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Dead Apostles (死徒, Shito?) are humans that became vampires either by the use of Magecraft (like Nrvnqsr Chaos, though this kind is rare) or by the actions of another vampire of similar nature (in this case, either a True Ancestor or another Dead Apostle). Among the creatures that fall under the vampire category, they are the most numerous. The main targets of the Executors of the Burial Agency, an organization created for the purpose of stopping the spreading of the heresy known as vampires by exterminating the Dead Apostles and sealing The Twenty-seven Dead Apostle Ancestors.[1][2]

Origin[]

The original members of this kind of vampire were created to act as countermeasures in the case of a True Ancestor being overwhelmed by his or her thirst for blood. In exchange for losing their free will and becoming a tool to relieve the vampiric impulses of the True Ancestors as emergency meals, these individuals were granted powers and longevity similar to their masters. However, what they received was still a flawed form of immortality and it was soon discovered that they needed to suck the blood of others to survive. Just like the True Ancestors, these vampires have the instinct known as Vampiric Impulses (吸血衝動, Kyūketsu Shōdō?),[3] which pushes them to suck the blood of others. But differently than the vampiric impulses of the True Ancestors, they have the physical need to suck the blood of others in order to maintain their own bodies. For those Dead Apostles who used to be human, it is something not entirely dissimilar from an expression of love.

The result of repeatedly sucking the blood of humans was the emergence of a sense of superiority in the heart of the servants of the True Ancestors. Such a thing eventually gave birth to a feeling of rebellion towards their masters, which then lead the servants to find ways of strengthening their mental control and escaping from the domain of the True Ancestors. After the rebellion, these blood-sucking humans became known as the Dead Apostles.

Although the Dead Apostles are maverick and individualistic by nature, there is a form of ruling body among them: The Twenty-seven Dead Apostle Ancestors. At first a group formed only by the original Dead Apostles who escaped from the True Ancestors, today however it is more of a collection of very odd, but powerful bloodsucking characters who are divided into multiple rival factions. Most of the original Dead Apostles were destroyed along the generations or sealed away by the Church. Afterward, their seats among the 27 Ancestors were either left empty or filled by somewhat suitable replacements. On a side note, those sealed away are actually just placed into eternal imprisonment inside special coffins, for the Church lacks the means to definitely destroy them. Meanwhile, some of the factions of those sealed Ancestors still remain and are slowly gaining power to either free their masters or destroy them. There are two primary factions that divide the Apostles, there are those who follow the formal King of the Dead Apostles, Trhvmn Ortenrosse, and those who follow the Princess of the Dead Apostles, Altrouge Brunestud.

Society[]

For the Apostles, amusement is the same as breathing. For those who were once human and achieved imperfect immortality, boredom is their greatest enemy. As soon as someone realizes they have no value---that their life is stopped, then their meaning of existence disappears too. So they started to wear down and to counter this they started to create their own amusement.

The Apostles began a game of conquest and saw themselves as lords of a castle expanding their territories. Additionally, Ortenrosse suggested a game of hunting the remaining True Ancestors. The Apostles find territorial wars and power struggles within their own factions entertaining and, for their own enjoyment, they place their own blood inside the humans they preyed upon. These corpses go through the Growth Process to become Vampires and eventually kill their parent Vampire in order to become new Dead Apostles themselves. For the Dead Apostles, killing another Dead Apostle is not something wrong, for the overall number of vampires doesn't change. However, those Apostles, like Enhance who want to destroy the existence of all vampires, in a manner similar to vampire hunters, become unforgivable traitors. Should a Dead Apostle be killed then all of its children vampires should die as well, but those who are treated as successors can live on even after the parent's death. The area needs investigation even after the parent is exterminated, and the real job of purification only begins after that point.

The Apostles, however, try to maintain the balance between society and themselves. They exploit humans in secret, for no other reason than self-preservation. They don't want it to be known that vampires exist at all and to protect their own lives, they hide the bodies of their victims, expand their territory and use various magical techniques to make things appear not out of the ordinary. But there were also Dead Apostles, like Einnashe, with values unchanged since the Middle Ages and sucked blood with reckless abundance. Then Aged Apostles set their own rules and by abiding by them enjoy bloodsucking as entertainment. Most of the long-lived Apostles don't use their names from their human lives anymore. And they don't make up a new name for themselves, but the Church assigns them one. They add on names as they find new, special characteristics of the vampire, so some of them have names as long as spells.

The common goal of all Dead Apostles is to achieve perfect immortality, that does not rely on the ingestion of blood. There exist a variety of approaches of Apostles who tried to achieve it but no one has succeeded yet. It could be said that another goal of all Dead Apostles is becoming an Ancestor. Even those Dead Apostles at the very bottom, who were changed into vampires by lowly Dead Apostles with no standing or reputation, dream of one day being able to gather enough power to become one of the 27 Ancestors themselves.

Characteristics[]

Although they appear to have capacities beyond human limitations, most vampires actually acquired their powers by constantly refining human-inherent abilities throughout their extended lives. In other words, anyone with a similarly long lifespan has the potential to reach a level comparable to the Dead Apostles. Also, contrary to popular belief, vampires can be killed with conventional weaponry. However, that is a feat near impossible to accomplish since their superior reflexes, senses and physical abilities allow them to see and dodge a bullet after it has been shot. And as long as you are human, you can't deceive the vampires sense of smell or their sense of taste who can even detect alcohol in the blood of their victims. They can gain these inhuman physical abilities because their bodies are not connected by nerves, but by the blood of others. They also developed fangs to suck blood and can turn their hands into vampiric claws at will. They are also able, by training their abilities or by finishing their magical research, to develop their own special abilities. An example would be that some vampires, like Jester Karture, can change their bodies freely so that you cannot rely on appearance to identify them. Gransurg Blackmore has the ability to change his shape into a large bird several kilometers in size or Michael Roa Valdamjong who altered his soul and attained the Magecraft of reincarnation. Vampires also show signs of Mystery, a sliver of power that comes from the Root, which accumulates over time and grows stronger with age. Incidentally, the top 10 Dead Apostle Ancestors can no longer be killed by ordinary means, having lived in Mystery for so long, the only way to defeat them is through an even greater Mystery. Most of the Ancestors are also able to utilize Reality Marbles.

However, the downside of acquiring a power that humans originally would not have is that the genes that compose their bodies are constantly degenerating and once they die they won't leave a trace as their bodies turn into ash. The only way to interrupt and reverse this degeneration, even if just temporarily, is by regularly ingesting the blood of living creatures in order to absorb genetic informations and stabilize their own bodies. On that note, even though human blood and especially the blood of virgins, because one's blood cells are more pure before one has exchanged bodily fluids with others, are the most suited to the needs of the vampires, the blood of animals is a viable alternative. Due to their advanced age, Dead Apostles that have lived for at least one thousand years require enormous amounts of energy. Rather than a measure of their power, it is instead because compensation is needed for the maintenance of such a long-lived existence.[4] One such Dead Apostle, Nrvnqsr Chaos, has colossal meals including over one hundred people in ten minutes.[4][5] Basically, there are a few "weaknesses" common to all Dead Apostles which are sunlight that greatly hastens their bodies' degeneration and running water. But powerful Apostles are capable of conquering the sunlight and move around during the day, and any Apostle can use the advances of technology like a plane or a ship for their advantage. On the other hand, the Executors of the Church who possess holy sacraments and other holy weapons are a great threat to them.

The Dead

On the issue of the actual bloodsucking process, a vampire can either hunt prey himself or acquire the blood indirectly through the use of familiars. The actual bloodsucking process is described as if, all the life in the body is liquified and sucked out, the consciousness of the victim is being destroyed. A victim that gets all of his blood sucked dies and becomes all shriveled up like a mummy. A vampire can then intentionally skip the process of becoming a vampire by turning the dead body into its familiar. Although The Dead are the traditional familiars of the vampires, few actually use them today since their presence will alert vampire hunters such as the Burial Agency. Thus, the use of familiars from different species is somewhat more widespread. These familiars are created when a vampire feeds his blood to a living creature. These creatures cannot disobey their master as there is both a mental and physical connection between the two. For a Dead Apostle living a long time and stabilizing his body with normal lives is not sufficient, so it's more effective to repair one's body by absorbing beasts, as they surpass the human species in this respect. By pushing his capacities to their limits, a Dead Apostle can possess either about 30 animals of the same species or one member of the Phantasmal Species that belongs to the Monstrous Beast (魔獣, Majū?, Demon Beasts) or Phantasmal Beast (幻獣, Genjū?)-class as familiars. Stronger Dead Apostles were known to have used familiars of different animal species simultaneously, showing that the strength of the user's willpower is apart from others. Those Apostles who repair their own bodies with beasts can return them to their previous forms and use them as familiars when they need to.

Some Dead Apostles are able to create Dead and Ghouls with special traits or physical characteristics. These include Vlov Arkhangel's Flaming Dead that explode when destroyed or commanded to do so by Vlov, as well as the monstrous spider-like Ghouls created by the spider-like Ancestor that seems to be either connected to or the same person as Dr. Arach.

Dead Apostles have regenerative powers which do not simply heal, but cause their bodies to turn their time backwards to a point in which they were unharmed; thus, you cannot cause wounds greater than the speed of their recovery. They also can "deny" the power of Noble Phantasms made by man or those the gods prepared for man, rendering them useless. Such a compatibility advantage comes only against humans wielding such weapons, so if a Heroic Spirit wielded those same Noble Phantasms, or if the Noble Phantasms were made by the gods for the gods, it would work against the Dead Apostles. Most of the older and more powerful Dead Apostles possess the Mystic Eyes of Enchantment, which are capable of high-level hypnosis within the user's field of vision increasing dramatically in effect by direct eye contact, while some possess other forms of Mystic Eyes. Dead Apostles are also known for transferring their consciousness into from them created spare bodies or into The Dead to acquire information from a different perspective. Once it has served its purpose, they cut the magical energy flow and it returns to dust, which gives them the impression of turning into mist. Additionally, since they are related through the True Ancestors with the moon, the lunar cycle over the Earth has effects on them. Granting to them more power than their normal estate is depending on the lunar cycle.

Those who know Magecraft, make layers of Bounded Fields to form Territorial Fields (領地田畑, ryoudo tahata?), when creating their lairs. This invisible protection is similar to the ones that hide away the world of the fairies, which fool even nature itself. The lair is accessible only by those who are invited in, and they are difficult to invade, taking even the trained magi of the Mage's Association several years to find one. These lairs are enshrouded by darkness, by shadows, by longing for rationally, and by fear towards the taboo, so they cannot be found by humans.

Growth Process[]

Humans who are sent the blood of a Dead Apostle begin to carry a curse, they are reborn as vampires and are also dominated by it. The curse is divided into several steps according to it's depth. The name of each step is usually derived from the church, it has also become a common terminology in the magical world.

  • Stage I: Dead (死者, Shisha?) — A marionette dancing to the tune of its master. A corpse that will return to being dead if left without orders. A mere grunt which simply sucks blood and delivers it to its master. One of what are called "The Dead".[6]
  • Stage II: Ghoul (屍鬼, Shiki?) — A corpse mimicking the form it had in life, possessing a will yet incapable of coherent thought. While its master's magical energy keeps it from decaying, its insides have completely disintegrated. As the brain's decomposition causes it to seek flesh and blood instinctively, it is more savage that a Rank Ⅰ Corpse. Could be described as a soldier. Counted among "The Dead".[7]
  • Stage III: Undead (不死, Fushi?) — From this point on a creature can finally be called a vampire. A living corpse. Undead. Although it hasn't fully regained its mental faculties, it can simulate a human lifestyle on its own. A high-ranking soldier whose brain has been reconstructed after death. It is not fazed by sunlight, but requires periodic embalming treatment so as to conceal its true nature. Counted among "The Dead".[8]
  • Stage IV: Nightkin (夜属, Yazoku?) — An undead who acts as a fledgling vampire while maintaining its original personality.
    A half-human vampire whose inhuman physical abilities come at the cost of experiencing extreme coldness and thirst. A low-ranking knight, so to speak. When those of Rank Ⅵ and above carefully drink the blood of their prey, their victim starts out as a vampire of this rank. They become anemic under the sunlight, though it doesn't burn them yet.
    In the world of magic, one is considered "a person" up to this rank. A vampire who has reached Rank Ⅳ can now survive away from its parent. From their point of view it has changed from an "object" to a "living thing", in a sense. Only one in a thousand people are able to reach this rank.[9]
  • Stage V: Nightmare (夜魔, Yama?) — Adding to the scope of Rank Ⅳ, at this point the curse within their blood allows them to manifest special powers deriving from their parent vampire, or perhaps arising from their own self. High-ranking knight — a fully fledged vampire.[10]
  • Stage VI: Dead Apostle (Inferior) (死徒 (下級)?) — A completely self-sufficient bloodsucker. Though they can create children through their bloodsucking incursions, they cannot sire a child that can exceed Rank Ⅵ — what you'd call a limit to these upstarts.
    The vampire lurking in Souya is of this rank. Villages fall prey to the disaster that is a "parent" raising minions. Vlov too was classified in this rank, but somehow managed to skip ahead.[11]
  • Stage VII: Dead Apostle (Superior) (死徒 (上級)?) — Greater Dead Apostle. Those of Rank Ⅵ who were acknowledged by an Ancestor and bestowed with additional abilities. Though they share a name, this rank is of a wholly different scale from the previous one. To reach this rank is to become a poison that taints the land simply by existing.
    They are a heresy that ordinary executors cannot cross blades with, noble vampires permitted their own free will. Greater Dead Apostles do not show absolute obedience to their parent Ancestors; given the chance they can defeat them and inherit their curse. However, even if they gained the same "freedom", there is a vast difference in the years the Ancestors have lived, making it difficult for a Greater Dead Apostle to surmount the scale of an Ancestor's existence.[12]
    Also called Superior Dead Apostles (上級死徒, Jōkyū Shito?), this is the level displayed by Ancestors' Fate World counterparts in which Dead Apostles are weaker due to the strength of the Human Order being greater than Tsukihime Worlds.
  • Stage VIII: Successor (後継者, Kōkeisha?) — A talented vampire chosen by an Ancestor as their own successor. A prince or princess, as it were. Among the Ancestors are also some who were captivated by beings that were not vampires and unexpectedly raised them to this rank.
    Assuming a minimum of two for each Ancestor, there are more than fifty Rank Ⅷ individuals. Some of them are even said to have been created in imitation of the True Ancestors. Vampires of this rank are mighty, surpassing Vlov — who achieved entry into the Twenty-seven Dead Apostle Ancestors — in terms of their fundamental reserves.
    A Dead Apostle who is in a position to inherit the Idea Blood of a Dead Apostle Ancestor upon that Ancestor's destruction. It is said that at least two exist for every Dead Apostle Ancestor.[13]
  • Stage IX: Ancestor (祖, So?) — The old Dead Apostles who broke free from their role as emergency rations and achieved victory in their struggle for independence as wholly distinct beings. A crimson stain that fell from the moon onto the earth. Long-lived beings who take in the life of humans and give rise to Rank Ⅵ Dead Apostles. Said to have established the structure of vampire society that exists to this day.
    The scale of their existence differs on an individual basis, but they can be categorised into the "elders", active from before the Common Era, and the "upstarts", whose activities began in the Common Era. Vlov, having killed the Ancestor that had been his parent of the last hundred years, became one such new "upstart" Ancestor.[14]
    Dead Apostle Ancestors who possess one of the Idea Blood.

If a vampire injects some of its own black blood into a human victim’s bloodstream, the said victim will be infused with some of the vampire’s own power and their body becomes unable to completely die. The black blood violates and burns the whole body from the inside. But in most cases however, the body dies and with it, the soul of the victim. The final result would be a mindless familiar known as The Dead. But in the rare occurrence of the said victim possessing an high physical potential and the capacity of their soul is excellent, it prevents the body and with it the soul from dying. He will instead become a Ghoul and embark on climbing the ladder to becoming a full-fledged Vampire.[15] The extension of its powers, physical abilities and form is dependent on its parent vampire, to whom it is bound, both mentally and spiritually. Example's would be Sion, the child of the Night of Wallachia, who acquired abilities related to manipulating Malignant Information (悪性情報, Akusei Jōhō?)[16] or the children of Gransurg Blackmore who, rather than transforming from humans into pure vampires, get turned into hybrids with the heads and wings of birds. Furthermore, the powers of the blood, shared by Vampire relatives of Dead Apostles, would exponentially increase when fighting together, since their powers are not calculated by addition but by multiplication.

Additionally, Dr. Arach possesses a special drug that will force the vampiric conversion upon any human that takes it, even if they would not normally be able to develop into a Dead Apostle. Further doses of this drug accelerate the development process to the point where entire stages of growth are skipped completely, but an increased risk of a lethal overdose occurs with each state this bypassed. Norikata Emiya developed a potion with similar properties as part of his attempt to reach the Root.

Ghoul[]

Ghoul (食屍鬼, Shokushiki?, Corpse-Eating Demon). They are born, when the body of a vampire's victim is unable to completely die. After, their corpse is buried and left for several years in the grave, their brain will rot and the human soul will be freed from the cage of the body. The decayed corpse now begins activity as a kind of living dead called a Ghoul. Their transformed souls, have now bypassed the necessity of the brain to hold the soul, as the soul is now separate from the body. They have mental capacities pretty much equivalent to that of a savage beast and they must devour other corpses to reconstruct their own degenerated flesh. After many years of this they restore their bodies and thus, their brain, which now anchors their soul again to the body. The soul can now reshape itself with the brain and the body and they fully recover their intelligence and memories.

Vampire[]

Vampire (吸血鬼, Kyūketsuki?, Blood-Sucking Demon). After several years of development, a Ghoul regains all of its memories and a full human intellect. They finally become mature Vampires who acquired their parents abilities and can now attain power of their own, move by their own will, capable of creating other vampires and having their own minions. It takes decades, of acclimating to life in the darkness, to complete this Growth Process. Satsuki Yumizuka was a rare case among rare cases, for an unknown Psychic ability that made her complete the rebirth into a full-fledged vampire almost immediately.[17] She is one of 27 to 30 individuals in the whole World who possesses this special idiosyncracy to become a Dead Apostle.[18] The new born Vampire gains the necessary knowledge to understand the changes of its body and quickly grows accustomed to living as a vampire.

However, it is still bound to the will of it's parent vampire, as they cannot escape from the rule of their sire's blood. They are forced, when they acquire blood, to supply the majority of it to their parent vampire. Consequently, the child vampire will eventually try to become a parent vampire themselves. They will start to threaten the world by creating servants of their very own, while remaining subservient to the vampire that made them. A vampire can only become a full-fledged Dead Apostle after breaking free from the control of their parent vampire.[19]

References[]

  1. [v] Tsukihime Dokuhon PlusPeriod - TSUKIHIME Dictionary: Dead Apostles [Term], p.180

    Dead Apostles [Term]
    The bloodsuckers that make up the vast majority of the subcategory of bloodsuckers known as vampires.
    Originally they were meals for the True Ancestors, who would prepare humans in advance for the times when their vampiric impulse became impossible to control. Of course, to keep them from escaping, the True Ancestors sucked their blood and brought them under their control.
    These humans who had their blood sucked by the True Ancestors in turn became bloodsuckers themselves. Though, in their case it was mostly as a means of survival. After all, it stands to reason that the apostles serving the extremely long-lived True Ancestors must be possessed of similarly long lives as well.
    However. At some point, after sucking the blood of others for such a long time, they began to feel a sense of superiority from the very act of sucking blood itself. They strengthened their abilities, their will, and eventually escaped from the control of the True Ancestors into the world of man, where they repeated the act of drinking blood over and over again to maintain their existences.
    This is the origin of the bloodsuckers formed from humans, the Dead Apostles.
    The Dead Apostles that escaped the True Ancestors the earliest are known as the 27 Ancestors. Though some of those 27 have been replaced over the generations, there are also those that still reign as Ancestors even now.
    In the main story of Tsukihime, not only was Yumizuka Satsuki's transformation into a vampire caused by having her blood sucked by Roa, but she was also lucky (?) enough to have a body blessed with excellent potential, allowing her to complete her rebirth into a bloodsucker in under half a day. It wouldn't be wrong to say her potential as a vampire is close to that of the 27 Dead Apostle Ancestors of old.

    死徒【用語】

  2. [v] Melty Blood Act Cadenza PS2 Manual - Dictionary: Dead Apostle [Term], p.055

    Dead Apostle [Term]
    Vampires. Basically, humans that have by some means or another been transformed into bloodsuckers.
    Originally they were emergency meals prepared by the True Ancestors, to use when they became unable to control their vampiric impulse. In a sense, you could say they were a type of pain-killer.
    Humans who had their blood sucked by the True Ancestors would in turn be transfigured into similar bloodsuckers themselves, and forced to spend their now immortal lives serving as the True Ancestors' emergency rations. Without a doubt, they were a "company of the dead".
    However, whereas the True Ancestors' desire to drink blood is purely mental, the Dead Apostles need to drink blood to maintain their bodies. Or to put it another way, for the True Ancestors it is merely entertainment, while for the Dead Apostles it is a fundamental aspect of their survival similar to breathing.
    At some point, after sucking the blood of others for such a long time, the Dead Apostles began to feel a sense of superiority from the very act of sucking blood itself.
    They strengthened their abilities, their will, and eventually escaped from the control of the True Ancestors into the world of man, where they repeated the act of drinking blood over and over again to maintain their existences.
    This is the origin of the bloodsuckers formed from humans, the Dead Apostles.
    The Dead Apostles that escaped the True Ancestors the earliest are known as the 27 Ancestors. Though some of those 27 have been replaced over the generations, there are also those that still reign as Ancestors even now.

    死徒【用語】
    吸血鬼。基本的に、人間が何らかの過程を経て変貌したもの。
    元々は真祖が用意した緊急用の食事。真祖が吸血衝動を抑えきれなくなった時の為の、一種の痛み止めと言える。
    真祖に血を吸われた人間は同じように吸血種に変貌し、不老不死のまま真祖の非常食として使役される。まさに“死した徒”と言えるだろう。
    しかし、真祖にとっての吸血が“精神の安定”を計る為のものであるのに対し、死徒の吸血は“肉体の保存”の為に必要なものだった。真祖のそれが娯楽であるのなら、死徒のそれは生存に必要不可欠な呼吸と同義、という事である。
    他者の血を吸うようになった死徒はいつからか吸血行為そのものに優越性を感じ始め、能力を強化していく。そうして自己の意志を強化し、真祖の支配を逃れた死徒は人間の世界に逃げこみ、自らを保存する為に吸血行為を繰り返す。
    これが死徒の始まり、人間から成ってしまった吸血種の馴れ初めである。
    この、最も古い時期に真祖の支配から逃れた死徒を二十七祖といい、以来、その二十七つはあるものは世代交代をし、あるものはいまだ祖として君臨している。

  3. [v] Melty Blood Act Cadenza PS2 Manual - Dictionary: Vampiric Impulses [Term], p.057

    Vampiric Impulses [Term]
    The base desire possessed by both True Ancestors and Dead Apostles.
    In True Ancestors it is merely a bad habit, but in Dead Apostles it is a means of staying alive.
    For those Dead Apostles who used to be human, it is something not entirely dissimilar from an expression of love.

    吸血衝動【用語】
    真祖、死徒が持つ行動原理。
    真祖のそれは病であり、死徒のそれは生存手段である。人間から死徒になったものは、それが人間でいうところの愛情表現に近いのだと論じている。

  4. 4.0 4.1 Tsukihime - Near Side: Arcueid's route - 3/ The Black Beast I
  5. [v] Melty Blood Act Cadenza PS2 Manual - Dictionary: Nrvnqsr Chaos [Person's name • Dead Apostle], p.050

    Nrvnqsr Chaos [Person's name • Dead Apostle]
    One of the 27 Dead Apostle Ancestors. Alias, Chaos. He uses all the creatures of the earth as familiars. Because of the fact that he is preserving even extinct species, he is also sometimes called Dr. Beast.
    Though he had no business in Japan, he was selected as the executor of the True Ancestor hunt proposed by the White Wing Lord, and followed Arcueid to the island nation in order to defeat her.
    Dead Apostles who can measure their lives in millennia require a colossal amount of energy. This has nothing to do with their strength – it is merely the compensation required to maintain such a long-lived existence.
    Because he is one of these millennium-class Dead Apostles himself, Nrvnqsr's appetite is voracious. It took devouring every single person in a ten story hotel just to satisfy him.
    The factors of 666 beasts are swirling around within his body, but it's probably alright just to think of it as him being equipped with 666 familiars. Because this is essentially like having 666 lives, properly speaking he's a Dead Apostle that even a serious Arcueid wouldn't be able to kill.
    As one who became a Dead Apostle through sorcery, he has absolutely no interest in territory or building a faction. The only thing he cares about is completing his thesis.
    When he was still a human, his name was Fabro Rowan. He was a magus hailing from the Wandering Tomb, located in the northern Sea of Estray, one of the three main branches of the Association.

    ネロ·カオス【人名·死徒】
    死徒二十七祖の一人。通り名は混沌。地球上のあらゆる動物を使い魔として作り出す。絶滅した種すら保存している事から獸博士とも呼ばれる。
    日本にはまったく目的のなかった祖ではあるが、白翼公の提案した真祖狩りの実行者に抜擢され、アルクェイドを討つ為に彼女を追い、日本にて対決する事になる。
    千年単位の死徒は莫大なエネルギーを必要とする。力が強いからではなく、長く生きるほど存在の維持に代償を必要とするからだ。千年単位の死徒であるネロの食事量は膨大で、十階建てのホテル内全ての人間を十分ほどで完食するほどである。
    体内に六百六十六の獣の因子を渦巻かせているが、六百六十六匹の使い魔で武装している、というのが正しい認識であろう。六百六十六もの命を持っているようなもので、本来ならば本気になったアルクェイドですら殺しきれない死徒。
    魔術を極め死徒になったタイプで、領地や派閥作りに興味を持たない。彼に有るのは、ただ自らの命題の解決のみである。
    人間だった頃の名前をフォアブロ·ロワイン。魔術協会は三大部門の一つ、移動石柩こと北の彷徨海出身の魔術師だった。

  6. [v] Tsukihime Material I - GLOSSARY: Rank Ⅰ Vampire: Corpse, p.99

    Rank Ⅰ Vampire: Corpse
    A marionette dancing to the tune of its master. A corpse that will return to being dead if left without orders. A mere grunt which simply sucks blood and delivers it to its master. One of what are called "The Dead".

    吸血鬼I階梯 : 屍鬼
    自立できず、親の命令通りに動く操り人形。
    命令がなければ死体のまま放置され、死に至る。親にただ血を吸われて、血を送られただけの下級兵士。《死者、と呼ばれるものの一つ。

  7. [v] Tsukihime Material I - GLOSSARY: Rank ⅠI Vampire: Ghoul, p.99

    Rank ⅠI Vampire: Ghoul
    A corpse mimicking the form it had in life, possessing a will yet incapable of coherent thought. While its master's magical energy keeps it from decaying, its insides have completely disintegrated. As the brain's decomposition causes it to seek flesh and blood instinctively, it is more savage that a Rank Ⅰ Corpse. Could be described as a soldier. Counted among "The Dead".

    吸血鬼II階梯 : 死者
    意思はあるものの、明確な思考はできない、生前の姿を擬態している死者。親の魔力で腐敗こそしないものの、中身は完全に崩壊している。
    脳が腐り出しているため本能で血肉を求める分、I階梯の死者より凶暴。あえていうなら兵士。死者、に分類される。

  8. [v] Tsukihime Material I - GLOSSARY: Rank III Vampire: Undead, p.99

    Rank III Vampire: Undead
    From this point on a creature can finally be called a vampire. A living corpse. Undead. Although it hasn't fully regained its mental faculties, it can simulate a human lifestyle on its own. A high-ranking soldier whose brain has been reconstructed after death. It is not fazed by sunlight, but requires periodic embalming treatment so as to conceal its true nature. Counted among "The Dead".

    吸血鬼III階梯 : 不死
    ここからようやく吸血鬼と呼べる程度の生き物になる。生きる屍。アンデッド。生前ほどの思考能力はないものの、自分だけで人間生活を偽装できる。
    一度死んでから脳を再構成した上級兵士。日光も平気だが、正体を秘すためには定期的な防腐処理が必要となる。死者、に分類される。

  9. [v] Tsukihime Material I - GLOSSARY: Rank IV Vampire: Nightkin, p.99

    Rank IV Vampire: Nightkin
    An undead who acts as a fledgling vampire while maintaining its original personality.

    A half-human vampire whose inhuman physical abilities come at the cost of experiencing extreme coldness and thirst. A low-ranking knight, so to speak. When those of Rank Ⅵ and above drink the blood of their prey assiduously, their victim starts out as a vampire of this rank. They become anemic under the sunlight, though it doesn't burn them yet.

    In the world of magecraft, one is considered "a person" up to this rank. A vampire who has reached Rank Ⅳ can now survive away from its parent. From their point of view it has changed from an "object" to a "living thing", in a sense. Only one in a thousand people are able to reach this rank.

    吸血鬼IV階梯 : 夜属
    生前のパーソナリティを維持したまま、吸血鬼見習いとして活動する不死者。
    人間離れしを渇きを覚える半人前の吸血鬼。いわば下級騎士。VI階梯以上のモノが獲物を丁寧に吸血していくと、犠牲者はこの階梯の吸血鬼からスタートする。日光を浴びると貧血になる程度で、
    まだ焼かれはしない。
    魔術世界においては、ヒト、と呼べるのはこの階梯まで。IV階梯に達した吸血鬼は、もう親基から離れても生きていける。親基から見れば、モノからイキモノに成った、ぐらいの感覚。このIV階梯になれるのは千人中一人の割合である。

  10. [v] Tsukihime Material I - GLOSSARY: Rank V Vampire: Nightmare, p.99

    Rank V Vampire: Nightmare
    Adding to the scope of Rank Ⅳ, at this point the curse within their blood allows them to manifest special powers deriving from their parent vampire, or perhaps arising from their own self. High-ranking knight — a fully fledged vampire.

    吸血鬼V階梯 : 夜魔
    IV階梯の深度に加え、その血液に宿った呪いによって親基、あるいは個人に起因する異能を発揮できるようになる。上級騎士、一人前の吸血鬼。

  11. [v] Tsukihime Material I - GLOSSARY: Rank VI Vampire: Lesser Dead Apostle, p.99

    Rank VI Vampire: Lesser Dead Apostle
    A completely self-sufficient bloodsucker. Though they can create children through their bloodsucking incursions, they cannot sire a child that can exceed Rank Ⅵ - what you'd call a limit to these upstarts.

    The vampire lurking in Souya is of this rank. Villages fall prey to the disaster that is a "parent" raising minions. Vlov too was classified in this rank, but somehow managed to skip ahead.

    吸血鬼VI階梯 : 死徒 (下級)
    完全に吸血種、として自立。吸血・侵食によって子を作るコトもできるが、所謂成り上がりものの限界か、IV階梯以上の子は作れない。あえて言うなら城塞。
    総耶に巣くっている吸血鬼はこの階梯。親、として下僕を作り、村を食い物にする災害。ヴローヴもこの階梯に分類されるが、ある方法により、飛び級、が行われる事となった。

  12. [v] Tsukihime Material I - GLOSSARY: Rank VII Vampire: Greater Dead Apostle, p.99-100

    Rank VII Vampire: Greater Dead Apostle
    Greater Dead Apostle. Those of Rank Ⅵ who were acknowledged by an Ancestor and bestowed with additional abilities. Though they share a name, this rank is of a wholly different scale from the previous one. To reach this rank is to become a poison that taints the land simply by existing.

    They are a heresy that ordinary executors cannot cross blades with, noble vampires permitted their own free will. Greater Dead Apostles do not show absolute obedience to their parent Ancestors; given the chance they can defeat them and inherit their curse. However, even if they gained the same "freedom", there is a vast difference in the years the Ancestors have lived, making it difficult for a Greater Dead Apostle to surmount the lifescale of an Ancestor.

    吸血鬼VII階梯 : 死徒 (上級)
    上級死徒。VI階梯のモノが祖に認められ、更なる異能を与えられたもの。同じ呼び名でもその規模は以階梯とは別物。この階梯になると居るだけで地域を汚染する毒になる。
    並の代行者では太刀打ちできない異端であり、貴族として自らの意志を許された吸血鬼。上級死徒は親基である祖に絶対服従という訳ではなく、機会さえあれば祖を倒して、その呪いを受け継ぐ事ができる。
    ただし、同じ『自由』を得たとしても祖が生きた年月との差は膨大であり、上級死徒では祖の存在規模を上回ることは難しいとされる。

  13. [v] Tsukihime Material I - GLOSSARY: Rank VIII Vampire: Successor, p.100

    Rank VIII Vampire: Successor
    A talented vampire chosen by an Ancestor as their own successor. A prince or princess, as it were. Among the Ancestors are also some who were captivated by beings that were not vampires and unexpectedly raised them to this rank.

    Assuming a minimum of two for each Ancestor, there are more than fifty Rank Ⅷ individuals. Some of them are even said to have been created in imitation of the True Ancestors. Vampires of this rank are mighty, surpassing Vlov - who achieved entry into the Twenty-seven Dead Apostle Ancestors - in terms of their fundamental reserves.

    吸血鬼VIII階梯 : 後継者
    祖が自分の後継に認めた、才能ある吸血鬼。言うなれば王子、王女。祖の中には吸血鬼ではないものを見初めて、いきなりこの階梯まで引き上げてしまうモノもいる。
    皿階梯はひとりの祖に最低ふたりいるとして、単純に五十匹以上。中には真祖を模して作られた死徒がいるとも言われている。
    この階梯の吸血鬼は強大であり、基本的な蓄えだけで言えば、二十七祖入りをはたしたヴローヴよりも優れている。

  14. [v] Tsukihime Material I - GLOSSARY: Rank IX Vampire: Ancestor, p.100

    Rank IX Vampire: Ancestor
    The old Dead Apostles who broke free from their role as emergency rations and achieved victory in their struggle for independence as wholly distinct beings. A crimson stain that fell from the moon onto the earth. Long-lived beings who take in the life of humans and give rise to Rank Ⅵ Dead Apostles. Said to have established the structure of vampire society that exists to this day.

    Their lifescale differs on an individual basis, but they can be categorised into the "elders", active from before the Common Era, and the "upstarts", whose activities began in the Common Era. Vlov, having killed the Ancestor that had been his parent of the last hundred years, became one such new "upstart" Ancestor.

    吸血鬼IX階梯 : 祖
    非常食の立場から抜け出し、まったく違うモノとして独立を勝ち取った古い死徒。月から地上に落ちた真紅の染み。決して他と相容れない世界を持った猛毒。VI階梯の死徒を生み出し、人間を“寿命”として摂取する長命者。現在に至る吸血鬼社会の構造を創ったとされる。存在規模は個体差があり、西暦以前から活動しているのが『古参』、西暦以後から活動を始めたのが「新参」と分類される。
    ヴェーヴはここ百年の間に親である祖を殺し、新しい祖になった『新参』になる。

  15. [v] Melty Blood Act Cadenza PS2 Manual - Dictionary: Vampires [Term], p.058

    Vampires [Term]
    Monsters that suck human blood. Refers mostly to the Dead Apostles, or those that have become bloodsuckers because of them. Though they are basically unaging and immortal, they require human blood to maintain their flesh. Thus, their immortality is imperfect.
    Those that have been turned into vampires by Dead Apostles can operate by their own will, but because their behavioral principles are bound by their parent vampire, it is impossible for them to escape their control. In the event that they successfully attack a human and acquire their blood, the majority of it will be taken by the parent vampire.
    Consequently, the child vampire will eventually try to become a parent vampire themselves. After spending decades acclimating to life in the darkness, they will start to threaten the world by creating servants of their very own.
    In order to put a stop to this vicious cycle of vampirism, the Church created the Burial Agency – heresy hunters whose aim is the complete extermination of all Dead Apostles.

    吸血鬼【用語】
    人の血を吸うモノ。多くは死徒、ないし死徒によって吸血種となったモノを指す。基本的に不老かつ不死ではあるが、肉体の維持に人間の血が必要な為、不完全な不老不死と言えるだろう。
    死徒によって吸血鬼に成った者は自分の意志で活動できるが、行動原理を親である吸血鬼に縛られる為、その支配から逃れられない。人間を襲い血を得たところで、その大半を親である吸血鬼に奪われてしまうのである。
    よって子である吸血鬼は自らも親になろうとし、何十年と闇の生活に慣れながら自分だけの下僕を作ろうと世を脅かす。
    この吸血循環を阻止する為、教会には死徒を殲滅する異端狩り·埋葬機関が存在する。

  16. [v] Melty Blood Act Cadenza PS2 Manual - Dictionary: Malignant Information [Term], p.060

    Malignant Information [Term]
    A requirement for the appearance of the Tatari. Shared common knowledge circulating throughout a closed community. Develops by making use of things like anonymous accusations, improbable testimonies, and popular trends. It will take on various forms depending on the circumstances, but at its core is "nothing". It is for this very reason that the Tatari itself is said to have no true identity.
    The "Bad News" used by the Night of Wallachia and the "Terror News" used by Vampire Sion were both forms of this, materialized with magical energy. The creation and control of malignant copies is a particularly advanced application.

    悪性情報【用語】
    タタリ発生の条件となる、閉じたコミュニティーで流布される共有常識。
    匿名性の告発、蓋然性のない証言、浸透率の優れた流行、といったものを利用して成長していく。状況によって様々な形に変化するが、その中心たる核には“何もない”。タタリが正体不在と呼ばれるのはこの為だ。
    ワラキアの夜が扱う『バッドニュース』、吸血鬼シオンが扱う『テラーニュース』はこれを魔力によって具現化したもの。更に高度な悪性情報の利用法に、悪質なコピーを捏造して操るというものがある。

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  19. [v] Tsukihime Dokuhon PlusPeriod - TSUKIHIME Dictionary: Vampire [Term], p.178

    Vampire [Term]
    A general term for those that suck human blood. Refers specifically to the Dead Apostles, or those that have become bloodsuckers because of them.
    The vampires in Tsukihime extract human blood to maintain their own flesh. If, during this process, the vampire injects their own blood into their human prey, that human will be unable to peacefully pass away. For a normal person, death will still find them before long regardless. However, on rare occasions, if the victim has high physical potential and the capacity of their soul is excellent, they will remain in the world of the living.
    Afterward, their corpse is interred, and left alone for several years. During this time their brain melts, their soul is liberated from the cage of the body, and finally they arise as a kind of living dead called a "ghoul".
    As a ghoul, they feed on the corpses sleeping in the graves around them to supplement their own missing flesh, restoring their physical body little by little. After many years of this, they will eventually regain their brain and intelligence. At this stage, they can finally be called a "vampire".
    However, although this new vampire can move by their own will, they cannot escape from the rule of their sire's blood. Finally, after spending decades acclimating to life in the darkness, the vampire will begin attacking humans to create servants of their very own, while remaining subservient to the vampire that made them.
    In order to obstruct this infinite cycle, the Church created the Burial Agency, Inquisitors that exist to slay Dead Apostles. The Burial Agency's goal is the utter eradication of all vampires, and the sealing of the 27 Ancestors that made them.

    吸血鬼【用語】

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