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* AssimilationBackfire: If a vampire feeds on a drug addict, they can wind up addicted to the same substance.

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* AssimilationBackfire: If a vampire feeds on a drug addict, they can wind up addicted to the same substance..


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* SpikedBlood: If a vampire feeds on a drug addict, they can wind up addicted to the same substance due to experiencing the effects of the drug in the persons blood in question.


-->-- from the back cover of ''Red-Headed Stepchild''

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-->-- from the back Back cover of ''Red-Headed Stepchild''

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* NighInvulnerability: Played with. While vampires can mainly only be killed permanently with apples or apple wood, that's not to say they can't be ''hurt'' in other ways. For instance, Sabina demonstrates a few times that young vampires can be incapacitated via a NeckSnap.


* FantasyKitchenSink: Vampires are said to descend from a mating between [[Literature/BookOfGenesis the biblical Cain]] and Lilith, Adam's first wife in Myth/HebrewMythology, and are vulnerable to apples due to their indirect connection to the Original Sin. The mages descend from the [[ClassicalMythology Greek goddess Hekate]]. Demons and various types of fey also exist.

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* FantasyKitchenSink: Vampires are said to descend from a mating between [[Literature/BookOfGenesis the biblical Cain]] and Lilith, Adam's first wife in Myth/HebrewMythology, and are vulnerable to apples due to their indirect connection to the Original Sin. The mages descend from the [[ClassicalMythology [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek goddess Hekate]]. Demons and various types of fey also exist.



* IntimateMarks: The mages all have a birthmark of an eight-pointed star, a symbol of [[GreekMythology the goddess Hekate]], somewhere on their bodies. At one point in ''Red-Headed Stepchild'' Sabina accidentally walks in on mage Adam Lazarus as he's getting out of the shower and discovers that his is between his belly button and his groin. For her part, Sabina's is on her left shoulderblade.

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* IntimateMarks: The mages all have a birthmark of an eight-pointed star, a symbol of [[GreekMythology [[Myth/GreekMythology the goddess Hekate]], somewhere on their bodies. At one point in ''Red-Headed Stepchild'' Sabina accidentally walks in on mage Adam Lazarus as he's getting out of the shower and discovers that his is between his belly button and his groin. For her part, Sabina's is on her left shoulderblade.


* FantasyKitchenSink: Vampires are said to descend from a mating between [[Literature/BookOfGenesis the biblical Cain]] and Lilith, Adam's first wife in HebrewMythology, and are vulnerable to apples due to their indirect connection to the Original Sin. The mages descend from the [[ClassicalMythology Greek goddess Hekate]]. Demons and various types of fey also exist.

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* FantasyKitchenSink: Vampires are said to descend from a mating between [[Literature/BookOfGenesis the biblical Cain]] and Lilith, Adam's first wife in HebrewMythology, Myth/HebrewMythology, and are vulnerable to apples due to their indirect connection to the Original Sin. The mages descend from the [[ClassicalMythology Greek goddess Hekate]]. Demons and various types of fey also exist.


* TheDescendantsOfCain: The vampires believe that they are descended from a love affair between Cain and [[HebrewMythology Lilith]]. All vampires are redheads, which is a relic of the Mark of Cain.

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* TheDescendantsOfCain: The vampires believe that they are descended from a love affair between Cain and [[HebrewMythology [[Myth/HebrewMythology Lilith]]. All vampires are redheads, which is a relic of the Mark of Cain.



* YourVampiresSuck: Apparently the vampires themselves spread the idea that they're vulnerable to crucifixes[[labelnote:*]]they're ''annoyed'' by them, but it's a religious thing rather than something physically harmful[[/labelnote]] and garlic[[labelnote:*]]a smokescreen for their ''actual'' WeaksauceWeakness to apples[[/labelnote]].

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* YourVampiresSuck: Apparently the vampires themselves spread the idea that they're vulnerable to crucifixes[[labelnote:*]]they're crucifixes[[note]]they're ''annoyed'' by them, but it's a religious thing rather than something physically harmful[[/labelnote]] harmful[[/note]] and garlic[[labelnote:*]]a garlic[[note]]a smokescreen for their ''actual'' WeaksauceWeakness to apples[[/labelnote]].apples[[/note]].


* DepletedPhlebotinumShells: Sabina's handgun is loaded with bullets containing apple cider to kill vampires.

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* DepletedPhlebotinumShells: Sabina's handgun is loaded with bullets containing apple cider to kill vampires. Meanwhile Vinca has a can of pepper spray loaded with cider instead.

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* IntimateMarks: The mages all have a birthmark of an eight-pointed star, a symbol of [[GreekMythology the goddess Hekate]], somewhere on their bodies. At one point in ''Red-Headed Stepchild'' Sabina accidentally walks in on mage Adam Lazarus as he's getting out of the shower and discovers that his is between his belly button and his groin. For her part, Sabina's is on her left shoulderblade.

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* RealityWarpingIsNotAToy: Adam Lazarus explains to Sabina that use of magic inherently disturbs the natural order, and even small castings have unforeseeable effects elsewhere in the world (usually imperceptible effects, but it ''has'' an effect). Large castings have been known to cause natural disasters.

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* TheDescendantsOfCain: The vampires believe that they are descended from a love affair between Cain and [[HebrewMythology Lilith]]. All vampires are redheads, which is a relic of the Mark of Cain.

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* BoobsAndButtPose: Sabina on the cover of ''Red-Headed Stepchild'' (shown).


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* TitleDrop: Sabina uses the title of ''Red-Headed Stepchild'' in its idiomatic form once in her narration.

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* WoundedGazelleGambit: A few times Sabina has mentioned going hunting in bad parts of town and draining muggers and at least one attempted rapist.


* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: ''Color-Adjective Noun'' for the full-length novels.

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* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: With the exception of book two, ''Color-Adjective Noun'' for the full-length novels.

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* PantsPositiveSafety: Sabina typically carries her sidearm stuck through her belt (though in back rather than on the side as shown in the page picture).


Sabina is the illegitimate granddaughter of the Lavinia, one of the Dominae who rule over all vampires. In violation of the treaty between the Dominae and the Hekate Council, rulers of mages, her mother had a love affair with a mage and Sabina was the result. Due to her mixed blood she isn't accepted among her own kind, and she has been told from birth that her father's family wanted nothing to do with her. Unaccepted in either world, the only occupation she can have is [[ProfessionalKillers assassin for the Dominae]], which she performs loyally in hopes of someday [[WellDoneSonGuy gaining some measure of respect from her grandmother]]. When she's sent to infiltrate a rival vampiric organization, she becomes embroiled in supernatural politics, gets in touch with her mage half, and learns that very little she was taught is actually true.

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Sabina is the illegitimate granddaughter of the Lavinia, one of the Dominae who rule over all vampires. In violation of the treaty between the Dominae and the Hekate Council, rulers of mages, her mother had a love affair with a mage and Sabina was the result. Due to her mixed blood she isn't accepted among her own kind, and she has been told from birth that her father's family wanted nothing to do with her. Unaccepted in either world, the only occupation she can have is [[ProfessionalKillers assassin for the Dominae]], which she performs loyally in hopes of someday [[WellDoneSonGuy gaining some measure of respect from her grandmother]]. When she's sent to infiltrate a rival vampiric organization, she becomes embroiled in supernatural politics, gets in touch with her mage half, and learns that very little she was taught is actually true.



* BalefulPolymorph: While trying to banish Giguhl, the at-this-point untrained-in-magic Sabina accidentally traps Giguhl in the form of a hairless cat.

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* BalefulPolymorph: While trying to banish Giguhl, the at-this-point untrained-in-magic Sabina accidentally traps Giguhl the demon in the form of a hairless cat.

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