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8 September 1514 a young Hal Yorke was fatally wounded at the Battle of Orsha.

An army surgeon gave him the choice of dying a human, or of immortality as a vampire.

We all know the choice he made.

 

Today marks the 500th year since Lord Hal was recruited... the day a "terrible beauty" was born.

 

Please join us in marking the occasion by adding any words, poems, pics or anything in celebration of the magnificant and terrifying, glorious and monstrous, tormented and tragic man and vampire,

 

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Happy 500th birthday Hal!

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 (You're not yay-ing Hal!)

 

 

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Dear Hal!

Happy

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500th

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This is my tribute to Hal for his 500th vampire birthday.  We had similar ideas domino.  I cannot get that phrase out of my head. Will forever think of Hal...

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oh such a "terrible beauty" he is too whimsy!

Nothing terrible about your gifset, just beautiful beautiful beautiful. Wow. mesmerising, so well done!


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Don't want to be pedantic but you have put "500th day" in the first post, Domino! Shouldn't it be 500th year?

Today marks the 500th day since Lord Hal was recruited... the day a "terrible beauty" was born.

I am thinking what to do. I have so many photos to choose from and I want to do a pastel drawing of Hal.



-- Edited by Pearl24 on Monday 8th of September 2014 01:09:09 PM

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Ooh everybody have been making beautiful happy Hal birthday wishes here!

 



-- Edited by JozieMozie on Monday 8th of September 2014 05:38:03 PM

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I made poem for "Hal" for his vampire birthday!biggrin

I imagined Hal's (well, Damien's) voice reading it aloud in my head.. mmmwink

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thank you Pearl, that is what comes of posting in the wee small hours when half asleep! (I would always rather be told of errors than not, so thanks!) and I would love to see one of your drawings.

At first, this day for me was about celebrating the side of Hal that we perhaps as viewers hope he can vanquish - his dark side. The side where he is most at home in his own skin. The side where he is not battling every moment. As a vampire not resisting his 'nature' Hal is a mighty force, confident, sassy, powerful, magnetic, deadly. (and giddyingly exciting to watch!)

But..... it is also perhaps a celebration of the human Hal who didn't really die that day on the Battle field. Because it is not as if the human Hal and all his values were lost that day. In the many shades of Hal, there is an equally powerful force, an incredibly strong spirit, even as a vampire, that wants to be human, that IS, human. As he himself said to Tom in the final episode of Being Human "the desire to be human is the end, not the beginning. To want it is to have it."

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Jozie, that is beautiful.

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Thank you domino!hug



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I'm not sure if this is a celebrating or commiserating kind of occasion? Not sure of the protocol for vampire birthdays!

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I have decided to paint a picture of Hal when he messes up his date with Alex. His expressions in that scene are something to behold - a terrible beauty sums it up. lust



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This is one of the pictures I have found on my computer. I have the other one somewhere, just have to find it.

 

Found two more which I will crop so it is just Hal.

 

 

 

Which one shall I choose?  Is the first one from Being Human?   I cannot recall where I got it.



-- Edited by Pearl24 on Monday 8th of September 2014 10:41:01 PM

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Lord Harry's birthday?  Time for a party in the pub then!

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Pearl - I think that first pic is from Hal's prequel.   And very nice it is too.



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domino, thanks for the kind words.  As usual, love/hate relationship with making gifs.  But in the end I am happy with how that set turned out.  There has to be a way to do them quicker without the hair pulling and cussing at the computer... but then again I get to stare at the mesmerizing gorgeousness for a very long time, so can I really complain? wink

I chose to concentrate on Hal's darker side, which as you said is "giddyingly exciting to watch".  I'm not sure if this is so, but in my headcanon Hal has spent more of those 500 years being bad than good... so much easier to slip and give into his vampiric nature; so much harder to climb back out of that.  There isn't real canon to base this on, but I think Hal's current dry spell was his longest, mostly due to the support he got from Leo and Pearl and the near hermit existence he led. (besides the yearly Lady Mary visits he *may* have had) 

Jozie, such a gorgeous poem!!!  You captured the essence very well.  I wrote one titled "A Long 500 Years" last year, don't remember where it's posted.  I have the urge to dig it out.  Not as good as yours, but if I find it I will post here.  Still technically Sept 8th in my part of the world.

Pearl, your first photo is from the prequel, which doesn't get as much attention as it should.  I would personally pick that one.  The scene at the bar is lush, very drool worthy and he looks gorgeous, but the photo from the prequel captures so much of Hal's inner turmoil.  Damien is the master at "breathing with his eyes" as he said once in an interview.  

 



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Haha fifi! Lets put on the Ritz and go! (How awesome if all the fans would meet and go celebrate Hal's birthday in that pub?)biggrin

Aaw thank you Whimsy!smileyflowers I would surely like to read your poem! I love poems, and Hal is perfect subject to do poems!



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Right, the first one it is. I won't be able to get it done too quickly and I only hope I can do it justice!



-- Edited by Pearl24 on Tuesday 9th of September 2014 06:26:52 AM

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I took ages to get to sleep last night - looking at too many gorgeous pictures I reckon!

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Whimsy, I had not thought about it before but am in agreement with you - Hal has spent more of those 500 years as 'bad' Hal than 'good', though as we know there are a gazillion shades of Hal in between. Less years attempting to abstain from blood than from drinking it, definitely.

 

fif, With bar staff that lively and attentive - who could say no!

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Nice choice Pearl, the Hal we saw in Hal's prequel was a Hal in transition from bad to good.....

and this is also where we learned about his recruitment as a vampire.

 

"I was born in a brothel, I don't even know which of the six illiterate whores was my mother but when, one by one, each of them were lost to disease or violence, I mourned them, and they were my blood, I ran away to sea, ended up in Gdansk, fell into the Battle of Orsha, ended up on the wrong side of a Muscovite lance.. by the time I was a young man I'd seen every dark corner of the human heart, so when the army surgeon offered me eternal life in return for what little god had left me of my soul, I accepted, not because I feared death, but because I could think of nothing that deserved my loyalty any more".

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Overlook the bloodstained vest?  I think not!  its entirely inappropriate and should definitely be removed.....

That's a lovely poem, Jozie....and I love your gifs, whimsy - Hal certainly seems to inspire everyone's creativity!   Tho I seem to have brought down the tone.  Sorry! (not really!)

I'm a bit late coming back to this - but I absolutely think that Hal's existence was dominated by his 'bad' side.  I wonder if his human side would consider it a day for celebration....even though it was the day he cheated death?  But I'm pretty sure that 'Lord Harry' would celebrate in style!

 



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I wonder how he changed from the son of "one of six illiterate whores" to Lord Henry Yorke! Was this before his recruitment to the dark side, or during the 500 years?

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Pearl, I believe he did not become a Lord till after he became a vampire. 

"by the time I was a young man I'd seen every dark corner of the human heart, so when the army surgeon offered me eternal life in return for what little god had left me of my soul, I accepted, not because I feared death, but because I could think of nothing that deserved my loyalty any more."

To me that statement has always been loaded with meaning... not only did he have a terrible childhood - starvation, disease, abuse - I don't think once he left the brothel he fared much better at sea and in his travels to Gdansk.  

Besides, the Battle of Orsha was between the allied forces of Lithuania and Poland against Russia (Muscovites).  While there were noblemen, they would have been Polish & Lithuanian.  Hal would have been one of the mercenary infantry.  

Now as to the circumstances of him becoming a Lord, that's a complete black hole of clues... so many different theories I've read.  Even the possibility it's a made-up title he gave himself but didn't have any actual merit.  The only in canon clue we got that he was treated and referred to as Lord at some point is in the cafe when he has his little breakdown when Michaela throws the money at him.

"I used to ride horse once.  I had a sword, I was respected, better than that I was feared.  Peasants had their backs flayed for looking at me funny.  It was brutal, but it worked.  We had order, we had respect.  And now we have this? And I had a shield.  A red one!"

Although serfdom was supposed to have all but disappeared in England by 1500, in most of Europe it continued well into the eighteenth century.  And of course even after peasant cast no longer existed, he could have been part of the English gentry, with wealth and lands... Fergus calls him my Lord, but I don't know if that has more to do with his vampire status rather than status amongst humans.

Not that I've researched/thought about this...

BTW, it might sound silly (to anyone other than the company here) but it's pretty darn cool that this is included in the wikipedia entry for Battle of Orsha:

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On the BBC television program Being Human, Hal Yorke was transformed into a vampire during the Battle of Orsha.

 



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Great reply, thanks Whimsy! I didn't realise that Wikipedia has it on the BoO page. yay



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