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Count Dracula (his first name is never given in the original novel) is a centuries-old vampire, sorcerer and Transylvanian nobleman, who claims to be a Székely descended from Attila the Hun. He inhabits a decaying castle in the Carpathian Mountains near the Borgo Pass. Contrary to the vampires of Eastern European folklore which are portrayed as repulsive, corpse-like creatures, Dracula exudes a veneer of aristocratic charm which masks his unfathomable evil. Bram Stoker invented this character, but Dracula may actually be based upon the historical figure Prince Vlad III (also known as Vlad Tepes - "the Impaler").