Someone has entered the castle. Whether they have a case, some other business, or have just unfortunately wandered in is left to philosophers. They have wandered through an almost empty castle, the wind whistling through cracks in the stonework and open windows. Suits of armor, tattered banners, and stacks of books and papers are everywhere, as are what appears to be a million chittering rats with bright beady eyes. Eventually they come to a great door, beneath which they see flickering candlelight. Opening it, they step into a study of some kind, inhabited by a huge desk, yet more papers--yellowed and white alike, and shelves full of books, and a few portraits in relatively good order.
There’s rats in here as well, and they crawl over chairs, a few sofas, and over a unique clock. The stranger steps forward to take in the dancing skeleton and the clear chimes as it sounds the hour.
And in the shadows beyond the clock, something moves...
It took me years to come around to this guy but now I think very highly of him. My appreciation for him increased immensely when I first read about the Nosferatu Clan in Vampire: The Masquerade. Then I saw Shadow of the Vampire, and my liking for this unique character that started out as a ripoff climbed to new heights.
Count Orlok exists separately from Dracula, a unique creature all his own who has spawned his own following. Where Dracula maintains a vestige of humanity, Orlok doesn't take much pain to hide what he is, if it even is possible. Both are frightening in their own ways: Dracula for his ability to navigate through human society and Orlok for...seriously, do I need to say it?
In the Dracula Chronicles, Orlok is the Grand Justiciar of the Vampire Imperium, the supreme judicial authority and expert on the laws and relations between the myriad Bloodlines. Within the Order of the Dragon he is the Procurator, a high officer who supervises discipline within the Order. A very old vampire, Orlok is one of Dracula's earliest supporters and friends, lending his considerable fearsome, moral, and legal authority to Dracula's empire.
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