|Races||All except Urlan, Bralona, Sihndar.|
|Infection||Bite, Drinking, Ritual.|
|Symptoms||Blood Hunger, Red eyes, Sharp Teeth.|
Millions of citizens of the Regalian Empire go to bed at night, closing their windows and doors, and snuffing out the lights one by one, hoping for a good night's sleep, and a safe return of sunlight in the morning. The very thing that gives them terrors at night and has inspired neighborhood watches, as well as whole folklores of bedtime stories and tales to scare children into behaving well, is the Vampire. The Vampire is an insidious Afflicted, a person who succumbs to the crimson curse that creeps in the night and in the shadows, feeding off the blood of the innocent, and expanding their influence and power through fear and revulsion. Vampires have become the quintessential evil to the Regalian Empire, where whole wars have been fought just to keep their ruinous intent at bay, and to safeguard civilization from crumbling from within and establishing a nightmarish reality where Vampires rule in eternal night.
Vampirism as a Blood Curse existed long before the Cataclysm, perhaps even thousands of years, however it never drew much attention as it was just one of many Void sicknesses that were around during the Allorn Empire days, called Sangaley. The situation changed however immediately after the last Void Invasion and Cataclysm, when the Void Gods realized that the days of them being able to affect the world of Aloria were numbered. With no way of a future Void Invasion seemingly occurring, and their power waning, the Void Gods conspired to mutate the Void Sickness of Sangaley and produce Vampirism as it is known today. They upgraded what was ostensibly just a sickness and hunger for blood into a full-fledged Affliction, a highly contagious one at that, which was designed to destabilize Ailor society which seemed pre-eminent to usurp the Elves as the dominant civilization of Aloria. This scheme was met with great success, as the Sanguine Curse quickly dubbed Vampirism spread like wildfire among the Velheim populations of Ellador, to such a point that the local Kingdoms started buckling under the pressure of their infestation. With the assistance of the young Regalian Empire, the local Kingdoms fought back the Vampires, known as the Vampire War or the Hidden War because Regalia's authorities have made efforts to scrub historical records out of existence, intent on hiding the existence of Vampires from the public. This plan horribly backfired, as Vampires fled away from Ellador into the wider world, infecting the unknowing Regalian populace which had no way of dealing with that which they did not know. The plot of the Void Gods however was not ironclad either: as Vampires multiplied rapidly and diversified, the Void Gods lost control over the widening population, and could no longer mind control the Coven leaders to do their bidding. In essence, the Vampires became free to do as they pleased, and started developing their own culture.
Why play a Vampire
You play a Vampire because Vampires are scheming, evil & hot, and because they bite people. When playing a Vampire, you understand that Vampires are hated in Regalia, and that many pro-state people like Knights and generally lawful citizens will either scream and run away or stand and fight if they run into a Vampire. Vampires are actively hunted by several groups (like Vampire hunting Lothar Knights), but also find natural allies in evil-aligned Void forces, like Warlock Spirit summoners and general anti-state forces. Vampirism is also a great way to have an "evil arc" and play an evil character for a while before setting out on a journey to be cleansed (which takes quite a while and is costly). All in all, playing a Vampire plays into the fantasy of Vampires and their allure, while also buying into playing the most obvious "evil" type Character in Regalia.
There exist several types of Vampires, some playable, some not, which have slightly altered Vampirism mechanics and functions, as well as backstories:
- Thrall Vampire: A Thrall Vampire is a person who has been infected with Vampirism, but where Vampirism hasn't finalized into controlling their body yet. They transition into Fledglings after a few days.
- Fledgling Vampire: A Fledgling Vampire is the lowest type of Vampire, or a newly Infected. Fledgling Vampires cannot infect non-Vampires and sustain themselves on the blood of their victims.
- Greater Vampire: A Greater Vampire infects every person they bite and turn them into Thrall Vampires. A Fledgling Vampire becomes a Greater Vampire if it drinks the blood of another Greater Vampire.
- Desprince Vampire: A Desprince Vampire is an unplayable type of an Ancient Vampire that is immensely powerful. The Term Desprince can still be used in-character as Coven-Leader title however (it is non-gendered)
- Sangeley Vampire: A Sangeley Vampire is an unplayable type of first-Vampire, among the first to become the original Vampires. Rumored to exist with immense power, but haven't been seen in centuries.
Note: It is considered humiliating for a Greater Vampire to get fed on by a Fledgling Vampire. Usually a Fledgling Vampire will have to fight to overpower a Greater Vampire to become a Greater Vampire themselves. No Greater Vampire would ever permit a Fledgling Vampire to feed from them without a fight, or be embarrassed and thought of as weak to all other Vampires. You can make your Character a Greater or Fledgling Vampire in their backstory if it concerns a new Character, if your Character is infected IC however, you cannot off-screen or backstory becoming a Greater Vampire and have to find another Greater Vampire and scheme against them to drink their blood IC. Also, every Character must belong to a Bloodline if they are a Vampire, and Bloodlines cannot be changed later.
Vampirism can be acquired in more ways than one. The simplest form of infection is to be bitten by a Greater Vampire (Thrall and Fledgling Vampires are not infectious with their bites), or to be bitten by a Desprince or Sangeley Vampire, which would instantly make their infected become a Greater Vampire (though this is extremely rare and may only occur during events). Vampiric feeding usually lasts about 5 minutes during which the victim is paralyzed, though this cannot be done mid-combat, and if the Vampire is attacked, the feeding breaks. Feeding may also be time-skipped if the victim is not comfortable roleplaying out feeding. Players are strongly requested to feed IC, but circumstances not allowing, may resort to off-screen NPC feeding. Another method of infection, is to make a blood offering to the Void Gods, or to the Fornoss goddess Blodrúna for the Sanguine blessing. Another method, is the willful ingestion of a cup worth of Vampiric blood, of any type will work. A final method is a relic infection, which involves a person stumbling onto an ancient artifact object once held by a powerful Vampire, which may cause them to become a Greater Vampire by wielding it. Bloodline Infections always pass from the person who infected the victim to the victim, Bloodlines cannot mix. Vampirism cannot be cured in a straight forward way, or one that is accessible and can be mass-reproduced, meaning that Vampires are a considerable issue and reviled by any society that does not worship Void Gods.
Vampires appear like the stereotypical Vampiric appearance: paler skin, vampiric teeth, and red eyes (some Vampires can hide this, see Bloodlines), as well as an urge to drink blood. Other traits are completely optional, like having the Vampirism make a Vampire more lithe and slender or more bulky and muscular, giving them a prehensile tail, night vision, darkened and sunken eye sockets, pointy ears, claws, taller appearance, more bat like traits in their face, digitigrade legs, void mutations, blood stained skin, shadow hands, etc. Mental changes are usually limited to removal of conscience, however Vampirism is in general an emotion amplifier, making worse in particular all the bad emotional states and traits like vanity, greed, selfishness, and cruelty. Love and faith are possible, but express themselves in a more possessive rather than true form, Vampires can also have a shorter attention span, a worse temper, or generally be more violently inclined of confident and self assured than their non-Vampire self would be. Vampires can suffer from anxiety and uncertainty, though this is rare, and usually comes paired with aggression. All Vampires are capable of transforming into what is called a Vampiric Form, which is a Disguise Transformation that makes them appear more monster-like with more creative design freedom outside of the range of limitations imposed on their Race or gender appearance. All Vampires also have the Weapon Summon Ability to draw a weapon to their hand in an instant, either made of their own blood, or magically summoned, and capable of changing weapon type.
While in theory Vampirism in incurable, there is an arduous process and method by which anyone who has Divinium can cleanse Vampires, but only those who seek curing, it can never be forced even on a restrained Vampire. Any person can call upon the power of their Gods and sacrifice Divinium to cleanse the sanguine Curse. If a Vampire approaches a person to request to be cured, and that person agrees to sacrifice Divinium, they can perform a ritual sacrificing 1 Divinium to cleanse the soul of the Vampire, thus freeing them of the mental effects of Vampirism. After this, the Vampire remains recognizable as a Vampire, but no longer feels any of the urges, and no longer has any of the powers (besides the red eyes, if their Bloodline included them). They must not drink any blood for 30 days, and if they succeed in this, they are cured properly when the period is over.
Vampires are infected by Vampires who came before them, who in turn were infected by others who came before them, usually descended from a long line of important and powerful Vampires. If a Desprince infected a number of people several centuries ago who went on to infect more people, each of those people who can trace their infection back to that original Desprince is a member of that Desprince’s Bloodline. Vampires don’t need to be obedient and loyal to their Bloodlines, but often find comfort in being near Vampires of similar Bloodlines, and may even have competitive feelings towards Vampires of other Bloodlines: though this usually doesn't lead to anything more than a little snark. Historical Bloodlines are usually created when a Desprince flees from Dorkarth to the Regalian Empire and establishes a new Vampiric Court there after the conclusion of the Vampire War, which pushed the Vampires back so far that many Desprinces were forced to leave Ellador. To give a quick summary: Voilenigme are French high-culture Vampires, Nerocanto are Italian scheming blackmail Vampires, Vintghast are high class wine and banquet party Vampires, Torrghlas are cave and mountain brute Vampires, Bremnevel are bog-witch support Vampires, Silberfeder are dignified military Vampires, Valhersir are spiritual power obsessed Vampires, Aullavientos are beast master shapeshifter Vampires, and Dymolov are culture-free Tiefling Vampires. Each Bloodline has a unique set of Mechnanics listed below the description for them alone.
The Voilenigme (pronounced: Voo-al-ey-neeg-mey) Bloodline was created when Desprince Morvanus fled to Ithania, creating a new Vampiric Court there in the Palace of Duchess Valtriante. The two became Desprince lovers, a rare instance of peace existing between two Vampiric overlords in such close proximity, without constantly attacking or scheming against one another. The Voilenigmes (sometimes also nickanemed Voiles or Voile) are upper-class Vampires who favor mingling with the aristocracy, while hiding their Vampirism and charming their victims with fashion, opulence, a silver tongue and beauty. The Voilenigme are profoundly powerful in Ithania where they have deeply infiltrated the nobility, and by extension the Regalian Nobility also as the Ithanian Vampire nobles travel to the Regalian Courts. The Voilenigme try to avoid any association with things that are poor, disgusting, freak-ish, or debauched without style or class. This is also why they are rarely in their Vampiric Form, or why their Vampiric form generally has a more statuesque beauty to it rather than looking like a monster. Voilenigmes are very comfortable not being in a Coven, but if they are, styling themselves as the "classy" ones in the Coven, and looking down on the other more base Vampires who are enslaved to their instincts. The Voilenigme are enemies of the Silberfeder Vampires, an extension of the enmity between the Wirtem and Ithanian Nobility. Any Coven with a Voilenigme Vampire should count itself blessed with a socialite able to mingle with other non-Vampire groups, due to their unique ability to perfectly hide their Vampirism and be less dependent on blood.
- Voilenigme Mechanic I: Voilenigme Vampires are able to use the Court Glamor to hide their Vampire teeth and Red Eyes from anyone but fellow Vampires, with the exception of feeding when they always become visible.
- Voilenigme Mechanic II: Voilenigme Vampires are able to Party Glamor any Vampires in their social posse or group that go with them to Server events, giving them a mundane disguise, except at the Imperial Palace.
- Voilenigme Mechanic III: Voilenigme Vampires have magical control over their own styling, make-up, clothing, as well as that of others, able to add, remove, change and modify anything within Emote Range.
The Nerocanto (pronounced: Ney-ro-can-to) Bloodline was created when Desprince Shannon fled to Vultaro. While initially mingling with the locals before the Dressolini culture consolidated there, as Dressolini as a cultural identity developed, so too did the Nerocanto settle into their habits. The Nerocanto are upper-class Vampires who take on the appeal of aristocracy, but are spies and rogues at heart who love a political game of blackmail. Their cultural emphasis is on charming their victims with operettas, orchestral music, and hauntingly beautiful instrumentals. The Nerocanto are unique in that they can cure a Vampiric Infection while it is still in its fledgeling state of their own bitten victims. This affords them a great amount of power to blackmail anyone they have infected for a cure, that being also their primary method of roguish plotting. Nerocanto can hover around the peripheries of Covens, but usually act like lone wolves who assist Covens but don't want to get too close, and be at risk of being taken down because other Vampires are less cautious than they are. The Nerocanto take great pains to hide themselves and cover their plots in five layers of thinking ahead so as not to get caught, and to continue their game of control and intrigue. The Nerocanto do not have any overt animosity towards other Bloodlines, but do consider any Vampire that shows a low level of wit or insight as an insult to the blessing that is Vampirism itself. Any Coven with a Nerocanto Vampire should count itself blessed with a spy-master Vampire who is able to quickly and efficiently establish a network of blackmail victims for information and favors across the Regalian city.
- Nerocanto Mechanic I: Nerocanto Vampires are able to use the Court Glamor to hide their Vampire teeth and Red Eyes from anyone but fellow Vampires, with the exception of feeding when they always become visible.
- Nerocanto Mechanic II: Nerocanto Vampires can infect non-Vampires as both Fledglings and Greater Vampires, but can also cure Vampirism from those they infect only before they become Fledglings, thus allowing them to blackmail their victims.
- Nerocanto Mechanic III: Nerocanto Vampires can convert Vampire Thralls into Bound Thralls, curing their Vampirism, but mind controlling them by Vampire of their choosing, allowing them to sell off Thralls and Blood Cattle.
The Vintgast (pronounced: Vey-nt-gah-st) Bloodline was created when Desprince Shirva fled to the borderlands between Osteiermark, Tirgunn, and Lorenthaus. While in the modern day the Darkwald Lothar mostly fight Silberfeder Vampires, the Vintgast Bloodline was the original reason why the Sarnan people turned so heavily against Vampires, and why so many of them were killed before the Lothar Order took up their cause. Vintgast Vampires are banquet masters, able to conjure the greatest of feasts, most delectable food, and above all addictive and perfect wines. They are known as vintage distillers and brewers, who favor the countryside and winery to get up to their Vampiric business in peace and away from the chaos of large urban settings. Vintgast Vampires spoil and charm their victims with large dinners and endless delectables, only to get them into a food-coma and become easy prey. Vintgast usually avoid Covens, but can make powerful allies for Covens, as well as a great party-hoster for any Vampiric community due to their ability to be social with anyone, have a deep understanding of preferences and tastes, and being able to weaponize them to enamor anyone. The Vintgast take efforts to hide their identity but aren't as capable at it as the Voilenigme, resulting in a reclusive lifestyle, content to experiment with the fine flavors and delectable aromas of rare blood types for special wines. The Vintgast are however unique in their ability to survive off very little blood for extended periods of time, and can even brew extended elixers from their wines that can satiate other Vampires, creating addiction among their own kin.
- Vintgast Mechanic I: Vintgast Vampires are able to use the Court Glamor to hide their Vampire teeth and Red Eyes from anyone but fellow Vampires, with the exception of feeding when they always become visible.
- Vintgast Mechanic II: Vintgast Vampires are able to mind-read the preferences of any non-Vampire by focusing on them, reading their preferred color, food, drink, favorite animal, clothing style, etc.
- Vintgast Mechanic III: Vintghast Vampires are able to summon endless supplies of real food and drinks with Vampiric Magic, or brew Vampiric Tonic Wine made with Blood which sates the same as actual Blood Feeding.
The Torrghlas (pronounced: Tor(rhyme with door)-glass(short a from the English "aghast") Bloodline was created when Desprince Mannis fled to Gallovia and quickly established a strong court presence in the Talahm Gall Mountains. The Torrghlas Vampires are known as cave or mountain terrors, preferring less stylish and opulent housing and favoring brutish power and strength over plotting and scheming. Torrghlas Vampires tend to be largest broad-framed Vampires who act as shock troops to any Coven who is more than willing to take them on for their brute strength. The Torrghlas take no effort to hide themselves, and in fact favor aggressive body-modification and training to become bigger, better, and stronger, whether that is chemical, mundane and aesthetic, or magical in nature. The Torrghlas are a particular terror towards the Fornoss faithful, having mastered a transformation into a Vampiric corrupted Urlan and rampaging any would be frontline with overwhelming force. The Torrghlas consider the Nerocanto weak schemers who couldn't hold their own in a fight, and generally look down on all the high-class Vampire Bloodlines as being over-reliant on hiding their Vampirism and not having pride in being to show their power to the world. The Torrghlas make great allies and comrades to the Valhersir, both operating in overlapping environments, and favoring their vanity over secrecy. Torrghlas Vampires can be testy with Coven leadership, but generally speaking when respecting a leader for their skill and strategy, will be some of the most loyal Vampires present, favoring punching the traitors and giving no thought to joining them in their rebellion.
- Torrghlas Mechanic I: Torrghlas Vampires can Transform into Varghul (Gorilla-Bat Hybrids) or Urlan Appearance (but with Void theming), both with Urlan Heritage Traits, losing their old Heritage Traits. Counts as a Disguise.
- Torrghlas Mechanic II: Torrghlas Vampires if in Melee Range of a Gate or Fence or Door blocking off an entryway, are able to Gate Smash their way through, or bend the bars to let themselves and others pass.
- Torrghlas Mechanic III: Torrghlas Vampires are able to perform superhuman feats out of Combat, able to lift huge weights, break open solid rock, or carry multiple people on their back.
The Bremnevel (pronounced: Brem(rhyme with bed)-ney-vel) Bloodline was created when Desprince Zardar fled to Anglia and established himself in the Anglian Morass and Hinterlands, using the swamps and peat bogs to hide from Regalia's military and Knights. As time passed, the Bremnevel Bloodline adapted to their swamp environment, and started imitating the Anglian Witches, often mistaken for them from afar. The Bremnevel lure their victims in with hauntingly beautiful siren songs, as well as the obscuring mists and vapors of the swamps until they are in so deep that they become lost and find their demise at the hands of the Bremnevels. Bremnevel Vampires are exceedingly rare because the Anglians performed a very intensive and mostly successful campaign to purge them from their homeland, forcing them deeper in hiding in the remotest regions of the swamps. In general, they also do not like producing more Vampire fledgelings, and would rather just kill their victim to avoid detection, often obscuring the cause of death as some swamp beast or drowning. The Bremnevel favor cramp and humid living conditions, the sewers make excellent environments for them, and their slow and cautious way of acting as well as their alchemical knowledge puts them in a perfect position to act as advisors or healers among the Vampires, further adding to the mockery of Anglian Witch Archon that they have become. The Bremnevel do not consider any other Bloodline their overt enemy, however their general distaste extends itself to any Vampire that is boisterous and loud. They prefer quiet and controlled settings, and become flighty if chaos erupts.
- Bremnevel Mechanic I: Bremnevel Vampires can transform into large bat-like monsters, gaining Elytra flight including the use of rockets for movement. Combat immediately cancels flight and this cannot be used in Combat.
- Bremnevel Mechanic II: Bremnevel Vampires gain Chem Talent for free from Chem Point Buy as well as Radiant Magical Talent as Void Magic, or styled as Blood Magic or Alchemy.
- Bremnevel Mechanic III: Bremnevel Vampires gain +1 Main Offense Stat (breaks Cap up to 11) while they are in Gloomrot Forest, and gain Medical Talent from Medical Point Buy while they remain in its boundaries.
The Silberfeder (pronounced: Sil-burr-fey-der) Bloodline was created when Desprince Colvan fled to Calemberg on the backs of the Wirtem nobility involved with the Vampire War. Despite losing the Vampire War, the Silberfeder Bloodline found a home in the very officers that commanded their defeat. Quickly adapting to the Calemberg lifestyle, Silberfeder Vampires are obsessed with militarism, command, strategy, and control. They focus on finesse of skill, especially swordsmanship and other forms of melee combat and use fencing as a means to establish dominance among themselves. They are incredibly keen on preservation and purity of their bloodline, avoiding infecting anyone they consider unworthy or not of good aristocratic stock. This does not however mean that they can only ever be aristocrats. Far from it: many Silberfeder are in fact the soldiers and lieutenants of Covens, as one noble Silverfeder often infects their retinue to act as a personal army. Silberfeder always insist on a chain of command, clear leadership, proper tileage, and respect. This often puts them at odds with the more rules-free Bloodlines like the Bremnevel, Torrghlas, and Dymolov. Silberfeder frequently clash with Torrghlas who will favor a frontal assault, while the Silberfeder would prefer to spend time planning and strategizing to maximize the terror they inflict while minimizing their casualties. Their enemies are the Voilenigme, with the Ithanian and Wirtem courtly rivalry having rubbed off on their Vampiric equivalents, however a good Coven leader is always able to silence and steer the Silberfeder to use their martial skills in combat instead of on other Vampires.
- Silberfeder Mechanic I: Silberfeder Vampires can perfectly imitate nobility, thus fooling anyone questioning their noble rankings and never being caught out as pretending to be nobility when they are not.
- Silberfeder Mechanic II: Silberfeder Vampires are able to challenge other Vampires to Duel. The winner gains +1 Main Combat Stat while the loser loses -1 until Server Restart. This does not Stack but can break Cap to 11.
- Silberfeder Mechanic III: Silberfeder Vampires need only class, grace, and blood to survive. They are immune to heat and cold damage, can walk through fire, do not need to breathe oxygen, and can resist high pressure.
The Valhersir (pronounced Val-hur-seer) Bloodline was created when Desprince Otrygg fled to Drixagh and infected a series of Skagger holds before the Velheim even realized what hit them, as their focus was south on the Wirtem. The Valhersir are obsessed with power and themselves, immersed in Vola worship but specifically immersed in Blodrúna. It could be said that the Valhersir are the most spiritually inclined of the Vampires, but they are far from priest Vampires. In fact, the Valhersir are obsessed with power in any form that it can be expressed: physical power, power over the minds of others, power over love and lust, power over needs and wants, and power over the weak. They seek any means to dominate others by whatever means necessary, and are also described as perhaps the most vain of Vampires. They obsess over appearing like perfection in the eyes of others, equal parts terrifying and alluring, putting their skill, mind, and particularly body on display as the work of art that it is. They commonly also act as Vampiric Warlocks, contracting and dominating Spirits to do their will, while using Void Mutations to enhance their appearance. The Valhersir have a particular desire to hunt and feed off Eili worshiping Velheim, considering the act of hunter and prey a perfect analogy for the power of Rand over them. The Valhersir make excellent comrades of the Torrghlas who have aligning goals and operate in the same spaces, while looking unfavorably upon those Bloodlines that do not take care of their appearance much. Valhersis often plot and intrigue one another for who is the most powerful.
- Valhersir Mechanic I: Valhersir can speak the language of command, making them universal translators, able to speak and understand every language, and gaining magic insight when reading ancient writing.
- Valhersir Mechanic II: Valhersir can receive possible future and past memory visions from Vampires and non-Vampires around them, either as visions, or when touching them (discuss in Dm's what people are comfortable with).
- Valhersir Mechanic III: Valhersir can grant the Protection of Rand to any willing non-Vampire making them immune to Vampiric Infection. In turn however, if they attack the Valhersir, they take massive damage (discuss in Dm's what this means).
The Aullavientos (pronounced Au(rhyme with ouch)-la-vee-yen-tos) Bloodline (sometimes also nicknamed Aula) was created when Desprince Kydaer fled to Daendroc, and mingled with the hunting lodge Cortes of the Frontierra and Basqlierra woods. The Aullavientos are the perfect hunter Vampires who are also considered beast masters, taming wolves and hounds and other beasts to do their bidding, infecting them with a form of animal Vampirism and turning them into so called Hellbeasts. The Aullavientos themselves should also not be underestimated however, able to transform themselves into sentient speaking Werebeasts to hunt as the leader of their pack. Aullavientos make excellent trackers and bounty hunters, able to operate both in Covens and as solitary hunters. Aullavientos Vampires are often thought of as the most sober and pragmatic Vampires, bereft of the usual Vampiric flair for drama and evil-ness, seeming very down to earth and normal until they catch the scent of blood. Aullavientos do not hide their Vampirism, but use the guide of being reasonable and affable to build trust with their captors and enemies so that they may be underestimated as enemies. The Aullavientos make great allies for the Vintghast, having a great appreciation for the wine productions of that Bloodline, but also because the Aullavientos consider direct feeding off a hamless victim to be vulgar, and would much prefer to consume blood through a well made vintage, or after a long savored and difficult hunt of a fleeing prey. In general, the Aullavientos are well liked by all other Bloodlines, even the ones that dislike courtly aristocratic styled Vampires, because of their gregarious nature.
- Aullavientos Mechanic I: Aullavientos Vampires are not bound to having only a single pet, being allowed to have up to 15 domestic animals, and being able to use them as an aesthetic for Abilities.
- Aullavientos Mechanic II: Aullavientos Vampires are able to transform into any type of Marken at will (counts as a Disguise), keeping their old Abilities and Mechanics (not being forced to use Fullmarken Mechanics) and being able to speak.
- Aullavientos Mechanic III: Aullavientos Vampires can speak with any type of wild animal, including Marken who cannot speak normally, and can Collar defeated Marken to turn them into their (unwilling) soldiers until their collar is broken.
The Dymolov (pronounced: Dee-mo-lov) Bloodline was created when Desprince Ramonder fled to the Krainivaya lands in the Regalian Archipelago. Unlike many other Bloodlines however, the Dymolov Bloodline did not insert itself into the local population and become more like them culturally, but attached itself to a pre-existing folklore terror, and chose to become it in the flesh. The Dymolov adopted the Dyyavol (диявол) folklore legend of the red-skinned horned Demon that feeds on the people. They are the most alien looking Vampire Bloodline, approximating the pop-culture appearance of Tieflings, with vibrant colored skin, demonic horns, blackened sclera and colorful eyes, a demonic tail, as well as claws and skin ridges or spikes. The Dymolov are debonair, aggressive, rebellious and quirky, assuming a more wild and unthreatening demeanor to hide their viciousness. The Dymolov are very widespread, as the Krsnik Lothar in the Krainivaya lands were successful in purging them from the snowy wasteland areas, thus making them have an origin in Krainivaya folklore, but not actually being from that area anymore (bar from a few). Dymolov can as such be of any cultural persuasion, and are generally considered very flexible, with many of them favoring berserker style fighting, but equal measure favoring magic, or even a blend of the two. Of all the Vampires, Magic comes the most natural to the Dymolov, in particular the power of Void-fire and Sinistral Dark Magic. Dymolov make excellent rank and file soldiers of any Coven, and are generally well disposed towards leadership so long as it respects their freedoms and wants and needs.
- Dymolov Mechanic I: Dymolov Vampires gain Sinistral Magical Talent for free, and have great degrees of control over fire, being able to create and douse it, steer it through air, be immune to it, etc.
- Dymolov Mechanic II: Dymolov Vampires are soul-bound and cannot be killed permanently. If they are killed (not by Ally), their bodies are instead temporarily banished, and re-form from an unholy flame in their home or safe zone after an hour.
- Dymolov Mechanic III: Dymolov Vampires can temporarily Spirit-Possess willing non-Vampires and Vampires alike, hiding in their bodies and being undetectable and unable to use Abilities but still perceiving all of their senses.
This section covers Miscellaneous aspects of Vampirism that enhance Vampire RP, but don't necessarily belong in any other sections.
Vampire Thralls require a bit more explanation. As mentioned, an infectious bite from a Greater Vampire of any Bloodline (or Fledgling or Greater Vampire of the Nerocanto Bloodline) always results infection, guaranteed. Infection however takes several days to take hold (usually 72 hours) during which there is leeway to be cured. A Vampire Thrall that is giving into the curse during those 72 hours, can be forcibly cured by Lothar Knights through a painful curing process. A Vampire Thrall who is resisting the curse during those 72 hours, can reach out to Priests or anyone with the Exorcism Ability (this does not require any cost like Divinium), and request an expedited curing ritual, where the curse is ritually cleansed from their body. In both instances, the curse is halted, and they do not become Fledglings. Players are free to dictate how their character feels about Vampirism and whether their mind and soul is able to resist the corruption during these 72 hours. If you want to gamify this, you are able to do /dice Knowledge+Faith Proficiency added up together, with the lower half meaning they give in to the curse, and the upper half meaning they resist it, each day. For example, if a character has 2 Wisdom and 4 Faith, they do /dice 6, and if they roll 3 or below they give in that day, and if they roll 4 and above they resist it that day. Rolling below half on this dice roll 3 days in a row basically means the Character becomes a Fledgling Vampire, and becomes incurable. Keep in mind that Vampire Curing is extremely rare because there is a finite amount of Divinium available, so think ahead about decisions concerning your Character.
Bound Thralls are made by Nerocanto Vampires on those they have fed either as Fledgling or Greater Vampire. This process does however require OOC consent from the Vampire Thrall, as mind control is an opt-in aspect of Roleplay on MassiveCraft. Nerocanto Vampires can convert their own Vampire Thralls into Bound Thralls, which immediately cures them of their Vampirism, but makes them mind controlled by them. They can then hand off this Bound Thrall to a different Vampire, and bind the Thrall to them, thus transferring mind control to the new master. Again, this transferral must be agreed upon OOC, and all parties should consent to comfort, limitations and expectations of what it means to be a Bound Thrall, and what kind of Roleplay to expect. If a player wants to back out of being a Thrall, they must be allowed to do so immediately. Bound Thralls will never act in ways that is self-harming, but can willingly offer up their blood, and are immune to infection for as long as they are Bound Thralls. There is no way to tell if someone is a Bound Thrall by looking at them, other than studying their behavior. Bound Thralls can be cured through a cleansing ritual, which can be performed by any: Priest, Archon, Religious Chapter Knight, Lothar Knight, or Divine Entity, but will always resist capture.
Vampire Charm is a method of using Persuasion Dice Rolls to use Vampiric mind influence to convince other Characters to do certain things, or to convince them of certain beliefs or ideas. This is a mechanic primarily designed to try and influence NPC/Event Characters, but if a player grants OOC permission, it can also be used on them in Roleplay if they want to. At a base, Persuasion Dice Rolls require high Wisdom and Faith. To know a Persuasion Dice Roll number, add Wisdom and Faith together, up to a maximum of 11. That is your /dice roll for Persuasion. Staff will assign numbers to each NPC/Event Character, some characters like Arken might have very high Persuasion numbers like or 11 (allowing Persuasion to only work in the equivalent of a critical success roll), but other more mundane characters might have a number between 3 and 7. Vampire Charm can be done by any Vampire, but success is obviously skewed in favor of high Wisdom/Faith Characters, with some Characters just purely being unable to use Persuasion rolls at all if their Faith+Wisdom is below the Persuasion Stat of the NPC/Event Character. If applied to other Players, their Persuasion Stat is always Wisdom+Faith as well, up to a maximum of 11 (if they OOC agree to do a Persuasion Roll). In order to succeed, a character needs to roll at or higher than the Persuasion Stat of the person they are attempting to Vampire Charm. Vampire Charm is not telegraphed, meaning it can be done covertly, while disguised, or Transformed, and may in some instances even work mid-combat to halt aggression. Vampire Charm cannot convince Characters of completely insane information or suggestions, Vampire Charm does not for example work in broad instances like "do whatever I want" or "fall onto your own sword", but can work in instances like "hey let's not fight" and "I think you should help my friend here do something illegal and get away with it". Need help deciding what is reasonable or more information? Please contact Lore Staff in a Discord Ticket.
Vampires sire offspring called Vampire-Broods. Vampire Broods are affected by the Sanguine Curse, but are not Vampires themselves. They can be born from either both parents being Vampires, or only one of them. Broods can be born with no telltale Vampire signs, or with red eyes and fangs alone. They can be born with heterochromia also, with one normal eye, and one vampiric eye. Vampire broods always have a strong connection to Void Magic but aren't Occult by default unless they invest in Magic. Vampire Brood counts as Vampires when it concerns being able to see through Court Glamor of other Vampire Bloodlines, but even if they are aware of these hidden Vampires, they are still magically compelled not to reveal their identity to anyone but a fellow Vampire or Brood. Additionally, Vampire Brood are rather unique in that if they become infected with Vampirism, they are never affected by the mental changes of Vampirism and are able to retain their conscience and normal personality. Furthermore, curing the Vampirism through Purging applied by Divinium is considerably faster, costing only a single Divinium to cleanse Mind, Body, and Soul all at once, and having no further waiting period. Vampire Broods see considerably less public scrutiny from law-abiding citizens of Regalia, though may still occasionally be attacked on sight by people who do not know they are Broods. It is possible for non-Vampires to test whether a Vampire Brood is actually a Brood or an infected Vampire. Vampire Brood blood, when exposed to sunlight, will sizzle and may even spark with a low flame, which infected Vampire blood does not. A simple cut on a finger and bloodletting is an easy way to prove a Vampire Brood's identity.
- It is a widespread belief among many Vampires that imitation is the ultimate form of flattery. To imitate another Vampire; be it in dress style, speech patterns, and even prey or thrall preference is to declare the imitated Vampire superior in some manner, which is often seen as a great compliment.
- Vampires are functionally long-living, but not really, because true immortality does not exist in the laws of Aloria’s universe. Instead, they extend their life by stealing life essence from the people they feed on. There is life force in blood.
- Vampiric mentality is so pervasive that some Vampires are deluded into thinking they are actually the oppressed and second-class social caste, when in reality they are the most tyrannical and oppressive kind of people one can ever meet, with no regard for the lives or safety of others.