As one of only a handful vampires within the city, David Frankel passed himself off as a book store owner within the city. A scholar, he had dealt with other Kindred in need of his talents, under them the Giovanni. While knowable about several ancient languages, including Hebrew, Latin and Ancient Greek, older languages, like Chaldean, eluded him.
By the early 2000s, David was only vampire left in Basel. It is not known what happened to the rest of the population and why it spared him.