Welcome to St. Vladimir's Academy
It is difficult enough going through school and surviving the daily challenges of having to fit in, or remembering to complete your homework, or avoiding direct eye contact with that cute guy or girl you have had a crush on for some time. This school is a little different, let me explain. Tucked away in the deep forests of Montana, St. Vladimir’s Academy is a large school campus that covers several acres with a large black gate that runs the perimeter. The school is protected by extremely powerful magical wards that act like a barrier to keep the unwanted and uninvited from entering.
St. Vladimir’s is a Vampire Academy. Yes, you heard correctly. Vampires fall into two categories, ok well three… if you want to be technical, but we will get into that in a moment. The two types that attend the prestigious school are the royal Moroi, and the ass-kicking half-blooded Damphirs. The Royal Moroi
– These vampires are full of pride and often arrogance. They seem to look down on anyone who isn’t a royal. Not all of them are this way of course. It is simply how they are raised to think. There are twelve royal families total within the world of the vampires. Each family vying for power and waiting their turn to take the royal throne and lead their people. They are often described as ‘tall, thin, pale-skilled, and stunningly beautiful’. The Moroi cannot spend lengthy amounts of time out in direct sunlight as they will grow extremely tired and weak. The Moroi are also magic wielders as each Moroi specializes within the 5 elements of magic. Air, Water, Fire, Earth, or Spirit. Spirit being the rarest of all the magical elements, you will hardly find anyone that is capable of harnessing it. The title given to the oldest member in each royal family is ‘Prince’ or ‘Princess’. The Damphirs
– A race of vampires whose numbers are slowly dwindling. In the beginning it is said that they were the creation of a Moroi and human union, being born as a half-breed with the best features of a Moroi without the weaknesses. Though now it is known that Damphir offspring are the result of Moroi and Damphir unions. They do not possess the gift to wield magic like their royal counterparts, though they make up for it with their strength, speed, and agility. Damphirs are fierce fighters and are the bodyguards and protectors of the royal Moroi families. Damphirs are usually known to heal quicker than humans but not as quickly as Moroi. They can be out in the Sun and not suffer the same effects as the Moroi do. At the end of graduation from an Academy, Damphirs are given a Promise Mark
to signify that they have completed training and are assigned to a royal as a Guardian
to follow and protect them from any and all threats.
While attending St. Vladimir’s Academy, all students (Moroi or Damphir) are enrolled into several classes each year. Classes are often specialized depending on what the student is. Moroi take classes like Basics of Elemental Control
that help them to study and understand their growing magic. While the Damphirs take classes such as Advanced Guardian Combat Techniques
. Though both Damphir and Moroi do take a lot of similar classes which fall under the more basic types like language classes, Moroi culture, and math.
Why do Moroi even need Damphirs to protect them you ask? Well the third type of vampire that walk the Earth are extremely deadly and will stop at nothing to wipe out the entire Moroi race. They are known as Strigoi
and they are very intimidating.The Strigoi
– These types of vampires are made and not born. While the Moroi are pale skinned, the Strigoi have chalky-white skin with a vibrant red colored ring around their eyes. They are immortal unlike Moroi or Damphir who inevitably age and pass away. Strigoi are made two ways, forcibly and willingly. You can force a Human, Damphir, or Moroi to become Strigoi by drinking their blood and then forcing them to drink Strigoi blood after. One who is willing to become Strigoi (though this only applies to the Moroi) must drain their victim of blood completely, thus killing them and turning the Moroi into Strigoi. Strigoi possess no magical ability, cannot step foot into sunlight without burning up and cannot step onto holy grounds. Strigoi possess an insane amount of strength and speed, which can only be matched by that of a highly trained Damphir. They seek Moroi blood because it makes them even more powerful with each Moroi they kill. They can be killed in one of 3 known ways. A silver stake to the heart, decapitation, or being set on fire. When a Damphir successfully kills a Strigoi they are given a Molnija Mark
, a tattoo on their back which symbolizes that they have slain a Strigoi in battle.
Moroi need to drink blood to survive, while Damphirs do not require blood at all to live and function normally. Within the walls of St. Vladimir’s there are humans who willingly live and give their blood to Moroi, they are referred to as ‘Feeders’. These Feeders are addicts and give blood willingly at any time during the day or night. A Moroi bite makes the person on the receiving end feel like they are on top of the world. It is a high unlike any other, no drug in the world could match it. It is the high that becomes so addictive, a radiating warmth and wonderful feeling that is often tied into sexual wanting. There is something to note, it is viewed as dirty or raunchy for a Moroi to drink the blood of a Damphir. The Royal Court looks down upon it with disgust and while it is not completely illegal or outlawed, it is highly frowned upon. It is rare to find a Moroi and Damphir who fall in love and marry, as they must do so out of the eye of the Royal Court. Moroi tend to marry within the royal bloodlines to keep them strong and pure.
Currently in need of:
- Moroi Students
- Damphir Students
As most of you know, this idea is based off of the popular world of Vampire Academy which is a book series from the wonderful
Richelle Mead. The role of the school's headmaster shall be taken by me. But pretty much everything is open at this point. I am not putting Strigoi up there quite yet as I want to focus more on the day to day lives of the students in the beginning rather than having Strigoi trying to run around and break into the school. That will come later