Mordecai’s parents knew they needed to get him away from the village; Why take him away at such a young age? He is only 16, the elders had questioned. They had already seen the damage wrought by life in the city. Life with humans. They felt he was far too young—still almost an infant—to be taken away from his kind. His parents were progressives, tired of the in-breeding already rampant in the village. They felt a little human strain might be good. He was ready; his fangs had grown and the points were sharp. He needed little else.
And for you audiophiles, yes, it is also a nod to Stevie: