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Author of Multicultural LGBTQ Speculative Fiction

The Sacrosanct; Keepers of the Secrets

 

The Bane are not like us. They thrive on the pain and suffering of others. My people must feed to survive, but all those who sustain us do it willingly. It’s the way of the Sacrosanct. We defend the humans who live in our havens, and in turn they nourish us.

 

~ Oyon, golden blooded noble of the Sacrosanct

 

Novels Books the The Sacrosanct can be found in  
  Worlds Collide  
  Bloodstained Innocense - WIP  
     
Short Stories Strange Bedfellows  

 

bête noire

A genetic disorder like sickle cell anemia and Tay-Sachs, bête noire was a disease passed on at conception, but it didn’t always manifest as vampirism. In some cases those affected with the disease only showed some traits like heightened speed or longevity. If a child didn’t show signs of developing vampirism at all by the time they reached adulthood, most families assumed they were simply a carrier.

 

Though living vampires, the Sacrosanct don't sweat and transfer no trace of the disease through minor contact with the blood pathogens. Upon their death, the disease becomes inert with no risk of passing on the contagion post mortem. For a conversion of a human with no recessive bête noire trait in their genetics, usually at least a pint of infected blood is required to replace their own blood.

 

A Sacrosanct’s powers areas vital to their survival as the blood they nourished their bodies with. The abilities vary with the vampire, the age of the carrier that passed on the bête noire, and whether they were born Sacrosanct or infected after birth. Both a child’s parents could never be vampires for the child to be born a vampire.. It takes the melding of human and Sacrosanct genetics to create a full Sacrosanct child. However, a Sacrosanct and a human carrier of the bête noire, could successful have offspring that have a strong chance of taking on the Sacrosanct characteristics.

 

F. A. Q

 

Q. Are the Sacrosanct hurt by sunlight?

A. Unlike the stories told by the humans to frighten their children and excite theatre audiences, the Sacrosanct aren’t walking corpses that will burn at the sun’s touch. The stories were partially correct however; the UV light of the sun did weaken many of those changed by the bête noire. The Sacrosanct became much closer to the humans they had once been when the sun touches them. Their increased strength faded, and the power from many of their other gifts was limited at best. Only the most powerful Sacrosanct can retain any of their powers in the day, and those are quite rare.

 

Q. Can the Sacrosanct Eat and drink human food?

A. The Sacrosanct can eat and drink just like their human kin, though only the imbibing of blood is necessary for their survival.

 

Q. Do the Sacrosanct Breathe?

Yes, as living vampires they breathe, but they can't suffocate. Being stuck in a room, for example, with no air would be painful. The carbon monoxides would make them very sick, but it wouldn't kill them. However, if left in the room too long they could die from starvation.

 

Q. Do the Sacrosanct kill to feed?

A. No, the Sacrosanct do not have to kill to live. It doesn't take much; a goblet of vitae was enough to stave off the hunger for a few days, and more drunk all at once could hold their kind for longer periods of time. Without regular blood, the Sacrosanct’s skin turned paler; they grew weak, listless, and unable to access their powers.

 

The Bane see things differently. They drained the life essence from humans and it nourishes them, empowers them. They believe by not killing their prey they become weak, and weakness is suicide among their kind.

 

Q. What is the difference between the Sacrosanct and the Bane?

A. Very little physically. Most of the Bane use to be Sacrosanct until they were banished for acts of extreme cruelty or for forcing the bête noire on an unwilling human. The Bane revel in being monsters, treating the human like nothing more then food and amusement. The sacrosanct live in peace with their human kin, and that's the biggest difference of all.

 

Q. What are the Cerberus?

A. The Cerberus are an elite group of Sacrosanct soldiers, enduringly loyal, devoted to the good of the Sacrosanct people and their kin. They often act as lawmen, and spies, as well as scouts . They are well educated by the scholar caste and trained heavily in combat, making them the perfect warriors and investigators.

 

Q. Why did the Clan and the Sacrosanct become enemies?

A. A group of Sacrosanct believed to be secretly working for the Bane lords attacked a shifter settlement. They set out to kill every elder, man, and child left in the village, and then they burned the gers to the ground. When the Clan hunters returned and saw what had been done, they combed the village for survivors. They discovered an old woman kneeling at a pile rocks and scraps of torn silks. She was muttering a prayer at the freshly made ovoo shrine, too weak to walk the circle. When they asked her what happened, she told them the Sacrosanct have betrayed the Clan. She’d recognized some of the men who attacked their home and identified them as belonging to one of the allied Sacrosanct tribes.

 

Notable Sacrosanct Characters ~ Oyon and Narantsetseg

 

Oyon (Mongolian for wisdom) was born in the late twelfth century. He was the second son of Yesügei, the tribal chief of the Kiyad. He was brother to Temüjin, later to be more prominently known as Genghis Khan. Oyon’s mother carried the Sacrosanct disease, called bete noir, and passed it on to her four sons, and three daughters, including Narantsetseg and Oyon. Oyon and his youngest sister Narantsetseg were the only children who became full Sacrosanct. Oyon is a gentle natured man, and a good leader, but a bit din when it comes to women and love.

 

Narantsetseg (Mongolian for sunflower) is a Sacrosanct soothsayer and healer, and centuries ago before the war used to work very closely with the Clan. She is a sensate, and gains the most substance from feeding when the woman she is sharing pleasure with is at the peak of orgasm. Even with all of her lovers, Nara is very lonely, but doesn’t know what she is looking for.

 

“I remember when we and the Clan were not at war. While you were out painting silks and sculpting, brother, I was meeting with the shifters and their Councils. I know more about them than many of the Golden Blood delegates, or the Cerberus.” She stopped pacing and turned to face him. “And I can tell you this. Once the shifters brand you as an enemy, you’d be hard pressed to prove that they’re wrong.”

 

Nara and Oyon's family history...

 

Nara and Oyon's father, Yesügei, took their brother, Temüjin, to another tribe to search for a wife. As the eldest of the non- Sacrosanct children of the Great Khan, Temüjin was the chosen heir. Because of their immortality, it had been decided long ago that a Sacrosanct couldn’t lead, for it would bring stagnation of the people to have the same leader for many generations. While Yesugei and Temüjin were absent on the journey, the people were caught off guard when an evil spell was cast against their people.


The horses died from an inexplicable disease. Blight had fallen across the lands, laying waste to all the vegetation for miles. The food in their stores was ravaged by rodents, and very little could be salvaged. Many of the elderly and children didn't survive this time of starvation and disease, before the curse was broken, Nara’s own mother included.


On the way back home, the Khan and Temüjin were attacked. Thier father was killed, and Temüjin’s new wife was kidnapped. When Temüjin returned to the people, they blamed him and the Khan for the curse that had befallen them and cast out Oyon and Nara’s family to survive on their own in the wilderness.


Unlike Nara and Oyan, Temujin never developed into a full Sacrosanct, but vampire blood did increase his strength in battle and sharpen his senses. Nara thought about the way their family struggled to survive while Temüjin gathered new followers and allies. Perhaps things were not as simple as she remembered

Temüjin himself became a follower of Toghril, a ruler of a Christian tribe. Toghril and an allied chief named Jamuka had helped Temüjin rescue his wife, who had been captured by the Merkits. It was afterwards that some of the Mongol princes named Temüjin as their leader.


He was given the title Chingiz-Khan, meaning "Supreme Ruler of the Ocean”. A man named Senggum, hungry for Khanship, made plans to assassinate Chingiz-Khan. Oyon and Nara had found out about the plot and warned their brother.


In an act of spite at his execution, Senggum revealed the true nature of the Khan’s brother and sister. The news that there were the Sacrosanct among them did not go well with the Khan’s Christian allies, and to save face, he was forced to banish Nara and Oyon from their homelands forever.