Accept no imitations ☆ Staffies ☆ 30 year old Pureblood Human ☆ Mousie
Curious about VAMPIRES now?
You know, those charming creatures that began out as human as you and I. Can be quite scary really, but there's a few things you should know about them. For one thing, they're not the easiest to spot in a crowd (being as they were human, right?), but there are a few giveaways if you're looking for it.
Vampires have pale skin -- the sun is a big nono for them, no chance of tanning, but I'll get to that -- they're also dead, and lack of blood circulation kind of leaves one with a bit of a lack of colour. If you study their teeth, you'll likely spot fangs, but I wouldn't recommend attempting to stick your head too close to their mouth if you're only wondering. Their eyes are also quite bright, definitely brighter than an ordinary person's eyes. I'd hate to see a vampire's hairdresser bill if they regularly get it cut though, because their hair grows back overnight -- no joke!
If you get a cut or something near a vampire, you'd know about it quickly enough. Their eyes tend to get a bit brighter and their fangs elongate to a noticeable length -- of course this is depending on the strength of the vampire's self-control (the ones that have some at least). One surefire way to spot a vampire is through the lack of a shadow or reflection in a mirror. So yeah, if you're in the ladies and the woman next to you isn't in the mirror, you might be able to take a guess as to why.
When it comes to strengths, vampires have quite a lot of them. They're physically much stronger than the average human being, and move faster than you can blink. Vampires also gain some extra sensitivities in that they are able to intrude on the minds of others through telepathy and send out thoughts -- even picking up on random thoughts here and there if they're loud enough. Get a good enough mental grip on their prey, and they could even use hypnosis (yes, they CAN make you believe you're a chicken!) They're quite durable as well, and can withstand injuries that would kill a mortal person. Of course, being technically 'dead,' they no longer age for as long as they 'live' -- if turned at an older age, they retain a more youthful looking appearance, their skin smooths over and they're eternally 'young.'
So what makes them run and hide? Sunlight is a main fear of vampires. One touch of sunlight and they'll frizzle right up into a crispy critter -- I doubt its a nice feeling, but at least they wouldn't feel it for long. They're also not fond of holy water or garlic (I guess pasta's out of the question, Luigi), they will ward the vampires away most of the time as those things tend to weaken them. Like Mr Sun, a good old beheading and a pointy object to the heart will also instantly kill a vampire. They also require blood in order to survive, this is their regular and most important source of nourishment, and while animal blood can sometimes curb a little bit of the craving its definitely not sufficient enough. Sorry Mr Human, you're far more tasty and healthy for one of these guys, OMNOMNOM. They can drink other liquids as well, not that it does anything for them, but food is also out of the question when it comes to their digestive tract (LUIGI, put. the. pasta. AWAY!)
That's around about it for the most part, though while vampires would often be more interested in what's inside you (literally) than how you look, not all of them are mindless killing machines, and many are able to retain some of their humanity and personality from when they were still alive. So that's a bonus at least, right?
[Some thanks to Vladdy for letting us pick her brain!]