Template:Vampire While vampirism has a distinct set of Universal Vampire Characteristics, there are a plethora of different “strains” of vampirism each unique from one another, that are known as bloodlines. Typically, a vampiric bloodline develops in a certain region or a certain race and spreads throughout Aloria. All vampires have their set of characteristics, but different bloodlines might find those characteristics diluted, strengthened, or upstaged by new characteristics unique to that bloodline. While some bloodlines are closely related, others are incredibly unique. And while some bloodlines spread far and wide, others remain within controlled or specific circumstances.
Bloodline Creation and Infection
Bloodlines cannot develop through the mixture of other bloodlines or evolution, but they can assist in the creation of bloodlines. There are two methods for creating a new bloodline: magic and alchemy. When magic is involved, it’s usually done by a powerful mage or a set of mages working in tandem. When alchemy is involved, a number of subjects and failed experiments occur before the bloodline can be considered its own distinct creation. Vices and Virtues have been known to create bloodlines, the most notable being Wutienda’s Great Vampiric Convergence, where vampirism was spread to all non-human races. Bloodline creation typically takes a manner of years unless the creator is distinctly powerful.
Aside from the Universal Vampire Characteristics, the following applies to all bloodlines:
- A bloodline can only affect the racial classification in which it began. Therefore, a human bloodline only affects Ailor, Qadir, Ch’ien-Ji, Wulong, and Dwarves. The exception to this is the Qul’Ess bloodline.
- If the Qul’Ess bloodline infests another human, that human will become infested with Qul’Ess.
- If the Qul’Ess bloodline infests a non-human, the non-human will become infested with whichever bloodline is the ‘default’ for the race. For example, a Tigran would become infested with the Sphynx bloodline, but a Drowdar would become infested with Kydaer since that’s the only bloodline that affects all Nelfin races.
- A bloodline cannot be infected with another bloodline. See Mixing Bloodlines.
- A Dark Altar can infest someone of any race. During the infestation ritual, they’re required to say the bloodline that they desire. If that bloodline falls under their racial classification, and if the ritual is a success, they will be infested with the named bloodline.
Mixing bloodlines as crudely and simply as a vampire feeding off another of a separate bloodline will never result in a change for either vampire. A vampire can only drink the blood of the uninfected, or that of their own bloodline without experiencing a sickening, nauseating taste, however, drinking from one’s own bloodline will provide no nourishment for the vampire. The blood of separate bloodlines simply can not and will not mix. In an already infected individual, the infested bloodline will always overpower the one being introduced into their system. If the blood from two strains of vampirism are mixed physically and given to an uninfected individual, the bloodline of the greater measure will always infest within them, provided both mixed bloodlines are compatible with their race. Even if great care is taken to mix with equal measures, a microscopic bias is all it takes for one bloodline to dominate the other. It is physically impossible to produce a mixture of vampire blood that is completely equal, if such an event were to somehow occur, the victim would just have a split chance of contracting either.
Bloodlines in Regalia
While knowledge of bloodlines varies between region and bloodlines, the Regalian Academy only have records of the following three: Qul’Ess, Fallisma, and Oggressor. Any other bloodlines captured by guards are assumed to be minor mutations of one of the aforementioned three. If the bloodline is incredibly different from the three classified, or from a non-human race, how to treat the vampire is usually up to the arresting-guard’s jurisdiction. While individual scholars may point out the existence of other bloodlines to Regalian officials, without the proper experimentation and study, they cannot officially classify it as its own bloodline.