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WARNING! Due to the books relying heavily on mystery and surprise, the pages would be virtually unreadable with excessive spoiler tags. Therefore, all spoilers except for the most recent novel (Skin Game) are UNMARKED. Tread carefully.



Vampires take many forms, but they all have two things in common: they were human, once, and they must now feed on the life-force of other humans to sustain themselves. Of course, the Courts don't always get along even among themselves. Predators don't like competition.

There are four Vampire Courts that we know of: The Black Court, of Stoker-esque walking corpses with magical powers, the Red Court, who take the form of Indo-American demons and manipulate mortals with flesh-masks and narcotic saliva, the White Court, beautiful albinos who incite and feed on primal human emotions, such as lust, and the Jade Court. The last of these has only been mentioned once, exists in Asia, and has yet to make an appearance in the series.

According to a question-and-answer session held by Jim Butcher in June 2018, Jade Court vampires rarely act outside of the Yangtze River Valley, do not deal directly with outsiders (instead moving through allies and agents), and are not signatories of the Unseelie Accords, but will act against those who don't treat them with the respect due to signatories. There are also three other types who act mainly in southeast Asia (in the region of South Korea and Thailand), but aren't numerous enough to have organized Courts, instead acting as thugs who run drugs and human slaves through the local seas and sometimes hire out as assassins. They are described as being "mosquitos" in comparison to the four organized vampire Courts.

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The Black Court

Black Court vampires

     In General 
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The classic vampire, the Black Court are animated corpses who drink the blood of the living. They are the most innately powerful of the vampire courts, and the most straightforwardly malevolent, but because they have all the traditional vampire weaknesses (Dracula was commissioned by their rivals in the White Court as an expose on them) they are also currently the rarest.


  • Always Chaotic Evil: Big time.
    • The Black Court usually attack first and ask questions never, though Mavra at least can be more subtle when she needs to be.
    • A short story implies this is inherent in their condition, with two security guards brutally and painfully turned being loyal to the woman who killed them only minutes prior.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: They can induce a couple of levels of this, from an easy-to-reverse charm all the way towards turning the victim into a permanently-unhinged mook. These victims are called "Renfields" after the character in the book who became such a victim to the book's Dracula.
  • Chekhov's Gun: There is some connection between them and Outsiders, so said Lash before her ultimate sacrifice.
  • Dying Race: In spite of the fact that they can reproduce easily. Due to Dracula making their weaknesses common knowledge, the court is hunted down to near extinction. The ones that survive tend to be the oldest, strongest and smartest. This leads to the court being composed of extremely powerful vampires and cannon fodder mooks.
  • Explosive Breeder: They can "reproduce" faster than any of the other vampire courts by the simple fact their kills can become new vampires with no half-breed like Red Courts create.
  • Holy Burns Evil: Likely as bad, if not worse, than the Red Court vampires.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Classic undead ones, albeit without the fangs. Black Court Mooks are basically blood-drinking zombies, while more powerful ones like Mavra are more like Dracula (and Dracula himself is Black Court, though he's never shown up in person). They also have the weaknesses the undead typically have: garlic, holy water, sun light.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: New Blacks just "born" are considered very dangerous and not to be underestimated. They have all the super speed and herculean strength born right into them and accessible from the get go. They become even more dangerous with age.
  • Vampires Are Sex Gods: Thoroughly averted; at best, Blacks are Uncanny Valley-tastic, and at worst, they're visibly decomposing corpses.

     Vlad Tepesh, aka "Dracula" 

Vlad Tepesh, aka "Dracula"

Dracula, in the Dresdenverse, is the most well-known Black Court Vampire, thanks to the publication of Dracula. Less widely known is that he is also the creator of the Black Court.


     Mavra 

Mavra

A very old, very nasty Black Court vampire with a grudge against Harry. So far, she seems to have succeeded fairly well at using him as a pawn in her schemes, and has yet to get her comeuppance; we don't even know what her long-term goal is.


  • Dark Action Girl: She is a powerful and dangerous sorceress and physically powerful as well. Harry always goes out of his way to never fight her directly because he's sure he'd lose in a straight fight. He doubted he could even bind her magic when he assaulted her and called on Ebenezer McCoy for that job.
  • Evil Is Hammy: It's subtle, but Mavra does have a flair for the dramatic. For instance, when she first sends Dresden the pictures of him and Murphy raiding her hideout, she puts in a couple of small details in the envelope simply to unnerve Dresden, seemingly for no other reason than she wanted to scare him. Later, when Dresden comes to the meeting, she appears in Dresden's grave, coalescing out of the fog. Again, for no practical reason, except to scare Dresden.
  • A Father to His Men: She does love her children.
  • Frozen Fashion Sense: Wears ancient clothing, though at least some of it is modern clothing made in an old style.
  • I Gave My Word: She will honor her word to the letter of it, but when she promises to meet Harry under an umbrella of truce he trusts her to keep that part up.
  • Lady of Black Magic: An ancient, malevolent vampire sorceress with a specialty in veils.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Fast, strong, smart, stealthy. Her only problem is she's a rotting corpse.
  • Loophole Abuse: Bringing in mortal authorities into the supernatural affairs is a big no-no for all sides, but her threatening to send pictures of Harry and Karrin killing "defenseless" men are permitted as her intended target for the fallout is Karrin, who by being a muggle, isn't protected like Harry is.
  • Master of Illusion: Veils are her specialty.
  • Mind Rape: Another specialty of hers, for quick, easy mooks.
  • Mugging the Monster: With the twist being the monster is Harry Dresden. She thought him to be a good puppet, as mentioned in Xanatos Gambit either Harry ends up dead or she has blackmail on him, and so thinks she can use him for a job in Dead Beat. When he completes the job, he lays down a deadly and vicious verbal smackdown, highlights include he knows how to use necromancy on Black Court vampires like her and he has a Fallen in his head eager to help him, and if she tries something like her gambit again, he will hunt her down. She is genuinely scared when he forced her to swear to never do this action against him again.
  • Out-Gambitted: By Kincaid, though his plan isn't acted upon. Kincaid's plan to deal with her and her scourge is to throw some bombs into the place, watch it burn and burn what remains. This would have killed her, along with her Renfields, and the children they had hostage. But she would be dead.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Implied in Cold Days, since she gave the Black Athame to Lea, an Artifact of Doom which infects people with Nemesis, a sentient corrupting force that makes its victims ally with the Outsiders.
  • Xanatos Gambit: We don't find out until the next book, but her actions in Blood Rites qualify. No one interferes, and she has a strong, growing power base. She guessed (correctly) that this wouldn't be the case, as well as who the most likely party-crasher would be (namely, Harry) and prepared countermeasures against him specifically. So if he tried to go in alone, he'd die. If he brought a whole group, they might still die, and if they didn't, she had a decoy downstairs to make them think they'd killed her; if it hadn't been for Kincaid, Harry might have fallen for it. In addition to that, she took pictures of the group when they were fighting her Renfields; this gave her blackmail material on one of Harry's friends so she could force him to do what she wanted in future. No matter how it turned out, she'd be ahead. In fact, the only way to have actually defeated Mavra in that instance would have been to go with Kincaid's earlier suggestion: blowing up the whole building, even with the hostages inside. Which means the only person who knew how to outwit the most powerful Black Court vampire we've seen was the guy given his nickname by Vlad "Father of Dracula" Drakul himself.
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     Constance Bushnell, aka "Drulinda" 

Constance "Drulinda" Bushnell

An unattractive nerd who was unpopular even with other nerds, Constance was not happy with her life. She ran away from home and somehow found a member of the Black Court who made her into one of them. Now reborn as the vampire Drulinda, Constance returns to her Live Action Roleplaying (LARP) group to get her revenge.


  • Bad Boss: When one of her underling vampires talks out of turn, she rips out his throat, then threatens to cut off all his limbs, throw him into Lake Michigan, and let him drift helplessly for all eternity the next time he does that.
  • Kill It with Fire: Her ultimate fate, courtesy of Dresden.
  • Meaningful Rename: Drulinda was the name of her vampire character in the LARP group, and it's the name she took after becoming a vampire herself.
  • Nerd: Was part of a LARP group.
  • Plain Jane: Her human form was described as plain by one of her roleplaying partners. Of course, her appearance deteriorates once she joins the Black Court.
  • Revenge: Her motivation for attacking the LARP group.
  • Villain Ball: She knows of Harry Dresden. She doesn't think it odd he isn't mouthing back at her. When she gets close, she gets some garlic spat at her.

Black Court thralls, servitors, and staff

     Renfields 

Renfields

Humans who have been enthralled by Black Court vampires. Nothing remains of their original personalities; they are essentially puppets and act however their vampire master wishes.


  • Big Dumb Body: They have no minds of their own and are only useful for their physical capabilities.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: They're brainwashed into being the suicidally-devoted thralls of their master.
  • Death of Personality: After being turned into Renfields, nothing remains of the original individual.
  • Empty Shell: What they are once they become Renfields.
  • Feel No Pain: No matter how badly they're hurt they don't even notice. They just keep trying to fulfill their orders.
  • Meat Puppet: Describes them in a nutshell. They are just bodies which do whatever their vampire master commands.
  • Mind Rape: Crushed into thralls by pure psychic force.
  • The Renfield: They're actually called this in-universe, and they fit the prototype — thralls serving a vampire master without even a thought of resisting.
  • Wound That Will Not Heal: The mental damage that the Renfields have suffered is apparently irreversible; even the original Merlin couldn't heal them.

The Red Court

Red Court vampires

     In General 
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These vampires are demons who can change themselves into (superficially) human forms; like Blacks, Reds feed on blood, but are less supernatural, meaning that both their powers and Weaksauce Weaknesses are less. Because they masterminded a war between the vampire courts and the wizards, they are some of the most visible villains in the series.


  • Achilles' Heel: All Reds have a "blood reservoir" in their stomach that holds accumulated blood. Cutting it open will spill the blood, robbing the Red of its power and crippling it.
  • Affably Evil: Moreso than Black, less so than White.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: Unlike Blacks, Reds can at least put on a show of humanity, and are capable of loyalty towards each other, but they're completely consumed by bloodlust and have absolutely no regard for human life. The Order of St. Giles excepted.
  • Awakening the Sleeping Giant: They seem to have trouble thinking ahead, and are all to eager to unleash Disproportionate Retribution without regard to who it might piss off. Bianca's vengeance against Harry gets her and her court killed (and in a roundabout way contributes to the court's destruction), the court angered all of Faerie by trying to pursue fleeing wizards (which also contributed to the court's destruction, as the first rule of crossing Mab is to never cross Mab, ever), and kidnapping Harry's daughter results in him going after them in full Papa Wolf mode and then killing them all.
  • Cannon Fodder: The esclavos de sangre, aka "blood slaves." They are Red Court vampires who have given in entirely to their blood thirst, going completely feral and thus are unable to form flesh masks or behave in any civilized manner. They are considered scum by the rest of the Court and are used as disposable troops. By the reckoning of the Red Court, letting the blood slaves get killed in combat is no waste, as they're just a strain on the Court's food supply.
  • Daywalking Vampire: The most powerful Reds can form flesh masks of sufficient potency that they can shield themselves from sunlight.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: They serve as the most common antagonists for the first 12 books. Then Harry kills them all.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Very common. See Evil Is Petty below.
  • Evil Is Petty: Seems to be a very common trait.
    • Bianca starts off the Wizard-Vampire war because Harry was tangentially involved in the death of her lover (whose name she can't even remember).
    • Ariana has two distinct moments.
      • She buys Harry's building, installing a bomb inside the walls, but also slowly increases the rent Harry has to pay.
      • She wants Harry and all his line dead because of what they did to Paolo, whom she married just to torment him.
  • Fangs Are Evil: Interestingly, they are the only vampires in the setting with actual fangs - Black Court ones merely have regular rotten teeth that just happen to be strong enough to pierce through human skin, and the White Court doesn't have any need for teeth due to not drinking blood to begin with. Moreover, these fangs only are visible in their true forms- their fleshmasks display normal teeth.
  • Fantastic Drug: Their saliva is an highly addictive narcotic. An antitoxin potion can be created to numb the effects that requires neutralizing eight aspects of pleasure.
  • Functional Addict: As the whole Court are blood-addicted monsters, the one way to prove one's self in rising up the pyramid is to be this. Those who can control their urges, think rationally and plan are highly sought after. Those who lose themselves to their urges are seen as pathetic and desposable. The fact the King is losing his functional parts to his addiction is the reason their war plans aren't always clear and well thought out.
  • God Guise: The King and his Lords of Outer Night are very powerful vampires, but in the end are still just vampires. They are impersonating the real deities of the regions' original human society after the gods went to sleep. The vampires secretly fear the day the real gods return because they are no match for the pissed off deities.
  • Holy Burns Evil: They are repelled by sacred objects. Even the half-turned suffer from touching them, like Susan grabbing a falling Fidelacchius even though her intent is nothing malevolent. That said, a half-turned using the Sword for its purpose and swearing to do so may, like Susan using Amoracchius to rescue her daughter.
  • Humanoid Abomination: All Red Court Vampires are this to varying degrees, from the simple fact of wearing a "flesh mask" to hide their real nature, to Physical Gods like The Red King. Their skin also tends to ripple when they get upset or pissed off.
  • Killed Off for Real: Harry kills all of them in Changes, by way of a bloodline curse.
  • Knight of Cerebus: They appear to play this role early on in the series - but once the Denarians show up, they begin to become more of an offscreen menace. Subverted in Changes, however...
  • Mayincatec: It's repeatedly indicated that their origins are Mayan: their most sacred site, Chichen Itza, is a Mayan locations, and Esteban (one half of the Eebs) states when arguing with his wife that they will never win total favour of the Red King because they are 'not of the First Maya'. Additionally, their unmasked imagery derives from Camazotz, an ancient Mayan bat-god with a lust for human blood and a possible small army of lesser bat-like servants - in this case, perhaps the earliest Red Court vampires.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": Harry postulates that the King and his Lords of the Outer Night who are trying to kill Maggie when detained by a shining Holy Light that takes the arm of the King are seriously scared because with all the other events that night, the Three Swords of the Cross, one of whose bearers has a Holy Being speaking through her, and then a second spirit shielding her from mental attacks in the form of a halo, that the gods they are impersonating have awoken and come back to punish them as well. It really is just an invisible Susan holding Amoracchius but they don't know that for those few minutes.
  • Never My Fault: Red Court vampires never really recognize when something was their own fault, instead blaming enemies who happened to be tangentially related to whatever happened. Bianca is a shining example of this- Due to Harry's interview with her, she gets a bit shaken up, and when she feeds on one of her whores immediately after, she doesn't stop in time and the girl dies. Bianca blames Harry for this and all her later time in the series is devoted to making Harry's life miserable and/or killing him. She even turns Susan into a half-vampire just to spite him.
  • One-Winged Angel: Most of them spend most of their time in human form, but almost always shift to demonic bat-thing to fight or feed.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Formerly-human batlike demons who can assume human form, they're burned by sunlight and repelled by sacred objects.
  • "Uh-Oh" Eyes: Mystical full body tattoos in this case placed on members of the Order of St. Giles to help their operatives control their thirst for blood, and warn other operatives (and anyone who understands them) when this is happening. Usually invisible they turn red (and hurt) when the wearer is in danger of giving in to their thirst for blood, darkening to black if they do so.
  • Vampire Refugee: The Order of St. Giles are humans who were half turned into Red vampires, but never drained another to death and so retain actual human form instead of being bat-things in skin masks - they oppose the Red Court proper wherever they can, and are allies of the White Council. Harry's girlfriend Susan is one.
  • Vampires Are Sex Gods: Deconstructed. They're only superficially this way, and it takes their narcotic saliva to cement it. When they take off their flesh masks, to humans they're pure Fetish Retardant.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: All Reds (except for those who've been completely consumed by their bloodlust) can assume a human "fleshmask". The most powerful can create fleshmasks with a variety of appearances, rather than just based on what they looked like as humans.

     Kukulcan, the Red King 

Kukulcan, the Red King

"A god does not converse or bargain with cattle. He uses and dispenses with them as he sees fit."

Absolute lord of the Red Court, his extreme age and the devotion of both his mortal and vampiric minions have allowed him to ascend to a state approximating godhood (and indeed, he was venerated as a god by the Mayans).


  • A God Am I: Views himself as a god, having effectively replaced an Aztec one.
  • The Caligula: As Harry describes him, he's basically a junkie with blood as his fix, and his behavior can be somewhat erratic as a result. All or part of this may be part of his Obfuscating Stupidity, however — we don't see enough of him to really tell for sure.
  • Completely Unnecessary Translator: He speaks Mayan with Harry during their first meeting but later reveals that he can actually speak perfect English. The trope is inverted in that he was using his translator as a proxy for his 'negotiations.' He felt completely justified in breaking the terms of it because it was the translator who made the deal, not him. And nobody could apparently speak ancient Mayan to realize that whatever he was saying, it wasn't an agreement to the terms.
  • Enemy Mine: Briefly with Harry in order to take down Arianna. It doesn't last long.
  • Evil Overlord: As the lord of the Red Vampires, he acts as this.
  • Exact Words: When Harry demands the right to challenge Arianna for the life of a soon-to-be-sacrificed hostage, the Red King guarantees the safety of said hostage during the duel. Surprise, surprise: no one said anything about after the duel.
  • Eye Scream: During his final battle with Harry he's beaten when Harry impales his eyes and then sets them on fire.
  • False Reassurance: Uses this along with his Loophole Abuse and Completely Unnecessary Translator to double cross Harry.
  • Fantastic Racism: Only vampires of original Mayan ancestry can rise to the highest levels of the Red Court under his rule. He also views all humans in general as cattle.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Of the Red Court Wizard War. He only takes center stage in Changes after Harry wastes Arianna.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Hoist by his own curse.
  • Karmic Death: He and his entire "family" are wiped out by the very curse he was trying to set off.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: In Proven Guilty he has no problems running from battle when things don't go his way and it looks like they will lose. Morgan coming close enough to kill him helps him in this choice.
  • Loophole Abuse:
    • Harry weasels a promise out of him to let him take his daughter away after killing Arianna for him. However, since the Red King was going through a translator to make that promise, he technically didn't promise Harry anything...
    • He also used this to HELP Harry, believe it or not. The Eebs say that he cannot interfere in a blood feud; but because Harry has what also amounts to a blood feud, he does have a legitimate right to challenge Arianna. The Red King does have the power to accept Harry's petition (since allowing Arianna to go ahead would ALSO count as interfering with a blood debt), which he uses to allow Harry to fight Arianna.
  • The Napoleon: The Lords of Outer Night and other high-ranking Reds are of superhuman stature, but the king is only a little over five feet. Though he presumably has shapeshifting abilities like the rest of the powerful Red Courtiers, so he may not have to be.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity:
    • He's much more on-the-ball than he seems; he plays Harry and Arianna against each other quite well.
    • He also demonstrates that he had to have understood Harry before Alamaya actually talked to him; as such he may have been faking entirely.
  • Older Than They Look: Looks to be middle aged but is more than 4000 years old.
  • Physical God: Roughly on par with Odin, no less. His chief minions, the Lords of Outer Night, are also godlike.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: He has no problem fighting on the front line in the war.
  • Squishy Wizard: Relatively speaking. He's got vast psychic and magical power, and significant superhuman strength, but he still seems to be broadly as physically vulnerable as any other Red Court vampire.
  • Smug Snake: An ego huge enough to view himself as a god, but at the end he loses.
  • Tactful Translation: Amusingly averted. While holding up the charade of not understanding English, Alamaya tries to take Harry's statement of This Means War! and relate it tactfully. The King slaps Alamaya, and Harry can tell that he's telling the mook "Translate it the way he said it, damn it."
  • Time Abyss: His true age is unknown— because humans on his continent of origin haven't had a written language for that long.
  • Vampire Monarch: He is the king of the Red Court vampires.
  • Villainous Breakdown: After Harry beats the crap out of him he goes from confident and intelligent Smug Snake to a thrashing screaming lunatic who summons his soldiers (despite knowing that they will kill him for being defeated by a mortal) without caring about the consequences. And he cuts one of his own deputies in half.

     Duke Paolo Ortega 

Duke Paolo Ortega

Born in Spain at the end of the 15th century and one of Cortez's conquistadors. During his time in South America, he fell in love with a local princess and married her. She turned out to be a Red Court vampire, and turned Paolo into a vampire. Paolo's abilities allowed him to rise through the ranks, and he was a Warlord of the Red Court.


  • Affably Evil: He's polite, friendly even to his enemies and opponents, and is willing to sit down and have a beer with someone he's planning to kill...
    • Faux Affably Evil: ... But it's a load of crap, with Shiro pointing out that the only reason he's doing it that way is because he thinks it's the most efficient way to kill someone. When he thinks he's going to lose, he drops the act.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Paolo seems to be quite devoted to Arianna. Arianna is equally devoted to making his life miserable.
  • Colony Drop: Ebenezar takes him out by dropping a derelict Soviet Satellite on Ortega's home.
  • Genius Bruiser: Paolo is definitely no slouch in hand-to-hand combat, and a highly skilled strategist, as one would expect from a Red Court Warlord, and someone who is implied to be the Red Court's counterpart to the Blackstaff. He is also officially employed as a professor of mythology.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: He seems like a Noble Demon and Affably Evil at first but when the gloves are down he proves its all an act and that he's really a vicious monster underneath. Even if he won his duel against Harry, he was still going to kill all of Harry's friends.
  • Noble Demon: Subverted quite nicely. He acts the part of the honorable, cultured Worthy Opponent when things are going his way, but by the end of Death Masks it's made plain that the only thing he really cares about is winning, and he'll stoop to just about anything to do it. He pretended to be honorable because he knew that would make Harry fight honorably, which gave him the advantage.
  • Pet the Dog: One of his few genuine redeeming qualities is that he does seem to care for his child Bianca.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Paolo was one of Cortez's conquistadors.
  • Unholy Matrimony: To Arianna, see All Love Is Unrequited above.

     Duchess Arianna Ortega 

Duchess Arianna Ortega

Wife of Paolo, daughter of the Red King, highly placed in the Red Court, and a sorceress.


  • Achilles' Heel: Loses her final battle with Harry because she was unable to adapt to the artificial handicap placed on both individuals. Harry actually implies that if she had been allowed to use hand-to-hand combat, she would have won whether or not he had powers.
  • Big Bad: Of Changes.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: During her first meeting with Harry she pretends to be compassionate, telling him she knows exactly how much pain he's feeling (since she had his daughter kidnapped).
  • Break the Haughty: After Harry kicks her ass all she can do is stammer in shock. Needless to say it was VERY satisfying.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Mentioned in passing in Proven Guilty as one of the bidders in Madrigal Raith's auction of one Harry Dresden, slightly used.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: The entire plot of Changes happens because Ebeneezer killed Paolo. She'll kill Harry's daughter, her parents, their siblings, their parents and siblings, etc. All over killing a guy she personally hated and spent centuries messing with.
  • Evil Is Petty: Showcases the Red Court's pettiness rather well.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Harry impales her with a dozen icicles, one of which is the size of his arm.
  • Kill It with Water: Uses it defensively to counter Harry's Fuego spells and serve as a scalding smokescreen; naturally this backfires when Harry switches elements.
  • Lady of Black Magic: She's a noblewoman described as gorgeous in a goddess kind of way (or at least, her flesh mask is) and powerful sorceress.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: Oh yes. Arianna's entire marriage to Paolo was for the sole purpose of punishing Paolo through the use of mixed messages for what the conquistadors did to the people of South America.
  • Revenge: She kidnaps Maggie to target the bloodline curse in a revenge plot. Harry originally thought it was to target him in revenge for killing Bianca and starting the war. Arianna was actually targeting Ebenezer for killing Paolo. While she wasn't very fond of him in life, decorum and tradition demanded that she get revenge for the killing of her husband.
  • Secret Keeper: She knew Ebenezer was Harry's grandfather before Harry did. Sometime in the past, she invited Margaret and Ebenezer to dinner to discuss a collaboration with her and Lord Raith. Though the deal fell through, she noticed Ebenezer and Margaret arguing in a way only relatives can. Lord Raith, never having had a functional familial relationship his whole life, missed the detail completely.
  • Shock and Awe: Uses lightning spells as her offensive choice during the duel; one hit is enough to send Harry flying and land dazed.
  • Smug Snake: Constantly refers to Harry and humans in general as cattle.
  • The Starscream: To her father the Red King, though it's implied she was genuinely loyal previously, his downward spiral means it's time for his replacement. Notably, she wasn't in the position of Court hierarchy to succeed her father; one of the Lords of Outer Night would have been selected to be the new Kukulcan, but she would have been in a strong position to fill in the new vacancy.
  • Time Abyss: She is implied to have been a few thousand years old when she met Paolo in 1519. Is also implied to be the biological daughter of the Red King. Luccio implies she is older than writing itself.
  • Unholy Matrimony: To Paolo Ortega, as part of her mission to screw up his life as much as possible.
  • Villainous Breakdown: After Harry defeats her, she just stammers incoherently saying: "Cattle. You are C-Cattle." To which Harry has only one thing to say before he kills her: "Moo."
  • Would Hurt a Child: She plans to sacrifice Maggie personally. Only Harry's arrival and the fact that he has an equally legitimate claim (meaning that her dad has the perfect excuse to delay her until after Harry's claim was settled) as well as her death at Harry's hands in the resulting duel prevents her from doing so.
  • Your Head Asplode: After Harry finishes with her all that is left is a smoking headless corpse, since his final blow causes her head to blow up.

     Margravine Bianca St. Claire 

Margravine Bianca St. Claire

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Bianca in her human form . . .

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. . . and her true form.

Initially a minor character in the book Storm Front, though her role greatly expanded as the series went on. After Harry's actions indirectly caused her to kill her lover, Bianca enacted a plot of revenge that ultimately started the first magical war in centuries. She's also the vampiric daughter of Paolo Ortega, and the great-granddaughter (in vampire terms anyway) to the Red King.


  • Big Bad: Of Grave Peril.
  • Blue Blood: Considering that her grandmother's the Red king's daughter, she's practically royalty.
  • Defeat by Modesty: Non-nude variation; in their first meeting Bianca becomes very subdued after Harry winds up revealing her true form.
  • Evil Is Petty:
    • The reason she hates Thomas and Justine is because Thomas got Justine to be his sex partner instead of one of her whores. Also vamps Susan to give the middle finger to Harry. This turns out to be a very bad idea.
    • Also, she hates Harry because she blames him for the death of one of her girls in Storm Front. To recount: she baselessly blames Harry for the death of the girl he came to interrogate Bianca about; Bianca then attacks Harry; Harry defends himself; and Bianca gets carried away when feeding afterwards and blames Harry for the death that she caused. Oh, and to make matters worse? She doesn't even remember the girl's name.
  • Foreshadowing: By the end of her appearance in Storm Front, she makes it perfectly clear that she intends to make Harry regret causing her pain and humiliation, which was the result of him defending himself from her essentially throwing a tantrum and trying to kill Harry.
  • Karmic Death: After tormenting spirits across Chicago and using the ghost of Leonid Kravos as part of her plan against Harry, she is ripped to pieces by the spirits of those she slew, with the spirit of the woman she killed whose death she blames Harry for delivering the final blow. And the only reason Harry was able to rile up so many spirits anyway was because Bianca had spent the time messing around with ghosts in the first place.
  • Lesbian Vampire: Introduced with a nearly naked whore on her lap.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Bianca and most of her coven are killed by a ghost army comprised of her victims that Harry summons up, including the lover she killed in Storm Front. Note that Harry couldn't have done this without her coven having killed all of those people, and having stirred up all the ghosts in Chicago.
  • Karmic Death: She's Killed Off for Real by Harry summoning an army of ghosts of thoose she's killed.
  • Mugging the Monster: Yes, let's try to mess with Harry Dresden, the Black Sheep of the White Council. No way that will backfire.
  • Never My Fault: Bianca accidentally kills her lover by draining all her blood, because Harry defended himself against the vampire and hurt her (Bianca) — so she blames Harry. Never mind the fact that she attacked him first, with almost no provocation, or that the woman was really more her slave than her lover, considering she'd gotten her addicted to her narcotic saliva. Still, this is very much the Red Court mindset.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: How have Bianca's actions screwed over her own side? Let me count the ways:
    • First, starting the vampire war that ended in a total loss for the Red Court.
    • Turning Susan into a half-vampire ended up providing the means to create said total loss.
    • That gravestone she gave to Harry saved his life (ish — he was a shade at that point).
    • Giving that athame to Lea screwed over everyone, but Lea's revenge for it also helped destroy the Red Court.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The first and third books, as well as half of the fourth, are a direct result of Bianca's misdirected desire for Harry Dresden's death.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Only really important in the first and third book, but her actions effect the whole series at least up to Cold Days. Seriously, that party of hers was the catalyst for a ton of later events (and not all of them were negative).
    • The most obvious is, of course, the Vampire War and everything that resulted from it.
    • The Grave she gave Harry turned out to be a big help in Ghost Story.
    • Giving Lea that athame led to her (and later on Maeve) being infected by Nemesis, and thus the events of Cold Days.
    • She likely helped out Cowl and Kumori in some dangerous way (or vice versa), though what will result from that remains to be seen.
  • Vampires Are Rich: The Velvet Room was the nicest brothel in the city of Chicago and made her lots of money. That also ignore the fact she's probably had close to a century of building interest.

     Baroness LeBlanc 

Baroness LeBlanc

A Red Court noble and scientist trying to develop artificial methods of creating true love. Unfortunately, her experiments lead to three murder-suicide pacts within a single month, resulting in Dresden and Murphy going after her. Appears in the short story "Love Hurts".


  • Evil Brit: She has the accent for it.
  • Irony: Her love spell is based in the "Tunnel of Terror" ride.
  • Loophole Abuse: When discovered, she thought that she had a measure of protection since the war with the vampires had hit a cold point, and she would be within her rights to kill Harry for interfering. After a brief conversation with Harry and Murphy on why she did it, it was clear they weren't going to let her go, so she ribs Murphy a bit. She would have possibly been victim of this herself since it was Murphy who killed her, but the one witness would likely not know who to report it to and the Red Court would likely just kill him out of hand.
  • Love Potion: The belts of her ride act as one, binding the two riders in the car under the enchantment. This happens even if they are blood siblings.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Her work on inducing true love seemed to work out for thousands of couples, barring a few outliers which were adversely affected. LeBlanc brushed them off as an unfortunate but inevitable result. And when Dresden calls her out on experimenting on the minds of the unsuspecting masses, she made the argument that the world would ultimately be a happier place with love and without the White Court, but she didn't even try to hide that she was doing it for purely selfish reasoning.
  • The Power of Love: Her experiment is about creating True Love artificially as a means of poisoning the well, so to speak, against the White Court. If she can create Love, the strongest of the emotions, then there could be a way to destroy the White Court by tainting their food supplies.
  • Villain Ball:
    • Given all the damage Dresden inflicted on the Red Court by that point, going up against him and Murphy with only a couple of human thugs as backup was a very unwise idea.
    • Secondly, trying to pressing the buttons on Murphy by describing what the Reds had in store for Harry was a bad move on her part.
  • Your Head Asplode: Courtesy of Murphy, though the first bullet was a painful hindrance, Murph ended up using the better part of a full magazine of her pistol.

     Baron Bravosa 

Baron Bravosa

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The Red Court's man to take out a Venatori stronghold.

"We only die if we are stupid."

A Red Court noble who led the attack on a Venatori outpost that was guarding a Shoggoth. Appeared in the comic War Cry.


  • Bad Boss: He beats up his aide when she annoys him.
  • Dirty Coward: Begs for his life after Harry pushes him into the jaws of a very hungry Shoggoth.
  • Faux Affably Evil: His genial attitude vanished as soon as the Wardens and Venatori put up a serious fight.
  • Ironic Death: He told his assistant that, in contrast to humans who can die of old age or illness, vampires die only when they are stupid. Then he dies...on account of his own stupidity.
  • Killed Off for Real: Absorbed into the Shoggoth.
  • Meaningful Name: His name sounds like "bravado", which is an apt description of his character.
  • Too Dumb to Live: He spent the whole series demanding the Shoggoth. Once Harry let it loose on him, he had no idea how to handle it and was devoured.
  • Troll: During the attack on the outpost, he at one point has his troops throw rocks through the house's windows. The rocks aren't nearly as effective as a hail of gunfire would be and he knows it, but it freaks out his opponents nonetheless.

     Bravosa's aide 

Bravosa's aide

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Baron Bravosa's number two.

A female vampire who assisted Bravosa during his attack on the Venatori outpost in War Cry.


  • Butt-Monkey: Slapped around by Bravosa for her perceived stupidity, then stabbed through the mouth by Thomas Raith.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: While it’s ambiguous how intelligent she actually is, she is prone to impatience and Bravosa views very poorly about her intellect - but she’s absolutely spot on to be worried about a new arrival who turns out to be Thomas Raith.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: Getting stabbed through the mouth would be quite fatal otherwise.
  • Incompletely Trained: Bravosa quickly susses out that she’s relatively newly Turned and not as experienced in Court matters or tactics as many other vampires are, evident with her still being said to have the impatience of a mortal.
  • The Watson: Serves as this so Bravosa can explain his plan and his philosophies.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Shows up again after her injury by Raith, where Bravosa again grabs her - her seeming to be trying to flee the released Shoggoth. Given her boss is soon distracted and she isn’t seen again, the most likely answer to this is that she did successfully flee soon after. Although even then, with what later happens to the Red Court...

     Kyle and Kelly Hamilton 

Kyle and Kelly Hamilton

The Hamilton are a brother-sister team who serve as Bianca's henchmen, running her various "errands" for court business. They appear in Grave Peril.


  • Butt-Monkey: Kelly especially is on the receiving end of this, receiving the most punishment for their trouble.
    • They move in to intimidate and deliver an invitation to Harry, Kyle has legal protection as a messenger and Kelly gets fingered as not having the same luxury.
    • They attack Harry, Kyle gets injured and Kelly gets fried by sunlight.
    • They accost Harry and Michael at Bianca's ball, Kelly gets her hand burned by Michael's power of faith. Really, you would almost feel sorry for her.
  • Costume Porn: For all their flaws, they sure do dress distinctively. Especially Kelly.
  • The Dividual: In their case it's played as a Syndividual. They are reasonably distinct, but for the purposes of the plot, they move and act as a single entity.
  • Kill It with Fire: Harry uses the power he stole from Kravos to kill them in a fire spell quite unlike his Fuego spell, and burns them to death during his attack on Bianca's mansion.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Implemented in a pretty dark way. Kyle is more restrained, cheerfully Faux Affably Evil, and keeps his mounting anger behind a fraying false smile. Kelly, on the other hand, is much hungrier and enthusiastic with her vampirism, and is clearly the less stable of the two because of it. After Harry kills them, Bianca remarks that Kelly's mindset would ensure that she wouldn't survive in the Court for long, and while Kyle would have outlasted her, it wouldn't be indefinitely.
  • Sibling Team: The Hamiltons are brother and sister, and they're never seen apart.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: A brother-sister team never seen apart? Natch.
  • With Friends Like These...: In their last confrontation with Harry, Susan tosses Kyle hard into Kelly. Already insane with bloodlust, Kelly begins attacking the thing that hurt her last, Kyle, and he loses it too. Their fighting gave Harry the moment he needed to kill them both.

     Esteban and Esmerelda Batiste (the Eebs) 

Esteban and Esmerelda Batiste

The Batistes, referred to disparagingly as the "Eebs" by Harry, are a pair of highly-skilled Red Court assassins dispatched by the Red King to either kill or capture Harry. They generally pose as a married couple, and have something resembling love and affection for one another.


  • Affably Evil: The Eebs know their manners.
  • Axe-Crazy: They like their job.
  • Battle Couple: They're a highly dedicated vampire assassin couple.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: They are genuinely surprised by the concept of the Red King simply telling Arianna to not do her ritual.
  • Boring, but Practical: Described their entire methodology. The Eebs prefer to hunt their prey using constant, low-risk pressure, such as sending mortal hitmen, doing drive-by shootings, firebombing buildings, and so on. Though individual hits have a low chance of success, they can keep up the pressure on their target until it sticks.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Their entire strategy is to keep a constant stream of low tier, but still fatal attacks. They are also fully prepared to run from a stronger opponent.
  • Dirty Coward: The Eebs do not expose themselves to danger if they can avoid it. Most famously, when Esteban first meets Harry face-to-face, his (admittedly warranted) response is to scream and run for his life.
  • Fantastic Racism: They suffer a slight version of this. As they aren't from the original Mayan group of vampires, it is unlikely they will be allowed to ascend into the upper crust of Red Court nobility.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Implied, when they lose the trial by combat in the Erlking's lair, he outright tells them that they're going to be subjected to Cold-Blooded Torture for the Goblins' amusement.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Esteban is about height with Harry, while Esmeralda is even shorter than Butters.
  • Never Found the Body: First being held as quarry by the Erlking's minions, then being hit by the Death Curse, it seems likely that they won't make it. Then again, Harry mentions that a place deep in the Nevernever could be enough to shield them from the Death Curse, so they might have survived when Harry obliterates the Reds.
  • Unholy Matrimony: The Eebs seem to be quite affectionate and happy to be around each other. Martin disparages it as "complimentary insanities".
  • The Vamp: In one scene, the Eebs kidnapped Harry so that they could "negotiate" with him against pursuing his feud with the Red Court. As for her attempts at dialogue, Esmerelda all but ravishes Harry there and then. Esteban acts like he didn't even notice.

Red Court thralls, servitors, and staff

     Rachel, aka "Paula" 

Rachel, aka "Paula"

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In retrospect, her choice of girlfriends probably wasn't the best.

One of Bianca's employees at the Red Room. After Dresden wounded Bianca, Bianca accidentally killed Rachel by completely draining her blood, kicking off the conflict between them.


  • Killed Off for Real: Accidentally, by Bianca.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Rachel is a minor character who doesn't even survive the first half of the first novel. Dresden doesn't even learn her real name until the third novel. But her death instigates the vampire war which drives most of the first half of the entire series.
  • Revenge: Towards the end of ‘’Grave Peril’’ it turns out her ghost has been haunting Bianca. But didn’t have enough power to really do anything until Harry poured a ton of magic into her and all the other victims haunting her house.
  • Stage Name: Rachel used the name of Paula on stage. Dresden didn't even know this wasn't her real name until later, and he didn't start referring to her as Rachel until the Grave Peril case.

     Alamaya 

Alamaya

A mortal priestess of the Red King who takes charge of Dresden and his group once they arrive at Chichen Itza. Utterly devoted to her lord.


  • Completely Unnecessary Translator: For the Red King, who turns out to speak English perfectly well.
  • The Host: Of the duel between Dresden and Arianna.
  • Karmic Death: She helped the Red Court sacrifice thousands of prisoners. When the remainder were freed, one of them caught her and bashed her head in.
  • Killed Off for Real: By a freed prisoner.
  • Tactful Translation: She tries this, but the Red King slaps her and Dresden can tell he's ordering her to just translate whatever Dresden said no matter how rude it was.
  • Undying Loyalty: She offers to let Dresden either kill her or, ahem 'defile her', just because the Red King told her to do so.

     The Green Beret 

The Green Beret

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He's the psychopath on the left.

An experienced veteran mercenary who supports the Red Court during their assault on a Venatori Outpost in War Cry.


  • Badass Normal: He's a human in an army of vampires, but he actually inflicts all of the casualties that the Venatori suffers — he gets three kills, none of the vampires or other mercenaries get any.
  • Berserk Button: He remains professional through most of his fight, but when McGuckin begins to taunt him, he snaps and savagely assaults him. This distracts him for long enough that Ischenko can grab the gun McGuckin knocked from his hand and shoot him.
  • Elites Are More Glamorous: It's mentioned he was a Green Beret before joining the Red Court.
  • Ironic Death: Killed by his own former hostage, Ischenko.
  • Loophole Abuse: The vampires can't cross the threshold of the house, but pure mortals like this guy can.
  • Sociopathic Soldier: A veteran who is gleeful about the chance to kill the Venatori.

     The Ik'k'uox 

The Ik'k'uox

A Mayan devourer demon under the Eebs' command that's used as their heavy-hitter when normal tactics aren't effective. Harry calls it the Ick due to pronunciation problems.


The White Court

White Court vampires

     In General 
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The most human of the vampires, the White Court feed on emotional energy, rather than blood. White Court vampires are born, not made, and they look like eerily beautiful humans. They're immune to most of the traditional vampire weaknesses, but are literally allergic to the opposite emotion they feed off of. (Lust-Love; Fear-Courage; Despair-Hope). Also notable for their cultural Complexity Addiction.


  • Affably Evil: Most of them at least try to be this.
  • Allergic to Love: It burns the Raiths, literally.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: Subverted. Thomas proves that, unlike the other Courts, Whites can resist their darker urges. It's hard, though, and most don't really bother.
  • The Beautiful Elite: All of them are achingly beautiful. Harry describes Thomas as the lost greek god of body cologne.
  • Bi the Way: Most White Court women are notably unpicky about gender. This appears to be more muted with the men.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Anastasia Luccio notes that without the protection of Sacred Hospitality, even more friendly vampires like Lara will not hesitate to use things like hidden claymores at the entrances to deal with troublesome wizards.
  • Complexity Addiction: Whites hate getting their hands dirty and prefer to work through catspaws, pawns, and fall guys- the more complex a scheme is, the more respect it gets from the rest of the Court. It helps that they're usually regarded as the physically weakest of the Courts, lacking the ferocity of the Reds or the raw strength of the Blacks. As a result, it's viewed as a sign of weakness within the Court for a plan to rely on physically overpowering a foe. This bites Madrigal in the ass when Dresden arrives to confront him for killing magic-users that don't meet, or haven't yet met, the qualifications of the White Council to try and deprive the White Council for future members. Lord Raith/Lara immediately points out that this was an entirely predictable outcome to his 'cunning' plan because of how obviously wizards would react to their own being poached during 'infancy.'
  • Deadly Decadent Court: Managing to combine this and terror itself with their treatment of their sexually enslaved human servants.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Most of the Raiths, and other lust-feeders, aren't choosy about which gender they feed upon.
  • Dhampir: Averted, as offspring of humans and Whites are potential full vampires whose traits manifest at puberty. They become full vampires the first time they use their powers to kill.
  • Emotion Eater: Lust for the Raiths, Fear for the Malvoras and Despair for the Skavis.
  • Fantastic Drug: Being fed off of by a Raith (and possibly all Whites, though Thomas suggests otherwise) is addictive. Their blood can inspire the same emotions that they feed on, as well.
  • Heroic Host: Villainous host, rather. A well fed host has access to Super Strength, Super Speed, and a powerful Healing Factor.
  • Horny Devils: The Raith family feeds on Lust, and have the ability to generate it in their victims.
  • Horrible Hollywood: It's implied the White Court has extensive ties to the film industry. Making porn and slasher flicks is presumably a good practice for creatures that feed on emotions. We also know they've been tied to other forms of entertainment for awhile; they commissioned Bram Stoker's Dracula.
  • Horror Hunger: Known simply as 'the Hunger'. Some fight their hunger, curtailing it on a disciplined diet such as Lara and Thomas, while others have given into their Hunger so completely they feed on anything that moves. In the later case, it becomes their bane when the person is protected by some their weakness but the vampire cannot help but to feed.
  • Immortality Begins at 20: Harry remarks that you could mistake the White King for Thomas. Soon Thomas will be looking like the younger sibling.
  • In the Blood: White Court vampires reproduce just like humans.
  • Light Is Not Good: The White Court favors a color scheme of white, silver, or some colors similar to them. From their clothing to the color of their cars all fall under that selection of colors. Their eyes have silver flecks when they start feeding and become fully silver when they are in a deeply famished state. It is also a sign they will likely kill the next person they sleep with.
  • Logical Weakness: Each of the Houses' feeding diets can be stopped and hurt the vampire if they touch a person who represents the opposite of their preference.
    • Lust-feeders like the Raiths suffer from touching one who is deeply and genuinely in love with another person. Even touching a symbol of that love, whether a wedding ring, gifted flower, or handmade scarf, will hurt the vampire.
    • Fear-feeders like the Marvolas suffer from trying to consume a person who is courageous. It is presumed symbols of that courage will be similarly bad for them.
    • Despair-feeders like the Skavis will "choke on hope." It is presumed symbols of that hope will be similarly bad for them.
  • Motivational Lie: As discussed in "Bigfoot on Campus" the entire methodology of keeping the children in the dark, so the first time they have sex will kill their lover, is described as this. The child becomes a murderer and transformed into a sex monster, but is told this is okay. It is fine to kill humans and hurt them. It is what their parents' parents told them when they were young like the child now. And so on. They continue the lie because if they were to stop, it would mean everything the parents were taught and made to believe is false, and so on and so on. And so they became murderous monsters for no other reason than some ancient bastard's (or bitch's) beliefs.
  • Open Secret: Within the Court's higher ranks, the fact Papa Raith is merely a figurehead with Lara holding the strings is this. Everyone knows it, but because that is the current game, it is what they must play until it is time for a coup of their own.
  • Out with a Bang: Victims of the Raiths can die this way if they give too much.
  • Raised by Humans: At least in the Raith family; Lord Raith makes very certain that none of his children know anything about their true nature or the supernatural world at large before they start to turn in late adolescence. It's implied this is a means of ensuring they cannot become human by finding someone who will truly love them and they love, because if their first meal as a vampire is someone who they love and loves them, it frees them from the vampire demon inside of them.
  • Really 700 Years Old: They don't age and don't appear to die from old age either. Lara is at least as old as Luccio is.
  • Super Speed: When moving at full speed, they tend to be described as blurs.
  • Super Strength: While physical combat is a White's last resort (excepting Thomas), when well-fed Thomas is capable of matching a Black Court vampire (physically the strongest breed of vampire) in hand to hand combat. He's also shown mowing through ghouls on a boat deck in such a way that Dresden notes that they're the faceless extras of an action movie by comparison, armed only with a quarterstaff. Lara Raith is also mentioned as being 'capable of changing a fire truck's tyre without a jack'. However, they lack the stamina to keep it up and need to feed to replenish their reserves.
  • The Symbiote: The Hunger of a White Court vampire results from a spirit known as a Phage attaching itself to a human. It's possible to drive the Phage off before the host's first feeding, leaving them fully human. Even after the Phage has fully bonded with the vampire, however, a White still retains their human soul to the point that they can still engage in soul-gazes and even are potential candidates to become Fae Knights.
  • This Means War!: The unjustifiable murder of any noble in their court is grounds for war against the individual or group who causes it.
  • "Uh-Oh" Eyes: White Court Vamp eyes act as a handy barometer for their internal state. Blue eyes are the mark of a well-fed and happy vamp. They get paler as they get hungrier, and the demons get stronger. Silver eyes mean it's past time to run.
  • Vampires Are Rich: The Raiths have an entire series of mansions around the world. The lesser houses presumably also have substantial fortunes.
  • Vampires Are Sex Gods: Thoroughly straight, especially for the Raith family, who literally feed on lust.
  • Vampires Own Night Clubs: The Raiths do, at least.

     Lord Raith, the White King 

Lord Raith, the White King

"I've taken thousands like you, lovely child. Taken them and broken them. There was nothing they could do. There is nothing you can do. You were made to feel desire. I was made to use it against you. It is the natural cycle. Life and death. Mating and death. Predator and prey."

The King of the White Court, head of the Raith family.


  • Abusive Parent: Rapes his daughters, using his vampiric abilities to turn them into his slaves by doing so. All his sons before Thomas have met with tragic accidents.
  • Anti-Magic: He's protected, apparently by one of the Outsiders, so that most magic doesn't affect him.
  • Big Bad: He's the main antagonist of Blood Rites being the one behind the murder of Arturo's workers and plans on killing Harry and Thomas to regain his lost glory and power.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: In a way. While he used to have the power to back up his reputation, after years of being unable to replenish his energies he's much less formidable than he was, and relies on bluffing his way out of conflict.
  • Brandishment Bluff: His method of surviving nearly thirty years after Margaret stripped him of his ability to feed is to rely solely on his fearsome reputation he spent centuries building. He could still throw down and had his reserves, but unable to refill them meant he was very careful about how much of a display he would put on. He also still had his Outsider protection.
  • Cain and Abel: Sent Madrigal and Madeleine's father skydiving without a parachute.
  • Cool, But Inefficient: His apparent insistence on using identical twins for servants may be nicely symmetrical, but doesn't exactly ensure the best quality of service, especially when he has conditioned them into thralls with guns.
  • Deadly Decadent Court: He used to be an energetic and expansionist kind of king. But Margaret's death curse forced him to completely refocus his priorities, pitting the other players against one another to hide his own weakness.
  • Deadpan Snarker: While it's unclear whether it's whatever is left of him speaking or Lara speaking through him, he displays a considerable capacity for dry wit in White Night, getting an absolute gem when Dresden and Ramirez call out Vittorio and Madrigal.
  • Decoy Leader: As of Blood Rites Lara is the real leader of the White Court, but pretends he's still in charge to avoid being challenged by the other houses.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Averted — unlike every other Raith we've seen, it's strongly implied he's strictly heterosexual. Hence why he rapes his daughters into submission, but kills his sons.
  • Engineered Public Confession: Public is stretching it a bit, but Harry arranged that he would admit to his weakness with Lara secretly close enough to overhear. And also that he didn't care about Lara beyond her use as a tool. She didn't take this revelation very well.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: When he and Margaret invited McCoy to a dinner they were holding, the two of them fought like only family members can. Arianna, who was in attendance, clicked to it immediately. Raith, who never had any sane, normal definition of family, screwed-up or not, never did.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: He's described as a very handsome man and near identical looking to his son, Thomas but is wicked to the core.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's very polite and well mannered but is a vicious sociopath and Serial Rapist underneath that.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Lara enslaves him as he did his daughters.
  • Informed Ability: Across Blood Rites he's built up as an epic badass without doing anything on page to justify it. This turns out to be a plot point; with Harry and Thomas's mother's death curse still on him, his ability to feed — and thereby replenish his powers — is cut off. The only way he's stayed in power is by maintaining the illusion that he's at full strength, and when Lara hears from his own lips how weak he is as well as an admission that he never saw her as more than a tool, well . . .
  • Kiss of Death: Coined the phrase, according to Thomas, by literally killing people with a kiss.
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • He kills Margaret with an entropy curse. She, with the last of her life, curses him right back and inhibits his ability to feed, turning the Court back from its expansionist ways.
    • He abuses and rapes his daughter into a servant who he can dispose of should she become useless. When she finds out he is weak and cannot defend himself, she turns the tables and now he is her puppet after she rapes him right back.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Like all the Whites, his preferred method of dealing with people.
    • Many of his sons and rebellious daughters die from one accident or another which cannot be traced back to him. Thomas barely avoids these situations.
    • Margaret died in childbirth. He had nothing to do with it.
    • In Blood Rites he tries to kill Harry while Harry is under the protection of Lara and Sacred Hospitality by sending his coming-of-age daughter Inari to return Mouse to him.
  • No Name Given: His given name remains unstated, although most of his relatives' names are known.
  • Offing the Offspring: He kills all his male offspring since he can't rape them into submission.
  • Parental Incest: How he treats his daughters. Lara eventually returns the favor.
  • Puppet King: Turned into one by Lara at the end of Blood Rites.
  • Resignations Not Accepted: When Genosa leaves Raith's Silverlight Studios to form his own production company, Raith refuses to allow it — not only is this a slight against him, but Genosa's pornography films focus on true love and meaningful relationships (both anathema to the White Court) instead of the cheap lust that Raith's films promote. Raith thus resolves to kill Genosa.
  • Serial Rapist: Of his daughters as well as in general. He's claimed to have broken thousands.
  • The Sociopath: Raith cares about no one but his own hedonistic desires and is an extremly cruel monster on top of that.
  • Smug Snake: He was arrogant and confident enough that he underestimated Harry to his own downfall.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He and Thomas apparently look near-identical.
  • Thicker Than Water: He deliberately instills this attitude in his family... because it makes them easier to handle. Ironic in that it makes his children loyal to each other rather than him, which eventually leads to his downfall.
  • Vampire Monarch: Raith used to be the king of the white court vampires untill his daughter overthrew him.
  • You Killed My Father: Mother, actually. Raith uses his entropy curse to make it appear Harry's mother had died in childbirth.

     Thomas Raith 

Thomas Raith

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Elegant. Handsome. And the most badass hair stylist you'll ever meet.

"One day, doubtless, the Hunger would gain the upper hand again, and feed and feed until it was the only thing inside and there was nothing left of me. But not today."

A White Court vampire who doesn't want to be. Thomas is one of the White King's youngest children, and the only male one still alive. As an incubus, he feeds on life force, and as a Raith, his preferred emotion is lust. While the vampirism means he can occasionally manage feats of enormous badassery, afterward he gets very hungry, and that can easily kill the food source. For years, his primary "meal" was Justine, but when he almost killed her he finally got fed up (so to speak) with the usually incubus order of business and decided to try to break out of it.


  • Agent Peacock: A powerful warrior with impeccable fashion sense.
  • Aloof Big Brother: To Inari.
  • Always Camp: At the end of White Night, Harry finds out that Thomas is taking advantage of this trope to run his salon without suspicion.
  • Angst Coma/Heroic BSoD: Enters one after Harry dies.
  • Beard of Sorrow: At the end of Ghost Story, he's grown one of these after he learned that Harry died.
  • Big Brother Instinct: According to Lara, he's extremely loyal to and protective of his siblings, especially Inari and Harry.
  • Big Damn Heroes: How he is perceived by many in House Raith after the events of White Night. It is true he had to engage in physical combat, but, as they see it, his use of Harry and the White Council to ruin Malvoria and Skavis' coup attempts and force them into combat, which they lost, is an excellent gambit. He only physically arrived to help when Vitto called in the uber-ghouls which threatened everyone, and he came with his own army of fighters to help save the Raith nobility.
  • Break the Cutie: In addition to getting broken after he breaks Justine, the naagloshii in Turn Coat tortures him into at least temporarily stopping his attempt at Friendly Neighborhood Vampires.
  • Can't Have Sex, Ever: With Justine, since they're in love. Irony's a bitch. As of Ghost Story, she's found a solution.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: In his first two appearances, and the second half of his third, he pretends to be more or less harmless, but proves that he's actually an extremely good fighter. He's also an extremely competent schemer, when he wants to be, and his vampire demon is (according to Justine) the most powerful in the entire White Court save possibly for Lara's. Oh, and in the background, he's fighting the Oblivion War, dealing with entities related to the Outsiders, which even Harry is unaware of. He's also successfully concealed the fact that he actually can use magic - and while it's very minimal, only really good for things like the odd tracking spell, as Backup proves, those can come in very useful.
  • Dance Battler:
    • Implied in a subtle way. Thomas hums "Froggy Goes A Courtin'" under his breath before major fights. Combined with his graceful movements, it's likely that he times his movements to the song.
    • Much more blatant in Changes, where he breakdances to Molly's One Woman Rave spell, while dispatching enemies with saber and gun.
  • Deadpan Snarker: "Backup", narrated by Thomas, shows that he is an even better snarker than Harry is.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Does this without even trying. Harry describes him walking down the street as looking like "one of those silly cologne commercials."
  • Dual Wielding: Thomas most commonly uses a cavalry saber and a kukri as his melee weapons.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Harry snarks that Thomas looks like "the forgotten Greek god of body cologne". Also deconstructed, since his Mr. Fanservice-ness is is a huge part of why he can't hold down a part time job.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Tends to prompt comments along the lines of "I'm not gay, but even I think he's hot."
  • Evil Feels Good: After the skinwalker gets through with him, he appears to have this mindset. That said, the end of Turn Coat implies that it could just be an obfuscation to appear like a good vampire now, with Changes and Ghost Story tacitly confirming it, with the latter leading to Justine figuring out a neat way around his previous feeding problems.
  • Expy: He whistles weird songs to himself during a fight, carries an enormous personal sidearm, is far more financially successful than the protagonist (for most of the series, anyway), has a really cool car, drives the protagonist around a lot, is a fashion plate, and his relationship with the protagonist is both close and heavily dependent upon constantly busting on each other. If Thomas was black, he'd basically be Hawk from the Spenser novels. (Butcher has mentioned that Parker is an influence.)
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampires: The only one who could possibly be said to play this straight.
  • Horny Devils: As a House Raith vampire, he definitely qualifies.
  • Kukris Are Kool: The most distinctive Weapon of Choice Thomas has.
  • Hidden Depths: "Backup" is a story from Thomas' point of view, allowing one to learn a lot about him that isn't apparent from Harry's point of view. For one thing that Thomas had deep self loathing about his nature as a Vampire, that he can also use magic (though he describes his skill as nowhere near Harry's) and that he's got huge amount of respect and admiration for Harry, he just doesn't say it.
  • The Lancer: To Harry. Their personalities are very different (though not quite as different as they immediately appear), but they love each other and won't hesitate to defend the other.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Harry's long-lost half-brother.
  • Mate or Die: Thomas deliberately starves himself, since he doesn't want to hurt people. After Justine finds a third option by bringing in another woman to be with, removing her protection and then being with Thomas, he is a lot better fed.
  • Mistaken for Gay:
    • A deliberate case, since it was the best way he could come up with to keep women from constantly trying to seduce him.
    • People sometimes confuse him and Harry for gay lovers, especially when Thomas was living at Harry's place temporarily. Thomas doesn't exactly help with clearing things up.
    • His apartment is set up in a very flamboyant way with all but one room screaming GAY. This is to hide the fact the last room is filled with ammo, explosives, guns, and other highly illegal or questionable things. And he set things up so when Harry visited, he would be mistaken for his lover.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity:
    • The only reason he survived his father is because he intentionally appeared to not be a threat. As a Raith, that means appearing incapable of plotting or higher level thought. This is most evident in his early interactions with Harry where he can best be described as "an embarrassment to his family". And, as later stories show, he may be continuing this, to a degree, with Harry himself so as to protect him.
    • Inverted for a time with Lara, who figured out his stupidity was an act. He countered this by pretending to be more wise and informed than he was, as she wouldn't go against him until she figured out what he knew.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: In "Backup" he tracks down the member of the Stygian Sisterhood who tricked Harry and tried to use him to get a book of eldritch lore released to the general public and give an ancient demon-god a foothold once more, and kills her by feeding on her to death.
  • The Pornomancer: Deconstructed. As an incubus, women literally throw themselves at him, and while that works just fine as part of the high-society playboy persona he's got going as a member of House Raith, it means he can't hold a minimum-wage job because when he inevitably gets sexually assaulted, he gets blamed.
  • Redemption Failure: After nearly killing Justine, he works really hard to become a Vegetarian Vampire. And then Shagnasty happens.
  • Rebel Prince: Doesn't want to join the family business, and actively works against them when it's the right thing to do.
  • Secret Keeper:
    • He kept the fact he and Harry were siblings from Harry for a few years after they met.
    • He is part of the Oblivion War with a job to make sure it stays secret. The more who know about the ancient demon-gods trying to get a foothold in the human reality the easier it is for the foothold to be established.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: Word of God reveals that he and Justine are like this in private.
    "I know what the relationship is in my head like right now. They're actually happier now than they've been in ever. But it's all happening behind the scenes and nobody can see because Thomas has to have his bad ass vampire face on whenever he's in public. But when they are alone together, nothing else going on, they're like totally cute. Justine wears like these grownup version of footie pajamas so that she can snuggle up next to him on the couch and watch TV without actually burning him. They don't have like a normal relationship or anything like one, but they've kinda adjusted, they're fairly happy."
  • Significant Birth Date: As discussed in "It's My Birthday Too", he was born on Valentine's Day.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Justine.
  • Sword and Gun: As mentioned below in Weapon of Choice, this is his preferred fighting style.
  • Tell Me About My Father: Unlike Harry, Thomas actually has some memories of their mother, something which makes Harry very jealous.
  • Thicker Than Water: As Lara says, he'd rather saw off his right arm than see any of his siblings hurt. Even the evil ones.
  • Troll: He's not above messing with Harry just for the fun of it. See Mistaken for Gay for a good example.
  • The Unfavorite: His father tries to kill him, like he did the rest of his sons (though given what Lord Raith did to his daughters against their will, attempted murder might be better...) Also, his mother abandoned him when he was five to give birth to his brother Harry (though that was at least in in part to get away from Lord Raith, and there's no indication she didn't care for Thomas).
  • Verbal Tic: Occasionally uses his sister's, referring to Harry as "brother mine".
  • Warm Blood Bags Are Everywhere: He suffers from this during his vegetarian phase. When he feeds, not only did he just resist and take only a nibble of the women, because of his inherent powers drawing in prey when he's hungry, it makes maintaining a muggle job practically impossible as his female coworkers assault him.
  • Weapon of Choice: Thomas commonly carries both an old US Cavalry saber and a kurki, and packs either a sawed-off shotgun or a Desert Eagle. In Changes, he swaps the cavalry saber for a falcata.

     Lara Raith 

Lara Raith

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The queen of the succubi.

"At what point did you forget that I am a vampire, Dresden? A monster. A habitually neat, polite, civil, and efficient monster."

White Court vampire, older half-sister of Thomas Raith through their father the White King. Noted as the most powerful of her sisters, if not the most beautiful (no, really). As a succubus, she feeds on life force, and as a Raith, her preferred emotion is lust. After the events of Blood Rites, she unofficially became acting head of the Raith family; her father the White King is now merely her puppet. Also a member of the Venatori and a participant in the Oblivion War.

When acting, she uses the stage name Lara Romany.


  • Affably Evil: She actually calls herself an "affable monster". And then she eats the soul of a wounded security guard.
  • Anti-Villain: She's not as anti as Marcone, but in any conflict with another villain, she's almost always the lesser evil (you've really got to root for her against both her father and the Skinwalker, for example). It's not that she's not evil, just that really blatant, destructive evil isn't her style, and doesn't suit her purposes.
  • Bad Boss/Benevolent Boss: Zig-Zags between the two. On the one hand, she doesn't habitually feed on her security staff to control them, she pays them well, treats them with respect, and listens to their advice and trusts their expertise... but if they get critically injured and she or her family are in need, she won't hesitate to eat them.
  • Berserk Button: It wasn't that Harry refused her offer of alliance, forces her to pay wergild to the women killed by her Court, the destruction of the Raith Deeps, or destruction of part of her home as a consequence to Harry saving their lives from the destruction of the Raith Deeps that pissed her off that one night. It was Harry asking for some Listerine after their prolonged kiss.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Is extremely protective of her little brother Thomas, and even baby sister Inari... in her own twisted way. For example, she decides the only way to protect Thomas from their father's wrath and torture is by killing him first. She does back down when another, more-likely-to-succeed course of action is presented.
  • Bullying a Dragon: In White Night she purposefully uses dew drop fairies, the small ones like Toot-Toot, on her land as lamps to line the way to the meeting just to see what Summer and Winter will do.
  • The Chessmaster: Goes with the territory, since she's a high-ranking White Court vampire.
  • Coitus Uninterruptus: In "Backup", Thomas notices that as she's giving him orders over the phone she's also having sex with at least two women.
  • Cool Car: In Turn Coat, she loaned Harry a Rolls Royce Silver Wraith. It is so unspeakably awesome that most of the cast spends at least a couple of minutes worshipping at its shrine.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: But considering this is Lord Raith we're talking about...
  • Dark Action Girl: She makes no bones about the fact she is not a good person. She also doesn't shy away from a direct confrontation if there is no other alternative.
  • Depraved Bisexual: At the climax of Turn Coat, she rapes one of her female cousins to death. While disembowelling, and possibly eating her (there's mentioned to be very little left of said cousin once she's done). While purring about how's she's dreamed about it for decades.
  • Epiphanic Prison: In Blood Rites she finally realizes in her heart her father sees her as disposable and has never loved her. While she knew this in her mind, her heart refuses to accept it and only when Harry got Raith to confess to these fact did she finally accept it and know she could break from her father and never have to worry about being harmed again.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She does truly love her family and wants the best for them despite her evil.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: She is a powerful succubus capable of changing a firetruck's engine with her own hands. She will drain the life of people to fill her hunger. That said, she has a deep sense of honor and duty, especially to her family. Even if it costs her her life, she will abide by her standards.
  • Fan Disservice: Her method of killing the traitor Madeline involved pulling out the traitor's intestines while psychically feeding off her. And Lara was black and crispy after surviving a bomb going off next to her.
    "I've wanted to do this since we were kids..."
  • Flash Step: When in a very bad place (like the climax of White Night), she shows she's capable of this.
  • Friendly Enemy: With Harry. They know each other well enough to be affable when not in combat, but Lara makes it clear she is still a monster who will sacrifice three injured men if it means saving the lives of her sisters and healing her own severe injuries. Harry replies for that reason he will stop her one day.
  • Ignore The Fanservice: She has been ignored twice in a single century when she pursued expanding a professional relationship into something more intimate. The ones to refuse her? Harry and Marcone.
  • Lady of War: While she doesn't fight often, when she does it's a textbook example of this trope. Take Harry's narration of Lara in White Night's climax:
    Harry: [thinking] In that moment, Lara was more than simply a vampire of the White Court, a succubus, pale and deadly. She was a reminder of the days gone by, when mankind paid homage to blood-soaked goddess of war and death, revered the dark side of the protective maternal spirit, the savage core of the strength that still allowed tiny women to lift cars off their children, or turn upon their tormentors with newfound power. Lara's power, at the moment, hovered around her, deadly in its primal seduction, its sheer strength.
  • Lesser of Two Evils: Usually the reason Harry teams up with her.
  • Mexican Standoff: She is stuck in one with Harry, with secrets being their weapons. Harry knows she is the woman behind the man and outing that would destroy her political power in the White Court. Lara knows Harry and Thomas are brothers and outing that would destroy Harry's credibility with the White Council. So, they decide to keep each others' secrets for the time being.
  • More Deadly Than the Male: Much more ruthless then Thomas or Harry and willing to end threats to her power in very brutal ways. Harry wonders if helping her seize control of her House through her puppet-father made the White Court even deadlier than it was under the previous administration.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: While Harry, admittedly, didn't go to her until his back was to the wall, Lord Raith's crippling had meant that the White Court's agenda suddenly became a lot less aggressive and expansionist, wracked by infighting as Raith tried to stay in power despite his personal weakness. Putting Lara in charge instead means they're on the road to recovery, which is not a good thing for almost anyone else.
  • Not Me This Time: She openly states she had nothing to do with Evelyn Derek's enthralling. For one thing, it was hideously crude.
  • Pet the Dog: She really cares about her family, and looks out for Justine when Thomas can't.
  • The Plan/Gambit Roulette: She's White Court. It's what she does. And she's good at what she does.
  • Pragmatic Villainy:
    • She's a lot nicer to have as an enemy than her father was, but she's ultimately much more dangerous.
    • She fights in the Oblivion War because if the ancient evil forces win, she will lose her feeding stock: humans.
    • The same applies to her role in the fight against the Fomor in Cold Days, on the grounds that the Fomor are challenging for her herd. And while her teams are very effective backup, each instance of helping out leads to her getting just a little bit more intel on the more vulnerable magical talents...
  • Royal Rapier: Is seen using one in Blood Rites and Turn Coat, with the Blood Rites version having rubies in the shape of a rose on the hilt.
  • Scars Are Forever: She bears a circular scar on her hand from the time she grabbed the wrong wedding ring and the Love within it burned her.
  • Secret Keeper:
    • She is one of a handful to know her father is a puppet now and wants to keep it that way.
    • She is part of the Oblivion War with a job to make sure it stays secret. The more who know about the ancient demon-gods trying to get a foothold in the human reality the easier it is for the foothold to be established.
  • Stage Name: She goes by Lara Romany when working as an actress in Genosa's movies.
  • Stupidity-Inducing Attack: Lara uses this to turn Lord Raith into her weak-willed puppet, using the same methods he used against her and her sisters.
  • Sword and Gun: Like brother, like sister — she often wields a pistol alongside her sword. Given that she and Thomas are both Venatori, one supposes it comes with the territory.
  • The Vamp: Being a succubus and social predator, it sort of comes with the hat.
  • Took a Level in Badass: She has trouble killing a Black Court Vamp in Blood Rites. By White Night and Turn Coat she's taking on Uber-Ghouls and survives tangling with a skinwalker as well as surviving a point-blank landmine as a corpse powered by pure rage. Guess being in charge has its perks.
  • Verbal Tic: When speaking affectionately to others, she'll sometimes call them "(title) mine", i.e. calling Harry "wizard mine" or Thomas "brother mine".
  • We Can Rule Together: Offers Harry a position in House Raith several times.
  • Weapon of Choice: Is normally described as wielding what Harry calls a "wavy-bladed sword" (probably a kris or kalis), or occasionally a rapier accompanied with some type of pistol.
  • Worthy Opponent: She has respect for Harry ever since he tricked her into being in the right place to hear her father confess to his crippling and his view of Lara. She thought she was using him and learns she was very wrong.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: While she greatly respects her security forces and their skills and the sacrifice they made for the House, if it comes to a choice between nursing the injured security back to health and her recovering from a serious injury, she will have the men make one final sacrifice to her House.

     Madrigal Raith 

Madrigal Raith

One of Thomas and Lara's cousins, Madrigal prefers to feed off fear instead of lust. He masquerades as the horror movie director Darby Crane. Harry first meets him in Proven Guilty, when he tries to sell Harry to his enemies on eBay.


  • Anti-Magic: He has a pair of enchanted gauntlets that shed magic quite easily. Doesn't hold a candle to Luccio's work on the silver swords of the Wardens.
  • Big Bad Wannabe:
    • He wants to be the Big Bad in Proven Guilty, but then it turns out he's being set up by the real culprits.
    • In White Night, he tries to be in a Big Bad Duumvirate with Vittorio (and wants to get into the Black Council), but in the end he ends up being The Millstone, because he got Harry involved due to a personal vendetta.
  • Dirty Coward: Bolts when the Scarecrow shows up after he kidnaps Harry, and later on he tries to back out of the Duel to the Death in the Deeps when Harry and Ramirez show up.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: When trying to back out of the Duel to the Death at the Deeps, he points out that this sort of thing is what Harry does best, and it's an extremely bad idea to fight him. He turns out to be completely right, and he is killed in the battle (though not by Harry — he dies when Ramirez uses his Warden sword to cut loose an enchantment protecting him from physical harm. The energy of the spell backfired and killed him).
  • Emotion Eater: Prefers fear, saying it is more satisfying than lust.
  • False Confession: He and Vitto claim responsibility for the murder of female practitioners, hoping to steal the thunder from House Skavis. This bites him in the back as it gives Harry the perfect justification to demand justice — i.e. a Duel to the Death with the murderers — for these crimes.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Less so than Lara or Papa Raith, but he can be charming, when he tries. That happens rarely, however; he prefers to simply use his vampire mojo.
  • Red Herring: In Proven Guilty, Madrigal was meant to take the blame for the phage attacks on the convention.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Deliberately draws Harry into the Gambit Pileup in White Night in hopes that Harry will get killed. Not only does Harry not die, but he figures out exactly what has been going on and shows up at exactly the right moment to ruin the Malvoras' plans. The stupidity of doing so is lampshaded several times.
  • Smug Snake: He tries for magnificence. It doesn't work out, mostly because he keeps on thinking that Harry is nothing but Dumb Muscle.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Deliberately gets Harry Dresden involved in the Malvora and Skavis' plans, in the attempt to kill him. Harry survives, figures everything out, challenges Madrigal and Vitto to a duel (resulting in Madrigal's death at the hands of Ramirez), and ruins the plans of both the Malvora and the Skavis. And then the Deeps explode.
  • Villains Never Lie: In Proven Guilty when he swears to be honest with Thomas, Thomas trusts his word on him not being the one behind the attacks.
  • Weapon of Choice: Prefers to use a long spear.
  • Xanatos Gambit: He tries doing this by luring Harry to attack the Skavis — if Harry wins, great, their competitor is gone, and now they can claim credit for what he did. If Harry loses, then he dies — and Madrigal has personal reasons to want Harry dead. It doesn't work because he underestimates Harry and neglects the option that Harry might figure out what was really going on and stop it.

     Madeleine Raith 

Madeleine Raith

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Twin sister to Madrigal and cousin of Thomas and Lara. Vapid and not particularly bright, Madeleine has little restraint and aggressive appetites.


  • Chekhov's Gunman: Mentioned in passing a couple of times in Blood Rites, along with Madrigal. In White Night, it's mentioned that she is responsible for the one injured thrall on the path to the Raith Deeps. Harry doesn't meet her until Turn Coat.
  • Decapitation Presentation: Her head is given to the White Council as part of Lara's actions to make amends for Madeleine's crimes.
  • Emotion Eater: Lust. She takes great pleasure in it.
  • Hand Cannon: Carries a Desert Eagle, unfortunately she's a crappy shot with it.
  • Out with a Bang: Lara drains her dry.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Madeline has no motivation besides a spoiled child, "I want this" or "I want revenge" mindset. She also lacks the patience and forethought of the rest of her family. Her role in Turn Coat is one big temper tantrum.
  • Rich Bitch: She's essentially what happens when a Rich Bitch is given supernatural powers. She refuses to use her powers with restraint or skill, draining any and all humans she wants even if it's inadvisable to do so.
  • Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: She presumes Harry is on par in financial terms and would have the funds to escape or hide Morgan. Binder has to explain to her that Harry can't afford to flee town. He's not even 100 yet, and had to hide Morgan in a tiny storage unit with minimal security measures.
  • Vampires Own Night Clubs: She appears at the Raith-owned nightclub Zero to harass Thomas and Harry.
  • Villainous Glutton: Sans the physical gut, but one still. As Thomas describes her, she has given into her hunger so deeply she devours people like many breathe air: on instinct and without restraint or consideration to the fact that there might be poison. Madeline cannot stop herself even if she knows the person is protected by True Love, as is the case with Justine. All Madeline's instincts saw is "Prey, must feed on." Cue getting horribly burned by The Power of Love.

     Felicia Raith 

Felicia Raith

A member of the White Court acting as the contact between Murphy's group and the Court. She tries to steal from Murphy and gets thoroughly rebuffed.


  • Badass Boast: When meeting with the Chicago Alliance and having her powers drained due to a threshold when threatened she merely states "I give you one chance in four". Somewhat undermined when Murphy promptly kicks her ass.
  • Evil Brit: Though her provenance is in question, she has the accent.
  • The Fake Cutie: She's described as short and rather adorable. Let's not forget she's a member of the White Court. In a moment displaying the interplay between those two factors, she gives Daniel Carpenter something to gawk at when she realizes she caught his eye.
  • Secret Keeper: Albeit involuntarily. Daniel, in an impassioned moment, let's it slip that Murphy's keeping two Swords of the Cross. In private, Felicia makes Murphy an offer to buy her silence if she allows Felicia to feed on her, but Murphy's "counteroffer" makes it clear that if she suspects Felicia's silence is broken, Murphy will find her.
  • The Vamp: She's White Court, it goes with the territory.
  • Villain Ball: Lara being Lara, likely has a file on every member of the Chicago Alliance, including Murphy. This likely details many of her exploits and the danger this mortal woman can bring. Felicia still decides to antagonize and threaten Murphy. She is lucky to walk out alive of that confrontation.

     Elisa Raith 

Elisa Raith

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A member of the White Court who took part in the battle against Shagnasty.


  • Ambiguously Brown: Her appearances in Wild Card establishes her as biracial, with Elisa having significantly darker skin than any of the white characters. Although, while her father is Caucasian the exact ethnicity of her mother is unknown.
  • Action Girl: One able to hold their own in fights that aren't against a naagloshii - her also making an appearance sparring with some of her sisters too.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: In her appearances at least, she doesn't say much at all - but she's still a White Court Vampire.
  • Dual Wielding: Two swords being her favoured weapon.
  • Naked on Arrival: During the naagloshii attack, she shows up with nothing but her weapons and her piercings. Justified in this case, as the attack was an unexpected one in the middle of the night where chance to prepare was not had.
  • Thicker Than Water: Doesn't take kindly in any of her family members being threatened and is willing to move to defend them - or as in the case of Wild Card, avenge them.
  • The Worf Effect: White Court vampires have been shown as relatively powerful, so Shagnasty's easy defeat of Elisa and her sister Natalia helps to show off how powerful he is.
  • Those Two Guys: Most often seen with sister, Natalia.

     Natalia Raith 

Natalia Raith

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A member of the White Court who took part in the battle against Shagnasty.


  • Amazonian Beauty: Noted as tall and muscular, and has the requisite unnatural beauty of all Raiths as well.
  • An Axe to Grind: Her favoured weapon in all appearances.
  • Action Girl: One able to hold their own in fights that aren't against a naagloshii - her also making an appearance sparring with some of her sisters too.
  • Badass Boast: Makes one to Ms Gard in "Wild Card", albeit seemingly unaware that the woman is a Valkyrie:
    Natalia Raith: "Mortal cretins, do not tempt fate...lest you find your self enslaved for the rest of your pitiful lives!"
  • Messy Hair: Described to have such.
  • The Worf Effect: White Court vampires have been shown as relatively powerful, so Shagnasty's easy defeat of Natalia and her sister Elisa helps to show off how powerful he is.
  • Those Two Guys: Most often seen with her sister, Elisa.
  • Thicker Than Water: Cares about her family, with the above boast being due to Marcone's people being suspected to have murdered three of her sisters - something not taken kindly.
  • Tom Boy: Notably described as more masculine in her attire than any of the rest of her sisters, wearing mens or butch clothing.

     Tania Raith 

Tania Raith

A minor member of the White Court who works as a public prosecutor's assistant. Appears in the story Jury Duty.


  • Amoral Attorney: She knows Hamilton Luther was justified in killing Gregor Malvora, since Malvora was about to torture a child, but she's helping prosecuting him anyways because Malvora was White Court and she can't let someone get away with killing one of their own.
  • Bullying a Dragon: She's a 20 year old vampire who tries to get Harry to back down by intimidating him with mortal goon. Despite Tania's arrogance and self assurance, this goes as one might expect with Harry and Will taking out all her goons and Harry taking her hostage. Harry notes that one of the goons, Riley, was sent by Lara to keep an eye on her, and Lara purposely let her pursue this course knowing it'd fail so she'd learn from it. Harry repeatedly notes that Tania is clearly out of her depth.
  • Hello, Attorney!: A gorgeous prosecutor's assistant.

     Inari Raith 

Inari Raith

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The baby sister of Lara and Thomas and the apple of Lord Raith's eye, who's been kept in the dark about her heritage.


  • Allergic to Love: Briefly as her powers hadn't kicked in yet.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Triggers this instinct in Thomas, who puts a lot of Blood Rites into motion simply to protect Inari.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Inari (稲荷) is the Japanese fox god, whose favorite food is fried tofu. What sort of pizza topping does Inari offer Harry? Furthermore, fox spirits in Oriental mythology do need to feed on yang, and some aren't choosy about how to get it.
  • Cool Big Sis: Sees Lara as this and Lara acts the part.
  • Dhampyr: Same as with the rest of the Raiths, though her abilities kicked in during her twenties.
  • Daddy's Girl: She seems to adore her father and he seems to be protective of her, though that may only have been because she hadn't developed her powers yet and he hadn't needed to establish "dominance".
  • From Bad to Worse: It's impossible not to feel bad for the poor girl, as she gets attacked by Black Court Vamps and gets her arm broken, unconsciously tries feed off Harry and gets burned, shot at by her father's guards and finds out her family is made of emotional vampires who've intentionally kept her in the dark her whole life.
  • Put on a Bus: Hasn't shown up since the end of Blood Rites, when she left Chicago and her family behind.
  • Vegetarian Vampire: Completely literally. She insists on getting Harry a bean curd pizza in Blood Rites, and also seems to have decided to not try and feed on other humans.
  • Youngest Child Wins: Luckily, she gets a chance to walk away from all of it and find True Love.

     Vittorio Malvora 

Vittorio Malvora

A scion of House Malvora, a White Court noble house that favors feeding off fear.


  • Axe-Crazy: Hides it under a controlled and civilized veneer, but when he summons his army of uber-ghouls, he goes berserk.
  • The Dragon: He's one of the apprentices of Cowl.
  • Emotion Eater: Favors fear.
  • Emotion Bomb: Can create what's essentially a psychic bullet combining fear, lust and despair, that requires Lash's intervention, to stop it.
  • False Confession: He and Madrigal claim responsibility for the murder of female practitioners, hoping to steal the thunder from House Skavis. This bites him in the ass, as it gives Harry perfect justification to demand justice for these crimes.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: During the ghoul attack he "feeds" on other White Court vamps, including his own aunt on whose remains he feasts on alongside the ghouls that slew her.
  • Knife Nut: Specializes in throwing knives. While Harry points out that throwing knives are not terribly great for humans, a being centuries of practice and with as much natural strength as Vittorio can chuck them at hundreds of miles per hour and rarely miss.
  • Out-Gambitted: While Vitto has an army of uber-ghouls as his cavalry to call in and kill all the White Court nobles and wizards, he and his Master Cowl, are defeated by Harry calling in Marcone and the warriors Marcone is paying Odin for and the powerful explosives they bring with them.
  • Powers via Possession: being possessed by an Outsider allows him to create the psychic bullet mentioned above.
  • Super Speed: Apparently outclasses both Lara and Thomas in this department.
  • Quick Draw: For both guns and blades.
  • Villain Ball: He recognizes the danger of bringing Harry in, at Madrigal's insistence, but failed to consider just how much of a wrench he would bring to the affair. It results in him having to actually physically fight Harry in combat to reap any political boon from his planning.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Has one when Harry apparently shrugs off his super-powered psychic bullet (there was, of course, no way he could know about Lash).

     Lady Cesarina Malvora 

Lady Cesarina Malvora

The leader of House Malvora.


  • Killed Off for Real: During the battle in the Raith Deeps.
  • Meaningful Name: Named after Caesar, another powerful leader.
  • Out-Gambitted: Much like Lord Skavis below, she too is a victim of Lara playing a very mean game. After Lara carefully set Skavis up to fulfill his plot he spoke of some decades ago of culling the weak female practitioners, she allowed House Malvoria to learn of it and try to take credit, which would leave either one an open target for the White Council (and Harry Dresden) to strike at.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: A tiny woman (barely 5 feet according to Harry) who takes on an uber-ghoul by herself in hand-to-hand combat and wins. Unfortunately, she's still not a match for the rest of the uber-ghouls when they attack her together.

     Gregor Malvora 

Gregor Malvora

A White Court vampire who attempts to terrify a little girl and feed off her fear, only to be stopped by Hamilton Luther.


     Lord Skavis 

Lord Skavis

The leader of House Skavis.


  • Fall Guy: Set up to look like the instigator of the "culling" plot, though Dresden accused Lara of being the real originator of the idea and Lara all but confirmed it.
  • Killed Off for Real: Overwhelmed along with his entire retinue and devoured by Vittorio's ghouls during the climax of the White Night case.
  • Out-Gambitted: He launches a gambit to destroy wizardkind by having his heir kill magically-sensitive people before their talents could develop. Unfortunately, Vittorio and Madrigal then arrange for his heir to be killed so they could take the credit for the culling. Even more unfortunately, it turns out this was all anticipated by Lara, who used the scheme to keep Skavis and Malvora fighting each other instead of Raith, and who ultimately seizes the opportunity to kill off Skavis and his entire retinue (as well as their equivalents in Malvora), thus decapitating the other houses and reign supreme.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Lara mentions that Skavis was a notorious misogynist.

    House Skavis Heir/"Priscilla" 

Heir to House Skavis, known as "Priscilla"

A Serial Killer of female practitioners, intending on discrediting the White Council. He disguised himself as a woman named Priscilla.


  • Burn the Witch!: First appears to be his motive for killing practitioners, with hidden messages of bible verses decrying witchcraft. Actually he is trying to make the White Council look weak and unable to defend them.
  • Deceased Fall-Guy Gambit: Inverted, when he is killed Vittorio and Madrigal are open to claim responsibility for the murders he committed.
  • Disguised in Drag: Pretends to be a woman named Priscilla, when he is really the male heir-apparent to House Skavis. It was good enough to fool several women who regularly met her.
  • Enemy Civil War: Kills dozens of low level practitioners to discredit House Raith's attempts to make peace with Wizards, and thus take the Court. House Malvora, hearing of this, plans to take credit for the kills and take the Court for their own.
  • False Confession: Vittorio and Madrigal claim responsibility for his murder of female practitioners, hoping to steal the thunder from House Skavis.
  • Killed Off for Real: First Elaine hits him with a massive Shock and Awe attack, then Thomas cuts off one of his arms, and Mouse finishes the job for good afterwards.
  • Meaningful Name: Priscilla? As in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert?
  • Serial Killer: Targets female practitioners.
  • Villainous Crossdresser: Pretends to be "Priscilla" and murdered many women.

     Connie Barrowill 

Connie Barrowill

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Connie, ready to feed.

An unknowing White Court Virgin who fell in love with Irwin Pounder. Irwin was strong enough to survive their first sexual encounter, resulting in Connie awakening as a full vampire but not killing her man.


  • Broken Masquerade: After her father's orgy-inducing attack ends, she learns of the magical world really existing and that she is a vampire.
  • The Cutie: She's absolutely adorable. Her father tries to Corrupt the Cutie, but Harry and River Shoulders' interventions prevent this.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: Falls in love with Irwin, which is a problem (for her father), since he's strong enough to survive having sex with her and as a White Court Virgin she's supposed to absorb his life force and kill him.
  • Foil: To Inari Raith. Like Inari, she's an adorably sweet young female White Court Vampire, who's completely ignorant of what she is, and dating/genuinely in love with a big, bulky, and unexpected young man. However, Inari avoids ever manifesting as a full Vampire, while Connie manifests her vampire side, but avoids killing Irwin because of his strength.
  • Interspecies Romance: She falls for a scion of a Bigfoot.
  • Protectorate: After she leaves with Irwin and his father River Shoulders, she has become this to River Shoulders' tribe. They will keep the White Court from abducting her against her will while she sorts out this whole affair and learning what exactly she is.

     Charles Barrowill 

Charles Barrowill

The father of Connie Barrowill, a White Court vampire who was willing to go to extreme lengths to make sure his daughter awakened as a full vampire.


  • Appeal to Tradition: Discussed by River Shoulders, who points out that the reason he's trying to force his daughter to follow the tradition of screwing the boy she likes to death is probably because of the trauma he suffered when made to do the same thing as a young man. The only way he lives with himself is by clinging to the excuse that it was necessary to turn him into a "strong predator," and thus he has to force his daughter to do the same.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Describe as an oil man with a "stable" of congressmen.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Played with. He does genuinely love his daughter, but his way of showing it involves deliberately forcing her to do something traumatic because of a tradition that, on some level, he knows is a lie.
  • Love-Obstructing Parents: He wants to get rid of Irwin and Connie's chance for a happy stable relationship because it won't turn his daughter into the cold, manipulative vampire he wants her to be, and genuinely thinks she should be. He does this by having Connie try to kill Irwin by sex.
  • Oh, Crap!: Harry notes that when Charles, when he finally recognizes Harry when Connie says his name, looks around as if looking for something to duck behind, or an hostage to take.
    • He has this again when River Shoulders steps in... by pitching Barrowill's car up, into, and through the college dorm.
  • Papa Wolf: When his daughter doesn't become a "proper vampire" (i.e. killing the first person she feeds upon) after her first feeding, he personally intervenes to ensure that she gets it right the next time. He even blasts Irwin's dormitory with a lust spell powerful enough to instigate a massive orgy just to force Irwin and Connie to have sex again and again until Irwin finally dies and his daughter becomes a "true" vampire.

White Court thralls, servitors, and staff

     Justine 

Justine

Thomas Raith's long-time girlfriend and primary food source. After he almost killed her in Blood Rites, she was in a wheelchair for a while, got out of it, her previously dark hair turned white, and, ironically, she and Thomas could no longer touch since love burns White Court vampires. Largely due to this last characteristic, she is now Lara Raith's personal assistant, since Lara prefers to have an assistant that none of her family members can turn into a thrall.


  • Badass Pacifist: Downplayed: while she has not shown any pacifistic beliefs, Justine almost never fights other people. She has also blackmailed Harry into helping Thomas, tricked Marcone into helping her rob (and kill) the Fomor sorcerer lord Mag, freed the slaves of aforementioned sorcerer lord and got away with it, has been spying on the White Court for Harry and Thomas for several years, and recovered from her addiction to White Court feeding without any outside help while being a personal assistant to Lara and surrounded by a Deadly Decadent Court. Almost none of her best moments involve fighting.
  • Bi the Way: It turns out in Ghost Story that she goes both ways. Thomas is deeply appreciative. However, this is not for the usual reasons. As discussed later, her and Thomas's love for each other makes her poison to him. Until she has sex with someone she doesn't love. Thus... wax on, wax off. Just with girl-on-girl sex.
  • The Chick: With a twist, namely the insanity mentioned below.
  • Distressed Damsel: In Grave Peril, although it's mostly because she's too crazy to think straight. She is quite resourceful otherwise.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Justine's mind is... off, especially when separated from Thomas. The "almost drained of life-force" may have cured this (and makes passing reference to medication in White Night) as she seems far more stable in later books.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: By the time Turn Coat rolls around...
  • Hello, Nurse!: Enough so that Bianca hates Thomas on principle for getting to her first.
  • Locked into Strangeness: After the events of Blood Rites her hair turns white due to Thomas feeding on her so much it almost killed her.
  • Morality Chain: To Thomas.
  • Obfuscating Insanity: One of the masks she wears in later books.
  • The Ophelia: When she's separated from Thomas in Grave Peril.
    She brayed out a sharp laugh. "There is no out of here. This is the larder. The Christmas turkey doesn't get up and walk away."
  • The Power of Love: This protects her from the White Court vampires. Lara being Lara, she realized that this was a very helpful trait in someone who would need to work around them. In Ghost Story, she figures out a way to avoid this: sleep with others to remove the protection, then lay with Thomas. Rinse and repeat.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Definitely becomes this in "Even Hand", even getting Marcone to underestimate her.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Thomas Raith.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: Word of God reveals that she and post-Turn Coat Thomas are like this in private.
  • Talkative Loon: Justine is certifiably insane, but Thomas' routine "feeding" helps her keep her sanity. When separated from him in Grave Peril, she rapidly slips into madness.
    • Subverted in White Night, where it's revealed that she's just faking so the rest of the White Court will leave her alone, and is actually stable now with the help of medication.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Volunteered to work as Lara's assistant to feed Thomas (and thus Harry, and thus the White Council) information on the Court's activities. However, she really takes on in Even Hand, where she infiltrates the stronghold of Mag, a powerful Fomor sorcerer, frees his slaves, and steals his bank account information, and then manages to get Marcone to kill Mag - getting extensive information on his magical defences in the process.

     Lucius Glau 

Lucius Glau

Madrigal Raith's lawyer. Glau was actually a jann, and he assisted Raith outside of the courtroom as well, even helping to sell Dresden on eBay.


     Kevin Aramis 

Kevin Aramis

The manager of a dummy corporation called Windfall which belongs to Lara Raith.


  • Decapitation Presentation: Aramis's head was sent to the White Council as an apology for what he and Madeleine had done.
  • Frame-Up: What he does to Morgan. He transferred six million dollars into Morgan's bank account so it would look like Morgan had been paid to assassinate LaFortier.
  • The Ghost: Readers never see him, though Dresden theorizes his body is in a hotel room that he tracks Madeline to.
  • Killed Off for Real: By Madeleine, to cover her trail.
  • Mind Rape: Possibly by Madeleine — it's not made clear if she enthralled him, seduced him, or just convinced him to wire the money.
  • Off with His Head!: After he was killed, Lara had him decapitated, and his head sent with Madeleine's to the White Council.

     Evelyn Derek 

Evelyn Derek

A lawyer at the law firm of Smith, Cohen, and Mackelroy. First seen in Turn Coat. She is enthralled by Madeline to spy on Dresden, which led to her hiring Vince Graver to do the job.


  • Mind Rape: What Madeleine did to her to keep her from talking about who paid her to hire a PI to follow Harry.

     Riley 

Riley

A mercenary assigned as the "babysitter" of Tania Raith when she went up against Dresden. He followed her orders, but also had the authority to pull the plug on the operation once Dresden took the upper hand.


  • Badass Normal: He has no magic powers, but he's still a tough foe, and Dresden is continually impressed by his intelligence and skill in combat.
  • Villain Respect: Harry notes that Riley and his goons might've gotten the better of Dresden had Harry not brought Will as backup. Riley admits that he doesn't think so - Harry hadn't even really been trying and it's why they did so well.

     Emilia Alexandria Salazar 

Emilia Alexandria Salazar

The first woman who bore a child for Lord Raith.


     Lord Raith's twin bodyguards 

Lord Raith's twin bodyguards

Two sets of identical twins who protect Lord Raith in Blood Rites.


  • Always Identical Twins: The female guards are identical twins, as are the male guards.
  • Cool, But Inefficient: They were apparently chosen because they were twins, not because of their combat skills, and so aren't the most effective fighters. Their being enthralled also cuts down on their initiative and prevents them from reacting appropriately when Dresden and Murphy do something unexpected.
  • In-Series Nickname: Dresden nicknames them "Kens" and "Barbies" on account of their doll-like physical perfection and identical looks.
  • Killed Off for Real: Murphy shoots one of the male bodyguards, Dresden kills the other man and one of the women when he jousts with the bodyguards' car while on Murphy's motorcycle (It Makes Sense in Context), and Murphy kills the second female bodyguard with a martial-arts move.

     Victims of the skinwalker 

Victims of the skinwalker

Security guards who were maimed when the skinwalker nicknamed "Shagnasty" attacked Lara Raith's mansion. They include:

  • Hennesy, whose back was broken
  • Callo, whose back was broken
  • Wilson, who lost both eyes.

All three were killed when injured White Court Vampires drained them to recover their health.


  • Death by Sex: All three of them were killed when White Court Vampires use their lust magic to enthrall them and then drained their energy during sex.
  • Eye Scream: Wilson's injuries.
  • He Knows Too Much: When Dresden challenges Lara on her decision to have them killed, Lara says they know too many secrets to just be released from service.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Lara's rationalization for why they had to be sacrificed to save the injured vampires. Their injuries were so severe they could no longer serve House Raith except by dying to save its members.


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