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Sylum Advent 2019: Day One

Author’s Note: Okay guys listen up before you click the ‘read more’ link below a few things. This wasn’t an easy chapter to write, actually this particular piece is the 4th rendition.

As we adjusted and changed storyline with Clan War, it become apparent that Aftermath and Going Home were not going to work it was too embroiled with the CSI shows storylines and we aimed to remove almost or all of the ‘fanfic’ type elements.

Loved One Lost aka Grave Danger … had already been pulled to become it’s own story (which you’ll see later in Advent).

On that note if your expecting Aftermath to look like the original – it won’t. It’s a slight change from the rest of the series, but the best ending for the Arc.

You will have question about particular characters, just wait until after Advent because a few of those will be answered.

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Clan War 10th Anniversary: Call to Arms (Part 2)


Title: Clan War 10th Anniversary Edition: Call to Arms (Part 2)

Author: Bj Jones

Creative Consultant: Timothy Quinn

Artist: Taibhrigh

Author’s Note: So this is about 4 times the size of the original … maybe 6.  There’s more history of the bad guys, an added new one, and Speed’s internal monologue through his capture is epic snark.  You will also get more history of Tony’s time in Damascas and his Turning.  The backstory to Nico’s Turning.

There is a lot of history for Nico, Tony and Speed.

Also a quick note: You’re also being introduced to story threads that will be very very important in later stories.

*evil cackles*

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Clan War 10th Anniversary: Call to Arms (Part 1)



Title: Clan War 10th Anniversary Edition: Call to Arms (Part 1)

Author: Bj Jones

Creative Consultant: Timothy Quinn

Artist: Taibhrigh

Author’s Note: So this is about 4 times the size of the original … maybe 6.  There’s more history of the bad guys, with an added new one.  Speed’s internal monologue through his capture is epic snark.  You will also get more history of Tony’s time in Damascus and his Turning.  Along with the backstory to Nico’s Turning.

There has a lot of history for Nico, Tony and Speed.

Also a quick note: You’re also being introduced to story threads that will be very very important in later stories.

*evil cackles*


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Clan War 10th Anniversary: Family



Title: Clan War 10th Anniversary Edition: Family

Author: Bj Jones

Creative Consultant: Timothy Quinn

Artist: Taibhrigh

Author’s Note: You’re in for a special treat with this one.  As we’ve moved the series further from fanfiction a lot of Family had been changed.  Though we’ve add into it, the back story of Riddick and Bryon.

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Clan War 10th Anniversary: Loyalties



Title: Clan War 10th Anniversary Edition: Loyalties

Author: Bj Jones

Creative Consultant: Timothy Quinn

Artist: Taibhrigh

Author’s Note: The original Clan War was 450 +/- pages.  Somewhere in Loyalties we passed that page mark and kept on going.  Do note that there is a lot of detail concerning what the Manor looks like in this particular chapter.

Sit back and enjoy!  The Manor Tour will start at the Grand Staircase in 5 mins.


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Clan War 10th Anniversary: Interlude: Rode Hard Put Away Wet (CSI: Anthology)



Title: CSI: Anthology – Interlude: Rode Hard Put Away Wet

Author: Bj Jones

Creative Consultant: Timothy Quinn

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This story in the Anthology sets right in between Clan War: Bonding and Clan War: Transitions.  I hope everyone has caught up on the Anthology to understand what’s going on.

Clan War 10th Anniversary Edition: Bonding



Title: Clan War 10th Anniversary Edition: Bonding

Author: Bj Jones

Creative Consultant: Timothy Quinn

Artist: Taibhrigh

Author’s Note: This chapter is longer and more detailed than the original.  Which is why many of these chapters have taken longer to re-work.   Lets put it in a perspective everyone can understand.

Bonding: 30 pgs

10th Anniversary Edition: 204 pgs

This is standard with all the Chapters.  The original Clan War worked out to be 400+ pages.  We passed that number somewhere in Loyalties.

Note from Bj Jones:

As it’s been a while since this has been said I figured a reminder was in order as we start to officially post Clan War.

So listen up this will only get said once.

We do not put warnings on stories.

There’s a large blanketed warning over the full series: At one point in time we will discuss subjects that will be uncomfortable, write something offensive, showcase a large variety of sexual acts and partners, and use language appropriate for the time period.

In conclusion: Sylum Essay: Modern Sensibilities ….

Thank You.

Now enjoy the story …. cause your in for the wildest wild in the Caribbean!

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Sylum Essay Series: Vampire Relationships



Sylum Essay Series: Vampire Relationships

The Relationships between Vampires can be vast and complex.   The Sire/Childe Bond, Mate Bond, and other type of Bonds are not always simple and cookie cutter.  Every Bond is different.  Every relationship is different.

Kinda like every day relationships.

As 10th Anniversary Clan War Edition starts to be posted, the variety of relationships will be showcased throughout the series.

It’s not as simple as two Vampires come together as Mates and they live happily ever after.  No relationship works that way.  Even being Soul Mates knowing that they are destined to be together, and if one is to die the other follows – isn’t going to stop the OMG you left your damn shoes in the middle of the God Damn Hallway again!!  It’s also not going to always tie the two so tightly together that there is no one else in the picture.

Some Mates are going to be possessive with each other. Some aren’t.  Some are going to have strong bonds that can handle long distances apart.  Others will always be with the other.  Some will have times when the Bond is closed off.  Others will never close the Bond between them.

Every relationship is different.

Will Turner and Jack Sparrow never close the Bond between them, due to what happened with Davy Jones Locker.  Even when one of them is being beaten, tortured the Bond never closes.

Yev and Craig never Mated even though they knew there Mates for ages, due to their jobs.  It isn’t until Evolution they finally Mate.  But they still have to maintain their jobs, which would require them to close down the Bond.

Ethan Hunt is an Agent/Spy.  He will do what he needs to do.  If that means bedding the target, he does it.  Luther doesn’t get pissy or upset over the situation, he knows it’s Ethan’s job.  Now he will Claim his Mate the moment the job is over, but he doesn’t take it personally.

Older Vampires have established relationships well before they get a Mate.  This can at times cause strife, in some pairs.  For others it’s not a problem.   Arthur and Nico have a long lasting relationship before Guin and Warrick came into the picture.  It’s a relationship that the Mates in time learn not to get between.  Eliot and Neal have a relationship that has lasted 1600 years.  They refused to be parted despite both having Mates – hence their harem.

Then there’s the unique situation of a married couple who is Turned but end up Mated to other people.  Marc Antony and Cleopatra were married with kids, both were Turned and Marc ended up with Alexander.  These two are not just going to stop loving each other.  They have a long history and children.  They will want to be in each other’s lives and Mates would need to learn to deal with it.  But like all relationships – it isn’t simple or easy to do.

Vampires also have connections to old souls, this will pull them together sometimes good and bad.  Carlos and Ernesto have a deep connection that won’t really go away, and it can come out in full force in awkward moments.    Ethan has the soul of Brandt’s wife – these two still act like a Married couple.   Their Mates think its humorous.  Warrick and Guin were married in a past life, tightening their Bond in the now.

Not all Mates can handle the other Mate having sexual relationships with others.  Some like to watch *I’m looking at you Warrick*.   Others like to share between them *I’m looking at you Daniel and Davy*.  Vampires will have Kinks much like Humans do.  The difference is they are older, wiser and have little fucks to give to ‘society’ perception of how they live.

A Vampire can have many Bonds in his life, depending on who they’ve Turned over the years and their connections to that Childe.  Nico is a unique situation in the fact he’s got strong connections and ties to many in his life.  He has his blood family, souls of his children, past lives, and strong Bonds made over his years on this planet.  This is not the rule, but the major exception that runs as a woven thread throughout the series.

A Sire/Childe Bond will have both sides feeling strong emotions from the other.   They won’t sense normal everyday emotions and further they’re from the other – even less.  But they will feel  a major spike in any emotion or a physical attack – like getting shot.  They will feel the death as the Bond unravels from the loss.

A Mate Bond will feel each others emotions and physical injuries.  The stronger the Bond the more intense.  They can’t ‘track’ someone down via the Bond, like during Family – Warrick despite the strong Bond between them could not track Nico’s location.  All he could do is supply his own strength, love and devotion to his Mate to keep him calm.   Cause he knows if he freaked, Nick would freak and that isn’t’ good.

A Mate Bond with a Non-Vampire.   I’ll take a moment for everyone to get their head wrapped around that…. okay done.  There are at the moment two Vampire/Non-Vampire Mated pairings.   Go ahead try and figure them out …….. Robert De’Lapins and Jack Frost;  Tia and Davy Jones.  Tia and Robert are both Vampires, while their Mates are not.  A Bond is created between them but how they handle each other is quite different from all other relationships.

A Vampire Bond – what is this you ask?  Bonds between Vampires that aren’t Sire/Child or Mates.   Is this possible? Yes.  Hunting pairs build strong Bonds.   Brandt and Tamara have many times Hunted together over the centuries they have a strong Bond to each other.   Their relationships is close, despite Tamara having a Mate and later Brandt’s own Mate.  Evie and Jake Fry – siblings who aren’t Mates.  They still have a strong Vampire Bond that is enhanced by the fact their fraternal twins.

As shown there are a lot of different Bonds that pull Vampires together .  The goal is to showcase the variety of these Bonds over the stories.   So a quick note to the readers: let go of any conception you think Bonded Vampires should act or do.   All relationships and Bonds are different depending on the character, time and place of the story.  How one acts in 21st Century is different from 18th Century – but we already had that Essay Series.

Sylum 10th Anniversary: Q&A




And we’ve come down to our last 10th Anniversary Question!  There were some really good questions, suggestions and comments made through out!!  I hope we were able to answer some of everyone’s curiosity on characters, how we develop storyline and other great Sylum moments.

Q: How did the vampire physiology evolve?

A: We saved this one for last as this isn’t an easy answer.  When Sylum began it was ohh shiny Vampires.  Over time a structure needed to be added into how these Vampires worked in the Sylum Universe.   As you know there are many different legends, myths, ideas and plot devices used for all types of Vampire stories.  Though the sparkling thing still eludes me – seriously wtf was that…

Moving on.

Sylum took a wide range of histories, legends, myth and science tossed it all into a blender and hit puree.  And walla – Vampires.  We used the genetic codes from other vampires to fill the dna strand … oh wait wrong movie!

The main thing was taking the Vampires only come out at night to hunt the for virgin blood.  Ours walk around daylight, have jobs, relationships and really not that interested in virgins.   Obviously blood is their main source of substance, this will never change in the ideas and lore for Vampires.  How they get the blood and where – alters with time.  Sylum Vampires also can eat food, for enjoyment not necessarily substance.

Holy water, crosses, religious artifacts do not affect them.  They are not demons or creatures of the devil.  As we know many of them are very strong in the religious beliefs and continue to practice their religion well after being Turned.

We did keep the myth of sexuality.  They can be very sexual creatures, and it doesn’t always tie to their Mates – but that is another Sylum Essay series that will come soon.

The physical aspects of the Sylum Vampire also had to be figured out.  How does the body work?  How does digesting the blood work?  What is enhanced?  What can or cannot be healed?

We relay some of this information through stories showcasing the Clan Doctors as they would be studying the Vampire Physiology for generations.   A few things we’ll point out here to get an idea of how it all works.

When a Vampire is Turned, the Vampire Gene wraps around the DNA structure that exists freezing that person in time.  So any injuries for ex:  House and his leg, Logan and his back, Al and his amputees.  These stay the same.  They are not healed suddenly.  Now the vampires makes it easier to live with, less pain, the muscles stronger around the injured area, etc…

This also works with being nearsighted or farsighted.   If you needed glasses before hand you would after.   If you were on that verge of needing glasses and was Turned it’s likely when really tired or haven’t fed in a while, the glasses would be needed – for example Nico when extremely tired pulls out reading glasses which is a big warning sign to Warrick the boy needs sleep.

If damage occurs after being Turned, the Vampire gene will heal it.   The age of the Vampire, level of injury will contribute to how long a Vampire will take to heal.   The only injury a Vampire cannot come back from is beheading and severe fire – think burned at the stake.

The fangs are the most important part for a Vampire.  It’s how he get his blood.  They need to heal, replenish etc… biting works the fastest.  They can swallow via mug, which will help but for best options – biting.  The fangs work in a way that blood will go straight into the blood stream, and work through the system.  Drinking it via cup – works through the digestive system.  IV can work when Vampire unable to swallow or bite, but it will still be a slow processes.   The fangs, action, saliva that goes with it – are the key elements.  The doctors and scientist are still trying to work out how.

Vampire Saliva has healing factors.  This is how a Vampire can bite and cover the wound up and no one would be the wiser.  It’s also how to help a wounded Vampire recoup faster.  You loose a limb, a Mate or Sire’s saliva can help the re-growth process.  Not pretty but effective.

Vampires senses are also enhanced.  They can move faster, see & hear further, and smell minuet fragrances.   We’re just now starting to show case these in the stories.

As you can see there is a lot more to the Vampire Physiology , and we’re still working out how all of it works.  As the Universe expands so does dealing with other species and how the Vampire affects it.


If you have any other questions (that isn’t related to when stories are coming out :D) you can reply to this post or go to the Sylum: Question & Answer Center.  We’ll always answer to the best of our ability – whether directly or in a post similar to this.

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