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: It wasn't the Lycans. It was you. How could you bear my trust knowing that you killed my family? Viktor
: Yes, I have taken from you but I have given so much more. Is it not a fair trade for life I have granted you? The gift of immortality? Selene
: And the life of your daughter? Your own flesh and blood? Viktor
: I loved my daughter. But the abomination growing in her womb was a betrayal of me and the coven. I did what was necessary to protect the species. As I am forced to do yet again.
: Lycans are allergic to silver. We have to get the bullets out quickly, or they end up dying on us during questioning. Michael Corvin
: What happens to them afterward? Selene
: We put the bullets back in.
: How can you trust him over me? Viktor
: Because he's not the one who has been tainted by an animal.
: Whether you like it or not, you're in the middle of a war that has been raging for the better part of a thousand years. A blood feud between vampires and lycans. Werewolves. Michael Corvin
: Huh? Selene
: Consider yourself lucky. Most humans die within an hour after being bitten by a lycan or any immortal. The viruses we transmit are deadly. Michael Corvin
: So... if you bit me, what happens? I become a vampire instead? Selene
: No, you die!
[Erika helps Selene escape
: Why are you helping me? Erika
: I'm not. I'm helping me.
: Now tell me, why have you come to believe that Lucian still lives? Selene
: But I've given you all the proof you need. Viktor
: Incoherent thoughts and images, nothing more - which is precisely why the awakening is performed by an elder. You do not possess the neccesary *skills*! Selene
: But I did see Lucian, I shot him, you must believe me. Viktor
: The chain has never been broken, not once, not in fourteen centuries, not since we elders first began to leapfrog through time - one awake, two aleep - that's the way of it. It is Marcus' time to reign, not mine! Selene
: But I had no choice, the coven is in danger and Michael is the key... Viktor
: [snaps head loudly
] Ah, yes... the lycan.
] The war had all but ground to a halt in the blink of an eye. Lucian, the most feared and ruthless leader ever to rule the Lycan clan, had finally been killed. The Lycan horde scattered to the wind in a single evening of flame and retribution. Victory, it seemed, was in our grasp, the very birthright of the vampires. Nearly six centuries had passed since that night, yet the ancient feud proved unwilling to follow Lucian to the grave. Though Lycans were fewer in number, the war itself had become more perilous, for the moon no longer held her sway. Older, more powerful Lycans, were now able to change at will. The weapons had evolved, but our orders remained the same: Hunt them down and kill them off, one by one. A most successful campaign. Perhaps too successful. For those like me, a Death Dealer, this signaled the end of an era. Like the weapons of the previous century, we, too, would become obsolete. Pity, because I lived for it.
] Though I cannot predict the future, the consequences of this night will reverberate through the halls of both great covens for many years to come. Two vampire elders have been slain, one by my own hand. Soon, Marcus will take the throne, and a tide of anger and retribution will spill out into the night. Differences will be set aside. Allegiances will be made. And soon, I will become the hunted.
: For years, we've been trying to combine the bloodlines. And for years, we've failed. It was useless. Even at the cellular level, our species seemed destined to destroy each other. Yet the key, we knew... was to locate the rarest of bloodlines... a direct descendant of Alexander Corvinus... Hungarian, a warlord... who came to power in the early seasons of the fifth century. Just in time to watch a plague ravage his village. He alone survived. Somehow, his body was able to change the disease... mold it to his benefit. He became the first true immortal. And years later, he fathered at least two children... who inherited the same trait. Viktor
: The sons of the Corvinus clan. One bitten by bat, one by wolf... one to walk the lonely road of mortality as a human. It's a riduculous legend, nothing more. Singe
: That may be... but our species do have a common ancestor. Viktor
: There is a decendant of Corvinus lying there
[points to Marcus' grave
: ... not three feet from you. Singe
: Yes. But he's already a Vampire. We needed a pure source... untainted. An exact duplicate of the original virus. The Corvinus strain itself, which we learned... was hidden away in the genetic code of his human descendants... and passed along in its dormant form... down through the ages to Michael Corvin. His blood allows for a perfect union between our species. Viktor
: There can be no such union. And to speak of it is heresy. Singe
: We'll see. Once Lucian has injected him... Viktor
: Lucian is dead. Singe
: According to whom?
[Kraven has left
: [to Selene
] I can assure you my child... Kraven will pay with his life. Singe
: Soon this house will lie in ruins. Selene
: Not before you. Singe
: No, wait. Wait. You and you alone will know the truth of this. If Lucian was able to get his hands on the blood of a Pure-Born... a powerful elder like Amelia... or yourself
[motions to Viktor
: ... and inject it along with Michael's blood... Viktor
] Abomination. Singe
: Half-Vampire... Half-Lycan... but stronger than both!
: [Selene enters Viktor's chamber and kneels before him
] Come closer, my child. Selene
: I've been lost without you, my Lord; constantly hounded by Kraven and his never-ending infatuation. Viktor
] It is the oldest story in the book; he desires the one thing he cannot have.
: They'll kill you too for helping me! Selene
: I know.
: Put on something elegant - and be quick about it!
[turns to leave
: Kraven, I'm serious! Kraven
: Other than food, why would a lycan stalk a human?
: Jump. Michael Corvin
: Are you fucking kidding me?
: We have a serious problem.
: Let me tell you a little something about your beloved dark father. He's the one that killed your family. Not the Lycans. He never could follow his own rules. Said he couldn't abide the taste of lifestock. So, every once in a while, he'd go out and gorge himself on human blood. I kept the secrets, and cleaned up the mess. But he's the one who crept room to room that night, dispatching everyone close to your heart. But when he got to you, he just couldn't bear the thought of draining you dry. You, who reminded him so much of his precious Sonja, the daughter he condemned to death. Selene
: You don't scare me, Selene. Selene
: Well, we'll have to work on that.
: For centuries I've stood back and watched the havoc my sons have wrought on each other, and on humanity - not the legacy I prayed for the morning I watched them enter this world... And it's been a tiresome duty - keeping the war contained, cleaning up the mess, hiding my family's unfortunate history. Michael Corvin
: Couldn't you have stopped it? Selene
: Yes! Alexander Corvinus
: Could you kill your own sons? Selene
: You know what Marcus will do! If he finds me, he finds William's prison! You have to help us stop him! Alexander Corvinus
: You are asking me to help you kill my son - YOU, a Death Dealer? How many innocents have YOU slain in your six-century quest to avenge your family? Spare me your self-righteous declarations! You are no different from Marcus and even less noble than William - at least HE cannot control his savagery! Selene
: Everything I've done can be laid at YOUR feet - hundreds of thousands have died because of your inability to accept that your sons are monsters, that they CREATE monsters!
: [glances at Michael
] We're not leaving him here.
: You're Alexander Corvinus... Alexander Corvinus
: There was a time when I was known by that name... by any name, I am still your forefather.
: What will I become? Alexander Corvinus
: The future.
: [to Michael
] There's never been a hybrid before. However ambivalent you might feel about it, the truth is, your powers could be limitless. You depend on blood.
: [picks up the abandoned bra of one of Tanis's girlfriends
] Your exile seems a bit more comfortable than I remember.
: I know what you have done, Selene. Selene
: Viktor deserved his fate. And Kraven was no better. Marcus
: Kraven has already reaped the rewards of his own misdeeds. And yes, Viktor deserved his fate, many times over. A terrible business, the slaying of your mortal family. Yet so much effort was spent to conceal this matter from me. What do you suppose Viktor had to hide? Or perhaps it is you Selene, as the last of your wretched family, who has something to hide?
: For six centuries I was a loyal soldier to the vampire clan. But I was betrayed. The war was not as it had seemed. In one night, the lies that had united our kind had been exposed. Kraven, our second-in-command, had formed a secret alliance with Lucian, leader of the werewolf clan, to overthrow Viktor, our leader. But Kraven's lust for power and domination had failed. Viktor was not the savior I had been led to believe. He had betrayed us all. Soon, the hunt will be on for his killer. I have but one ally left: Michael, the human descendent of Corvinus. Neither vampire nor lycan, but a hybrid. It's only a matter of time before we're found. My only hope now is to awaken Markus, our last remaining elder, and expose the truth before Kraven tries to murder him while he's still in hibernation. Kraven knows he's no match for him awake.
: I dreamt of the day we would meet. Like a silly little girl. You're as cold as one already dead. Selene
: Yesterday, I was with your father. He was only a little further away from than you are now. I went to sleep. And when I awoke the next day, I learned that, overnight, 12 years had passed. And instead of the only man I ever loved, there stood a girl with his eyes. My heart is not cold. It's broken.
: [Selene is holding Lane's Assistant out of a window
] Please! I'm the one who let you go! Selene
: Consider us even.
[Drops Lane's assistant out of the window
: For 12 years, I was held captive by the humans. The world I once knew has changed. Vampires and Lycans are now the hunted.
Dr. Jacob Lane
: Your kind will never be as powerful as us. No matter how hard you fight, you won't win. Selene
: You don't know me very well.
: This is a new war and it's only beginning.
: The Vampire and Lycans clan have been at war for centuries before I was born, their endless conflict hidden from the human world. I was turned by a Vampire. And given the strength to avenge my family against the Lycans. And I was good at it. Then I found Michael Corvin, a human that was neither turned by Vampire nor Lycan, but a hybrid of the two. And everything changed. Allies turned enemies, and Vampire elders I had protected for now six centuries now wanted me dead. We retaliated, killed the elders, and for a brief moment of time, we were safe. But then a new darkness arose.
: You have no reason to fear us. Thomas
: Do you think I'm foolish enough to take you at your word? No reason to fear a Death Dealer who fell in love with a Lycan, who murdered two of our elders, and who, at every turn, has betrayed her own kind.
[Selene shoves a silver-nitrate bomb into Quint's body
: I heal instantly. Selene
: I'm counting on it.
: Though the world has changed, our enemy remains the same. The Lycans will rebuild. And will hunt for her father as they did for her. But as they grow stronger, so will we. The Vampire coven will not survive this world, we will reclaim it.