It’s just this whole immortality thing. For some reason Detective Decker makes me vulnerable. Being vulnerable can be scary but there are benefits when you open yourself up to someone. Maybe we should explore the possibly that being vulnerable could be a good thing. No, it can’t! It means you’re at someone else’s mercy.
Then, maybe you should just stay away from everybody… stay away from Chloe.
Vampirism is not a single disease, but instead many–each type coming with its own perks and downfalls. As legend goes, Daedric Prince Molag Bal infamously did not get along with Arkay, the God of life and death. As a result of one of their feuds, Molag Bal captured one of Arkay’s devoted followers, Lamae Beolfag, and turned her into the first vampire. In this sense, Molag Bal is the father of all vampires. The cause for the different strains of vampirism is due to the different bloodlines, or due to the different people that made deals with Molag Bal and were subsequently turned.
Noxiphilic Sanguivoria: The most common form of vampirism in the Second Era, Noxiphilic Sanguivoria, is classified by a vampire’s ability to withstand the forces of the sun. All vampires of this bloodline are descended from the original vampire, Lamae Beolfag. Other talents include increased abilities and strengths during the nighttime hours and spectacular regenerative powers. In order to become this type of vampire, one must be exsanguinated by a vampire and then ingest his or her blood in return.
Porphyric Hemophilia: Common to both Cyrodiil and Morrowind, this particular strain of vampirism is known for being the most ill-affected by sunlight. This disease in contracted through direct contact with vampires and once acquired must be left unchecked for three days before the victim will turn into a vampire. There are four stages to this strain of vampirism, each achieved by consecutive days gone without feeding: with each day more, greater advantages and skills are gained like invisibility and night eye. Known vampires of the third era include prominent members of society such as Janus Hassildor: the Count of Skingrad, Vicente Valtieri, and Springheel Jack.
Sanguinare Vampiris: All vampires of this particular strain are descended from Lord Harkon of Castle Volkihar and are commonly referred to as the Sons and Daughters of Coldharbour. These vampires have the most complex and diverse abilities, resulting from the Vampire Lord effect, which is unique to this breed. Powers include special spells: vampire’s seduction, embrace of shadows, and vampiric drain–all of which help vampires ensnare and fight their victims. Volkihar vampires are not directly hurt by sunlight, but severely weakened, being unable to regenerate health, stamina, and magicka in direct daylight.
There are many other types and strains of vampirism throughout all of Tamriel, but the above are the most common. For more information, check Immortal Blood, Vampires of the Iliac Bay, and Vampires of Vvardenfell.
Entitled “Drawing On Your Nightmares,” the above image arrived in our inbox today and appears to be part of a new promotional campaign from Dark Horse Comics. Seemingly featuring the main character of upcoming Tim Seeley series “Ex Sanguine” (out in November from Dark Horseannounced at C2E2) curled up with a copy of her own comic and a Hellboy doll, the promo urges you to curl up with a good book — and if Dark Horse is known for anything, it’s damn good horror comics.
The e-mail boasted that it was one of two, so expect another one soon to go with this.
Clary felt suddenly annoyed. “When the self-congratulatory part of the evening is over, maybe we could get back to saving my best friend from being exsanguinated to death?”
“Exsanguinated,” said Jace, impressed. “That’s a big word.”
“And you’re a big-“
“Tsk tsk,” he interupted. “No swearing in church.
A local rose hybrid creator is found exsanguinated on an heirloom variety rose bush. Suspicion falls on the village patron saint, angry that meddling ornithologists might threaten a legendary Anglo-Saxon treasure hoard.
If a vampire drains a victim completely of blood, would they show any bruises? If not, what other trauma would they show?
Given that a bruise is, literally, a sub-dermal hemorrhage… I’d be willing to go out on a limb and say, probably not. Actually, if you want something sufficiently messed up; a vampire that preferentially goes after bruises is a possibility.
That said, corpses don’t generally bruise. So, if they were killed, then exsanguinated, there wouldn’t be any bruising. Depending on how fast the vampire was draining them, I’m not even sure if bruises would form.
Now, what would happen if you hooked a vacuum cleaner up to someone’s vascular system? Yeah, I don’t know, and I really don’t want to research that. (Mostly, because I know it’s been done, and will return valid information.) But, depending on the specifics of how vampires work in your setting, they could actually rip apart the victim’s circulatory system, resulting in massive hemorrhaging, or collapsed veins and arteries.
Of course, if your vampires are messy eaters, and literally rip their victims apart… you’d see that on the victim.
This kind of illustrates the problem with vampire questions in general. There isn’t much consistency. Either in fiction or folklore. Most societies have some kind of vampire myth. It builds out of cultural anxieties, usually in reference to death and handling the dead. Though, it’s probably worth pointing out that Dracula, and the modern vampire mythos spawned from him has a lot more to do with sex, sexuality, and xenophobia, than anything to do with funerary rituals being botched.
The result is that vampires are as varied as the human cultures that created them. So, asking, “how would they work?” Is going to result in a fair bit of guess work. The other side of this is, in using them, you have a lot of freedom to decide how the rules work for your vampires.
In the past I’ve identified Ravenous (1999) as a pretty fantastic vampire movie. I stand by that. But, there aren’t any vampires in it. Not explicitly, anyway. It’s about cannibals who are empowered by feeding on human flesh, rejuvenating them and granting superpowers. The movie calls them Wendigo, but, they’re vampires.
For modern settings, I strongly recommend the parasitic variety. In the modern world, dead bodies drained of blood turning up is a clear sign that something has gone horribly wrong, and in a setting where vampires exist, you’re going to have people who hunt them. Meaning an exsanguinated victim is just one undead fashion reject signing themselves up for a world of hurt.
Although it’s a pain to find, I do still strongly recommend the British Ultraviolet TV series. It was a smart look at vampires hiding in the modern world. It’s also a very intelligent, and rational, handling of the pre-millenial anxieties of the late 90s.
White Wolf’s Vampire: The Masquerade is somewhat similar to Ultraviolet. They’re both working towards building vampires that could exist in the modern day. Though, V:TM is a lot less shy about insinuating vampires into social systems like the Police and government, while Ultraviolet is more interested in the vampire hunters. I did a full article on White Wolf’s World of Darkness setting last year. So, that might be worth skimming before jumping after them. But, for writing horror, it is a very good reference to look at and think about.
Thank you all so much for being who you are and for making my experience on Tumblr that much better. I never did much on here until this summer and I regret that–I really wish I could have met some of you sooner! In any case, let’s look forward to the future: I wish everyone a happy new years and a wonderful 2015.
01 At What Point Does A Shakespeare Say // Emilie Autumn | 02 The Illusionist // Phillip Glass | 03 Herr Drosselmeyer’s Doll // Abney Park | 04 Parasol // Sarah Slean | 05 Divenire // Ludovico Einaudi | 06 Lovely, Dark and Warm // The Amoeba People Ft. Kirsty Esquibel | 07 An Arrow // Sarah Blasko | 08 Candles // Beth Orton | 09 Arrival of the Birds & Transformation // The Cinematic Orchestra | 10 Come What May // Ewan McGregor & Nicole Kidman
I like the travel on the keys. Just there *enough*.
Meanwhile, a casual observation:
Happiness is easy. Joy is hard.
Happiness can be provoked easily, almost daily, by trivial things. Joy will scar you – but not the kind of scar you regret. It’ll be the kind of scar you would proudly strip off to show on the emotional-assessment version of St. Crispin’s Day. Without warning, at a sudden change in the light so it looks like it did *then*, or hearing a particular song, it will stab you straight through the heart or the gut and you will bleed joy all over again. Unavoidably, uncontrollably, you will exsanguinate in this particular mode, and afterwards you’ll rejoice over it. (Though it might have made you cry at the time, or run off to the restroom of your preference to hide the evidence.)
Call me old-fashioned, but I’ll hold out for the hard stuff in preference to the easy stuff. Happiness can be managed, all too easily. Joy is unmanageable. That’s how you know what has primacy.
INTRO: I don’t read a lot of HANNIBAL fic (and many of these are from the first season, I took a long hiatus while other things caught my attention) mostly because of time constraints but also because I waffle something terribly. One minute I want nothing but the most canon-compliant of fics or plotfic, the next I want all the a/b/o fic you can possibly give me and serve it up with some fluff. Then, after that, I want some murder husbands fic, then right back to canon-compliant fic to begin the cycle anew. So, my list is pretty ecclectic, I suppose!
I tend to prefer Hannibal/Will, but I’m good with genfic as well, and anything that the canon has gone for, I’m okay with. I like just about every single character on the show and that will be reflected (I hope!) in the fics I recommend.