With the death of Carlos Ortega and the destruction of the Latin Kings, much of their power and prestige of the Red Court has waned in the Twin Cities. They are now under the leadership of Susana Valencia. She has quietly been acquiring power in Maplewood and has recently taken ownership of the Myth night club after having lost ownership of Foshay Tower to DH Acquisitions.
The Red Court of Vampires are less human-like than the White Court. Instead they are slimy bat-like creatures hidden behind incredibly sensuous human costumes (made of an outer skin). The oldest and most powerful red court vampires are capable of wearing any flesh mask (that is, turn into any human), and that their flesh masks can fully protect them from the sun, so that they can walk about in broad daylight. They use these costumes to trick their prey into being more comfortable and to hide in plain sight. They are incredibly strong and fast, and can shake off any injury quickly. The Red Court is vulnerable to sunlight and to having their bellies cut open, which can spill the blood they have drunk and eventually kill them. Their saliva contains a potent magical narcotic which gives the prey a euphoric feeling and is highly addictive, allowing the Red Court to control their victims rather easily. The narcotic lowers the victim’s inhibitions while dulling the pain of the vampire’s bite. Addicted humans have been shown to go to great lengths to protect their vampiric masters, and willingly provide information from the mortal community as needed.
The Red Court is also capable of transforming ordinary humans into vampires in a two-step process: the human is first infected with the vampiric thirst for blood (gaining supernatural speed, strength and endurance in the process) and then completes the change into the demonic form upon killing a human victim in their first feeding. Infected humans with sufficient strength of will have been known to refrain from feeding for an indefinite length of time (magical bonds, regular exposure to sunlight, and avoiding physical intimacy all help), but no cure has yet been found for the “half-vampire” infected state. It is intimated that the Faerie Queen Mothers, or a being of similar power, could cure, or rather completely destroy, the vampiric infection with a magic known as an Unraveling. Their hunger for blood makes controlling their emotions very difficult, and when in a situation where emotions run high (such as during a fight or when engaged in physical intimacy), it is much easier for them to lose control.
The Red Court is highly organized in a feudalistic system with a King at the top, followed by Dukes and other ranks. It is also highly centralized in South America and has attained significant power in the mortal world. The Red Court began a war against the White Council in response to a situation in Chicago in which they felt a representative of the White Council violated their rights as outlined the Accords. The Red Court shows no signs of slowing the war as the White Council is on the defensive and struggling against them Court and their allies, while being assisted only by a few smaller allied organizations and limited help from the Faerie world.