♔ || нeadcanon_ ѕleep & nιgнтмareѕ
Vlad is not fond of sleep, but due to his vessel there are times where he must and not stick to just creeping in shadows to conserve energy. Times are when options to get blood are few and far between or even banned, it affects him both mentally and psychically-- like his hands , a slowly disheveling look, or the vacancy in his eyes, exhaustion on his brow. He’s prone to lapse when tired. Sometimes it’s best to just sleep. On long droughts, he can be caught resting in his chair, or if truly asleep passed out in it or over his desk. As one can imagine, a coffin would suffice best, but only out of his right mind. He rarely sleeps peacefully,regardless.
He suffers from terrible nightmares that blur the line between his realities and delusions. Berserker acknowledges them as dreams but doubts his own judgement from time to time and even concerns over his master seeing those horrors, or worse– being harmed by them. This is why he makes the player the scapegoat plush so that it may jump and sacrifice itself for them should anything try to hurt them in their sleep. These nightmares can range from Dracula -esque and all the myths’ monsters to twisted and skewed memories, including his own impalement, to even fears and shames. With Legend of Dracula active he can’t escape it, nor the sleep paralysis that grips him upon awakening when lying on his back. Even without a coffin, he hates sleeping on the bed. The presence and anxiety is only worsened with his state of mind. It does not help that he sleeps during the day and awakens from those dark, haunted places to a darkened room in the evening. If disturbed he tends to lurch or lash out depending on the type of dream. It is best to leave him be if he’s on his back as it could be quiet dangerous. But after he wakes, he is often to be at his most low emotionally– vulnerable, wearied, defeated