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White Court

The White Court is a Vampire Court. White Court vampires are the most human-like of the Vampire Courts. They feed off the emotions and life force of their prey.


Death did not come swiftly to vampires—but the old Reaper was in the house, and when he struck, he would take lives that should have lasted for centuries more. That realization let me understand something else about the White Court—that for all of their allure, that forbidden attraction, the unnatural magnetism of a creature so beautiful outside and so twisted within, with their ability to give you the greatest pleasure of your life, even as they snuffed it out—they, the vampires themselves, were not immune to that dark attraction.

They were regular, near-eternal voyeurs to death’s handiwork, after all. They saw the mingled ecstasy and terror on the faces of those they took. They fed upon the surrender of life and passion to the endless silence—knowing, all the while, that in the end, they were no different. One day, one night, it would be their turn to face the scythe and the dark cowl, and that they would fall, fall just as helplessly as their own prey had, over and over and over.

Death had already taken Madrigal Raith. And it would soon take Vitto Malvora. And the White Court, one and all, longed to see it happen, to feel Death brush close by, to be tantalized by its nearness, to revel in its presence and passing.

Words could not express how badly they needed therapy.Harry Dresden on the White Court

Unlike the other Courts, the White Court prefers to avoid direct confrontation with their enemies. They are for the most part, a court of schemers who prefer to stab each other in the back and use "Cat's paws" in exquisitely detailed plots to impress the others in the Court, to the extent that direct confrontation is looked down upon and socially damaging.[1]

As of Changes, the White Court is possibly the largest of the three remaining vampire courts, with the Red Court destroyed, the Black Court having been nearly wiped out and the Jade Court's power and influence unknown.

White Court vampires are able to cross a threshold but it cripples their ability to draw on their Hunger for strength and speed.[2]

The Hunger fuels their power, strength and near immortality—they are born with it.[1] Using their power makes them Hungry and they need to feed or it causes: moodiness, anger, violent behavior, and paranoia.[3] Long term lack of feeding causes them use up their reserves of life force, then the Hunger takes over, and they go insane if they can't hunt.[3]

The people they feed on get little pieces of their life nibbled away causing some degree of spiritual damage. It leaves them vulnerable to the allure so that the Whites can easily make return visits. If they keep getting fed upon, they go into a mindless daze and eventually die, possibly from a heart attack during sex.[3]

White Court Houses[]

There are different Houses within the White Court, each comprised of a close-knit family. There is much in-fighting between the Houses, but House Raith is considered to be the nominal superiors, with Lord Raith acting as King of the White Court. The Houses are mainly distinguished by the emotion they feed upon, though this is a strong preference rather than a restriction.[4][5]

House Raith[]

Those of House Raith are sexual predators, using their supernatural good looks and psychic aura to attract both men and women. During intercourse, or any direct physical contact where emotions like lust are heightened, they feed off their prey - specifically, off the intimacy. Victims of the feedings of House Raith grow to enjoy the experience and become bonded to their predator, not unlike a drug addiction.

Like the vampires of the other houses, the vampires of House Raith have a weakness to the opposite emotion of the emotion they feed on. Members of this house cannot touch someone who truly loves another, and is truly loved in return, or objects that represent a true love in some way (such as a wedding ring).[1]

It is possible for the members of House Raith to kill their Hunger if its done at a certain point. To do so, they must feed off someone they love who loves them back, as long as it is their first feeding. This happens to Inari Raith, younger sister of Thomas and Lara Raith in the novel Blood Rites.[6]

The tradition of the White Court is to not tell a young potential succubus what they will become, or even anything about the supernatural world. In their childhood and early teens they are raised as a vanilla human. Their first feeding, which is always fatal, comes as a surprise to them, and introduces them into the world of the White Court.[6]

House Malvora[]

House Malvora vampires subsist on fear. Their head is Lady Cesarina Malvora, the mother of Vittorio Malvora.[7]

Most prefer very strong fear, such as that of being in a potentially deadly situation, but some (such as Thomas's cousin Madrigal Raith) satisfy themselves with smaller scares like those created by horror and slasher movies, of which Madrigal was a writer and director.

Like the vampires of the other houses, the vampires of House Malvora have a weakness to the opposite of the emotion they feed on. Members of this house will, as stated by Jim Butcher, "get bad effects from real courage".[8]

House Skavis[]

The vampires of House Skavis feed on despair, preferring to drive a victim into the depths of depression and in many cases driving them to suicide.[9] They gun for already lonely people.[10]

Like the vampires of the other houses, the vampires of House Skavis have a weakness to the opposite of the emotion they feed on. Members of this house will choke on hope.[8]


They presumably originate in the Etruscan civilization[Footnote 1] of ancient Italy, as they use the Etruscan language[Footnote 2] for all of their formal court functions.[7]

At the moment, Thomas Raith's father is the King of the White Court in name only. In reality, Thomas's older sister Lara is in charge, pulling the strings from the background to keep up appearances.[11][12]

In the series[]

Blood Rites[]

In Blood Rites,

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"War Cry"[]

In "War Cry", the White Court has sent a cadre of mortal agents to back Baron Bravosa and his vampires.[13]

White Night[]

In White Night,

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Ghost Story[]

In Ghost Story,

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Blood Rites, ch. 20
  2. Ghost Story, ch. 9
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Blood Rites, ch. 5
  4. White Night, ch. 17
  5. White Night, ch. 27
  6. 6.0 6.1 Blood Rites, ch. 21
  7. 7.0 7.1 White Night, ch. 36
  8. 8.0 8.1 WoJ on Vampires
  9. White Night, ch. 16
  10. "Love Hurts"
  11. White Night, ch. 30
  12. Turn Coat, ch. 24
  13. "War Cry"