Real Name: Ulysses Sojourner

Identity/Class: Human vampire

Occupation: Vampire leader

Group Membership: Vampires of New Orleans

Affiliations: Xavier Rath, many other vampires;
pawns: Detective Waylon Cypher, Charisma Desiree, Dominique Levant, Morbius

Enemies: Blade, Yves St. Monroe

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Mobile

First Appearance: Blade I#3 (January, 1999)

Powers/Abilities: He possessed the normal powers and weaknesses of a vampire including, the need for blood, fangs, claws and bat-like wings.


(Blade I#2 (fb) - BTS) - Ulysses Sojourner visited New Orleans to hold a meeting for the nationwide undead unification. Some vampires, like Yves St. Monroe didn't like his plans.

(Blade I#1-2 - BTS) - Sojourner orchestrated his scheme against Blade from behind the scenes.

(Blade I#3) - One night at the Jaded Palate Sojourner met with the resident vampires. Xavier Rath served him a delicious blood soup. He liked it and after he was finished he began to talk to the vampires about recent happenings like the death of Aldes Yancey and Worm-Digger by the hands of Blade. He showed them the stakes that were found on the riverboat and told them that he was in New Orleans to destroy Blade. He had set up a plan to convince Blade that a teenage mother (Charisma Desiree) were threatened by a vampire, but in reality this vampire was a living being (Morbius). By Sojourner's vampire friends in the New Orleans Police Department a detective was assigned to watch Blade and make sure that somebody saw Blade's murder. Ulysses had done a profile on Blade and he was convinced that Blade would condemn himself for murdering an innocent and would probably commit suicide. The vampires liked Sojourner's plan. Yves St. Monroe arrived late and Sojourner confronted him because Yves had attacked Blade the night before and planned to do it again. Sojourner asked him to let it be because his plan assured that Blade would either be killed by Morbius or be sent to prison.

(OHotMU Marvel Knights 2005) - Blade halted Sojourner's scheme to unite all vampires on the East Coast.

Comments: Created by Don McGregor (writer), Brian Hagan (pencils) & Sandu Florea (inks).

This series occurred after the one-shot Blade: Crescent City Blue as revealed in the intro page in issue #1. OHotMU Marvel Knights 2005 though placed it before Crescent City Blues.

In Blade III#12 a prophecy was fulfilled that brought back all vampires that ever died. This most likely included Sojourner and his allies as well. We'll have to wait if they resurface.
--Markus Raymond

Profile by Markus Raymond.

Ulysses Sojourner has no known connections to:

  • Ulysses, better known as Odysseus @ Thor Annual#8
  • Ulysses, of the Pantheon @ Incredible Hulk II#408/2
  • Ulysses, (Walter Charles), of the Pantheon, successor of first Ulysses @ Incredible Hulk II#379
  • Ulysses, former soldier, sought revenge against X-Men @ Cyclops I#2
  • Ulysses Bloodstone, the famous Monster Hunter @ Strange Tales I#73
  • Ulysses Dragonblood, Deviant member of the Damocles Foundation @ X-Force I#83
  • any other character with a similar name

Waylon Cypher has no known connection to:

  • Cypher (Douglas Ramsey), mutant killed by Ani-Mator, mind lives on in the alien Warlock @ New Mutants I#21
  • Cypher, of Earth-811 @ New Mutants Annual#6
  • Cypher of Earth-904 @ What If? II#12
  • any other character with a similar name

Xavier Rath has no known connection to:

  • Cassandra Nova Xavier, of Earth-15104 @ X-Men II#151
  • Charles Francis Xavier, leader of the X-Men @ X-Men I#1
  • any counterpart of Charles Xavier, anything associated with him or any other character with a similar name

Yves St. Monroe has no known connection to:

  • Monroe Harris, lawyer @ Darkhawk#10
  • Gardner Monroe, former Omega Flight member Flashback @ Alpha Flight I#1
  • Jack Monroe, a dead guy known under names such as Bucky, Nomad or Scourge @ Young Men#24
  • Ororo Monroe, the X-Men member better known as Storm @ Giant-Size X-Men#1
  • Yves, Lettre B of Cell Combattre @ Marvel Fanfare I#28
  • Yves Chevrier, hunted by Black Widow and Silver Sable @ Marvel Comics Presents#53/4
  • any other character with a similar name

Waylon Cypher

He was a detective of the New Orleans Police Department. His superior (supposedly one of the vampires in the department mentioned by Sojourner) assigned him to look-out for Blade. He did as he was told and observed Blade sitting with Dominique Levant opposite the Desiree's house. After Blade left alone he followed him in his car and stopped Blade. He showed him his police mark and let him know that he had an eye on him. Afterwards Cypher left in his car.

--Blade I#3




Xavier Rath

(Blade I#2 (fb) - BTS) - Xavier Rath was the owner of the Jaded Palate. Through Dominique Levant he did business with Newton Desiree. Desiree's family could eat at Rath's restaurant for a lower price because they weren't rich.

(Blade I#2 (fb) ) - One night when the Desiree's ate at the Jaded Palate he watched the arrival of Morbius. He told Dominique that he was probably doing something to Charisma and that he was likely a vampire.

(Blade I#2 (fb) - BTS) - When Dominique became worried after watching Charisma for some time, Rath gave her Blade's business card, which a customer had left behind, and told her that Blade could help her.

(Blade I#3) - One night in the Jaded Palate at midnight Rath served blood in creative ways to all vampires attending the meeting with Ulysses Sojourner. He served a blood soup personally to Sojourner, who was pleased with it. One vampire drank from the bowl while Sojourner talked and Rath pulled his head out. Rath welcomed the late arriving Yves St. Monroe, who was confronted by Sojourner and Rath tried to calm them down.

--Blade I#2 (Blade I#2 (fb), Blade I#3

Yves St. Monroe

(Blade I#2 (fb) - BTS) - When he was still alive Yves St. Monroe was told by the best photographers in New Orleans and Baton Rouge how gorgeous he was.

(Blade I#3 (fb) - BTS) - As a vampire he missed it to look at himself in a mirror.

(Blade I#2 (fb) - BTS) - When Ulysses Sojourner came to New Orleans with his plan to unite all vampires he was against it and his complicated plan to get rid of Blade.

(Blade I#1) - Yves lay on the roof above Blade's apartment and watched him and Dominique Levant talking on Blade's balcony.

(Blade I#2) - Yves changed locations to a tree and continued listening to Blade and Dominique. Suddenly Blade punctured Yves' ear with his sword. Yves left his hiding and ferociously attacked Blade. The fight went back and forth and Yves was able to hit Blade a few times. After another blow Blade stumbled over the balcony's railing and Yves was going to claw through his fingers until he fell to his death, but Domnique took a chair and hit Yves before he could reach Blade. Back on the balcony Blade took his sword and jumped at Yves who started another aerial attack. Blade took a swing with his sword injured Yves' face. The vampire retreated.

(Blade I#3) - The next night Yves flew to the meeting with Ulysses Sojourner at the Jaded Palate. Sojourner confronted him about his attack on Blade. Yves wanted to kill Blade for scarring his face, but Sojourner was against it.

--Blade I#1 (Blade I#2 (fb) - BTS, Blade I#3 (fb) - BTS, Blade I#2 (fb) - BTS, Blade I#1-3

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Blade I#3, p14, pan1 (main image)

p13, pan4 (head shot)
p8, pan5 (Waylon Cypher)
p11, pan2 (Xavier Rath)
p15, pan5 (Yves St. Monroe)

Other Appearances:
Blade I#1-2 (November-December, 1998) - Don McGregor (writer), Brian Hagan (pencils), Sandu Florea (inks), Joe Andreani (editor)

Last updated: 12/27/13

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