perhaps the most misanthropic and sociopathic character in the series.



* UndeadChild: [[spoiler: As of the newest arc, we have several. Each of a different breed of vampire.]] Cashell's son Gus is another example, given Skinner vampirized him in the womb.

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* UndeadChild: [[spoiler: As [[spoiler:Pearl is keeping a group of the newest arc, we have several. Each of a different breed of vampire.these safe to transport elsewhere during ''Second Cycle''.]] Cashell's son Gus is another example, given Skinner vampirized him in the womb.



* VampireHunter: The Vassals of the Morning Star are a secret society of Vampire Hunters dating back hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Unlike most vampire hunter organizations, however, the Vassals are remarkably metropolitan about who they employ, to the point of working with Pearl, [[HalfHumanHybrid Felicia]] and [[spoiler: Skinner]]. Also, unlike most such organizations, their prey is a variety that is not strictly vampires alone, but branches into many other lines of monster. By ''Second Cycle'', [[spoiler:Felicia Book's leadership causes them to take on ''any'' species of abomination except [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Carpathians]]]].

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* VampireHunter: The Vassals of the Morning Star are a secret society of Vampire Hunters dating back hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Unlike most vampire hunter organizations, however, the Vassals are remarkably metropolitan about who they employ, to the point of working with Pearl, [[HalfHumanHybrid Felicia]] and [[spoiler: Skinner]].[[spoiler:Skinner]]. Also, unlike most such organizations, their prey is a variety that is not strictly vampires alone, but branches into many other lines of monster. By ''Second Cycle'', [[spoiler:Felicia Book's leadership causes them to take on ''any'' species of abomination except [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Carpathians]]]].

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* WhamShot: The last panels of the second Anthology: [[spoiler:Jim Book is still alive]].


* DeathByDismemberment: [[spoiler:Brun is torn limb from limb as part of Dizz's IWillPunishYourFriendForYourFailure interrogation of Felicia in "Dark Moon".]]

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* DeathByDismemberment: DeathByDisfigurement: [[spoiler:Brun is torn limb from limb as part of Dizz's IWillPunishYourFriendForYourFailure interrogation of Felicia in "Dark Moon".Moon", though he manages to free them with one last spit of his saliva.]]


** The types of vampires seen so far have been the European vampires (traditional vampires also known as Carpathian vampires, who believe themselves to be the dominant species), American vampires (jaws like rattle snakes and powered by the sun), Gaelic-Prime vampires, a shape-shifting type that is actually quite nice. Its other form is a pretty vicious looking creature with giant bat-like wings ( [[spoiler: Cashell's adoptive father was one before being killed by Sweet]] ), the Japanese vampire (introduced in the Ghost War story arc), a creepy looking thing with giant fucking teeth and no eyes, and the newest species to be introduced, [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Homo Abominum Canis Asiatic-2]], which, like the Gaelic Prime species, were thought to be extinct but there are apparently enough left alive to pose a threat due to how a person can be easily infected if their wounds are exposed to the Abominum Canis' saliva (it is implied that the species tries to prevent this from happening however). Yes... their vampires are definitely different.

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** The types of vampires seen so far have been the European vampires (traditional vampires also known as Carpathian vampires, who believe themselves to be the dominant species), American vampires (jaws like rattle snakes and powered by the sun), Gaelic-Prime vampires, a shape-shifting type that is actually quite nice. Its other form is a pretty vicious looking creature with giant bat-like wings ( [[spoiler: Cashell's adoptive father was one before being killed by Sweet]] ), the Japanese vampire (introduced in the Ghost War story arc), a creepy looking thing with giant fucking teeth and no eyes, and the newest species to be introduced, [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Homo Abominum Canis Asiatic-2]], which, like the Gaelic Prime species, were thought to be extinct but there are apparently enough left alive to pose a threat due to how a person can be easily infected if their wounds are exposed to the Abominum Canis' saliva (it is implied that the species tries to prevent this from happening however). Yes... their vampires are definitely different.The same arc that introduces the Canis mentions one based on [[OurZombiesAreDifferent zombies]].


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** The "Dark Moon" arc of ''Second Cycle'' includes a host of other strains, including ones based on [[OurGargoylesRock gargoyles]], [[{{Mummy}} mummies]], [[TakenForGranite gorgons]], and one mentioned based on [[OurGhoulsAreCreepier ghouls]].

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* RedEyesTakeWarning: A key part of a Carpathian vampire's GameFace, which is contrasted against the SupernaturalGoldEyes of the American vampires.


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* SupernaturalGoldEyes: Part of the American vampire GameFace, in contrast to the Carpathian RedEyesTakeWarning.


* CreatureHunterOrganization: While they appear to just be {{Vampire Hunter}}s, the Vassals of the Morning Star, a.k.a. VMS, are more akin to this, due to how "vampires" are merely a convenient term for the general monsters that they face.



-->'''Hobbes:''' The term "vampire" is a ''colloquialism''. A word by common folk that we have adopted here at the [[CreatureHuntingOrganization VMS]] out of ''laziness''. ''"Abomination,"'' the proper term, is mercilessly adaptable, as is that black bloodline.

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-->'''Hobbes:''' The term "vampire" is a ''colloquialism''. A word by common folk that we have adopted here at the [[CreatureHuntingOrganization [[CreatureHunterOrganization VMS]] out of ''laziness''. ''"Abomination,"'' the proper term, is mercilessly adaptable, as is that black bloodline.



* VampireHunter: The Vassals of the Morning Star are a secret society of Vampire Hunters dating back hundreds, if not thousands, of years.
** Unlike most vampire hunter organizations, however, the Vassals are remarkably metropolitan about who they employ, to the point of working with Pearl, [[HalfHumanHybrid Felicia]] and [[spoiler: Skinner]].

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* VampireHunter: The Vassals of the Morning Star are a secret society of Vampire Hunters dating back hundreds, if not thousands, of years.
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years. Unlike most vampire hunter organizations, however, the Vassals are remarkably metropolitan about who they employ, to the point of working with Pearl, [[HalfHumanHybrid Felicia]] and [[spoiler: Skinner]].Skinner]]. Also, unlike most such organizations, their prey is a variety that is not strictly vampires alone, but branches into many other lines of monster. By ''Second Cycle'', [[spoiler:Felicia Book's leadership causes them to take on ''any'' species of abomination except [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Carpathians]]]].



** The 'Survival of the Fittest' arc also revealed a few minor bloodlines, apparently ancestors of the Carpathian breed, who are vulnerable to different bands of the ultraviolet spectrum. It also revealed ancient vampires, enormous, golem-like creatures who's skin is so tough that it only tarnishes slightly when exposed to direct sunlight. They are extremely easy to kill (while they are asleep, but if they wake up, GodHelpUsAll).

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** The 'Survival of the Fittest' arc also revealed a few minor bloodlines, apparently ancestors of the Carpathian breed, who are vulnerable to different bands of the ultraviolet spectrum. It also revealed ancient vampires, enormous, golem-like creatures who's skin is so tough that it only tarnishes slightly when exposed to direct sunlight. They are extremely easy to kill (while they are asleep, but if they wake up, GodHelpUsAll).


* AlwaysChaoticEvil: As Hobbes notes, most vampire lines can have a [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire goodness]] or at least [[NonMaliciousMonster instinct-based]] mentality, but the Carpathian vampires are, one and all, twisted and evil.

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* AlwaysChaoticEvil: As Hobbes notes, most vampire lines can have a [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire goodness]] or at least noted in ''Lord of Nightmares'' #3, the Carpathian species of vampire. It's true enough that in ''Second Cycle'', [[spoiler:Felicia Book's leadership has all other species brought in for recruitment to the VMS ''except'' the Carpathian strain]].
-->'''Hobbes:''' All other species of [[OurMonstersAreDifferent Homo abominus]], [[VampireVarietyPack all the other vampires]], there is generally an element of ''[[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire goodness]]'' to them. There may be darkness, but it is tempered. Even the mindless ones work on
[[NonMaliciousMonster instinct-based]] mentality, but instinct]]. But the Carpathian vampires are, one and all, twisted and evil.species... Something in ''that'' blood, something neurological that damages the ''brain'' in such a way that no good--\\
'''Felicia Book:''' They're just plain ''evil,'' is what you're saying.


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-->'''Hobbes:''' The term "vampire" is a ''colloquialism''. A word by common folk that we have adopted here at the [[CreatureHuntingOrganization VMS]] out of ''laziness''. ''"Abomination,"'' the proper term, is mercilessly adaptable, as is that black bloodline.

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** The NumberOfTheBeast is a reference to [[spoiler:the six main bloodlines of Homo abominus]].

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* ApocalypticLog: The eponymous Miner's Log in ''Second Cycle'' #5, which the Vassals of the Morning Star had obtained from Creator/HPLovecraft, and reads like one of his stories.


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* TheMole: [[spoiler:Agent Bixby]] turns out to be an agent of [[spoiler:The Beast]] by the end of "Dark Moon". It is unclear if this was always the case, or if it is a recent change.

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