Vampire (Silver)

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Silver's vampirism has some notably different features from other types, particularly those involving transmission and blood chemistry.

1. Summary of main properties
2. Pathology
3. Sunlight
4. Feeding
5. Transmission
5.1. Susceptible species
6. Extermination
7. External links

1. Summary of main properties

This particular strain has these characteristics:

2. Pathology

The original source of this vampirism is unknown. It's definitely a mixed bag, having more (and more serious) drawbacks than other types of vampirism. In particular, new vampires are especially vulnerable (see Transmission).

This is cited, particularly by clerical researchers, as evidence that the vampirism is 'unnatural' because it is ill-adapted to survive and contains many major flaws not found in 'natural' creatures. Arguments along these lines tend to look weaker on closer examination because not much effort is spent precisely defining the terms 'natural' and 'unnatural'.

3. Sunlight

Sunlight causes burns, much like sunburn on a healthy human but a lot faster. More than a few seconds in direct sunlight is fatal. The burns always heal if the vampire escapes in time, but can take months to do so.

Weaker sunlight, such as moonlight, or most kinds of artificial light are bearable. Near or total darkness is best. The vampire's dark-optimised eyesight is also very poor in bright light.

4. Feeding

The vampire catches and subdues a victim using whatever method is appropriate, then uses its fangs to open a vein. (Not an artery. Those fountain.) A vampire couldn't possibly drink an entire eight pints at a time; this means some victims may survive if the vampire wants them to.

The chemicals in the saliva get into the victim's bloodstream, with sedative and mildly poisonous effects that can linger for a few days.

Animal blood will do instead of humanoid, though vampires tend to be snobbish and smaller animals don't contain enough for a decent meal.

The chemicals in a vampire's blood, and the energy level principle, mean that another vampire's blood is less nutritious than a healthy person's. It'll do at a pinch but it's a poor meal.

Vampires don't have to understand the ecology of it all to know this. Along with the physiological changes come different chemical receptors and instincts. Another vampire just doesn't smell as tasty.

5. Transmission

A vamp makes more vamps as follows:

It takes two or three nights for the infection to take hold completely, during which time the new vampire is weak, helpless and in a lot of discomfort. The new vampire must be fed blood if it is to survive this time. This is usually done by the 'parent' vampire, in what one writer has described as "a perverted mirror of a mother bird bringing food home to her chicks".

5.1. Susceptible species

Incomplete list of species that can be infected by this vampirism (i.e. can become this type of vampire).

The author assumes any species not mentioned here will be incompatible in the same way as Shade, but is happy to arrange things otherwise by mutual consent with other writers.

6. Extermination

Several organisations exist with the purpose of eliminating vampires. Many of these are sponsored by the major religions, who usually teach that vampires are abominations.

There is no cure. Holy symbols have no effect other than the psychological (which need not be discounted in victims who had religious upbringing); placebos work just as well.

Killing a vampire is easy but dangerous. Dazzling it with a bright light is a tried-and-true tactic. Despite its regeneration factor, a vampire will die if it sustains injuries too far beyond what would kill a healthy human. Puncturing a ventricle will kill anyone; lop off a limb or two and it will probably bleed to death. Getting it out into the sunlight does the job for you.

Dead vampires do not turn into dust or assume the appearance of a body that has been dead since the time of infection. They do, however, decompose relatively fast. Their remains are toxic thanks to the cocktail in their blood.

7. External links


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