Hi there!! I saw your OC post and I'm in love with Roach, would you mind telling me more about her story? What kind of powers does she have (if any)? & who does she hunt?
ABSOLUTELY. I can absolutely talk about my OCs.
Roach is a nasty little twig of a lady and her story is one of revenge. Revenge against who? ANYONE WHO ASKS FOR IT! Her life was slated to be shitty from the moment she was conceived, and a lifetime of misfortune, poor health, and pain without much reprieve sculpted her into a thoroughly unpleasant person. And that was BEFORE she became a vampire! Becoming a vampire was actually an improvement over her old life–she was/is very seriously ill and the effects of vampirism negates most of that, and her “death” gave her an excuse to let go of painful family ties. (She doesn’t really consider herself to be the same person as before becoming a vampire but she totally 100% is, she just has Issues.)
She doesn’t really have a lot in the way of powers because of how vampires work in her world. They drink blood, have high pain tolerance, and a tendency to live through grievous injuries that would kill a normal human, but I’m thinking (I say thinking because I’m still developing the world–Roach as a character has been around for a while but the world I’m making for her is pretty new) they typically don’t have the more “magical” powers associated with vampirism like transforming into a bat or hypnotism or flight. This is because the basis for vampirism in-universe is biological first and magical second.
So what’s this biological cause of vampirism? Not virus or an infection, but a parasitic (or symbiotic, depending on who you ask) infestation! These little quasi-unholy tapeworm fellas find a person and set up shop in their digestive tract, and like some real world parasites (cordyceps and
green-banded broodsacs for example) they chemically alter the behavior of their host causing the iconic thirst for blood we consider vampirism. There’s more to say, but honestly I could type several large paragraphs on how they work and I’m getting off track from the actual questions, so I’ll just sum it up in short: vampires in this world are pretty much just the pawns of the tapeworm in their guts and feel compelled to drink blood not because THEY need it, but because the worm INSIDE them is hematophagous!
Roach considers her parasitic worm to be her pet/friend/baby. She’s named it Slinky. It’s a weird attitude to hold, even for vampires who ENJOY being vampires (which is a minority of vampires in the first place).
So who does she hunt? Well… “bounty hunter” is really a loose term for what she does. Mostly she’s interested in pursuing the objects of her vengeance quests and battling them in bloody, fruitless battles (a lot of them are vampires or other supernatural creatures too and thus ALSO very hard to kill), and occasionally she ends up as a vigilante. Actually formally taking a bounty on someone is a thing she does uncommonly, but calling yourself a bounty hunter sounds better than “I dig around in the trash for discarded mcdonalds, hiss at other vampires like we’re two stupid alley cats, and shake my fist at my list of undefeated enemies.”
Oh. And this isn’t a wild western vampire story either btw. It’s relatively modern. She just dresses like that because she thinks that the pinnacle of cool and intimidating dress lies at the intersection between Blondie/The Man With No Name and Chakan the Forever Man.