Love Notes: Valerie and Tristan

This week’s characters introductions are Tristan and Valerie. They’re a bit spoilery, even if it’s to be expected from a supernatural dating sim!

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Valerie Vaughn

Apparent Age: 23

At first glance, many people think of Valerie as the younger and more irresponsible sister of Tristan. After all, she is a constant fixture in the bar, enjoying the newest band to grace the stage and the newest man or woman to cross her path.

What few know is that Valerie is actually Tristan’s elder by over a century, both created by the same elder vampire. Despite the age difference, this does make the two siblings in the eyes of vampire society.

What is more remarkable is unlike many older vampires, Valerie acts like a fledgling. Normally, as such creatures age, they become more stodgy as a result. However, Valerie has an energy that many find tiring.

Some of this can be attributed to the time when she was mortal. The daughter of a noble family, she was expected to marry well, and bear her husband many children. However, Valerie chafed under such restrictions and ran away just a few nights before her arranged wedding day.

While still fleeing, Valerie discovered that she was being followed. No matter what she did, or how far she went, the pursuer got closer, keeping a distance while relishing her distress. Growing irritated, Valerie created a trap to catch her hunter. Much to the vampire’s surprise and delight, it worked. Instead of draining her as previously planned, Valerie was turned into a vampire.

However, with a greatly extended lifespan comes the need to occupy that time. Now that she had her freedom, Valerie took the time to travel through Europe. Of course, she was more than capable of defending herself as no few brigands found to their detriment when accosting what they assumed to be a lady on her own.

Valerie grew so proficient that the vampire society at large made her into assassin. After all, if one lives long enough, you are bound to create a few enemies. Some you might be able to outlive, but others can be more problematic, and in that case it helps to have someone who can handle it.

It was one such problem which drew Valerie to North America. Her quarry was more powerful than initially assumed, and beat Valerie in a fight. Her injuries were so great, though, that she fell into a long sleep.

A long time passed before she woke up, only to find the world greatly changed. Much to her surprise, Tristan was actually nearby and helped her get established in the city. At the moment, Valerie’s time is her own and she intends to enjoy it as much as possible.

Tristan Vaughn

Age: 27

No one can remember how long the Vaughn family has lived in town, except that it has been running the bar Nightshade now for going on over 100 years. This isn’t to say the building stayed the same since it does undergo major renovations, but it certainly is one of the oldest family owned businesses in the city.

However, something seems wrong with the current owner, Tristan. He rarely goes about during the day, and many people just assume he suffers from some kind of genetic disorder. However, he is a constant in the city’s nightlife, easily identified by the shades he rarely takes off.

What few people know is that this is an illusion; every owner has been Tristan. Through various disguises, both supernatural and mundane, Tristan keeps a close eye on the city, feeling as if he helped it grow from a simple cow town a century and half before.

This isn’t to mean Tristan is aloof. He is known to patronize art galleries as well as give stage space to promising bands. One of his favorite finds in recent years was a band called Spectral Howl which invigorated his cold blood.

In supernatural society, Tristan is generally left alone, his bar considered ‘neutral’ territory by the various factions who inevitably arise given time. This doesn’t mean Tristan is weak, far from it. Besides his supernatural powers, few know that was actually a vampire hunter in mortal life.

However, Tristan grew complacent. On one hunt, his foe proved rather wily and captured Tristan. With great curiosity, the vampire turned Tristan into a creature just like he hunted. Those early nights were really tough, but Tristan learned that while he needed blood to survive, it didn’t require him taking a life to do so.

The last few years have been a mixed bag for Tristan starting with a young college student who occasionally came to the bar. There was something off about them, a touch that reminded Tristan of the draugur. This person seemed to stir up other supernaturals, and for a moment Tristan was afraid he’d have to get involved again.

Though this matter was resolved, it left Tristan with a great unease. One thing he learned during his long nights was to follow his gut instinct, and it felt like another storm was brewing on the horizon.

Coming next week

Next week will post the other two love interests introductions: Zoe and Nathan! Of course, unless we hit the bonus romances stretch goal of Kasumi and Dante. Check the game’s Kickstarter here.

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