Vampire Sphere is a Chinese comic or "Manhua" (the Chinese version of the Japanese "Manga" style of comics). It
The series is loosely based on elements from White Wolf Publishing Role Playing game Vampire; the Masquerade ("VtM" or "VTM"), with elements of other areas of the Classical World of Darkness ("cWOD") franchise included to broaden its concept. Names, such as clans, are often directly borrowed from the franchise itself.
The comic itself is a dark romance which includes sexual undertones and violence, though the majority of these events occur occur off screen. This is most likely to stop the comic becoming too mature for its audience, as comical moments also are added to lighten the comics tone.
The comic is sold only in Mainland China and is a series by AKI.7, who also produced another manhua called "Butterfly Plan" (蝶计划, Dié jìhuà). This series run alongside VS for a few years and was a manhua about a singer's raise to fame. In comparison to VS it was a more light heart story. However, while VS continued for several years, the run on Butterfly Plan was short and had half the name of pages per chapter that VS had.
The storyline focuses mostly on the struggles of the Nam Gong sisters Zhao Yan, Zhi Yan and Yue Jian and that of the power struggle between the Sabbat and Camarilla. The general story of the Manhua is that Xi Tai is reborn as a human with the eventual destiny to reclaim his lost power as sealed by Osiris long ago. This causes events to move and both the Sabbat and Camarilla to react to his return.
Two of the Nam Gong sisters, Zhao Yan and Zhi Yan were born to fulfill a purpose as the last hope of humanity. Yue Jian, on the other hand, was a fluke creation of the cloning process. Because she was born, however, their creator Professor Nam Gong accepted her none the less, despite having displayed flaws with being a mistake in the cloning process as a child.
Since there was only meant to be two of them, the three had to under go a selection process. The Demon Hunter's Organisation, who paid for their creation, would send two off to become refined ladies and Hunters imbued with Mei Yue Yin. Since Yue Jian was an accidental creation, Zhi Yan decides to cause her to have an accident to remove her from the process and increase her own chances of being selected. When the serum is injected into the two girls, Zhi Yan had been unaware of her father knowing about what she had done; her serum was switched for a fake. Instead, Yue Jian was given her dosage in secret, the serum being restricted by medicine her father gave her to hide what he had done.
As a result, when the Sabbat infiltrated their school a number of years later, Zhi Yan was not protected from becoming a Vampire. She is then force to betray her friends and family by Yi Tai. And thus this sets off the events of the current storyline.
VS and VtM differencesEdit
Vampires can venture out in the day without fearing being impacted by Sunlight, removing the most major weakness of Vampires. They can eat food, something only Thin-Bloods can pull off successfully in VtM, but more powerful Vampires cannot. However, they have limits in VS and cannot eat the same as a mortal can.
Vampires also have a "human form" and a "Demonic form", the difference being noted that in their true Demonic form they have glowing red eyes.
In addition, while the VtM series states that Vampire can only reproduce via Embracing a mortal, in VS, a bite that does not kill a mortal will leave them a Vampire. This is more in-line with Vampires made popular by the media in general. However, one of the elements of Embracing from VtM that has been kept is the result of the transformation, wherein for a period of time the new Vampire hungers for Blood. The act of the sire giving blood to its childe, however, is done afterwards to control the young Vampire, who will becoming a blood-thirsty demon purely if they do not do this. This is demonstrated by Zhen Mi, as well as Vampires used by the Sabbat early on in their firt attacks.
Though the Vampires of Vampire Sphere have access to spells, the abilities are not as defined as the VtM "Disciplines". Further more, the Demon Hunter's Organisation were shown to be able to pull off some spells that Vampires themselves have access to, such as Flight and "Invisible Space".
For more information on VS Vampires see "Vampire".
Some clans such as the Cappadocians simply are left out. This is most likely to keep the storyline simpler, as the Sabbat only have their core clans the Tsimizce Clan and the Lasombra Clan, and all the other Allied Vampires from other clans are left out entirely. As VS occurs mostly in a modern day setting, in terms of some clans like the Cappadocians, they were extinct long before the modern era. This removed the need to even mention these clans at all.
For the most part, Clan Weaknesses don't exist, save those of the Nosferatu Clan and Gangrel Clan, as apparent by their appearances. Others like the Malkavian Clan use merely the name of the clan and do not suffer from Derangements, despite its importance to their clans very nature.
In addition, some clans do not behave the way they should do as expected in VtM, such as the aforementioned Malkavian clan, though this is a result of their lack of clan weakness. Other clans, such as the Assamites maintain their links to their role as assassins. Two more examples are notable as the Brujah Clans nature as philosophers and activists are noted, though implied into 3 beliefs, and the Gangrel Clan links to Nature along with their behaviour thereafter.
The storyline mainly focuses on the modern day part of the VtM storyline, which is considered the default setting of VtM, as featured in "Modern nights". In fact, the earliest recorded time period by the VS storyline itself merely notes that the 13 bloodlines became known in the 14th century. It currently leaves out the franchises other two settings "Dark Ages" and "Victorian age" which cover several of the interlinking parts of cWOD, including a number of VtM supplement books.
Though Cain made it into VS, he is barely touched upon and known only that he created the first Vampire bloodline. However, Corpse Hand is said to be his own hand, so unlike VtM, his existence is without doubt. However, the Camarilla, who in the actual VtM franchise doubt his existence, own this Sacred Weapon resulting in the Camarilla not doubting at all of hi existence. Cain, however, does maintain a strong influence on the VS storyline, as the Corpse Hand reveals the truth of the VS world due to its strong links with Cain himself.
While the Antediluvian are technically not part of the storyline, Xi Tai is the VS counterpart to Set. Cain himself exists in both VtM and VS as aforementioned, despite most of his storyline being removed and what is included being reworked. In addition to Xi Tai being based on Set, Osiris' conflict with him made it into the storyline, though is made more of an important event. Isis, Osiris' wife and sister, has a very minor role in the VtM storyline, but receives a major one in VS as the donor of the Nam Gong sisters' DNA.