A Treatise on Vampires and Their Culture in Modern Days (Ch. IX)

IX

Probably you have already asked yourself as you have read through this compilation of thoughts, "but where do vampires come from, after all?" The answer, dear reader, is quite simple: no one knows. It is impossible to trace the dawn of vampirism, despite theories and suggestions based on Kindred's characteristics. Some believe the first vampire was a human that, when bitten by a vampire bat, developed the attributes of a vampire, including the obvious bloodlust; others imply Cain, the Biblical figure and first murderer in history, to have been the first of the Kindred. Again, these insinuations are based on vampires' idiosyncrasies, not in actual data. Some records have been discovered, however, reporting intense Kindred activity in the Classical Era, especially during the Roman Empire's domination. During the Dark Ages, vampires played a major role in the Iberian Reconquista and in the Crusades, as well as in countless feudal wars. For instance, the Inquisition erradicated many a Kindred, as did the Puritans in the "New World." The vampires only began to attain their former glory during the Renaissance, and they kept growing in number until the first half of the twentieth century. The World Wars decimated the vampire population at a global scale; fortunately, my beloved homeland remained neutral, becoming a safe haven to our kind. In the last decade, with kine's lifestyles venturing into the nighttime, the Kindred have multiplied to unprecedent levels, although an enormous disparity still exists between Kindred and kine's populations.

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