Thomas never dropped an anchor in places any navy would have expected. Tortuga, Port Royal, San Juan—those ports were for pirates, and Thomas Crowe would have preferred killing a law-abiding colonial merchant over being caught associating himself with criminals. In his youth, I fear, he did not recognize the hypocrisy. In those days, werewolves, vampires, and gemseekers—mortal or otherwise—were essentially considered members of the broad family of sinners and ne’er-do-wells that any civilized government, colonial or not, happily listed as “criminal.” Yes, there was an era in which such was not the case, but after significant violent events during the early 1500s involving the first true “ambitious” werewolf clan—the Children of the Blood Moon—the English and soon the French, Spanish and so-forth began to look upon their resident lupomorphs with contempt, and thus began the Age of Sorrow in the long tale of the werewolves.

Vampire cults long lived closely beside mortal man as well, yet with much more social intimacy. Werewolves long preferred agrarian life to that of an aristocratic nature, for which vampires are more commonly known. Werewolves, after all, have long claimed a close relationship to the natural. I believe werewolves came into existence many ages before the time of Rome, which is when vampires first attempted to mesh their tribes with the lands designated as Emperor Augustus’s territory, mostly in Italy and the rest of the Mediterranean, extending toward Eastern Europe. Ancient vampires feared the consequences of their resistance, and willingly became Romans. After Augustus, vampire history is rather quiet, until the time of the Christian emperor Constantine. But that is not important to consider at this time.

During the time Thomas Crowe was sailing to Bermuda, a modern vampire cult—The Black Coat Society—was beginning to colonize the Caribbean, right along with the European powers. The former Black Coat Society had originated in Europe, supposedly in France, and had since been reorganized by new leaders—and influential ones at that.

Geoffrey Mylus,
April 11, 1833