Vampire Game


Vampire Game

Infobox animanga/Header
name = Vampire Game


caption = Cover of "Vampire Game Manga" Vol. 1
ja_kanji = 吸血遊戯
ja_romaji = Kyūketsu Yūgi
genre = Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Infobox animanga/Manga
author = Judal
publisher = Shinshokan
publisher_en = flagicon|USA Tokyopop
magazine = Wings
first = November 1996
last = November 2004
volumes = 15
demographic = Shōjo

nihongo|"Vampire Game"|吸血遊戯|Kyūketsu Yūgi is a manga by the Japanese author and artist, Judal. It originally ran in Wings Manga Magazine - a monthly manga anthology in Japan. The series has 15 volumes in all. It was licensed in the U.S. by Tokyopop.

The story

One hundred years ago, Vampire-King Duzell led a war against the humans and kingdom of Pheliosta. In the epic last battle, King Phelios defeated Duzell by using a powerful spell that sacrifices the caster, destroying Duzzel and himself thereof. As both laid dying, Duzell swore that they would be reborn in a century's time; Duzell would then find Phelios' reincarnation, and when he did, he would "drain his blood, rip his body limb from limb and laugh while his soul writhed, damned for eternity to a lake of fire." Ninety-eight years later, Duzell is reborn as a wildcat called a kyawl, building up his powers after a century-long slumber. The only way he can indentify Phelios is by the taste of his (or her) blood. Fifteen-year-old Princess Ishtar, Phelios' descendant, adopts the kitty by chance. After hearing of his true identity, she decides to help Duzell find the reincarnation of "Saint" Phelios so he can exact his revenge. Ishtar's got her own problems with the monarchy, and the spunky princess turns this tale into a comical, witty adventure of a search for, and desperate battle with, Phelios. It will span throughout the kingdom - and affect everyone in it.The fate of the ages is reborn, and the vampire game begins. Way to pass time, immortal Duzell.

Characters

Main

Ishtar - Princess Ishtar is only fifteen years old and controls the throne of Pheliosta due to her parent's death earlier in her childhood. Defiant and stubborn, Ishtar gets what she wants and is known for running away and causing trouble. Though loyal to a fault, she often hurts situations more than she helps, which Duzell or Darres have to fix. Ishtar is in love with Darres and would cast "La Gamme" for him - the very spell Phelios cast to destroy Duzell at the cost of his life. At the end of the manga she marries Darres and gives birth to twin boys, Phelios and Duzell. These two are the actual reincarnations of their namesakes, due to a promise Ishtar made to Duzell.

Duzell - The dreaded Vampire-King. When he was still alive, before his battle with Phelios, Duzell struck fear into every heart, human and vampire alike. He was quite cruel and began "world domination" because he was bored with his immortality. Now, in his reincarnation, he has been considerably softened by Ishtar. Though his true form is a kyawl (a cat-like creature) he is able to change into any being from whom he draws blood. Eventually he becomes strong enough to take on his original vampire form. When in this form, Duzell masquerades as Ishtar's doctor. He later sacrifices himself to save Ishtar and Darres at the end of the manga, using "La Gamme" to kill Lassen and, as a result, himself. Five years later he is reincarnated as Duzell, prince of Pheliosta and twin brother of Phelios. His appearance is of his male Ishtar form, looking identical to his mother. He gets kissed numerous times in the place of Ishtar because he shape-shifted into her. At the end, it's revealed that Duzell fell in love with Ishtar, and she loved him too, in a different way. He learned that what was important was to love and be loved. And he knew that Ishtar loved Darres more. He still tried to make her happy thruout the series, and got mad at himself when he failed.

Darres - Ishtar's 27-year-old bodyguard who was first employed ten years ago, when he was seventeen and she was five. He is a master swordsman. He often has to chase Ishtar when she runs away or tries to fix things she has screwed up. He is actually quite dense to many things (especially women) and is oblivious to Ishtar's deep love for him. At the end he marries Ishtar and becomes the father of Phelios and Duzell. Considering his approval of both names, Ishtar told him everything after Duzell's death

Yujinn - Yujinn is actually Ishtar's cousin Yuujel masquerading as her spell tutor. He is known to be quite the ladies' man but also flirts with men and, possibly, Ishtar's kyawl. Lucy suggested that Yuujin is quite taken with Ishtar that he would put himself on the line for her.He is killed by Sharlen in the 14th book.

Sharlen - The Vampire Marquis. He is the son of Diaage a vampire countess, and St. Phelios. Phelios used Diaage and other vampires as sacrifices to create the ultimate ruelle called Sidia. Sidia the holy sword can only be drawn by someone of Phelios' blood line. Sharlen is half human, and wants to kill Phelios' reincarnation because he sacrificed his mother. He thinks that Ishtar is Phelios' reincarnation. He Respects Illsaide because Illsaide reflects a part of himself being half human and half monster. He hates Duzell because his mother chose to sacrifice herself to get revenge on Duzell by helping Phelios. Sharlen is uncertain in the end who Phelios' reincarnation is so he helps Lassen start a war in hopes that all the descendants of Phelios will be killed. Sharlen was killed by the King of Razenia and Vord with Sidia when Sharlen was possessing the king's body.

Phelios's Descendants

The Royal House of La Naan

Queen Ramia - Ishtar's hot-tempered widowed aunt and queen of La Naan. Ramia is bent on getting one of her sons on the throne (though only Seiliez is truly eligible) by any means even if it means setting one son against the other. Because the marriage was childless due to his unwillingness to consummate the relationship, they adopted Seiliez, Vord, and Laphiji, even though seiliez was the bastard son of a prostitute and the lord of La Naan.

Vord - One of Queen Ramia's adopted sons. Vord would be considered the "heart-throb" of La Naan for his good looks and muscular stature. He fell in love with Ishtar to the point that he would do anything to be with her. Vord is actually the son of the king of Razenia. He was one of twin sons, and Razenian superstition held that the youngest of the twins would be evil; Vord was youngest "chosen" to be the evil one and was abandoned into the care of the Lord and Lady of La Naan. At the end he is married to Falan, with no children, although if they succumb to Ramia's demand they may soon have some. In the tournament he challenged his brother, Laphiji, to show everyone Laphiji's great power. He was badly wounded, but the wizards temporarily healed him.

Laphiji - Laphiji is the middle son and the quiet one of the three. He is rarely seen with a smile and is often called creepy by several of the other characters. Like Vord, Laphiji was adopted. Being the son of a mercenary, his life was just another thing to sell in which Lady Ramia of La Naan was the purchaser. However, three months later, the mercenaries kidnapped him to finish a tribal ritual which is where the mark on his fore head comes from. This basically means that his body is living magic so any ban of magic placed upon him is ineffective. It is also insinuated that he may be in love with Seiliez.

Seiliez - The last, and eldest, of the three princes of La Naan. Days before the tournament he met Ishtar and had fell in love with her, he competed in the tournament to win Ishtar's heart, but he couldn't fight, so he made a deal with a vampire, Sharlen, to gain more power to fight in the tournament. It seems that Ramia hates Seiliez because he is the product of an affair between her husband and a prostitute. Seiliez is actually quite gorgeous being the pretty boy that he is and inherited his mother's eye and hair color. In his first appearance in the manga, he is dressed in drag to sneak off in order to see his mother, who his foster mother forbids him to go near. It is also insinuated that he may be in love with Laphiji.

The Royal House of Ci Xeneth

Jened - Ishtar's uncle and king of Ci Xeneth. He has had dealings with Sharlen and conducts secret experiments to create ruelles from the souls of monsters. He is Falan's father and plots to kill Ishtar so that his daughter can become Queen of Pheliosta. Jened is later revealed to also be Illsaide's father though he does not care for his son. At the end of the Ci Xeneth act, he is killed by one of his guards.

Falan - Ishtar's cousin. Falan is a sweet girl and is one of the only relatives who Ishtar is fond of. The two are frequently chatting over a special mirror. She is in love with Illsaide, but is unable to marry him due to their blood connection. Later, Vord falls in love with her.

Illsaide - Nicknamed "The Holy Warrior". He is a taciturn and powerful fighter who is adept in all types of magic. He is in love with Falan, although they find out that they are half-siblings since Jened had Illsaide with a sea nymph, the daughter of the Lord of the Sea. Because of his sea-monster blood, Illsaide is exceptionally powerful and that power amplifies when it rains.

The Royal House of Zi Alda

Sonia - Ishtar's favorite aunt and queen of Zi Alda. A nice woman who succeeded in marrying outside of the family and has one son, Yuujel. She is found with a terminal illness and passes away.In her will it "Reveals" that Sonia had a bastard son (Sir Darres) before marrying Yuujel's father. (Darres is not truly her son, but Yuujel convinced her to write that in her will, so that Ishtar, who loves Darres, could marry him legally.)

Yuujel - The prince of Zi Alda, also known as Yujinn. He left Zi Alda to become Ishtar's tutor one year ago. His best friend is Ashley, and Leene is in love with him although he does not return her feelings. Ashely and Leene are married also. Yuujel is Killed by the King of Razenia in book 14.He has before hand come to realize that he only wants what he can't have.

The Royal House of Mil Seii

Lassen - The illegitimate Duke of Mil Seii. He wants to rule Pheliosta, and killing Ishtar is part of his plan. His holy magic abilities & his years of studying poisons have made him one of the most powerful members of Phelios' blood line. It's rumored that he poisoned his own parents. He despises Duzell & is in love with a reincarnated sorcerer known as Rishas who used to be Duzell's lover, and is now Lailis who was the only one who showed him kindness. Lassen teams up with Sharlen to kill off Duzell & Ishtar, but Duzell casts La Gamme on him so both of them die.

Lailis- 'Queen of the doomed land Lodoc' Lailis is the reincarnation of Rishas, Duzells favourite puppet in their past lives, Rishas was a human that Duzell was gradually turning into a vampire, however as Duzell says 'when Rishas died he was still human, he was incomplete.' Though it was not completely known to the Vampire King, Rishas loved Duzell with all his heart, and Duzell did love Rishas in his own way, but he could not show it as it might be considered a weakness.Lailis knew Lassen in his youth, and only stayed in contact with him because he was part of Phelios' blood line and knew that eventually Duzell would come looking for him. After telling Lassen about Duzell, Lassen started modelling himself after the vampire king in an attempt to make Lailis love him.

Other Works by Judal

Carbuncle, Diva, Makai sangokushi CHIMAERA, Nerva shinjuuki, Nighteye (Night Eye), and Yoru no Hitomi (published by Bonita Comics)

External links

* http://www.princessishtar.com/


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