Art by Ginés Quiñonero
Not content to transform only his body, he saw himself as an agent for metamorphosis of the world. Through the power of philosophy and passion, he initiated the rise and fall of kingdoms and beliefs.
|“||Truth has no one shape, no one symbol. All eyes see it differently. All tongues speak it differently. Nothing – nothing – exists unchanged forever. Not even we.||”|
|— The Dracon|
The place that once harbored the mortal man who came to be the Dracon no longer exists in any way that matters. Its villages are buried rubble, its people scattered and lost in the greater sea of humanity, its language forgotten before it could be written, for he was one of the first childer of the Eldest himself, making him many thousands of years old.
It is unknown why the Eldest made the decision to turn him, but it is known that he took it when the Dracon was little more than a child, and that he held to it as the boy grew to manhood. Unlike many of his childer, the Eldest offered him a true choice when the time came: the gift of his blood or the right to live and die as a mortal, a life in which he would not interfere. It is said that the Antediluvian loved him, not as a man loves his lover, but as a father loves his son.
The Dracon regarded himself as the container and preserver of his sire's connection to Humanity, the remnants of his ability to feel and comprehend human emotion. And when the Eldest was slain by Samiel, the Dracon was the vessel for his rebirth, when the Antediluvian reformed himself within his viscera like an embryo. After nine months the Dracon gave birth to a thing only barely human any longer. He cared for [Tzimisce] for a brief period before he visited his broodmate Yorak and gave the infant form of their sire to his care.
The horror of it choked him and he ran from the sight of him and the knowledge of what had become of him, and built himself a home across the deep salt sea where he hoped to escape the pull of him, the desire to return to him. He threw himself into esoteric studies and, then, into the arms of his lovers, in hopes of building something better than he had first given birth to.
He met his lover and companion Michael during one of the Toreador's journeys to the isle of Cyprus in the second century. They became quickly enraptured with each other. Michael's passion and perfection were irresistible to the Dracon. In return, the he recognized a source of primal energy in the Tzimisce – energy that would be needed to build his Dream, and to fill his heart.
The only one between the pair was Antonius, whose pragmatism and logic cut at the Dracon's heart. The rivalry between them slowly gathered speed over three centuries, and eventually it caused the Dream to grow dysfunctional, as the convulsions tore the city apart when the Dracon tried to destroy what Antonius had stabilized, unleashing plagues and famines against his structures.
In a final attempt to make peace between his lovers, Michael presented them the brothers Gesu and Symeon, who should become the successors and childer to each of them. For a generation, the Dream once again knew peace, but it was not fated to last. The disastrous Embrace of Gesu in 701 CE against the wishes of his Transylvanian brethren heralded the end of the peace, and the last of the halcyon days of the Triumvirate. Gesu entered a deep torpor immediately after his Embrace and it seemed uncertain if he would awaken.
The Dracon's rage and subsequent hunt through Transylvania for the Tzimisce that he felt were responsible has become fearful legend among the Carpathian Fiends. After two long years and the destruction of many of his kin, the Dracon finally slew his brother-in-blood, the Ancient known as Triglav, in a battle that literally shook the mountains.
Only the intercession of one of the Dracon's former students, the late Tzimisce sage Demenaus, convinced the Dracon to leave his vendetta there. Even so, the Carpathian and Draconian Tzimisce have warred intermittently over this feud for centuries. As Gesu arose and embraced Antonius' price, his brother Symeon, the jealousy of the Ventrue had reached its peak.
When Antonius began the Iconoclast Movement to destroy the blood religions of the Akoimetai and the monastic orders that served the Dracon, Michael and the Dracon decided to slay their lover at last. It was only then that the Dracon realized that he had loved Antonius just as intense as Michael and a deep depression hit him.
In 888, he left the city and was not seen ever since. He invested himself in avenging Michael's Dream in a manner that those who sought to diminish and sully what Michael created end up dead or undone (like Narses). The Dracon have to destroy their legacy as well and he decided to put an end to the Cainite Heresy by possessing the body of his grand-childe and current Archbishop of Nod at the time, Nikita of Sredetz. In this form, he debated the fate of the Dream with Constancia of Erciyes and found himself disagreeing with her.
"Nikita", however, was found just before dawn and staked by an invading force of knights led by the Ventrue Lord Jürgen while he conducted his business in Eastern Europe. After his revenge was complete, the Dracon felt that he had outlasted everything and everyone that he had ever loved, and watched everything that he had tried to create crumble around him. He wanted an ending through that battle, but instead, his torpid body was sent to his great-grandchilde Myca Vykos, who was greatly disturbed by the presence of that staked Cainite, sensing something familiar and powerful within him.
While Myca and his coterie conducted researches on Nikita's past and lineage, the Dracon woke from torpor, removed the stake piercing his heart and somehow freed himself of the spiritual bindings laid by the koldun Ilias cel Frumos (Myca's lover and tutor in the Via Peccati) without raising alarm. When the coterie returned to the Obertus monastery outside Brașov, all its inhabitants were missing. When the Dracon finally showed himself, the Tzimisce Antediluvian possessed Ilias and reunited with his childe.
The Dracon manifested his desire of an ending to his existence, which pleased the necromancer (and honorary member of the coterie) called Markus Musa Giovanni. For his impertinent comments Markus was quickly destroyed by the Eldest who had possessed the body of Ilias, finally turning his full attention to his brood. He subdued Myca Vykos and had him watch while the Antediluvian liquefied the Dracon, turning him into a ball of liquid which he swallowed in order to transform and solidify its essence. Myca was subsequently raped by the Eldest to impart him with Dracon's seed and save the existence of one who wished only for death.
In Beckett's Jyhad Diary, the embryo of the Dracon, grafted inextricably into Vykos' being by the Eldest centuries ago, was no longer within their body. Whether aborted or miscarried, they were free of the maniacally bitter and self-destructive metastasis of their ancestor's consciousness. The second realization was that the Dream whose banner they carried so long was never more than a nightmare to them – a nightmare of violation, first by their sire, then by Michael, and finally by the Dracon.
Michael forced Mary the Black to burn the tumorous Dracon from Vykos' body, as he believes his former lover to be of similar mind after eight centuries of imprisonment. He nurtures the Dracon as the Tzimisce slowly heals, showing he can be the Father to the Dracon's Son. A new Holy Spirit is required, however. Michael makes entreaties to Cainite philosophers in efforts to find a vampire who was destroyed and rose again. Michael will rebuild his Dream in Constantinople, or wherever he discovers his Holy Spirit.
- - "Dreams and Nightmares"