Real Name: Sareena (surname unrevealed)
Identity/Class: Human (see comments);
citizen of unidentifed nation (possibly the kingdom formerly ruled by Jarand, and possibly later by Zarathon)
Occupation: Bartender (at least; see comments)
Group Membership: Broken Mast staff (including the horsekeeper and any others)
Affiliations: Prince Zarathon Vosburg (later possibly king)
Enemies: Indirectly Nostranda and the vampiresses of the House of Denied Pleasure;
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Unrevealed
(she presumably -- barring supernatural circumstances -- perished
within at least several decades of her encounter with Zarathon);
last seen active within the Broken Mast, in the seaside town of Krindrel
First Appearance: Vampire Tales I#10 (April, 1975)
Powers/Abilities: Sareena was an attractive young woman, experienced as a bartender in serving drinks, providing conversation, and listening to those who visited the Broken Mast tavern.
She learned a lot by listening the stories of most who passed through the her seaside town.
Unrevealed (approximately 5'6"; she seemed at least average height
compared to Zarathon; people were an inch or two smaller on average in
the 16th century )
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 130 lbs.)
Eyes: Unrevealed (black and white comic)
(Vampire Tales I#10 (fb) - BTS / Vampires: The Marvel Undead: Vampires Unabridged Appendix) - Circa the 16th century, Sareena, was the barmaid at the Broken Mast tavern, and she spoke with every "man who ever put a foot to heaving plank" at one point or another, and she traded secrets with them all, including those of the House of Denied Pleasure. She heard that the house held more than denied delights, and that it held death by pleasure so intense it sucked a man dry.
Jarand Vosburg, king of the unidentified land presumably including Krindrel (see comments), was driven by lust to enter the House of Denied Pleasure, where he was imprisoned and slowly drained of blood by the vampiresses who dwelled there.
(Vampire Tales I#10 - BTS) - Suspecting his father's fate (see comments), Jarand's son, Zarathon, sought out the House.
When Zarathon approached the Broken Mast and questioned the horsekeeper on the House of Denied Pleasure, he advised Zarathon to ask Sareena, as she was the one to soothe his curiosity.
(Vampire Tales I#10) - As Zarathon entered, Sareena enthusiastically greeted him, noting that a new face was always welcome in the Broken Mast. She asked what he would have, and he replied, "Lager...and information." She correctly surmised that he was asking about the House.
Sareena warned Zarathon that one he entered the House he would never emerge. When he expressed skepticism, Sareena assured him that she had seen it, and she told him that the house held more than denied delights: It held death by pleasure so intense it sucked a man dry, and no one had ever returned.
Questioning whether these people had been unable to return or rather that, in the midst of such glorious pleasure, they felt no compulsion to depart, Zarathon told Sareena that he had hoped to thank her for her help as well as her time, but resolved that he would have to find out for himself. Sareena sadly assured Zarathon that this was goodbye.
(Vampire Tales I#10 - BTS) - Zarathon eventually destroyed the resident vampiresses, and the House's creator, the demon-vampire-sorceress Nostranda. With Nostranda's apparent destruction, the crumbling House collapsed into the abyss, after which the ground sealed over it.
Zarathon escaped the crumbling house, but was apparently maddened by his experiences.
As Zarathon returned to the Broken Mast tavern, he apparently did not respond to the horsekeeper as he noted that Zarathon must have chosen to forego his night at the House of Denied Delights.
(Vampire Tales I#10) - Entering the tavern, Zarathon called to Sareena, "Come, wench....Sit and have a drink...with your king."
Spilling his drink, he laughed wtih the croak of a man who bordered on madness...
Comments: Created by Doug Moench, Mike Vosburg, and Howard Nostrand.
Jarand and Zarathon Vosburg's last names was first revealed in the Vampires Appendix section of Vampires: The Marvel Undead, specifically the Unabridged Appendix. This was an obvious homage to penciler Mike Vosburg. Nostranda's name was revealed in the same entry, obviously an homage to inker Howard Nostrand. That same source confirmed the time period of the story to be the 16th century.
The horsekeeper who tethered horses for the Broken Mast's customers,
noted that Sareena spoke with every sailor coming through the porat at
point or another, and that she heard secrets from those foolish -- or
-- enough to have entered the House of Denied Pleasure; however,
Sareena later noted no one who had entered the House had ever
returned. This statement was supported by the omniscient narrative
I'm guessing that Sareena's firsthand information was more accurate, and she had likely heard tales from associates who knew someone who had entered the House and never returned; and that the horsekeeper had just made mistaken assumptions from secondhand information.
It's also possible that Sareena seemed attacted to Zarathon on some level, perhaps she just wanted to keep him from going there. Then again, bartenders often flirt to get tips, etc., so maybe that's all it was.
It is unrevealed whether Sareena was the owner of the Broken Mast, the daughter of the owner, an employee, or...maybe something weird and unusual...something we've never heard of...but probably not...
Not that it matters at all, but while the dialog seems to indicate that Zarathon entered the tavern and immediately asked Sareena to sit and drink with him, the art shows a finished plate and an overturned chalice (or something), presumably indicating he called to her upon entering, was seated, ate his meal, and drank himself into a sorry state...so maybe he wasn't completely maddened by the experience but rather was just traumatized over it. Maybe he got over things and went on to become a good and wise king of...wherever he would have been king of...
King of what and where?
We don't know anything about the king of the land of which Jarand was
king, nor do we know how far/long he traveled to get to the House,
which was adjacent to the seaside town of Krindrel. Sareena did not
recognize Zarathon, despite his being prince under Jarand. However,
with no social media, television, or printing press, it is quite likely
most people would have never seen their king (although he could have
been on coins or in portraits that may have traveled the land), let
alone his son.
Regardless, with Jarand's passing, Zarathon would have become king...assuming he retained his sanity.
Profile by Snood.
Sareena should be distinguished from:
The Broken Mast was apparently a tavern in the seaside town of Krindrel. Sareena was the bartender, if not the owner. According to its horsekeeper, "every man who's ever put a foot to heaving plank has frequented the Broken Mast at time point or another."
Seeking information on the nearby House of Denied Pleasure and his missing father, King Jarand, Prince Zarathon visited the Broken Mast and discussed the House with Sareena, though she apparently did not recognize him.
After Zarathon destroyed the vampire-laden House of Denied Pleasure, the addled prince-turned-king returned to the Broken Mast, possibly now a broken man...
--Vampire Tales I#10/2
| This man worked the entrance at the Broken Mast,
tethering the horses for customers approaching on horseback; there
appeared to a rail for this (see to the left of his lower word balloon
in the above left image; it's shown more fully in another image on pg.
10 that doesn't really offer anything else, so I didn't include it
Traveling to the Broken Mast tavern., Zarathon questioned the horsekeeper (he tied customer's horses to the rail while they went inside) about the House, and the man warned Zarathon that a giant guarded the pleasure mansion's bowels. The man further advised him to seek further information from Sareena, the barmaid, as "every man who's ever put a foot to heaving plank has frequented the Broken Mast at time point or another...and Sareena's traded secrets with them all...including the ones from those foolish -- or damned -- enough to have entered the House of Denied Delights! Mark my words, traveler, she's the one to soothe your curiosity."
As Zarathon returned to the Broken Mast tavern, he apparently did not respond to the horsekeeper as he noted that Zarathon must have chosen to forego his night at the House of Denied Delights. The horsekeeper declared that this was just as well, as life was "reward enough, without pleasure of that sort."
--Vampire Tales I#10/2
Note: There is no information to indicate whether the horsekeeper was or was not a relative of Sareena.
Vampire Tales I#10/2 (April, 1975) - "House of Pleasure, House of Pain" - Doug Moench (writer), Mike Vosburg (penciler), Howard Nostrand (inker), David Kraft (assistant editor), Don McGregor (associate editor), Len Wein (consulting editor), Marv Wolfman (editor)
Vampires: The Marvel Undead (December, 2011) - Jeff Christiansen, Mike O'Sullivan, and Stuart Vandal (head writers/coordinators); Markus Raymond & Mike Fichera (assistant coordinators); Ronald Byrd (writer)
First posted: 10/27/2021
Last updated: 10/27/2021
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