Keith Valentine

  • Original Name: Keith Valentine (キース・ヴァレンティーナ )
  • Age: About 400
  • Nationality: European
  • Class: Earth
  • Voice: ?? (Japanese), ?? (English)

    He is the lord of an eastern European castle. Bored of sleeping his life away at the castle, Keith decides to join Yuri and Alice's journey.

    This "Bored Vampire" is the last master from a long line of nobles from Blue Castle. His family ruled over the domain in which the village of Bistritz rests, never harming its people. Though the bloodline died out 300 years ago, the family remains in eternal sleep.

    Keith awakens from a 200 year slumber, disturbed by monsters moving into the unguarded castle - including a powerful winged demon whom he is forced to seal off in a tower. He aids Alice and Zhuzhen when they arrive to investigate the source of the monsters, and asks them to help him exorcise the demon after seeing their skills. Afterwards, he joins them on their journey in search of a change of pace and a little excitement.

    He might be a bloodsucking vampire, but he isn't malicious in the least. Daylight, crosses, and garlic do not harm him at all; he is essentially a more resilient and long-lived human. As a near-immortal, very few things surprise him. He likes children and enjoys singing and dancing.

    Keith has an older brother who likes assuming the form of a shiny, golden bat and serves as the guardian of the family heirloom, the Demon Sword Tyrving.

    History & Mythology

    Bistritz
    Bistritz, a Romanian town located in northern-central Transylvania, is featured in Bram Stoker's classic vampire novel, Dracula. Jonathan Harker, the protagonist of the story, stays at an inn there in 1897 on his way to Count Dracula's castle.

  • Count Dracula Sites in Romania
  • SparkNotes.com - Dracula by Bram Stoker

    Vampires
    Vampires myths come from many culture, but the predominant legend (and the one which Keith is based on, and even pokes a bit of fun at) is the European undead, a blood-sucking demon in human guise with the power to change into a bat, who must be killed with a stake through the heart. This popular image is derived from Bram Stoker's Dracula. Stoker in turn derived his Count from older folklore beliefs and accounts.

    It is generally accepted that Count Dracula was based primarily on the 15-century Romanian prince of Wallachia - Vlad Dracula ("son of Dracul"); in Romanian, dracul means "devil". He was also known as Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler), in reference to his favourite method of torture. While his cruelty to his enemies is well-documented, he is considered by the Romanians to be a hero who protected his nation and people from invasion by the Turks of the Ottoman Empire.

  • Transylvanian Legend by Andrei Tamas
  • Dracula's Home and the Dracula Story
  • Dracula's Castle - A Window into East European History

    Tyrving
    Tyrving (also written as Tyrfing or Thyrfing - "Ripper") is a cursed sword from Norse mythology. It was given to Odin by the dwarven king Alberich. When the sword is unsheathed, a man must die.

  • Wikipedia - Tyrfing
  • Encyclopedia Mythica - Alberich