I'm going to cheat a bit and boot in a few Anne Rice posts from old topics to start things off.
This topic is obviously for everything Anne Rice.
Almost noone is lukewarm on this subject, so release the splendor!
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The Talamasca, meaning "Animal Mask" from the Latin, are a secret society, set up, as their calling card says, to watch the paranormal in action. The name Talamasca was also an old term to describe a witch or a shamen. Their basements are filled with records of phenomena such as Witches, Spirits, Werewolves and of course Vampires.
Welcoming people with paranormal powers to visit them, occasionally they become aware of individuals with particularly strong powers, these people are investigated and offered a place with their group, but are not obliged to accept the position, though almost invariably they will.
The Talamasca demand complete obedience, loyalty and devotion from their members.
It was swift and violent, the way she loved it, the giant mahogany bed sturdy as if it were carved in stone.