\ Haven:Mist and Shadow Lore/Vampires



 Vampires have existed for as long as anyone can remember. There are many
 theories as to their origin, ranging from that they are a type of demon to
 cursed souls.

 Vampires are immortal, or, rather, immune to death by disease or old age.
 Their bodies are unlike typical humans, requiring blood in order to keep
 their muscles working. Although they don't have a beating heart, blood
 suffuses their entire form in an almost sentient manner. Maintaining this
 requires the vampire to feed normally once or twice a week.


 Most vampires feed from humans once or twice a week to maintain a typical
 level of activity. Very active vampires, particularly vampires who fight
 a lot, are likely to feed twice as much, while inactive vampires can feed
 much less.

 Many vampires have an innate talent with hypnotism, allowing them to
 place prospective prey in a trance state to feed. The human is left with
 no memory of the incident, at most feeling a recent rush of vertigo.

 Most vampires will kill about one person a year from feeding. This is not
 usually intentional, but a side effect of picking a target who has a weak
 heart, high level of blood toxicity, thin blood or who has recently lost
 blood. Regardless of how careful a vampire may be, it is impossible to
 prevent occasionally killing someone so long as a vampire feeds on humans.

 See help bite for information on feeding on PCs.

Vampire Blood:

 Also known by street names such as V, Juice, Red and Hype. 
 See help vampire blood.


 New vampires are made by an existing vampire feeding on his target, then
 feeding the target some of his own blood. Mechanically, this can be done
 by using the force change command on a helpless target.

 Turning does not directly affect a new vampire's psychology. However,
 the combination of access to power and the hunger that drives vampires
 to occasionally kill do cause changes. Some newly turned vampires cannot
 adapt and end up killing themselves, but this is rare. Most do adapt,
 with world views ranging from balancing out their deeds with good works,
 to the belief that it is their right to be natural predators or monsters.

 Characters who are already dead, including ghosts and wights, cannot be


 Vampires can die if they take enough physical damage. Vampires who are
 killed disintegrate into ash.


 See help stake.


 Vampires are nocturnal creatures. They do not combust with exposure to
 sunlight, but do find it extremely unpleasant. Sunlight is very bright
 and painful to them, and is blinding without protection. Exposure to
 direct sunlight burns them in a manner similar to a sunburn, but much
 more quickly, particularly at midday.

 Some vampires can develop a resistance to sunlight, and a rare few are
 predisposed to it. However, even if they are resistant, the noon sun is
 still extremely painful to them.

Reflected and Reproduced Images:

 Vampires do produce reflections, but these reflections are unnatural. A
 brief glance may not discern anything unusual, but prolonged exposure to
 a vampire's reflection first causes an uneasy feeling that gradually will
 intensify to the point it can cause insanity. Even the vampires themselves
 are not immune to this, causing them to use mirrors very sparingly.

 This effect happens with all images that may be considered live, with the
 vampire in the same room. Filming a vampire live or taking a picture which
 involves a digital screen will cause this effect. Flat images (photograph
 prints and portraits) and previously taken video or video not broadcasted
 in the same room will not cause this effect.

Urban Legends:

 Vampires are not repelled by garlic, but find the smell unpleasant. They
 are not affected by religious symbols or holy water.


 Vampires feel the urge to sleep during the day, which feels more or less
 the same as typical tiredness. However, regardless of whether the vampire
 has chosen to sleep during the day, all tiredness washes away with sunset.


 Vampires do not experience typical fatigue from physical exertion. Instead,
 they get hungry. Blood for them is similar to fuel for a car, and the more
 they exert themselves, the more hungry they feel, until they top up.

Physiology and Aging:

 All vampire fluids are tinged with blood, including tears and saliva.

 Vampires can reactivate their physiology with some concentration. Only by
 doing this may they mimic typical human physiology in a limited form,
 allowing them to digest large amounts of food and drink or engage in
 sexual activity.

 This reactivation can be emotionally driven, but such concentration does
 require being awake. Theoretically, a female vampire can reactivate her
 body to the point she is able to carry a child for nine months, but the
 effort would require her not ever sleeping. Male vampires can impregnante
 a living female with much less effort, though it would still require some
 concentration to do. Sexual activities are the most common cause for
 vampire activation.

 Reactivating their physiology causes vampires to age while active. Their
 day to day business may require activation, though vampires are able to
 activate parts of their body at a time. Typically, it will take about 
 100 years to visibly age 1 year, although this can be reduced by refraining
 from activation.
  • Note: Reactivation is not a coded mechanic, but entirely roleplayed.

Food, Drink and Drugs:

 Vampires can imbibe small amounts of food and drink without problems. To
 consume large amounts, they must reactivate their physiology. Drugs taken
 by typical means do affect vampires, but at a very reduced rate (roughly
 a third of the rate they would affect a human). Drugs consumed by feeding
 on blood affect vampires the way regular consumption affects humans.