Dakota Fanning and Michael Sheen join the cast of New Moon as its newest vampire members with an agenda of their own
Although they may be members of the supernatural world, vampires, although lethal to humans, have their own governing body. In the Twilight series, they are known as the Volturi. We finally meet them in New Moon, but discover that although they are there to protect their kind from exposure to the human world, they also have their own motives for keeping themselves in power.
The Volturi resides in Volterra, Italy. They are regarded as the royal family of vampires because they have existed for over three thousand years and act as a governing body to all vampires of the world, enforcing the rule that the existence of vampires must remain a secret from humans.
Founded by Aro (Michael Sheen),the coven includes the prominent members Marcus (Christopher Heyerdahl), Caius (Jamie Campbell Bower), Jane (Dakota Fanning), Alec (Cameron Bright) and Demetri (Charlie Bewley).
They will send members of their guard to ensure stability in the world, including eradicating the Immortal children (which is illegal) and cleaning up aftervampires who become too overzealous in their killings, thereby attracting attention to them. If they sense a vampire has a special power, they try to recruit him/her into their coven to help make them more powerful. Carlisle Cullen once stayed with the coven as a guest, but due to his desire to avoid harming humans he left and established his own coven.
Near the beginning of the New Moonbook, Edward tells Bella that irritating the Volturi is a guaranteed way to get killed. When Edward thinks Bella is dead, stricken with pain, he goes to Italy to beg the Volturi to kill him. They refuse when they discover Edward’s ability to read people’s minds. Seeing that as a valuable asset to the coven, they try to convince Edward to join them. Realizing that he simply cannot go on without Bella, Edward believes he has no choice but to expose himself to the world, so that the Volturi will have no choice but to kill him.
As a member of the guard, Demetri is considered the best tracker in the vampire world.
He is can track people down by discerning the tenor of their minds, making their actions easy to predict.
Aro – As one of the founding leaders, Aro can hear people’s thoughts while making physical contact with them.
Marcus – Another leader, Marcus has the power to sense relationships, and therefore finding people’s weaknesses.
Jane and Alec – As twin members of the guard, Jane and Alec are credited to be the most valuable. Jane has the ability to makeher preybelieve that they are feeling pain, therefore making them more susceptible to her. Alec has the power to cut off all senses, rendering the prey unable to see, hear or feel anything.
- Toni-Marie Ippolito