lifemate is a person who is romantically and sexually drawn to a Carpathian. The female is the light to the male's darkness, the soul split in two at the time of the male's birth. The male is always born first so that his soul can be split. Sometimes the female is born immediately, other times not. Females can even live a full life cycle and not be found by her lifemate, and she will be born over and over until her soul is reunited with her male's. It was only in recent years that the Carpathian people found out that psychic human females can be lifemates, with the prince finding his mate in such a woman.

There is only one true lifemate for each Carpathian and a true lifemate is recognized by the restoration of emotions and color in a male Carpathian. Males are fiercely and jealously protective of their females and mates even more so. True lifemates find it difficult to be apart from each other and a total severing of contact—mental and physical—between true lifemates usually ends in suicide. It is very rare when one partner decides to live on without the other.

If the male does live on after his mate's death, he turns into a vampire. However, if the female is the one to survive, she lives a half life and only because she needs to live long enough to give birth or to wait for her children to survive without her.

The Ritual Words Edit

When a Carpathian male claims his mate, he speaks to her the ritual words (Sarna Rituaali) imprinted in him since birth:

Te avio päläfertiilam.
Éntölam kuulua, avio päläfertiilam.
Ted kuuluak, kacad, kojed.
Élidamet andam.
Pesämet andam.
Uskolfertiilamet andam.
Sívamet andam.
Sielamet andam.
Ainamet andam.
Sívamet kuuluak kaik että a ted.
Ainaak olenszal sívambin.
Te élidet ainaak pide minan.
Te avio päläfertiilam.
Ainaak sívamet jutta oleny.
Ainaak terád vigyázak.

You are my lifemate.
I claim you as my lifemate.
I belong to you.
I offer my life for you.
I give you my protection.
I give you my allegiance.
I give you my heart.
I give you my soul.
I give you my body.
I take into my keeping the same that is yours.
Your life will be cherished by me for all my time.
Your life will be placed above my own for all time.
You are my lifemate.
You are bound to me for all eternity.
You are always in my care.

Shortened Ritual Edit

This is the way the ritual was recited in early books in the series. It was essentially a short-hand for the above ritual before Christian Feehan began using the longer version.

"I claim you as my lifemate. I belong to you. I offer my life for you. I give to you my protection, my allegiance, my heart, my soul, and my body. I take into my keeping the same that is yours. Your life, happiness, and welfare will be cherished and placed above my own for all time. You are my lifemate, bound to me for all eternity and always in my care."

Lifemates Featured in Each BookEdit

  1. Dark Prince - Mikhail Dubrinsky & Raven Whitney
  2. Dark Desire - Jacques Dubrinsky & Shea O'Halloran
  3. Dark Gold - Aidan Savage & Alexandria Houton
  4. Dark Magic - Gregori Daratrazanoff & Savannah Dubrinsky
  5. Dark Challenge - Julian Savage & Desari Daratrazanoff
  6. Dark Fire - Darius Daratrazanoff & Tempest Trine; Barack & Syndil
  7. Dark Dream - Falcon Amiras & Sara Marten
  8. Dark Legend - Gabriel Daratrazanoff & Francesca del Ponce
  9. Dark Guardian - Lucian Daratrazanoff & Jaxon Montgomery
  10. Dark Symphony - Byron Justicano & Antonietta Scarletti
  11. Dark Descent - Traian Trigovise & Joie Sanders
  12. Dark Melody - Dayan & Corinne Wentworth
  13. Dark Destiny - Nicolae Von Shrieder & Destiny
  14. Dark Hunger - Riordan De La Cruz & Juliette Sangria
  15. Dark Secret - Rafael De La Cruz & Colby Jansen
  16. Dark Demon - Vikirnoff Von Shrieder & Natalya Shonski
  17. Dark Celebration - none
  18. Dark Possession - Manolito De La Cruz & MaryAnn Delaney
  19. Dark Curse - Nicolas De La Cruz & Lara Calladine
  20. Dark Slayer - Razvan Shonski & Ivory Malinov
  21. Dark Peril - Dominic Dragonseeker & Solange Sangria
  22. Dark Predator - Zacarias De La Cruz & Marguarita Fernandez
  23. Dark Storm - Danutdaxton & Riley Parker
  24. Dark Lycan - Fenris Dalka & Tatijana Dragonseeker
  25. Dark Wolf - Dimitri Tirunul & Skyler Daratrazanoff
  26. Dark Blood - Zev Hunter & Branislava Dragonseeker
  27. Dark Crime - Maksim Volkov & Blaze McGuire
  28. Dark Ghost - André Boroi & Teagan Joanes
  29. Dark Promises - Aleksei & Gabrielle Sanders; Fane & Trixie Joanes
  30. Dark Carousel - Tariq Asenguard & Charlotte Vintage
  31. Dark Legacy - Dragomir Kozel & Emeline Sanchez
  32. Dark Sentinel - Andor Katona & Lorraine Peters
  33. Dark Illusion - Isai Florea & Julija Brennan

Trivia Edit

  • A male will not claim his lifemate before she is 18, when she would be considered an adult by human standards.
    • This is to give the female time to grow and learn what a lifemate is, to mature enough (in mind and body) to accept him. It also give the pair time to learn about each other, as well as allow the girl's family to teach her the basics of her abilities.
  • As far as we know, only one lifemate pair never came together as they should have.
    • Mitro denied Arabejila as his lifemate, choosing to turn vampire. This forced her to live a half life, and may have had a hand in her ability to mate with a human later in life, and to have a child with him.
      • Pater and Velda do not count as Pater turned vampire long before he found her, not as soon as he saw her.