The 27 ancestors who are the original source of the Dead Apostles. Currently, about half of them are being sealed by the Church.
As the 27 oldest Dead Apostles, there are those among them that have already perished. The reason that they are still counted as the “27” Dead Apostle Ancestors despite that fact is because whenever an Ancestor dies, one of his subordinates will inherit the position.
However, although proper Dead Apostles will create subordinates and work to expand their influence, there are some Ancestors who have no interest in any of that at all. Those Ancestors that used to be magi before they became Dead Apostles tend to be more akin to “seekers” rather than “bloodsuckers.” In that sense, both Roa and Nrvnqsr could surely be said to have been brothers.
Though it isn’t really related to the main story of Tsukihime, below is a brief introduction of the 27 Dead Apostle Ancestors. The missing numbers represent those Dead Apostles that have either been executed by the Church, or are currently “atoning.”
1/ Primate Murder
2/ The Dark Six
The very first Dead Apostles. The six royals of darkness. Currently resuscitating.
It is said that their revival will unite the 27 Dead Apostle Ancestors, but not a single Dead Apostle knows their true colors.
3/ Crimson Moon Brunestud
Details unknown. Currently vacant.
4/ Wizard Marshal Zelretch
One of the five existing magicians. Also called Zelretch of the Jewel.
Despite being a Dead Apostle, he cooperates with the True Ancestors. Arcueid thinks of him as a sort of grandfatherly servant. He toppled the Crimson Moon in battle, but had his blood sucked at the last second and became a Dead Apostle.
Details unknown. Seems to be a mutant species that crash landed in South America sometime before the Common Era. As an attack-type organism, its power is on a completely different level.
The former 5th Apostle unwisely tried to capture it, and was instantly annihilated. Afterward, it was confirmed to possess vampiric traits, and is now treated as an Ancestor itself.
6/ Rizo-Vaal Strout
Black Knight Strout. One of Altrouge’s bodyguards.
7/ Disemboweling Forest Einnashe
A bloodsucker formed from carnivorous plants.
It is a forest unified with a single will, and is very similar to a phantasmal species.
Once every several centuries, a deep crimson fruit will mature within the forest. This fruit is the congealed mass of all the blood Einnashe took in over the years, and legends state that it has the power to grant immortality to whoever eats it.
8/ Fina-Vlad Svelten
White Knight Vlad. One of Altrouge’s bodyguards. The Vampiric Count.
9/ Altrouge Brunestud
Primate Murder’s owner. Vampire princess of the Dead Apostles. Hybrid of a True Ancestor and a Dead Apostle. “Black.” Master of blood and contracts.
10/ Nrvnqsr Chaos
A living mass of chaos. A magus whose research ultimately led him to become a bloodsucker.
11/ Stanrobe Calhin
The Duke of Predation. Wraith. The density of his existence will reach zero in about 200 years. What on earth?
A Dead Apostle purported to exist. Only the name “Night of Wallachia” remains as a legend handed down through the ages.
14/ Van Fem
Puppet Master. He created seven great golem castles, and so is also known as “Van Fem of the Demonic Castles.” A man of the world, who holds a prominent position in public society, and even worries about global affairs. He is quite fond of trivial things.
15/ Rita Rozay-en
A self-proclaimed artist. Indulges in a distinctive hobby even among the Dead Apostles. A second-generation Dead Apostle that inherited her castle from the Dead Apostle that made her, but since she was the official successor her situation is not the same as Enhance’s.
16/ Gransurg Blackmore
A Dead Apostle known as the Moon Eater. A magus whose research ultimately led him to become a bloodsucker. Despite being a Dead Apostle himself, he possesses an ability that is strong against other Dead Apostles.
17/ Trhvmn Ortenrosse
The White Wing Lord. A magus who became a bloodsucker. The quintessential vampire. As the official representative of the 27 Dead Apostle Ancestors he has the greatest influence—formally, at least. In practice, however, Altrouge’s influence is even greater, and the two are constantly at odds.
Also, Trhvmn was the Dead Apostle who proposed they start hunting True Ancestors. In a sense, he was the reason Nrvnqsr met his end in that far-off Eastern land.
A Dead Apostle who killed his master, and only just took over the original 18th Ancestor’s position. Consequently, he is known derisively as the “Single-edged Enhance Sword.”
20/ Merem Solomon
The fifth member of the Burial Agency. Goes by the alias of Crown. For Ciel, he is something like a pesky senpai.
A collector of treasures from all times and places. Probably the only reason he joined the Burial Agency is because he wanted to be close to the treasures sealed by the Church.
Water Bottle. An oddball Dead Apostle that lives underwater. Sumire has conquered the traditional vampire weakness to running water, but in exchange it seems that it has become hard for her to move on land.
Also, she’s perpetually drunk. While this may make her seem pretty weak, in reality she has a strong enough compositional ability to break into the upper echelons. Among the Dead Apostles, she is the only one capable of using Marble Phantasm. If you put her on dry land and dry her out, her drunkenness will disappear and she’ll be able to demonstrate her true power, maybe.
24/ El Nahat
Possesses the unique ability to almost certainly erase an opponent in one-on-one combat, but his own body is destroyed every time he uses it and requires several decades to revive.
Thanks to that, he is currently sealed by the Church.
27/ Caubac Alcatraz
Dead Apostle of the Millennium Lock. A magus whose research ultimately led him to become a Dead Apostle. He was also a believer, just like Merem and Roa.
He constructed a labyrinth to protect the culmination of his ideology, the Holy Scripture Triten, from outside invaders. However, he accidentally trapped himself inside, and so has not made an appearance for several hundred years.
EX/ Michael Roa Valdamjong
The Serpent of Akasha. The Infinite Reincarnator.