By Anne Rice
In 1976, a uniquely seductive international of vampires used to be unveiled within the now-classic Interview with the Vampire . . . in 1985, a wild and voluptous voice spoke to us, telling the tale of The Vampire Lestat. In The Queen of the Damned, Anne Rice maintains her awesome "Vampire Chronicles" in a feat of mesmeric storytelling, a chillingly hypnotic leisure during which the oldest and strongest forces of the evening are unleashed on an unsuspecting world.
Three brilliantly coloured narrative threads intertwine because the tale unfolds:
- The rock celebrity often called Vampire Lestat, worshipped via thousands of spellbound enthusiasts, prepares for a live performance in San Francisco. Among the audience--pilgrims in a blind swoon of adoration--are enormous quantities of vampires, creatures who see Lestat as a "greedy fiend risking the key prosperity of all his type simply to be enjoyed and visible through mortals," fiends themselves who hate Lestat's energy and who're made up our minds to ruin him . . .
- The sleep of convinced males and women--vampires and mortals scattered round the world--is haunted via a brilliant, mysterious dream: of twins with fiery pink hair and piercing eco-friendly eyes who are suffering an unspeakable tragedy. It is a dream that slowly, tauntingly unearths its desiring to the dreamers as they make their approach towards every one other--some to be destroyed at the trip, a few to stand a fair extra terrifying destiny at journey's finish . . .
- Akasha--Queen of the Damned, mom of all vampires, rises after a 6,000 yr sleep and places into movement a heinous plan to "save" mankind from itself and make "all myths of the area real" through raising herself and her selected son/lover to the extent of the gods: "I am the success and that i shall from this second be the cause" . . .
These narrative threads wind sinuously throughout an enormous, richly distinctive tapestry of the violent, sensual international of vampirism, taking us again 6,000 years to its beginnings. As the tales of the "first brood" of blood drinkers are published, we're swept around the a while, from Egypt to South the USA to the Himalayas to all of the shrouded corners of the globe the place vampires have left their mark. Vampires are created--mortals succumbing to the feeling of "being enptied, of being gobbled, of being nothing." Vampires are destroyed. Dark rituals are performed--the rituals of historical creatures prowling the fashionable world. And, eventually, we're dropped at a second within the 20th century while, in an unbelievable climax, the destiny of the residing dead--and might be of the dwelling, all of the living--will be made up our minds.
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At 7th level, the necrologist can make an unhindered change three times a day, and can now assume the form of any creature up to size Huge. At 9th level, once per day, the necrologist can use his alternate form to fuse undead flesh to his own body during the transformation. This is a gruesome process where the transformed necrologist literally has the flesh of another creature merged with his own, making him even larger and tougher. This fused flesh must be from an animated skeleton or zombie under the necrologist’s control that is the same size or one size increment smaller than the creature to which he wants to transform.
ENERGY CHAIN [GENERAL] You can channel the effects of an energy drain to an ally. Prerequisite: Energy drain ability Benefit: When you make a successful energy drain ability and are in physical contact with a third creature, you can chain the benefits of your energy drain through yourself to the third creature. Normally an energy drain grants you 5 temporary hit points; with this ability, the hit points are instead bestowed upon the third creature. If the third creature is not willing, you must make a successful melee touch attack against them in the same round as the energy drain; otherwise, the energy chain is broken.
Prerequisite: Blood drain, arcane spellcaster, caster level 5th Benefit: You can expend blood points to cast an arcane spell. The spell must be one you are already capable of casting this day due to normal class abilities. As a free action, you can expend a number of blood points equal to the spell level in order to gain access to the spell. Casting the spell then requires the usual casting time. For example, casting magic missile requires 1 blood point and a standard action. You must still cast the spell as usual, using whatever time, components, or other requirements are necessary.