Vampires and werewolves live long lives. The Sleepless City saga might have ended but the story continues…
Welcome to The Vampire Guard, where legend and myth meet science and technology!
When the threat is too great for human law enforcement to handle, world leaders turn to Akhkharu Nasaru: The Vampire Guard.
Forge, Blair, Lucas, and Declan are recruited by one of the world’s most ancient and secret societies, where they employ a combination of supernatural powers and cutting-edge technology to hunt down terrorists, thieves, biological weapons… and sometimes even their fellow vampires and werewolves. An eclectic organization comprised of individuals with diverse personalities, backgrounds, and abilities, this guard has bite—and they’re not afraid to use it.
Contact Jack Rabbit team members at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jonas Forge was born in a small settlement on the edge of the West Virginia wilderness near what later became known as Point Pleasant in the early summer of 1743.
He had no education but as a young man he joined the militia and was able to save enough money to purchase a French model 1717 rifle, which he has to this day. Considering his later relationship with Declan it’s is almost prophetic he chose this weapon. His best friend, Emmaline, was raped and that resulted in her becoming pregnant. At that time rape was often blamed on the woman so Jonas did what he thought was the right thing. He married her, even though he never was attracted to women. No one other than Jonas and Emmaline knew that the child she bore wasn’t his. The little girl was named Johanna.
The American Revolution was broaching the horizon and Jonas joined the fight. He was mortally wounded during the Battle of Point Pleasant in 1774 at the age of 31. His comfort as he lay dying was Emmaline and Johanna would be the widow and child of a war hero, not ostracized for being an unwed mother and bastard child.
Jonas didn’t die. He woke up in a mass grave surrounded by dead bodies. Not understanding why or how he was frightened beyond rational thought. Jonas felt an uncontrollable thirst for blood and without thinking he drank blood from one of the bodies. The blood of a dead human is poison to a vampire and made him desperately sick. Jonas recovered and ran off, living off the land in the wilderness for nearly half a century and never touched human blood again.
In the early 1800s Declan found Jonas and coaxed him back to civilization. He taught Jonas about what he’d become: a vampire. Friendship made a quick leap to lovers. It was a struggle, since Jonas had been living alone, other than the dogs he had, for many years, but together they managed. To Jonas Declan became Babiche, an Algonquin word that loosely translated to cord or thread. For Jonas Declan had been a lifeline. Declan often referred to Jonas as ma moitié—my half.
Declan taught Jonas to read and write then arranged for him to attend William and Mary College. Jonas had aspirations of studying drama. He soon gave that up for law, graduating in 1842. Thanks to Declan’s influence Jonas learned the languages of French and Algonquin as well.
When Jonas began his studies people naturally asked his name. He didn’t like the man he’d been before and other than Declan he didn’t want people calling him Jonas. Like the man who’d become his lover and mentor Jonas decided to use another name to go with the new person he was becoming. That’s when he adopted the use of his last name, Forge, into what he was called. Though many people know his first name, only Declan uses it. Both Forge and Declan are convinced they’ve lived as long as they have and remained sane because of their relationship with each other.
They traveled the Americas, working as mercenary soldiers and spies. They arrived in the small settlement of Boggslake, Ohio after the American Civil War. Boggslake would eventually become their home and during that time they first encountered the Coate pack.
When war broke out in Europe at the beginning of the 20th century Forge went with Declan to do their duty however they could. It was then Forge briefly met Simon Hawthorne and helped Simon through becoming a vampire. They returned during the Second World War, working for the Resistance with Simon. They also aided in moving intelligence information from Nazi Germany to the Allies.
The three of them eventually purchased Boggs’s Castle in Boggslake. Forge became a detective with Boggslake's police force using skills he owed to Declan’s tutelage in tracking. Always feeling it was his duty to keep others safe, Forge concentrated on his little corner of the world.
After living nearly 260 years, and most of that time as a vampire, Forge met his soul mate, Blair Turner. All their lives Declan stress how important it was for vampires to move with the times and accept change. Forge learned a valuable lesson: things could change but the people he loved and who loved him were forever.
Blair Turner, PhD
Blair was born September 27, 1984 and is from Roswell, New Mexico. He lived there with his father who investigated cybercrimes for the FBI by day and unbeknownst to Blair he consulted for a clandestine group of men on the other side of the country digging up information on supernatural threats. Blair excelled with coding and computers from a young age and for a while walked a fine line between legal and illegal activities until his father caught him. He decided he wanted to follow his father’s footsteps and fight cybercrime so pursued an education that allowed him to further his goals.
When his father, Robert, dies unexpectedly Blair is devastated. The night after his father’s funeral Blair goes to a bar and meets a man. One drink too many and Blair, who is hurt and lonely, hooks up with the stranger. Blair finds himself forced into a situation he can’t get out of when the stranger coerces Blair into taking him home. The next morning Blair wakes up, his life changed forever.
There is a vial of blood and a note on how to obtain more left for Blair, the man is nowhere to be seen. He knows something has happened to him and finally works out he’s been changed into a vampire. Not knowing anything about what he’s become Blair turns to popular literature. Researching how to be a vampire isn’t easy and his only source of information is graphic novels, movies and novels, none of which are entirely accurate. However, Blair doesn’t know that and takes all the myth and pop lore as gospel. Always quiet and an introvert, Blair isolates himself from the world thinking he’s become a soulless, evil monster. Taking the screen name Alucard, Blair continues the supernatural research work of his father. It’s not until Simon’s soul mate, Ben moves to Boggs’s Castle and strikes up a firm friendship with Blair that Blair is prompted to leave New Mexico for Boggslake, Ohio.
He’d known Jonas Forge only as a voice over the internet. He’s got no clue Simon and Forge are vampires as well and that Lucas is a werewolf. Ever since Blair and Ben began trading graphic novels via mail Blair has developed a bit of a schoolboy crush on Forge. Fearing Forge’s life, and the lives of his other friends, is in jeopardy Blair makes the trip to Boggslake.
Blair’s as surprised as Forge when they each discover the other is a vampire. Blair gets an instant indoctrination into the real world where vampires, werewolves and humans coexist, sometimes they even get along. However Forge isn’t just any vampire, he’s Blair’s soul mate whether they like it or not. Eventually Blair comes to discover he and Forge are destined to soul bond because they complement each other so well. Both were changed and left, though for entirely different reasons. Where Blair is quiet and introverted, Forge is gregarious and extroverted. Blair has never felt as if he’s fit in anywhere and has few friends while Forge gets along with everyone and is comfortable in all sorts of situations. In the course of their bonding they develop an uncanny ability to sense the other’s emotions that only strengthens as time goes on.
The rocky start Blair has with Forge, and the others, eventually evens out and cements. He’s found his place in the family they’ve all created.
Declan Known aliases: Henri de Fleur Del Markus
Declan was born into French aristocracy on February 24, 1721 with a very long and pretentious name. At age fourteen his father arranged a marriage for Declan with the daughter of another prominent family. Unable to defy his father and having no interest in marriage to any girl, Declan fled France on a ship bound for the New World. It was two years before he landed in North America. In that time he saw his first vampire, learned to use a blade in self-defense and that he’d sometimes have to make tough choices in order to survive. The skinny boy of fourteen who left France became a resourceful and, when necessary, brutally ruthless man by the time he left the ship two years later.
After being taken in by the native people that first winter in North America Declan met and eventually fell in love with a man named Kitchi. While living with the Algonquin Indians Declan learned to accept he was homosexual. To the Algonquin vampires and homosexuals were another part of the natural world. Kitchi eventually changed Declan from a human to a vampire. It was during this time he adopted the name Declan, which was the name of an Irish saint. When Kitchi was killed years later Declan left his tribal home to explore the countryside eventually meeting with Jonas Forge.
Jonas was living alone, other than his dog, in the wilderness. Declan realized Jonas didn’t know much about what he’d become, only that he’d been changed somehow. Declan taught him to read and write and ultimately was able to arrange for him to attend William and Mary college in the mid-eighteen hundreds. After Jonas graduated they traveled North, Central and South America honing skills that led them into work as spies, military police and con artists and in Declan’s case an accomplished thief.
Eventually they landed in a small settlement on the southern shores of Lake Erie in the new state of Ohio in the United States. That settlement grew and later became the town of Boggslake, Ohio it remained their home base for more than a century. They purchased Boggs’s Castle with Simon Hawthorne in the 1940s at Simon’s insistence. Declan and Jonas traveled for a short time to Europe during World War 1 and World War II. It was the first time Declan returned to Europe since leaving France as a boy. However, Declan didn’t travel to Europe regularly until the advent of commercial airline trans-Atlantic flights becoming less a luxury of the superrich and more affordable and popular in the United States in the 1950s.
Even when in Europe for extended periods of time, Declan made regular trips back to his home in Boggslake. Every ten or fifteen years Jonas would join Declan, assisting him with whatever long con Declan was working on. His most recent trip abroad kept Declan away for a decade, other than short trips to meet up with Jonas for a few days. Even though Jonas bonded with a soul mate, Declan returned to Boggslake when evidence of demonic activity came to light. He, Jonas and Simon had become family decades ago and Declan expected their relationships to fluctuate over the years. It was the nature of vampires to endure change over long periods of time and this was no different. Declan and Jonas would never be lovers again, but that didn’t matter, they’d always have a deep love and friendship. Knowing his family was safe became Declan’s main concern. Upon his return to Boggslake he met his match in Lucas Coate. Vampires didn’t often bond with werewolves, but when it happened that bond was special. Declan’s early life with the Algonquin prepared him to accept his unique bond with Lucas. Three times was the charm and to Declan Lucas was a precious gift.
Lucas Coate, M.D.
Lucas Coate was born in Boggslake, Ohio, on October 10, 1981. He is the eldest son of Jacob Coate, the leader of the local Coate pack, and descended from an old and powerful werewolf family. Jacob is also the leader of Flint’s Supernatural Council. Lucas’s uncle, Jasper, who also sits on the council, owns the Old Curio Shoppe, which is the front for the council meeting chambers. Lucas’s sister, Anita, is a neurologist. They have many half-siblings but their mother is Jacob’s favourite and his wife.
Lucas is Boggslake’s medical examiner. He met Forge and Simon ten years previously, shortly after Lucas finished medical school, when an injured Simon stumbled out in front of Lucas’s car and he hit him. After helping patch Simon up, Lucas helped him and Forge with the case they were working, and then others they called him in on after that.
Already not seeing eye-to-eye with his father and not prepared to follow in Jacob’s footsteps and take his place as pack alpha and his position on the council when the time came, Lucas’s friendship with vampires was the last straw. After one final argument, Lucas’s father threw him out, and Lucas moved into Boggs’s castle with Forge and Simon.
Lucas’s wolf form is a huge gray wolf.
Porter Samuels Known aliases: Sam Port
Born on April 3, 1841. Changed in 1866.
Sophia Samuels Known aliases: Sophie Port Katie O'leary
Born on January 8, 1847. Changed in 1866.
Born in Austria in 1623. Changed in 1660.
Born on July 31, 1886 in Hebron, Palestine. He was a middle son in a large, Jewish family. His best friend from childhood was a boy by the name of Yaar Mindel. They did everything together and Ori spent many hours in the Mindel home, as did Yaar in the Bier home.
When Ori began having feelings of attraction for the boys in his community it was Yaar who convinced Ori to open up and share his emotions. Ori knew from a very early age that the Mindel family was different from his family and most others he knew. Yaar was the most accepting person Ori knew. They shared a kiss, then another, stolen times together whenever they were able. Finally when they were about fifteen Yaar shared something else with Ori.
Except for during the full moon Yaar and Ori spent every day together. They were fifteen when Yaar shared his deepest secret with Ori, a human. Yaar was a werewolf. Ori began to learn there was many paths to devotion to God. The Mindels were not human, but they were far from un-Godly. In fact, they were extremely devout in their religion and active in the Jewish community where they lived.
Throughout their boyhood, all during school, in every aspect of their lives the two young men were inseparable. They supported each other through arranged marriages, births of their children and their lives.
Ori became a Rabbi and Yaar was a merchant. They were good men, good husbands and when they could manage it, lovers. Even though he had very little physical attraction to his wife, he cared for her deeply.
In August 1929 Arabs attacked members of the Jewish community. Ori’s family were victims which propelled him and with him Yaar into the fighting. They were trying to defend their community and prevent more killing despite the fact both were untrained and ill prepared to go into battle. During the rioting Yaar was wounded, some injuries even a werewolf can’t survive and Yaar died in Ori’s arms.
Ori was approached by a man from the Haganah, the Jewish defense military, if he joined them he could learn to protect others, fight for their safety. It wasn’t long before he learned many of the men of the Haganah also had a secret. Humans and werewolves weren’t the only sorts of men, there were also vampires. Ori could never be a werewolf like Yaar, but he could be stronger, have more natural defenses and an incredibly long life. Grief stricken and angered by his inability, Ori took the offer becoming a vampire.
While working with the Haganah he was trained to fight. Eventually Ori found himself in Germany at the beginning of WWII where he met Kai Richter. They were both chasing the same thing, discovered they were soul mates and worked together to stop the transportation of a group of Jewish prisoners destined for medical experimentation. That led the two of them being recruited by The Vampire Guard and teaming with Porter and Sophie Samuels. The four of them became Operative Team Armored Train.
Palle Eklund Scandinavian, vampire, born May 30, 1887, changed in 1937, no aliases Maisy Chaviz Canadian, human, born December 12, 1975, no aliases Sayyna Yartsev Yukaghir people of Siberia, age unknown, too many aliases to list Dane Ross Australian, human, born November 12, 1966, no known aliases