Lest Karr has a short stature and an appearance of a young male with dark-rimmed eyes. His hair is styled into two braids that trail down his back. The right half of his hair is black while the left half is white. He has bangs that cover part of his face. Just like most true vampires, he has fangs, red eyes, and pointed ears.
He wears a small decorated top hat with blue feathers to match his dark, button-up coat, and he wears a white dress shirt underneath. Over the white dress shirt he wears a vest. The buttons on his coat are gold. He has a large bow at his collar and wears white gloves.
- Anime: In the anime, he is shown with dark, rich shade of violet-red hair instead of black. His cuffs are shown to be a royal blue as well as the large bow at his collar. His coat is unbuttoned to reveal a white layer of clothing beneath. He also holds a cane.
Lest has an intelligent nature in which his capacity for analysis contrasts his child-like appearance. These two traits and others he posseses make him seem like a good fit for his current rank. His arrogance is shown by the fact that he is quite against his fellow third progenitor, Krul Tepes's, decision-making as the Queen of Japan; even going so far to state that he himself would be perfectly capable of ruling the country.
Though despite his disagreements with Krul, it seems he is actually most likely capable of holding all of Europe, as we've not heard of any conflict from that side.
He does seem to show a rather childish side when he questions Geales about his activities and how he rules Russia.; however, he can also display his serious and superior attitude when the situation calls for it, as shown when Gabel Parthe continuously goads at Ferid for being a mere seventh progenitor when Lest tells him to be silent.
He appears to be two centuries younger than Krul. Like the other vampires in the Progenitor Council, Lest was also sired by the First Progenitor, Sika Madu. He leads the vampires in taking over Europe in the aftermath of the Apocalypse, and destroyed a league of spellcasters experimenting on the seraph in Europe.
Story: Vampire Reign
Third Progenitor Lest Karr appears in the Progenitor Council meeting and listens to Seventh Progenitor Ferid Bathory's report about the battle at Shinjuku. Upon learning that the humans have gained power in Japan, he accuses Krul of mishandling her management of Japan, and says he would be happy to take her place. When she calls him a child and orders him to be silent, which he states that he is only 200 years younger than her and is more powerful anyway. After Ferid interrupts their argument, Krul insists she never fails.
When asked about the younger vampire standing behind Ferid, the silver-haired noble answers that he is his most favorite servant, whom he cannot bear to part from. One progenitor scolds Ferid for such rule-breaking, and another comments that the Seventh Progenitor has always been eccentric.
Lest appears once more by Urd Geales' side as the second progenitor watches a theatrical performance put on by humans. He engages Urd in a conversation about his activity. The second progenitor asks Lest why he is in Russia, stating that his territory is in Germany and for him to return. The third progenitor amusingly replies back that he has nothing to do in Germany since his ruling is firm. Urd then proceeds to add in about Japan being the opposite under Krul's reign, in which Lest questions why the other hasn't heard of the news yet.
Before Lest can inform Urd about the events unfolding in Japan, a vampire bursts into the room. He informs Urd of the humans in Japan once more experimenting on the Seraph of the End. Hearing about the experiment, he asks what Krul was doing. Lest comments that Krul has many responsibilities, adding in that had he been there before Urd abruptly silences him. The vampire then informs Urd that from Japan the Progenitor Council has opened for meeting, in which both second and third progenitor attends. Lest wonders if this is Krul trying to give an excuse.
Both progenitors heads towards Saint Basil's Cathedral; children is seen running around freely while wearing normal clothing unlike that of those uniformed in Japan. Lest notices this and comments that the humans are pleased and that the culture fits. He compliments Urd on being the example of vampires by creating villages like these. The latter asks if the former is being sarcastic, in which he replies that he is simply being honest.
Inside the Saint Basil's Cathedral, Urd calls for them to contact Kyoto Sanguinem with the other progenitors present on-screen. As the live feed loads for Kyoto, they are shocked by the sight of Krul, beaten and bounded to her throne in an uncivilized manner.
Shortly afterwards, Ferid appears on the live feed in a joyful, playful manner. Urd calls out his name to acknowledge his presence.
The seventh progenitor apologizes to Urd and the other higher progenitors about the urgent call. Another high progenitor, Gabel Parthe, is infuriated with Ferid, a non high-ranked progenitor, having called them. Ferid repeats that it was an emergency that he called. As Gabel starts to goad at Ferid, Lest silences him. He states that with Krul dethroned, Ferid is the next highest ranking vampire in Japan. With Lest's urge, Ferid proceeds to inform the rest of the progenitors of the events that occurred in Japan. Crowley, Chess, and Horn speak up, only commenting little, irrelevant things. Urd is irritated with such a display and orders for them to stop acting foolish and to state the important details.
Ferid then ultimately reveals to all in the Progenitor Council of Krul's betrayal of being involved with the humans' experimentation on the Seraph of the End. There are rears of shock and disbelief at the news.
Ferid continues to state that the experiment has been completed and the Seraph has been weaponized by the humans, and with both him and Crowley's efforts they managed to subdue Krul as a traitor while risking their lives. He informs the other Progenitors that the vampires are now weak and powerless against the power the humans possesses.
Suddenly from outside, the humans invade Sanguinem and on-screen, they blow the wall in behind Ferid. Lacus and René runs in on the meeting, saying the humans are coming to the palace and that he must flee. The seventh progenitor asks the higher progenitors for permission to flee Japan, and in return he shall send them Krul. Urd murmurs the country's name as a last word.
Sometime later, Lest Karr arrives in Tokyo Bay on a cruise liner and mentions punishing the humans and Krul Tepes.
Osaka ArcAlongside with Urd's arrival in a later scene, Lest jumps off the side of another cruise liner to land by the Second Progenitor's side. He then comments that they've finally arrived in Japan, then questions the taller vampire if they should seek out for Kyoto and reclaim it from the humans. Shortly following, Urd says to himself about someone possibly also being in Japan, in which Lest responds with a curious tone.Following their arrival, when Ferid Bathory and Crowley Eusford shows up at Osaka Bay with the Shinoa Squad with Makoto in tow, Lest is there alongside with Urd and a considerable number of other nobles awaiting for their arrival.
When Ferid greets the foreign vampires, Lest rips Ferid's heart out, shocking the humans present. Crowley warns the humans not to move and says this is just a game Lest plays. Lest interrogates Ferid, but Ferid's skin darkens as he begins turning into a demon. Under Urd's command, Lest returns Ferid's heart.
Urd says he smelled blood, but the scent suddenly vanished. He tells Lest to come with him and suddenly bolts to Ferid's mansion. Once there, they encounter Saitō. Urd fights him. When Lest stands in Saitō's way, Saitō cuts him in half and escapes.
Lest pulls his torso together and apologizes, but Urd tells him not to blame himself. Lest asks Krul to tell them what happened.
The noble vampires return from their excursion. Urd carries Krul by the back of her neck, and Lest drags Ferid by his hair.
Ferid insists he has not betrayed anyone and has not seen his father for a thousand years. When he starts to beg Urd as well, Urd orders Lest to silence him. Lest punches him in the gut.
Urd sentences Krul and Ferid to ten days of torture through sunlight exposure; afterward, they must explain their actions well or be sentenced to eternal torment.(Anime only beyond this point until more chapters come out.)
Four months after the Seraph of the End experiment was carried out by the humans and Krul having been dethroned by Ferid, an aircraft carrying Lest arrives in Japan. An assembly of vampires is there to greet him, including Ferid Bathory, Crowley Eusford, Chess Belle, Horn Skuld, René Simm, and Lacus Welt along with a few other vampires. As he walks out of the aircraft, Ferid kneels to him in a respective manner, stating that things were going to be more interesting.
Powers and Equipment
As a vampire, Lest is naturally far stronger and powerful than a human. This means that he also has immortality, immense strength, eternal youth and rapid regeneration. Being a third progenitor, he is one of the most powerful vampires worldwide over lower ranking vampire, and claims to be stronger than Krul.
As a noble vampire, he has the ability and permission to turn humans into vampires as he pleases.
It's been stated he wields a first class weapon that has yet to be revealed.
- "Lest" is of Greek origin, derived from the word 'ληστεία, listeia', meaning "robber".
- "Karr" is an English, Irish, Scottish, Gaelic, or Scandinavian name meaning "from the swamp or bog."
- It was stated in the fan book that Lest, in order to win the battle of who would become the most powerful person, puts great effort into expanding the territory he's in charge of (Germany).
- He is rumored to be superior to Krul in fighting power.
- Unusually for a vampire, he is fixated on gaining power and influence. He is watching for a chink in Krul's armor to seize control of Japan.
- Interests: The situation in Japan and Krul's post.
Quotes: Vampire Reign
- "However, if you have mishandled your management of Japan, Krul, then you will bear a heavy burden of responsibility for your failure... If your duties are too great for you, then I would be more than happy to take over as King of Japan."--Lest Karr to Krul Tepes, Chapter 22, "Taboo Krul"
- "What, enjoying yet another performance? Lord Urd Geales. Please enlighten me. What is so interesting about watching livestock sing and dance? Does the blood of those that sing well taste better or something?"--Lest Karr to Urd Geales, Chapter 42, "Sanguinem's End"
- "But I have nothing to do in Germany. After all, my control over the area is absolute, and my governance is perfect. Quite unlike Krul Tepes in Japan, I might add. In fact, I hear there was an incident in her district. Has this matter been brought to your attention yet, Lord Geales?"--Lest Karr to Urd Geales, Chapter 42, "Sanguinem's End"
- "Oh, I'm sure something like that was far too much for her. Though if I was in control of Japan, then nothing--"--Lest Karr to Urd Geales about Krul Tepes, Chapter 42, "Sanguinem's End"
- "Your humans seem happy. You've even allowed them a nice level of culture. You are truly a shining example to all vampires, Lord Geales. You have built a model society."--Lest Karr to Urd Geales, Chapter 42, "Sanguinem's End"
- "No, no. Of course not, My Lord! It was a compliment. I could certainly never reach such an idealistic level."--Lest Karr to Urd Geales when Urd asks him if he is being sarcastic, Chapter 42, "Sanguinem's End"
- "Silence, Gabel Parte. Ferid Bathory is the next highest-ranking vampire in Japan after Krul Tepes. Given her state, she couldn't make the summons. Think before you speak."--Lest Karr to Gabel Parte when the latter is infuriated with Ferid for the council meeting, Chapter 42, "Sanguinem's End"
- "Now then... Let us be off to punish both the misbehaving humans and the traitor Krul Tepes."--Lest Karr, Chapter 48, "The Making of an Angel"
- "Why, look, Ferid Bathory. This is your heart. Just look at all the blood draining out of it. In a mere few minutes, you'll become a demon."--Lest Karr, Chapter 50, "Brothers in Blood"