Name: Larten Crepsley
Age: Around 200
Date of Birth: Sometimes in the 1800s
Title: Vampire General (previous), almost Vampire Prince
Throughout the series, several facts about Mr. Crepsley's past are revealed. He was born the fifth child in a poor family in the 1800s, and went to work at the age of eight. He never learned to read or write, but can recognize numbers, certain words, sign his name, and read maps "quite accurately". Although his reason is never revealed, he became Seba Nile's apprentice during his late teen years (between 17 and 20). At first, he was irritated by the customs of vampires, having called the vampire generals "backwards imbeciles", and thought that they should be moving towards the future rather than wallow in the past, but adapted soon enough. He learned to manipulate spiders from Seba and eventually (possibly on Seba's recommendation) found his way to the Cirque du Freak. After years with the Cirque, he left to journey to Vampire Mountain. During his time there, he won the respect of his peers and quickly became a Vampire General. Years later, they nominated him for the Vampire Prince. Only months from joining the Princes, Larten gave up the title of General and rejoined the Cirque.