The vampire who blooded Darren, making him a half-vampire. Used to be a highly respected vampire.
Larten Crepsley, whom the protagonist of the Cirque Du Freak/Darren Shan Saga series refers to simply as Mr. Crepsley, was the vampire who blooded Darren Shan in the Darren Shan series. Consequently, he became the mentor to the Vampire Prince, forming a father-son bond between him and the young Prince.
Throughout the series, several facts about Mr. Crepsley's past are revealed. He was born to a poor family in the 1800s, and he never learned to read. Although his reason is never revealed, he became Seba Nile's apprentice during his late teen years (between 17 and 20). At first, he despised vampires and their customs, but, like Darren, grew to love them. He learned to manipulate spiders from Seba and eventually (possibly on Seba's recommendation) found his way to the Cirque Du Freak. After years with the Cirque, he left to journey to Vampire Mountain. During his time there, he won the respect of his peers and quickly became a Vampire General. Years later, they nominated him for the Vampire Prince. Only months from joining the Princes, Larten gave up the title of General and rejoined the Cirque.
Mr. Crepsley, according to the series, had a special mate, Arra Sails, whom he had unable to find any other female vampires to replace her after the vampaneze ambush caused by Kurda Smahlt. This went on to haunt him, as seen in the book " Hunters of the Dusk" where Evanna gave Mr. Crepsley nine frogs, together forming a picture of the fallen female vampire, to make up for giving him the well-recognized facial scar years ago.
Mr. Crepsley was one of the vampires selected to go and hunt for the Vampaneze Lord besides Darren Shan and Vancha March. In the battle against the supposed Vampaneze Lord, Gannen Harst, and Steve Leopard in the Cavern of Retribution. Mr. Crepsley took over Darren's place to defeat the three vampanezes, putting others first before him as always, which caused all pacts agreed before amongst the two groups to go off. Mr. Crepsley had defeated the Lord, but was then pushed towards his death by Steve into the fiery-stakes pit. His death had been for nothing as Darren later discovered that Steve himself was the true Vampaneze Lord, the vampaneze that Mr. Crepsley had killed had been a decoy.
Mr. Crepsley's soul had been unable to be contacted by Evanna in the Lake of Souls, to which the daughter of Desmond Tiny hoped was a sign indicating that he had gone to Paradise.
Mr. Crepsley was among the cherished and idolized characters in the series, thought to be as wise, mature, quick-witted and cunning. He was the one who helped Darren in learning the ways of the vampires besides teaching the Vampire Prince in dealing with his life as a vampire. In the beginning, he seems to be a very cruel character, but quickly becomes likeable.
Like all vampires, Mr. Crepsley has super strength, speed, and endurance. His senses are also vastly improved by his transformation into a vampire. His teeth and nails are much harder than those of any human. He can flit, or move faster than even the eyes of vampires can follow. Larten can heal wounds with his saliva and breathe a gas that can knock its victims unconscious for 30 minutes (longer if the victim is not in good health).
Darren often mentions that Larten has powers that exceed those of normal vampires. He can control certain animals, such as spiders. Wolves are naturally drawn to a vampire. In Tunnels of Blood he shows Darren his power to dabble with illusions. Up to then, Darren thinks Mr. Crepsley is telekinetic, but the truth is, he is not. He snaps his fingers out of habit and to distract the eye, and then rapidly snatches the object away from where it is. He does it so fast, it is impossible for humans to see, and vampires have to struggle to be able to see him. Trials of Death it is shown that he is exceptionally strong and fast, even for a vampire. In Trials of Death, it is also revealed that he is among the most skilled of vampires at hand-to-hand combat and is most likely considerably better than most with weapons because he nearly became a prince. His other talents include lock picking (by using static electricity he builds up when flitting to force a lock open), playing a flute, and creating illusions.
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