Information about the European
Vampire as it exists in my original
mythos/universe (sometimes referred to as the
Nocturnal Creatures universe or the ISIP
universe. The majority of my novels/stories take
place in some variation of this original lore
Origins ♰ General
Vampiric Traits ♰ A Note on the Veil ♰ The Bloodlines ♰ Additional Information ♰ Quick
and Dirty FAQ
the time before time, there were the primordial
deities -- the beings that would split into every
god and goddess in existence, entities of great
power that shaped the universe and the world that
we live in today. One such being was Night -- who
ruled over the hours of darkness and presided
over the ordering of the stars and planets,
consort of Moon and Hunt.
saw that humans were largely afraid of Her
domain, that they feared the other creatures who
walked the dark and could not protect themselves
very effectively from many of these creatures and
she felt pity for them. She wanted for every
being that existed to be able to enjoy the
tapestry she had woven in the immense darkness of
so, Night, with the help of Hunt and Moon, would
create a blessing for those most devoted of
humans who felt most at home during the hours of
darkness. They would be given claws and fangs
like the animals that frightened them, eyes that
could see with nothing but starlight, enhanced
strength and speed, the ability to heal from
almost any wound, the ability to subsist only on
the blood of the animals they killed and a
seemingly endless lifespan. In return for the
blessing, they would have to forsake Day
andprotect their human brethren from the other
predators that dwelled in the darkness of Night.
They were also given the ability to gift this
state of being to those they most loved so that
they might share the beauty and joy of
Night with others.
a time, a new Entity entered the world -- a being
that came from beyond the boundaries that the
primordial deities protected and maintained.
Something that did not belong in the
world. A being known as The Myriad Eyes. It
corrupted the stars, corrupting Night and Moon
and turning them into Stars like Eyes and The
Watching Eye... This corruption in turn affected
Night's Chosen -- they became possessed of the
same endless hunger as the Myriad Eyes and were
driven by this endless hunger to abandon their
duty to protect humans and instead, hunt them
down and feed upon them. In addition to this
endless hunger, the corruption of the Myriad Eyes
drove the Chosen to infect as many as possible
with their "blessing"...
a great war, the primordial deities would split
The Myriad Eyes into spirit, mind and body,
separating the three and, in essence,
"killing" it. In doing so, they were
also forced to "kill" Night and Moon,
using the last of their power to create new
Deities to take their place. The death of Night
and Moon would complete the process by which
Night's Blessing became the modern day curse of
vampirism. Deprived of their divine font, the
Chosen died -- but the influence of the Myriad
and their endless lives prevented their souls
from leaving the mortal plane and returning to
the Cycle of Reincarnation, leaving them trapped
in bodies that were neither dead nor alive and
the centuries, the curse mutated and changed,
splitting into multiple bloodlines. In the modern
era, only seven of these bloodlines still exist:
Nightingale, Revenant, Siren, Stryzga, Ancient,
Lamia and Felis... Along with the
Important Note: There
are more "types" of vampires than
what's listed here, these are just the ones that
you'll most commonly find in the places that were
colonized by Europeans.
every bloodline possesses its own unique
abilities and traits, there are some traits that
all vampires possess, to some extent... They are
strength and speed.
stamina and physical resilience.
development of a tapetum lucidum, (a
reflective layer at the back of the eye,
located behind the retina) allowing the
vampire to see in near total darkness.
retractable claws that appear as black,
dark red or pale brown nails.
and sharpened canines (and sometimes
outer/inner incisors) that extend during
times of high emotion and hunger.
or sickly looking skin.
colored, faintly luminous irises.
addictive, almost narcotic blood.
(mostly, this functions as
being able to sense the general mood
and/or surface thoughts of humans)
(the vampire comes across
as supernaturally persuasive/compelling.)
to toxins introduced via poisoned
(mundane) food and drink. Can be
temporarily disabled with poisoned blood
and other various mundane toxins,
depending on exposure and the poison
Veil" is not something that is unique to
vampires. Rather, it is something that affects
the entirety of the Supernatural. As human belief
in magic and the Supernatural waned, the
Supernatural began to fde from the sight of
Mundane humans. Not because it ceased to exist
but rather, because human perception of reality
the average mortal, a vampire will be almost
indistinguishable from a living human save for a
few things such as an incredibly languid pulse, a
near lack of respiration, a sickly/pale
complexion and skin that is cool to the touch,
though most humans aren't perceptive enough to
quite notice these things and even if they do
they'll rationalize it away as something
else. Additionally, a perceptive human might
notice the sharpness of a vampire's fangs or
notice a "flash" of the eyes when the
vampire is actively using their powers.
vampire's true appearance will, however, be
imperceptible to a human that has not yet
"Crossed Over" (i.e., been inducted
into the world of the Supernatural, thus drawing
the Veil from their eyes and making them capable
of seeing the Supernatural for what it is.)
even Mundane Children have some ability
to see through The Veil (due to the imaginative
and credulous nature of most children) but
usually lose this ability by the time they reach
puberty due to becoming more and more "in
tune" with "reality". Humans who
are able to maintain this ability through their
entire life are rare but generally, have some
other Supernatural or Paranormal trait that
accompanies their Sight.
The Effects of Vampire Blood Consumption
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.
consume mundane food/drink?
have normal digestive functon?
Can/do vampires fuck?
bodily fluids blood?
have heart beats/breathe?
How cold is a
effected by holy objects/symbols/imagery?
kill a vampire?
vampirekin/"human" vampires exist?
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
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. [back to FAQ]
vampires still have normal digestive
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.
[back to FAQ]
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. [back
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). [back
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. [back to FAQ]
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). [back
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
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
vampires effected by holy objects and
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
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. [back to FAQ]
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. [back
vampires turn into animals/mist/change
their shape in other ways?
Yes, though it depends on
the bloodline and age/power of the
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
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. [back
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. [back
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
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. [back to FAQ]
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