The countdown is on. Only four short days until crowds everywhere storm the theaters for the much anticipated final installment in the Twilight series: Breaking Dawn. Will you be there? I will – NOT. Yep. I bought my ticket excited at the prospect of a girl’s night out, the kids safely at home. A day later I realized – crap, I won’t even be in my home state for the big day. So I have to wait a week and a half to find out what everyone is talking about. I don’t want any spoilers from y’ all. Alrighty? ;D
My inability to attend is not going to stop this blog and Immortal Monday from celebrating the characters of Twilight on the onset of their story’s conclusion. Let’s jump in, shall we, and take a look at the creatures, I mean characters of Twilight.
The Cullens – Olympic coven
Everyone pretty much knows all there is to know about these vegetarian vampires. Half the population wants to be one or be married to one, am I right? Maybe not the people reading this blog, but they’re out there.
The Cullens are strong, beautiful, and sparkly. Not to mention fast and hard as stone. Added bonus – they never need to sleep. They were founded in 1918 when Carlisle Cullen turned Edward, the first of his family. They are heavy in the supernaturally gifted department. These gifts include telepathy, precognition, pathokinesis, a mental shield, tactile thought projection and shield penetration.
The wolf pack – Uley pack
The half of the world that doesn’t want to be a Cullen vampire wants to run with the wolf pack. They are the warm-blooded super-natural beings in the mix. And like the Cullens, hold very little secrets to be revealed. Descendants of the original Quileute pack, the Uley pack has grown to fourteen members strong. That is, until Jacob withdrew from the pack taking Seth and Leah with him. Among the wolves a few show enhanced abilities. Jared has improved sight, Seth has improved hearing and Leah is the fastest wolf in the group. Jacob can phase on the fly.
Now let’s talk about the group that doesn’t get discussed as often. The big, the bad, the ugly… What every story needs and what makes the unfolding of a tale so interesting – the bad guy.
As established above, the Volturi is the largest and most powerful of vampire covens. Sitting at the throne are Aro, Caius and Marcus and there they have ruled for 3000 years. They are the equivalent of a royal family and enforce the laws of the vampire world. Rules such as:
- Hunting is forbidden in the city of Volterra
- Never draw attention to one’s self in open sunlight
- Hunts should be inconspicuous
- The creator is responsible for his newborn’s behavior
- Self-control – No immortal children are allowed
The five core members include the three listed above plus Sulpicia, Aro’s wife, and Athenodora, Caius’s wife. Marcus’s wife (and Aro’s sister) Didyme was also a member before her brother killed her. Marcus and Didyme had become restless and Aro feared they would leave the clan. Marcus was too important to Aro’s plan so he killed his sister and persuaded Marcus to remain content using Chelsea’s ability. Marcus’s ability to sense relationships developed after his mate’s death. The other wives were locked up in the tower after Didyme’s death, their mood altered by another’s ability. Didyme had the ability to make others happy. This gift is called the aura of happiness. Aro had little use for it.
In addition to the core members, the coven is comprised of many powerful and imposing vampires known as the Volturi guard. The most prominent members will get the most power play in the big fight against the Cullens.
- Chelsea – Born in Greece before 1100 BC – Affects relationship ties (not featured in the films)
- Jane – Twin sister of Alec and a few minutes older. Born in England around 800 AD – Inflicts the mental illusion of burning pain
- Alec – Born of an Anglo-Saxon woman and a Frankish soldier. He and his sister’s abilities were strongly evident even as toddlers –He possesses the gift of sense deprivation/can completely cut off all senses of multiple targets.
- Demetri – Born in Greece and transformed by the Egyptian coven’s leader. When the Volturi found out about his ability, they used Chelsea’s power to persuade him to come over to their clan. He tracks people through the tenor of their minds.
Reason the twins were turned so young: Aro saw their gift very early on and knew he wanted to bring them into the fold, but immortal children were not permitted, so he allowed them to be raised by their parents. But the locals began to notice how people were affected when they were good to the children or bad to them. Soon they were branded as witches and sentenced to burn at the stake. Aro received word and got there just in time to save them, turning them and bring them into the fold. They are the youngest among the Volturi as a result, living in the immortal body of twelve-year-olds.
There’s your Breaking Dawn/Twilight Saga character class rundown. Did I forget anyone?
Top Reason To Be:
A Cullen Vampire…because their virtually indestructible, extremely powerful, and don’t have to turn into a wolf to do all the cool things that they do.
A Volturi Vampire…because you’re practically royalty, you make all the rules and you’re immortal.
A member of the wolfpack…because they’re warm, alive and don’t have the desire to kill the human they’re with.
Are you looking forward to the final installment this weekend? Do you already have your ticket? Or is this one of those things you’ll take a pass on?
Exciting news! My gal pal, Krystal Wade, is celebrating the final installment of her YA fantasy, Wilde’s Meadow. The book launched last week which means you can get grab your copy today from Amazon or Barnes and Noble. To Celebrate Krystal is running the Wilde Moments blog fest this month. She is asking people to write about their wildest moments. She’ll be picking the winner and awarding a Kindle Fire. I can’t play since I don’t have any wild moments. 🙁 Pop on over and get your name in the hat for our chance to win!
There are dreamy guys, girl power, ancient prophecies, a serious big bad and gods. What’s not to like? Check out the blurb~
Armed with hope, confidence in her abilities, and a strange new gift from her mother, Kate ventures into the Darkness to defeat a fallen god.
Reminder: this blog will be relocating to a self-hosted site at some point near the end of the year. I hope you’ll follow us to the new digs. My fabulous designer, Laird Sapir, is working her tail off for us. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with.