Anita: You are a devious son of a bitch, did you know that?
In this universe, vampires are mostly legal and almost accepted unless they commit a crime. (Then the are usually punished by death). Jean-Claude is the public face of vampires in St Louis. He owns a number of businesses, including Guilty Pleasures (a vampire strip club) and The Circus of the Damned (Jean-Claude's daytime resting place (shhhh)).
J.C: We have a council, ma petite, it has existed for a very long time. It is not so much a governing body as a court, or police, perhaps. Before your courts made us citizens with rights, we had very few rules, and only one law. Thou shall not draw attention to yourself.
Jean-Claude, Asher and Asher's human servant, Julianna, travelled together for nearly twenty years. Jean-Claude left their side to see his dying mother. While away his companions were captured. Julianna was burnt at the stake and Asher was disfigured by holy water. Something Asher held a grudge about for many hundreds of years.
He made his way through the ranks of vampire society. Then, with the help of Anita Blake, he finally attained the position of Master of the City.
Anita: Hell, Defiantly Hell.
JC: What, ma petite?
Anita: I was wondering where I was. If you're here, it has to be Hell.
Most recently he joined in a Triumverate. A power share with head werewolf, Richard and Anita necromancer, zombie raiser and Vampire executioner.
Who said unlife wasn't complicated.