The Sanguine Compendium

Welcome to the Sangsuine Compendium -- this section of my website is dedicated to, essentially, being to my vampire mythos what the Vampire Companion was to the Vampire Chronicles. The vampires that I focus on in my fiction are, primarily, the "European" vampire variants which are most commonly found in Europe and in places that were colonized by the Europeans (i.e., the United States).

In my original universe, the beliefs humans have can have a strong effect on the supernatural creatures around them. Vampires, having originated as humans, are particularly strongly effected by these beliefs.

Quick & Dirty FAQ

A quick list of questions about vampires and the answers to those questions. Most of these questions don't have an in-depth enough answer to warrant an entire page to explain them.

  • Can Vampires consume mudane food/drink?
    Some vampires can and some vampires can't. Whether or not they're capable of eating solid food is determined by two factors: how connected the vampire is to their humanity and how willing they are to put in the effort to force it down if they've lost that connection.

    For vampires who are still very connected to their humanity,solid food will still have a pleasant taste to it and will be able to consume it without any real side-effects, though it provides absolutley no nourishment to them. Solid food can be a challenge for vampires who have distanced themselves greatly from their former humanity -- its taste will be greatly diminished (it may even taste like ash or rot) and they'll find it incredibly difficult to stomach.

    All vampires, regardless of how human, can still consume liquids that aren't blood, however. A lot of vampires who are human enough to enjoy food will eat it just for the sake of enjoying it as vampires have a strong tendency towards hedonistic behavior.

  • Do vampires still have normal digestive function?
    No. Vampires cannot process solid food whatsoever. Their digestive system has completely converted to processing blood in such a way that it is completely absorbed by the body and goes immediately into the bloodstream from the stomach/digestive tract. Any solid food or non-blood liquid that a vampire consumes will have to come back out the way it went in eventually.

  • Can/do vampires fuck?
    Yes -- even vampires who are greatly detached from their humanity can experience sexual attraction and can have a sex drive. The strength of this drive is impacted heavily by how they interacted with this drive as a human (i.e., an asexual human will be an asexual vampire 99% of the time), though they might find their drive increases due to pleasure-seeking nature of the curse. For vampires who are heavily distanced from humanity, sex and sexual attraction is folded into their bloodlust and sex is almost always an aspect of or a prelude to feeding.

  • Are vampiric bodily fluids blood?
    A fun fact is that most human bodily fluids are just heavily processed/diluted forms of blood. That said, yes. They are. Vampiric bodies don't really process liquids like human bodies do so the process of diluting and processing blood that leads to things like urine, tears, saliva and genital lubricant don't occur for vampires. More human vampires will tend to have bodily fluids that are just blood-tinged or slightly pink and taste metallic whereas much more detached vampires have bodily fluids that appear almost indistinguishable from blood (the effects this would have on the appearance of their eyes are hidden from Mundane humans by the Veil but other vampires can see these changes).

  • Do vampires have heartbeats/breathe?
    Yes, actually. At least, they do when they're awake. A well-fed vampire's resting heart rate is usually around 40-55BPM and their respiration is usually around 4 or 5 breaths per minute. Strenuous activity will increase that heart rate and respiration rate to near human levels, depending on how intensive the activity is. Fear and emotional stress cause the same reaction.

  • How cold is a vampire's skin?
    A well-fed vampire will have a core temperature of about 75-85 F, though their skin will often feel more like room temperature (70-60 F)

  • Can vampires touch/wear silver?
    Most vampires can, yes. There is a strain of vampirism that runs within all the bloodlines that comes with a sort of allergy to silver, the origins of which are unknown but some Christian vampires refer to it as "Iscariot Syndrome".

  • Can vampires reproduce sexually?
    Generally, no. The only way for vampires to reproduce without outside interference is with the Ritual of Transformation. However, there are ways for vapires to "cheat" and reproduce sexually via magical interference... However, these rituals are generally incredibly difficult to pullof and may have side-effects for both the vampire and the future child. (I will eventually write a page on Dhampirs)

  • Are vampires effected by holy objects and sacred imagery?
    Depends. The efficacy of holy objects/symbols on vampires is determined by two variables: the faith of the vampire, the faith of the wielder.

    If a vampire had strong faith as a mortal and believes strongly that items of faith will harm them with enough dedication then they yes, they will have an effect. If the vampire has no such belief, even if they had faith as a human, then generally speaking, those objects/symbols will have no effect.

    If the person wielding the symbol/object has a strong belief that the object will harm the vampire, it can -- even if the vampire has no belief in it (though the effectiveness of the symbol/object will be lessened by the vampire's lack of faith)

  • What will kill a vampire?
    The following are the most effective ways for humans to kill a vampire: cutting off the head*, reducing the vampire to ash, destroying the heart**. A vampire can also be killed by complete exsanguination but the chances of a human being able to pull this off are pretty low. Notably -- fire is the most effective way to damage a vampire. While it takes around 2800? to reduce a human corpse to ash (and even then the bones must be pulverized), a large enough bonfire can be used to destroy a vampire.

    *there are vampires who can survive this.
    ** simply piercing the heart will not succeed din killing a vampire. The heart must be completely destroyed

  • Can vampirism be reversed?
    Not without the use of incredibly rare, incredibly heavy-duty magic and even then, it's not possible for all vampires. if the vampire in question has both a) killed another human by draining them of blood and b) created another vampire, it will be impossible to reverse the curse, no matter what magics are used.

  • Can vampires turn into animals/mist/change their shape in other ways?
    Yes, though it depends on the bloodline and age/power of the vampire. Very old/powerful vampires of any bloodline can learn to turn into mist or other incorporeal forms.

    Vampires within the Stryzga bloodline are capable of changing their shape in various ways though full-body transformation generally takes at least a century to master. From the beginning, however, they're capable of slightly changing facial features, hair length, eye color and a few other "surface" details.

    Felis bloodline vampires are capable of transforming into a housecat from their first night but they maintain cat-like features even when they aren't in cat form... As such they generally remain in cat form.

    It's believed that at one point, Lamia were capable fo turning into snakes or "naga"-like creatures but since the waning of Magic during the middle-ages, they've lost the ability to do so.

  • Do vampirekin/"human" vampires exist?
    Yes. Someone who was a vampire might be killed and because their curse wasn't fulfilled* their soul was able to reenter the Cylce of life/death/rebirth which means they would be reincarnated as a human (probably). However, the curse leaves an indelible mark on the soul which carries some effects with it into the next life and all lives thereafter.

    *the curse becomes "fulfilled" when a vampire kills a human via draining and has created a new vampire. Until then, their soul remains "tethered" to the cycle. Once the curse is "fulfilled" the vampire's soul is removed from the cycle and if they're killed, will become a part of the Myriad Eyes.

  • Do vampire ghosts exist?
    This is really, really rare. It's difficult for human ghosts to manifest to begin with (most hauntings are just echos/psychic recordings with no will or though, just a moment in time replaying over and over for whatever reason) but there are very ocassionally ghosts that are the earthbound spirit of a vampire. There are also rare ocassions where a vampire's spirit becomes bonded to another vampire, usually because they were exsanguinated and their soul is still "connected" to their blood (referred to as a bloodbound spirit)

  • Can vampires do magic?
    It depends on the type of magic. Mundane magic -- like the kind that real world witches and Wiccans do can be performed by anyone, including vampires. Inborn magic -- such as control of the elements, reality manipulation and etc., are far more difficult for vampires to utilize. There are very few vampires capable of doing these things that aren't a part of the Stryzga line and even that is very specific magic.

The Origins of Vampirism
General Vampiric Traits
A Note on "The Veil"
The Curse
The Change
The Hunger
Vampiric Relationships

The Bloodlines

The Nightingales
The Revenant
The Siren
The Stryzga
The First
The Felis
The Lamia
The Feral
Mixing Bloodlines...

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