In my opinion, mortals already know too much. Was not for their incredulity, no Kindred would still be alive by now. Fortunately, they see us as mere product of fiction, inspired in stories and dissertations of the Victorian age, which happen to be more accurate than they should. And why does this concern us, vampires? Because humans have weapons and methods of destruction so evolved that, should they think of us to be real, every Kindred would soon cease to exist. This matter is entirely related with a point of vital importance to any vampire, young or old, powerful or puny: immortality. Any vampire can, in a sense, live forever. As undead creatures, vampires are not bound by the same laws of nature, space and time that restrained their former selves, although it is impossible to violate most of them. But there are ways to utterly destroy vampires, like decapitation or other kinds of excessive physical damage. The sunlight does not help either, as you may have experienced. The scorching rays of sun are a bane to our kind, burning us alive in a matter of seconds; that is the main reason we are secluded in the night’s obscurity. Finally, there are the vampire-hunters, people who somehow learned of our existence and seek to destroy every undead by whatever means necessary. And while these vampire-hunters are often respectable opponents and dangerous threats to our existence, most of them insist in using outdated methods. These methods, inspired in myths and superstitions, offer no harm to a vampire – although a stake stabbed in the right place can effectively paralyze even the most powerful of the Kindred.