RagingSilent: Here's a summary of Zanther Sylvan's background, which also doubles as an explanation to the remainder of the plot to our carry on story. Although it doesn't provide any details nor any information about Gabriel's memories of Illyria and such, I can detail that for you another time. This should be just enough to fill you in on my grand plan for the story, to learn about the characters, and most of all come to an understanding about my original character, Zanther. Enjoy, my friend!
Zanther Sylvan's Background
Zanther Sylvan is the son of Count Vladilus Dracula and Illyria (her real name is Cassandra Black and she's the youngest bride). He was born in the late 1870's in Count Dracula's Castle in Transylvannia, Romania (which is Southeastern Europe). Zanther is the only son that Illyria gave birth to and the first known vampire hybrid in Romanian and Roman history, a daywalker. He's a very rare breed of vampire, allowed to walk during the day and having a unique mix of both his parent's powers. During his infant and childhood years and psychical age processing's stages, Zanther's father and brides taught him how to be a vampire. Making him learn to drink blood and kill without showing any mercy to their victims. His mother, Illyria, didn't want him to become a killing machine like they were. So, in private, she would teach him how to control his blood drinking habits and learn to respect mortality. Over time, Zanther grew to adopt those habits and began to shun his father and brides.
About a year or so later, Illyria was murdered by Dracula's brides during their battle against her lover, Gabriel Van Helsing, and herself. Zanther was never there to say one last goodbye to his mother before she died in the monster hunter's arms. He didn't find out until years later of what happened to her, for his father had refused to talk about it shortly upon his return to Transylvannia. Some how, it was possible for Dracula to become even more brutal towards the world and mankind. Once again, he tried to get his son to embrace his vampire side for a couple of years. With the knowledge that his mother was gone forever, Zanther grew to loath his father so much that he decided to runaway from this place for good.
One night, he is successful and decides to make his way towards Rome, Italy, for his mother had told him that's the general area that Gabriel had come from before his visit to Romania. Unaware that he can be safely exposed to daylight, Zanther is careful to travel only by night. Either flying in his demon, bat form or by carriges. Shortly, after arriving within' Italy's borders, a strange group of men dressed like monks and hunters immediately recognized him as a vampire and captured him. They took Zanther to their headquarters in Vatican City to an establishment known as The Order. Placed him within' an undergrond chamber near the experimentation floor. There he remained for nearly ten years, being questioned about his past, people taking his blood samples, and growing up into what appeared to be a young man in his late teens. (Physically appearing to be 18 years old.)
Shortly after Gabriel and his companions had defeated Dracula in 1888, they returned to the Vatican. After all these years, the hunter never was aware of Zanther's whereabouts and able to remember Illyria's death for his lack of memory of his past. But, after his triumph over the vampire lord, Gabriel regained shards of random memories. He had the faint image of a boy's face floating about in his mind, but didn't have a clue as the name of him. One day, as Gabriel is wandering the vast hallways and experimental dungeons of the Vatican, he comes upon a dark hallway of chambers. To where he happens to find and meet Zanther Sylvan, the lost vampire boy within his scattered memories. Since he can remember little about the young man in his memories, Gabriel finds it intriguing to talk to the daywalker at night or when no one is around the particular hallway.
The Left Hand of God learns that Zanther is somewhat an old friend of his and of his parentage. Spending a few more weeks getting to know him, Gabriel makes arrangements with the board members of The Order to release the daywalker. Eventually, they agree to this upon the hunter's insistance for the order to be carried out. The Cardinals were quite uncomfortable with allowing their captured vampire freedom, no less upon their holy grounds. Gabriel made sure that Zanther could have his own room near his. Also, he was made to keep a watchful eye like a guardian over the daywalker. Zanther was grateful for this kind act and being reunited with someone from his own past, too.
Over the next couple of months, upon Zanther's consent, Gabriel and the monk engineers who worked for The Order, had the vampire run through a few tests to see what his powers were like. The daywalker displayed that he posessed many of the great prowess of his father, Dracula, and his mother, Illyria. Zanther had many qualities of a vampire and meta-human, but yet had a lingering respect for all things living (to the cardinals great surprise). After recording all of this information down into confidential documents, Zanther began to receive training in lessons to become a vampire hunter under Gabriel's supervision and learning. He was quick to learn how to control his pace and agility through obstaical courses and using the weaponry provided by the hunter's friar companion, Carl. Zanther impressed everyone at the Vatican and was soon excepted to go along with Gabriel and Carl on missions. (Note: I neglected the part where he learned that he could be exposed to daylight and come out unscathced from it's touch. That came shortly after his release from the chambers.)
For the next couple of years or so, the daywalker became an experienced and skilled hunter. Taking down many of his own kind, vampires. Along with werewolves, mummies, ghouls, and such monsterous creatures like that. He soon became known to almost everyone as the most powerful vampire after his late father, Dracula. The most powerful foe that Zanther has ever faced, alongside Gabriel and Carl, was the vampire Alucard. This immortal was cunning and not an easy one to capture. (He isn't as powerful as he is now in the graphic novel, present time, Hellsing.) Alucard did have some knowledge about who Zanther's father was. As he alluded the hunters' grasp, he took a shine to the young vampire. During a battle one night, Alucard makes an attempt to appeal to Zanther's vampyric qualities, try to weaken his mind to fill the emptiness by drinking human blood. (Note: Sorry, once again I forgot to mention that Zanther drinks only animal blood and blood packets that The Order provide for him.)
But, Alucard's attempt is of no avail for Zanther is wiser and has a stronger sense of self than the vampire expected. He will not bow down to this lowly vampire's trickery and become what he always hated, a reckless blood drinking killer like his father, Dracula. Having greatly miscalulated the daywalker, Alucard makes plans to escape the hunters and find another place to make his feeding grounds and lair. The three in pursuit set many traps and manage to ensare the vampire within' one. They manage to prolong the battle and chase as long as they could until the sun began to rise. Then, they surround him so that he coudldn't make a grand escape to somewhere dark and safe. To his great dislike, Alucard surrenders and allows himself to be captured. Soon, he is hauled off to the Vatican to be kept in a secluded, private chamber under high levels of security. The board memebers of The Order debate over their hunters' bounty. One of the higher ranking members, Cardinal Jinette, and Gabriel suggest that they take Alucard to London and hand him over to an organization there called Hellsing.
They have heard many great things about the new born monster extermintating organization headed by the family of the same name as their company. Once the Vatican has sent word to them, they are eager to receive the vampire. The Order gladily makes the transfer over to Hellsing. Putting Alucard in the hands of people who will spend nearly a century perfecting him into the ultimate undead and follow the orders of man. Still wary of this disposed foe, Zanther and Gabriel keep a careful awareness for news about him and keep in contact with the other organization. They can't afford Alucard breaking loose and causing havoc again, no less after he gains his new powers.
RagingSilent: I could go on and on with Zanther's background, to fill you in on what happens to him from what happens in the story to the present day, but that's not really the point nor highlight of our story. Originally, these stats were going to be for and posted for Forcizzle's RPG game called God's Legends. But, as I was typing this up, I realized that this could work for here, too. So, I decided to move this summary over to this thread and then have the game players check this out here. I'll provide the filler for the story to present day events for the game.
See you soon and later, my friend!