Monday, 19 May 2014

Vamp! V - Epilogue

(Download the updated version in PDF/epub format here.)

I can't believe it's already been a year and a half since I started this series. This is the final update of Vamp! V. Narita's been talking about a Vamp! VI(which is going to be a collection of short stories) for a while now--and seeing as 2014 is Vamp!'s 10th anniversary, if there's ever a time to expect the next book, now is probably it. (But 2014 is also the 10th anniversary of Durarara!!--don't get your hopes up.)

I usually upload a PDF with the last update of each volume, but I'm holding off on it this time because I'm working on one big PDF/epub collection for the Vamp! series. I'm currently in the process of re-revising earlier volumes(and this one) and making things more consistent between books, as well as having another look at name spellings. And since I'll have access to a scanner again in a couple of months, I'll be able to grab illustrations for volumes IV and V. Sorry to make you wait.

What's next? As I announced in April, I'm going to work on the Etsusa Bridge series in August--but before that, I'll be taking a break from Naritaverse so I can get things done in real life and work on the Vamp! volumes.

Thanks, and enjoy.

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Epilogue: The Storyteller Doth Depart!


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Juna Riebeluka was lost deep in the woods.

She could not return to the city. The police must be on the lookout for her by now.

But if, perhaps, she wandered through the forest, a miracle would occur once more.

After all, she had proven the existence of vampires today.

She thought to herself. How had things come to this?

Tears of frustration slid down her face. What was she missing? Why wouldn’t ‘he’ appear before her?”

“…”

And she reminisced. Countless times she remembered.

Once, on this island, she had been beset by a monster—a werewolf—and was about to be torn to pieces in his jaws.

But at that moment, a blue-haired werewolf had appeared, taken down the other werewolf, and rescued her.

She had been terrified. But the blue-haired werewolf had said to her,

“Sorry, Miss. This guy’s an outlander. I’ll give him a good beating later, so don’t worry. Just wanted you to know that not all werewolves are like this jackass.”

Though he had the face of a wolf, he had grinned with a hint of innocence. He smiled.

A superhuman creature—a special being—had smiled at her.

At that moment, Juna Riebeluka fell in love.

It was a special love, she knew. That powerful desire twisted her love.

“…Who are you calling ‘twisted’?”

Excuse me. …In any event, her overpowering love for the werewolf led Juna to visit the island countless times in search of him. If, perhaps, she grew influential as a reporter—if she became famous—wouldn’t he one day see her on television and come to meet her? For that hope alone Juna worked desperately, using every trick in the book to rise through the ranks. Her pursuit of the vampire legends was but a means to an end.

But no matter how long she waited, she could not meet him.

And so Juna began to think—

If she could recreate the situation from before, perhaps she could see him again.

But what were the chances of being assaulted by a werewolf again?

She had been attacked by human delinquents, but she escaped by simply shooting them with the gun she was hiding. Their bodies must still be buried somewhere on the island.

Though no one found out, that was her first murder. And through that act, she came to a sudden realization.

That she just had to become the werewolf.

If she became the werewolf and attacked young women, much like herself at that time, that man would appear—she was certain.

“That’s right. I’m still certain. He just hasn’t appeared yet because something’s different from then. …But he is watching over me. He even put a boulder over well with the corpse for me!”

Juna had realized the presence of an invisible accomplice.

That man must be the accomplice, she reasoned.

It would not be long. She had no time to waste.

But Juna made a mistake. She was too rash—she killed someone on the spur of the moment. She killed the girl out of jealousy.

“That’s right. I was jealous. How could a little bitch from the countryside be friends with special creatures like vampires? It’s unfair! I worked hard to meet that man again, but he still hasn’t come to me!”

Ultimately, Juna Riebeluka was left to wander the woods.

“Come to think of it… who are you? Why are you talking into my thoughts?”

As she asked, I showed myself.

“We’ve never met before, have we? Heh heh. This is amazing. You’re amazing. Most people are surprised when they realize that I’m talking into their heads.”

“Are you a vampire, too?”

“Good to see you’re quick on the uptake.”

I clapped my hands together. Juna was slightly disappointed. Again. Another inhuman creature who wasn’t the man she was looking for.

“So you can read my thoughts. Are you the one who told the other crew members about me?”

In that case, this man was her enemy, Juna thought cautiously. I decided to give her a dismal piece of information.

“Let me give you a dismal piece of information. It doesn’t matter how big of a commotion you make—that blue-haired werewolf won’t come to you today.”

“Wha-“

“I looked into some things myself, and it turns out that the werewolf’s out of town right now. He’s on a business trip in Southern Germany.”

Thank goodness. He hasn’t abandoned me after all! Juna thought, delighted.

…You really are incredible. Although I have met killers who thought like you.

“Thank you! You’re on my side, aren’t you? I need your help—get me off this island—“

“You sound determined. But you don’t need to go that far. There’s a much easier way to meet that man.”

“…Really?! There is?!”

“Of course. But I need a small bit of your blood in exchange. I’d like to suck your blood—just enough to leave you standing.”

Instead of answering, Juna stuck out her slender white neck toward me.

I feel a little bad. But a promise is a promise. I’ll let you meet him.

But before that, my friend made a little deal with the mayor.


Before I give you your dream of the werewolf, I’m going to show you a few hells.

Don’t worry. It’ll end quickly.

I’m just going to give you four dying people’s worth of pain and suffering and terror—one for each victim.

It adds up to about ten hours.


But I’ll compress it to three seconds before I carve it into your mind.


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Before dawn. The harbor.


A corner of the harbor was bathed in the warm glow of the brightening sky.

Mirald returned from his ‘refueling’. Dorrikey spoke.

“Did you leave her in front of the police station as I told you to?”

“Of course. Her blood was so good that I drank more than I intended, but she just ended up with a bit of anemia. Of course, I can’t say her mind is in a particularly stable state. But since it’s not broken, she won’t be found criminally not responsible.”

“…I’m surprised.”

“I did give her ten hours’ worth of agony in three seconds. I thought she’d lost it, but that’s when I used her memories to recreate in her head her meeting with the man of her dreams. Her mind came right back to life. …In any case, I’m going to have a word with Mr. Gerhardt and let her meet the werewolf in reality next time. In prison.”

Mirald seemed to take amusement in Juna’s thoughts. But Dorrikey did not share his enthusiasm.

“Of course… were there any problems?”

“Ah, right. You know that device she had? The one that made it look like she carved out the victim’s heart, dropped the victim into the well, and then tore out her throat?”

“…You mean the device that makes me curse all the time I wasted trying to deduce the truth of the well murder?” Dorrikey twitched. Mirald nodded.

“The one who made that device wasn’t her or Dimguil. There was someone in the shadows, egging her on. Someone other than Dimguil. And as a matter of fact, this is distantly connected to me.” Mirald said matter-of-factly. Dorrikey found himself grimacing.

“What do you mean by that.”

“Well, remember that man from the soirée? James Sutherland?”

“The one who mistook you for someone else.”

“I thought he was surprisingly well-prepared for a wannabe Hunter. So I took a deeper look into his head. And as it turns out, the voice of the human who told him about my soirée matches exactly with that of the one who gave Juna her device.”

“…”

“I smell a rat. At first I thought Doubs might be pulling a prank, but even he doesn’t take his jokes to lethal levels.”

“My word… it seems we’ll have even more to discuss at the Organization meeting.”

Dorrikey sighed. Then, he decided to focus for now on the happy fact that the case on Growerth had been resolved. He observed a moment of silence for the women who were murdered.


For some time they were quiet, but Dorrikey eventually grew bored of waiting for the ferry and turned to Mirald.

“I’m surprised you have so many memories of murders.”

“Well, I did sense them in person. …Hey. Don’t make that face. At least, don’t start calling me a lowlife in your head. You know as well as I do that until I met you and Mr. Gerhardt, humans were just objects to me. Objects to observe.”

“I don’t see much of a difference in your attitude now(was he really at the limits of his thirst earlier?).”

“…”

“(Why’re you shutting up. Don’t tell me you were lying to me because you wanted to make the situation more interesting. Right? Don’t tell me… you knew about Dimguil and Juna Riebeluka’s plans from the beginning? Dimguil was probably planning to turn Hilda personally to see if Relic felt the emotion of having something taken away from him. Could you possibly have known it from the start? You were tailing the TV crew, after all).”

“…”

From a distance, they looked like two men sitting in silence.

In that silence, Dorrikey posed an important question.

“(Were you, perhaps, planning the same thing as Dimguil? Looking to see how Relic von Waldstein would react to despair? Could it be that you, a self-proclaimed storyteller, only got involved with a push from Hawking because you felt a twinge of guilt?)”

“…”

“(Please tell me that you at least have a conscience)!”

After yet more seconds of silence, Mirald finally broke out into a grin and clapped his hands together.

“Incredible. That’s an ace detective for you! You are right on the money.”

Nothing came up in Dorrikey’s mind, but the detective took Mirald’s hand and caught him in a shoulder throw, dropping him into the sea.

“You lowlife! There are some lines that shouldn’t be crossed! Repent and die!”

“Incredible, Dorrikey! This is the first time you threw me before I even read your intentions!”

“Shut up! I’m calling Damp this instant to call George the Deep Deep Deep Blue. Wait right there!”

“Wait, I’m immune to running water, but it’s going to be sunrise soooooo—“

Watson watched from afar as she happily munched on some meat.

A silver-haired girl chewing on raw meat.

It was the very image of peace on Growerth.


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In a dream.


In his deep sleep, Relic recalled a conversation he had with his father several months earlier.

[Your musings on power are too complicated, Relic. Think of power simply as coin to buy you more possibilities. To possess more power is merely to possess a wider range of choices. For example, let us suppose that you are in a situation where you must choose between the life of your beloved and the lives of a hundred people.]

Relic had been mulling over the meaning of his power at the time.

As he muttered that he did not want his power, Gerhardt had not scolded him. Instead, he offered advice in plain font.

[It matters not what form your power is in. Whether it be physical strength, wisdom, connections, or, to take things further, luck or divine blessing. In any case, with power, you could potentially create a third option to that sadistic choice. That is what power is.]

“Are you saying that someone who makes a choice between the two options is weak?”

Gerhardt had rejected the notion.

[Not at all. If one chooses between two possibilities, yet more possibilities open up afterwards. Whether to flee from the consequences of on’e decision, or to change one’s mind—or, if one’s heart is strong enough, to overcome the consequences. Though it is a power of sorts to stick with logical utilitarianism, I would prefer to choose that method only when all others have been exhausted.]


[Power and weakness are things that others judge after an assessment of the results of your actions. It is not wise to wantonly claim, ‘I am strong because I made this choice’. If you have such time, you should rather commend others who have shown courage.]


Relic opened his eyes.

Remembering at his father’s words a certain courageous mayor.


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Waldstein Castle.


When Relic opened his eyes on his throne, he heard the same sounds as usual.


“Urgh… one day, I’ll make sure to pay back Mr. Stalf for this humiliation…” Mage grumbled. The female freeloader offered him words of comfort.

“It must’ve been tough on you, Mage. But don’t worry. I’m sure better things are on the way!”

“Ah, thank you. It feels like things are looking brighter already.”

As Mage chuckled, the other freeloaders began whispering.

“Wish the riajuu(1)’d just fallen off the building and died.” “Hope his Lear Jet explodes.” “Or better yet, hope he turns out like King Lear.” “Wait. But don’t you feel bad for the youngest daughter?” “Well, then the third daughter can join the crew and help us stamp out the riajuu.” “Excellent.” “Die, Mage.” “Take a left straight!” “HEY!”


A familiar din of voices filled the castle. Relic smiled in relief.

Then—

“Hey, Relic.”

A soft voice tickled his ears.

“Hilda…”

Tensing slightly, he turned to the girl standing beside his throne.

Two slightly long fangs glinted between her smiling lips. When Relic looked at them, he was seized by complicated emotions.

Hilda Dietrich had become a vampire.

At some point before her heart was carved out by Juna, Dimguil seemed to have transformed into a bat and bitten her on the ankle.

After her revival, Relic had gone to her house before dawn to explain the situation.

Her father had lashed out fist-first; her mother had burst into tears. But they seemed to have been prepared for such a day, as they gave permission for Hilda to live with Relic in the castle—for the time being, she needed to adjust to her new life as a vampire.

However, the fact that Relic had not turned Hilda himself seemed to worry her parents to no end.

It was true that, if Hilda were to be turned, Relic had wanted to turn her himself. But at this point, Relic was simply happy that she was still alive.

The freeloaders had worried, “Well, turning someone’s just like reproduction in human terms. If someone else turned his girl, I wouldn’t be surprised if he went full-out murder on the guy”. But Relic was not particularly affected in that way.

However, Dimguil’s ‘curse’ was stronger than expected. Even if Relic tried to turn her into a flock of bats with his own powers, a mysterious power interfered with his efforts. Not only that, Hilda’s heart was occasionally subjugated again, throwing her into a death-like state. There were many unanswered questions about the curse.

In any case, Relic had consulted Doctor and Professor in the castle basement, seeking a way to free her from the curse.

“It will be too dangerous to contact Dimguil in person… Now, I’ve heard that the Kumanobe Clan of Japan holds some clue to changing turned vampires back into humans. However, the Clan is veiled in secrecy—I cannot tell you much more, I’m afraid.”

And so, Relic was making plans to head to Japan.


“If you’re looking for a way… then I’ll go with you.” Hilda had said when Relic told her his plans. “I have human records, so I should get a visa.”

Hilda sounded like she was planning a vacation. Relic warned her that it might be dangerous, but—

“But I was turned and had my heart carved out right here on Growerth, Relic.” She had replied with a smile.

Relic thought, perhaps Hilda was pushing herself very hard.

Perhaps she wanted to burst into tears, but was forcing herself to be cheerful.

Unable to ask her outright, he wallowed alone in guilt.

Even still, he thought to himself that he truly loved her.


Not knowing that Hilda was also thinking the very same thoughts,

The awkward young couple approached one another at a snail’s pace.

“Say, Hilda?”

They had been dating for years, but the distance between them was still not yet closed.

“Yes, Relic?”

Of course, perhaps that was a good pace for a pair of immortal vampires.

“I might not be strong enough to protect you. But I promise, I’ll get stronger! So… well, could I keep being in love with you from now on?”

Though he had no idea what the future held in store, there was one thing certain about them—


“Relic?”

“Y, yes?”

“If you ask me something that obvious again… I think I might like you a little less.”

“…Sorry.”


—They were, for now, happy.


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Night. The backyard of the ruined church.


“Damn it, old man. What’re you gonna do ‘bout a grave when you kick the bucket in a few decades?”

“I don’t need one. Even if there is an afterlife, I don’t need anyone coming to visit my grave.”

“Then how ‘bout that empty can over there? Perfect for an old bastard like you.”

“Why not? A grave is like a mirror. It’s a way for the visitor to get business done with the memory of the dead. A can must be just about right for the way you think of me.”

“Tch. Fucking geezer. All I have to say to my memories of you are complaints.”

“Fine by me, you little punk. I’ll have a listen at your complaints, if that makes you feel any better.”


Remembering the past, the mayor stood alone at a certain grave.

The gravestone was in a corner of the church’s yard. On its simple surface was simply written, ‘Lorenz’.

Though it was not particularly high-quality, it was well-maintained.

Watt stood there and mumbled as though to a listener.

“Shit. Being mayor’s still a fucking pain in the ass. All I ever do is clean up after idiots.”

Of course, nothing but the wind responded. Yet Watt continued.

“To be honest, I’d be happier working hard for everyone who voted for me and spitting at the ones who didn’t. But I have no way of figuring that out. So I just have to be good to everyone.”

He crouched in front of the gravestone, remembering his conversations with the grave’s occupant. He spoke to the dead man in his memories.

“…S’right. I’m still a good-for-nothing-dumbass, you old bastard.”

Though he was part-vampire, he neither saw nor believed in ghosts.

“I gotta go visit the victims’ families tomorrow to give ‘em official reports. So if there really is an afterlife out there… cheer ‘em up for me there, will you?”

But Watt solemnly faced the gravestone like a mirror, bowing his head to the Lorenz in his memories.

“…Thanks, Lorenz.”

Pouring the old man’s favorite beer over the grave, Watt placed the half-emptied can in front of the grave.

“Thanks for taking the time to talk to a bastard like me all those years ago.”


It was a face he never showed anyone. Words he never let anyone hear.

Leaving the church, Watt headed for the car parked in front of the building to head back to the city hall.

But at that moment, he spotted a colorful fog in the direction of the mountains, far beyond the car.

‘What’s that idiot doing over there?’

He turned, surprised by the jester’s presence—


And saw the Waldstein Castle maids, standing in a line and bowing deeply to him.


The maids and the jester departed quietly. An empty laugh escaped Watt’s lips.

“…Heh. They’re all soft, the lot of ‘em. Don’t you think so, Count?”

Stars were appearing in the sky. The man who prided himself on being a petty villain looked up, then headed for the lair known as City Hall.

Believing that, as long as he continued to eat away at the heavyweights, he would one day become the existence he always dreamed of.


The mayor who prided himself on his pettiness continued today to eat away at bigger fish.


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(1) Internet slang for someone who is focused on real life as opposed to fandom and the internet.


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The Rest of the Story


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Two vampires were on a grand, elegant, and rather anachronistic carriage as they made their way through a dark forest.

“If I may make a suggestion, Master Dimguil.”

“What is it?”

Wiping clean the camera he ended up stealing from ZZZ Network, Dimguil lent an ear to his vassal.

“Though Relic von Waldstein is of low birth, his power may prove to be incredibly useful. We must bring him into our midst before he thinks to contact other Clans.”

It was a logical suggestion. But Dimguil glanced at Pamela’s lips and mumbled, “I suppose you’ve begun to fancy him”.

“Wh, wha—?! N, no, Master Dimguil!!”

“There is no need to try and hide it, Pamela. Of course. I suppose he was quite handsome. And there are no vampires around your age in our Clan, so it’s understandable that you developed an interest in him. But what to do? His heart is already set on someone—although, as I’m the one who turned her, I can’t guarantee what will happen in the future.”

“I suppose his connection to that human is quite powerful… wait, no! No, Master Dimguil! I do not—“

“You are a poor liar, Pamela. In any case, I’m glad to see that you are over the shock of having been eaten.”

“~~~~~~!”

The conversation continued, and eventually Dimguil returned to cleaning his camera.

Pamela turned to the window, recalling the face of the boy engraved onto her eyes. Even knowing that her love could never be, she quietly let her thoughts wander to him.


They had yet to realize.

That the Sunfold Clan had been attacked and annihilated by a mysterious girl.

That their base of operations had been taken over by a certain group, which the girl was a part of.

Not knowing that they were, essentially, the last survivors of the Sulfold Clan—

Not knowing that, from the moment they encountered the mysterious group, a great change that would shake the world of vampires would begin—


The Vampire Killers quietly departed into the darkness of night.



-To be continued-


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Extra: Vamp! Character Profiles (Part 2)


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Watt Stalf
The mayor of Neuberg, a city in southern Growerth. He is technically a member of a political party, but his policies are aligned with his own, independent principles. His goal is to combine all the cities on the island and become the mayor of the new megacity, but he has a long and difficult road ahead. A petty man in more ways than one.

Enjoys thick venison steak.

“I hate losing, you know that? If I lose on purpose for a ten-year old brat, I’ll get him back for it ten years later. Got that, asshole?”


Shizune Kijima
An Eater-turned-vampire who resides on Growerth. She is weak against silver. Although she is still young, Shizune is a formidable power on the island. She once despised all vampires, but now her loathing has been redirected at the man who turned her—Watt Stalf. But some people mistakenly assume that she’s gotten soft.

Most days, Shizune puts food on the table by doing odd jobs at the local dojo. When the master, Traugott, goes overseas for work, Shizune loses her income and becomes desperate for money.

Enjoys the flesh and blood of powerful vampires. Also, hiyayakko.

“Sorry, but I’ll probably end up procrastinating on eating a vampire like you for so long that you’ll go bad before I even remember to take a bite. So beat it.”


Pirie Mistwalker
A female vampire who dresses like a jester. She is extremely skilled at turning to fog and subjugating humans, and she is capable of controlling the thoughts and actions of those who inhale her while she is in fog form. She is weak against sunlight.

Although Pirie is a vampire-born, her powers are weak. She was persecuted by both humans and vampires because of that, until Watt saved her and she made up her mind to gain power to help him. She dresses the way she does to make Watt smile. Although her heart does not beat, she flushes when she gets angry, perhaps because she is usually half-fog.

Likes cake and making marzipans.

“Relic is really cute when he smiles, too, but he’s no match for Master Watt grinning like a little kid! I’ve never seen him wearing a face like that before, though!”


Masashi Mamiya
A vampire who practices stage magic as a hobby, affectionately known as ‘Mage’. He was once a vampire living in Hagane City in Japan, but after a series of incidents, he came to take an administrative position at Waldstein Castle. He obeys the strong and looks down on the weak, almost a match for Watt in pettiness. But he’s also quite world-wise, as he’s somehow gotten himself a vampire girlfriend recently. He doesn’t stand out very much in the Organization because his character overlaps with Grey and Iridescent(salaryman and magician respectively).

Enjoys shōyu ramen.

“We may not have a retirement to worry about, but seeing as we really have little in the way of guarantees, I think it may be best to at least secure a place of residence, even if it means a little brown-nosing...”


Valdred Ivanhoe
A watermelon vampire who can trace his roots to a race of vampires in a certain desert. He is a strange plant-based vampire who was produced as a result of the Organization’s experiments. His consciousness has recently been relocated to Growerth itself. He has the curious power to create physical illusions, and appears before others in all sorts of different forms—little boys, beautiful women, monsters, and more.

Enjoys water, oxygen, and sunlight. His fondness for them has not changed since he became one with the island.

“All the vampire guys tell me to turn into a beautiful lady, and all the witches tell me to turn into a handsome man. It’s hard being able to transform into anything. Every time I change, my voice and personality changes, too.”


Selim Vergès
A plant-based vampire with the body of a bespectacled girl, who is a gigantic flower from the ankles down. Commonly known as an alraune. Originally, she was a flower blooming under a guillotine. But she underwent an evolution of sorts after being showered with the blood of a vampire, and thanks to the influence of a certain girl and a certain man, she took hold of intelligence, her looks, and her name.

Selim is much more powerful than her appearance suggests. She can easily lift people and boulders with her vines. Although she is a plant, thanks to the human influences in her life, she thinks little differently from an ordinary human.

Enjoys nutritious(blood-soaked) soil.

“But Val... No matter who you are, you’re always a gentle person.”


The NEET Squad
A group of vampires who were once Watt’s lackeys, but are now a group of freeloaders at Waldstein Castle. Some say the group is composed of five or six people, and others claim they number at a dozen. But not even the freeloaders themselves know exactly how many of them there are.

For some reason, many among them are well-read on Japanese culture. Usually they don’t do much other than laze around, but they are vampires through and through. The one girl in the group is currently dating Mage.

They enjoy blood packs and junk food.

“We always get lumped in together, but I wish we’d get some individual screen time.” “Seriously.” “What was your name again?” “Back at you.”


The maids of Waldstein Castle
The servants in green who work at Waldstein Castle. They are baobhan sith, vampires who supposedly work in groups of four to dance and seduce men before tearing them to shreds with their sharp claws and drinking their blood. But it’s not very clear if this myth is true or not. It is not clear when they began to work at the castle, but not even Gerhardt can overrule Keira, the leader of the maids. She even lectures him on occasion.

“How many of us are there, you ask? Sometimes we hire new maids from Ireland, and sometimes some of us need a vacation. So please note that our numbers are constantly fluctuating.”


Pamela D. Rosskleim
A vampire working in the employ of the Sunfold Clan. She covers her eyes with a blindfold, but her vision is perfectly fine. She was once a human before Dimguil turned her. And for some reason, she despises humans and refuses to speak of her past as one of them. She has the ability to encroach upon other vampires’ abilities and tear them out from the inside, a technique passed down to her from Dimguil. An unrepentant elitist and classist who treats humans and all non-Sunfold vampires as lower creatures.

Because she ingests almost nothing but human blood, her favorite food is unknown.

“Hear this, lowly humans. If not for Master Dimguil’s mercy, you would have already lost your lives like animals. Remember this and show him your gratitude.”


Dimguil Sunfold
A vampire nicknamed “The Vampire Killer”. A wild card from the Sunfold Clan who has a subjugation ability that can negate other vampires’ abilities—it is a skill powerful enough to be called a curse. He has the incredible power to negate fog form and render telekinesis useless, but the rest of the Sunfold Clan does not take kindly to him because his abilities are so unusual. He also keeps a distance from his Clan of his own will. Dimguil has an interest in human culture, another reason why his family considers him a troublemaker.

Enjoys special sandwiches he made the recipe to himself.

“Unlike you stubborn old Clan members, I see humans as more than just prey or slaves. I enjoy observing them, and it’s interesting to make friends with them. But I don’t intend to look down on a vampire who does treat them like food.”


Mirald Mirror “The Mirror”
An officer of the Organization. He is capable of telepathy, and can forcibly read others’ minds. He is also capable of conveying compressed information into a target’s mind to destroy their psyche. He is nearly unbeatable in battle against anything with intelligence. On the other hand, he is powerless against non-sentient objects like security systems and weapons, and can do little but turn into fog and flee for his life. His weakness is sunlight. The Organization ranks him at the top of their list of most rotten personalities, and he is a match for Doubs in being a troublemaker.

Likes crowd psychology.

“Let me guess what you’re thinking. ‘Reading my mind again, you bastard?’. Right? What a simple person you are. Is that really all you can think about?”


Humpty “The Camouflaged Flower”
A vampire with the appearance of a black mercenary, known affectionately as “Sergeant”. His hobbies include gardening and flower arranging. Humpty is skilled in setting up booby traps and wielding firearms. His familiars include armed vampires and skeletons.

Enjoys eating rations from a certain country.

“All clear, you bloody maggots! Your filth is making the flowers look extra-beautiful today! You now have permission to _____________ with these zombies I’ve made!”

“Sir! Impossible, sir!”


QAWSED “Hackey Mouse”
A self-proclaimed vampire, but no Organization member has ever seen this being in person. QAWSED only appears on telephone conversations, using a trademark high-pitched voice. Some believe this vampire moved their consciousness into electricity and became one with the internet, just like Val’s consciousness moved to an island and synchronized with it. But it is still such an outlandish notion that many people believe this is all just one of Doubs’s pranks. But what is certain is that QAWSED is capable of freely using electronics and communications networks, and for this reason is highly valued by the Organization.

QAWSED’s favorite food is unknown.

[A lotta people say I’m omnipotent on the net, but there’s this part of Japan—the network in Tokyo or something—that I can’t control. There’s somethin’ similar to me there, you know. It’s a jungle out there.]


Captain BBS “The Azure Captain”
A sailor who so loved the sea that he became a vampire to wander the oceans forever. He continues to sail the waves to this day on his luxury cruise ship-turned ghost ship. ‘Ghost ship’, in this case, does not imply anything on a spiritual level. He merely employs his subordinate vampires and other undead creatures to fix up holes in the ship as they continue to sail. A cold, but warm-hearted man who assists in maritime rescue operations in spite of being a vampire. George the Deep Deep Deep Blue has nearly sunk his ship numerous times now, but the good captain always firmly responds, “He also be a part of the sea”. This is how much he loves the ocean. He loves it so much that he considers drinking to the sight of the reflection of the moon in the waves the greatest joy of his life.

The biggest problem, however, is the fact that his weakness is flowing water. A pitiful vampire who is at his strongest when he is forced upon land.

Enjoys eating most seafood.

“The sea be most ravishing today! As though she be crushing... me... to... ashes...”


Tromm Ed Romans “The Dark Grey Giga”
A monstrous vampire who looks like he walked straight out of “Alien”. He once heard a rumor saying that his blood was actually acid. So he evolved himself to match the rumor. His body is specialized for physical change, and he evolves at unthinkable speeds. But for some reason, he cannot transform into already-existing creatures like bats or wolves.

Everyone wonders what kind of a creature he was before he became a vampire, but Romans himself does not care. The fact that he can communicate with humans led many to believe he was also originally human, but he was also found communicating with birds and dolphins. Melhilm and the others are still trying to figure out the truth. The characteristics of his cellular composition have proven that he is a vampire, but many think that he is actually an extraterrestrial.

Surprisingly given his appearance, he is a gentleman among gentlemen and gets along well with Gerhardt.

His hobbies include watching horror movies. Enjoys eating minerals.

“I believe I appeared human until a few years ago. And before that... a fish, or an insect. But that does not matter. What truly matters is my conclusion; I am not the vampire I once was.”


RX777  “The Steel-Blue Steel Monster”
Some members of the Organization have a great deal in common with what humans think of as the ‘typical vampire’. RX777 is a vampire who constantly strives to achieve that ideal. He dresses in tuxedos with tailcoats and wears a black coat lined with red, claiming to be an aristocrat of the night. He is very thorough and deliberate in his actions, fearing crucifixes and garlic, and refusing to enter houses without invitation. But in spite of his efforts, no one thinks he’s very much like a vampire.

With a <I shall not be reflected in mirrors>, the machine guns protruding from his sleeves destroy any and all reflective surfaces. The pipes sticking out from under the flaps of his clothes spout steam and surround him with fog.

A cry of <I shall put you to sleep with my hypnotic gaze> is accompanied by his shooting mysterious rays from his round, helmet-like head as he hypnotizes the target. His hybrid coffin is equipped with a charger and a refueling system.

Everyone points out: “No, you’re a robot.”, but RX777 replies, <An amusing jest. But I suppose it is not impossible for you to mistake my perfection for artificiality.>

His abilities as a vampire are such that he earned himself a place on the list of officers in the Organization.

RX777’s greatest weakness is flowing water. Even the slightest touch will leave him crackling, leaving everyone around him afraid that he will explode and turn to ash.

The most curious part of this vampire is the fact that, in spite of clearly being a robot, he is capable of turning into a flock of bats like anyone else.

No one now knows this, but an AI under development by a certain corporation in Japan had suddenly become self-aware, convinced itself that it was a vampire, fled, and rebuilt himself. But it might have something to do with the fact that his developer was a vampire over two hundred years old, and that this vampire had been murdered when RX777 first gained self-awareness.

RX777 claims to enjoy drinking blood, but it actually makes him rust.

<Wait. Do not transport sacks of rice in my presence. I cannot go without counting each grain... INITIATING SCAN>

10 comments:

  1. Thanks for translating this chapter! Also this volume and all previous volumes. It was awesome. Hope you'll manage to get your real life stuff done and have some rest.
    I wonder if Kumanobe clan are the same vampires-disguised-as-miko that Celty and Shinra met during their vacation.

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  2. Thanks a lot for your work. It's highly appreciated.

    Have a nice rest.

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  3. thank you very much again >.<

    looking forward etsusa bridge in august.

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  4. Thank you for all these wonderful translations! You are a godsend to all Narita fans for your work on this series. This volume had to be my favorite, Watt is so cool.

    Take your well deserved break and enjoy yourself. I can't wait for Etsusa Bridge.

    BTW, I was wondering, is there any chance you may translate Duramp! or Varara!! in the future?

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  5. thanks for another great volume

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  6. You've put a lot of effort in this translations. I really really appreciate your work!

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  7. I might have just completely missed it but where was the part one of the character profiles?

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  8. Talk about a wild ride! I think Vamp is my favorite Narita series now. Thank you so much for translating!

    I was wondering where Part 1 of the Character Profiles is. I've seen people say its wit h Volume 4, but I just can't seem to find it? Is it not translated? Sorry if I'm asking something really obvious!

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