Round three of Alpha Showdown 2012 brings together our first vampire-on-vampire match. The ancient villain (and now quasi hero) Lothaire from Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series against the Red Reaper, Cat, from Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series. Both have enhanced vampire skills. Hell, Cat sometimes has a heartbeat. Who is quick enough to stake the other? Your votes decide.
Also, a quick housekeeping note: The Alpha Showdown is all about fun and finding new books. Support your favorite character to the fullest, but in doing so please do not tear down the other character’s author. You can, however, comment your little hearts out on the ways Alpha A would massacre Alpha B. Now, that’s all fiction and no real feelings get hurt. Deal? With that out of the way…
Read the pitches, then make the call. Who should advance to the next round in the Alpha Showdown? The poll at the end of this post will be open for two days. Remember, alphas don’t share titles. Your votes decide who advances in the Alpha Showdown 2012.
Supernatural status: Vampire
Behold! Lothaire Konstantin Daciano, Sovereign of Dacia, Realm of Blood and Mist, son of King Stefanovich of the Horde and Ivana Daciano, Heir to throne of Dacia. Grandson of Serghei Daciano King of Dacia. But you can call him Enemy of Old. We just call him Sexy.
Ruthless, brutal, beautiful…maybe a little sanity challenged, he nonetheless has a powerful charisma that will draw you just close enough for him to rip out your heart and gleefully snack on it as you watch. In the bloodthirsty world of the Lore, Lothaire is the most feared and yet most lusted after vampire ever known. With white hair, eyes of blood red, firm, sensual lips with a hint of cruelty and a past so dark and full of secrets, no woman should want to know…but we do.
Having relied on his own cunning strength for centuries, he is a fearsome enemy. Unlike Cat, he needs no government backup or a big bad boyfriend to hold his back. With only his wits and wicked sharp fangs, Lothaire could shank Catherine Crawfield with not a hair out of place. I’m sure her fangs would make a cute pair of earrings for his beloved Bride, Elizabeth.
The half-breed wants to take on the ultimate vampire? No contest. Lothaire would dropkick her so hard not even Chapter 32 could revive her. So, Red Reaper, who’s your daddy?
Supernatural status: Vampire… with an occasional heartbeat
I’m sorry to waste your time with this pesky restating of the obvious, but Chelsea is a stickler for the formalities. So, to make her happy… and to offer the appearance of a fair shake to the others in this competition… I will offer a brief summary of the many reasons why Cat is the biggest badass on the block.
* Cat grew up thinking there was something evil inside of her, thinking that she herself was evil. Despite the conditioning of her whack-a-doodle mother and fanatical grandparents, which would have turned a lesser not-yet-turned half-vamp into a homicidal maniac, she went out nightly to hunt vampires that were faster and stronger than her in an attempt to right the wrong done to her mother, and to prevent anyone else from falling victim.
* Cat is strong, both mentally and physically. She never gives up, never quits. And she never backs down or leaves any of her people behind. Even when the fight is one it looks like she has no chance of winning, she will stand her ground and do all she can to protect those under her care.
* Coldly practical and able to rationalize and strategize with the best of them, Cat manages to maintain her compassion and is utterly loyal to those she cares about. There is not one person she loves who she would not take a bullet for. *pauses to think, counts on fingers… breaks out toes* Actually, there may not BE one person she loves who she hasn’t already taken a bullet for.
Cat is the epitome of what an alpha is: a leader who puts the welfare and safety of those in her care before herself; someone strong enough to defend those too weak to protect themselves; someone willing to make the sacrifices necessary to protect and provide for those under their care. And she does it all in stilettos and skin tight leather. There’s no contest here… Cat has titanium ovaries *thinks all the boys in this showdown… especially Lothaire… should try to top that* and is the obvious choice.