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Real Name: Ora

Identity/Class:  Human, presumptive vampire;
    late 19th century;

Occupation: Unrevealed

Group Membership: Presumably vampires of Earth

Affiliations: Abraham van Helsing; unidentified Transylvanian villagers;
    possibly
Dracula if she was transformed into a vampire by him

Enemies: Dracula;

Known Relatives: Unidentified father (presumably deceased)

Aliases: "Little Ora"

Base of Operations: Transylvania, Hungary, Transleithania circa late 1890s (see comments)

First Appearance: Tomb of Dracula I#5 (November, 1972)ora-19thc-dracvamped-face

Powers/Abilities: Ora did not document any abilities, other than carrying a basket of fruit. She lived in legitimate fear of vampires and werewolves and other supernatural creatures.

    if she became a vampire, she would have had the typical superhuman power and limitations of vampires, including superhuman strength, requiring blood meals to survive, turning others into vampires by fatally draining their blood, resistance to conventional injury, vulnerability to sunlight, religious icons, garlic, a wooden stake through the heart, and silver. She may or may not have been able to transform into a bat, rat, wolf or mist and/or to mesmerize others with a gaze.

Height: Unrevealed (there's no direct comparison to anyone of known height; "Little Ora" may reflect on her height, but it could also refer to her youth, or it could refer to how she was referenced in the past and a nickname stuck; regardless, I'd guess between 5'2" to 5'6")
Weight: Unrevealed (see above; perhaps 110-130 lbs.)
Eyes: Blue (according to my wife and daughter, Kate; I can't see color that well...); likely red if she became a vampire
Hair: Red-brown

History:
(Tomb of Dracula I#5 (fb) - BTS) - Ora's father witnessed Abraham von Helsing's staking of Dracula.ora-19thc-dracvamped-readytobite

(Tomb of Dracula I#5 - BTS) - Escaping the demon realm via a Black Mirror, the 21st century Dracula emerged in a Transylvanian mausoleum -- the same one in which his own ancestors had been interred -- having been displaced temporally to the late 1890's, shortly after the time Abraham van Helsing had staked Dracula.

(Tomb of Dracula I#5) - Walking through a field with a basket of (presumably) fruit, Ora heard what sounded like giant batwings flapping, though she tried to reassure herself that her father had seen the vampire slain. Apparently seeing the approaching bat, she begged the lord to protect her from vampires and werewolves and all other creatures of the night. Losing track of the bat, Ora felt relieved that it was an ordinary bat, but Dracula soon confronted Ora, and her screams were soon muffled as he bit into her neck. After feasting, Dracula departed, intending to ambush and vampirize Abraham van Helsing.

(Tomb of Dracula I#5 - BTS) - Finding van Helsing away for the week, Dracula retreated to his castle.

(Tomb of Dracula I#5) - The next morning, a villager found Ora, dead of a vampire bite, noting "Heaven help us if Count Dracula still stalks this haunted land."

    He then carried her back into the village, where townspeople gathered at the marketplace wondered how many others would die by the same fangs, and the villagers debated whether they should march on Dracula's castle and slay the vampire of if they should wait until van Helsing returned and made the decision.

    Arguments and debate continued throughout the day so that it was almost dusk when perhaps 4-7 of them finally gathered their courage and resolved to take care of matters themselves. As a result, Dracula was awake, and he easily overpowered the farmers and sheepherders, biting and drinking the blood of some while at least a couple fled.

(Tomb of Dracula I#5 - BTS) - After Dracula's modern day enemies Rachel van Helsing and Frank Drake traveled back through the Black Mirror and pursued him, Dracula fled back to the modern era via the Black Mirror, with Rachel and Drake close behind.

    Having been fatally drained by a vampire, Ora should have become a vampire herself, unless the villagers staked, burned, and/or decapitated her.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments:Gardner F. Fox, Gene Colan, and Tom Palmer.

    Real world history and culture are not my areas of expertise, and I only searched Wikipedia. Feel free to disabuse me of my ignorance!

    If Ora became a vampire and was subsequently slain, she was likely revived by the prophecy fulfilled in Blade III#12 that brought back every vampire that had ever perished.

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Ora
should be distinguished from:


Villager who found Ora

(Tomb of Dracula I#5) - The morning after Dracula fatally drained Ora, another villager found her. Realizing that she was dead of a vampire bite, he noted "Heaven help us if Count Dracula still stalks this haunted land." He then carried her back into the village, where townspeople gathered at the marketplace discussed what to do.

 

--Tomb of Dracula I#5

 

Note: Was this man her father? Her brother? Just another villager? He didn't say "my little Ora" or anything to indicate a relationship beyond familiarity.

   You'd think if her father had witnessed van Helsing staking Dracula just a short time before the story that he would have still been around at the time of this story...or perhaps he regularly accompanied van Helsing on missions, and perhaps he was away with van Helsing at this time.

   Regardless, we don't know whether this villager accompanied the small group that stormed Castle Dracula; and, if he did so, we don't know whether he was slain or bitten by Dracula...

 

 

 

 


other villagers

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(Tomb of Dracula I#5) - The the morning, a villager found Ora, dead of a vampire bite (from the time-traveled Dracula the night before), noting "Heaven help us if Count Dracula still stalks this haunted land."

    He then carried her back into the village, where townspeople gathered at the marketplace wondered how many others would die by the same fangs, and the villagers debated whether they should march on Dracula's castle and slay the vampire of if they should wait until van Helsing returned and made the decision.

    Arguments and debate continued throughout the day so that it was almost dusk when perhaps 4-7 of them finally gathered their courage and resolved to take care of matters themselves.

As a result, Dracula was awake, and he easily overpowered the farmers and sheepherders, biting and drinking the blood of some while at least a couple fled.

--Tomb of Dracula I#5







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images: (without ads)

Tomb of Dracula I#5, pg. 9, panel 1 (most full);
          panel 2 (face);
          panel 5 (soooo close to being bitten);
       pg. 13, panel 1 (villagers, battered);
       pg. 13, panel 5 (corpse found);
       pg. 12, panel 1 (villagers, knees-up crowd);
          panel 2 (villagers, face crowd);
       pg. 13, panel 3, 4 (villagers bitten, and/or fleeing)
       


Appearances:
Tomb of Dracula I#5 (November, 1972) - Gardner F. Fox (writer), Gene Colan (penciler), Tom Palmer (inker), Stan Lee (editor)


First posted: 02/19/2021
Last updated: 02/19/2021

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