Raythe Reign has millions of words’ worth of stories, both in the Archive and currently running. This time, we’re taking a deep look inside our most traditional contemporary vampire story, Sanctuary. Sanctuary is completed at 48 chapters!
Alex Bryant finds true love with ailing vampire club owner Demetrius Black as he tries to protect his little brother from their predatory stepfather.
Romance, Drama, Vampires!
Though Sanctuary has a big plot involving vampire factions, a predatory stepfather, and Demetrius’s enigmatic, absentee Master, the heart of Raythe Reign is the romantic relationships… and the romantic sex, of course.
Sanctuary has many elements of a classic gothic drama — a fresh young character falls in love with an older, mysterious character and gets introduced to a hidden world. In this case, it’s the secret world of vampires, existing right alongside humans.
With gothic drama always comes a touch of mystery, but Sanctuary doesn’t involve many shocking twists and turns.
Some Raythe Reign stories have the main characters always shooting at something. In this one, there are only a few scenes that involve fisticuffs, chasing, or weaponry.
Alex, The Caretaker
“My father always believed in true love though he didn’t have it with my mom. I don’t know that I thought it was possible, but the moment I saw Demetrius up on that balcony I felt something click inside of me. Like a piece just snapped into place that had been meant to be there all along though I didn’t know it was gone before.”
Alex Bryant never thought he’d be noticed by reclusive club-owner Demetrius Black, or that the beautiful man would save his life only a few hours later.
When Alex catches his cop stepfather Greg in the act of molesting his younger brother Peter, he accidentally shoots the man in self-defense. Greg survives, but uses his authority to make Alex look guilty. Alex’s only chance to stay free and keep Peter safe is to flee to Sanctuary, Demetrius’ club.
There, he is welcomed into a world of luxury and night. Before long, he discovers Sanctuary’s secret: it is run by vampires. Though Demetrius has a condition that makes him too sensitive for touch and Alex is a human, it does not stop them from falling in love.
Alexander takes Demetrius’s nocturnal nature in stride and enthusiastically encourages his lover’s desire for blood. But with both Demetrius’s enemies and Greg intent on destroying Alex, how long can Alex stay safe, even under a powerful vampire’s protection?
Demetrius, The Protector
“To love for a vampire is to risk pain if that lover is mortal. You would think I would be risk averse to any more pain in my existence, but my Alexander made me simply not care.”
Everything in Demetrius’s eternal life brings pain, but he is willing to risk the assault on his senses for a few minutes of conversation with the beautiful boy who appeared in his club. Within minutes, he knows he would do anything for “his Alexander,” including keeping him safe from his criminal stepfather.
But Alexander will also do anything for him. The boy risks his life to get the cure for Demetrius’s disease from Demetrius’s frightening, legendary Master, The Nomad. For the first time in many years, Demetrius experiences life fully, including the satin of Alexander’s skin and the rich taste of his blood.
World, Crossovers, & Continuations
Sanctuary takes place in Arkham, home of Miskatonic University, in the same world as the Winter Haven stories.
Corey Rudman (of The Sea / The Merman series) makes an appearance, helping Alexander raid the Miskatonic library for information.
The Ghost Half is a darker spin-off with The Nomad in a starring role, as well as a group of 25 year old Miskatonic grad students. Alex & Demetrius make cameos.
And great news for vampire lovers… a direct sequel to Sanctuary is coming right after The Ghost Half comes to a close!
Members, did we get everything right in this “Deep Dive?” What are your favorite moments from Sanctuary? Post in the comments below!