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Avaline Corvidae
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RPC Follow-up: Vampires
"Right, so, now that you know who I am, I thought I'd come back to a topic a lot of people have been bugging me about over the years. Lots of people are dying to know how vampires work back on Earth, especially in light of the fact that there's two types. I'll be going over what sets them apart, as well as what they have in common.

Let's start by talking about the vanilla bloodsuckers like me, who fell under the curse because of an infectious bite. We do need to drink human blood to survive, but the upshot is that this form of the curse doesn't come at the cost of your soul, so you're still you in there, conscience and all. With only a few weaknesses and my own mind intact, I'm as close to human as a walking corpse can get.

That said, there is a drawback that never really goes away: The thirst. Now, it's not uncommon for my type of vampire to sympathize with living humans, because, hey, that's still who we are below the surface. What's not as uncommon is acceptance of the bleak reality that keeping your thirst in check means having to kill people on a regular basis, unless you can rob a blood bank sight unseen. It's a difficult and frustrating moral dilemma for most of us at first, but you really don't have a choice if you want to avoid openly attacking people in public.

And then, there's the rare and very powerful vampires, ones who came back via necromancy instead of a bite. Those vamps also get a lot of cool powers as a package deal thanks to all the wizardry that powers them, like turning into mist and the ability to command nocturnal creatures, but all of it comes at the steep price of losing their soul forever.

The real problem with vampires who've lost their souls isn't so much the rare abilities as it is the fact that they stop being the people they once were, because an evil spirit moves in to fill the vacancy. Without your soul and conscience present, your body becomes little more than a vehicle for an entity whose only interest lies within committing the most horrific acts imaginable for little to no reason beyond getting a sick thrill out of it. Tragic when you angered a witch or demon to the point where they decided to curse you? Yes. The end result doesn't change, though; your body still becomes an irredeemable monster driven by a spiritual parasite.

The only thing remotely positive about this is that these vampires literally get every weakness in the book to go along with the abilities, to even the odds. They don't cast a reflection; they need an invitation to cross a threshold; they need to conserve energy between meals by sleeping for most of the day, in a coffin filled with soil from the place of their rebirth, etc. By exploiting these weaknesses, vampire hunters would be able to take you down far more easily - if they're lucky and manage to catch you off-guard during the day.

In terms of abilities and weaknesses and raw power, there is some overlap. Both types have the ability to shapeshift into or out of the form of an animal, which is an ability neither of them can access from dawn to dusk. The only difference is that normal vampires have to practice and painstakingly educate themselves on the exact biology of whichever animal they choose to turn into, and they can only adopt one form. The super-vamps get to cheat by having multiple choices and not having to take a biology class.

Both types have garlic and holy/blessed objects for weaknesses, and both of them are far more physically powerful and able than any human. Sunlight isn't a problem for either one, in spite of a common misconception, but a wooden stake to the heart or decapitation would be. It pays to remember that vampires still have rib cages, so if you opt for a stake, you'll need to bring a drilling hammer and remember where the sternum is.

It's impossible to tell the two apart with a side-by-side comparison. Both types have an unnaturally pale skin tone. Both types also have the same sunken red eyes ringed with dark circles, as well as fangs that never retract. The good news is that we just barely look human enough to pass for goths as long a we wear sunglasses to hide our unnatural eyes, so it's not too hard for us to move around during the day if we need to. You still get some odd looks, and there's always going to be a few people out there who can see through the illusion, but it's better than hiding in abandoned buildings during the day.

Nobody knows why there's two types, and, frankly, it doesn't really matter. What really matters is that you know that what it is you're encountering might be more than your basic bloodsucker, especially if you intend to fight it."




 
 
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