Two years after coming to London, Edward is on his own again. His father has ran off, leaving Ed to his own devices. One night he comes across someone he thought he'd never see again: Envy, and no an alter version either. But, it's not the Envy he normally knows. It's the eerily similar looking Envy he saw just before dying.
Envy wounds Edward in their fight. He then proceeds to bite Ed's neck. Nearly dead, Edward is saved by a young woman around his age. This woman, Noa, is a dhampir. In order to save Ed's life, she must turn Edward into a dhampir too.
Blood Ties provides examples of:
- Alternate Universe Fic: Conqueror of Shamballa never happened.
- Death by Adaptation: Prior to the story, the alter versions of Gracia and Elicia were killed by the vampire that turned Maes into a dhampir.
- Dhampyr: Dhampirs in the Tiesverse are humans infected with vampire blood. Unlike vampires, dhampirs burn in sunlight. They're also functionly immortal, however they can be killed.
- Fan Verse: The fan-verse is called "Tiesverse".
- Hot Gypsy Woman: Deconstructed. Noa's attractiveness leads to her being raped, beaten, and left for dead during the Great War.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Homunculus turn into vampires when they cross the Gate. These vampires have the ability to steal memories and they also have no problem with walking around in the sun.
- Omniglot: Edward's Teen Genius extends to learning languages easily. He speaks fluent English, French, and Romani.
- Rape as Backstory: Noa was separated from her family during the Great War. A group of men raped her and beat her up. A Hunter, Hughes' alter, took pity on her and broke taboo to save her.
- Vegetarian Vampire: Dhampirs prefer to hunt animals than humans.