The World of The Beacon Hill Sorcerer #4
Character Biography and History
|Artwork by Catherine Dair|
Simeon Ó Daimhín
Elder Vampire, Boston Bloodclan
Simeon is the First Elder vampire of the Boston Bloodclan, second only to the Master of the City, Constantine Batiste. Simeon was turned into a vampire, one of the sentient undead, when he was 26 years old, in the early 1600s. Simeon is unclear of the year of his birth and the year he was Changed, but that is his best estimate of his age and the calendar year.
A native-born son of Ireland, Simeon is a descendant of the Celtic tribes and Roman invaders, his lineage tracible to a Celtic warrior and Roman noblewoman. This is a family legend though, as Ireland largely escaped the Roman invasions that conquered ancient Britannia making it highly unlikely that a Roman noblewoman would be anywhere near Ireland. Recent archeological discoveries have found Roman-Briton artifacts in southern Ireland and along the east coast of the island, dating from the earliest years of the Roman expansion of its borders north of France and the Continent; some modern discoveries have given some weight to the family legend.
The clan to which Simeon belonged was descended from druids and magical practitioners native to Celtic tribes of Ireland, and his clan practiced traditional tattooing and fighting techniques used for millennia by the Celts from Pre-Roman times. His clan existed in a microcosm, a secluded area in a heavily forested area in north-central Ireland, reducing the contact with “modern” advancements and cultural shifts. Countless Irish heroes populate the Ó Daimhín family tree, and close proximity and intermarriage with native fae species and practitioners led to the further segregation of the Ó Daimhín clan–mundane humans kept at a distance, and the clan remained remote until inter-clan conflicts rose in response to a surge of British military presence in Ireland between 1590 and 1625.
Simeon was raised from infancy to be a warrior–despite his ancestry, Simeon exhibited minimal levels of magical affinity. He was exceptional in the physical art of sword fighting and could wield a number of ancient and 17th-century weapons with proficiency. He was particularly skilled in spear fighting and the use of an evolved version of the Roman gladius, often nicknamed a “bastard” sword by Elizabethan British infantry.
The rest of Simeon’s history will be revealed in the Series and Shorts to come.
© SJ Himes 2017