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Count Dracula is a centuries-old vampire, sorcerer, and Transylvanian nobleman, who claims to be a Székely descended from Attila the Hun. He inhabits a decaying castle in the Carpathian Mountains near the Borgo Pass. Unlike the vampires of Eastern European folklore, which are portrayed as repulsive, corpse-like creatures, Dracula exudes a veneer of aristocratic charm. In his conversations with Jonathan Harker, he reveals himself as deeply proud of his boyar heritage and nostalgic for the past times, which he admits have become only a memory of heroism, honor and valor in modern times.

Details of his early life are obscure, but it seems that Dracula studied the black arts at the academy of Scholomance in the Carpathian Mountains, overlooking the town of Sibiu (also known as Hermannstadt) and became proficient in alchemy and magic. Taking up arms, as befitting his rank and status as a Voivode, he led troops against the Turks across the Danube. According to Van Helsing: "He must indeed have been that Voivode Dracula who won his name against the Turk, over the great river on the very frontier of Turkey-land. If it be so, then was he no common man: for in that time, and for centuries after, he was spoken of as the cleverest and the most cunning, as well as the bravest of the sons of the land beyond the forest."Dead and buried in a great tomb in the chapel of his castle, Dracula returns from death as a vampire and lives for several centuries in his castle with three beautiful female vampires beside him.They seem to bear a possible family resemblance though whether they be his lovers, sisters, daughters, or vampires made by him is not made clear in the narrative.
Max Schreck as Count Orlok, the first confirmed cinematic representation of Dracula.

As the novel begins in the late 19th century, Dracula acts on a long contemplated plan for world domination, and infiltrates London to begin his reign of terror. He summons Jonathan Harker, a newly-qualified English solicitor, to provide legal support for a real estate transaction overseen by Harker's employer. Dracula at first charms Harker with his cordiality and historical knowledge, and even rescues him from the clutches of the three female vampires in the castle. In truth, however, Dracula wishes to keep Harker alive long enough to complete the legal transaction and to learn as much as possible about England.

Dracula leaves his castle and boards a Russian ship, the Demeter, taking along with him boxes of Transylvanian soil, which he needs in order to regain his strength. During the voyage to Whitby, a coastal town in northern England, he sustains himself on the ship's crew members. Only one body is later found, that of the captain, who is found tied up to the ship's helm. The captain's log is recovered and tells of strange events that had taken place during the ship's journey. Dracula leaves the ship in the form of a dog.

Soon the Count is menacing Harker's fiancée, Wilhelmina "Mina" Murray, and her friend, Lucy Westenra. There is also a notable link between Dracula and Renfield, a patient in an insane asylum compelled to consume insects, spiders, birds, and other creatures—in ascending order of size—in order to absorb their "life force". Renfield acts as a kind of sensor, reacting to Dracula's proximity and supplying clues accordingly. Dracula begins to visit Lucy's bed chamber on a nightly basis, draining her of blood while simultaneously infecting her with the curse of vampirism. Not knowing the cause for Lucy's deterioration, her companions call upon the Dutch doctor Abraham Van Helsing, the former mentor of one of Lucy's suitors. Van Helsing soon deduces her condition's supernatural origins, but does not speak out. Despite an attempt at keeping the vampire at bay with garlic, Dracula entices Lucy out of her chamber late at night and transforms her into one of the undead.

Van Helsing, Harker, and Lucy's former suitors Arthur Holmwood and Quincey Morris enter her crypt and kill her. They later enter Dracula's residence at Carfax, destroying his boxes of earth, depriving the Count of his ability to rest. Dracula leaves England to return to his homeland, but not before biting Mina.

The final section of the novel details the heroes racing Dracula back to Transylvania, and in a climactic battle with Dracula's gypsy bodyguards, finally destroying him. Despite the popular image of Dracula having a stake driven through his heart, Mina's narrative describes his throat being sliced through by Jonathan Harker's kukri and his heart pierced by Morris' Bowie knife (Mina Harker's Journal, 6 November, Dracula Chapter 27). His body then turns into dust, but not before Mina Harker sees an expression of peace on Dracula's face.

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PrinceofPepperland's avatar
:iconyakkowarnerplz: Didn't he used to teach math on Sesame Street?
NightmarishWarlord's avatar
director : what do ya think
producer : it's perfect , dracula , we have a new script out
(dracula comes walking in)
dracula : ok , we need to talk about this comedy thing , it's very demeaning (puts the script down) i'm the lord of vampires for god's sake (unsheathes a sabre) i used to have a caravan of gypsy warriors , my arrival on the scene would be a raging thunderclap of fear , now it's "hey , did you see that dracula movie , yeah , i especially liked the part where dracula kept screaming i don't say blah blah blah" (follows the director in to a stage room) and i'm pretty sure the guys in the monster accounting are laughing at me behind my back , those guys are turbo nerds (turns to his left) i bet none of them have had a date since the days of the roman empire (shakes his fists to his left) HEAR THAT YOU DATELESS TURBO NERDS (points to his left) I'M ON TO YOU
director : are you done
dracula : yeah
HammerinInkminer's avatar
...it's always been a nice story and background, this character has always been my favorite among monsters of all kinds, for many reasons.
Beyworld101's avatar
He's so hot here!!!
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alithking's avatar
Very nice art work.
Serathus's avatar
thanks a lot!
alithking's avatar
Beatiful and badass, well done.
MangoGloor's avatar
Absolutely gorgeous~!
Looks more like Dmitri Maximoff
Serathus's avatar
yeah, He's my main inspiration.
sahinduezguen's avatar
great!
even though he looks a bit like vegetal! XD
Serathus's avatar
thanks! yah, i intentionally did that =)
MarkusVogt's avatar
Your artwork has been featured in my latest journal. Feel free to take a look at:

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Serathus's avatar
thanks a lot! =)
AesirMaster's avatar
(points up) Thou art truly the Patriarch of all Hominus Nocturna
Serathus's avatar
Thanks a lot! =)
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Lorkar's avatar
One of the best count Dracula's artworks out there, truly splendid, like if all your works weren't splendid already xD...
Serathus's avatar
thanks a lot my friend! glad you like this piece! =)
Lorkar's avatar
You're welcome again xD
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