The Timelines Keep Trying to Realign! Our neighboring timeline also had its 20th-century warfare. But Act II of their Last Great War, 1939-1945, lined up somewhat differently, with Russia, India, Spain, and Japan versus England, France, Germany, and the Reformed States of America. Now, in the decade following the War, the small university town of Hodag Crossing in the state of Minnemagantic, along with the rest of the world, is hunting down deathguards -- the war criminals of Stalin's Eugenics Farms and India's Kali Camps. These include the college years of Clement Czarny, who has learned that all a vampire like him has to do to function in a world filled with crosses, sunlight, and the rest of it, is live like a saint. Meaning that, as a vampire, he must forgive. Everything. Whether it's a would-be Van Helsing who wanted to stake Clement himself, or a deathguard who helped kill millions. Everything. Even if it costs his own romance. And maybe that's what makes vampires unfit to live among normal, honest, righteous people.