We were slaves once. The daylight guardians of the vampires. I was born into servitude. Yet I harbored them no ill will. Even took a vampire for my bride. It was forbidden, our union. Viktor feared a blending of the species. Feared it so much he killed her. His own daughter. Burnt alive for loving me. This is his war. Viktor's. And he spent the last 600 years exterminating my species.Nothing we see in the first movie, and nothing we hear from Viktor, contradicts this.
Slavery in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period is not a subject I have much studied. Roman or Greek Slavery I could tell you a bit about, American Slavery as well.
Anyway, slavery wasn't racial at the time, but for vampires it really had to be. They couldn't have members of their own race guarding them during the day, such slaves would go up in flames and die. They could have had human slaves, but why have humans when you can have the more powerful werewolves? (They may well have had both.)
For an average of twelve hours a day the slaves wouldn't be able to be supervised in any place that daylight touched. And yet the slaves remained slaves.
Lucian's description of being born into servitude and harboring his masters no ill will is one that is completely believable. There have been times in history when slaves have been trusted with immense amounts of power and proved completely trustworthy with it.
So we get a picture of a largely content group of slaves, tough surely some must have wanted freedom, and the one who led them in the revolt that gained their freedom, and the war that followed, did so not out of a desire for freedom, not out of a desire to avenge some wrong done to his species, but out of the love of a vampire.
Lucian rallied the lycans to take their freedom from the vampires because a vampire executed another vampire and Lucian wanted to avenge that. Viktor killed Sonja because she was pregnant by a lycan. Viktor considered that an abomination, and a betrayal, and her painful death what was necessary.
Lucian was forced to watch, and then made his escape.
Then rallied the lycans, freed them, fought a war for survival, faked his death, made a bargain that endured for centuries (before he was stabbed, er... shot, in the back) to get a peace treaty, and started looking into how to make another like the "abomination" that Viktor killed. His entire research into creating a hybrid can be seen as trying to give life to the child Viktor executed Sonja to prevent the birth of.
But think about this story for a moment. He's a slave who harbors no ill will toward his masters, he loves one of them, and yet he becomes the leader of the slave revolt. If he's been discussing the question of slavery before the execution of Sonja he's been doing it on the pro-slavery side. And yet, somehow, he gets them to rally behind him.
And do they know? Do they know that it's for the love of a vampire that they're rising up against the vampires? Does Lucian yell, "For Sonja," as a battle cry? Does he tell about the fact that vampires and lycans can apparently interbreed as a part of his argument why they shouldn't be slaves? (We're the same species look, we can even have kids together, Viktor killed his own daughter because he was afraid that you'd learn that and realize you weren't lower beings than them.)
That's a story I'm interested in hearing more about.
But that is not the story told in Underworld: Rise of the Lycans. Instead he's someone who wants his freedom from the start, and there's not a lot involved in getting other lycans to rally behind him. Also he's, like, super special because he's the first lycan who can take human form and isn't that all awesome and stuff?