In Christian myth, Longinus is the name commonly given to the Roman soldier who pierced Jesus' side during the Crucifixion (John 19:34). He is venerated as a saint by both Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Christians.
Among Vampires Edit
According to the Lancea et Sanctum, Longinus was a vampire, transformed when he tasted the blood that poured from the wound in Christ's side. A sinful man in life, Longinus eventually became a Christian and preached a version of the religion to the Kindred. He is the author of the Testament of Longinus, the central text of the Lancea et Sanctum. The sect also claimed to have custody of Longinus' lance, the Spear of Destiny, until the Night of One Hundred Martyrs in 947.
Among Hunters Edit
The Malleus Maleficarum calls its dedicated vampire-hunting branch the Order of St. Longinus. This is not a mere coincidence: they are aware that some vampires venerate Longinus, and they find these blasphemers especially satisfying to kill.