Bloodline: The Nightingale
Sophistication, Nobility, Excellence,
Beauty, Stability and Preservation of the Species
Euphoric bite/venom, hypnotic gaze,
telepathy, highly enhanced speed, enchanting
voice, social hunters, territorial.
Nightingales are one of the most common
kinds of vampires in the modern era. They are
social hunters who are largely indistinguishable
from humans, even without the protection of the
Veil. They hide in plain sight, moving through
human spaces without fear of discovery.
Nightingale considers themself a member of the
"Nobility" of vampirekind and the
elders of the bloodline consider it their
"duty" to protect the existence of
their species from any and all threats: whether
that be individual Mundanes, vampire hunting
cults, other Supernatural species or even entire
Vampiric Bloodlines. They are single-minded in
their effort to protect vampirekind from
discovery and/or distruction and they will pursue
and exterminate these threats -- no matter the
of this, the Nightingale Bloodline is distrusted
and even feared by the less common bloodlines
like the Siren, the Lamia and the Felis. They're
also greatly disliked by members of the Revenant
Bloodline and the Stryzga bloodline.
Generally speaking,the Nightingale is
mostly solitary, preferring to live alone but
sometimes forming covens or gangs of around five
members. In larger cities, these covens will be
organized into a Court, with a select few
functioning as a sort of "noble family"
serving under a King or a Queen.
position of King or Queen is generally passed on
to a new Nightingale when the previous Monarch is
killed... Which usually includes the destruction
of every Noble beneath them... Which means these
kinds of coups are relatively rare as Nightingale
highly value stability and view the death of
other Nightingales as abhorrent.
Nightingale society is highly structured with
elaborate social roles, etiquette and a
constantly shifting landscape of who's In, who's
Out and Who's Not To Be Associated with. Lavish
parties and celebrations are a common feature of
Nightingale culture, and a member of the
Nightingale Court likely has a completely packed
appearance, the Nightingale is largely
indistinguishable from humans -- even to those
with the Sight... Though they do have
traits which cause them to stand out from the
Like all vampires, the Nightingale has incredibly
striking eyes with a catlike, slitted pupil as
well as brilliantly colored irises that possess a
faint luminescence, causing them to appear to
glow faintly in low lighting. They also have a
reflective layer at the back of their retina that
allows them to see in near total darkness, this
layer causes their eyes to appear as red
pinpoints when hit with a bright light at the
correct angle, much like a cat.
addition to this, the Nightingale has razor
sharp, pronounced canines (and sometimes outer
inscisors) that extend to nearly twise their
original length during any intense emotional
state (anger, fear, arousal, surprise, hunger,
etc.,). They also have sharp, darkly colored
Nightingale's skin is also incredibly clear and
usually two or three shades lighter than the
shade they had as a human. Unlike some other
bloodlines, their skin is still highly saturated.
The anti-coagulent venom that Nightingale
vampires possess has neurotoxic properties that
induce a euphoric and even orgasmic state in
their victims -- which allows them to feed
without much risk of notice in any place where
"necking" or "making out"
might go unnoticed. After being fed on, the venom
will remain in the victim's system, causing them
to remain in a suggestible state that resembles
being drugged for anywhere up to an hour.
of the effects of their venom, most Nightingale
hunt in social settings such as clubs, bars and
concerts. It's also not uncommon for a
Nightingale to maintain a herd of humans that
they feed upon regularly, rather than hunt for
new prey nightly.
The Nightingale possesses all
the general abilities of vampirekind: enhanced
speed, strength, stamina and finely tuned senses.
What sets the Nightingale apart from the other
bloodlines, however, is their master of mental
powers -- from a hypnotic gaze to telepathy and
full-on mind control, Nightingales are capable of
bending just about any mortal to their will...
And even some other vampires.
are also among the least sensitive to sunlight
amont the "Common" bloodlines -- they
wake just as the sun sets and sleep just as it
rises and may even be able to spend time awake
during the day in a well-shaded room.
Of all the vampiric bloodlines,
Nightingales are the most prone to becoming
inflexible creatures of habit -- trapped in the
same cycles for all eternity, despite any attempt
to break free. They've also made an enemy of many
of the other vampiric bloodlines with their
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