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|Publication date||February 20, 2002|
|Published in||"Tales of the Slayers"|
"The Innocent" was the third story in the "Tales of the Slayers" graphic novel.
Set in 1789 Paris, Claudine, the Slayer, and her Watcher and lover, Jean, are radical sans-culottes. They are both hunting down a vampire over the walls of Notre Dame. The watcher and vampire fall, but Claudine saves Jean from death, only to fall herself. The vampire is nailed to a fence but manages to free himself, though Claudine slays him.
Afterward, Jean sends Claudine after another vampire, whom Jean describes as an "aristocratic tyrant who feeds from the poor" and who lives in an apartment in the Rue Saint-Denis. Claudine enteres an alley, climbes a wall and enteres into the apartment's library, where she finds her target. The aristocrat runs but is staked by Claudine, who discovers he was actually human. Before dying the aristocrat begs her not to kill his children. In shock, Claudine comes face to face with the man's three daughters and a woman. Claudine tries to leave, only to trip over the body of the aristocrat and get covered in blood.
Claudine finds Jean in a tavern with two of his comrades and takes him out to confront him. He admits he knew the man was not a vampire but that he deserved to die for being an aristocrat, as well as his plans to send Claudine, his "Angel of Death," to hunt down the rest of the aristocracy that hides from Madame Guillotine. Claudine spits on him and leaves.
Next to a bridge, on which a couple hugs and a caged carriage with three prisoners passes, Claudine, with her face still covered in blood, reflectes on the nature of evil.
The story is set after the flashbacks from "Soulless" set in 1789 Prussia, during which the Beast met with Angelus and before the flashbacks from "Amends" set in Dublin, Ireland, in 1838, during which Angelus kills a man named Daniel.
- Unidentified aristocrat
- Unidentified French vampire
- Unidentified French woman
- The aristocrat's daughters
- Jean's comrades
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Weapons and Objects
Behind the Scenes
- The Rue Saint-Denis is a real street in Paris and one of the city's oldest.
Pop Culture References
|Claudine - "You lied to me. I loved you and you lied to me, you bastard."|