- This is the article about the character; for the movie character see Larten Crepsley (Movie).
|Profession||Vampire General (Formerly)|
|Relatives||*Unnamed Mother & Father|
|Book Universe||The Saga of Darren Shan|
|First Book Appearance||Cirque Du Freak|
|First Movie Appearance||Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant|
|Acted By||John C. Reilly|
Larten Crepsley, also known as Quicksilver and Vur Horston, was a Vampire blooded by Seba Nile, and who blooded the half-Vampire, Darren Shan. Larten was the deuteragonist of the Saga of Darren Shan, as well as the main protagonist of the Saga of Larten Crepsley.
The Saga of Larten Crepsley
Birth of a Killer
Larten was born into a large family in 1791. Larten was closest with his cousin, Vur Horston, whose had been adopted into Larten's family following the deaths of his parents. When Larten turned 8, he and Vur were sent to work in a textiles factory under a foreman named Traz, who Larten's father had also worked under as a child. Together Larten and Vur loosened the fibres of silkworm cocoons for repurposing, a job for which Traz daubed their heads with bright orange dye for easy identification.
In 1803, Traz murdered Vur while taking his anger out on the boy. Consumed with rage, Larten retalited, murdering Traz before running away. Seeking refuge in a local graveyard, Larten met Seba Nile, who he soon learned was a Vampire. Realizing that Larten was in need of guidance, Seba offered him a change to become his assistant. Larten accepted, and traveled with Seba for the following five years.
At this time, Larten met Paris Skyle, a Vampire Prince, who had come to ask that Seba become a prince as well - though Seba refuses. Soon after, Seba leaves Larten under the care of Mr. Tall and the Cirque du Freak while he attends the Council at Vampire Mountain, where Larten becomes comfortable with performing alongside Merletta, a magician. During this time, Larten encounters Wester Flack - whose family had been murdered by a monster. Partnering himself with Wester, the two go to confront the killer, a Vampaneze named Murlough. Wester is knocked unconscious during the scuffle, however Larten refuses to back down and allow Murlough to kill Wester. Intrigued, Murlough allows Wester to live, but flees so as not to have another encounter with him in the future.
When Seba returns, he allows Wester to serve alongside Larten as his assistant. Soon after, when Larten comes of age, he and Wester are blooded as half-Vampires. Following Seba's training, Larten is blooded as a full Vampire seven years later.
In 1820, Larten and Wester join Seba for their first Council at Vampire Mountain. Here, Larten meets Vancha March, who follows a more traditional way of life, and Mika Ver Leth, apprentice of Lare Shment and Vampire Prince hopeful. During the Festival of the Undead, Vampire Prince, Chok Yamada, unintentionally almost kills Larten with an axe. Shortly thereafter, Larten is defeated by another Vampire General, earning him jeers from Staffen Irve. Staffen then challenges Larten and shames him with defeat, resulting in Larten fleeing the mountain; leading to his introduction to Tanish Eul. Though Tanish invites Larten to join him in a game of cards, Larten declines and carries on his way. Following his assistant outside, Seba consoles Larten and tells him of Perta Vin-Grahl in order to teach him a lesson in humility.
In the years to come, Larten becomes frustrated with Seba's training and the two part ways, with Wester following Larten. Larten then reunites with Tanish and he and Wester join him as members of The Cubs - a young group of self indulgent Vampires including Yebba, Zula Pone, and Jordan Egin.
Ocean of Blood
Larten and Wester remain with The Cubs through 1840, when a Vampaneze named Randel Chayne confronts the group. Chayne challenges The Cubs to battle, but when Tanish doesn't step forward, Zula instead offers himself in Tanish's place, and is killed as a result. Tanish then leaves The Cubs in shame for his cowardice - prompting Larten and Wester to return to Seba a few years later.
During the American Civil War, Seba brought Larten and Wester to meet Evanna, the Lady of the Wilds - the child of Desmond Tiny. Evanna associated with both the Vampires and the Vampaneze, something which bothered Wester, and was capable of producing offspring for either if she desired to do so. Reuniting with Vancha along the way, the quartet enjoyed Evanna's company, with Larten becoming inebriated and singing to Evanna's assistants. One assistant, Arra Sails, Larten was quite fond of, and so he tried to kiss her, only to incur her wrath shortly thereafter and the two reconnect the next morning as Arra tends to Larten.
In parting ways with Evanna, Larten and Wester return to Vampire Mountain in order to undergo the Trials of Initiation. Larten passes his trials without issue, however Wester is severely injured by one of the blooded boars in his second trial. Fearful that he would die as a result of his injuries in the coming trials - Wester asks that Larten hunt down and kill Murlough in the event of his death, however Larten refuses. Though Wester struggles, he ultimately passes the Trials of Initiation, and both he and Larten begin training to become a guard and a Vampire General respectively.
During the Vampire Mountain Council of 1868, Seba is asked to become the quartermaster of Vampire Mountain, which he accepts. In response, Larten and Wester remain with their master in order to continue their training. After tending to a mass of corpses piled up in the river connecting to the Hall of Final Voyage, Larten considers his own mortality and opts to abandon his training and set out on her own. Before Larten leaves, he is approached by Vancha, who asks for his assistance in tracking down Arrow - a Vampire who had seemingly abandoned the Clan. The two find that Arrow has married a human, and that he had told Azis Bendetta of his decision prior to leaving - however the Vampire Prince had died before he could inform anyone else.
Larten is guided to Evanna's dwellings, where he meets her aid, Malora. During his stay with Evanna, Larten attempts to kiss the Lady of the Wilds while she is in one of her prettier forms, infuriating Evanna - who scratches Larten's face in response, leaving a noticeable scar. Larten fled in shame, but is followed by Malora, who tells Larten that she has interest in joining the Clan so that he would bring her with him - when in reality Malora had become infatuated with Larten.
By the 1890s, Malora has to care for Larten when he falls ill. Paris Skyle comes to visit Larten, requesting to personally train Larten to become a Vampire General, only to be refused by Larten. The following day, Larten unknowingly speaks with Bram Stoker, a man intent on writing fiction about Vampires who had been following Paris, unintentionally revealing aspects of the Clan to him.
In a delirium caused by his sickness, Larten joins the crew of the Pearly Tornado. Given his condition and unavailability of drinkable blood, Larten weakens. Malora collects blood from unconscious men when they dock next to bring back to Larten, but Larten attacks a woman when he is unable to control his thirst any longer. Daniel Abrams witnesses this and exposes Larten for what he truly is, only for Malora to defend him, immediately resulting in her murder by the crew of the Pearly Tornado. Enraged, Larten massacres nearly everyone aboard the Pearly Tornado, except for Daniel and several members of the crew who Larten imprisons, and a baby. Before leaving, Larten had intended on setting the survivors free - but is shocked to find that Daniel had devoured his fellow crew members, claiming to be just like Larten. Larten abandons Daniel and ventures into the cold of Greenland.
Palace of the Damned
While wandering the frozen wasteland, Larten is unknowingly lead to Perta Vin-Grahl's resting place by Mr. Tiny. Here, Larten intends on leaving the baby he'd brought with him and committing suicide by jumping into a chasm. As he does this though, Larten realizes the cowardice in his act and regrets his decision, promoting Mr. Tiny to intervene. Mr. Tiny is skeptic as to his reasoning for saving Larten and names the child Larten had brought along with him Gavner Purl before the two part ways. This encourages Larten find civilization, leaving Greenland with Gavner - though he is unable to find Gavner a decent home. As Gavner grows, Larten remains distant, knowing that Gavner would one day have to confront the truth that Larten had murdered his parents.
By 1902, Larten and Gavner make their way into France, with Larten now going by his cousin's name in an attempt to forget the massacre he'd committed while aboard the Pearly Tornado. Here he meets and falls in love with Alicia Dunyck. Larten and Gavner remain in France for the next four years, growing closer with Alicia to the point where she adopts Gavner. Through Alicia, Larten meets Alberto Santos Dumont and has his first experience with a flying machine - with Larten vowing to never step foot on one again.
Larten reconnects with Tanish Eul at an art exhibition, and takes on the role of a surrogate uncle for Gavner, becoming more of father-figure to the boy than Larten ever intended to be. The growing closeness between Larten and Alicia leads to a marriage proposal, which Alicia accepts, though she insists that they have their portraits painted to celebrate their nuptials. In wake of this, Larten partners with Tanish in his work.
Eventually, Larten discovers that several women under Tanish's employ have been disappearing. Further investigating leads Tanish to reveal that the culprit is none other than Randel Chayne, who has been stalking Tanish and killing those closest to him in part because of his cowardice during their first meeting, and because of Tanish's ongoing charade of feigning humanity. With Tanish refusing to intervene for the sake of a human, Larten takes matters into his own hands in an attempt to strike Chayne down. Surprisingly, Tanish stops Larten from killing Chayne, and Chayne refuses to kill Larten in order to keep everything quiet. With only one option left, Tanish murders a woman under his employ and frames Larten - exposing Larten as Vampire while also allowing him to flee while he has the opportunity. Enraged, Larten vows to one day kill Tanish and seeks refuge just outside of Paris. Here he meets Alicia one last time, and begrudgingly agrees not to seek revenge against Tanish until Gavner had become a man.
In wake of his exile, Larten returns to Vampire Mountain, where he reunites with Seba and Wester - now a guard - and explains everything that had happened since they last spoke. Having to answer for what he'd done, Larten has an audience with newly elected Prince, Vancha March, who pardons Larten in spite of his wrongdoings.
During the Council at Vampire Mountain in 1916, Larten learns that Arra Sails had been blooded and chose to serve under Mika Ver Leth, who intended to mate with her - though he would have to compete with Larten for Arra's affections. Afterwards, Vancha tells Larten about how a Vampaneze had murdered Arrow's family, and that he was now on a suicide mission to eradicate all Vampaneze. At the same time, Seba requests that Larten take Wester with him and Vancha, as he is worried about Wester's hate-ridden obsession with the Vampaneze.
When Larten, Vancha, and Wester find Arrow, Wester manages to convince Arrow to rejoin the Clan so that they could rally other Vampires who also hate the Vampaneze as much as they do. Concerned over Wester's intent, Larten and Wester part ways with Vancha and Arrow - allowing Vancha to talk some sense into him while Larten and Wester reconnect with Evanna. Here, Larten asks why Mr. Tiny had saved him, and Evanna claims that Larten is destined for Paradise - but refuses to say more on the matter.
Larten and Wester then venture to France to find Alicia, who has married and had a child since she last saw Lrten. When Larten asks about Gavner's absence, Alicia expresses that she believes Tanish had warped Gavner's mind and blooded him as a Vampire; finally giving Larten permission to kill Tanish.
Returning to Vampire Mountain, Larten and Wester learn that Paris Skyle intends on electing Mika to be a Prince - something which Wester is strongly opposed to, as he'd rather a Prince who would take a stand against the Vampaneze. This interests another Vampire named Kurda Smahlt, who Larten watches argue with Wester about the Vampaneze for hours on end.
Together with Vancha, Larten is able to locate Tanish in Russia, where he discovers that Gavner has been warped into servitude as Tanish's assistant. When Larten confronts Tanish, Gavner defends his master, only for Tanish to come clean about having framed Larten for murder and ask Tanish to stand down. Larten then allows Tanish to flee, giving his word that he would not kill him - however Vancha is obligated to his duty as a Vampire Prince and kills Tanish as he attempts to escape. As Larten comes clean about his true identity and the murder of Gavner's parents, Gavner vows to kill Larten, who in turn supplies Gavner with a knife and asks that Gavner pass judgement on him.
Brothers to the Death
Though Gavner feels betrayed, he is unable to kill Larten, and instead becomes something of an assistant to his elder Vampire. The two then return to France to be with Alicia and Sylva, her daughter where they remain until 1931.
In the onset of World War II, Larten and Gavner meet with Mika Ver Leth and Arra in order to undergo negotiations with the Nazis - who seek to ally themselves with Vampires in order to pursue their own political goals. During the negotiations, Mika asks Larten to offer his thoughts on the matter, prompting Larten to express his disdain for the Nazis, who believe in discrimination over factors outside of one’s control. In between negotiations, Arra admits her intent to mate with Larten, though Larten has no interest in mating with anyone because of Alician. Mika admits that he shares Larten's hatred of the Nazis and asks that Larten and Gavner distract the Nazis in order to allow him to return to Vampire Mountain.
While leading the Nazis on a wild goose chase, Mr. Tiny approaches Larten and Gavner with a troop of Little People, after months of circling the two. Tiny reveals his intention to deliver a troop to Mr. Tall and the Cirque du Freak in order to protect them during the fast approaching war. Furthermore, before parting ways, Mr. Tiny reveals that Larten would be reuniting with Wester very soon.
Just as Mr. Tiny had foretold, Wester catches up with Larten and Gavner soon after, and explains that he'd lost support in his campaign to eradicate the Vampaneze because of comparisons being drawn to the Nazis. Desperate to find a Prince that would support his movement, Wester revels that he'd encountered Mr. Tiny outside Vampire Mountain, where he foretold that Larten was destined to become a Vampire Prince and suggested that Wester use him as a figurehead. Expectedly, Larten refuses - as he believes that Mr. Tiny is manipulating Wester, but Wester had anticipated as much. Before leaving, Wester warns Larten that Randel Chayne had been making inquiries about Larten throughout France, potentially having transferred interest in the wake of Tanish's death. Though Gavner believes they should immediately make for France, Larten refuses to abandon their mission, however he resolves to return to France as soon as possible.
Larten and Gavner lead the Nazis toward France in order to check on Alicia and Sylva. Together they find that Alicia had already been murdered by Chayne. Fortunately, Sylva had survived, but she blames Larten for her mother's death. As Sylv prepares to leave with in wake of the threat of a lingering Chayne, Larten and Gavner begin to scout the area, at which point Larten asks that Gavner leave with Sylva and her husband in order to protect them from Chayne and the Nazis. Though Gavner is intent on taking out his rage on the Nazis, he agrees, and leaves Larten to lead the Nazis astray on the condition that Larten doesn't seek out Chayne without him.
Three years later, Larten and Gavner reunited and searched Europe for Chayne, but after numerous interrogations they found no trace of him. Now hating the Vampaneze as a collective for giving way to Randel Chayne, Larten comes to understand Wester's point of view and gives in to the idea of starting a war between the Vampires and the Vampaneze in order to draw Chayne out of hiding. Larten became a figurehead, and the knowledge of what had happened to Alicia, coupled with Mr. Tiny's foreboding about the Vampaneze Lord and the downfall of the Clan, started to rebuild support.
At the Council of 1940, Vancha confronted Larten after learning of the things he'd been saying, claiming it to be nothing more than Wester using Larten as a mouthpiece. When Vancha called Larten a fool for lying to and provoking Vampires in an attempt to start a war over a personal grievance, Larten lashed out and attacked him - taking out his fury surrounding Alicia's death on Vancha. In the end, though both parties were brutally battered, Vancha emerged victorious and ordered Larten not to speak of a war with the Vampaneze during Council. Though the fight didn't dissuade Larten, he stepped down and merely provided Wester with the necessary support. Realizing that he'd become lost in his hatred, Larten once again focuses of Chayne, however this time he would have Arra by his side, as the two forge a 7-year mating contract.
After searching for a few years, Larten and Arra comes across Holly-Jane Galinec, a female Vampaneze and close friend of Chaye's. Holly-Jane sought a noble death, as she had been incapacitated when she lost her leg as a result of the war. When Larten revealed his intention to kill Randel Chayne to her, Holly-Jane expresses that she believes he's already been killed, as the two were meant to meet several years ago and he never showed up; furthermore no one has heard from him in quite some time. Larten then accepted Holly-Jane's challenge so that she could die honourably, resolving to find proof of Chayne's death or die trying.
By 1945, the war had all but ended, so Larten and Arra make for Berlin - where they meet up with Kurda Smahlt. Seeing Kurda helping the humans spurs something in Larten, and so he and Arra travel with Kurda in order to help heal the wounded. The atomic bombing of Hiroshima particularly disturbed Larten, and afterwards rather than return to the hunt for Randel Chayne, Larten and Arra join Kurda in attending a particularly peculiar wedding alongside Vancha and Gavner.
The group tours a monastery nearby, where they learn of a group of monks who exist without prejudice and without contact to the outside world. The monks preside over the wedding, which is revealed to be between two Skelks - sea folk who resemble seals in the water, but appear as humans on land -named Velap and Truska. With the arrival of Evanna alongside the Skelks, the wedding commenced, with everyone except Evanna and Larten returning to the monastery to celebrate. Larten tells Evanna that he has doubts about becoming a Prince, but states that he couldn't refuse if he was nominated; alternatively, Larten has interest in joining the monks. Hearing this, Evanna simply tells Larten to be true to himself, which prompts him to recommence his search for Randel Chayne.
Over the course of the next 20 years, Larten searched for Chayne and found nothing. During his stay in New York, Larten reconnected with Sylva, who sought to forgive Larten as her mother had done. In 1965, Larten brings Sylva to the Cirque du Freak. Enthralled, Sylva convinces Larten to accept an offer by Mr. Tall to return to the stage. The Cirque du Freak brings the two back together, however when Gavner and Wester join the audience, Sylva becomes distraught. Meanwhile, Gavner and Wester reveal that Paris Skyle had nominated Larten to become a Vampire Prince. With that in mind, Wester announces that he intends to campaign for Larten and that their movement would finally come to fruition within the next decade or so.
Checking in on Sylva, Larten learns that he has been deceived, and that Alicia's killer was not in fact Randel Chayne, but rather his blood brother, Wester Flack. In wake of this news, Larten asked that Gavner inform Paris that he intends on declining the nomination for Vampire Prince and sought out Wester.
In confronting Wester, Larten learned that he had killed Chayne in his sleep in order to frame him and rally Larten to his cause, just as Mr. Tiny had suggested. Had it not been for Sylva, who Wester had regretted sparing and attempted to track her down many times since then, Wester would have never been found out. Larten challenges Wester to a fair fight, during which the skilled Vampire general killed his blood brother in retribution for the crimes he had committed.
Larten finds his way back to the monastery, where he works for the monks for the next decade. Here, Larten is gifted a venomous spider named Madam Octa, who he learns to control via a tin whistle. Upon leaving the monastery, Larten returns to the Cirque du Freak, where Mr. Tall encourages him to perform with Madam Octa. Over the next few years, Larten enjoys his time with the Cirque du Freak, but feels a certain anxiousness one night when her sees two boys sitting in the audience.
The Saga of Darren Shan
Around 1980, Larten performs his act with Madam Octa as part of the Cirque du Freak. During the show, he notices two boys in particular, Darren Shan and Steve Leonard. Afterwards, Larten notices Darren watching, as Steve confronts him about his identity as a Vampire - having seen a picture of the painting depicting Larten and Alicia after their engagement - recognizing Larten as Vur Horston. Steve requests that Larten blood him as a Vampire, and Larten, in considering Steve's request, Larten tests his blood - only to discover that Steve possesses malicious intent and is thereby unfit to become a Vampire.
Darren, so enamoured with Madam Octa, returns to steal here, leaving Larten a note claiming that he'd expose Larten as a Vampire should he seek to take Madam Octa back. Intrigued, Larten remains in town and watches Darren from afar. When Madam Octa bites Steve as a result of Darren's focus being broken, Darren throws Madam Octa and her cage out the window. Larten then reveals himself, catching Madam Octa before taking his leave.
Darren later returns in desperation, seeking an antivenom for Madam Octa's venomous bite in order to save Steve. Larten entertains the idea, but asks that, in return, Darren be blooded and becomes his assistant. Though Darren despises the idea, having no other choice, he accepts and is blooded as a half-Vampire. Larten provides Steve with the antivenom, ensuring that he'd make a full recovery, and then works alongside Darren to fake his death in order to ensure that no one will come looking for him. Larten administers a paralyzing agent that would keep Darren in a state of perceived death, leading to his burial after his subsequent funeral. Larten then proceeds to free Darren from his coffin with Darren entering his service as Larten's assistant.
Two months after Darren first became his assistant, Larten finds that Darren remains persistent in refusing to drink human blood. The two return to the Cirque du Freak following an incident in which Darren unintentionally hurt another boy and nearly succumbed to his thirst.
While the two are getting along, Mr. Tiny visits the Cirque du Freak with a band of Little People. Larten tells Mr. Tiny of Darren in their meeting, prompting Mr. Tiny to extend an invitation for Darren and his new friend, Evra Von, to join their conversation. Mr. Tiny asks that both Darren and Evra help gather food for the Little People.
Soon after, Mr. Tall asks that Darren join Larten in his performance with Madam Octa, providing Darren with tickets for his new friends, Sam Grest and Reggie Veggie. Larten asks that Darren control Madam Octa's interactions with him, putting him at Darren's mercy completely. Although Darren is tempted to have Madam Octa kill Larten during the performance, he is ultimately unable to do it. Larten later reveals that it had been a test, as he was aware of Darren's intent and prepared accordingly by milking Madam Octa's fangs of their venom - a test which Darren fortunately passed.
In the coming days, Darren informs Mr. Tall that Reggie Veggie was unhappy with the treatment of some of the animals at the Cirque du Freak, particularly the Wolf Man, and that he was intent on involving the police. In response, the Cirque du Freak prepares to leave ahead of schedule - only for Darren to discover Reggie Veggie in the process of freeing the Wolf Man from his cage. As the Wolf Man is more a savage beast than a man, he attacks Reggie Veggie - devouring his hands before fleeing. In looking for the Wolf Man, Darren learns that Sam was there, as he had been intent on joining the Cirque du Freak alongside Darren and Evra.
With the intervention of the Cirque du Freak, Larten discovers that the Wolf Man had killed Sam. In Sam's final moments Larten convinces Darren to preserve Sam's soul by drinking his blood, and although he's reluctant - Darren does so with Sam's approval.
A year after Sam's death, Larten receives a visit from Gavner. Upon meeting Darren, Gavner is shocked to find that he is a half-Vampire. The two speak privately, with Larten explaining the circumstances to Gavner. Gavner then informs Larten that a Vampaneze was on a killing spree in Larten's hometown, with Larten vowing to return there in order to deal with the problem. Upon informing Darren of their destination, Larten suggests that they bring Evra along as well in order to keep Darren out of trouble while he himself investigates.
During their stay in the city, Darren and Evra learn that bodies have been found drained completely of their blood, leading the two to suspect Larten. As the two trail Mr. Crepsley one night in order to discern his true intentions, they witness Larten stalking an assumed victim, prompting Darren to confront him. Unfortunately, in reality the human was the target of the Vampaneze, revealed to be Murlough, who Larten had been tailing in order to find the Vampaneze. Murlough manages to escape in wake of Darren's intervention and kidnap Evra.
Though Larten is sure that Murlough would have fled the city and killed Evra, Darren seeks out the Vampaneze, who reveals that he will kill Evra by Christmas Day unless Darren delivers Larten to him; as Murlough intends on killing Larten for breaking their laws. Together, Larten and Darren craft a plan in order to save Evra and get the best of Murlough.
Darren visits a girl he'd met in the city and started dating, Debbie Hemlock, and her family - giving them each a dose of a sleeping potion. Proceeding to the sewers, Darren and Larten stage an argument, allowing Darren to run off in search of Evra alone. In encountering Murlough, the Vampaneze takes Darren to his lair and keeps him as a hostage alongside Evra. Darren manages to convince Murlough that killing him as a half-Vampire would allow Larten to lead the Vampire Generals straight to Murlough, forcing him out of his beloved home in the sewers. Darren then makes a deal with Murlough to trade Debbie's life for Evra's - however when they arrive at Debbie's house, Murlough is tricked into killing a goat planted in Debbie's bed. Larten then reveals himself and quickly slays Murlough. Larten and Darren then dispose of Murlough's body and quickly rescue Evra so that they can leave the city, returning to the Cirque du Freak.
In 1988, after 6 years of peace with the Cirque du Freak, Larten asks that Darren prepare himself to make the journey to Vampire Mountain for Council. Before the two head out however, Mr. Tiny arrives and insists that they bring two of his Little People along with them for the journey.
During their travels, Larten and Darren are also joined by Gavner, who had tracked Larten mentally. The group finds evidence of a Vampires brutal death at one of the way stations along the path to Vampire Mountain and opt to move on - resulting in an encounter with a pack of wolves. Further up the mountain, the group finds evidence of Vampaneze blood and are unnerved by the presence of their blood cousins so close to Vampire Mountain. Believing that the Vampaneze may be tied to the attack at the waystation, Larten and Gavner scour the area. During this time, Darren is attacked by a bear and forced to defend himself.
By the time that Larten and Gavner return, they find that Darren had killed the bear with help from one of the Little People - the other one having been crushed by the bear. Larten deduces that the bear had been driven mad by Vampaneze blood. Following the bear's tracks, they find that it had unearthed a buried Vampaneze corpse and consumed some of it - though this hints and there being more than a single Vampaneze in the area.
While resting, Larten thanks the Little Person - nicknamed "Lefty" by Darren - for intervening. It is then that the Little Person removes his hood and introduces himself as Harkat Mulds. In response to Larten and Gavner's shock, Harkat explains that he was once a ghost who made a deal with Mr. Tiny in order to return to the realm of the living in his makeshift body. When Larten asks why Harkat chose to break the Little People's silence, Harkat admits that he has a message to deliver to the Vampire Princes from Mr. Tiny. Though it takes some encouragement, Harkat shares his message with Larten, Darren, and Gavner - that the night of the Vampaneze Lord is at hand.
Larten, Darren, Gavner, and Harkat arrive at Vampire Mountain, where Larten reunites with Seba for the first time in several decades. Larten introduces Seba to Madam Octa with the intent of giving her to Seba as a gift - however Seba refuses in his old age. Larten also reconnects with Kurda, who had recently been suggested as a candidate for Vampire Prince.
Days after their arrival at Vampire Mountain, Larten prepares Darren to face the Vampire Princes, who ask that Larten justify his decision to blood a child. Larten simply states that he cannot explain his reasoning and accepts the consequences of his actions - as blooding children had been outlawed by the Clan generations ago. However, as none of the Princes sought to tarnish Larten's name, they instead look to Darren; with Arrow suggesting that he face the Trials of Initiation in order to prove himself to be worthy of being among the Clan. Both Larten and Arra, who had faced Darren in the halls of sport prior, vouch for Darren being capable enough to undertake the Trials of Initiation; however Kurda worries that Darren is not yet ready. Darren ultimately accepts his responsibility to undertake the Trials and is instructed to return the following day to decide his first trial - with Larten remaining behind in order to discuss the ordeal with Murlough with the Princes.
Trials of Death
When Darren goes to choose his first trial, he is met an encouraged by Arra - who flirts with Larten. This leads Larten to admit to Darren that he and Arra were once eachother's mate; though Larten awkwardly refuses to admit that he still has feelings for Arra.
Darren chooses the Underwater Maze as his first trial, for which he utilizes his Period of Preparation - an old and rarely used rule that Seba had suggested - to ready himself. Though Larten admits that he has no intention of betting on whether or not Darren will pass the Trials of Initiation, he is overheard by Harkat saying that he'd eat his cape if Darren failed, proving that he believes in his assistant. Though it proves troublesome for Darren, he is ble to pass the first trial.
The second trial that Darren chooses is the Path of Needles, which he pushes through. Thankfully, the final Vampire arrives at the mountain during this time, and the Festival of the Undead pushes back Darren's third trial.
The third trial that Darren chooses is the Hall of Flames. Though he trains with Vanez and Arra rigorously, he is discouraged heading into the trial, asking Larten to bury his corpse in his grave back home in the event of his death. When Larten agrees, Darren embraces his master and proclaims that he's proud to have been Larten's assistant.
During the trial, Darren's body is burned intensely, the blame for which Larten places upon himself. Larten remains by Darren side while he is tended to and rests. When Darren finally wakes, Larten reveals that there will be no additional time given to Darren, and that he must now either choose his fourth trial or admit defeat. Kurda parlays with the Princes, but he does not bring good news, instead vaguely asking that they get a stretcher in order to bring Darren to the Hall of Princes.
When Darren proves that he is fit for the trial by stepping forward and choosing the Blooded-Boars, the Princes each declare that they cannot attend the trial, and having already missed one, they ask that Darren's fourth trial be postponed for 72 hours. During this time, Larten tells Darren that he intends on remaining at Vampire Mountain after Council, as Seba had asked him to take his place as quartermaster, which meant that Darren would have to stay with him at the mountain for the following 30 years until he came of age - though the choice was ultimately Darren's.
In his fourth trial, Darren kills one of the boars, but when the other attempts to kill him while he's incapacitated, Harkat leaps into the arena and kills it instead - unwilling to allow his friend to die. Many demand Darren's death, and while Arra, Kurda, Gavner, and Vanez defend Darren by asking for another go at the trial, Larten suggests that they cannot allow such a thing regardless of Harkat not knowing Vampire laws. While Darren is taken to his cell to await a decision by the Vampire Princes, Larten feverishly advocates for his assistant, moreso than any of his colleagues, but is unable to change the Princes minds.
In learning that Darren and Gavner are missing, Larten attempts to triangulate Gavner's location - but without a response Larten knows that Gavner is dead. As evidence suggests that Darren fell into the river within the Hall of Final Voyage, Larten assumes that Gavner either died trying to save Darren, or vice versa. Still, Larten has Arra and Kurda join him in searching for Darren's body so that he can properly lay his apprentice to rest. However, Kurda also asks Cyrus and another Vampire to join them, in case Darren did make an appearance. After finding nothing, Larten, Arra, Kurda, Cyrus and the other Vampire returned to the mountain in order to prepare for Kurda's Investiture.
At the Investiture, Darren reveals himself - having sought out Seba in order to work alongside him in infiltrating the Hall of Princes. Darren exposes Kurda as a traitor who had allowed Vampaneze to infiltrate Vampire Mountain, as well as being responsible for Gavner's death. After Darren informs the Princes about everything that had happened, Larten is free to reunite with Darren, who apologizes for having run away.
Larten later takes part in plan thought out by Darren, called "Operation Arachnid", in which Darren would use Madam Octa to lead Ba Halen's spiders against the Vampaneze, thereby leading them into the Vampire army. During the battle, Arra is mortally wounded by a Vampaneze named Glalda. Larten is called over to the scene by Darren, where Arra stresses that he cannot allow the Vampire Princes to kill Darren - believing that Darren had earned a reprieve. Larten then takes Arra in his arms and takes her to be tended to. Though Arra held on hours after the fighting had ceased, Arra ultimately succumbed to her wounds, and Larten had wept over her death.
Unable to sleep, Larten reconnects with Darren, complimenting Darren's performance during the battle, having heard that Darren had killed two Vampaneze. Though this made Darren uncomfortable because he was opposed to killing anyone. Larten and Darren then make their way to the Hall of Princes alongside the majority of the Clan in order to witness Kurda's sentencing. In hearing Kurda confirm that he was in league with the Vampaneze, Larten begins to give in to his anger and thinks about launching himself at Kurda and killing him himself, however Seba is able to calm him. Kurda then admits that, while it had been his intention to let the Vampaneze into the Hall of Princes in order to seize the Stone of Blood, just as Darren had declared.however it was not to eradicate the Clan, but to save them instead. Kurda reveals that Mr. Tiny visited the Vampaneze three years before and told them to seek out the Vampaneze Lord - who had been found six months earlier. Kurda's intention was to bridge the gap between the Vampires and Vampaneze in order to prevent a preemptive strike from the Vampaneze before it was too late.
Despite his intentions being a last resort in order to maintain the Clan's survival by melding it with the Vampaneze, Kurda was still sentenced to death and subsequently executed. Afterwards, Seba admits that the emergence of the Vampaneze Lord meant that he would forestall his retirement, meaning that Larten could not replace him as quartermaster. As well, Mika had asked that Larten remain at Vampire Mountain in order to resume as a Vampire General again, however Larten was more concerned with Darren's sentencing, as it had still yet to be decided. Though Larten was sure Darren would be pardoned, Vanez reminds him that there has never been an instance where the death sentence had been overturned among the Clan, meaning that the Princes would have to rewrite the Vampire laws to get around Darren's death sentence.
Larten oversees the cremations of all the Vampires killed during the first battle of the War of Scars, which included Gavner and Arra. Though Larten remained composed for Arra's sake, he admitted that he greatly missed her and later wept loudly over his lost love.
During Darren's trial, the Vampire Princes regrettably admit that there was no way for them to rework the laws in order to pardon Darren from death. Outraged, Larten stands for Darren, listing off all he had done for the sake of the Clan, suggesting that it was preposterous that he be put to death. The Princes however instead suggest that, rather than allow Darren to be at the mercy of the Vampire laws, they intended to put Darren in a position above them instead. Shocked and confused, Larten insists that Darren is too young, and wasn't even a Vampire General yet - as the Princes intended to bring Darren into their ranks. Larten then takes position by Darren's side in support, as Arrow and Mika use the Stone of Blood to officially blood Darren as a Vampire Prince.
This went on to haunt him, as seen in the book Hunters of the Dusk where Evanna gave Mr. Crepsley nine frogs, together forming a picture of the fallen female vampire, to make up for giving him the well-recognized facial scar years ago.
Mr. Crepsley was one of the Vampires selected to go and hunt for the Vampaneze Lord besides Darren Shan and Vancha March. In the battle against the supposed Vampaneze Lord, Gannen Harst, and Steve Leopard in the Cavern of Retribution. Mr. Crepsley took over Darren's place to defeat the three vampaneze, putting others first before him as always, which caused all pacts agreed before amongst the two groups to go off. Mr. Crepsley had defeated the Lord, but was then pushed towards his death by Steve into the fiery-stakes pit. His death had been for nothing as Darren later discovered that Steve himself was the true Vampaneze Lord, the vampaneze that Mr. Crepsley had killed had been a decoy.
Mr. Crepsley's soul had been unable to be contacted by Evanna in the Lake of Souls, which the daughter of Desmond Tiny hoped was a sign indicating that he had gone to Paradise.
Larten, Darren, Vancha and Harkat continue their search for the Vampaneze Lord.
Larten Crepsley dies at the age of 204 in the early hours of October 19 in an unknown year after being pushed by Steve into a pit of flaming stakes during his third encounter with the Vampaneze Lord, just after killing the fake Vampaneze Lord.
When sent back to the past by Mr Tiny, Darren sees Mr Crepsley once again, and is tempted to try and talk to him to say everything he never had the chance to say before his death, but reminds himself not to do so as he is in a time when Mr Crepsley would have no idea who he is.
Mr Crepsley is the first person Darren sees upon arriving in Paradise.
Powers and Abilities
His senses are also vastly improved by his transformation into a vampire. His teeth and nails are much harder than those of any human. He can flit, or move faster than even the eyes of vampires can follow.
Larten can heal wounds with his saliva and breathe a gas that can knock its victims unconscious for 30 minutes (longer if the victim is not in good health).
Darren often mentions that Larten has powers that exceed those of normal vampires. He has the vampiric form of telepathy stated in the books, and can control certain animals, such as spiders. Wolves are naturally drawn to a vampire. In Tunnels of Blood he shows Darren his power to dabble with illusions. Up to then, Darren thinks Mr. Crepsley is telekinetic, but the truth is, he is not. He snaps his fingers out of habit and to distract the eye, and then rapidly snatches the object away from where it is. He does it so fast, it is impossible for humans to see, and vampires have to struggle to be able to see him. Trials of Death it is shown that he is exceptionally strong and fast, even for a vampire. In Trials of Death, it is also revealed that he is among the most skilled of vampires at hand-to-hand combat and is most likely considerably better than most with weapons because he nearly became a prince. His other talents include lock picking (by using static electricity he builds up when flitting to force a lock open), playing a flute, and creating illusions.
Relations with Other Characters
- Vancha March: Larten and Vancha have a strong mutual respect. It is likely that they are old friends because of the many memories they share.
- Arra Sails: Larten's ex-mate is still very close to him even after their mating time ended, but they continue to have a somewhat romantic relationship. When Darren questions their relationship, he promptly changes the subject as he is not the forward type to confess to his relationship.
- Gavner Purl: Gavner seems to be one of Larten's closest friends among the vampires. Although they respect each other, they get endless joy from embarrassing one another, and one will often make insulting jokes about the other.
- Steve Leonard: Their relationship has been one of pure hatred ever since Larten said Steve's blood was evil. In Killers of the Dawn both characters have demonstrated that they are willing to die if it means that the other will die too.
- Seba Nile: Larten's mentor and close friend
- Darren Shan: Larten's assistant and close friend whom he develops a father-son bond with. He acts as Darren's adviser when Shan becomes a Prince and goes to great lengths protecting him. Darren was distraught by his death and became depressed for many months. Larten is the first person Darren sees when he goes to Paradise at the end of 'Sons of Destiny'.
- Desmond Tiny: Larten dislikes Desmond, but fears him because of his power.
- Evra Von: Larten became closer to the snake-boy in Tunnels of Blood when he, Darren and Evra were in his home city, protecting the humans from the vampaneze, Murlough. Larten said he was willing to sacrifice his own life in place of Evra's.
- Harkat Mulds: Larten is a close friend of the Little Person, and Harkat goes so far as to calling Larten by his first name and willingly sacrifices going with Mr. Tiny to discover his former self to travel with Larten and Darren on their quest for the Vampaneze Lord, even though it could lead to his own demise.
- Mr. Crepsley carries bottled blood taken from corpses in morgues to use in emergencies.
- Mr. Crepsley has no nose hairs because he burned them out with a hot rod. (He had told Seba he wanted to be just like him, so his instructor pulled out a hair every time Mr. Crepsley spoke incorrectly. Especially when he used words such as "don't" or "can't" instead of "do not" or cannot") and so his instructor pulled out 'ear hairs' instead although Crepsley refused to tell Darren this as he found it too embarrassing.
- Mr. Crepsley usually wears red,(his favourite color), especially when he has visitors, as he wants "to look his best for them". (Another characteristic which he shares with Seba Nile)
- Mr. Crepsley thinks everyone should know how to cook, and he teaches Darren how to cook a stew.
- Mr. Crepsley does not know how to read or write as he was never taught while growing up; he only heard Shakespeare's plays as they were read to him, and has simply learned how to sign his name and recognize street signs through practice, having never gotten around to learning in full.
- "Cirque Du Freak" (first)
- "The Vampire's Assistant"
- "Tunnels of Blood"
- "Vampire Mountain"
- "Trials of Death"
- "The Vampire Prince"
- "Hunters of the Dusk"
- "Allies of the Night"
- "Killers of the Dawn" (death)
- Sons of Destiny (In past)