Life is dependent on the blood in a body. Some may say that blood is life itself. Dread Knights who are able to control and make use of the blood is said to wield the most terrifying magic in the world, second only to the gods. Devouring flesh and bone and drinking the blood that drains from the bodies of their victims, the Dread Knight, a Dreadnaught, absorbs the life force and powers of those he consumes. The blood that runs in their veins are mixed with the blood that is drunk and with the abundance of life coursing through a Dreadnaught’s body, their eyes resonate with the power of life itself, glowing redder and redder.
These are the class of Dread Knights that can wield any power in the world, taking on the skills and abilities of those whose bodies they have consumed. A human is strong in fighting spirit and tenacity; a Night Fall features omniscience; a Black Sun holds strength beyond beasts. In the hands of a Dreadnaught, the best of every race known to earth are combined into the one true wielder of power, and glow that fills the eyes of such a Dreadnaught could blind any who would dare to stare directly into them.
It is said that even angels, demons and the gods would meet their match against the Dreadnaught. These celestial beings hold immense power since they are not bounded by the restrictions on earth and are not limited to what puny flesh and ones can withstand. A Dreadnaught absorbing the life force of such a being could only be imaginary, for they would wield the great forbidden powers and enhance them with the best elements they had absorbed thus far. The eyes of one who have consumed a celestial being can be controlled and manipulated to hide the glow within their eyes and not reveal their true strength. One unfortunate victim had the audacity to challenge such a Dreadnaught, and that day, the glow of the eyes were so bright, all who were within the vicinity swore the red eyes were attempting to blot out the sun.
A secret is kept amongst the Blood magic wielders, one that is a double-edged sword to them and is not known even other the other Dread Knights. With life comes memories, and with memories comes emotions. By consuming the life of others, the Dreadnaughts also consume the emotions held within. Love is said to run in their veins. In a secret location forged and created by the magic of the Dreadnaughts, they are able to hold the Baptism of Blood with their true love. Bringing their loved ones to the pedestal, regardless by force or of their own volition, they would perform the Ritual that is centered on their lovers.
A Dreadnaught would reach into his own heart and focus all the powerful emotions he holds within, and then transfer it all into the heart and soul of his lover by way of blood transfusion. A human body can only hold so much life and emotions, and suddenly being infused with a Dread Knight’s blood is too much to bear. As his lover struggles against the bonds – more mental than physical – that hold her onto the pedestal, the Dreadnaught forms a blood sarcophagus, effectively retaining her body and soul in halted time. With his only senses of humanity sealed within his lover, his mind roams the world of magic free and unbound. It is said that a Dreadnaught who has undergone the Baptism of Blood is able to challenge the rights of the High God, Ragnar.
However, unlike the High God, these Dreadnaughts have a weakness and is thus kept secret on pain of death. Should the Dreadnaught ever fall in love again, betraying the love he once held for his first true love, the seal upon the blood sarcophagus will shatter. It will release all of his sealed emotions and with it, all of his great magic are forced into a compression, like a great funeral pyre within a tiny forge, and burst out, completely destroying the body of the Dreadnaught.