|“||They are immortal, blood-sucking demons of the night. They exist in every part of the city and in every part of the world. These creatures are said to be the spawns of the Devil for they have the power to manipulate your mind, seduce your spirit, and dominate your soul. But what makes them truly dangerous is their blood-lust, for they will stop at nothing to drain you dry until you're nothing but a lifeless husk. What's worse, is that they were once human, so by the time you realize...it will already be too late.||„|
|~ Integra Hellsing|
Vampires are supernatural, undead, shapeshifting creatures, typically held to be the re-animated corpses of human beings. They are most infamous for hunting humans and feeding upon their blood; those who survive the bite of a vampire have a chance of becoming a vampire themselves, undergoing a macabre transformation that changes them into one of the Undead.
The notion of vampirism has existed for millennia throughout various cultures such as the Mesopotamians, Hebrews, Ancient Greeks, Manipuri and Romans, each possessing tales of demons and spirits which were considered precursors to modern vampires. Vampires have all descended from the Turok-Han, the first and most ancient species of vampire in the world, of whom were also created by the demon queen Lilith, thus vampires could be considered as a type of demon. From the Turok-Han, other ancient vampires were spawned such as the Rabisu though in the latter's case they are more akin to vampiric spirits.
The first ever "modern" vampire was none other than Judas Iscariot himself. From Judas, modern vampires inherited the typical weaknesses that would be used against them by hunters of old and new. These weaknesses being an aversion to sunlight, silver, and the holy cross. Vampires were said to have been created by Lilith as a perversion of both beast and man, a form of mockery towards the Almighty's creations that being humanity. They would have the appearance of a human but the mentality of a beast and would pillage all that they come across. They were also said to be compensation for Lilith when her first children were killed by Senoi, Sansenoi, and Sammangelof.
In most cases, vampires were considered revenants of sinful humans, suicide victims, or witches, but could also be created by malevolent curses, or most commonly of all, being bitten by a vampire. Belief in such legends became so pervasive that in some areas it caused mass hysteria and even public executions of people believed to be vampires.
Vampires have an age old rivalry with Werewolves, whom they consider to be their natural enemies, and have been at varying degrees of conflict with one another since the two races came to be, with no known end in sight. According to Caspian, a werewolf elder, werewolves were created by divine hand to counteract the destruction left by vampires whom were created by demonic hand. In a sense, the battle between a werewolf and a vampire can be perceived as its own "Spiritual Warfare" but material in this case.
Whatever the case of how their eternal battle is viewed, werewolves are still monstrous in their own right and would still fight for the sake of land or food against the vampires. It is unknown what triggered this conflict, but many believe that it has something to do with territory. One vampire states that food had grown scarce once the werewolves entered their lands, and thus robbed them of their nutrition. The "food" in question was humans, and since the werewolves did not hunt humans, they instead went after their livestock and drove the humans out.
Vampires can have antagonistic rivalries with other species of vampires with one example being the Turok-Han, who are more akin to the animals of the vampire world and would not hesitate to attack and kill normal vampires. Other vampiric species can drive out foreign vampires when they encroach upon their territory or feeding grounds which Blitz T. Abrams compares to the animal kingdom. Regardless of the cause behind this eternal conflict, Werewolves or Werebeasts in general are genuinely not fond of vampires and see them as pests.
Powers and Abilities
Vampires are far superior to humans, displaying an array of supernatural powers, which are maintained by feeding on blood and make them stronger than humans in many ways. Vampires possess increased strength, durability, speed and reflexes. Vampires feed upon the blood of humans and with age and experience, gain increased strength and a variety of psychic powers, which could include telekinesis, flight, shapeshifting into mist, creatures of the night, and even the ability to heal fatal injuries from weaknesses that would normally kill lesser vampires. Vampires also have heightened senses, to the extent that they can identify someone just by the scent of their blood.
Many vampire could also dabble in magic, particularly the dark arts in their case. Using their magical abilities they are capable of performing a variety of devastating attacks and conjure powerful defenses, making them quite the challenge for other powerful beasts and combatants such as werewolves and demons. The arguably most terrifying ability of vampires is what is known as the Blood Lust, since they often can use this ability to turn into a more bestial or demonic form, much more powerful than their natural state, giving them an edge in battle and making them more difficult to slay. This ability is reserved for more experienced and advanced vampires, and the same can be said for the Crimson Claw which is an ability exclusive for higher vampires like Nosferatu.
Humans who become vampires are often described as gaining an array of additional powers and traits that come after receiving the gift of undeath, though because of their lasting effects, many vampires consider this to be a curse. It varies on how a human becomes a vampire, though the two most common methods are infliction via biting on the neck or have the human drink the vampire's blood. After becoming Undead, vampires become immune to mundane human illnesses and the effects of aging, resistant to cold temperatures, and able to survive greater amounts of damage than a normal human. Being technically deceased, vampires can be noticed by their lack of body heat and heartbeat. They do not require oxygen or water, and human food becomes repulsive for most vampires.
Vampires are described as being impeccably beautiful in appearance, with bright crimson eyes that are said to be so alluring that those who gaze upon them can easily fall into a hypnotic trance. They do not age physically; instead becoming more "statuesque" as they age, developing very smooth, flawless, marble white skin. Their features are refined and perfected (including their voices), rendering them supernaturally beautiful in order to lure in prey. However, this angelic appearance is a façade, for when vampires become overwhelmed with blood-lust and rage, their facial features assume that of a more humanoid bat-like face, and their body a more bestial appearance.
Vampires also gather together in Broods. Broods are not very common as most vampires prefer to travel alone or in pairs, but a few exist stably over long periods of time, even rising to prominence. A brood of vampires is similar to a werewolf pack, and mostly act as gang of sorts. As such they are not affiliated with a specific vampire coven or clan and are generally treated as second-class citizens in vampiric society. Broods can have a large number of vampires on a similar scale to a coven, but given that Broods are not tied to a specific vampire bloodline they are separate from the more well-known coven.
The more royal side of the vampiric society is known collectively as a coven. A vampire coven is capable of travelling together and help maintain one another's existence, and each coven is ruled by either a Count or a Countess. Counts/Countesses are also vampires who claimed leadership over a domain, usually a single city or a town. However, only a very small number of covens do not wish to claim rulership over a city or state, example being the Sinclair Family who despite having highly prominent status among the vampires in London they hold no political ruling over the country but do have influence in regions were wayward vampires are not allowed to feast lest they meet a terrible fate. These covens are given the term Anarchs which are vampires who reject the status quo of vampiric society. Even so they remain to be part of the ruling body of vampires due to their authority over lesser vampires.
While they are still globalized, most vampires are generally confined to one city (which is ruled in a feudal fashion). In addition, as covens from different countries or states do not cross paths very often, the leaders of the said covens meet with one another to discuss important situations that concerns the vampire world, with the meeting being authorized by the elders much like how a tribe of werewolves operate. Covens and Tribes generally hold each other with great disdain though contact from both vampire and werewolf is minimal as vampires tend to reside in cities while werewolves are more suburban or outdoors. However, covens and tribes are willing to make negotiations in regards to claims of territories and the like.
- Absalom (Vampire God)
- Hector van Neck/Akhenaten (First Lasombra Sired by the Turok-Han)
- Vlad Dracula Tepes (Vampire King and Founder of the Order of the Dragon)
- Judas Iscariot (First Traditional Vampire)
- Carmilla (Founder of the Crimson Court)
- Americana (American Vampires)
- Kuei-Jin (Japanese Vampires
- Jiangshi (Chinese Vampires)
- Strigoi (Romanian Vampires)
- Baobhan Sith (Scottish Female Vampires)
- Vrykolakas (Greek Vampires)
- Adze (African Vampiric Shaman)
- Estries (Hebrew Female Vampires)
- Nachzehrer (Germanic Vampires)
- Soucouyant (Haitian Vampire Witches)
- Upir (Slavic Vampires)
- Bruxa (Portuguese Vampire Witches)
- Aswang (Filipino Vampires)
- Obayifo (West African Vampires)
- Patasola (South African Vampires)
- Rabisu (Akkadian Vampires)