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In the first installment of Underworld, Viktor (one of three vampire elders) and Singe (a lycan scientist/biochemist) are having a conversation regarding Michael Corvin and why the Lycans needed his blood so badly.

Singe: A direct descendant of Alexander Corvinus...Hungarian, a warlord... who came to power in the early seasons of the fifth century. Just in time to watch a plague ravage his village. He alone survived. Somehow, his body was able to change the disease...mold it to his benefit. He became the first true immortal. he fathered at least two children...who inherited this same trait.

Viktor: The sons of the Corvinus clan.One bitten by bat, one by wolf...one to walk the Ionely road of mortality as a human. - It's a ridiculous legend!

Singe: - That may be...but our species do have a common ancestor. A mutation of the original virus...is directly linked to his bloodline.

Viktor: There is a descendant of Corvinus lying there...not three feet from you!

Viktor states that the sons of the Corvinus clan is a ridiculous legend. One was actually bit by bat (Marcus Corvinus) and another by wolf (William Corvinus) creating the first of the vampire and lycan species. Viktor is well aware of this. He was turned into a vampire by Marcus Corvinus himself. This is who he is referring to when he points out to Singe that a descendant of Alexander Corvinus is lying three feet from him.

So, why would Viktor say that the sons of the Corvinus clan is a ridiculous legend?

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Because Viktor is a controlling bastard. He manipulates and controls people by manipulating and controlling information. Same way he lies to Selena to keep her under his control, same way he had lied and manipulated Marcus, same way he kills Selene's family, same way he even lied to Lucian as well. In Evolution, we learn that Viktor banished Tanis due to the history Tanis was recording. We know its factual, but with Tanis gone, Viktor can change history.

Selene: Andreas Tanis. He was the official historian of the Covens. He fell from favor after documenting what Viktor considered "malicious lies". Of course, as it turns out, he was probably telling the truth.

Very few immortals in the modern day are old enough to know the truth. Viktor, Kraven, Tanis, Marcus (arguably William as well), Lucian, Raze, and Amelia, the warrior turned princess who is killed on the train. All the other vampires died in Rise of the Lycans when the werewolves and Lycans overran the castle.

Keep in mind that even the events of Rise of the Lycans happen well well after Viktor becomes a Vampire and the 3 elders have started leapfrogging through time. The production notes and websites in Evolution note that Viktor was 1400 years old, and Rise of the Lycan he was 1000 years old. William wasn't captured until 1202 AD.

He likely still believes that killing Marcus could in turn kill him, a bluff that Marcus used to keep himself and William alive even though Viktor commanded the loyalty of an army. Having someone look into the legend could have problems for Viktor (Death, Freeing William, Hybrids or Worse), which he very much does not want.


Aside from Viktor's overall characterization and actions, there's the out-of-universe reason. Many things in Underworld are essentially retconned when the movie got sequels. A straight forward hidden mythology of Vamp vs Weres was stamped over when they had to give details to expand the series with sequels and prequels. Just like Blonde Sonja. The original expanded history of Underworld was shown in Blood Enemies, a now non-canon prequel novel to the movie before Evolution or Rise were conceived.

  • Soren also survived, besides all of the vampires who didn't live in Castle Corvinus. – amaranth Jan 9 '17 at 21:19
  • @amaranth Soren is never credited in Rise, so that's not a given that it's him. – cde Jan 9 '17 at 21:59

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