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Quote1.png Our will is strong, Andrew. We can carry you into death's embrace. Join us -- hand to hand, heart to heart -- and together, we'll depart this world... depart this dream... this nightmare. Quote2.png
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Master Shoju is a monk living at the Temple of the Ineffable Tao in California.

Mary, Queen of Blood turned him and his students into vampires. Because of their spiritual training, they were able to resist the bloodlust and live in peaceful harmony. Andrew Bennett, Deborah Dancer and Dmitri Mishkin were manipulated into attacking them by an agent of the Blood Red Moon named Billy Kessler. Bennett realizes his mistake in battle and turned on Kessler, becoming friends with the monks.[1] They later decided to commit mass suicide at sunrise when they believed their lives had reached a natural end. Bennett tried to kill himself with them, but failed due to an ordain by the Lords of Order.[2]


  • Vampirism: In addition to the various mental and physical benefits that vampires are heir to, they also possess the ability to turn others into vampires as well. Each new vampire is traditionally subservient to the one who "turned" them, but some strong-willed vampires have been known to rebel against their masters.
    • Enhanced Senses: A vampire's senses are enhanced far beyond those of a normal human being.
    • Immortality: So long as vampires continue to consume blood, they will not age beyond the physical state they were in when they first became a vampire.
    • Invulnerability: Vampires are invulnerable to most forms of injury (certain exceptions apply). Bullets, blades and blunt objects do little to no damage to a vampire's body.
    • Regeneration: In addition to being virtually indestructible, whatever damage a vampire does in fact suffer can be healed through the consumption of human blood.
    • Superhuman Strength: A vampire's strength level is several times that of a normal human being and they are considered superhuman.
    • Superhuman Speed: A vampire's speed level is several times that of a normal human being and they are considered superhuman.
    • Superhuman Stamina: So long as they continue to consume human blood, a vampire can function tirelessly without rest or relaxation. However, a vampire's stamina wanes the closer it is to sunrise.
    • Psychokinesis: Most vampires possess some form of psychokinesis. Some are clairvoyant, others can communicate telepathically, some possess mind control. Particularly powerful vampires can control the minds of several people at once.
    • Transformation: Vampires often possess the ability to transform into a variety of creatures or effects such as bats, wolves, rats or even mist. While their physical attributes may fluctuate during such states, a vampire's mental acuity is the same as that when they are in their human shape. A vampire who transforms into an animal may also benefit from that particular animal's attributes including razor-sharp claws, fangs or the ability to fly.
    • Metamorphosis: Vampires often demonstrate the ability to alter their appearance at will.

  • Although this character was originally introduced during DC's Earth-One era of publication, their existence following the events of the 1985–86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character's Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis New Earth continuity, and should be considered apocryphal.
  • I...Vampire! continuity is rebooted in The New 52, altering Andrew Bennett's history. It has been confirmed that Shoju is still in continuity, as Bennett mentions having met a group of peaceful vampire monks during Tainted Love.[3]