Nov, want to start with the fangs? I've got a friend who can chimes in.-Tom
Sure, why not? Also, why are we talking via this book?
---Vampires / Blood Drinkers /Immortals /Nosferatu---
There's alot that you have to know about the vampires, which we lovely call fangsters. First, don't be friend with em. Second, avoid body contact and then, make sure what sort o' vampire it is.
Five o' them are known, they're called Houses.
House Jiang shi
All of them are nasties, all of them suck out your life but they all work differently. So you outta know which one it is to take em out.
Here are a few general tips.
1-Bring sharp things, stakes and knives
2-Bring fire or explosives
3-Don't kill bitten guys. It ain't spreading like that.
I'll also dispell a few myths.
1- Stake to the heart (or any pointy things) don't kill them. But it stops their heart from pumping blood, what gives them their ability.
2- They don't turn to ashes so you've still got a body to dispose off
3-Forget about garlic and crosses (for the most part.)
Signed Magnota, vampire's worst nightmare and holy avenger.
Reproduction - Ecology
As stated above, vampires do not infect people most of them must exsanguinate their victims to complete dryness (not nessesarily by drinking) and then feed the victim their vampiric blood. About half a cup will do. It is imposible to replicate with stolen blood.
Drinking a vampire's blood while still having some in your veins result in what we call a black blood. Someone who posses some power but must remain a sycophant to the vampire for monthly doses.
I will freely admit this, I do not share Magnota's point of view. While I understand his own crusade, as a scholar I have meet and spoken with many vampires and a good part of them are firendly and good natured. All I ask is that you judge fairly if one has commited a crime.
Fatal feedings are rare occasion mostly commited by newly created vampires without the aid of an elder. The most mysterious of those which I encountered are those of house enoch.
Every vampire family has it's tale of how they began. House enoch claim that their forefather was the biblical Cain. Who after having slain his brother was cursed to never walk under god's light. IE: the sun. to fear the touch of fire and to wander eternally across the earth.
That is the center of their beings. What differentiate them from the other house is what they call "blood magic" the ability to use the life force in blood to create the effect of a spell.
Their weakness you ask? Travel. A enochian vampire cannot remain in the same area without eventually withering into nothingness.
-J.J Donnar, necromancer and life mage
Lancea are like us hunter. Strong, courageous, devoted and organised. They aren't your average charming blood-sucker. They work in tightly knit groups that are used to work togueter. They ain't bad per say, but are very teritorial. So careful when dealing with them
I'm no good history man, but I sure research my enemy, you know. So you all know this story, Jesus is all cool and stuff until romans nail him to a cross. Then one of 'em boys decide to just stab away with his spear at the poor man.
Blood suposedly spill and paf! He's cursed and he became a vampire. Speaking of which, Nova did you ever find out if the messiah was a witch and stuff? I mean you were there right?
Anyway, good thing about those is that crosses and holy symbol will keep them away so long as you brandish them and you ain't attacking them. Another thing, holy water burn 'em like acid. So use that!
-Sharpshooter, Ex-marine, hunter
...I'm not even going to comment on your question Sharp... -Nova
These are the guys most people think about when they think of vampire, gothic or victorian style, lot of charm and smooth talking. Like dracula you know.
Which is the one they claim as their forefather. Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia, Vlad Tepes himself. The guy who inspiried the writting of the Dracula book.
All you need to know is this; The sun doesn't affect them so just run like hell unless you,re equiped properly. What is proper? You need a stake of apple wood that's been blessed that day by a priest. It's a bitch to get. Jam it right in their heart (Bring a hammer, the sternum isn't made of paper-maché.)
"What's there to say? Just kill these bastards! Beheading will do!"
...I'll take over, there's some conflict of interest here... Orloks are easy to spot in a crowd. Just look for the guy that's a perfect copy of count Orlok from Nosferatu. And yeah I have no Idea why they call themselves that, doesn't seem they had that name before.
Just be careful, they can change into three other form, a collosal bat, a large black wolf and a red mist. The mist isn't affected by anything except sunlight. Otherwise, decapitation will do. They aren't sociable anyway.
The most amazin traits of the Jiang Shi, is their weakness, no rule exist for them, but they all have one perticular quirk. This is likely the source of the legends about garlics, not being able to cross running water, only being able to walk in cardinal directions.
The note worthy aspects of them is that they cannot turn anyone. Jiang Shi simply rises up from the grave. They also do not required to drink blood, any body contact will sap some life force away.
They are quite hard to dispatch short of pulverisation. Some say you can kill them by staking them to their graves but that's assuming you know where it is...
These, are the half-vampires. Before you ask, no vampires cannot have children. However, if a baby still in the womb (in the first 5 months) is affected by vampire blood (Generally via his mother) he will be born a dhampir.
Dhampirs functions much like blackbloods but they need not to drink blood from a vampire, their system creates a similar substance which they can use for the same reasons.