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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?


While it is possible to kill a vampire, she will not age or die of natural causes. She does not need water, food, or air. For all intents and purposes, a vampire is a corpse, albeit one revived through the magic inherent in the blood.

- Do vampires require the blood of the living to survive?


While vampires are corpses, they still require nourishment to sustain themselves, and as in the myths, they feast on blood. Not only does blood preserve their undead bodies, it allows vampires to perform amazing and supernatural feats of healing, strength, or speed. Most vampires seek human blood, although some force themselves to drink animal blood (which tastes foul and unsatisfying to a vampire). A vampire need not kill her prey; some take only a little blood and hide the evidence of their feeding. A vampire can repair surface wounds caused by her bite simply by licking them. This process is called Kiss.

- Will anyone who dies from a vampire’s bite become a vampire?


If this were true, the world would be overrun with vampires! Instead, those bitten and drained by vampires in the course of feeding simply die. It takes a very special and purposeful process, known as the Embrace, to create a new vampire.

- Are vampires burned by sunlight?


True. Vampires must avoid sunlight or risk death. Vampires are nocturnal creatures, and most find it difficult to stay awake during the day, even if they are well-hidden from the sunlight.

- Is it true that vampires are repelled by garlic, they can’t cross running water, and they cast no reflections?


These myths are partially true. Some vampires, notably those of a particular clan, cast no reflection. However, vampires are creatures of superstition, and some may avoid these things out of a psychological compulsion.

- Can a cross or other holy symbol repel a vampire?


Generally untrue. The symbol itself has little power. Instead, vampires fear the faith of the person wielding the symbol— and genuine faith is rare.

- Will vampires die from a stake through the heart?


While they cannot die from such wounds, vampires are immobilized by wooden stakes, arrows, crossbow bolts, and similar items that pierce the heart. Once the item is removed, the vampire’s mobility is restored.

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;

or

● 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.

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