Vlad III Dracula
|Mother:||Cneajna of Moldavia|
|Father:||Vlad II Dracul|
|Brother(s):||Gedik Ahmed Pasha|
|Portrayed by:||Paul Rhys|
|First Appearance:||The Devil|
|Latest Appearance:||Ira Deorum|
Vlad III of Wallachia was Voivode (Prince) of Wallachia and the Grand Master of the Order of the Dragon. A member of the House of Drăculești, he was also known, using his patronymic, as Vlad Dracula, or by the epithet of Vlad the Impaler.
Born in the principality of Wallachia (a province of Romania) in 1431, Vlad was held captive both as a child and adult by the Ottoman Sultan at various times through his life. Witness to the cutthroat machinations in one of the most turbelant political regions at the time, Vlad responded with equal or greater cruelty, and during his reign as voivode ("prince") of Wallachia, was responsible for the executions of over 100,000 people. His epithet, "The Impaler," comes from his most commonly used form of torture, whereby he would have a person pierced through with a giant wooden stake until they died, suspended in the air, from blood loss or shock.
The name "Dracula" means "Son of the Dragon," a reference to his father whose title was "Dracul." His animosity towards the Turks (sometimes mistakenly called "Tatars") stems from his repeated martial engagements with them, the cruel treatment they inflicted on him as part of his upbringing, and the execution of his father by one of their allies. The indoctrination of his younger brother, Radu, to the Ottoman cause propaby did not help matters. His primary antagonist was Mehmed II, the sultan who became known as "Mehmed the Conqueror." Mehmed appears in the second season of Da Vinci's Demons when he is mentioned by his older son, Bayezid.
To the writer's credit, the word "vampire" is never mentioned in reference to this incarnation of Vlad Tepes, despite his overwhelmingly more well-known literary counterpart who shares his name.