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Henri Desmond Leppards

"If ya make me mad, I'll give ya cancer an' curse yer kids."

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a character in “The Vampire Codes”, as played by Felidae



Henri of the leopards


Witch Vampire



|Physical Description|
The first thing you would notice about Henri is the dreadlocks. He only has them because they're easy to manage. His second most notable feature is the belt with the voodoo dolls. The dolls hang from his belt on varying lengths of chains. Each one is different and has its own story. The dreadlocks and voodoo dolls combined with his six-foot-four stature and muscular build make him quite a menacing sight. His usual expression is one of apathy and he has a habit of tilting his head back and literally looking down at people, thought it's just a habit and he doesn't mean anything by it.

Henri almost always has a cigarette or a pipe in his mouth, even while drinking and eating. Both his ears are pierced and he often mixes and matches different earings from his extensive collection. He dresses casually. Shorts, t-shirt or tank top, and sandals in summer and spring. Add a hoodie for his autumn attire. He's quite oblivious to the cold, so unless it's freezing outside, he'll just have a light jacket and sweatpants over his underclothes and steel-toed boots to keep his feet cozy in the winter.

As his alter-ego, the Leopard Doctor, he paints his face white with leopard spots and dark circles around his eyes. He also dons a crown of weaved branches and feathers and carries a ceremonial knife at his belt.

|I can...|
...get on anyone's nerves, smoke five boxes of cigarettes in one day, make your acne a hundred times worse than whatever terrible state it's already in, give you cancer, be charming when I want to be, forgive but not forget

|But I can't...|
...remember your first name, be nice to a guy for too long, commit to a relationship, tell a convincing lie when I really need to, get my school work done, draw anything except for stick figures

Henri is a lazy, rude, and brutally honest show off. He is playful around close friends, but distant from everyone else. He can also be cunning and sly to get his way. School work? That can go die in a ditch. Although Henri doesn't do his work, he still attends class and actually likes learning. In particular, he enjoys reading novels and discussing the use of language to make the story come alive. However, he despises being taught. Thus, he despises teachers. Really, any kind of authority makes him mad... unless the authority is a really hot girl.

Henri is one hell of a ladies' man. He can be quite charming and most girls fall for him after only a few silver words laced with his one-of-a-kind accent. He likes girls around his age and also older women. With his street connections, he can get almost anything he wants, and that proves helpful when trying to woo the ladies. When he courts someone, he becomes her protector and won't let anyone say anything bad about her. The only problem is that he can't commit to one relationship at a time. Once one person finds out he's seeing about eight other girls at the same time, things get messy and Henri gets dumped.

But that doesn't bother him at all. Henri brushes those incidents off like they never happened. Actually, he does that with most bad situations. He lives in the moment and doesn't have a future planned out. For now, he's just cruising along on the river of life, trying to find a nice port to settle into.

|I like...|
...smoking, cute little kittens, hot chicks, peach juice, milk and honey, playing basketball and soccer

|But I don't like...|
...lasagna, ugly cats, coffee, bossy people, most other males, video games

No one...yet

Henri’s mother, Adele Laveau, is from Louisiana and his father, Sean Leppards, is half French, half Irish. They are both Witch Vampires who don't really come across as vampires, even to the vampire community. In a way, they are misfits and they fell in love with each other for that. They strive to be themselves and they always emphasize the same thing to their only child.

Henri was born in Louisiana, but after a year, his parents sent him to his grandparents in Ireland since they were too poor to support a family. When he turned ten, his parents brought him back to New Orleans. He never lost his Irish accent, but he also picked up a Louisiana accent, so now they’ve blended together into something quite unique. Henri likes to call is Louish, just because it’s tiring to have to explain it all the time.

Henri had always been a troublemaker, but the switch from Ireland to Louisiana was a huge shock for him. He began hanging out in gangs and picked up a severe smoking habit. His parents were too busy trying to scrape up enough money for living expenses, so Henri could basically do whatever he wanted. Six days after his fourteenth birthday, his parents finally decided to move to Iowa where Henri could have a good education at the University of Diversity.

Once in Iowa, Henri immediately took the streets and began claiming territory. He made many, many connections in the underground world and uses them to his advantage. He has a few loyal followers who keep things organized. He makes money from curing 'incurable' diseases and was soon known by the name, Leopard Doctor. The name is well-respected on the streets and you can be treated to a feast if you can prove that you work for the Leopard Doctor.

Everest Leppards - "I need Evs an' Evs needs me." Everest is somewhat like a big brother to Henri. They're best buddies, but also family. If Henri has any issues, he immediately consults Everest before anyone else. If Henri is in a bad mood, Everest will lay at his feet and hum a soothing tune, which always manages to calm down his master. The two of them constantly exchange opinions and private jokes with each other. Often, they will cuddle and fuss over cute kittens together.

Lilith Báthory - "Báthory? Yeah, she's lovely. Jus' lovely." It started out as some typical flirting from Henri. When Lilith simply walked away from his attempts, blushing profusely, he found the reaction utterly adorable and decided to pursue the silver-haired beauty. Over time, with his constant nagging, the two became good friends, though they do disagree occasionally. Henri thinks of Lilith as someone to relax and be free around, and enjoys stroking her soft hair.

Edmund Malkin - "Don' talk ta me 'bout that sonuva--I ain't finishin' that." The two just don't get along. Their rather hostile rivalry began when the two were assigned to the same class project. Of course, Henri didn't do any of the work, but Edmund had the nerve to confront him about it. This started a heated argument which resulted in a persisting, passionate dislike for one another. Although their masters constantly argue, Everest and Malphas get along fine and enjoy watching the two bicker.

Henri's familiar is a large snow leopard by the name of Everest Leppards (Henri calls him Evs). He’s calm and sophisticated and keeps Henri in check. Kind of. Most of the time, Everest lets him do whatever he wants, but if Henri is about to do something really crazy, then he’ll stop him at all costs. He really cares for Henri. But usually, he’s just chill.

Henri and Everest both adore cute little kittens. They will completely lose their composure around them. Don't let your kittens near those two! They will gawk at your innocent kittens and talk in baby voices and do all sorts of embarrassing things that they will later regret!

|Theme Song| All the Right Moves – OneRepublic

All the right friends in all the wrong places
So yeah, we're going down
They got all the right moves in all the wrong faces
So yeah, we're going down

Just paint the picture of a perfect place
They got it better than what anyone's told you
They'll be the King of Hearts, and you're the Queen of Spades
Then we'll fight for you like we were your soldiers

I know we've got it good
But they got it made
And the grass is getting greener each day
I know things are looking up
But soon they'll take us down,
before anybody's knowing our name.

They got all the right friends in all the wrong places
So yeah, we're going down
We've got all the right moves and all the wrong faces
So yeah, we're going down
They said, everybody knows, everybody knows where we're going
Yeah, we're going down
They said, everybody knows, everybody knows where we're going
Yeah, we're going down

Do you think I'm special?
Do you think I'm nice?
Am I bright enough to shine in your spaces?
Between the noise you hear
And the sound you like
Are we just sinking in an ocean of faces?

It can be possible that rain can fall,
Only when it's over our heads
The sun is shining everyday, but it's far away
Over the world is death.

They got,
They got,
All the right friends in all the wrong places
So yeah, we're going down
They got, all the right moves and all the wrong faces
So yeah, we're going down

They said, everybody knows, everybody knows where we're going
Yeah, we're going down
They said, everybody knows, everybody knows where we're going
Yeah, we're going down

It don't matter what you see.
I know I could never be
Someone that'll look like you.
It don't matter what you say,
I know I could never face
someone that could sound like you.

All the right friends in all the wrong places
So yeah, we're going down
They got all the right moves and all the wrong faces
So yeah, we're going down

All the right friends in all the right places
So yeah, we're going down
They got all the right moves and all the right faces
So yeah, we're going down

They said, everybody knows, everybody knows where we're going
Yeah, we're going down
They said, everybody knows, everybody knows where we're going
Yeah, we're going down.

Yeah, we're going down.
Yeah, we're going down.

(All the right moves, hey)
Yeah, we're going down
(All the right moves, hey)
Yeah, we're going down

So begins...

Henri Desmond Leppards's Story


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Character Portrait: Ruben Lilit Character Portrait: Yuki Toko Character Portrait: Neve Ambrogino Character Portrait: Lilith Báthory Character Portrait: Isao Serato Character Portrait: Summer Cruorem Character Portrait: Edmund Malkin Character Portrait: London Dawn Merlo Character Portrait: Ava A. Cara. Character Portrait: Ambrogio Ettore Character Portrait: Henri Desmond Leppards Character Portrait: Leith Elvan Character Portrait: Nozomi Kaida Character Portrait: Abram Maledetto Character Portrait: Daman Aalam Character Portrait: Morana Hawthorne Character Portrait: Amorous D'Lune Character Portrait: Morpheo Oneiro Character Portrait: Adriana Dougan
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#, as written by YuumanN
"The Vampire Codes"
Regina Spektor- Blue Lips


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Character Portrait: Yuki Toko Character Portrait: Lilith Báthory Character Portrait: Isao Serato Character Portrait: Edmund Malkin Character Portrait: London Dawn Merlo Character Portrait: Ava A. Cara. Character Portrait: Henri Desmond Leppards Character Portrait: Morana Hawthorne
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Piercing, ice-blue eyes. They stared deep into him, full of understanding and wisdom. The two pools of ice were framed by black and white fur that glittered in the sunlight streaming in through the window. Razor sharp claws dug into his bare chest, though the strength behind them was measured and careful so that they did not break his skin. The full weight of the beast on his body made it quite difficult to breathe. The snow leopard was perhaps heavier than himself. Dimly, he wondered what the feline ate to create so much body mass. A deep-throated growl filled the room and Henri was instantly jerked into full consciousness.

“Wha’s yer problem, Evs?”

Everest retracted his claws and stepped off his master, allowing him to sit up in bed. Henri rubbed his eyes tiredly. He reached under his pillow and brought out a box of cigarettes. Lazily, he looked about his surroundings. It was just his dorm room; his home for the past four years. His parents lived elsewhere in Iowa and Henri did not like to visit them. The last time he had gone, the neighbors had called the police because they thought the tall, intimidating figure with the ‘strange, long-tailed lynx’ was there to bring harm to the innocent Leppards. It had taken nearly seven hours to clear up the misunderstanding. Both Henri and his parents agreed that it would be best if he didn’t come over too often. His parents couldn’t visit the campus, since their disguise as a normal, human couple would crumble if they were spotted with Henri.

So he lived in his dorm room almost year-round. To be honest, it looked pretty much the same as when he had first become its inhabitant, albeit much more hygienic. Peeling wallpaper, sad-looking ceiling, gaping hole in the wall that exposed a rather important water pipe. This was home. What fun.

“It’s fifteen minutes after seven,” said Everest, flicking his tail back and forth impatiently.

Henri stuck a cigarette into his mouth. He struck a match against the wall and lit the roll of tobacco. After flicking out the match, he turned a bored gaze towards his familiar. “Yeah? What are ya now? Me ‘larm clock?” he asked casually.

Everest sat down beside Henri on the bed. “You have an appointment at seven thirty,” he reminded.

Henri blinked uncomprehendingly. “Whaddya mean? I don’ have a...” he trailed off as he glanced across the room to the calendar. Today’s date was circled in red with the words ‘CLIENT AT 7:30 AM’ written in the box. Henri just stared at the calendar for a long time. He wasn’t sure what to think at the moment. After all, he had just attended to another client the previous night. Which loser had scheduled two of them in a row?

“Now it’s twenty minutes after seven,” Everest murmured, sighing softly.

Henri reached for his phone, which sat on the bedside table. He saw that he had missed a text message while sleeping. It had been sent at 7:03 am:

Sinclair: Where r u? Client in 30 mins!

Henri growled in disapproval, sounding much like his familiar. He texted back:

You: cancel it. I have school

Everest chuckled in amusement. “Since when did you care about school?”

Henri playfully stuck out his tongue. “Never.” He literally swung out of bed, reaching up to stretch his arms over his head in one fluid motion. After stretching and yawning some, he slipped on a black t-shirt and a pair of cargo shorts. Reaching under the bed mattress, he produced his famous belt. Said belt always resided underneath the mattress when not worn, for it was far too precious to be kept anywhere else. Henri snapped his belt in place, admiring how the voodoo dolls swayed with his every step. The chains tinkled ominously. All his shorts had been modified so that the bottoms of the belt loops attached with snap buttons, which allowed him to easily put on his belt.

Armed with his belt, cigarette, and snow leopard, Henri was ready to face the first day of school.

Everest was calmly licking his paw when Henri made towards the door. The snow leopard stopped him, barring the path with his massive frame, teeth bared and gleaming in the morning light. He growled menacingly. “You forgot to brush your teeth.”

So Henri brushed his teeth. Sadly, he was unable to do so with the cigarette still in his mouth, so it went into the ashtray. When he looked into the bathroom mirror, he realized with a start that he hadn't washed off his face paint from last night. He took a damp towel and wiped it all off. And not very silently, he berated his familiar for not telling him.

Everest chuckled at the stream of profanity audible over the gushing of the faucet. The snow leopard was not one to waste words. Of course he had noticed the face paint. He had even laughed at his master's carelessness. By telling Henri to brush his teeth, knowing the dreadlocked teenager would see the face paint in the mirror, he had effectively killed two birds with one stone. When Henri emerged from the bathroom, Everest padded to his side and followed him out the building.

"Who’s that client anyways?" Henri asked, checking his cell phone for a reply.

Sinclair: the client aint happy

You: like I care

"Entrepreneur from Germany," Everest answered. He lifted his head, trying to read what was on the phone.

Henri stopped abruptly. His dreadlocks whipped around as his head turned incredulously towards his familiar. "Wha’? I don’ remem’er anyone from Germany.”

Everest did his best to shrug, but the action was not one meant for a feline. He settled for an irritated flick of the tail. "It seems he heard of you from one of your other clients. The one with the enlarged toe," he said. His bright blue eyes stared evenly ahead.

"The frickin' bastard!" spat Henri. Every client of his was sworn into secrecy. Henri only treated people with ‘incurable’ diseases who were found by his underlings. This was to stop massive publicity, since it would be disastrous if people found out that the Leopard Doctor was in fact a vampire. If the word spread, Henri would probably need to move elsewhere. To take his mind off this fact, he rummaged around in his pockets and produced a half-empty box of cigarettes. Henri lit one and took a long draft before blowing out a torrent of smoke from his mouth. He stuffed the box back into his pocket. "He’ll hafta get cursed."

"I agree. He broke his oath. He signed in blood."

Henri nodded half-heartedly. The two of them, leopard and vampire, continued on their way. They weren’t sure exactly where they were going. Their goal was to wander around, get lost, then try to find their way again. It was an effective method to waste time. The fact that it was extremely busy on campus helped with the task. Students of all ages and sizes were milling about, clogging the streets. As Henri waded through the crowd of people, towering well above most of them, he heard some murmuring amongst a group of teenage girls.

“Did you see that girl?”

“You mean the new Sponsor?” The word ‘Sponsor’ was spat out like a broken tooth.

Everest’s ears twitched with curiosity. A new Sponsor? That was rare.

“Yeah. She looks so filthy. No wonder she’s a Sponsor.”

“Well, duh. Only filthy people would associate with filthy vampires.”

With his hands in his pockets, Henri intruded on the conversation. “Why, ‘ello ladies!”

Immediately, the girls stopped talking. Who wouldn’t when faced with a huge guy and a huge snow leopard? When recognition dawned in their eyes, some of them shrieked in fright. Everyone knew of Henri, the vampire with the dreadlocks, but not many had actually interacted with him since he didn’t like talking to people he didn’t know. There was plenty of talk about him going around and sucking the blood of innocent girls.

Henri didn’t care about the rumors. Honestly, he had only entered the conversation to see if any of the girls were hot. He glanced around the group and confirmed that they were all average in terms of looks. How disappointing. He sighed. “Never mind,” he said dejectedly. “Le’s go, Evs.”

Leaving the girls thoroughly bewildered, Henri turned on his heel and headed back in the direction they had come from. Everest padded silently at his side, easily keeping up with his master’s long strides. He was used to Henri’s behavior and didn’t mind his carefree nature at all. In fact, seeing Henri burdened was quite distressing for the familiar, so it was best if those moments were few.

“Are we going back to the dorm?” Everest asked as the old, depressing building came into view.

“Yeah. I’m gunna see if Báthory’s back yet.”

Everest purred in delight. “Lilith is the best at scratching behind the ears,” he murmured dreamily. The snow leopard then shook his head free of his daydreams and circled Henri’s feet, noting that his master had mismatched his sandals. “Shouldn’t you also greet the new Sponsor?” prompted Everest, noting that Henri also had mismatched earings: a silver skull on the right ear and a golden hoop in the left.

“Well, if she’s pretty, she’ll get more than jus’ a greetin’,” Henri replied. With his next step, he nearly tripped on his familiar’s tail. “Watch it, Evs!”

Everest’s tail jerked away from Henri’s feet. “Sorry.”

The two continued for some time, conversing about the weather and other exciting topics. When they reached the dorms, Henri headed straight for Lilith Báthory’s room. Everest sighed inwardly. So much for greeting the new Sponsor. The snow leopard followed close behind his master. He glanced around and saw that there were a few familiar faces and few unfamiliar ones. There was Isao. And there was Edmund and Malphas. Oh, and there was Morana talking to a new girl. A human girl. There were two others who Everest noticed. They seemed quite confused. How refreshing.

Upon reaching Lilith’s room, they found the door open and Henri invited himself inside. Everest bounded in eagerly and rolled around on the floor like an excited cub.

Henri remained near the door, smoke drifting from between his slightly parted lips. Lilith was just as beautiful as she had been four years ago, perhaps even more so. Her silver hair and magenta eyes were odd, but only added to her radiance. Henri flashed a grin, holding out his arms for a welcoming hug. “So how’s me lovely Báthory today?”


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Lilith had just put away the last of her clothes when a blur of motion caught her eye. Turning she was Everest playfully rolling around on the floor. The Snow Leopard was the closest thing she had ever had to a pet and she cared for him as if he were hers. Bending down she gave him a hug rubbing her cheek again the fur of his neck. "It's good to see you too Everest." Looking up she saw Henri standing in her doorway. He was her closest friend and while their personalities were different the got along famously.

Henri grinned at her and opened his arms wide. "So how's me lovely Báthory today?" She gave him a small smile as she stepped into his arms. Her heeled boots may have given her a couple of inches but it was nothing compared to Henri's six foot four inch frame. Lilith didn't find it threatening like most people did, it was actually quite comforting.

"I'm happy to be back, not that I didn't have a good time in the three weeks I was there it was just difficult what with having to hide in plain sight." Any time her parents friends had stopped by she would run to the restroom and put in contacts and stuff her hair under some kind of cap.

"Oh but there was an 'almost-indecent'." Lilith said pulling back slightly and looking up at Henri. "My hair has gotten so long and thick that it's getting harder to hide. Well I tripped bringing in some tea for my mother and a neighbor friend of hers and the hat fell off. Sh had gotten up in concern at first, then she noticed my hair." Taking some of her hair in her hands and looking at it she frowned. Lilith truly loved her hair and its color, though they were usually (always) Vampire supporters.

"I told her I had some disease that made me gray prematurely and that it had been hard growing up with it." her story had been half lie, half truth and as her mother watched her spin the tale Lilith couldn't help but notice the look of sad understanding and pure love that shown through her eyes.

A sneer formed on Lilith's face, a look not common for her, as she thought of the look of relief the woman gave. "Humans are so strange. They would rather believe an obvious lie than face the truth so long as the lie is prettier."