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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.  
Vampirism, also known as the Sanguine Curse, is a Void-spawned blood-curse that has plagued [[Aloria]] for thousands of years. A disease hated by most of Aloria's people, this [[Affliction]] causes the infected to undergo both physical and mental transformations, and has come and gone with the ebb and flow of [[Void Invasions]]. 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, spurred as much by the mental changes incurred by the curse as it is by the excessive cruelty of Alorian authorities towards Vampires. In the [[Regalian Empire]], Vampirism is regarded as unholy or even demonic, as often treated with curing as it is imprisonment or outright execution; [[Unionist]] faithful make frequent shows of Vampiric executions, driving Vampires into living in the outskirts or underbellies of settlements. 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 has been on the rise since the end of the [[Great Vampire Wars]], often following 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.


==History of Vampirism==
==Vampiric Infection==
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 around 20 AC, particularly in and around the Kingdom of Hedryll, on the south and western coastlines of the Elladorian continent. The Kingdom of Hedryll enjoyed relative prosperity as opposed to the poverty in the neighboring states. The Dwarven Kingdoms were embroiled in a violent aftermath struggle with the Elves and had the Dakkar looming on the horizon, the western Kingdoms were all but in ruin after the Void Invasion, and the southern states, including the fledgeling Regalian Empire, were all small and internally unstable. Certainly, it could be said that the Kingdom 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-Elven Empire world where most nations were rebuilding and not focusing on their military like Hedryll had.  
===Playing a Vampire in Regalia===
Vampirism in Regalia is extremely illegal, and the [[Regalian Guard]] (The State Metropolitan) are constantly on the lookout for Vampires to catch and cure them. To be a Vampire is illegal in Regalia, and so when playing a Vampire, you should expect to constantly be hunted. Vampires are designed to perform well in one-on-one fights, and will by nature of their Affliction always outperform individuals they are squared up against, though Vampires might consider twice to attack someone with [[Puretek]] or advanced [[Magic]]. Vampires can both be upfront and obvious, but sometimes may find that being subtle and using subterfuge is more effective. Vampires group together and cooperate in covens, but players who play Vampires should expect to be disliked by the majority of the non-Vampire population, with only a few scant sympathizers among the other rejects of Regalia.


The first historical evidence of Vampires is mostly just recorded in the Dorkarth archives, which claim that Vampirism was a blessing given to a group of people who wished to serve the Archdemon (who had incidentally just been defeated). Later scholars have theorized that the Archdemon was indeed responsible for creating Vampirism, but it was not an actual blessing but a curse on Ailorkind, a curse meant to keep the race weak for his inevitable resurrection. These early Vampires were supposedly feral and vile, attacking any and all in sight and infecting the northwestern Hedryll population at a fast pace. Because of the military outward expansion of Hedryll, the local nobles and leaders did not take note of the events until it was already too late. Hedryll villages would more often go completely silent for a while due to a harsh winter or struggle with the local wildlife or other races, but by the time the King sent an investigation as to why the entire province of Dorlan went silent, even the investigator did not return. Fearing another Void Invasion, the King mounted an army and marched north, only to find a rabid population of this province attacking the soldiers. Vampirism rapidly spread as the Kingdom of Hedryll, despite its wealth, was unable to mount a quick counter-response to the plague. For several months, the plague was allowed to spread southwards, though some of the Vampiric hordes simply froze to death in the tundras because of the cold climate. It is said in hindsight, that if Ellador had not frozen over the way it had, that Vampires could have completely overran not only the Hedryll Kingdom, but also the Isldar and the Dwarves in turn. Some have thus speculated that the Isldar Dragon froze this continent intentionally, knowing what would happen 70 years later.  
===Infection===
Vampiric Infection can occur in a number of ways. The most common method for Vampiric Infection is through feeding, which is explained in the Vampire Special “Vampire Feeding” (see below). There exist, however, two other forms of infection also that are somewhat lesser known. The second method is to perform the dark ritual to the Archdemon. This involves finding a Dark Altar, which are usually effigies built by Vampires to praise the Arch-Void, the greatest of all Demons from the Void. Any blood offered to this Dark Altar will turn into infected blood; consuming this blood will cause the drinker to instantly become a Vampire. The third method is to willingly drink half a cup of blood from any Vampire who had directly blood-letted their own blood into a cup. Vampires gain no sustenance from feeding on other Vampires, but the mundane can be turned into a Vampire by consuming a decent amount of Vampiric Blood; this does not work on large quantities of liquid, and so Vampiric Blood cannot be used to unwittingly infect large groups of people.


By the time the Hedryll Kingdom was reduced to a small province footnote, the Ailor were finally able to hold off the advance. Reinforcements from the Skaggers in the Regalian Archipelago paid off, giving much needed new warriors who were able to match the feral Vampires in ferocity. Sadly for the Hedryll Kingdom and the Skaggers and indeed the whole Velheim people, these much-needed warriors moving from the Regalian Archipelago to Hedryll meant that Regalia was free to invade the Skagger homelands, which they indeed did. The Skaggers were however invaluable to the Hedryll Kingdom in securing the borders, and allowing a period of peace to descend on the nation as the problem seemed to ebb away. In truth, and according to the Dorkarth archives, the Vampirism plague started changing. The feral Vampires fed off animals almost exclusively, biting Ailor and Nelfin alike, but not truly drinking from them. Overhunting by the feral Vampires in the west of the country eventually led to a shortage of small critters like owls and rabbits that Vampires could catch, forcing what little Vampires continued to exist to feed off the Ailor who remained on the wrong side of Hedryll’s fortifications. This also drastically reduced the rate of infection, as Vampires more often drank the Ailor dry, rather than letting them live and turn into a Vampire themselves. Drinking purely Ailor blood, restored the cognitive capacity of the Vampires, and once again they turned more Human-like. They regained language and skills with tools and eventually started developing sophisticated tactics and structures of their own. This was where the first hierarchies among Vampires formed in around 30 AC.  
===Exceptions to Vampirism===
* [[Urlan]] cannot be infected with Vampirism. Vampires also cannot feed from Urlan, as any attempt to bite through their neck fails, and even if they got their hands on Urlan blood, it would burn their mouth.
* Characters with Exist based abilities or afflictions cannot be infected with Vampirism due to the saturation of Exist essence. This includes Mages.
* As Vampirism is an Affliction, those who already have any other type of Affliction are unable to become Vampires. Additionally, those that already have Vampirism cannot become Afflicted with any other type of Affliction.
* Primal Mages and [[Archons]] are immune to becoming Vampirically infected. They can still be fed from like normal however, even if Vampires say that Archblood blood tastes exceptionally stale.
* [[Ordial]] Mages, [[Undead]], and other Ordial empowered are immune to becoming Vampirically infected. While Ordial Mages can be drunk from, Undead don’t have blood that Vampires can be satiated from.
* Immunity from Vampirism can be bought through Affliction [[Scholarly Point Buy]]. This pack does incur Proficiency cost, but grants immunity to Blood Sickness that occurs when infection does not take hold.
* If a Vampire uses Artificer Point Buy, they may change their Branch to Dark Tech for the duration of their infection, but this is optional.


By 40 AC, the Vampires had unofficially organized among so-called Desprinces, Princely Vampires who were often the oldest and most intelligent of Vampires. As time passed, those with Vampirism experienced blood mutations, the Vampirism in their blood causing their body to change and new abilities to develop. While they were unable to overcome their prime weakness, the sun, the Vampires eventually started organizing into proper armies under generals, something that severely complicated the defence tactics used by the Velheimers in Hedryll. By 50 AC, most of the Ailor population had bled dry in the east, and a Vampire army under Desprince Torvald Kurvil managed to breach the Hedryll walls, particularly because Skagger reinforcements had retreated to the Regalian Archipelago to defend their homeland in the [[Skagger Wars]]. The sudden flood of Vampires into the Hedryll south coast caused the Kingdom many losses, and they were forced to retreat eastward back to their capital. The capital remained safe, but the period between 55 and 70 AC was a time when the entire coastline of Ellador was lost to the Vampire plague. Finally in 70 AC, a turning point came in the form of the Regalian Empire, which had finally established itself properly as the dominant Archipelago state, sending reinforcements of her own. While the Skaggers were no longer a global force of reckoning, Regalian commanded hordes upon hordes of fresh Levy troops with Regalia’s industrial capacity for weapon and armor production behind them. This heralded a period that is called The Great Vampire Wars or Unspoken Wars among the scholars, notably because any trace of them ever having taken place has been erased from history by successive Emperors who wished to eradicate any knowledge of Vampires in the world.
===Mental Changes===
When a Vampire becomes infected with the Sanguine Curse, their mental outlook on themselves, others, and the world changes. This is a magical effect caused by the Affliction itself, and thus applies exactly the same to everyone who becomes a Vampire, though the severity may differ between races. For example, while an [[Ailor]] may become more selfish and vain, the egotistical and self-aggrandizing nature of [[Altalar]] will be amplified to even greater heights. For ease of reference, the mental changes are recorded in a bullet point list below:
* Vampires do not have a conscience. In most cases they can just do whatever they like without feeling guilt or remorse over anything. They are certainly not self destructive and can distinguish long-term effects of their decisions, they just no longer care about the feelings and wellbeing of others. Vampires can be anxious, but only rarely suffer from self-doubt.
* Vampires gain a more possessive and domineering sense of love or friendship. While Vampires can certainly still have friends and lovers, by far and large, this affection is more through the scope of “You belong to me”, instead of “I love you”. They can still care, but only insofar one cares for their own possessions, and are very prone to jealousy.
* Vampires are very full of themselves, believing in their own physical and mental superiority over those who are uninfected. They see the uninfected as either: soon to be infected, undeserving of infection, or blood-cattle to sustain on. Vampires will frequently use the uninfected to achieve their goals.
* Vampires are anti-religious. Any concept of spirituality is lost to Vampires, with the exception of Void God or (Void) Arken worship. A Vampire may still pretend to worship their pre-infection faith, but know deep down that it is all pretend. Vampires show particular disregard for holy sites or religious artifacts.
* Vampires are not necessarily anti-establishment. While many Vampires seek to destroy the Regalian Empire, there are just as many who believe that the Empire is in fact the easiest tool or vehicle through which to expand their own influence and power, and to infect more with Vampirism. A Vampire can still be loyal to the Emperor, hoping to one day make him a Vampire.


These wars, according to Qadir sources, lasted until 87 AC, when the Regalian and Hedryll forces were finally able to push back the Vampires and isolate them in the original province the plague started. The severe population decline in Hedryll was something the small Kingdom never recovered from, and even though Regalian troops eventually turned away, the Vampire issue in Ellador remained minute even to modern times. This was largely because the more worldly of Desprinces among the Vampires concluded that Ellador was weak and poor in blood substance, and that elsewhere in the world opportunities could be found in richer lands with softer targets. For the next 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.
===Curing===
The Vampiric Infection can only ever truly be cured through one way: the Sakrosanct. The Sakrosanct is an ancient ruin found on the [[Crown Isle]] which houses an inner chamber which has some sort of effect on the Vampiric Infection (or [[Cahal]] Affliction). The exact first curing of a Vampire through the Sakrosanct has been lost to time, however the process has been transferred between Arcanologists. In order to cure a Vampire, the person must meet the requirements described in [[Scholarly Point Buy#Affliction Wisdom Pack]] and be present to lead the ritual. The exact process of the ritual is not wholly relevant and may be up to the player to dictate. The individual intended to be cured must be placed inside the curing chamber (which can contain up to two people at a time), after which the chamber is sealed and the curing begins. The ritualist may then perform their desired ritual, and a timer should be set for 10 minutes. If nobody has shown up to try and free the Vampire in the curing chamber (and the player being cured not notifying that someone is on their way), then the curing process is time-skipped and completed instantly. If someone arrives and attempts to break out the Vampire, then the Curing can only be completed when the attackers have been defeated and left. If the defenders are defeated by the attackers, the Curing ritual is interrupted and the Vampire may be freed. In both instances, attackers and defenders may not be captured, and must be allowed to leave by the victor.


==Vampirism Infection==
==Abilities and Specials==
[[File:Varlord.png|260px|thumb|right|Varlord are some of the most alien looking Vampires, and they retain their appearance post curing.]]
Vampires do not have any Abilities in their Base Kit. Instead, Vampires gain 4 commutable Point-Buy Points that can be spent in specific Categories. These commutable Point Buy Points do not increase any Proficiency Stat, and allow the purchase of additional Point-Buy Packs, but do not allow them to exceed the cap. These commutable Point-Buy Points must be mentioned on the Character Application, and are lost instantly when the Character is cured. These Commutable Point Buy Points may be used in the following Categories: [[Artificer Point Buy]], [[Roguery Point Buy]], [[Spell Point Buy]], and [[Curses Point Buy]] a unique category only certain Afflictions have access to. Each Vampire Type does still have Specials though.
Vampirism Infection only happens in one way, and it is a very guaranteed way. Vampire bites from any kind of Vampire including Varghul and Varlord are infectious (unless they have specifically mutated with the ability to choose not to infect), and have an infection rate of 100% as long as the Vampire does not kill the person. What this means is that if a Vampire bites a person, this person is guaranteed to turn into a Vampire within a matter of days, 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. The infected person is 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. By the fourth day, their skin will become hypersensitive to sun, 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 last bullet point on the Curing section. Below is a bullet point to explain the process in a summary.
===Blooded Vampire===
Blooded Vampires or just Vampires, are the most commonly found type of Vampire which can either operate as a lone wolf, an occasional ally, or a member of a greater Coven or group.
* '''Vampiric Glamor:''' Vampires have a Glamor, the ability to perfectly imitate their pre-infection appearance. However, a few things break their Glamor, and make it obvious that they're a Vampire. If they use any Abilities gained from the Commutable Points (not Specials), feed, or are targeted by some kind of forced reveal Ability, then the Glamor breaks. Glowing red eyes is the universal sign of Vampirism across all Vampire Forms and visual designs. A Vampire may choose to walk around without their Glamor. It is important to note that a Glamor cannot ever look like another person, and only exists to obscure their status as a Vampire.
* '''Vampiric Bloodlust:''' Vampires are cursed with a hunger for blood: food and drink do not sate them. Their curse means that they do not age, so long as they continue to drink it. This even extends their lifetime beyond what is natural (although Vampires over 200 require hibernation to sustain themselves). If a Vampire stops drinking blood or is cured, they rapidly re-age, and become extremely weak, unable to use Abilities. While this will never kill them, it makes them old and frail, until they acquire fresh blood or are re-infected. When Vampires are exposed to blood, they become anxious and have to suppress the urge to drink it, which can compromise their ability to keep up a Glamor. Vampires must feed on player characters once every two weeks, and are not allowed to feed on NPCs. Players who go on hiatuses can choose to have their Vampire Hibernate.
* '''Vampiric Feeding:''' Vampires can feed on unconscious or restrained targets by sinking their fangs into their neck. This only requires a few seconds of contact, and is painless for the victim, while also erasing any memory of the feeding and any memory from the last 24 hours that would allow them to conclude that the person who fed on them was a Vampire. It is not possible for a Vampire to feed mid-combat. Vampires can feed from a willing target for a longer period of time, or allow any target to remember the feeding. As well, if a Vampire successfully feeds, within the 10 seconds after they finish feeding, they can instantly teleport to their Rental Region, Regalian Business Region, or a Noble Estate or Clandestine Base that they belong to. They must be out of combat. Anyone besides the victim who sees them teleporting will remember.
* '''Vampiric Infection:''' Most Vampiric infections happen through biting. However, Vampiric infection is consent-based. If a Player does not want their Character to be infected, they will receive Blood Sickness instead. If a Player does consent, either the Character can be instantly infected, or they can go through a slow process of infection where they have Blood Sickness and are corrupted over the course of a week before succumbing and drinking blood to turn. Blood Sickness causes -2 Strength and -1 Constitution for 72 hours after successful feeding. (This does not affect Point-Buy Packs.)
* '''Vampiric Influence:''' Vampires can subtly and telepathically send desires, emotions, and feelings to a target non-Vampire in the area around them. They cannot interfere with actions or movements, or does it work if their target is mid-combat. These sensations can never force a target to act a certain way, but the target's Player can decide to give in and do what the Vampire wants. This influence only lasts as long as the Vampire is in Emote Distance. With the OOC consent of the target, the Vampire and target can agree for the target to become the Vampire's thrall, who obeys every command given by the Vampire to the letter until Exorcised. Additionally, Vampires are immune to any Specials that would mind-control them, unless they want them to work.
* '''Vampiric Presence:''' Vampires cannot be detected during Server Events or Player Events that are recorded in the Calendar, including Imperial Court events. Anyone who wants to attack or capture a Vampire during one of those events forgets what they were doing and that the Vampire was there, walking somewhere else. This effect is broken if the Vampire attacks anyone or ridicules anyone there or the host. The Vampire must leave before the event is officially over, as they lose Vampiric Presence immediately when it ends.
* '''Vampiric Visions:''' Vampires may send visions or dreams to those they have fed on. These cannot trigger when the Character is actively doing something else, but can be constructed entirely as the Vampire player wants, and communicated OOC with a time/date and whether it is a waking vision or sleeping dream. Vampires can continue to send visions to victims until they are Exorcised. If the visions are OOCly disruptive, the victim may offscreen Exorcise themselves to get rid of them.
* '''Vampiric Physiology:''' Vampires do not naturally breathe and do not require oxygen. They can exist underwater and in vacuums, and can never be suffocated. As well, they are not affected whatsoever by the cold, although they can still be inhibited by snowfall, and frozen in place if encased in ice.
* '''Vampiric Familiar:''' Vampires are able to summon a Vampiric Familiar. It can be any type of small housepet such as a rodent, domestic canine, domestic feline, bird, small mustelid, rabbit, pygmy pig, reptile, or amphibian, or any other kind of small, domesticable animal. All Vampiric Familiars have some kind of bat-like features imposed on their natural form. They cannot be used in Combat RP and cannot be harmed by others. They can however carry hand-held items and interact with the environment, as long as they stay in Emote Range of their owner. If the Vampire already had a Familiar, it becomes their Vampire Familiar instead.
* '''Vampiric Dressage:''' Vampires are able to magically change their clothes. They can change the texture, color, pattern, shape, and appearance of any fabric or leather clothing piece. Additionally, they can instantly and seamlessly summon or resize any article of clothing on themselves. This Special cannot be used to summon armor. However, it can be used on any Vampire Thralls the Vampire might have, while within Emote Range of them.
* '''Vampiric Duplication:''' Vampires are able to magically copy the appearance of another person that they have been within Emote Range of at least once before. This Special only works on Player Characters, and not Event NPCs, but allows the Vampire to perfectly copy the appearance, visuals, voice, etc of a person exactly, while also disguising their Vampiric Nature. A Vampire can don or remove this Disguise at will, and it cannot be removed by others. This Special is utilized by copying a person's Minecraft skin and nickname.
* '''Vampiric Aesthetics:''' Vampires have a deep connection to the Void. Any summon or magic aesthetics that they use should be hues of red or black. Visual themes should be based on blood or blood-singing in some way.
* '''Vampiric Form:''' All Vampires have an alternate appearance called a Vampire Form which is a Special Transformation that changes their appearance to such a degree it can also function as a disguise. Vampiric Forms can have a number of additional traits such as extra arms, eyes, horns, wings, tails, spikes, tendrils, appendages and more. It is important to remember however that a Vampire Form is purely aesthetic when it comes to Combat Roleplay, so for example, extra arms cannot be used to wield extra weapons, though outside of Combat Roleplay they can be functional to perform non-hostile/competitive actions like pouring a drink or holding an item. This Special cannot be combined with, or used at the same time as, any other Disguise Ability or Special. Vampiric Forms have an additional set of rules that must be followed:
** Vampiric Forms may never imitate other Transformations of other Abilities or other Races. Additionally, some element of red must be prominent, but exactly where is up to the player.
** Players may design their own Vampiric Form, but the description must be placed on a Character Application under “Vampiric Form” somewhere in Abilities.
** Vampires who are members of Covens may have traits in their Vampiric Forms that are similar, usually defined by the Greater Vampire Player to make them appear like they belong together.
** Coven based traits may appear and disappear depending on the Vampire’s allegiance. Generally a Vampiric Form must be recognizably the same between loyalties.
** The Player may decide that their Vampiric Form is unrecognizable from their normal appearance, or has the same face. It functioning as a disguise is optional. Vampire Forms are, however, always recognizable as a Vampire.


* '''Day One, Infection'''
===Greater Vampire===
** Itching at the wound site, twitchiness, fear of infection, burning sensation in veins
A Vampire becomes Greater when they have infected four or more people and those people form a Coven with them, with those four Vampires being considered the Greater Vampire's "Pledged Vampires". Alternatively, they can have a currently infected Vampire pledge to them, but this pledge is permanent until that Vampire is cured. It is important that their Coven members stay active- Greater Vampire status is lost if their total active Pledged drop below four. Greater Vampires must write down the names of their Coven members on their Character Application. Bonded Vampires cannot become Greater Vampires. They have access to the following extra Specials:
* '''Day Two, Growth'''
* '''Coven Telepathy:''' The Greater Vampire is (while stationary inside a Rental Region / Regalian Business Region / Noble Estate / Clandestine Base) able to manifest an illusion of themselves made out of blood-smoke within Emote Range of their Pledged Vampires. This illusion cannot move, but can gesture and communicate within Emote Distance. If attacked, it disappears, dissolving for a minute. Pledged Vampires belonging to a specific Greater Vampire can call for them to appear with their illusion, which the Greater Vampire may accept or decline.
** Shaking, cold chills, extreme paranoia, burning sensation in veins
* '''Coven Mender:''' Pledged Vampires belonging to the Greater Vampire may drink from their blood and restore all wounds, including body parts lost in the past 24 hours. This Special can only be used inside a Rental Region / Regalian Business Region / Noble Estate / Clandestine Base belonging to the Greater Vampire or their Coven, and can only be used if the region is not being attacked or besieged.
* '''Day Three, Manifestation'''
* '''Coven Control:''' If a Greater Vampire's Pledged Vampire is captured, imprisoned, or cured, they become aware of their imminent fate by prophetic vision. If the Metropolitan is planning to cure them, the Greater Vampire must be OOCly informed of the date and time. It is the Vampire not the Metropolitan's responsibility to do this. As well, Greater Vampires cannot be cured conventionally (the Metropolitan OOCly knows when a Vampire is Greater). If they are to be cured, a Palace inquestor is called down, who sends the Metropolitan to fetch additional necessary quest items, after which they can be successfully cured.
** A terrible hunger that no food can satisfy, vomiting food instantly, burning sensation in blood
* '''Day Four, Completion'''
** Skin becomes damaged by sunlight; 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 person into a Feral Vampire, 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. Here is a list of Races that can and cannot be infected with Vampirism:
===Master Vampire===
A Greater Vampire becomes a Master Vampire or Desprince when they have produced (or Pledged) six or more Blooded Vampire followers. The Master Vampire can designate one of these six Pledged Vampires as a Greater Vampire. They cannot swap around who their "lieutenant" Greater Vampire is, but if that Greater Vampire is cured, they can pick a new one after 1 week. Master Vampires retain all Greater Vampire Specials, in addition to their Master Vampire Specials. (They can use Coven Mender and Coven Control on their Greater Vampire, but the Greater Vampire cannot use Coven Mender and Coven Control on the Master vampire.) They can make a ticket to discuss a Custom Kit with Lore Staff, which will remain in effect for as long as the Coven has the 7 necessary members or more. This Kit can vary greatly depending on the Master Vampire's niche. There can only ever be one Master Vampire in a Coven.
*'''Ultimate Blood-Bond:''' The Master Vampire is capable of magically maintaining a bond of blood to all of their pledged Vampires. When one of these Pledged Vampires is Cured, the Master Vampire is capable of instantly creating a Blood-Clone of that person at their Rental Region / Regalian Business Region / Noble Estate / Clandestine Base etc. This Blood-Clone is an exact copy of the prior Pledged Vampire, but is still infected as a Sanguine, and acts as a "split off" version of the target. While this Blood-Clone cannot share information that its 'original' would not have shared otherwise, it can act completely independently of its 'original,' and in perfect service to the Master Vampire. The Blood-Clone cannot be cured, but can be killed, or alternatively re-merged with its 'original,' if they are captured again by the Master Vampire, allowing for instant re-infection (and the destruction of the Blood-Clone). Blood-Clones automatically die after 1 Month's time, and require full re-infection to be created again. Blood-Clones can be played by the original character, or alternatively played by another player, if the original player consents.
*'''Call of the Void:''' When one of the Master Vampire's Pledged is cured, they can optionally activate a 'latent curse' in the individual. This essentially acts as a fake-curing, drawing the target back to the Master Vampire for re-infection via some magical force, once they are no longer under watch or suspicion. This Special relies on OOC consent, and generally exists as an IC explanation for people who still want to play a Vampire, but feel like their un-cured character wouldn't willingly return for infection.


* '''Infectable Races:'''
===Bonded Vampire===
** [[Ailor]]
Bonded Vampires are two Blooded Vampires in a romantic relationship who do not join a Coven. If for some reason their relationship changes/deteriorates, they become regular Blooded Vampires. Bonded Vampires can be family members, good friends, or have a Lord/Knight relationship of service and protection, or alternatively exclusive romantic partners (polyamory only counts if all members are Vampires and Vowed). They inherit regular Blooded Vampire Abilities and Specials, but get a few extra:
** [[Sihai]] (any subrace)
* '''Bonded Embrace:''' While within Emote Range of each other, Bonded Vampires gain +1 Strength. If one of them fails a dice roll, the other one can roll again, and the higher value is taken. This dice re-roll has a 2 hour cooldown, per Vampire. Bonded Vampires are able to telepathically communicate across any distance, through on-server Direct Message. They may also share feelings this way. Any Ability or Effect that counters Info Powers also disables this Special.
** [[Dwarf]]
* '''Bonded Desperation:''' If a Bonded Vampire is about to be killed, knocked out, or dragged to curing, the other Bonded Vampire may descend from the sky on bat-wings to aid them. This landing is nearly instant, and the Player may be informed of the emergency through Discord or DMs. However, if their partner is already caught in a Combat Roleplay, they cannot appear. Landing can chain into an attack or Ability.
** [[Qadir]]
** [[Altalar]], [[Avanthar]], [[Cielothar]], [[Kathar]]
** [[Maraya]]
** [[Varran]]
* '''Non-Infectable Races:'''
** [[Songaskia]]
** [[Drowdar]], [[Isldar]]
** [[Yanar]]
** [[Maiar]]
** [[Allar]]
** [[Slizzar]]
** [[Orc]]
** [[Url]]


'''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, and because not many players are willing to be fed on (even if they do not have a choice, since it is not covered by maim or kill perms). 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 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.
===Vampire Broods===
A Vampire Brood is someone with a Vampire parent. They can be infected like mundane people, and cured too, but have a unique appearance. They have the following Specials, and the following Specials only:
* '''Vampire Heritage:''' Vampire Broods are not Vampires, but are often mistaken for them. They have permanently red irises which cannot be hidden, even through tinted glasses. Broods also have sharp canines, though never quite as long as a real Vampire's, and optionally may also have paler skin, reddened eye sockets, and sharpened nails. Additional mutations are possible and can be inquired after in an RP Community Discord Staff Ticket.
* '''Bloody Allure:''' Despite not being Vampires, Broods are attracted to blood. When they see or smell it, they become nervous, fidgety, and lose focus. If they give in to the curse and consume it, they become pseudo-infected, getting access to all Blooded Vampire Specials (but not Abilities) for 72 hours. This pseudo-infection is not curable, but always reverts after the 72 hours.
* '''Vampiric Form:''' Even while not in their pseudo Infection or proper Vampiric Infection, Vampire Broods have access to an alternate appearance called a Vampire Form, which is a Special Transformation that changes their appearance. Vampiric Forms can have a number of additional traits such as extra arms, eyes, horns, wings, tails, spikes, tendrils, appendages and more. It is important to remember however that a Vampire Form is purely aesthetic when it comes to Combat Roleplay, so for example, extra arms cannot be used to wield extra weapons, though outside of Combat Roleplay they can be functional to perform non-hostile/competitive actions like pouring a drink or holding an item. Vampiric Forms work slightly differently for Vampire Broods than they do for regular Vampires. If a Vampire Brood becomes infected properly, or has a pseudo Infection, the rules of regular Vampire Vampiric Form apply, and their Vampiric Form may change until they are cured. The rules applying to Vampire Brood Vampiric Forms are listed below:
** Vampiric Forms may never imitate other Transformations of other Abilities or other Races. Additionally, some element of red must be prominent, but exactly where is up to the player.
** Players may design their own Vampiric Form, but the description must be placed on a Character Application under “Vampiric Form” somewhere in Abilities.
** The Player may not decide that their Vampiric Form is unrecognizable. Vampire Broods in their Vampire Form are always recognizable, the Vampiric Form cannot act as a disguise.


==Physical Characteristics of Vampirism==
==Culture==
*Darkening of the eye sockets, Vampires develop darkened eye sockets which appear red as if rubbed constantly and deprived of food. Their eyes appear more hungering.
To be a vampire is to be hated and hunted by nearly all of Aloria. All over the world, vampires are reviled for their foul curse, seen as power-hungry leeches and agents of malice that only exist to prey on the innocent and powerless. While none of this is explicitly untrue, many vampires have reasons for turning to vampirism beyond the promise of power. To a vampire, vampirism is often seen as a means of self-expression, escapism, and above all, freedom.  
*Vampire irises turn crimson red and their eye whites turn black when feeding or when about to feed, and remain so while they have blood in their mouth (or otherwise specified when using abilities).
*Sharper, claw-like nails which can be filed down, and are not particularly sharp, but still cause nasty skin cuts.
*Lightening of the skin, as if the person has been out of the sun for months.
*Exposing skin to direct sunlight causes an extreme boiling effect, blisters forming within seconds and ignition following soon after. Even when covered in clothes, sunlight causes smoking and sizzling on skin which is exposed (but covered by cloth) to sunlight.
*Weakness to Holy Water. Holy Water causes the same effect on Vampire skin as sunlight does, including severe pain and burning sensations.
*No longer needing substance like food or drink aside from blood. They can still consume the food, and it passes like any normal food substance would (Vampires can even become drunk), but they do not need the food, and gain no energy from it.
*Enhanced longevity. Vampires still age, but do so at an extremely slow pace. No Vampires have yet been known to die of old age, but assuming the physical characteristics are consistent in aging, Vampires are assumed to be able to become 400 years old.
*Weakness to Dragonsteel. Dragonsteel is a particular kind of Blacksteel weapon treated with Dragonblood. Because these weapons are difficult to make, nigh on impossible without rare materials, they are only given out in extremely limited supply by the Dragon Knight Order. These weapons deny healing properties in Vampires when cut, and also ignore additional slicing protections any Mutations may offer.
*Weakness to Stake of Nenya. This is a splinter of old Nenya wood which is well preserved, and causes burning damage much like sunlight on the skin of Vampires. These stakes are rare, but not impossible to acquire for expeditions to Teled Methen and the old Nenya Groves. Nenya Stakes do not deny healing factors, but do cause extreme pain that exceeds beyond what any Mutations give protections against.
*Vampires also gain a number of special traits called Vampiric Mutations which occur as Vampires age. For more information, refer to the Vampiric Mutations section.


==Mental Characteristics of Vampirism==
Vampiric culture is attributed to both individualism and community; it's typical for a vampire to be very anti-government and anti-religious because these institutions are often very socially limiting. Vampires are driven by their wants, be it power, security, fame, or glory; vampires seek to be the best of themselves, and it's not uncommon for a vampire to feel as if their family, culture, government, religion, or morals get in the way of that. For these reasons, vampires typically either leave or are outcast from their society and are summarily seen as selfish, antisocial, and baleful beings who deeply hate all who participate in society. However, vampires are social creatures who crave to be around like-minded individuals; for this reason, it's not uncommon that a vampire may join or found a coven of other like-minded vampires or bond to another vampiric partner. It's rare to find a vampire who is truly a lone wolf and hasn't at least allied themselves to another vampire or coven as a whole.  
*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.
*A sudden respect for the Vampire hierarchy. Vampires have little respect for anything but age. Older Vampires are respected by younger Vampires, and Vampires who have been turned by one specific Vampire will often refer to them as father or mother, and be called son or daughter in return, forming Covens.
*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 also gain a number of special traits called Vampiric Mutations which occur as Vampires age. For more information, refer to the Vampiric Mutations section.
*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.  


==Vampiric Mutations==
Covens are what make up the basis of vampiric culture, and a vampire often defines their own culture based upon what Coven they may be a member of. Covens can vary wildly, and are often heavily influenced by the members that make it up, just as the coven itself influences its members, with some being militaristic, others more subterfuge based. What defines a Coven is simply the gathering of vampires - a Coven does not need to be structured in any particular way, some covens elect to have a single vampire lead them, while others choose for a council, rarely a coven may even be democratic in nature. It’s not unusual for newly forming covens to try and imitate older more established covens. The culturally relevant and longest lasting covens are often referred to as ‘Bloodlines’, the Bloodlines of modern vampiric culture are listed below and are often imitated in some way, be it through name, practice, or symbol.
As they age, Vampires experience varying mutations in their blood that bestow upon them various traits and skills. These Vampiric Traits seem to follow certain paths and correspond to mutations occurring in other Vampires, thus creating various Vampire archetypes. For the sake of Character design, players are free to choose which tree to follow, and are also free to choose where to diverse when possible. Vampiric Mutations follow a simple set of rules. For each 3 years spent as a Vampire, 1 Vampire Point is gained and 1 Proficiency Point is lost. This continues until after 90 years of having been a Vampire (when Vampire Points are no longer gained), when the Vampire has accrued 30 Vampire points and lost 30 Proficiency points, thus having 30 left. A Vampire can also have been a Vampire for 30 years, have 10 Vampire points, and have 50 Proficiency Points left (assuming they were 20 years old when turned). A Vampire can be any age, and Vampire Proficiency points are calculated at number of years spent as a Vampire divided by 3, rounded down. These Vampire Points can be spent on Vampire Mutations, each mutation costing 3 Vampire Points (thus after having been a Vampire for 90 years, 10 Mutations can be bought maximum). It is important to note that while a Vampire may have attended a School, this School must have chronologically been attended before they turned into a Vampire (unless they have the Shadow Mask mutation). Note, the Proficiency point cap placed on Vampires functions identically to the point cap placed on Mages, meaning that School bonuses will be included within the cap, but Racial and Cultural bonuses will not. Further, there are also some rules about following the Mutation chart. Mutations can only be gained forward, meaning traits can only be picked in the direction of the arrows, not in reverse; one cannot go through an already claimed Mutation to go back down a different path. Additionally, if a Mutation splits off into two different paths, only one of them can be followed. Some paths have conditional rules: for example, a specific trait is required to progress down that path. It is not possible to choose mutations from two different trees at the same time, progression must always flow down a singular route. Some examples of routes that are possible, and some that are not: [https://i.gyazo.com/7f38e7b888a5e7c3752e8d81b9791c82.png Example1], [https://i.gyazo.com/1768930dfd3009b99c81791ab2a4416d.png Example2], [https://i.gyazo.com/9564f6f1b9165784e510838650d21144.png Example3], [https://i.gyazo.com/abd43581ad42be1365deec86f10a440c.png Example4].  


When making a Character Application, treat these Mutations as Magical Spells, and list them in a bullet point under Proficiency Points, and mention also how many Vampire Points were spent, and by how much Proficiency Points were reduced. Below is an image of the flowchart of Vampiric Mutations. Keep in mind, the first Mutations called Power Tree, Guile Tree & Survival Tree are still mutations, even if they do not grant any abilities or traits, and still need to be paid for with 3 Vampire Points. Furthermore, Vampires lose the ability to cast Magic after having been a Vampire for 3 years. This happens upon the first Mutation becoming possible, not upon being redeemed, so any Vampire that has been a Vampire for 3 years instantly loses Magic casting abilities. '''To use any mutations, a Character Application is required.'''
==Rituals==
Rituals and their purposes are typically unique between covens, but there have been instances where two connected covens may share rituals, and some rituals can involve many covens at once. Rituals do not need a specific goal in mind, though they typically do have one, and are often treated as social events that allow vampires to gather and cooperate either within a coven or between them. Some specific rituals have been popularized and passed along between covens, and are now common to vampiric culture as a whole.
===The Faceless Masquerade===
The Faceless Masquerade, first popularized by Desprince Eveleanda Morvanus, is a ritual that heavily involves the arts of subterfuge and seduction. It’s often Alais that partake in this ritual, though Milôt and Dorkarth have been known to partake as well. A Faceless Masquerade is often not a party hosted by the vampires in question, as the name may imply, but rather is instead the act of a vampire or a coven of vampires attempting to infiltrate an already planned party. It’s not uncommon for a coven of vampires to prepare for a Faceless Masquerade together - the process involves not only a disguise - which is usually done with vampiric magics and makeup - but also involves creating fake personas and coming up with backstories and pseudonyms. Then, members of the coven, if successfully infiltrating, will typically attempt to gain positive rapport with the host or any guests of importance. It’s not uncommon practice for less militaristic covens to use Faceless Masquerades as a chance to acquire new members, and typically the seduction of the host and guest is with the intention of getting new thralls or new coven members who are already high in society.


[[File:Vampire3.png|1000px|thumb|center|Chart of Vampire Mutations]]
===The Fledgling Hunt===
Fledgling Hunts were popularized by the first Desprinces of Dorkarth, and are performed by all bloodlines regularly. Fledgling hunts are, essentially, initiation rites for newly blooded members of vampire covens. Often, Fledgling Hunts are a chance for a newly blooded vampire to prove their own competence and make a place for themselves in a coven’s hierarchy. These initiation rights, despite the name, do not always have to be hunts in the literal sense - for example, a Milôt coven’s Fledgling Hunt may take place in hosting a fun party, an Alais coven’s Fledgling Hunt may involve successfully seducing a target of interest,and a Dorkarth coven’s may be successfully taking a new thrall. Though, it’s not uncommon for a Fledgling Hunt to just be an actual hunt, be it of potential prey or a Cahal - these practices are very common between von Kërle and Wyrden covens.


===Varghuls and Varlords===
===Dueling of Wutienda===
Varghuls and Varlords are two unique kinds of Vampires that essentially become their own species (though for Varghul only temporarily). Varghul are what is commonly considered to be the true form of a Vampire, and transforming in and out of Varghul is nigh-instant. They appear monstrous—having skin webs between arms and chest, between fingers and toes, and digitigrade animal-like legs with claws. Their forearms are larger, allowing them to walk on all fours like a Gorilla (though they can still walk on two legs), while they also gain very large black claws on the fingers. Their head is shaped like that of a mixture between a bat and a humanoid, with large sharp teeth, and a hairless head. Contrary to folklore, Varghuls do not have wings and cannot fly, though they do resemble large beasts more than actual humanoids. In terms of power, Varghul are as powerful as an Orc with a very high Unarmed Fighting Proficiency. Their claws are about as effective as shortswords or daggers, especially since Varghul are incapable of wielding any weapons. Varghul do not benefit from the Warmaster mutation while in Varghul form (neither from before transformation, or while drinking), but can use Blood Feasting to regenerate.
Wutienda Duels are named after the Dorkarth Desprince, Wutienda, who first came up with the ritual, though the duels have been largely popularized in modern times by the von Kërle covens. Wutienda duels are affairs that are used not only for entertainment, but to train one’s skills, and to settle disputes. The ritual involves first drawing a circle of runes on the ground - the size does not matter, it can be as small or as large as the vampire likes, though the circle has to be unbroken. The materials used to draw this circle has to be mixed with the blood of those that intend to participate in the duel - there is no limit of participants, the only stipulation being that all participants must be vampiric and have infected blood, or the ritual will fail. After the ritual circle is drawn, and all participating vampires step into the circle, the ritual can be fully activated with a single drop of Greater Vampire or Desprince blood. Upon activation, the circle is enclosed with a magical barrier that does not allow anyone into the circle, but can let participants out (however, they cannot re-enter upon exiting). The circle stays this way until only one living vampire remains. It’s typical for a Wutienda duel to end in a death or multiple deaths (at the end of the duel, all killed parties are returned to life, though the victor’s wounds are not healed), however this is not always the case. Wutienda duels can be done with non-lethal fights, or more unique fighting styles such as trying to shove an opponent out of the dueling ring. Rarely, Wutienda duels are used in a manner that’s not particularly violent - as some Alais covens tend to do - such as having contestants verbally spar until one gets their feelings hurt and declares defeat by leaving the ring. It’s typical for duellists to either agree on a fighting method themselves, or have the Greater vampire or Desprince who activates the ring decide on the method and rulings, and it is seen as incredibly taboo to deviate from the rulings of a Wutienda duel. It is possible for a Greater Vampire or Desprince to declare a ‘champion’ of their coven through the use of a Wutienda duel - where the winner of the duel can be branded with a glowing mark (which is unique between covens) somewhere on their body as a symbol of their status as the coven’s champion, which essentially declares them one of the coven’s best. This mark can be hidden by glamor form, and there can only ever be one ‘champion’ per coven, which makes the position highly sought after, especially from more prideful vampires.


Varlords are more subtle in that they are a hybrid between a humanoid and a Varghul. They retain their humanoids legs and head, though gain the same long blackened claws. Their hair retains their old color, though whitens towards the ends. Most of their body retains its humanoid shapes, though they also gain the skin webs that form between the arms and the chest, and the musculature on their chest changes to become almost alien: having two separate pectoral muscles and numerous overlapping abdominal muscles that normal humanoids do not have. Varlords always retain a muscular frame, though when deprived of blood will start becoming bony very quickly. Varlord in terms of power are somewhere in between a Humanoid & Orc, not being as strong as Varghul, but being faster as they are more akin to Varran in speed. Varlord have a form of kin control, making any Vampire they interact with susceptible or very suggestive to their commands or instructions. A Vampire does not even need to belong to the same Coven to be suggestable to a Varlord, though if a Vampire is already within the hierarchy of another Varlord, this does not work until the Varlord in question is removed.
===The Ritual of Projections===
By use of this ritual, any Vampire-attuned Ezekiel 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 Ezekiel 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 Ezekiel 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 Ezekiel Vampires to lead more engaging lectures and sermons regarding all which they have learned, or to entertain their Coven with stories of their travels.


Both Varghul and Varlord gain long ears, which resemble somewhat a cross between Maraya and Nelfin ears, though have sharper bat-like features. Additionally, grooves form on their faces, across their cheekbones and from their forehead towards their cheeks which resemble scars, but are actually just indents in the skin. These are more aggressively visible for Varghuls, while remaining rather superficial for Varlords which retain their humanoid facial structure. Varghuls and Varlords develop sharp canine teeth, a trait unique to their kind of Vampire and not shared with the others. Both also retain the regular Physical and mental features that other Vampires have, except Varghuls cannot speak normally and have to grunt and shriek. Finally, both Varghul and Varlord have crimson red irises and dull orange eye whites. Their eyes also slightly glow, enough to be seen in the dark.
==History==
The exact origins of the Vampiric Curse is unknown, largely because the Regalian Empire has been exceptionally efficient at suppressing information about the Vampiric Curse for centuries following the Vampire Wars. Vampirism itself is thousands of years old however, with a variety of it affecting (presumably) nearly every civilization that suffered a Void Invasion. Within the [[Allorn Empire]] still exist some records of claims by the [[Meraic Civilization]] where those corrupted by the darkness fed on their own people, which is often regarded as evidence for Vampirism having existed at least as far back as 2000 years. With the Void invasions however, and with the Arch-Void disappearing from the world after a successful purge, the Vampiric Curse would eventually die out as it lacked the population to sustain itself, thus disappearing until the next Void Invasion. A handful of Vampires are known (and rumored) to have survived each civilization fall, going into hibernation and remaining hidden for hundreds if not thousands of years, waiting to be administered a drop of blood to be revived. When the last Void Invasion at the end of the Allorn Empire took place, Vampires once again started appearing among the Altalar, some cults which had become prone to blood worship and cannibalism. When the Void Invasion was halted, Vampirism disappeared along with the rest of the Demonic forces, but re-appeared in Ellador several years later. The theory among scholars in the Regalian Court is that Vampirism was designed to weaken the population before the main Demonic force would arrive, causing in-fighting and terror among the population thus reducing their effectiveness in a fight. Since the Arch-Void was defeated on a more permanent basis however, Vampires have effectively exceeded their purpose, and started defining their own reason to exist in the world, causing the creation of so-called cultural Bloodlines.  


==Vampire Brood==
==Bloodlines==
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.  
In vampiric culture, the term ‘bloodline’ is not referring to literal descendance by relation, rather, it refers to the influence of notable past covens that have become cultural icons. It’s not uncommon for both individual Vampires and Vampire Covens to identify with a bloodline. There have been many throughout history, these are the most notable modern ones.


==Protection against Infection==
===Alais===
The most common form of protection used against Vampiric infection is a so called Faith bangle. A Faith bangle is a fairly commonly acquired item, like a clothing pin of Estel worship, a Reverend-blessed Unionist eye chain, a Shambala sun disk necklace, an Old Gods willow belt, or any other form of religious accessory that has been blessed by the varying holy men and women belonging to those religions. Why these so called Faith Bangles work is unknown, though some scholars assume that Vampire powers are repulsed by Holiness, or faith of the religions of Aloria, and as such, provide protections against infection. This bangle can be worn anywhere as long as it touches the skin of the person wearing it. When a Vampire seizes a person wearing a bangle, they can still feed from the person, but the person is guaranteed not to turn into a Vampire. A few minutes after the feeding, the bangle will start to shake and feel hot to the touch, before it simply dissolves. This dissolving marks the fact that it has worked, as the Vampiric infection is absorbed into the holy object instead, which destroys both. After the Faith bangle has destroyed an infection once, it cannot be re-used within 72 hours. While such an item can be worn within 72 hours after the first one broke, it will not protect against infection and be useless until that period is over. After the third day is over, Faith Bangle protection is restored and a person can be protected from infection. The only religions this does not apply to, is Void Worship or the Slizzar Faith.
The Alais Bloodline originated in Ithania during the Vampire Wars. Its Desprince, Eveleanda Morvanus, led her cult-following to Ithania during their height, and managed to seduce one of the richest princesses of the local Hivres. The resulting two-woman power couple quickly spread their influence and soon turned the local courts to Vampirism. The Coven of Alais was founded, and its influence soon spread, as the Coven sent infiltrants to courts within Lusits, Solacia, Pays-Sud, and eventually even the Imperial Court itself. Vampires and Covens who align themselves as Alais pay homage and often imitate the ways of seduction, subterfuge, and infiltration the original Alais Desprinces had, and look to claim their freedom by climbing to the top of the social ladder and reigning over those on the lower rungs.


==Curing of Vampirism==
===Milôt===
Vampirism is not incurable, but the process is slow and extremely painful—especially for those who engage in the curing process. Vampires can only be cured through a complicated process of bloodletting and further actions which can only be performed if certain conditions are met. The first difficult act, is the capture of a Vampire. Vampires are notoriously difficult to capture, especially older ones and those who possess mutations. Eventually, such Vampires are brought to clinics which have cleansing basements: specific facilities set up with the means to cure Vampires and hold them imprisoned for the duration of such a cleansing period. A Vampire which is about to be cured is first strapped to a bed of sorts. This is usually a very sturdy table, though metal tables have also been used for particularly big and old Vampires, as they might have the strength to break wooden tables. Once strapped down, the process may begin as described below:
The Milôt Bloodline originated in the [[Regalian Archipelago]], somewhere in [[Pays-Sud]], around the time of the [[Ithanian Gem Boom]]. Unlike other Bloodlines, the history of the Milôt Coven was never well recorded, its Desprince is not known. It’s said, however, that they were a commoner and spent much of their time around carnivals. The Milôt Coven was not a strongly centralized Coven, rather, it was said to migrate regularly, following multiple troupes of entertainers throughout the Regalian archipelago and onwards. Those who align themselves with the Milôt bloodline are often entertainers, partygoers, extroverts and socialites who seek freedom through hedonism and fun.
*'''First Day (1/2)''' The Vampire must undergo bloodletting, just enough to the point where the Vampire does not die, but enough to the point where the Vampire passes in and out of consciousness. Before this point, the Vampire will (unless knocked unconscious) violently thrash and attempt to escape. Any Vampire’s worst fear is being turned back into a non-Vampire, and they will resist with all their might to avoid it. This process is needed to purge the Vampire’s surplus blood supply and weaken them for the next steps.
*'''First Day (2/2)''', when the Vampire has largely been drained, they must be kept awake while strapped to the bed. In this stage, the Vampire will usually plead, attempt to guilt trip the healers into feeding them, crying out to their masters or other attempts to bribe or force their captors to release or feed them. This process is needed to purge the Vampire’s hunger. This step should only be time skipped if no one is available to roleplay with the Vampire strapped to the bed.
*'''Second Day (1/2)''' When the Vampire is extremely hungry, the next step is to [[cryostim]] an injection into their arm and provide a blood transfusion of Url blood. It is important that the blood is injected into the bloodstream, not consumed through the mouth. Url blood is a fairly recent invention that used to be predated by Yanar blood, which caused far more complications, but is still a viable alternative in the absence of Url Blood. If an Url is available, this should be done IC. If they are not, this process may be time skipped, though consider using Yanar blood instead. If Yanar blood is used, this process will be extremely painful and the person will develop sores on their body which will need to be healed separately by healers. If only Url blood is used, the person experiences only discomfort in their muscles, which ache with a dull feeling. It is important that the blood has been harvested the same day, or have a direct drain from an Url to a Vampire. This process can be completed in one morning, and only requires half a pint of blood, which Url have plenty of, and Yanar quickly reproduce after eating. 
*'''Second Day (2/2)''' When the Vampire has had a transfusion of Url blood and said blood is allowed to do its work for a few hours, they must have the curse be expelled with a heat sweat. This heat sweat is set on by putting a small stove with a bowl of Holy Water under the bed of the Vampire, and then igniting, causing vapor of Holy Water to flow around the bed. The Vapor is of a low enough dose that it does not hurt the Vampire permanently (though the pain still feels like torture), but causes remnant Blood Curse to expel through sweating. There is a fail rate possible here. This process usually lasts until well after dark.
*'''Third Morning''' The person must be fed with sanctified bread (bread made by any regular baker, who instead of using regular water for the dough, uses Holy Water). At this point, the person is largely no longer a Vampire, but the final feeding of regular food which is sanctified clears the internals of any remnant blood substance that was being used for sustenance, and allows for the first passage of proper food. This process is successful after 2 hours (sanctified bread passes much faster if the person is being cured of Vampirism), if the person has the urge to visit the toilet. If this is not the case, this step must be repeated once every 2 hours until they do. When the person properly passes their bowels, the curing is successful. It is important that captors make sure actual bowel clearance takes place. If it does not, the curing was only partially successful, and the Vampire may jump on one of the captors when led to the latrines, causing a complete reversion with just a single bite, forcing them to start all over again, and cure the captor also.  
*'''Curing a person who has not yet fully turned''' If the person has been infected but not yet fully turned (thus only on the first, second or third day after infection) the cure for a person who has not yet fully turned into a Vampire is fairly straightforward. A tonic of crushed Yanar Youngling petals (specifically from the flower from which new Yanar are born, which can be preserved and dried and provides enough ground petal dust for 50 tonics) must be drank in the morning when the sun is up. The person will experience periodic twitches, and in some rare cases, seizures, but after 12 hours, the infection will be stopped, and the person will not turn into a Vampire.  


After curing, Varlords will retain their Varlord appearance with the sole exception of their nails, which return to normal, and their eyes which also return to normal. These old Vampires will often need to be closely watched, as they have an extreme urge to be re-infected, and when re-infected, will instantly regain their old Vampirism Mutations also. Aside from these conditions, Varlord curing takes longer. Instead of the 2 day procedure and bowel passage the third morning, every step takes a full day, taking 5 days to cure a Varlord. The Mutations remain dormant in their body even when cured, and only need to be re-activated during the first feeding after reinfection to re-activate fully. The only exception here is the Skeletal Vampire. A skeletal Vampire cannot be cured and should simply be destroyed by crushing all bones and tearing them apart, and finally crushing the skull and burying it. After curing, any and all (either Vampire, Varlord, or not yet fully turned) will suffer post curing sickness, which involves lethargy, weakness and anxiety for 2 weeks. Any and all ex-Vampire, unless they had not yet turned, or were a holy devout person before being turned, will always have a nagging desire in the back of their mind to desire to turn into a Vampire again. They are however unable to turn back into a vampire for another 2 full weeks after their curing.  
===Wyrden===
The Wyrden Bloodline originates from the Morass Willow Walds in Western [[Anglia]], after the Vampire Wars. The Wyrden Bloodline’s origins are steeped in a rich oral history and folktale that has mutated over time. It is believed the first Desprince of the Wyrden Coven was a prophet named Zalora, a vampire who was obsessed with fighting the Uhr-Beasts and ensuring the continuation of the Vampiric Gift. Contemplating how to defeat this mortal enemy, Zalora traveled the world in a great pilgrimage, seeking solutions to their dire problem. It’s said that Zalora found what they were looking for in the Regalian Archipelago, long before the Regalian Empire was formed, and after centuries they had mastered the art of controlling nature itself. It’s then said that Zalora transmuted themselves into a twisted leafless tree, and bled sap that gave birth to the first Wyrden Coven. The legitimacy of this story is questionable at best, though Wyrden often believe it to be true. Whatever the case, the Wyrden Coven started within Western Anglia’s walds, and has spread to forests within and beyond the Regalian Archipelago, and often compete with and antagonize Cahal packs openly and aggressively, believing them to the the Uhr-Beasts Zalora’s prophecy spoke of. Those who align with the Wyrden Bloodline are often sages, herbalists, mystics, gardeners and healers who seek freedom by continuing Zalora’s prime directive: fighting the Cahalic beasts and ensuring the continued survival of Vampires.  


'''OOC Note:''' It is extremely important that none of these steps are time skipped and that all healing processes are done IC by actual healers like the Clinics that dot regalia. This provides healing businesses with roleplay, but also ensures that a curing process can be halted by for example an attack on a clinic to free the imprisoned Vampires. It also prevents god-rp surrounding time-skipped curing, and ensures characters suffer consequences for their actions.  
===von Kërle===
The von Kërle Bloodline originated in the dark forests of [[Calemberg]], [[Baldmark]], and [[Waldmark]]. The Coven of von Kërle began during the heat of the Vampire Wars when a Dorkarth Desprince left Ellador to infiltrate Calemberg with the intention of weakening the [[Wirtem]] armies by seducing the higher rungs of society. This Desprince was successful, and managed to use his vampiric wiles to seduce the Count of Parchstadt and turn him to Dark Ancient worship. He was successful, however, the Count of Parchstadt proved more cunning than his Desprince lover, killing him and taking his power. How, when, or why the Count did this is lost to time, however it is said that the Count was not a Vampire going into the ordeal, and was a Vampire coming out of it. The von Kërle Coven spread through the dark forests shortly after the Count’s disappearance, and the von Kërle bloodline proliferated even through violent clashes with the [[Darkwald Order]]. Those who align with the von Kërle bloodline are often dogmatic and militaristic, and seek freedom through physical and militaristic might.
 
===Dorkarth===
The Dorkarth Bloodline originated in Ellador many centuries ago, and is one of the oldest and largest still-relevant Covens to date. All modern Bloodlines are said to have descended from individuals converted by the fourteen immortal High Desprinces that make up the leadership of the Dorkarth Coven. It controls a state in north-western Ellador of the same name, and still contends with Dwarves and Isldar of the region to this day, all in the hopes of creating a Vampiric Empire. Those who align themselves with the Dorkarth Bloodline are often in favor of powerful, ruthless and Vampire-centric leadership, seeking freedom by being in control.


==Trivia==
==Trivia==
*The oldest any Ailor Vampire can be at this time is around 300 years old. This would make them appear like 60 year old humanoids. 200 year old Vampires would appear like 45 year old humanoids, while 150 year old Vampires appear like 30 year olds, etc.
* 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.  
*The oldest any Nelfin Vampire can be is 250 years old. This is largely because Nelfin feeding occurred much later than Ailor feeding.  
* It’s not unusual for a Vampire Coven to incorporate void-attuned Ezekiel into their ranks as blooded members. Although rare, there are recorded instances of void-attuned Ezekiel leading covens, or even claiming themselves as Desprinces. Void Silven often share a similar lot with Ezekiel in this regard, though typically Ezekiel are received better than Void Silven.
* Contrary to folklore, Vampires in fact do not gain sharpened canine teeth. This is only present in Varghuls and Varlords. Regular Vampires retain a more humanoid denture, while feral Vampires develop lengthened sharpened teeth unless their state is reverted.  
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Vampirism
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Afflictions
Affected Races Various
Contraction Various
Mortality Rate N/A
Origins Cataclysm
Symptoms
  • Varying

Vampirism, also known as the Sanguine Curse, is a Void-spawned blood-curse that has plagued Aloria for thousands of years. A disease hated by most of Aloria's people, this Affliction causes the infected to undergo both physical and mental transformations, and has come and gone with the ebb and flow of Void Invasions. 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, spurred as much by the mental changes incurred by the curse as it is by the excessive cruelty of Alorian authorities towards Vampires. In the Regalian Empire, Vampirism is regarded as unholy or even demonic, as often treated with curing as it is imprisonment or outright execution; Unionist faithful make frequent shows of Vampiric executions, driving Vampires into living in the outskirts or underbellies of settlements. 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 has been on the rise since the end of the Great Vampire Wars, often following 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.

Vampiric Infection

Playing a Vampire in Regalia

Vampirism in Regalia is extremely illegal, and the Regalian Guard (The State Metropolitan) are constantly on the lookout for Vampires to catch and cure them. To be a Vampire is illegal in Regalia, and so when playing a Vampire, you should expect to constantly be hunted. Vampires are designed to perform well in one-on-one fights, and will by nature of their Affliction always outperform individuals they are squared up against, though Vampires might consider twice to attack someone with Puretek or advanced Magic. Vampires can both be upfront and obvious, but sometimes may find that being subtle and using subterfuge is more effective. Vampires group together and cooperate in covens, but players who play Vampires should expect to be disliked by the majority of the non-Vampire population, with only a few scant sympathizers among the other rejects of Regalia.

Infection

Vampiric Infection can occur in a number of ways. The most common method for Vampiric Infection is through feeding, which is explained in the Vampire Special “Vampire Feeding” (see below). There exist, however, two other forms of infection also that are somewhat lesser known. The second method is to perform the dark ritual to the Archdemon. This involves finding a Dark Altar, which are usually effigies built by Vampires to praise the Arch-Void, the greatest of all Demons from the Void. Any blood offered to this Dark Altar will turn into infected blood; consuming this blood will cause the drinker to instantly become a Vampire. The third method is to willingly drink half a cup of blood from any Vampire who had directly blood-letted their own blood into a cup. Vampires gain no sustenance from feeding on other Vampires, but the mundane can be turned into a Vampire by consuming a decent amount of Vampiric Blood; this does not work on large quantities of liquid, and so Vampiric Blood cannot be used to unwittingly infect large groups of people.

Exceptions to Vampirism

  • Urlan cannot be infected with Vampirism. Vampires also cannot feed from Urlan, as any attempt to bite through their neck fails, and even if they got their hands on Urlan blood, it would burn their mouth.
  • Characters with Exist based abilities or afflictions cannot be infected with Vampirism due to the saturation of Exist essence. This includes Mages.
  • As Vampirism is an Affliction, those who already have any other type of Affliction are unable to become Vampires. Additionally, those that already have Vampirism cannot become Afflicted with any other type of Affliction.
  • Primal Mages and Archons are immune to becoming Vampirically infected. They can still be fed from like normal however, even if Vampires say that Archblood blood tastes exceptionally stale.
  • Ordial Mages, Undead, and other Ordial empowered are immune to becoming Vampirically infected. While Ordial Mages can be drunk from, Undead don’t have blood that Vampires can be satiated from.
  • Immunity from Vampirism can be bought through Affliction Scholarly Point Buy. This pack does incur Proficiency cost, but grants immunity to Blood Sickness that occurs when infection does not take hold.
  • If a Vampire uses Artificer Point Buy, they may change their Branch to Dark Tech for the duration of their infection, but this is optional.

Mental Changes

When a Vampire becomes infected with the Sanguine Curse, their mental outlook on themselves, others, and the world changes. This is a magical effect caused by the Affliction itself, and thus applies exactly the same to everyone who becomes a Vampire, though the severity may differ between races. For example, while an Ailor may become more selfish and vain, the egotistical and self-aggrandizing nature of Altalar will be amplified to even greater heights. For ease of reference, the mental changes are recorded in a bullet point list below:

  • Vampires do not have a conscience. In most cases they can just do whatever they like without feeling guilt or remorse over anything. They are certainly not self destructive and can distinguish long-term effects of their decisions, they just no longer care about the feelings and wellbeing of others. Vampires can be anxious, but only rarely suffer from self-doubt.
  • Vampires gain a more possessive and domineering sense of love or friendship. While Vampires can certainly still have friends and lovers, by far and large, this affection is more through the scope of “You belong to me”, instead of “I love you”. They can still care, but only insofar one cares for their own possessions, and are very prone to jealousy.
  • Vampires are very full of themselves, believing in their own physical and mental superiority over those who are uninfected. They see the uninfected as either: soon to be infected, undeserving of infection, or blood-cattle to sustain on. Vampires will frequently use the uninfected to achieve their goals.
  • Vampires are anti-religious. Any concept of spirituality is lost to Vampires, with the exception of Void God or (Void) Arken worship. A Vampire may still pretend to worship their pre-infection faith, but know deep down that it is all pretend. Vampires show particular disregard for holy sites or religious artifacts.
  • Vampires are not necessarily anti-establishment. While many Vampires seek to destroy the Regalian Empire, there are just as many who believe that the Empire is in fact the easiest tool or vehicle through which to expand their own influence and power, and to infect more with Vampirism. A Vampire can still be loyal to the Emperor, hoping to one day make him a Vampire.

Curing

The Vampiric Infection can only ever truly be cured through one way: the Sakrosanct. The Sakrosanct is an ancient ruin found on the Crown Isle which houses an inner chamber which has some sort of effect on the Vampiric Infection (or Cahal Affliction). The exact first curing of a Vampire through the Sakrosanct has been lost to time, however the process has been transferred between Arcanologists. In order to cure a Vampire, the person must meet the requirements described in Scholarly Point Buy#Affliction Wisdom Pack and be present to lead the ritual. The exact process of the ritual is not wholly relevant and may be up to the player to dictate. The individual intended to be cured must be placed inside the curing chamber (which can contain up to two people at a time), after which the chamber is sealed and the curing begins. The ritualist may then perform their desired ritual, and a timer should be set for 10 minutes. If nobody has shown up to try and free the Vampire in the curing chamber (and the player being cured not notifying that someone is on their way), then the curing process is time-skipped and completed instantly. If someone arrives and attempts to break out the Vampire, then the Curing can only be completed when the attackers have been defeated and left. If the defenders are defeated by the attackers, the Curing ritual is interrupted and the Vampire may be freed. In both instances, attackers and defenders may not be captured, and must be allowed to leave by the victor.

Abilities and Specials

Vampires do not have any Abilities in their Base Kit. Instead, Vampires gain 4 commutable Point-Buy Points that can be spent in specific Categories. These commutable Point Buy Points do not increase any Proficiency Stat, and allow the purchase of additional Point-Buy Packs, but do not allow them to exceed the cap. These commutable Point-Buy Points must be mentioned on the Character Application, and are lost instantly when the Character is cured. These Commutable Point Buy Points may be used in the following Categories: Artificer Point Buy, Roguery Point Buy, Spell Point Buy, and Curses Point Buy a unique category only certain Afflictions have access to. Each Vampire Type does still have Specials though.

Blooded Vampire

Blooded Vampires or just Vampires, are the most commonly found type of Vampire which can either operate as a lone wolf, an occasional ally, or a member of a greater Coven or group.

  • Vampiric Glamor: Vampires have a Glamor, the ability to perfectly imitate their pre-infection appearance. However, a few things break their Glamor, and make it obvious that they're a Vampire. If they use any Abilities gained from the Commutable Points (not Specials), feed, or are targeted by some kind of forced reveal Ability, then the Glamor breaks. Glowing red eyes is the universal sign of Vampirism across all Vampire Forms and visual designs. A Vampire may choose to walk around without their Glamor. It is important to note that a Glamor cannot ever look like another person, and only exists to obscure their status as a Vampire.
  • Vampiric Bloodlust: Vampires are cursed with a hunger for blood: food and drink do not sate them. Their curse means that they do not age, so long as they continue to drink it. This even extends their lifetime beyond what is natural (although Vampires over 200 require hibernation to sustain themselves). If a Vampire stops drinking blood or is cured, they rapidly re-age, and become extremely weak, unable to use Abilities. While this will never kill them, it makes them old and frail, until they acquire fresh blood or are re-infected. When Vampires are exposed to blood, they become anxious and have to suppress the urge to drink it, which can compromise their ability to keep up a Glamor. Vampires must feed on player characters once every two weeks, and are not allowed to feed on NPCs. Players who go on hiatuses can choose to have their Vampire Hibernate.
  • Vampiric Feeding: Vampires can feed on unconscious or restrained targets by sinking their fangs into their neck. This only requires a few seconds of contact, and is painless for the victim, while also erasing any memory of the feeding and any memory from the last 24 hours that would allow them to conclude that the person who fed on them was a Vampire. It is not possible for a Vampire to feed mid-combat. Vampires can feed from a willing target for a longer period of time, or allow any target to remember the feeding. As well, if a Vampire successfully feeds, within the 10 seconds after they finish feeding, they can instantly teleport to their Rental Region, Regalian Business Region, or a Noble Estate or Clandestine Base that they belong to. They must be out of combat. Anyone besides the victim who sees them teleporting will remember.
  • Vampiric Infection: Most Vampiric infections happen through biting. However, Vampiric infection is consent-based. If a Player does not want their Character to be infected, they will receive Blood Sickness instead. If a Player does consent, either the Character can be instantly infected, or they can go through a slow process of infection where they have Blood Sickness and are corrupted over the course of a week before succumbing and drinking blood to turn. Blood Sickness causes -2 Strength and -1 Constitution for 72 hours after successful feeding. (This does not affect Point-Buy Packs.)
  • Vampiric Influence: Vampires can subtly and telepathically send desires, emotions, and feelings to a target non-Vampire in the area around them. They cannot interfere with actions or movements, or does it work if their target is mid-combat. These sensations can never force a target to act a certain way, but the target's Player can decide to give in and do what the Vampire wants. This influence only lasts as long as the Vampire is in Emote Distance. With the OOC consent of the target, the Vampire and target can agree for the target to become the Vampire's thrall, who obeys every command given by the Vampire to the letter until Exorcised. Additionally, Vampires are immune to any Specials that would mind-control them, unless they want them to work.
  • Vampiric Presence: Vampires cannot be detected during Server Events or Player Events that are recorded in the Calendar, including Imperial Court events. Anyone who wants to attack or capture a Vampire during one of those events forgets what they were doing and that the Vampire was there, walking somewhere else. This effect is broken if the Vampire attacks anyone or ridicules anyone there or the host. The Vampire must leave before the event is officially over, as they lose Vampiric Presence immediately when it ends.
  • Vampiric Visions: Vampires may send visions or dreams to those they have fed on. These cannot trigger when the Character is actively doing something else, but can be constructed entirely as the Vampire player wants, and communicated OOC with a time/date and whether it is a waking vision or sleeping dream. Vampires can continue to send visions to victims until they are Exorcised. If the visions are OOCly disruptive, the victim may offscreen Exorcise themselves to get rid of them.
  • Vampiric Physiology: Vampires do not naturally breathe and do not require oxygen. They can exist underwater and in vacuums, and can never be suffocated. As well, they are not affected whatsoever by the cold, although they can still be inhibited by snowfall, and frozen in place if encased in ice.
  • Vampiric Familiar: Vampires are able to summon a Vampiric Familiar. It can be any type of small housepet such as a rodent, domestic canine, domestic feline, bird, small mustelid, rabbit, pygmy pig, reptile, or amphibian, or any other kind of small, domesticable animal. All Vampiric Familiars have some kind of bat-like features imposed on their natural form. They cannot be used in Combat RP and cannot be harmed by others. They can however carry hand-held items and interact with the environment, as long as they stay in Emote Range of their owner. If the Vampire already had a Familiar, it becomes their Vampire Familiar instead.
  • Vampiric Dressage: Vampires are able to magically change their clothes. They can change the texture, color, pattern, shape, and appearance of any fabric or leather clothing piece. Additionally, they can instantly and seamlessly summon or resize any article of clothing on themselves. This Special cannot be used to summon armor. However, it can be used on any Vampire Thralls the Vampire might have, while within Emote Range of them.
  • Vampiric Duplication: Vampires are able to magically copy the appearance of another person that they have been within Emote Range of at least once before. This Special only works on Player Characters, and not Event NPCs, but allows the Vampire to perfectly copy the appearance, visuals, voice, etc of a person exactly, while also disguising their Vampiric Nature. A Vampire can don or remove this Disguise at will, and it cannot be removed by others. This Special is utilized by copying a person's Minecraft skin and nickname.
  • Vampiric Aesthetics: Vampires have a deep connection to the Void. Any summon or magic aesthetics that they use should be hues of red or black. Visual themes should be based on blood or blood-singing in some way.
  • Vampiric Form: All Vampires have an alternate appearance called a Vampire Form which is a Special Transformation that changes their appearance to such a degree it can also function as a disguise. Vampiric Forms can have a number of additional traits such as extra arms, eyes, horns, wings, tails, spikes, tendrils, appendages and more. It is important to remember however that a Vampire Form is purely aesthetic when it comes to Combat Roleplay, so for example, extra arms cannot be used to wield extra weapons, though outside of Combat Roleplay they can be functional to perform non-hostile/competitive actions like pouring a drink or holding an item. This Special cannot be combined with, or used at the same time as, any other Disguise Ability or Special. Vampiric Forms have an additional set of rules that must be followed:
    • Vampiric Forms may never imitate other Transformations of other Abilities or other Races. Additionally, some element of red must be prominent, but exactly where is up to the player.
    • Players may design their own Vampiric Form, but the description must be placed on a Character Application under “Vampiric Form” somewhere in Abilities.
    • Vampires who are members of Covens may have traits in their Vampiric Forms that are similar, usually defined by the Greater Vampire Player to make them appear like they belong together.
    • Coven based traits may appear and disappear depending on the Vampire’s allegiance. Generally a Vampiric Form must be recognizably the same between loyalties.
    • The Player may decide that their Vampiric Form is unrecognizable from their normal appearance, or has the same face. It functioning as a disguise is optional. Vampire Forms are, however, always recognizable as a Vampire.

Greater Vampire

A Vampire becomes Greater when they have infected four or more people and those people form a Coven with them, with those four Vampires being considered the Greater Vampire's "Pledged Vampires". Alternatively, they can have a currently infected Vampire pledge to them, but this pledge is permanent until that Vampire is cured. It is important that their Coven members stay active- Greater Vampire status is lost if their total active Pledged drop below four. Greater Vampires must write down the names of their Coven members on their Character Application. Bonded Vampires cannot become Greater Vampires. They have access to the following extra Specials:

  • Coven Telepathy: The Greater Vampire is (while stationary inside a Rental Region / Regalian Business Region / Noble Estate / Clandestine Base) able to manifest an illusion of themselves made out of blood-smoke within Emote Range of their Pledged Vampires. This illusion cannot move, but can gesture and communicate within Emote Distance. If attacked, it disappears, dissolving for a minute. Pledged Vampires belonging to a specific Greater Vampire can call for them to appear with their illusion, which the Greater Vampire may accept or decline.
  • Coven Mender: Pledged Vampires belonging to the Greater Vampire may drink from their blood and restore all wounds, including body parts lost in the past 24 hours. This Special can only be used inside a Rental Region / Regalian Business Region / Noble Estate / Clandestine Base belonging to the Greater Vampire or their Coven, and can only be used if the region is not being attacked or besieged.
  • Coven Control: If a Greater Vampire's Pledged Vampire is captured, imprisoned, or cured, they become aware of their imminent fate by prophetic vision. If the Metropolitan is planning to cure them, the Greater Vampire must be OOCly informed of the date and time. It is the Vampire not the Metropolitan's responsibility to do this. As well, Greater Vampires cannot be cured conventionally (the Metropolitan OOCly knows when a Vampire is Greater). If they are to be cured, a Palace inquestor is called down, who sends the Metropolitan to fetch additional necessary quest items, after which they can be successfully cured.

Master Vampire

A Greater Vampire becomes a Master Vampire or Desprince when they have produced (or Pledged) six or more Blooded Vampire followers. The Master Vampire can designate one of these six Pledged Vampires as a Greater Vampire. They cannot swap around who their "lieutenant" Greater Vampire is, but if that Greater Vampire is cured, they can pick a new one after 1 week. Master Vampires retain all Greater Vampire Specials, in addition to their Master Vampire Specials. (They can use Coven Mender and Coven Control on their Greater Vampire, but the Greater Vampire cannot use Coven Mender and Coven Control on the Master vampire.) They can make a ticket to discuss a Custom Kit with Lore Staff, which will remain in effect for as long as the Coven has the 7 necessary members or more. This Kit can vary greatly depending on the Master Vampire's niche. There can only ever be one Master Vampire in a Coven.

  • Ultimate Blood-Bond: The Master Vampire is capable of magically maintaining a bond of blood to all of their pledged Vampires. When one of these Pledged Vampires is Cured, the Master Vampire is capable of instantly creating a Blood-Clone of that person at their Rental Region / Regalian Business Region / Noble Estate / Clandestine Base etc. This Blood-Clone is an exact copy of the prior Pledged Vampire, but is still infected as a Sanguine, and acts as a "split off" version of the target. While this Blood-Clone cannot share information that its 'original' would not have shared otherwise, it can act completely independently of its 'original,' and in perfect service to the Master Vampire. The Blood-Clone cannot be cured, but can be killed, or alternatively re-merged with its 'original,' if they are captured again by the Master Vampire, allowing for instant re-infection (and the destruction of the Blood-Clone). Blood-Clones automatically die after 1 Month's time, and require full re-infection to be created again. Blood-Clones can be played by the original character, or alternatively played by another player, if the original player consents.
  • Call of the Void: When one of the Master Vampire's Pledged is cured, they can optionally activate a 'latent curse' in the individual. This essentially acts as a fake-curing, drawing the target back to the Master Vampire for re-infection via some magical force, once they are no longer under watch or suspicion. This Special relies on OOC consent, and generally exists as an IC explanation for people who still want to play a Vampire, but feel like their un-cured character wouldn't willingly return for infection.

Bonded Vampire

Bonded Vampires are two Blooded Vampires in a romantic relationship who do not join a Coven. If for some reason their relationship changes/deteriorates, they become regular Blooded Vampires. Bonded Vampires can be family members, good friends, or have a Lord/Knight relationship of service and protection, or alternatively exclusive romantic partners (polyamory only counts if all members are Vampires and Vowed). They inherit regular Blooded Vampire Abilities and Specials, but get a few extra:

  • Bonded Embrace: While within Emote Range of each other, Bonded Vampires gain +1 Strength. If one of them fails a dice roll, the other one can roll again, and the higher value is taken. This dice re-roll has a 2 hour cooldown, per Vampire. Bonded Vampires are able to telepathically communicate across any distance, through on-server Direct Message. They may also share feelings this way. Any Ability or Effect that counters Info Powers also disables this Special.
  • Bonded Desperation: If a Bonded Vampire is about to be killed, knocked out, or dragged to curing, the other Bonded Vampire may descend from the sky on bat-wings to aid them. This landing is nearly instant, and the Player may be informed of the emergency through Discord or DMs. However, if their partner is already caught in a Combat Roleplay, they cannot appear. Landing can chain into an attack or Ability.

Vampire Broods

A Vampire Brood is someone with a Vampire parent. They can be infected like mundane people, and cured too, but have a unique appearance. They have the following Specials, and the following Specials only:

  • Vampire Heritage: Vampire Broods are not Vampires, but are often mistaken for them. They have permanently red irises which cannot be hidden, even through tinted glasses. Broods also have sharp canines, though never quite as long as a real Vampire's, and optionally may also have paler skin, reddened eye sockets, and sharpened nails. Additional mutations are possible and can be inquired after in an RP Community Discord Staff Ticket.
  • Bloody Allure: Despite not being Vampires, Broods are attracted to blood. When they see or smell it, they become nervous, fidgety, and lose focus. If they give in to the curse and consume it, they become pseudo-infected, getting access to all Blooded Vampire Specials (but not Abilities) for 72 hours. This pseudo-infection is not curable, but always reverts after the 72 hours.
  • Vampiric Form: Even while not in their pseudo Infection or proper Vampiric Infection, Vampire Broods have access to an alternate appearance called a Vampire Form, which is a Special Transformation that changes their appearance. Vampiric Forms can have a number of additional traits such as extra arms, eyes, horns, wings, tails, spikes, tendrils, appendages and more. It is important to remember however that a Vampire Form is purely aesthetic when it comes to Combat Roleplay, so for example, extra arms cannot be used to wield extra weapons, though outside of Combat Roleplay they can be functional to perform non-hostile/competitive actions like pouring a drink or holding an item. Vampiric Forms work slightly differently for Vampire Broods than they do for regular Vampires. If a Vampire Brood becomes infected properly, or has a pseudo Infection, the rules of regular Vampire Vampiric Form apply, and their Vampiric Form may change until they are cured. The rules applying to Vampire Brood Vampiric Forms are listed below:
    • Vampiric Forms may never imitate other Transformations of other Abilities or other Races. Additionally, some element of red must be prominent, but exactly where is up to the player.
    • Players may design their own Vampiric Form, but the description must be placed on a Character Application under “Vampiric Form” somewhere in Abilities.
    • The Player may not decide that their Vampiric Form is unrecognizable. Vampire Broods in their Vampire Form are always recognizable, the Vampiric Form cannot act as a disguise.

Culture

To be a vampire is to be hated and hunted by nearly all of Aloria. All over the world, vampires are reviled for their foul curse, seen as power-hungry leeches and agents of malice that only exist to prey on the innocent and powerless. While none of this is explicitly untrue, many vampires have reasons for turning to vampirism beyond the promise of power. To a vampire, vampirism is often seen as a means of self-expression, escapism, and above all, freedom.

Vampiric culture is attributed to both individualism and community; it's typical for a vampire to be very anti-government and anti-religious because these institutions are often very socially limiting. Vampires are driven by their wants, be it power, security, fame, or glory; vampires seek to be the best of themselves, and it's not uncommon for a vampire to feel as if their family, culture, government, religion, or morals get in the way of that. For these reasons, vampires typically either leave or are outcast from their society and are summarily seen as selfish, antisocial, and baleful beings who deeply hate all who participate in society. However, vampires are social creatures who crave to be around like-minded individuals; for this reason, it's not uncommon that a vampire may join or found a coven of other like-minded vampires or bond to another vampiric partner. It's rare to find a vampire who is truly a lone wolf and hasn't at least allied themselves to another vampire or coven as a whole.

Covens are what make up the basis of vampiric culture, and a vampire often defines their own culture based upon what Coven they may be a member of. Covens can vary wildly, and are often heavily influenced by the members that make it up, just as the coven itself influences its members, with some being militaristic, others more subterfuge based. What defines a Coven is simply the gathering of vampires - a Coven does not need to be structured in any particular way, some covens elect to have a single vampire lead them, while others choose for a council, rarely a coven may even be democratic in nature. It’s not unusual for newly forming covens to try and imitate older more established covens. The culturally relevant and longest lasting covens are often referred to as ‘Bloodlines’, the Bloodlines of modern vampiric culture are listed below and are often imitated in some way, be it through name, practice, or symbol.

Rituals

Rituals and their purposes are typically unique between covens, but there have been instances where two connected covens may share rituals, and some rituals can involve many covens at once. Rituals do not need a specific goal in mind, though they typically do have one, and are often treated as social events that allow vampires to gather and cooperate either within a coven or between them. Some specific rituals have been popularized and passed along between covens, and are now common to vampiric culture as a whole.

The Faceless Masquerade

The Faceless Masquerade, first popularized by Desprince Eveleanda Morvanus, is a ritual that heavily involves the arts of subterfuge and seduction. It’s often Alais that partake in this ritual, though Milôt and Dorkarth have been known to partake as well. A Faceless Masquerade is often not a party hosted by the vampires in question, as the name may imply, but rather is instead the act of a vampire or a coven of vampires attempting to infiltrate an already planned party. It’s not uncommon for a coven of vampires to prepare for a Faceless Masquerade together - the process involves not only a disguise - which is usually done with vampiric magics and makeup - but also involves creating fake personas and coming up with backstories and pseudonyms. Then, members of the coven, if successfully infiltrating, will typically attempt to gain positive rapport with the host or any guests of importance. It’s not uncommon practice for less militaristic covens to use Faceless Masquerades as a chance to acquire new members, and typically the seduction of the host and guest is with the intention of getting new thralls or new coven members who are already high in society.

The Fledgling Hunt

Fledgling Hunts were popularized by the first Desprinces of Dorkarth, and are performed by all bloodlines regularly. Fledgling hunts are, essentially, initiation rites for newly blooded members of vampire covens. Often, Fledgling Hunts are a chance for a newly blooded vampire to prove their own competence and make a place for themselves in a coven’s hierarchy. These initiation rights, despite the name, do not always have to be hunts in the literal sense - for example, a Milôt coven’s Fledgling Hunt may take place in hosting a fun party, an Alais coven’s Fledgling Hunt may involve successfully seducing a target of interest,and a Dorkarth coven’s may be successfully taking a new thrall. Though, it’s not uncommon for a Fledgling Hunt to just be an actual hunt, be it of potential prey or a Cahal - these practices are very common between von Kërle and Wyrden covens.

Dueling of Wutienda

Wutienda Duels are named after the Dorkarth Desprince, Wutienda, who first came up with the ritual, though the duels have been largely popularized in modern times by the von Kërle covens. Wutienda duels are affairs that are used not only for entertainment, but to train one’s skills, and to settle disputes. The ritual involves first drawing a circle of runes on the ground - the size does not matter, it can be as small or as large as the vampire likes, though the circle has to be unbroken. The materials used to draw this circle has to be mixed with the blood of those that intend to participate in the duel - there is no limit of participants, the only stipulation being that all participants must be vampiric and have infected blood, or the ritual will fail. After the ritual circle is drawn, and all participating vampires step into the circle, the ritual can be fully activated with a single drop of Greater Vampire or Desprince blood. Upon activation, the circle is enclosed with a magical barrier that does not allow anyone into the circle, but can let participants out (however, they cannot re-enter upon exiting). The circle stays this way until only one living vampire remains. It’s typical for a Wutienda duel to end in a death or multiple deaths (at the end of the duel, all killed parties are returned to life, though the victor’s wounds are not healed), however this is not always the case. Wutienda duels can be done with non-lethal fights, or more unique fighting styles such as trying to shove an opponent out of the dueling ring. Rarely, Wutienda duels are used in a manner that’s not particularly violent - as some Alais covens tend to do - such as having contestants verbally spar until one gets their feelings hurt and declares defeat by leaving the ring. It’s typical for duellists to either agree on a fighting method themselves, or have the Greater vampire or Desprince who activates the ring decide on the method and rulings, and it is seen as incredibly taboo to deviate from the rulings of a Wutienda duel. It is possible for a Greater Vampire or Desprince to declare a ‘champion’ of their coven through the use of a Wutienda duel - where the winner of the duel can be branded with a glowing mark (which is unique between covens) somewhere on their body as a symbol of their status as the coven’s champion, which essentially declares them one of the coven’s best. This mark can be hidden by glamor form, and there can only ever be one ‘champion’ per coven, which makes the position highly sought after, especially from more prideful vampires.

The Ritual of Projections

By use of this ritual, any Vampire-attuned Ezekiel 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 Ezekiel 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 Ezekiel 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 Ezekiel Vampires to lead more engaging lectures and sermons regarding all which they have learned, or to entertain their Coven with stories of their travels.

History

The exact origins of the Vampiric Curse is unknown, largely because the Regalian Empire has been exceptionally efficient at suppressing information about the Vampiric Curse for centuries following the Vampire Wars. Vampirism itself is thousands of years old however, with a variety of it affecting (presumably) nearly every civilization that suffered a Void Invasion. Within the Allorn Empire still exist some records of claims by the Meraic Civilization where those corrupted by the darkness fed on their own people, which is often regarded as evidence for Vampirism having existed at least as far back as 2000 years. With the Void invasions however, and with the Arch-Void disappearing from the world after a successful purge, the Vampiric Curse would eventually die out as it lacked the population to sustain itself, thus disappearing until the next Void Invasion. A handful of Vampires are known (and rumored) to have survived each civilization fall, going into hibernation and remaining hidden for hundreds if not thousands of years, waiting to be administered a drop of blood to be revived. When the last Void Invasion at the end of the Allorn Empire took place, Vampires once again started appearing among the Altalar, some cults which had become prone to blood worship and cannibalism. When the Void Invasion was halted, Vampirism disappeared along with the rest of the Demonic forces, but re-appeared in Ellador several years later. The theory among scholars in the Regalian Court is that Vampirism was designed to weaken the population before the main Demonic force would arrive, causing in-fighting and terror among the population thus reducing their effectiveness in a fight. Since the Arch-Void was defeated on a more permanent basis however, Vampires have effectively exceeded their purpose, and started defining their own reason to exist in the world, causing the creation of so-called cultural Bloodlines.

Bloodlines

In vampiric culture, the term ‘bloodline’ is not referring to literal descendance by relation, rather, it refers to the influence of notable past covens that have become cultural icons. It’s not uncommon for both individual Vampires and Vampire Covens to identify with a bloodline. There have been many throughout history, these are the most notable modern ones.

Alais

The Alais Bloodline originated in Ithania during the Vampire Wars. Its Desprince, Eveleanda Morvanus, led her cult-following to Ithania during their height, and managed to seduce one of the richest princesses of the local Hivres. The resulting two-woman power couple quickly spread their influence and soon turned the local courts to Vampirism. The Coven of Alais was founded, and its influence soon spread, as the Coven sent infiltrants to courts within Lusits, Solacia, Pays-Sud, and eventually even the Imperial Court itself. Vampires and Covens who align themselves as Alais pay homage and often imitate the ways of seduction, subterfuge, and infiltration the original Alais Desprinces had, and look to claim their freedom by climbing to the top of the social ladder and reigning over those on the lower rungs.

Milôt

The Milôt Bloodline originated in the Regalian Archipelago, somewhere in Pays-Sud, around the time of the Ithanian Gem Boom. Unlike other Bloodlines, the history of the Milôt Coven was never well recorded, its Desprince is not known. It’s said, however, that they were a commoner and spent much of their time around carnivals. The Milôt Coven was not a strongly centralized Coven, rather, it was said to migrate regularly, following multiple troupes of entertainers throughout the Regalian archipelago and onwards. Those who align themselves with the Milôt bloodline are often entertainers, partygoers, extroverts and socialites who seek freedom through hedonism and fun.

Wyrden

The Wyrden Bloodline originates from the Morass Willow Walds in Western Anglia, after the Vampire Wars. The Wyrden Bloodline’s origins are steeped in a rich oral history and folktale that has mutated over time. It is believed the first Desprince of the Wyrden Coven was a prophet named Zalora, a vampire who was obsessed with fighting the Uhr-Beasts and ensuring the continuation of the Vampiric Gift. Contemplating how to defeat this mortal enemy, Zalora traveled the world in a great pilgrimage, seeking solutions to their dire problem. It’s said that Zalora found what they were looking for in the Regalian Archipelago, long before the Regalian Empire was formed, and after centuries they had mastered the art of controlling nature itself. It’s then said that Zalora transmuted themselves into a twisted leafless tree, and bled sap that gave birth to the first Wyrden Coven. The legitimacy of this story is questionable at best, though Wyrden often believe it to be true. Whatever the case, the Wyrden Coven started within Western Anglia’s walds, and has spread to forests within and beyond the Regalian Archipelago, and often compete with and antagonize Cahal packs openly and aggressively, believing them to the the Uhr-Beasts Zalora’s prophecy spoke of. Those who align with the Wyrden Bloodline are often sages, herbalists, mystics, gardeners and healers who seek freedom by continuing Zalora’s prime directive: fighting the Cahalic beasts and ensuring the continued survival of Vampires.

von Kërle

The von Kërle Bloodline originated in the dark forests of Calemberg, Baldmark, and Waldmark. The Coven of von Kërle began during the heat of the Vampire Wars when a Dorkarth Desprince left Ellador to infiltrate Calemberg with the intention of weakening the Wirtem armies by seducing the higher rungs of society. This Desprince was successful, and managed to use his vampiric wiles to seduce the Count of Parchstadt and turn him to Dark Ancient worship. He was successful, however, the Count of Parchstadt proved more cunning than his Desprince lover, killing him and taking his power. How, when, or why the Count did this is lost to time, however it is said that the Count was not a Vampire going into the ordeal, and was a Vampire coming out of it. The von Kërle Coven spread through the dark forests shortly after the Count’s disappearance, and the von Kërle bloodline proliferated even through violent clashes with the Darkwald Order. Those who align with the von Kërle bloodline are often dogmatic and militaristic, and seek freedom through physical and militaristic might.

Dorkarth

The Dorkarth Bloodline originated in Ellador many centuries ago, and is one of the oldest and largest still-relevant Covens to date. All modern Bloodlines are said to have descended from individuals converted by the fourteen immortal High Desprinces that make up the leadership of the Dorkarth Coven. It controls a state in north-western Ellador of the same name, and still contends with Dwarves and Isldar of the region to this day, all in the hopes of creating a Vampiric Empire. Those who align themselves with the Dorkarth Bloodline are often in favor of powerful, ruthless and Vampire-centric leadership, seeking freedom by being in control.

Trivia

  • 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.
  • It’s not unusual for a Vampire Coven to incorporate void-attuned Ezekiel into their ranks as blooded members. Although rare, there are recorded instances of void-attuned Ezekiel leading covens, or even claiming themselves as Desprinces. Void Silven often share a similar lot with Ezekiel in this regard, though typically Ezekiel are received better than Void Silven.

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Last Editor Birdsfoot violet on 10/25/2022.

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