The vampires are powerful supernature creatures who control the human world from the shadows. Their existence is a secret to regular humans, but among themselves they have their vast intricate political games and own little wars.
Common misconceptions and questions on the creature of the night:
- Are vampires immortal?
- Do vampires require the blood of the living to survive?
- Will anyone who dies from a vampire’s bite become a vampire?
- Are vampires burned by sunlight?
- Is it true that vampires are repelled by garlic, they can’t cross running water, and they cast no reflections?
- Can a cross or other holy symbol repel a vampire?
- Will vampires die from a stake through the heart?
You became a vampire when the vampire who created you (your "sire", regardless of gender) drained your blood and then fed you their own; this caused you to die and be reborn as a vampire yourself, in a process known as the Embrace.
Blood (aka vitae ) now animates your body and is the source of your power. You are unable to consume mortal food and drink, and your own blood now has mystical powers of its own. Although you can consume the blood of animals, the blood of live humans is preferred. The process of biting a human is sometimes known as the Kiss. Vampiric blood can be used to:
● power vampiric abilities known as Disciplines ;
● heal injuries;
● temporarily make the vampire physically stronger;
● enslave another vampire to their will, through a process known as the blood bond;
● transform a mortal human into a vampire. (The parent vampire is known as the sire; the newly created vampire is their childe, plural childer.)
The power of vampiric blood weakens as it is passed down from sire to childe. The closer a vampire is to the mythical founder, and thus the lower their generation, the more potential power they possess. Vampires of low generation and/or great age are commonly known as elders. The only way to lower one’s generation is to consume the blood and soul of a vampire of lower generation in the process known as diablerie, but this is considered the darkest crime a vampire can commit.
Most vampires fall into clans, lines of descent that trace their heritage back to a vampire of the Third Generation, or Antediluvian. Disciplines and certain strengths and weaknesses are↵passed along from sire to childe. While a vampire is generally of the same clan as their sire,↵high generation vampires may lose their heritage, becoming Caitiff or Clanless.