As the only female Seminus demon ever born, master assassin Sinead Donnelly is used to being treated like an outcast. She spent decades enslaved, and now vows she’ll die before she’ll relinquish her freedom again. Then Sin’s innate ability to kill her enemies goes...
Sinead Donnelly: "Sin" - "Smurfette" - Seminus demon/human half-breed; Conall's one-time lover; Only female Seminus ever; Lore's twin sister; Eidolon, Shade & Wraith's sister; Assassin master; Has waist-length blue-black hair and coal-black eyes; Her dermoire looks faded and did not appear until she was 20 years old it also lacks a personal symbol; Her 'gift' is to cause disease with a touch; Is petite with a toned body
Conall Dearghul: "Con" - Dhampire; Sin's one-time lover; Paramedic at Underworld General; Lone representative for dhampires on the Warg Council; Has deeply tanned skin, sun-streaked blond hair and silver eyes; Is six-six with broad shoulders and a lean athletic build; Is over 1,000 years old
Lore: "Loren" - Seminus demon/human half-breed; Idess' mate; Sinead’s twin; Eidolon, Shade & Wraith's brother; Is six-six and massive male with short, nearly black hair and ebony eyes; Has a tongue piercing; Was born in 1880; His dermoire looks faded and did not appear until he was 20 years old it also lacks a personal symbol; Former assassin; Medical Examiner at Underworld General
Idess: "Cookie" – Lore's mate; Former Memitim Angel; Is tall and curvy with an athletic build; Has chestnut hair she wears in a waist-length pony-tail, honey-colored almond eyes and smooth porcelain skin; Over 2,000 years old; Has a piercing at the top of her right ear; Guides human souls out of Underworld General and into the light
Eidolon: "Doc E" - "Hellboy" - Seminus demon; Tayla's mate; Sinead, Lore, Shade & Wraith's brother; 103 years old; Doctor; Head of Underworld General; Has a Judicia demon mother; Former Justice Dealer; Is six-four with expresso eyes and short nearly black hair
Tayla Mancuso: "Tay" - Eidolon's mate; Regent of the NYC Aegis cell; Gemella's fraternal twin sister; Half-human & half-Soulshredder demon; 27 years old; Has deep red hair, green eyes rimmed with gold and pale freckles shimmering just beneath the surface of her creamy skin
Wraith: Seminus demon; Serena's mate; Talon's (aka Stewie) father; Sinead, Lore, Shade & Eidolon's younger brother; Has a vampire mother, which is an anomaly; Is six-five with blue eyes and shoulder-length, bleached blond hair; 101 years old; Procurer of ancient relics and magical artifacts for Underworld General
Serena Kelley: "Sere" - Vampire; Wraith's mate; Talon/Stewie's stepmother; Valeriu's daughter; Former Marked Sentinel; Treasure Hunter; She possesses an uncanny ability to locate anything she's looking for; 26 years old; Is five-five with wavy blonde hair and big brown eyes shot through with gold
Talon: "Stewie" - Seminus demon; Wraith's son; Serena's stepson; Birth mother was a Suresh demon
Shade: Seminus demon; Runa's mate; Rade, Stryke & Blade's father; Sinead, Lore, Eidolon & Wraith's brother; Runs the Paramedic program for Underworld General; Has an Umber demon mother; Is nearly six-four with brownish-black eyes and shoulder-length, nearly black hair; Wears a stud on his left ear; Can turn to shadow in the presence of a shadow; Since Runa bit him, he can now shift at will into a huge black werewolf and is forced to shift every full moon
Runa Wagner: Varcolac Werewolf; Shade's mate; Rade, Stryke & Blade's mother; Arik's sister; Used to work for R-XR; Has long, caramel brown hair, pale champagne eyes and smooth, golden skin; 28 years old; Can shift at will thanks to one of R-XR's experiments
Rade: Seminus demon; One of Shade & Runa's triplets; Stryke & Blade's brother; Has big brown eyes
Stryke: Seminus demon; One of Shade & Runa's triplets; Rade & Blade's brother
Blade: Seminus demon; One of Shade & Runa's triplets; Rade & Stryke's brother
Luc: Varcolac Werewolf; Runa's sire; Paramedic for Underworld General; Born in 1894, American-born son of French immigrants; The victim of a warg attack in 1918, while fighting as an American soldier in World War I France; Is six-six with a thick build; Has dark hazel eyes and shaggy, black chin-length hair; Shifts into a black werewolf; His would-be mate was killed by The Aegis right before they mated
Karlene Lucio: "Kar" - Aegis Guardian; Feast Warg; Has pale blue eyes and a short cap of strawberry blonde hair; Has a crescent moon birthmark on the sole of her foot; Shifts into a red werewolf; Was raised in Texas, born to an American mother and an Italian father
Arik Wagner: Runa's brother; Kynan's Army buddy; A high-ranking officer at R-XR; Ex-Delta Force operative; His dark hair is cut in a severe high-and-tight; Can learn any demon language after hearing only a few words
Kynan Morgan: "Ky" – Marked Sentinel; Part Fallen Angel; Gem's husband; Soon to be a father; Sariel's descendant; Highest ranking Aegis Elder; Used to work for R-XR; Former Doctor at Underworld General; Former Regent of the NYC Aegis cell; Former Army medic; Is six-two and lean with thick, muscular arms, a broad chest and deeply tanned skin; Has spiky brown hair and denim-blue eyes; Speaks with a gravelly voice due to a throat injury while in Afghanistan; 31 years old
Gemella Endri: "Gem" - Doctor at Underworld General; Kynan's pregnant wife; Tayla's fraternal twin sister; Half-human & half-Soulshredder demon; 27 years old; Has shoulder-length black-and-blue hair and green eyes; Wears Goth clothing and has a pierced tongue, eyebrow, ears & navel; Her tattoos include Celtic bands around her ankles, wrists & neck, a long-stemmed rose running the length of her left leg and a dragon covers her belly with its teeth appearing to clamp down on her navel piercing
Dante: Pricolici Warg; Sable's mate; An alpha werewolf; A muscular male with dark hair
Sable: Pricolici Warg; Conall's great-great-great-great-granddaughter; Dante's mate; A tall redhead with green eyes
Roman: Varcolac Warg; Sable's son; Dante's stepson; Has a fraternal twin
Resniak: Judicia demon; Eidolon's stepfather; A hulking green man with a giant rack of antlers
Kaden Quinn: Vampire; Andrea's husband & mate; Aegis Guardian; Is tall with gray eyes, dark blond hair and tan skin
Valeriu Macek: "Val" - Aegis Elder; Serena's father; Speaks with a Romanian accent; Archaeologist and former archaeology professor, one of the few who specialized in paranormal archaeology and demon artifacts
Reaver: Battle Angel; Former Fallen Angel; Former Healer at Underworld General; A tall stunning male; Has long, thick golden hair and pale blue eyes
Yasashiku: "Yas" - Varcolac Warg; A member of the Warg Council; Conall's friend; Speaks with a faint Japanese accent
Nashiki: Varcolac Warg; Conall's friend and one-time lover; A bubbly and bright, gorgeous female with honey colored skin
Bastien: Pricolici Warg; Head of the Janitorial Department at Underworld General; Was run off by his pack decades ago because he was born with a club foot; Has a mop of curly brown hair and soft brown eyes
Aisling: Dhampire; Conall's second cousin; 300 years old; Mother of two with one on the way; Dhampire Council member
Vladlena Paskelkov: Hyena-shifter; Nurse at Underworld General; Yuri's daughter; Has a star-shaped mark behind her ear
Yuri: Shapeshifting hyena; Vladlena's father; Former Chief of Surgery at Underworld General; Was an exotic-looking man, maybe Middle Eastern; Had a fondness for BDSM; Had black eyes; Was tortured and killed by The Aegis
Rivesta: Half-breed Nightlash sorceress; Conall's friend and former lover
Aed: Vampire; Conall's childhood buddy; A wiry male; His accent is a blend of Scottish and Danish
Blaspheme: "Blas" - False Angel; Paramedic at Underworld General; Enjoys her ability to fool humans into thinking she is a real angel
Ula: Pricolici Warg; Luc's would-be mate; Was six feet tall with silver eyes and waist-length, silver-blonde hair; Shifted into a silver werewolf; Was killed when The Aegis stormed Luc's house as they were about to mate
Sunil: Tiger-Shifter; One of Sin's assassins; Has an unusually docile nature; Has long tawny hair
Tavin: "Tav" - Seminus demon; Healer; One of Sin's assassins; Has chin-length blond hair; 25 years old
Raynor: "Ray" - Varcolac Warg; A member of the Warg Council; Has blond hair
Sonya: Varcolac Warg; A member of the Warg Council
Bran: Dhampire alpha; Dhampire Council member; Is seven feet tall and built like a bull; Is missing his right eye and has a scar that runs from his right temple to the left side of his chin; Keeps his long, silver mane in a ponytail; 3,000 years old
“You're a ball of laughs, you know that?" He took off along a grassy, worn trail, leaving her to follow. "Hey," she called to him. "I'm known throughout the assassin community as a funny person." Con missed a step. "See? That was funny.”
“She of mixed blood who should not exist, carries with her the power to spread plague and pestilence. When battle breaks, conquest is seal’d. Isagreth 3:17, Daemonica.”
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A snarl from behind her startled her. “I’ll kill him,” Wraith said. Shade tossed his gum wrapper into the trash. “I’ll help.” “We’ll make it a family fun night,” Eidolon drawled, his voice calm, cool, and serious as shit.
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“But there’s nothing like taking the time to slowly peel off every article of clothing, to kiss every inch of your lover’s skin as you do it. To lick all the sensitive places until they quiver. To explore all the textures of your partner’s body with your fingers, your mouth.”
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Then, in front of everyone, he grabbed Sin and kissed her, not caring—actually, taking a perverse pleasure in the fact—that her brothers were tense as nocked arrows. “You,” he said against her lips, “are wicked.” And he was so screwed.
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“That’s all? Well, good luck with that. I want world peace and for people to stop making bad Batman movies, but guess what, buddy, I’m screwed, too.”
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“There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls.” —George Carlin
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“One of Bantazar’s assassins hit you with an exomangler,” Lore said. “He’s dead.” “A lot dead.” Wraith snorted and high-fived Lore. “Massive deadness.”
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“There’s writing on the back. She who… blood… carries… spread plague… battle breaks… seal’d.”
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agimortus, a catalyst of sorts. Your actions put into motion an event that caused my brother’s Seal to break.”
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“And know that the second you’re gone, I’m going to ride Con until he begs for mercy.” Eidolon sighed. Shade swore. And Con muttered something that sounded strangely like “Mercy.”
Underworld General Hospital: "UG" - "UGH" - A hospital that specializes in nonhuman medical care; Is located beneath New York City's bustling streets and hidden by sorcery right under unsuspecting human noses.
The Aegis: Society of human warriors dedicated to protecting the world from evil. See: Guardians, Regent, Sigil
Carceris: The jailors of the underworld. All demon species send representatives to serve terms in the Carceris. Carceris members are responsible for apprehending demons accused of violating demon law, and for acting as guards in the Carceris prisons.
Council: All demon species and breeds are governed by a Council that makes laws and metes out punishment for individual members of their species or breed.
Dresdiin: The demon equivalent of angels. See: Memitim.
Fakires: Derogatory term used by vampires to describe humans who either believe themselves to be real vampires or who pretend to be vampires.
Guardians: Warriors for The Aegis, trained in combat techniques, weapons, and magic. Upon induction into The Aegis, all Guardians are presented with an enchanted piece of jewelry bearing the Aegis shield, which, among other things, allows for night vision and the ability to see through demon invisibility enchantment.
Harrowgate: Vertical portals, invisible to humans, that demons use to travel between locations on Earth and Sheoul.
Infadre: A female of any demon species who has been impregnated by a Seminus demon.
Maleconcieo: Highest level of ruling demon boards, served by a representative from each species Council. The U.N. of the demon world.
Marked Sentinel: Humans charmed by angels and tasked with protecting a vital artifact. Sentinels are immortal and immune to harm. Only angels (fallen included) can injure or kill a Sentinel. Their existence is a closely guarded secret.
Memitim: Earthbound angels assigned to protect Pricmori. Memitim remain earthbound until they complete their duties, at which time they Acend, earning their wings and entry into Heaven. Also known to demons as dresdiin. See: Dresdiin, Primori.
Orgesu: A demon sex slave, often taken from breeds bred specifically for the purpose of providing sex.
Pricolici: Werewolves who are born as such. Pricolici can only concieve during the breeding heat, and offspring are almost always born werewolves, even if the father is varcolac. Pricolici are born with a mark that identifies them as pricolici. See: Varcolac
Primori: Humans and demons whose lives are fated to impact the world in some crucial way.
Renfield: Fictional character in Bram Stroker's Dracula. Also, derogatory term for any human who serves a vampire. A vampire groupie.
S'genesis: Final maturation cycle for Seminus demons. Occurs at one hundred years of age. A post-s'genesis male is capable of procreation and possesses the ability to shapeshift into the male of any demon species.
Sheoul: Demon realm. Located deep in the bowels of the earth, accessible only by Harrowgates.
Sheoul-gra: A holding tank for demon souls. The place where demon souls go until they can be reborn or kept in torturous limbo.
Sheoulic: Universal demon language spoken by all, though many species speak their own language.
Sigil: Board of twelve humans known as Elders, who serve as the supreme leaders of The Aegis. Based in Berlin, they oversee all Aegis cells worldwide.
Swans: Humans who act as blood or energy donors for vampires, either actual undead or fakires.
Ter'taceo: Demons who can pass as human, either because their species is naturally human in appearance or because they can shapeshift into human form.
Therionidryo: Term a were-beast uses for a person he or she bit and turned into another were-beast.
Terionidrysi: Any survivor of a were-beast attack. Term used to clarify the relationship between the sire and his therionidryo.
Ufelskala: A scoring system for demons, based on their degree of evil. All supernatural creatures and evil humans can be categorized into the five Tiers, with the Fifth Tier composed of the worst of the wicked.
Varcolac: Werewolves who were once human, turned into wargs by the bite of another. Both born and turned werewolves can infect a human with lycanthropy. Offspring concieved outside the breeding heat are always born human. Offspring concieved during breeding heat are occasionally infected with lycanthropy in the womb and are born werewolves. See: Pricolici
Seminus Demon: ---Kingdom: Animalia ---Class: Demon ---Family: Sexual Demon ---Genus: Terrestrial ---Species: Incubus ---Breed: Seminus
Dermoire: Intricate, swirling tribal tattoos on a Seminus demon's right arm, from the hand all the way up to his throat; The markings are the history of a Seminus demon's parentage; The symbol on the throat is his own and only appears when he reaches the first stage of sexual maturity at around the age of twenty; The symbol below that is his father's, the one below that is his father's father and so on, all the way to his fingers; Once he completes the second and final stage of sexual maturity at the age of 100, a marking appears on the right side of his face identifying him to the entire demon world as a menace to all things female and a threat to all things male; If mated the symbol on the face disappears and a linked circle appears around his neck; Also the mate then has an identical dermoire on her left arm.
Dhampire: A rare cross between a vampire and a werewolf. So rare, that their existence is thought by many to be a myth.
Haven Spell: A spell that prevents any type of violence within Underworld General; If anyone acts out violently against another they suffer excruciating pain; The only exceptions to the spell are Eidolon, Shade, Wraith, Lore & Sin, but only if they fight with each other.
Feast Warg: Werewolves that shift during the new moon/Feast moon instead of the full moon; Were originally created thousands of years ago by a mating between a demon and a warg, the resulting offspring were enslaved and bred by demons to kill other wargs. Though they are no longer enslaved, Feasts still possess an inbred instinct to kill werewolves.
Infernal Fire: It's like underworld napalm. It is massively powerful, but what's special about it is that it calls fire spirits in the flames. They can hunt down anyonw within the range of the heat. Its use is forbidden in the human realm.
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