The actions of Leo Kandrel in War of Nytefall: Eradication pose a big threat to Clyde and his people. They are being hunted and can be returned to their old-vampire or mortal state, which makes them easy prey. People are starting to gather behind Leo to create a new Duragian army that will march across Windemere to wipe out the Dawn Fangs. Yet, there is more at risk than lives. Clyde’s dream for his people can come crashing down if Leo pushes him too far. Do people even remember that he has a dream?
Remember that Dawn Fangs are being placed among mortals to live and create real bonds without revealing their true nature. Since they have heartbeats, can eat mortal food, and minimize their blood lust, they can mix with their ‘prey’. This can be seen as both good and bad. People may get terrified to learn that there’s a new breed of vampires who are able to pass as mortal, which means they aren’t easy to identify. That makes it more difficult to avoid getting eaten by them. Fear would run rampant at this revelation, especially so soon after the Great Cataclysm. Clyde is well aware of this, which is why he has strict rules about Dawn Fangs being found out. It is also why he is determined to keep their existence a secret until the war with Nyte is over and the chances of mortals being afraid is minimal.
How will he accomplish this since vampires are notorious monsters? Well, that’s why he’s planting agents among Windemere’s populations. They are working as farmers, blacksmiths, florists, sailors, and whatever other trade they have mastered. They are making friends with neighbors and helping their chosen homeland thrive. Any feeding is done in a prearranged way with either a distant source, delivery, or a local mortal who is willing to help with the dream. By the time Clyde reveals the existence of Dawn Fangs, he will be able to point at all of these people and show that they have been living there without doing harm. Their peaceful coexistence in secret will bolster Nytefall’s ability to make a treaty or at least be left alone. It’s a difficult path since he has Xavier wanting to wipe the Dawn Fangs out and various enemies who are forcing him to take some very public actions.
Clyde’s main goal tends to get lost by people who focus on his fighting and personal relationships. No surprise since those are the main part of the book. You can’t have him utter his dream every chapter without it getting silly. Doesn’t fit his character either since he doesn’t like repeating himself. It is hard to recognize that a violence-oriented character like Clyde is determined to create an everlasting peace. If you read his words more carefully, you can see that he doesn’t expect to benefit from such a world. It’s almost like he is sacrificing his humanity to make sure the other Dawn Fangs can be treated better than monsters.
As the series progresses, this dream is going to slide more into the spotlight. War of Nytefall: Eradication shows how many mortals aren’t ready, which may push Clyde back a few steps. It’ll all depend on what secrets he unearths and how public the battles are.