The Hunger is the demon half of a White Court vampire.
While this demon can grant the vampire incredible strength and durability, its gifts come with a price: the need to feed on the life energy of mortals. If the vampire does not feed its Hunger, he will become increasingly weak and may die.
White Court vampires are born with the Hunger but it only begins to manifest as they reach maturity, and will become fully a part of them after their first—and always fatal—feeding. It is unknown whether all houses of the White Court first manifest their Hunger during sex, like House Raith, or if Malvora and Skavis first manifest in other ways.
If a Raith vampire has sex for the first time with someone he or she truly loves, the Hunger will die and the vampire will be free of it forever. They will also lose their supernatural prowess, including immortality. It is unknown of vampires from the other White Court houses can kill their hunger in a similar fashion, feeding on someone with whom they share the emotion that is the bane of their house.
Thomas explains that getting burned when trying to feed on someone in true love is not that simple. It has to do with how much control the demon has over the White Court House Raith vampire when they touch.
A White Court vampire can cross a threshold but it cripples their ability to draw on their Hunger for strength and speed.
In the seriesEdit
- Main article: Blood Rites
In Blood Rites, when Harry shares a soulgaze with Thomas Raith, he is able to see the vampire's Hunger as a monstrous entity with whom Thomas is in a constant struggle; Thomas is fighting to maintain a measure of humanity and control, and his Hunger wants him to be a ravening predator.
- Main article: Backup
- Main article: Turn Coat
In Turn Coat, Thomas explains that when he's with Justine who means a lot to him, everything in him wants to be near her including his demon. He can't touch her without it being close to the surface. So, it burns him. The difference with Madeline Raith is that the Hunger controls her completely, she thinks she gets to feed on everyone and just sees food. For both of them it's a reflex.
- Main article: Ghost Story