Meet Lawrence "Larry" Kirkland, the newest animator in St. Louis. Short, skinny, like an overgrown Howdy Doody puppet. It's his first night on the job and Larry's bitten off than any novice animator can chew. Good thing veteran Anita Blake is on call to pull his fat out of the fire!
Anita Blake: Anita Blake is an "animator" someone who literally raises the dead for a living for a company called "Animators, Inc." Based in St. Louis, Anita has the power not only to raise zombies out of the ground, but also to exert a special control over any undead creature. Though she was born with a natural talent for animation and raised and reanimated several dead animals when she was a child, Anita learned to control her abilities with the help of her grandmother, a Vaundun priestess, who gave her the skills she would need to become a professional animator. Anita also has a bachelor's degree in preternatural biology.But Anita Blake is better known for her other profession vampire hunting. Nicknamed "the Executioner" by the vampire underworld, Anita has worked with both the police and other hunters to bring violent vampires to justice. In the early days, she only needed evidence of violence to do her job. But since the decision of the United States Government to declare vampires, lycanthropes, and other undead and supernatural beings as legal citizens, the rules for vampire execution have become stricter, and Anita often requires a warrant before she can kill a vampire.
Regional Preternatural Investigation Team: RPIT, usually pronounced "Rip-It", is an extension of the St. Louis Police Department charged with keeping the peace between the human and supernatural communities by investigating all crimes with a supernatural aspect, and apprehending and/or exterminating the guilty parties. It has only recently been formed, largely as a half-hearted effort to placate the liberals and the press after the groundbreaking Addison vs. Clark case. Its remit is to investigate all supernatural crimes, whether it be committed against humans or against the supernatural beings themselves, including Vampires, Lycanthropes, Zombies, Ghouls, and more. Derogatorily known as the "Spook Squad", it is not considered a positive career move to join it, and it is comprised mostly of police officers who have aggravated their superiors in some way or another.
Animators, Inc.: One of the most successful animator companies in the US. Although having begun as a small business in a spare room above a garage, it has grown, moving to bigger and better offices and hiring additional animators and secretarial staff. Though primarily aimed at raising the dead, the nature of the business has attracted other clients who wished to utilize the animator's expert supernatural knowledge, especially after vampires won civil rights. The firm usually receives contracts to have the dead raised as zombies, usually as witnesses in legal cases, setting will disputes, and sometimes as a last chance to have a word with a loved one who has passed away.
Humans Against Vampires: HAV is a pro-human organization that lobbies for the removal of human right to vampires. Their agenda is to make vampires illegal so that they may be hunted without a court order of execution; they use legal channels such as petitioning and protesting through the media and the political machine.
Humans First: A splinter group of Humans Against Vampires (HAV). Some members of the more placid HAV became dissatisfied with the results of the groups. They banded together forming Humans First. Their agenda is to make vampires illegal so that they may be hunted without a court order of execution; they use more unorthodox methods than their sister group, HAV, including but not limited to riots and unsanctioned executions. They believe the end justifies the means and will stop at nothing to see all vampires destroyed.
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