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The king of the vampires and Beth's hellren.


Mary's hellren

  • Anything That Moves: Rhage was like this before he met Mary, and more recently, Zypher, compared to a Lenihan, a beast known for its sexual prowess.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Rhage's alter-ego is a fire-breathing dragon that likes to devour lessers whole, can take mortal wounds on Rhage's behalf, and can use its wings to fly. Eating lessers causes Rhage some pretty bad indigestion.
  • Enemy Within: Rhage and his tattooed "friend".
  • Involuntary Shapeshifting: Rhage's curse turns him into a dragon whenever he loses control of his emotions. When he's in human form, it forms a tattoo on his back.
  • Painful Transformation: Rhage, when his beast comes out (and the aftermath).

Bella's hellren and Phury's twin

  • Bigger Is Better in Bed: Zsadist's *ahem* hardware is treated in this way. He is repeatedly described as being "enormous" below the belt or otherwise regarded by others with a sense of envy and/or awe.
  • Black Eyes of Crazy: Piss Zsadist off and his yellow eyes turn black. Everyone who knows him thinks he has naturally black eyes, until he falls in love with Bella and starts to mellow out. Everyone is baffled to realize that he and Phury actually have the same eye color.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Repeatedly beaten and raped by a mistress who kept him as a blood slave, then mutilated during the escape.
  • Defiled Forever: Zsadist initially believes this of himself, to the point of not wanting to touch his daughter because she'll "get it on her."
  • Paralyzing Fear of Sexuality: Zsadist, as a result of his captivity as a blood slave
  • Rape as Backstory: By his mistress and whatever men she was entertaining
  • Sex Slave: As well as a blood slave

Marissa's hellren

  • Abusive Parents: Butch's father who really isn't was physically and emotionally abusive, even blaming him for the death of his sister.
  • Cowboy Cop: Butch, while he's on the force.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Butch grew up emotionally and physically abused by his father who wasn't his biological father, and knew it, and was blamed by his entire family for the rape and murder of his older sister, Janie. It's pretty obvious throughout the books that this has messed him up a bit psychologically.
  • Emergency Transformation: human-turned-vampire
  • The Unfavorite: Butch is the un-favorite of his father, being cast aside and beaten as a child. He also blames Butch for the murder of Butch's older sister. It's implied that his father knew Butch was the result of infidelity.

Jane's hellren

  • Abusive Parents: Vishous' and Payne's father, who was abusive in almost every imaginable way, including castrating his son by tearing off one of his testicles. His mother, alternatively, is also seen as abusive by ignoring her son's childhood plight and trying to force him into an arranged marriage. He spends most of his time acting as though he is unaffected by his childhood until it all comes to a head in Lover Unleashed, and his grief over the fact that his parents did not protect him is forced to the surface. He demands to know why his parents hurt him, as he did not ask to be born to them.
  • Brains and Bondage: Vishous, who is well-read and the most intellectual of the brothers, enjoys bondage. When he reveals this to his surgeon shellan, she is highly disturbed. However, after a session in V's "penthouse," she comes around to the idea.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Vishous spent his childhood in a warrior camp run by his ruthless warrior father. He dislikes the combat, preferring to read. He is punished for this. When he comes into his empathic powers, he tells his father of his own death. Disturbed, his father has him tattooed as an outcast, and partially castrated.
  • Semi-Divine: Vishous is the son of the Scribe Virgin, the deity vampires pray to in his universe. He also has a twin sister named Payne.

Cormia's hellren and Zsadist's twin

  • Abusive Parents: His father was physically and emotionally abusive.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Phury and Zsadist; ironically, Phury is the younger twin.
  • Celibate Hero: Phury until he meets Cormia.
  • Enemy Within: Also, Phury and his Wizard.
  • Handicapped Badass: Has a prosthetic leg
  • The Unfavorite Phury was the second-born twin, which in vampire culture is ingrained as The Unfavorite because it signifies a curse upon his family. After his twin is kidnapped, Phury is alternatively ignored and abused by his parents. He mentions that they did not notice when he left to find Zsadist, and that he did not attend their funerals.

Wellsie, and later Autumn's hellren


The queen of the vampires and Wrath's shellan.

  • Action Girl: After seeing Wrath shot, Beth brains a man with a blunt object. Then she crouches over Wrath with a small knife and kills an attack dog coming after them. When Butch and Vishous arrive to back them up, she is in full protector mode and hisses at them.
    Vishous: She was standing over his body, ready to take the cop and me on with her bare hands if she had to. Like Wrath was her cub, you feel me?
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Mother was human and father was vampire.
  • Rags to Riches: Grows up in the foster care system but inherits lots of property when her father dies.

Rhage's dhellan

  • Aroused by Their Voice: Mary's voice is so appealing John calls the suicide hotline every night just to hear her talk, and Rhage is so attracted to her voice he practically assaults her on their first meeting, trying to get her talk to him.
  • Emergency Transformation: human-turned-immortal and cancer-free

Zsadist's shellan

  • Abusive Parents: Bella's father and Rehvenge's stepfather. He used to police his eight-year-old daughter's eating habits due to the petrifying fear she'd gain weight. This meant Bella went hungry a lot. Watching Bella pour herself another bowl of cereal is a very emotional moment in Rehvenge's life.

Butch's shellan

Vishous's shellan

  • Abusive Parents: Jane's parents, though to a lesser extent. They were seen as cold and emotionally unavailable to their daughter after the death of Hannah, Jane's younger sister.
  • Emergency Transformation: human-turned-tangible-ghost
  • The Unfavorite: Jane was this in comparison to her terminally ill sister Hannah. After Hannah died, the situation turned into Abusive Parents.

Phury's shellan

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