Lucian was resting in Sonja's room in the castle that had once been occupied by Viktor and his coven. There was a knock at the door and Lucian sat upright on the bed calling out for the person there to enter.

Raze came in, "There is a rider approaching."

Lucian got up and went with Raze to the wall. There he saw a rider on a black warhorse stallion.

The rider's skin is protected from the noonday sun with long red hair, flowing black cape, and the shadow of a wide-brimmed hat. As the rider approaches Lucian realized that he was slowing down to stop at the castle. Lucian and Raze went to the gate. When the rider halted before them they saw the lower half of the face was covered with a scarf. A Viking sword rested in the sheath on the horse's back while a cross bow was slung over the rider's shoulder.

"Can we help you?" Raze asked.

"Where are the Vampires?" a feminine voice growled.

"Gone," Lucian answered. "We have either killed or driven them off."

"Bloody hell," the rider said as she yanked the scarf from her face and whipped the hat from her head.

She dismounted and they found that she was just about Lucian's height. Her skin was the color of alabaster and her eyes the color of crisp new grass. She wore beneath her heavy black cape black knee high leather boots, black leather pants, and a black leather corset over a black linen shirt. Her beauty was mesmerizing, unintentionally wooing and flustering the men that had clustered around their leader and this new arrival. Lucian thought she looked a bit like a Vampire.

"Why do you seek them?" Raze questioned.

"I've been searching for Viktor," she answered.

"Why is that?" Lucian asked.

"I intend to kill him," she said.

"I already did," Lucian replied.

"Oh, did you remove him of his head?" she questioned.

"No, I impaled him with my sword through the Vampire's mouth," Lucian answered.

"Viktor is an elder. To kill him you must take his head otherwise he will heal," she told him.

"How do you know these things?"

"I am a Dhampir. It is my duty to know all I can about the creatures I hunt and kill," she answered.

"You are a hunter?" Raze asked in surprise.

"I am," she replied

"I had heard the legends, but did not believe," Raze said.

"I do not understand," Lucian said.

"She is the half-breed child of a Vampire father and human mother, the ideal Vampire hunter. Dhampirs are legendary for their practiced skill and unearthly grace, born of both races but belonging to neither. Often underestimated by their adversaries, they possess surprising power and resourcefulness, having most of the strengths of the Vampires and only mild levels of their common weaknesses. Their power is not only physical, but extends into the magical realm as well. Their supernatural powers make them one of the strongest beings in the world. However, they prefer their physical abilities, only using their magic in time of great need. They are marked by their extraordinary beauty and remarkably powerful auras, and thus rarely accepted by humans. In terms of weaknesses, they are randomly susceptible to sun-sickness. Otherwise, they do not appear to suffer from other vampiric weaknesses. They are able to physically restrain opponents with their aura and have reflexes that go beyond even those of Vampires," Raze told Lucian.

"Impressive," the rider said. "Not many know the legends."

"I am Raze. I come from a valley where legends of Dhampirs are quite popular. The people of my valley often hoped that one would come along and kill the Vampires that reigned," Raze told her.

"I am Lucian, leader of the werewolves you see here," Lucian added.

"Nice to meet you both, I am Anastassia Bronislav. You may call me Ana if you like. Could I water my horse and rest awhile before moving on?" she said.

"Of course," Lucian said and led her inside.

One of the men took her horse to the stable to feed and water.

He pranced uneasily at first, but when she stroked him and said, "It is all right, Constantine.Go with him, he will take care of you," he calmed going along quietly.

Lucian led her into the castle and up the stairs to Viktor's rooms.

"You may rest here. These were Viktor's rooms. If you find anything that maybe of use to you in your search for him you may have it," Lucian told her.

"Thank you that is most kind," Anastassia said.