Vampyre Viceroy of Northeastern United States, now deceased,
“I lured you gentlemen into my web. I’m no spider, though. I won’t suck you dry. Provided, of course, you make the wise choice.” – Viceroy Elbridge Gerry
Elbridge Gerry was born on July 17, 1744, died on November 23, 1814, and rose on November 24, 1815 as a Vampyre. During his life he was an American statesman and diplomat. He was selected as the fifth Vice President of the United States, serving under James Madison, from March 1883, until his death. Gerry was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation. He’s best known for being the namesake of gerrymandering.
Gerry made his intention of becoming a Vampyre well-known before his death, one of the first American statesmen to do so. His wife, Ann Thompson Gerry, did not approve of his decision and considered him dead. After he rose a Vampyre, Gerry sued his wife for control of his estate. The case went all the way to the Supreme Court, and in 1818 the court ruled in Elbridge Gerry’s favor. Gerry vs. Gerry became a landmark case for how Vampyres are viewed under the law in the United States.
As an abecedarian Vampyre, Gerry renounced his Episcopalian faith and became a member of the Church of the Vita Nova. This exclusively Vampyric church, (supposedly) worships Christ from a Vampyric perspective. He also became a member of the Ordo Garterii, one of the more active Vampyre sodalities in the United States.
He purchased an estate on Long Island in New York, and for many years was seen as one of the new breed of Vampyre “indolents.” Indolents are Vampyres who rise and continue their existence as though nothing has changed. They are looked upon unfavorably by elder Vampyres, but the phenomenon is becoming more common as Vampyrism loses its sensationalism and stigma. Yet, all that changed in 1874 when Elbridge began hungering for his old life of politics. He began petitioning for minor appointments, and slowly wormed his way into the undead bureaucracy of the northeastern United States.
Early in 1882, an air of misfortune began following his rivals. Elbridge Gerry was recognized as a man to be reckoned with, though how this unlikely event occurred was a mystery. In 1883, the Viceroy of the U.S.’s Northeastern demesne went missing, and Elbridge was appointed to his position.
His rule, however, was short-lived. In October of 1883 he kidnapped Liliana Avram, a Vampyre woman he was infatuated with for years. He tried to press her into marriage, but this ended badly for him when the Triad showed up. Elbridge clumsily attempted to blackmail them, and they responded by terminating his position with extreme prejudice.
The reason for his ascendance was soon discovered. He had somehow acquired the legendary Seal of Solomon, lost for over 2,000 years and able to influence — even control — demons. Being of weak constitution, Elbridge couldn’t have found the seal on his own, but who — or more likely what — provided it to him isn’t known.