|Contraction||Being bitten (~25%) or ingestion of Vampiric blood (~100%)|
Vampirism, also known as the Sanguine Curse, is a Void-spawned blood-curse that has plagued Aloria for hundreds of years. Often seen as a disease and hated by most of Aloria's people, this affliction causes the infected to undergo both physical and mental transformations. Vampirism can be cured by an aggressive and somewhat lengthy process, though many Vampires desperately attempt to avoid being cured, or even seek re-infection. This is caused both by the curse itself changing the thoughts of the infected, but also by the fact that most authorities across Aloria are excessively cruel to Vampires. In the Regalian Empire, being a Vampire is seen as being something unholy—akin to being a Demon. Such creatures are either killed on sight by Vampire hunters or dragged away screaming to imprisonment and isolation. Frequent Vampire executions are held by the faithful, causing most Vampires across the world to live hiding in dark alleys, caves, and sewer tunnels. Indeed, Vampires are considered leeches on society as they feed themselves on the blood of the unwilling and powerless, empowered by darkness and Void Energies. Whole religions have been founded on the idea that Vampirism is the next step in Human advancement (despite the curse also striking non-Humans), and some contract the disease willingly for the powers it grants. Globally, Vampirism is on the rise since the last Great Vampire Wars. Global conflict with the Void Invasion, Imperial wars, and more recently, the Bone Horror Crisis, have all weakened local authorities to the point of breaking. Vampires often follow in the wake of a weary population, feeding and making use of what they can. Vampirism has grown so prolific that among the Regalian Emperor’s close court, some nobles have fallen to the sway of Vampirism, secretly plotting the destruction of the Empire from within. Even far in the north, a Vampire Principality exists in Ellador, the state of Dorkarth entirely inhabited by Vampires and their feeding cattle, seeking to overthrow neighboring Kingdoms.
- 1 History of Vampirism
- 2 Vampirism Infection
- 3 Mental Characteristics of Vampirism
- 4 Vampire Culture & Rituals
- 5 Bloodline Mutations
- 6 Vampire Brood
- 7 Combatting Vampirism
- 8 Trivia
History of Vampirism
The history of Vampirism is shrouded in mystery, not in the least because most authorities across the world attempt to eradicate any mention of Vampirism in their historical narratives. Historians who research Vampirism certainly exist, but are quickly imprisoned and have their materials burned for being deemed a threat to the state, especially in Regalia, where anything to do with Vampirism or the consumption of blood is taboo. Still, some hidden libraries in Vampire dens, secret categories in Qadir libraries, or the great records of the Dorkarth Princes contain information about the historical events surrounding Vampirism. Many of these sources will easily date the source of Vampirism to shortly after the Cataclysm, particularly in and around the Empire of Hedryll, on the southwestern corner of Ellador. The Empire of Hedryll enjoyed relative prosperity as opposed to poverty in the neighboring states. The Dwarven Holds were still recovering from their warfare with the Nelfin and soon were being devastated by the Dakkar, whatever western nations had existed were all but in ruin after the Fifth Void Invasion, and those states south of the region, including the fledgeling Regalian Empire, were all small and internally unstable. Certainly, it could be said that the Empire of Hedryll was at the time the dominant Ailor state in existence, it spanned lands miles upon miles apart, and raiding brought in many riches in a post-Allorn Empire world where most nations were rebuilding and not focusing on their military like Hedryll had. But then came the Great Vampire Wars, conflicts fierce and devastating that destroyed Hedryll’s dominance while also endangering the world.
These wars lasted until 89 AC, when the Hedrylli forces were finally able to push back the Vampires and exterminate a majority of them (though many more had already slipped out into wider Aloria). In the wake of the conflict, the severe population decline in Hedryll was something the small Kingdom never recovered from, and to this day, the threat of Vampires in Ellador remained minute. This has largely been thanks to the zealous crusading society of the Ohrneti, who kill most Vampires that dare to lurk too long on Ellador’s mainland, but also because of the great diaspora that occurred at the tail end and conclusion of the Great Vampire Wars. Opportunistic Vampires determined that the wider world had greater opportunities, with richer lands and softer targets for their actions. Thus, the other Bloodlines of Aloria were born and over the past 200 years or so, Vampire fortunes rose and fell over the decades as attempts were made to establish local communities which were quickly snuffed out, especially by the Regalian Empire’s efforts to cleanse the world of what it considered unholy heresy. Vampires eventually started infiltrating the Empire itself, redoubling their efforts on targeting their biggest enemy of all. In present times, most layers of the Empire have been infiltrated by Vampires and Vampire sympathizers, waiting for their time to strike at Regalia’s own weakness and isolation, waiting for a time when they can establish a global Vampire Empire of their own as blessed by the Archdemon.
Alternatively, the global spread of Vampirism over the centuries and revelation of the Curse’s infectibility towards all known Alorian races has witnessed the rise of various Covens, discreet and otherwise, from their less than humble origins of Dorkarth to the Songaskian Masaya and even the Maraya Mothership. This seeping spread throughout known Aloria, whilst meeting the original goal of widespread infection, has diluted the overall original goal and strict Dorkarthian Culture of Vampirism. Instead, the now diversified Bloodlines aid individuals as a corrupting tool to see their own goals, dreams and ambitions realized within the towns, cities and communities in which they would reside. This occurs to such an extent, in fact, that many Covens battle for supremacy of a certain ‘territory’ with others and such is commonplace in more populated and diversified cities, such as the Holy City of Regalia. Even the Vampiric Courts of Dorkarth are known not to have a central leader, with rival Desprinces playing at intrigue and politics as a twisted reflection of the Regalian peerage. Ultimately, the future of Vampirism remains in the hands of those with the most power, prestige, and influence to further it in whichever direction they see fit; to either remain content in ruling the shadows, or to step forth to claim all those within the light.
Vampirism Infection happens in a variety of ways (explained on each Bloodline), though most commonly occurs from Vampire bites. Vampire bites have an infection rate of about 25%. This means that if a Vampire bites a person, this person must perform a /dice 1 20 to roll for infection, where anything rolled 5 or below means the person is infected, unless quick action is taken to counteract the blood plague. A Vampire bite is usually initiated on the neck with the intention of drinking the blood, but a Vampire can bite anywhere, even in the leg or arm if need be, and the infection rate is the same. For Bloodlines which require ingestion to spread the infection, a wine glass or vial worth of the Vampire's blood is required to infect another person. The infected person is usually aware of the infection and can feel, for the next 3 days, a burning sensation in their blood. By the second day, they will become paranoid and fearful, seeing enemies everywhere and not trusting even loved ones. By the third day, they will experience a terrible hunger and longing for sustenance, but find no satisfaction in food or drink, instantly puking it out again. Then by the fourth day, their skin will become hypersensitive to Hallowed Lanterns, and at this point, they have transformed into a Vampire. Other physical traits take another day to set in, but by the fourth day the transformation is complete. For more information about curing a person who has not yet fully turned to become a Vampire, consult the Curing section. Below is a bullet point to explain the process in a summary.
- Day One, Infection
- Itching at the wound site, twitchiness, fear of infection, burning sensation in veins
- Day Two, Growth
- Shaking, cold chills, extreme paranoia, burning sensation in veins
- Day Three, Manifestation
- A terrible hunger that no food can satisfy, vomiting food instantly, burning sensation in blood
- Day Four, Completion
- Skin becomes damaged by Hallowed Lanterns; sharpened canines grow, and the Vampire can start drinking and infecting others
- Day Five, Finalization
- Physical characteristics manifest, abilities and traits are now available
It is very important for Vampires to feed after having been turned; though just after turning, it is not unusual for newly formed Vampires to have some sort of revulsion to feeding on humanoids. Despite this, the urge to feed is always present, and if no humanoids can be found, the individual usually resorts to feeding on animals, like cats, birds, and dogs. Doing this, however, turns the Vampire 'Feral', a process that is very quick (after 2 or 3 feedings) and is reversed at a much slower pace (two weeks of humanoid feeding). Without this initial feeding quickly after turning, a Vampire might go into blood shock, a state where they suffer seizures and become paralyzed and thus slowly die. The longest time any Vampire has lived post turning without feeding has been five days. While the vast majority of Vampires are Ailor, due to the spread of the Blood curse, no race is inherently immune to becoming Vampires, and as such, anyone can be infected. It should however be noted that Vampire abilities tend to block certain race abilities. For reference on what happens per race, consult the table below.
|Race||Effect on Racial Abilities|
|Ailor||Will of Faith no longer works, except if the Character was a Void Worshiper.|
|Sihai||No changes, Sihai are still able to shift between Forms.|
|Qadir||Qadir become unable to use White Cores for their Clockwork, but can still use their Spirit Force.|
|Songaskia||Songaskians become unable to use World Flow powers, but can still Elder and Ancient Shift.|
|Altalar||Altalar lose their +10 Proficiency buff, but can still use their Will Spells.|
|Avanthar||Avanthar become unable to use any of their Casts.|
|Cielothar||Cielothar become unable to use Cielothar Ritualism.|
|Isldar||Isl Zeal defaults to Disloyal Zeal regardless of which Dragon is followed (or not followed). Furthermore, the Isldar can no longer see the Soul Rivers, or use any of Frisit Weave's abilities.|
|Allar||Allar no longer regenerate their lost limbs or body parts. When cured however, any potentially removed body parts start growing back.|
|Varran||Varran are unable to interface with Living Metal. Any Living Metal they use simply slides off and dissipates.|
|Url||Cannot become Vampires.|
|Various Half-Races||Half Races have no special race powers, and as such, Vampirism does not affect them in any way.|
|Silven||Silven can only be Vampires if a specific mutation is present, which will need to be applied for in the Silven Permission.|
|Ability||Effect on Ability|
|Ritualism||Vampires may only use Void or Haunt Ritualism.|
|Magic & Sorcery||Vampires cannot use Magic or Sorcery, except in the case that a Specific Vampire Mutation allows it.|
OOC Note: Because feeding is not always possible, it usually fine to assume a character has fed on an NPC citizen for day to day rp. This is purely for practicality sake, because there aren't enough players around to constantly feed every Vampire. The only exception to this is Vampires who are imprisoned (who should roleplay out being deprived of blood) and Vampires who have certain Vampiric Mutations which rely specifically on feeding at a specific time, or to trigger a specific ability. In such cases, the feeding must always be done IC and cannot be time skipped (save for situations where the curers are not providing consistent roleplay) or assumed from an NPC. If you suspect a player has not fed off a person but is using a feeding based ability anyway, report them to Lore Staff for God-Rp. Everyone should always keep in mind however that being fed on, or being turned into a Vampire, is not a permission based thing, and should always be roleplayed out for character development sake.
Mental Characteristics of Vampirism
- Constant hunger for blood, desire to feed on non-Vampires, a constant sense of disgust for anything that is not a Vampire as feeding cattle.
- No respect or value for anything holy, any authority, or any person, unless they are part of the Coven. Essentially anything non-Vampire is inferior.
- Love and friendship changes from something unconditional and protective into something more possessive and objective. A Vampire can still love a non-Vampire, but their love takes a different tone of a jealous, "You are my property" attitude. Similarly, in friendships, Vampires become exclusively taking as opposed to giving or taking. A Vampire might still go drinking with their friends, but insist that one of their friends pay for them, as that is the price of friendship with them. They might also attempt to convert their friends and family into being Vampires so that they might enjoy the gift with them.
- Obsession with hedonism, and the ambition to live life the way they want it without any regard for other people, their emotions, or their well being. Vampires hold no respect for monogamy, religion, family, state or culture, instead developing their own Vampiric society of Desprinces, Covens and their feeding cattle and victims.
- Vampires after infection develop a pack mentality, and sometimes even incorporate animistic behaviors while hunting—such as erratic body movements and head gestures, claw scraping, sniffing, growling and stalking.
- Vampires are fully incapable of casting any forms of magic, including parlor magic, and those who are magically inclined lose their magic upon infection.
- Vampires absolutely despise Werebeasts and cannot stand to be in their presence. They automatically believe these creatures to be vile undeserving filth that should be eradicated from the world, and have a strong natural inclination to make them suffer, or to fight them into submission and enslave them.
Vampire Culture & Rituals
Though the crimson curse remains synonymous with the Void, bloodlust and inherent violence, Vampirism at its core is a means of freedom from the constraints of such ideas as Religion, morality, Culture and even family, thus leaving any Vampire to live their life as they truly wish to without internal hindrance. This allowed for a breath of freedom from a potentially unsatisfying life for the common peasant. This, coupled with the origins of various sub-cultures within the named Bloodlines, makes for unconstrained potential within individualized coven culture. Whilst some Covens remain entirely composed of a singular, like-minded Bloodline such as a Barghest Hunting Pack, Von-Kerle Bandit or Mercenary Group or even Alais Virtearist Circle, others are comprised of various Bloodlines under a more open-minded Coven Leader where one Bloodline covers for the weaknesses of another. As such, depending on the goals, ideals, and mentality of the Coven as a whole, and reflectively the Coven Leader themselves, Covens will have their own traditions, holidays, festivities, and rituals. Due to the nature of Bloodlines passing infection from one to the other, however, rituals and festivities most commonly utilized among certain Bloodlines are passed unto further removed Covens across Aloria to interpret, tweak and utilize as they see fit.
The Faceless Masquerade
The Faceless Masquerade was first conceived at the peak of Dorkarth’s superiority and rise of The Pale Whisper; however, following the Great Vampire Wars, all credit to this practice’s creation typically falls to the Virtearist Alais and Shilot Nobility within various Courts of various Kings dotting the Regalian Empire. Though Masquerades themselves are far from uncommon among Nobility, the Faceless Masquerade requires those Vampires participating to disguise themselves with far more than just a mask; often dying their hair or taking alchemical substance to change the shade of their skin and the tone of their voice. A simpler alternative, however, is the Crimson Reflection ability, to those Vampires that retain it. With this transformation complete, the gathered Vampires then familiarize with each other’s disguises, slipping into public and private events alike with fabricated personas to mingle with the populus; most commonly during masquerade balls. These Vampires work to support their fabricated backstories (typically masquerading as wealthy merchants or aristocrats) with the aid of fellow disguised Vampires, thus misleading and deluding their victims to believe a persona that does not exist. Many Vampires utilise this joint effort to seduce away valuable political players or steal valuable items by use of their abilities and addictive drinks. For some Vampires, the Faceless Masquerade never truly ends -- as those bored with their immortality simply move from one mask to the next. It remains an ideal way to pick for potential new-blood Coven Members from a herd of unsuspecting charismatic socialites.
The Fledgling Hunt
Among the Barghest, Doughall and handful of von Kerle Vampires, the Fledgling Hunt is a ceremonial practice undertaken when newly blooded Vampires, or ‘Fledglings’, lack opportunity to ‘prove’ their ability to the remainder of the Coven. Typically, the Vampires will disperse from their Coven Nest and scour any and all nearby social areas such as taverns, campsites, and settlements during the daytime, typically sending inconspicuous or charismatic Vampires to infiltrate such societies. At the break of dusk, these Vampires then return to their Coven Nest and report their findings to the Coven’s leader, or leader’s designated Alpha of the Hunt. The Coven’s leader then makes a final call on the location to be struck or, more rarely, a specific group of prey to be tracked, after which follows an hour or so of ‘preparation’. This preparation process differs from pack to pack, where some sharpen their claws in silent focus and meditation, and others exercise their combat strength against one another to warm themselves up, or simply decorate themselves with warpaints of dark, muddied colours. Following this hour of preparation and upon the rising of the full moon, the Pack then descends to either capture and feast upon their selective prey, or indiscriminately feast and disperse. Ultimately, this is part of an initiation of the new-blood Vampires to the pack, where all hunt together and fight together. Alternatively, those Vampires deemed too weak are picked off in these hunts by the forces they face, leaving the difficulty of the hunt in the hands of the Coven Leader who ultimately decides the quarry. As such, the Fledgling Hunt is an ideal way of trimming useless hunters from a pack.
Duellings of Wutienda
Initially devised by the Dorkarth Princes as a means to settle disagreements in a fashionable manner, the Duelling of Wutienda are most often practiced between two displeased Vampires looking to settle their mutual displeasure with a contest of combat skill within the Ring of Malice; a combat ring or pit glyphed by a member of either the Zikiel or Dorkarth Bloodline. It requires a drop or more of Dorkarth Bloodline blood to be spilt upon it to activate. This Ring, once activated, disallows any further entry or exit via a painful arcane barrier until the duel is over; until all others within the ring are deceased bar one. As such, a Duel can take place either between two Vampires, or as a free-for-all within which only the final Vampire standing is victor. The ring will simply not activate should any non-Vampires be within the ring. Once the Duel is complete, the Ring’s warding absorbs and drains all spilt blood from the dead whilst aglow with ominous energies, then revives the deceased Vampires to their physical states just prior to the Ring’s Activation, albeit somewhat weaker and more fatigued; almost as if feeding on the blood itself. The victorious Vampire’s wounds are not healed, though following the draining of deceased Vampire blood, their hunger feels satiated for the next few days.
The first victor within any Coven’s first established Ring of Malice is dubbed the Champion of Wutienda and only one Champion can exist in any one Coven at any given time. They are furthermore marked by a glowing palm-sized crimson Glyph anywhere atop their skin, though this glyph can be obscured by clothing. Naturally, it’s a rare treat to watch two Champions of Malice from opposing Covens duel for supremacy, where the victor’s glyph expands to the size of two Glyphs whilst the loser loses theirs entirely, leaving the losing Coven to instate a new Champion amongst their Ring of Malice. Champions of Malice that are cured lose their glyphs as well. Should the victor of such a battle (with a glyph the size of two or more glyphs) lose to a member of their Coven following, that Coven Member is dubbed the new Champion and receives the starting Glyph. Von Kerle Vampires, typically chosen by Desprinces as Bodyguards and Gladiators, often duel in such pits on behalf of their Masters should two or more come into a disagreement, with some legends rumoured to have glyphs worth five or more victories against rival Covens spanning their bodies. In theory, a Vampire from any Bloodline could act as a combat representative for a Desprince or Coven Leader. As such, it’s not unusual to see multiple allied Covens orchestrate entire structured tournaments to invigorate their various combattants, or simply set a particularly renowned Vampire Combattant against a multitude of starved feral Vampires for sport.
The Ritual of Projections
By use of this ritual, any Zikiel Vampire is able to summon a ghastly ethereal Tome (of any chosen aesthetic design) comprised of their accumulated knowledge, arcane or otherwise. This Tome may not be stolen, conventionally or through arcane means, as any who attempt to touch it simply phase through it. Even the Zikiel is unable to touch it, instead causing it to levitate ahead of them whilst manipulating page flipping through arcane hand motions. Whilst this tome is summoned, the Zikiel is endowed with various glowing runes etched into their bodies (inclusive of any transformations to Lich form). By flipping through the pages of the Tome, the Lich is thus able to project visualizations onto any nearby wall (including the ceiling or floor) for others to view. This wall must be prepared with a runic glyph-circle etched or drawn into it, such as with chalk, blood, paint, or carvings. For instance, if the Lich were offering a lecture on Dragons, they could project a vision of Dragons; regardless of whether or not the Lich had ever seen Dragons. As such, they are even able to project their memories, but may only project one vision on one wall at a time, manipulating only what is seen on the ‘screen’. They are unable to perform this ritual within combat, nor for any purpose besides the sharing of knowledge or telling of stories. It is designed to allow for wisened Zikiel Vampires to lead more engaging lectures and sermons regarding all which they have learned, or to entertain their Coven with stories of their travels.
Vampirism knows a number of bloodlines that divide the Vampires over certain sub-cultures. These Bloodlines all have certain origins, and are usually perpetuated by one Vampire infecting another and recruiting them into their Bloodline. A Bloodline infection is permanent, meaning if someone was infected by a von Kërle Bloodline, even if they were cured and re-infected by someone from the Zikiel Bloodline, they still become von Kërle. Every Bloodline has access to 10 Mutations, but only 4 Mutations can be chosen. Any Vampire can at any age or any time gain Mutations, and doing so does not cost Proficiency Points. Simply not adding any Mutations is allowed too, Mutations are not mandatory. If a Vampire is cured, their Mutations are lost (where applicable). If the character is re-infected, the exact same Mutations are re-activated. Some Mutations also have special rules, please refer to the Special Bloodline Mutation Rules to make sure you read all the information before making any choices. If you need further help, please consult with Lore Staff.
All Vampire bloodlines do not age from the moment they are infected. Their aging simply ceases visually, and they can also sustain themselves beyond their natural age. This is not true undeath, but rather just a state of unlife. There is no slowed gain of Proficiency Points or a cost to this, but when cured, the mechanic for Vampires does change. If a Vampire is cured when they have lived several years as a Vampire, they will proceed to rapidly age over a period of 2 weeks. Becoming re-infected during these two weeks will restore the Vampire back to the age they were physically when they were infected. If they cannot be re-infected until those 2 weeks are over, the aging remains permanent and even being reinfected causes the character to simply freeze at their new age, instead of the original infection age. If this concerns characters who have aged beyond their natural age, they will essentially die after those 2 weeks if they cannot be re-infected. (OOC Note: It is not allowed to perma-imprison a character to speed up their death during these 2 weeks, even for the Guards). Finally, The Special Permission Perm for Ancient Character applies normally at the age of 150, but for Vampires it applies above age 100 instead. This means that a character with this trait cannot be older than 100 years old without a special permission for Ancient Character. The Ancient Character Permission is automatically applied to Greater Vampire Permissions. Vampires who are turned after 100 years old do not need to apply for the Special Permission, but only if they are turned in roleplay. The rule with regards to Vampires needing to apply for a special perm for any age of 100 supersedes any other scenario where a character could be over the age of 100. Crimson Witches do not get Immortal Aging, as they aren't really classical Vampires. Crimson Witches still need to get the mutation, and follow the rules as outlined on the mutation, as Immortal Aging does not apply to them.
The Alais Bloodline are Vampires who formed out of the high society infiltrating and mingling Vampires. Their traits are mostly aimed at subversion, avoiding detection, and being able to function within high society without easily being discovered, or even remain noble themselves and thrive in the many masquerade balls and festivities.
|Alais Bloodline Common Traits|
|Mutation Name||Power Type||Range||Description|
|Crimson Graces||Passive||-||For any action performed involving Dextorous Rogue Skill Proficiency (such as theft, quick fingers, slight of hand), when detected or having failed a /dice roll, the Character may perform another /dice roll as a form of saving graces from failure. If this roll fails however, there cannot be another roll.|
|Crimson Cloaking||Passive Ability||-||Can activate a form of bodily camouflage while moving around which requires +10 Perception Proficiency to see through. Standing still turns this camouflage into perfect invisibility, but any movement will still knock the Character out of the effect, and they still produce sound and heat. Attacking someone breaks both the camouflage and invisibility, while getting within 1 block of someone also makes the Vampire visible to them (albeit if another person comes within 1 block of the Vampire while they are standing still, the invisibility will not break). Once the camouflage or invisibility has been broken in combat, it cannot be re-initiated for 3 minutes.|
|Crimson Curse||Mind Ability||Direct Touch||This can be performed one of two ways, either by a "tap" or "slap", or by constant Direct Touch. A single tap will cause the person's Proficiencies to all be reset to 0 for exactly 3 minutes, after which this ability cannot affect them for another hour. Constant Direct Touch makes the Proficiencies set to 0 while the touch is maintained. After touch is broken, the effect lingers for a minute, before not affecting them again for an hour. This effect cannot stack, be reset by touching again, or having another Vampire's Crimson Curse affect them.|
|Crimson Silence||Passive||-||Items held (like Clockwork or weapons) and stationary items used (like doors and hatches) do not produce any sound when used by the Vampire. Furthermore, the Vampire does not produce audible footsteps on any surfaces.|
|Crimson Guiding||Mind Ability||Direct Touch||The Vampire can give a victim a strong urge or suggestive feeling by placing their hand on their shoulder and muttering or whispering the instruction or feeling to them. This transferal of instruction is not perceived by the victim, but others within hearing distance can see the movement and whispering or muttering, or even hear it if they are in close enough range. This instruction lapses from the memory from the victim, who is unable to explain why they feel a certain way, or have an urge to do something.|
|Crimson Truths||Mind Ability||-||The Character is able to use charm-speech to demand a character they are talking to speak the truth about a single question that the Vampire asks of them. While answering, the person will be dazed and not remember their answer, or the original question, but they will snap out of it if they are about to be attacked, so it should not be used as a stun mechanic in combat roleplay. The answer must always be truthful and the victim cannot lie, but the question can only have a comprehensive answer. The ability can only be used once per day, and the same person cannot be targeted again for 7 days (though another person can be targeted after 24 hours). The “truth” must be presented as the victim understands it, that is if the victim was lied to, that is their “truth”. Victims do not have the freedom to be clever and use doublespeak to avoid speaking their truth, or be intentionally vague. Their mind shuts off for the answer, and they just say what they know in the totality that they know it without going into novella lengths. Intentionally remaining vague or lying to protect information for OOC motivations is god-rp and liable to be reported to staff for discipline.|
|Crimson Dressage||Passive||-||The Vampire is able to change the appearance of their clothing, add, or remove clothing magically and instantly, either with an aesthetic magical transformation, or simply instantly. This change can also alter the fabric, texture, color, or patterns on worn clothing. Clothing that is magically produced dissipates as soon as it leaves the body of the Vampire. This ability can be seen through by either 10+ Perception or 10+ Bodycare Proficiency, allowing them to see through any usage of clothing to disguise identity.|
|Crimson Hostage||Passive||Direct Touch||Those fed upon gain the Crimson Hostage trait, which makes them strongly want to prevent the Vampire from being harmed, caught or cured, for up to 72 hours after having been fed upon. This effect cannot be cured aside from time-out.|
|Crimson Guile||Mind Ability||Eye Contact||The Vampire appears beguiling and beautiful, entrancing even, but only while making direct eye contact. This only works for as long as the victim continues to make eye contact, but as soon as they do, it is hard for them to break away from it. While in this trance, the person who looks the Vampire in the eyes becomes unaware of what other actions the Vampire is engaging in, essentially gaining tunnel vision on the Vampire's eyes. The victim feeling any amount of pain, including the sting from a Vampire bite, will result in Crimson Guile being broken, and once they are aware of who is hurting them, the victim can no longer be put under Crimson Guile until a new encounter.|
|Crimson Reflection||Passive||-||The Character can magically change superficial appearance aspects about themselves: Change the color of their hair, change the color of their eyes (does not work while feeding), add or remove facial scars or freckles, change the skin lightness/darkness, and the length of their hair, including the texture (curliness, straightness, waveiness). A character with 10+ Bodycare Proficiency can see through the disguise and identify the original appearance of the character.|
The Barghest Bloodline hails from the border regions of Ostyria, where it is believed that the Barghest Vampires are Ailor affected by Void mutations to appear like the hunting hounds they used in the woods of the Hinterlands. The Barghest Vampires often work best in large groups, as their Mutations are specifically geared towards helping one another and themselves.
|Barghest Bloodline Common Traits|
|Mutation Name||Power Type||Range||Description|
|Wald Obscuring||Channel Ability||30 Blocks||The Vampire can channel this ability for 5 seconds, after which they sink into a pool of black smoke and immediately re-appear in their target location. This location must be seen, and re-materializing takes 3 seconds, during which they are vulnerable. The exit location has shadow particles forming the moment they activate the channel, and the exiting procedure also produces ghostly noises.|
|Wald Hunting||Instant Ability||Emote Distance||The Vampire can shoot a crimson red tether to a target, which does not miss, but also does not hurt or constrain them in any way. When the tether hits, the Vampire can yank the tether once, which will cause them to be launched at the person with high speed, or whatever their location was when the yank was performed.|
|Wald Familiar||Instant Ability||Emote Distance||The Vampire gains a tattoo on their back of a large bat. They can summon a bat familiar from this tattoo (which will appear regardless of clothing or armor covering the tattoo). This bat is about the size of a small dog, and has a prehensible tail, able to carry small objects, as well as harass someone else with its sharp claws and fangs. This familiar can be killed, after which it cannot be summoned for another hour.|
|Wald Kinship||Channel Ability||Emote Distance||The Vampire can activate a painful heartburn on themselves (which is not sufficient enough to cripple them or immobilize them, but certainly makes moving painful and combat impossible). While this effect is active, a single other Vampire of choice gains large bat-like wings with claws on the tips that can be used to scratch foes. Additionally, these wings allow the Vampire to jump twice as high, and use the wings to rapidly move over horizontal surfaces. The wings do not grant flight. The wings must be given in Emote Distance, but the target Vampire can then leave Emote Distance as long as they remain within Viewing Distance of the Vampire using the Channel. As soon as the Channel is broken, the wings disappear.|
|Wald Howling||Channel Ability||Emote Distance||The Vampire can sing the song of Rigor Mortis, a ghostly wail of Vampiric Lore. Those considered allies to the Vampire with Sing Emote distance (> is used to sing) gain increased endurance and toughness (their skin becomes as tough as leather armor). This song must be kept up to keep the effect active.|
|Wald Glamoring||Mind Ability||Daytime Only||Vampires with this trait have a glamour version of themselves that they can activate but only while the sun is out. In this glamour form, their skin and eye sockets appear normal, the Vampire looks exceptionally beautiful/handsome to those who look upon them, and their teeth only extend during feeding. Additionally, while in glamour, the Vampire does not infect others with their Bloodline.|
|Wald Packthirst||Passive||Emote Distance||Vampires with this trait do not need to directly feed. Instead, while another Vampire within distance is feeding on someone, they gain proxy feeding, as if they were feeding themselves. This passive can be used perpetually to satiate the Vampire without ever needing to drink actual blood.|
|Wald Darkening||Passive||-||Vampires with this trait are able to have perfect night and darkness vision, able to discern people and objects even in pure and complete black darkness. Darkness illusions and Magic that would obscure vision however still affects them.|
|Wald Pathing||Passive||-||The Vampire is able to crawl on their hands and feet on any flat surface, meaning walls, ceilings and other such construction. They must keep at least 3 limbs attached to such a surface to remain attached, letting go of both hands for example will cause them to fall down, but they can do anything with that free limb while attached to the surface.|
|Wald Lightseeking||Instant Ability||Emote Distance||Vampires with this ability are able to produce bright flashes in their hands (used to light up a room, or temporarily confuse a foe by obscuring their vision) and can can also absorb the light in an area the size of a room or a hallway (only works indoors), creating complete and perfect darkness there-in.|
von Kërle Bloodline
Von Kërle Vampires hail from the Calemberg cities and dark-walds, the high-military high-class realms of the Regalian Empire. Here, the von Kërle adapted by having Mutations that expedited their military victory over those who would hunt them, but invariably also became weaker to Vampire hunting tools as they surrendered themselves more to the Void.
|von Kërle Bloodline Common Traits|
|Mutation Name||Power Type||Range||Description|
|Harlord Protection||Instant Ability||2 Blocks||For every wound made on the Vampire, if the Vampire hits/cuts/pierces their victim, they can “draw” the blood out to heal a wound on themselves, a wound for a wound essentially. This does however close the wound on the victim and stop their bleeding (but not heal internal damage)|
|Harlord Varghul||Beast Transformation||.||Can shift to beast form. Beast form offers 10 Physical Stat increase, which can exceed the Physical Stat limit. It additionally contorts the face of the Vampire to be more bat-like, with longer ears, a snarled bat-like nose and larger brow bones with no eyebrows, as well as larger teeth. Skin turns midnight-blue while spikes form on the spine, and the legs become digitigrade with claws on the feet.|
|Harlord Chasing||Instant ability||Emote Distance||The Vampire gains bat-like wings that appear only for a single jump, allowing them to jump up to a maximum of Emote Distance at rapid speed. This ability takes a few seconds to charge up the jump, and the wings disappear immediately after. This ability can only be used three times per hour.|
|Harlord Voidening||Passive||The Vampire has the ability to grow horns, either facing forward smaller horns, or curling ram-like horns to the back, or both at the same time. They are also able to have a forked tongue, and a thin non-prehensile tail. Their skin can also turn considerably more gray, but not so gray that the original color is lost. Any of these mutations can occur in any combination, or none at all. It is up to personal aesthetic choices.|
|Harlord Bloodening||Instant ability||-||The Vampire can Blood Sing a weapon by cutting their own hand and then crystallizing the blood mist drawn from it. This takes several seconds to manifest. The wound will continue to bleed, but the Vampire can return the weapon to mist form, return the blood to their hand, and seal the wound in the process. The weapon will not disappear when lit by a Hallowed Lantern.|
|Harlord Stonewall||Passive||-||The Vampire becomes immune to all other abilities that are classified as Mind Ability, bar any mind abilities from Greater Vampires.|
|Harlord Blackstrike||Passive||-||The Vampire's finger and toe nails thicken and turn black, while also sharpening and growing much faster. These can be used to leave nasty scratches and scrapes that feel very painful, and adds +5 Unarmed Proficiency to the Vampire.|
|Harlord Drawling||Passive||-||The Vampire is completely immune to toxins, poisons or acids, not affecting either their organs or skin in any way, shape, or form.|
|Harlord Darkening||Passive||-||Vampires with this trait are able to have perfect night and darkness vision, able to discern people and objects even in pure and complete black darkness. Darkness illusions and Magic that would obscure vision however still affects them.|
|Harlord Elementing||Passive||-||Vampires with this trait are immune to environmental temperature damage, as well as the need to breathe oxygen or water depth. They are immune to freezing damage and extreme heat (fire still burns them, as do the Hallowed Lanterns), no longer need to breathe, and are able to resist extreme depth pressures.|
Shilôt Vampires hail from the wine-producing lands of Vixhall and Ithania, melding well with high society there, but particularly honing their crafts through drinks and partying to disguise them being a Vampire and create an army of thirsty cattle that come to them.
|Shilôt Bloodline Common Traits|
|Mutation Name||Power Type||Range||Description|
|Vinteaar Providing||Instant Ability||Direct Touch||Can summon succulent foods and drinks, but must sacrifice something to make it in matter. For example mud can be used to create a medium rare steak perfectly seared. The food remains food throughout ingestion, but the Vampire can turn it back to its original substance with the flick of a hand (not allowed to be made out of harmful materials). If the Vampire does not change the material back, it remains perfect in the way it was made however, and tastes delicious. A Character with 10+ Food & Drink Sciences can smell/feel/taste/see that there is something off about the food, and upon closer inspection, identify that this food isn't natural.|
|Vinteaar Partying||Instant Ability||Emote Distance||This ability only activates in an announced Event scenario. The Shilôt is able to activate their Vinteaar Partying, which disguises the Vampiric features (red/wispy blue eyes, bloodshot gaze, sickly skin, black nails) of all Vampires at an event (including themselves), alongside making them undetectable to typical aberration detection mechanisms, in the same manner as the Alais. This ability is active for as long as the Shilôt is at the event, and up to 5 minutes after an event officially concludes. This gives all vampires socialising discretely at an event the time to depart before the ability drops. It does not, however, mask the use of Vampire abilities.|
|Vinteaar Stasis||Instant Ability||-||The Vampire can crystallize in form as if hardened wine, turning into a dark red wine and then hardening. This crystalline form can be upheld for years, does not cause the Vampire to age, or take harm from anything. After 1 hour, the substance turns gray and stone-like, essentially disguising the Vampire as a statue. The Vampire remains aware of the passage of time, but not so sentient aware that they would be bored out of their mind. The Vampire does not gain Proficiency Points while in this statue form. Characters that have survived beyond 150 years this way still require an Ancient Character Special Permission.|
|Vinteaar Mist||Instant Ability||Emote Distance||The Vampire can throw one of their drinks onto the floor, causing it to explode into a dusty and barely visible mist. This mist appears like the mirage of heat haze rising from a surface during a warm sunny day, meaning it does not obscure vision or cause anyone to experience negative effects while standing inside of it, except for the strong odor of liquor or wine, but will remain somewhat visible to allow others to see how far it extends in any direction. This mist remains for 10 seconds, during which the Vampire remains invisible inside the mist, unless they attack someone. Should they exit the mist and attempt to escape, they will become visible, and immediately remove the mist.|
|Vinteaar Elegance||Mind Ability||-||Victims feel no pain while being fed on, and even become unaware that they are being fed on, forgetting that a moment ago the Vampire sank teeth into them. They will only become vaguely aware that some interaction happened between the Vampire and them, but are unable to remember precisely what.|
|Vinteaar Lingua||Passive||-||A Vampire with this trait is able to understand any spoken non-Ancient and non-Forgotten language, and read any such language from written form, while understanding it in their native tongue. They can however not speak any of it back to the source.|
|Vinteaar Thickening||Mind Ability||-||The Vampire can add a few drops of their own blood to any drink, turning said drink addictive. The persons drinking the drink will be unaware why it is addictive, but feel an intense urge to drink more of it, and have withdrawal symptoms if they are denied.|
|Vinteaar Drawling||Mind Ability||-||Vampires with this trait are able to throw drinks containing their blood into the face of others (either by throwing a vial, or tossing the contents of a bottle directly). If the liquid hits them in the face in any quantity, they become incredibly drunk for several minutes. This effect does not stack and wears off like normal drunken-ness.|
|Vinteaar Addicting||Mind Ability||-||The Vampire can give another Vampire a specific blood addiction by mentally targeting a person while brewing a drink, and then having them ingest it, or applying a decent quantity of it directly to their skin or soak into their clothes. This Vampire will become addicted to the blood of that specific person, and hunt and find satisfaction from drinking that specific person alone. This effect lasts for a week.|
|Vinteaar Draughting||Curse Ability||-||The Vampire is able to brew a tonic that when drunk by anyone else, turns the Vampire completely invisible to that person for the next 48 hours.|
The Doughall Vampires were Vampires who originally lived in the caves of Gallovia, but later mingled with the people, commonly becoming the physically "strong" Vampires among the Bloodlines. The Doughall developed means to change with the seasons, and are inherently shape shifters.
|Doughall Bloodline Common Traits|
|Mutation Name||Power Type||Range||Description|
|Mountain Lord||Passive||-||If a Character has Physical Stat under 30, add +10 Physical Stat. If a Character has over 30 Physical Stat, add +5 Unarmed Combat as a Proficiency boost (which does not factor into Physical Stat). This calculation is always added onto the point sheet last, after Physical Stat has already been calculated, and all Proficiency added.|
|Mountain Hardening||Passive||-||When feeding, the Vampire's skin turns to actual stone, and they become both immovable by others as well as immune to harm from any source except Magic. As soon as the Vampire's teeth release from their victim, their skin returns to normal and mobility is restored.|
|Mountain Winters||Beast Transformation||-||Winter form - transform to increase by 5 Physical Stat, which can exceed the Physical Stat limit. Additionally allows for fur growth on shoulders, lower arms, back, chest, neck and facial hair. Teeth become larger, and blackened claws develop on the hands, allowing them enhanced physical combat ability.|
|Mountain Autumns||Beast Transformation||-||Autumn form - transform to decrease Body Shape to one level lower than character’s Body Shape, grow thick fur on lower arms and legs, legs temporarily mutate to digitigrade legs, and gain a wolf-tail, allowing them to sprint like a canine on all fours. While in this form, they are able to run faster than a Varran.|
|Mountain Summers||Beast Transformation||-||Summer form - transform to decrease Body Shape to one level lower than character’s Body Shape, grow scales on the arms, neck and legs, and gills on the neck, while ears turn into webbed fins. The character gains the ability to breathe underwater and swim at high speeds, while also leaping in and out of water similar to a dolphin.|
|Mountain Springs||Beast Transformation||-||Spring form - transform to gain goat-like facial features (snout, eyes), hooved feet and digitigrade legs. Arms become covered in vines and roots that when aimed at a person, causes a burst of thorn-shaped essences to fly towards them. These wisps feel akin to being stabbed in multiple areas by a thin blade without leaving any physical wounds. The energies do not exert any physical force upon the victim, but will become crippling enough that the victim is unable to fight after three shots.|
|Mountain Runes||Passive||-||Can create Mountain Runes (a Stonebrick block with a Lapis Lazuli block on top) anywhere in a region they are at home (be it a gang base, WIS base or Rental Region), and also have a Rune Caller in their pocket, which is a smaller pebble with red runic drawings on it. At any time, the Vampire can use this Rune Caller to speak to the Mountain Runes, of which up to three can be active at any time they speak. When activated, the Rune will light up with a red glow and broadcast their voice in mutter range (5 blocks). This is one way communication, meaning others cannot speak back, and Mountain Runes can be smashed with any weapon to disable them. Additionally, the Vampire will know when someone is standing within 5 blocks of the Mountain Rune, but cannot tell who it is. If the person is present in camouflage or invisibility, this detection mechanic will not work.|
|Mountain Healing||Instant Ability||-||Can heal individual wounds (like a stab or gash) from a person (including self) at the cost of one level of Body Shape per wound, for a total of 1 week. Removing another wound by sacrificing another Body Shape after already performed resets the timer. This can also remove internal wounds, but not bring back lost body parts.|
|Mountain Seasons||Instant Ability||Direct Touch||Can forcibly change the race of another person for 72 hours. This ability can only be used on one person at a time, but can be cancelled early, even remotely. While forcing a race change, victim cannot access either their natural or new-race racial traits or abilities. Character design remains consistent onto the new race where applicable.|
|Mountain Shifting||Passive||-||The Vampire can meld into stone materials/surfaces to hide. They can however be dug out and not move around while hidden, so generally this ability is only recommended while on the run and after turning a corner while no-one is looking. It is practically instant, and cannot be countered or prevented.|
Zikiel Vampires are commonly referred to as the Lich Vampires. While not the same as Undead Vampires, they are more magically-inclined than other bloodlines. They scour the world looking for more Magical Knowledge to add to their collection, encountering (and countering) Mages as they go.
|Zikiel Bloodline Common Traits|
|Mutation Name||Power Type||Range||Description|
|Haunting Lich||Mythic Transformation||-||The Vampire can assume the form of a skeletal lich, transforming them into a skeletal body with wispy eyes. They are able to levitate off the ground by a foot and change clothing into mage-inspired robes while in lich form, reverting back to normal instantly. Wounds transfer between forms.|
|Haunting Dragons||Passive||-||Vampires with this trait become completely immune to all Witchblood abilities.|
|Haunting Sorcery||Passive||-||The Vampire may choose one Spell from any of the following Sorcery Schools without a Proficiency cost: Darkness, Chaos, Arcane, Elemental|
|Haunting Deflecting||Passive||-||The Vampire has the ability to deflect Magic in the same way that Mages can, able to deflect incoming spells. Deflection casts are performed as emotes, after which a /roll 1 20 is done. If the roll is above 5, the spell is deflected and rendered harmless by a deflection cast. Deflection cast requires the Vampire to have both hands free and not already engaged in casting or fighting. It works by waving their hand in a half-circle motion as if to “slap” away the incoming spell|
|Haunting Scent||Instant Ability||10 blocks||This trait allows the Vampire to place a glyph ward on the forehead of a person by pointing a finger at them from close range. This glyph is always visible, glowing in blue. While the ward is active (for 72 hours), the Vampire can track them wherever they go. This glyph cannot be removed beyond a time-out.|
|Haunting Chains||Instant Ability||Emote Distance||With this ability, the Vampire is able to form two ghostly chains, one on each arm (usually around their forearm). They are able to send out this chain towards a person, which will then attach to their torso. This chain does not miss, and acts like a Magical spell (and can as such also be deflected by those who are able to use Mage Deflect). When attached, the victim cannot run away anymore, and the Vampire can pull the chain towards them to slowly drag their victim closer. If the chain is broken for any reason, the person can freely move again. While a chain is attached, the Vampire cannot free their hand to do anything else, unless they choose to break the chain. If a character has 15 Proficiency points in Athletic Training, they can /dice 20 to escape being chained, if they roll above 8. If the Character has 20 in Athletic Training, they avoid this ability by default.|
|Haunting Specter||Instant Ability||Emote Distance||With this ability, the Vampire is able to summon a specter-like projectile in their hand, and launch it at a target location or a person whilst steering it with their pointed finger. This ability is repeatable, but a projectile cannot be re-cast until the previous one has hit its target or is nullified by the Vampire by closing their steering hand. The casting is instant, but each projectile fired counts as a separate Instant Ability. The projectile can have any aesthetic appearance as long as it has ghost-like qualities and is no larger than a fist (with a wispy trail a foot behind it). Only one projectile can be active at a time and steered by the Vampire. When hit with this projectile, the projectile pierces through armor and hits the person's body part wherever it was aimed. If it lands, (it is not homing and can be dodged or hidden from behind obstacles) it causes excruciating pain that can cause a body part to lock up in short paralysis if hit multiple times in the same spot. The Vampire can move while casting this ability, but needs always at least one hand free to cast the ability and steer it. Attacking them while steering cancels the projectile and causes it to spin out of control and continue its trajectory it was on until it hits something. A character with at least 15+ Proficiency points in Athletic Training can perpetually dodge this ability.|
|Haunting Staving||Passive||-||The Vampire becomes immune to any type of Mind Ability as well as all forms of Alchemy induced hallucinations or illusions, except from other Vampire Mind Abilities.|
|Haunting Severing||Mind Ability||Direct Touch||The Vampire is able to place a glyph at the back of a person's neck which severs their emotions and emotional connections to other people for 1 week, thus rendering them without a conscience, love, and friendship for others. These glyphs act as a kind of possession, and can be cured with any type of exorcism.|
|Haunting Seeking||Channel Ability||Emote Distance||Can “bend” the light of any Hallowed Lanterns in the area away from them. This can only be done with at least one hand free and directed at the lantern (both hands can bend two individual lanterns). This allows them to turn the lantern forcibly to any other direction, regardless of the strength of the user.|
Dorkarth Vampires were the first of the Vampire broods, the original Bloodline created by the Princes of Dorkarth in Ellador. Their line continues in their descendants now, spreading across the world as they continue to do the work started by their Princes and to destroy the Regalian Empire.
|Dorkarth Bloodline Common Traits|
|Mutation Name||Power Type||Range||Description|
|Auld Vexxing||Passive||10 Blocks||The Vampire can cancel or interrupt an ongoing Channel Ability, Mind Ability, or Instant Ability (that hasn't completed its primary function yet) that is activated by any Vampire, except for Greater Vampires. This ability can be used as frequently as the Vampire likes, but only within 10 blocks, and they are unable to fight each time they cancel an ability, as it requires them to make a waving hand gesture with both hands. The target will not know why their ability stopped working unless they are familiar with Dorkarth Vampires or have the appropriate Knowledge Proficiency to know about Vampire abilities.|
|Auld Steeling||Passive||-||The Vampire becomes immune to any type of Mind Ability as well as all forms of Alchemy induced hallucinations or illusions, except from other Vampire Mind Abilities.|
|Auld Shielding||Instant Ability||-||The Vampire can summon a shield in their shielding arm the size of a heater shield. When an enemy hits the heater shield with their weapon, their weapon becomes insanely hot to the touch, not so much hat it blisters their skin, but incredibly uncomfortable (lowering their weapon Proficiency by 5 points), for 5 minutes, before slowly cooling again. If they hit the shield again within the 5 minute period of the first effect, the effect is doubled and lasts for a total of 10 minutes, but then the victim becomes immune from receiving the effect again for an hour.|
|Auld Beastlording||Channel Ability||Emote Distance||The Vampire can summon a ghostly red chain that latches onto the nearest Beast Transformation character (excluding Vampires in Beast Transformation) and establishes a control collar on this character. This character still perceives the world as if they were in control of their body and can still speak, but their actions are dictated by the Vampire holding their chain. They can for example be commanded to attack one of their allies in a combat scenario, or act as the mount of the Vampire in a pinch. This chain will not allow the Vampire to cause the Beast Transformation to harm themselves or reasonably commit any action that would bring harm to themselves, and the chain cannot be destroyed, but the Vampire is unable to use the arm that holds the chain, as it must be held firmly in their hand and entirely wrapped around their arm. If the Vampire leaves Emote distance from their changed target, the chain breaks automatically, and severing the Vampire’s arm or magically imprisoning the Vampire will also sever the chain. Only one chain can be active at any time.|
|Auld Darkening||Passive||-||Vampires with this trait are able to have perfect night and darkness vision, able to discern people and objects even in pure and complete black darkness. The Vampire also becomes immune to any Darkness, Obscuring or Magical or Sorcery abilities that cause an area to be darkened.|
|Auld Tombing||Passive||-||The Vampire is able to stand with their back up against a wall, cross their arms on their chest, and become camouflaged so long as they do not move or speak while they remain in this exact position up against the wall. In order to see through this camouflage, a person would need at least 10 Proficiency points in Perception. Leaving this stance or attacking someone will cancel out the camouflage, though if a person is within 2 blocks of the camouflaged Vampire when they leave camouflage, or have their backs turned to them, the Vampire will obviously have an initiative advantage.|
|Auld Hexing||Mind Ability||Direct Touch||The Vampire can give a victim a strong urge or suggestive feeling by placing their hand any point of the target's body and muttering or whispering the instruction or feeling to them. This transferal of instruction is not perceived by the victim, but others within hearing distance can see the movement and whispering or muttering, or even hear it if they are in close enough range. This instruction lapses from the memory from the victim, who is unable to explain why they feel a certain way, or have an urge to do something.|
|Auld Severing||Mind Ability||Direct Touch||The Vampire is able to place a glyph at the back of a person's neck which severs their emotions and emotional connections to other people for 1 week, thus rendering them without a conscience, love, and friendship for others. These glyphs act as a kind of possession, and can be cured with any type of exorcism.|
|Auld Ballrooms||Passive||-||The Vampire is able to change the appearance of their clothing, add, or remove clothing magically and instantly, either with an aesthetic magical transformation, or simply instantly. This change can also alter the fabric, texture, color, or patterns on worn clothing. Clothing that is magically produced dissipates as soon as it leaves the body of the Vampire. A character with 10+ Bodycare or 10+ Perception can see through the clothing disguise, identifying the person underneath.|
|Auld Grasping||Passive||-||The Vampire's finger and toe nails thicken and turn black, whilst also sharpening and growing much faster when broken. These can be used to leave nasty scratches and scrapes that feel very painful, and adds +5 Unarmed Proficiency to the Vampire.|
The Mivver bloodline originates from the desert sands of Farah'deen where a group of Vampires could not openly challenge the Songaskians on their trade lanes, and as such, developed illusionary tactics and abilities to try and outsmart the Dragon-based powers of the Songaskians, which later expanded to the Witchblood when they moved further west.
|Mivver Bloodline Common Traits|
|Mutation Name||Power Type||Range||Description|
|Malevolent Protection||Curse||Emote Range||The Vampire is able to place a positive Curse on a person, which is not visible to the naked eye. Each time this person is targeted by a Witchblood ability, their ability lands, but does not apply any of its effects, and for each ability used on such a person, the Vampire gets blood-fed status. This can only apply to one person at a time, and can also be cast on self. The effect remains while the Vampire stays in Emote distance of the target (or themselves).|
|Malevolent Draconium||Passive||-||The Vampire is immune to any of the effects of Witchblood & Songaskian Abilities and Traits, including any detection mechanics.|
|Malevolent Disguising||Passive||-||The Character is able to shape-shift to any size or alteration of their body, as long as it is within their own Race's limitations. They also cannot change Body Shape. This can also hide their eyes, but will dispel the moment they go in to feed, or activate combat with someone (it will only trigger if the Vampire is the aggressor, not the defender/running away party).|
|Malevolent Reading||Mind Ability||Emote Distance||Vampires with this ability can read the emotional state of a person, as well as detect a lie by focusing their eyes on their aura. Their aura becomes visible, showing a color corresponding to their mood, and whether a statement was a lie or a truth is shown in the form of a smiling or crying mask above their head, smiling for a lie and crying for the truth. This lie detection mechanism can only be used directly after the statement has made. While this ability is used, the irises of the Vampire give off a single flash of redness before fading back to their original color.|
|Malevolent Illuvication||Illusion||-||The Vampire is able to create an illusion about the size anywhere between a coin to a humanoid (a person), complete with sound and movement, which will look like anything they want it to. This illusion is however never solid and any object going through it will dispel it. The Vampire can only only maintain 3 separate illusions at a time, and must keep them within their viewing range, and not be attacked while casting them, but does not give any visual clues to using this ability.|
|Malevolent Hexicanum||Passive||-||The Vampire becomes immune to all other abilities that are classified as Mind Ability (not Racially based Mind Abilities though). This trait also makes the Vampire able to see through Illusions.|
|Malevolent Loxocation||Mind Ability||-||The Vampire is able to create an illusion on an object, changing the way the object looks and feels (but not taste, smell or sound). This illusion is counted as a Mind Ability to those who perceive the object, as the object radiates the effects to those looking at it. This can only apply to three separate objects at any time, not living creatures, or be animated, but can exist away from the viewing distance or presence of the Vampire, and will remain illusion-ed while moved around or used by others. The Vampire can also dispel the illusions from anywhere.|
|Malevolent Disruption||Passive||-||The Vampire is able to disable any mutations, abilities or powers that a character has, by drinking their blood, for up to 2 hours after drinking their blood.|
|Malevolent Gardrobe||Passive||-||The Vampire is able to change the appearance of their clothing, add, or remove clothing magically and instantly, either with an aesthetic magical transformation, or simply instantly. This change can also alter the fabric, texture, color, or patterns on worn clothing. Clothing that is magically produced dissipates as soon as it leaves the body of the Vampire. This ability does not count towards any Illusion limit.|
|Malevolent Darkness||Curse||-||The Vampire is able to place a curse on any object that does not give off any visual warnings (but will trigger a magical detection if anyone with such an ability comes near it). This object can be anything from a ball to a sword to a vase. Once cursed, the first person to pick up the object (it must be light enough to pick up) and hold it in either of their hands, becomes cursed for 48 hours, going blind for this entire duration. This curse cannot be lifted through any means except waiting out the timer (which the victim has no knowledge of). Additionally, the victim's eyes become a solid slow swirly-smokey mixture of rich purple and crimson red, just like the Vampire's irises, almost as if someone dropped swirling ink in their eyes, obscuring their pupil and irises and eye whites. The curse can be applied "Off-screen" outside of active roleplay, but obviously the Vampire needs to still introduce the object to an area in roleplay. The Vampire will not be affected by pick-up, but anyone else who picks up the object will. The curse can be applied in active roleplay, but requires several seconds of casting and physical contact with audible and visual clues to it being unnatural during the casting period. Essentially, if a Staff member searches your logs, the first mention of the object should never be "Haha you just picked up a cursed item!" with no further reference to the object being cursed or brought into the scene. The blindness can be dispelled by the Vampire having cast it at any time within the duration of the effect.|
Crimson Witches are a special kind of Kathar Vampire which adheres to its own rules. Consult the Kathar page for more information. Crimson Witches have access to the following Mutations.
|Crimson Witches Bloodline Common Traits|
|Mutation Name||Power Type||Range||Description|
|Witch's Lands||Channel Ability||-||Crimson Witches with this trait can stand on any surface (upside down or sideways) as if it was the floor, seamlessly walking and jumping between them. This ability acts as a Channel ability, but does not require focus or the Crimson Witches to not be engaging in any other actions, it can simply be cancelled as a Channel Ability.|
|Witch's Luster||Mind Ability||Direct Touch||Crimson Witches can choose to mind-slave an intimate partner. This person must already be an intimate partner or lover, otherwise the ability does not work. While under its effects, the victim cannot abandon or betray the Crimson Witch, and always acts to defend or protect them, also following their orders, as long as they do not cause self-harm or put the victim in exceptional danger.|
|Witch's Dance||Instant Ability||-||Every three minutes, the Witch is able to activate a movement sequence that phases them in and out of existence, turning them ethereal, partially placing them in the Void. This makes them immune to non-Magical attacks for several seconds.|
|Witch's Harping||Beast Transformation||-||The Crimson Witch's arms turn into feathered wings, their legs into bird-like legs with sharp claws, and their body is covered in crimson feathers, save for their head which remains normal. While in this form, the Crimson Witch is able to fly-hover 5 feet off the ground (but not actually take flight), and use their legs and feet to claw at foes.|
|Crimson Aging||Passive||-||The Character becomes immortal and does not visually age (though damage and harm can still kill them). Age over 150 years old requires an Ancient Character Special Permission. Furthermore, from the moment immortality is gained, the Proficiency gain rate is changed. For every year aged (where a Character would normally gain 1 point per year) while this mutation is active, the Character only gains 0.25 Proficiency points per year. This does not round up or down, even if a character has 44.75 Proficiency, this is counted as 44, not 45.|
|Witch's Steeling||Passive||-||The Crimson Witch is immune to any kind of Mind Ability, save for Vampire Mind Abilities. This immunity also extends to Alchemy induced hallucinations or illusions.|
|Witch's Master||Passive||-||A Crimson Witch can identify a specific person as a Master in a ritual, which binds them to their safety. If their master is in any form of harm or risk of harm, they can "sense" this peril, and are drawn to their Master, wherever they are. A Master cannot be an intimate partner or lover, or someone under the effects of Witch's Luster. The ritual must be performed again if a Master-Witch relationship is broken.|
Vampire Brood are the offspring of a Vampire who can produce offspring through their mutations, and are as such considered to be half-Vampires. They retain some Vampiric traits while never being able to become full Vampires. Indeed, Vampire Brood cannot be infected with Vampirism and always retain their traits independently. Vampire Broods appear just like regular people, except that their irises are always crimson red, even when not feeding. Vampire Brood can however eat normally or drink blood, which grants them specific advantages. When consuming Blood, Vampire Brood experience a rush of adrenaline as their blood circulation speeds up and they gain a boost of energy (This feeding must always be done IC, and does not infect anyone with Vampirism). This boost lasts for about an hour, and gives them increased running speed as well as heightened senses such as smell, sight, hearing, and reduces their stamina wear from exhaustion by half. Vampire Broods are not classified as actual Vampires, though their red eyes obviously stand out. Particularly in Regalia, no laws currently exist that discriminate against Vampire Brood, and many organizations in fact feel that Vampire Brood are just victims of ravenous Vampires. In practice though, many of the Vampire Brood experience fear and revulsion in their direction because of their eyes and what they can do, even if they have never tasted blood.
Curing of Vampirism
In most cases, Vampirism is an easily curable affliction--but the process is considered incredibly jarring and painful for any individual to go through. The curing is achieved over a period of roughly 12 hours, in which the Vampire must be forced to ingest a vial of Holy Water and Mage Stone crystals (which render the caustic effects of the Holy Water inert and thus allow it to draw out the Void energies). Two separate sessions of Holy Water and Mage Stone crystal ingestion (both readily available from the City Guard) must occur for the curing to succeed. Putting the substances into the Vampire's mouth or introducing them to an open wound is enough to absorb them into the bloodstream, meaning it is not necessary for the Vampire to swallow. During these forced feeding sessions, the infected individual will experience extreme fear and paranoia, along with a burning sensation that radiates from their internal organs to their extremities. Vampires will often plead or fight in whatever way they can to avoid being cured, and by the end of the 12 hours will feel completely exhausted. If both feeding sessions succeed, the Vampire will proceed to vomit up a black bile-like substance, which expels the curse from their body and signifies the curing was successful. After this bile has been expelled, the ex-Vampire will lose all physical features over the next 24 hours, including their fangs, which will fall out and regrow normally.
In the freshly-bitten which have not yet completed the 5-day infection process, only a single dose of Holy Water and Mage Crystals are needed to rid the body of the Sanguine curse. Additionally, those who have not fully turned do not experience the same pain and paranoia that a full Vampire experiences during curing, and so the entire process can usually be completed in a single visit to the clinic.
After curing, a Vampire's mentality quickly reverts back to normal, but there is always a risk of relapse because for a few weeks there will be a faint hunger for blood in the cured Vampire. When cured, a Vampire cannot be re-infected for 72 hours, after which if they are re-infected, they become immediately infected with the same strand of Vampirism they had before, including the same mutations. The re-infection takes 24 hours and involves no pain or paranoia symptoms, meaning it does not go through the multi-day infection process of a first time Vampire. There are some Vampires that cannot be cured, for example Vampires with Aging mutations that make them age-wise immortal, or Greater Vampires and Crimson Witches. When this process of curing is performed on them, their Vampirism is not cured, but it does cause their Mutations to go into a dormant state for 24 hours, essentially making them powerless. During this period, the Vampire's mentality also returns back to normal, feeling no urge to drink blood or other mental traits that cause them to be sociopathic or psychopathic. After this 72 hour period is over however, everything returns back to normal. They also do not lose their Vampire visual features while this process has occurred.
((OOC Note: The curing process is allowed to be time-skipped. It is up to the players if they want to roleplay out the actual 12 hour period of imprisonment and curing, time-skip the entire thing, or whether they just want to go through a single forced feeding of Holy Water and Mage Stone Crystals and then immediately vomit and be instantly cured.))
Hallowed Lanterns are very expensive and fragile objects frequently used by the Regalian Guard to assist in weakening and capturing Vampires. Hallowed Lanterns appear like normal lanterns, but are somewhat larger and unwieldy (being about the size of a child's head) whilst still being relatively light. A Hallowed Lantern is made of a solid light metal with a single window in the front of the lantern, casting a beam of light in a straight forward trajectory up to emote distance, after which the strength of the light tapers off and no longer affects Vampires. These lanterns can project their beam of green, blue, or golden light forward, and should not be wielded during a fight, as the shaking causes the lantern to roughly move about, potentially shattering the fragile inside components. A melee weapon's physical strike can in most cases destroy a Hallowed Lantern, but the wielder is usually able to turn the beam at such a rate that no one could feasibly run up to the wielder and smash it before they were hit by the beam of light. Taking down a Hallowed Lantern always requires teamwork, since a Lantern cannot cover multiple people unless they are standing behind each other or directly next to each other. In general, Hallowed Lanterns can, during an emote, only cover one person at a time, and can be turned to such a degree that a Vampire cannot outrun the beam; only cover or leaping and blinking abilities can help to escape. Wielders can also comfortably run after Vampires with the Lantern without causing any damage to it, but while running, they are unable to fight. If both hands hold the Hallowed Lantern, this affords the wielder more flexibility, allowing it to turn faster and be moved around more roughly while avoiding damage. Guards are always allowed to have a Hallowed Lantern on them, but only if they do not also have a shield on them on patrol. New Hallowed Lanterns need to be retrieved from the prison and cannot be hung anywhere on the body of the Guard. A single Guard per Patrol group may however sacrifice both weapon and shield to wear an additional, inactive Hallowed Lantern strapped to their back, tightly secured with cloth and ropes, which can be swiftly detached and used in case the first Hallowed Lantern is broken.
- Contrary to folklore, Vampires are fully able to walk in sunlight without pain or burning. However, many choose not to, and find great comfort in the shadows.
- In the past, it was common practice to bloodlet a Vampire to the point of unconsciousness before introducing the Holy Water and Mage Stone mixture to their wounds. These days, it is understood that this part of the curing process is unnecessary, and is often forgone in favor of simply strapping the Vampire to a table and forcing the liquid into their mouths.