The Dark Crown Clan is the St. Louis wererat community in the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series. They are led by Rafael, their Rat King. Rafael's rats include a disproportionately high number of soldiers and mercenaries, and are more likely to use guns than most other lycanthropes. They make up the majority of Jean-Claude's security at the Circus of the Damned.
The clan is first introduced in Guilty Pleasures. The wererats are Nikolaos's animal to call, but the rat king Rafael prevents her from having control of the rodere. Anita Blake contacts Rafael, and he and some of his rats assist Anita and Edward in sneaking into the Circus of the Damned underground so they can kill Nikolaos.
In The Harlequin, Rafael offers himself as a pomme de sang for Anita to ensure that he and the wererats remain close to the central power structure in St. Louis. Anita is not happy with the idea, but necessity leads to her and Rafael having sex. Through Rafael, Anita feeds the ardeur on all the wererats in the area. This becomes a regular occurrence.
By Crimson Death, Anita and Rafael have made an agreement that he will become her rat to call, ensuring the ongoing alliance with the St. Louis wererats. Anita is intentionally infected with wererat lycanthropy before the start of the novel, although she's unable to make Rafael her rat to call before leaving abruptly for Ireland. Their agreement would presumably be completed upon Anita's return, but it's unknown is if it has been done.
- Bobby Lee - Bodyguard, security at the Circus of the Damned, mercenary.
- Cisco - A young wererat. Security at the Circus of the Damned.
- Claudia - Bodyguard, security at the Circus of the Damned.
- Cris - Bodyguard. (Deceased)
- Dino - Security at the Circus of the Damned.
- Emmanuel - Security at the Circus of the Damned.
- Fredo - Bodyguard, security at the Circus of the Damned.
- God - Short for Godofredo. Fredo's nephew. Security at the Circus of the Damned.
- Igor - Bodyguard (Deceased).
- Juanito - Bodyguard.
- Rafael - Rat King of the Rodere.
- Lillian - Alpha, Adviser to Rafael, Doctor in the shifter clinic.
- Lisandro - Bodyguard.
- Louis Fane - Alpha, Rafael's lieutenant.