- "Look at them down there, scurrying around like insects. They don't know anything about honor or living by the sword. Not like you and I do."
Drake was the original and most powerful of the vampire species. His kind have sought him out in the hope he will restore vampires to Daywalkers and kill the only Daywalker other than himself, Blade. However, after Blade allied himself with the Nightstalkers, Drake was defeated.
Blade: Trinity Edit
Dagon was the progenitor of the vampire race, Homines nocturnae. He terrorized humankind from the first moments of its history, spreading his cursed blood all over the world. According to legend, he was born around the 5th or 4th millennium BCE in the "cradle of civilization" of ancient Sumer, Mesopotamia. He was worshiped by the Babylonians as "Dagon", and as the centuries passed he eventually became known as "Dracula". Dracula later became disgusted with the world and retreated to a tomb in Iraq to sleep through the coming ages.
From the 16th century onward, myths regarding Dracula filtered through Western culture, leading Bram Stoker to write the famous novel bearing his name in 1897. In the 20th century, the mythical version of Dracula entered popular culture in the form of various motion pictures.
Modern Era Edit
Searching for help in their fight with the vampire hunter Blade, Danica Talos and Asher Talos found Drake's 4,000 year old tomb in the Syrian Desert, and awakened him. After consuming dozens of humans in order to regain his strength and powers, Drake was informed by Danica on the situation of the vampire kind and on Blade, and, disgusted by their weakness, accepted to hunt down and kill the Daywalker.
Drake, immune to the effects of sunlight, exited from Talos's base and saw all the changes the world had gone through in the millennia he was asleep. Mocked and accidentally infuriated (humiliated?) by two teenage vampire-themed gift shop employees who tried to sell him a Dracula-shaped vibrator, Drake killed them both, and then headed for Edgar Vance's office. Once there, Drake killed the familiar and waited for Blade's arrival with in the guise of the psychiatrist. Blade arrived along with Abigail Whistler and Hannibal King. After discovering Vance's corpse, the trio attacked Drake, but he easily incapacitated King. While Abigail took care of Hannibal, Blade followed Drake who was escaping on the rooftops. Drake told Blade he felt affinity with him, since they're both "honorable warriors", and challenged him to a regular duel. After making a distraction with a baby he held hostage, Drake fled.
Some days later, when Blade and Abigail were out on hunt, Drake arrived at the Nightstalkers base with the shape of Abraham Whistler. In here, he killed all the Nightstalkers, with the sole exceptions of Hannibal King, who was taken to Danica for an interrogation, and Zoe, Sommerfield's little daughter, who Drake wanted to convert to a vampire. When Blade arrived at Talos' place, Drake was awaiting him. The two engaged in a sword fight, during which they proved to be equal. Enjoying the fight, Drake assumed his real shape, a towering demon whose powers were far superior to Blade's. Just a moment before he finished Blade, Abigail tried to kill Drake with an arrow charged with the Daystar Virus, a biological weapon created to kill all vampires once mixed with Drake's blood. Drake's reflexes were too sharp, and he evaded the tip of and caught the shaft of the arrow in mid air, roaring at the girl and leaving it falling on the ground. Blade understood the opportunity, grabbed the arrow and stabbed Drake's flank with it, releasing the Daystar which killed all nearby vampires. Before death, Drake praised his enemy for his skills and honor, telling him that, as long as Blade was alive, there was a future for the vampire race. He then granted Blade a "parting gift".
When FBI agents Ray Cumberland and Wilson Hale arrived, they found Blade's corpse and took it to the morgue. They soon discovered that the corpse was in reality Drake's, who transformed to give Blade more time to escape, thus making a final gift in praise of Blade for besting him in honorable combat.
Dracula is the first of his kind. His blood is the most potent of all vampires. Because he is the progenitor of the species, his blood is pure, free of centuries worth of selective mutation. Hannibal King described him as "like the great white shark," as he has never needed to evolve due to him being born a perfect vampiric specimen, his only genetic successor being, at least according to Drake himself, Blade.
- Immortality: Like all vampires, Dracula is biologically immortal, immune to all disease and aging. Dracula is the oldest vampire recorded, having lived over 6000 years.
- Superhuman Strength: Most vampires possess superhuman physical strength anywhere from 10 to 20 times greater than a human. The vast majority of known and recorded vampires are capable of lifting from 1,000 lbs to 4,000 lbs. Dracula is much stronger. Dracula's enhanced strength also enables him to perform other superhuman feats such as leaping incredible distances. Supplementing his strength, Dracula is naturally heartier than normal humans and vampires; the idea of 'severe physical exertion' does not apply to him as he would recuperate from almost any effort instantaneously.
- Superhuman Speed: Dracula can run and move at speeds that are far beyond the natural physical limits of not only the finest human athlete, but many vampires as well.
- Superhuman Reflexes: A vampire's reflexes, agility and reaction time are many times greater than a normal human being. At maximum optimal capacity, a vampire can move more quickly than the human eye can perceive. He was able to evade and grab a fast-moving arrow aimed at him in the same motion while engaged in hand-to-hand combat with Blade.
- Superhuman Senses: Dracula's senses of sight and smell are enhanced to levels well beyond that of normal humans. Dracula is able to detect objects with perfect clarity at much greater distances than a normal human, even in near-total darkness. He is also able to visually perceive the infra-red end of the electromagnetic spectrum, allowing him to see individuals at night by their body heat. His sense of smell is similarly enhanced, able to detect the scent of blood in the air from miles away.
- Regenerative Healing Factor: Dracula possesses an accelerated healing factor that enables him to rapidly regenerate damaged bodily tissues much faster and more extensively than a normal human. Injuries such as gunshots, slashes, and severe burns, within hours or minutes, depending upon their severity.
- Fangs & Claws: Dracula possesses elongated canines and mandibles that he uses to pierce the flesh of other beings for the purpose of consuming their blood. Dracula can also, however, use his fangs as weapons in very close combat situations. He also possesses a single retractable claw at the tip of each fingers. The claws are very sharp, capable of rending human flesh and bone with ease.
- Shape-Shifting: Dracula can alter his form at the musculoskeletal level and take on the appearance of a different person. He is able to alter his height, the colors of his eyes, hair, and skin, and even change the appearance of his clothing. His true form is that of a towering demon-like being with red skin and spikes on his body. He is able to maintain any transformed state indefinitely, even for a period of time after death.
- Immunity to Sunlight: Unlike his modern-day vampire progeny, Dracula is not harmed by sunlight. It is unknown if he is also resistant to EDTA, garlic, and silver.
- Hibernation: Dracula is able to choose to hibernate, going into a deep sleep, and requiring no blood for nourishment as long as he remained asleep. Dracula can remain in hibernation for thousands of years.
- Hematophagia: Vampires require the consumption of human blood for nourishment and to maintain their existence. The required dosage of blood per vampire depends upon their overall strength and vitality, though most vampires need to feed at least once per evening. Older, more powerful vampires will sometimes require more blood than lesser vampires in order to maintain their health. The most common form of exsanguination is by biting a human victim upon the neck, usually on the jugular vein or carotid artery where the blood is freshest. Some vampires keep supplies of stored blood at secret locations called "blood banks". This practice is more common amongst turned vampires and rarely employed by natural vampires, who prefer to feed on live prey. Failure to consume human blood at regular intervals may produce a variety of effects. Vampires may suffer a loss of vitality and cohesion and they will find it more difficult to maintain a human mien. If enough time has passed without nourishment, a vampire may enter a "blood frenzy" wherein they will act on primal instinct and take what they need from the closest available source, regardless of the consequences.
- Daystar: Daystar is the only known weapon that is known to kill Dracula. Abigail Whistler shot an arrow containing a small, but lethal viral payload in the arrowhead.