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Renfield is a human crushed into total thralldom by a Black Court vampire. They first appear in Blood Rites.


Blood RitesEdit

Main article: Blood Rites

In Blood Rites, according to Bob, a Renfield is crushed into total thralldom through brute psychic force. That kind of mental damage destroys their sanity. Leaves them only good for "gibbering violence". It is the quick and dirty way for the Black Court to get cheap muscle.[1]

They can not be returned to normal—"gotten out of it"—not even the original Merlin could undo it. Neither could any of the saints. A thrall can be freed over time, a Renfield can't. They get more and more violent and deranged until they self-destruct in a year or two. They can't be fixed, They're already gone, though they may be still moving.[1]

Mavra's Renfields are each accompanied by a darkhound.[1][2]

According to Bob, the White Court had Stoker publish his book to tell people about Renfields.[1]

In the seriesEdit

Blood RitesEdit

Main article: Blood Rites

In Blood RitesHarry Dresden, Karrin Murphy, Jared Kincaid and Ebenezar McCoy as driver go up against Mavra and her Renfields and darkhounds, with the intent to kill her and her scourge while they sleep. They get ambushed while trying to free human captives. This is where Harry gets his hand badly burned.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Blood Rites, ch. 27
  2. Blood Rites, ch. 32
  3. Blood Rites, ch. 31-33

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