I needed some more Younger Leland. :3 Woad paint + someone else's blood + shirtless= happy me.
That GIANT CHEST SCAR is something he doesn't have anymore by the time he meets Claris, but it is a very, VERY old wound from back when he was fighting Roman Inconnu in the 380s as a new baby vampire, and he got impaled through the heart and left out for the sunrise. (In White Wolf, getting staked doesn't kill a vampire, it just immobilizes them and puts them in torpor, so this could've turned out VERY bad for him.) His sire saved him in time, but that little encounter has caused a LOT of residual bitterness between Leland and Mithras, the big important guy who speared him, who's been the ruling vampire prince of Britain for centuries. They... don't get along, really. Since Mithras could very easily stomp Leland into the ground if he got all belligerent with him, and Leland has a hard time NOT getting belligerent (especially with people with whom he has residual bad blood), it's generally best if they avoid each other.
Fortunately, things between them have chilled out enough that Leland and Mithras can at least live in the same city now.
But yeah. Backstory unnecessary; enjoy the shirtlessness. Textures from ZenTextures and CGTextures; brushes by *DeviantNep, ~green-eyed-butterfly, and from this tutorial [link]