The eight vampyre houses form the aristocracy of the Sanguinesti region. Their history can be traced back to Vampyrium, where the current houses were formed as a result of a civil war. Previously having a tribal culture, the vampyres were introduced to the concept of civilised society by Zaros. This drastic change of society divided the vampyres which threw the tribes into a civil war. 8 tribes emerged victorious which eventually reformed into the current 8 vampyre houses.
On Vampyrium, each house had their personal preference in blood taste and hunting methods. Before the vampyre migration to Gielinor, House Jovkai was one of the more powerful houses on Vampyrium. However, humiliated after losing a war against House Jovkai, Vanescula of House Drakan slowly poisoned their leader, Lord Jovkai, eventually resulting in his death. This vacuum of power allowed House Drakan to take over and become the strongest house, which they remain to this day.
As the houses originated from Vampyrium, it is presumed house members are true-born vampyres. It is unknown if human-born vampyres, the majority of vampyres in the Sanguinesti region, have any affiliations with the houses.
They are described as contemptible vyres, they tended to prey on vyres from other tribes. The others tribes feared House Alzeph until the birth of the aristocracy. They preferred spicy blood with a grainy texture.
They prefer blood with optimism and hope. They had trained venators to be silent stalkers of their prey. When unable to take their prey unaware, they would allow it to escape and feel safe again before bringing it down.
They were the most vicious of the tribes, priding themselves on their ability to fight rather than stalk, they would not capture their prey so much as to bait and it into combat. They would only hunt the most fearsome and territorial beasts of Vampyrium, not the myriad of docile creatures.
Prior the aristocratic reformation, the Jovkai were one of the more powerful tribes of Vampyrium in the pre-Zarosian age. Lord Jovkai was a beloved leader, and this love was transposed on to their prey. They would treat their food with care and tenderness, allowing it to live among them feeling safe and cared for before mercilessly slaughtering it behind closed doors.
They would stalk entire families or social groups, quickly striking down one of their number, yet not feeding from that first kill. Instead, they would hunt down the remaining family members as the cries of their wounded rang in their ears.
They were a loathsome tribe of carrion-eaters, they would capture whole families of creatures at a time, keeping them in appalling conditions until death took the weakest of them. Any survivors would be mournful of such losses, their grief heightened by being left with the corpses of their families in tight confines. Once entire families had died off, the Pyrah would harvest their congealed blood for later consumption.
Their main source of food was from a race of creatures they had enslaved, a subjugation these creatures had willingly entered into, submitting to another so they would not have to make choices on their own. Perhaps they held a symbiotic need to attach themselves to our kind for survival. The Shadum were sadistic in their dealings with these beings, breeding them as both subservient and food.
They were in thrall to their long-dead founder, whom they considered a god. He was a figure of awe and wonder to the Vitur, and there were volumes of histories dedicated to him. Indeed, he was not only worshipped by his vyres, but a number of sapient races sacrificed themselves willingly out of respect for him and House Vitur's opulent culture. These creatures are now scarce on Vampyrium.
- ^ Zaros, "Fate of the Gods", RuneScape. "I applied what I had learned from the demons and gave them a society. As with any burgeoning society, there was bloodshed and civil war... but eventually an aristocracy rose up that persists to this day."
- ^ A Taste of Hope, written by Lord Drakan, page 3, "The Lord of Vampyrium", RuneScape. "The arrival of Lord Zaros brought an end to the tribal system, with him forming them into the early houses of Vampyrium."
- ^ Vanescula Drakan, "River of Blood", RuneScape. "Years ago - thousands of years ago - my family wasn't in the position we are now. We had lost battles against the other houses... One loss was against Lord Jovkai and his sycophants... I washed Lord Jovkai's cup in slow poison. Every time he took a sip from that cup, he grew more ill. And he loved to drink. Though he was tended to, he died less than a year later."