Random notes on Vampires

Some of the background notes I’ve created for my universe. All this is subject to change.

• Vampires are identified, in current biological terminology as Therianthropos nocturnae, although as noted above there is some dissent as to whether or not therianthropes are indeed a separate genus or a collection of subspecies of humanity.
• Vampires, then, are defined as a species of shapeshifting optional hematophages/mesocarnivores that reproduce via a viral package that is created in specialized glands concealed in their upper jaw. Genetic evidence confirms that vampires are more closely related to other therianthropes, with lycanthropes being their closest relative, than they are to humans. However, due to the rapid speed with which vampire tissue degenerates whence cut off from the main blood supply, genetic evidence is hard to come by and there many gaps in the knowledge.
Vampire Diet
• Vampires are a species of therianthrope. Thus, they are apex predators who evolved to prey on humanity.
• Vampires are optional hematophages, meaning their primary source of food is blood, and that they supplement their diet with various other foods, mostly meat. However grain products, dairy, and some vegetables are also used.
o On that note, vampires are also mesocarnivorous: what nutrients they can’t get from blood, they pretty much have to get from meat with dairy a distant third and plant matter (grain products, vegetables, and nuts) a very distant fourth
 On that note, vampires have no universal weakness to garlic. That said, the pungent smell and taste wreak havoc on a vampire’s senses and they prefer to avoid garlic whenever possible.
 Also, food allergies are not unheard of amongst vampires, and are universally some form of plant.
o Because vampires are shapeshifters, their method of extracting blood from humans varies from vampire to vampire.
 Eastern vampires, such as the White or Red Bloodlines tend to prefer a proboscis-like tongue, while Western vampires prefer hollow fangs.
• Vampire digestive systems are very efficient, extracting all the necessary nutrients from their meals without producing any waste.
Vampire Reproduction
• Vampires are unique in the animal kingdom in that they reproduce virally within another species, namely humans. No other animal species, not even within the therianthrope genus, does so.
• Vampires reproduce by injecting a virus that contains their DNA into a human host. The virus attacks the human’s immune system, central nervous system, circulatory and respiratory system and internal organs, converting them into a vampire’s version of those same systems.
o That being said, the new vampire is not a copy of the old one. Rather, the virus adapts to the new host, altering itself as it alters the human to become a totally new vampire. Thus, a newly turned vampire can be considered a child of the vampire that turned it and the human being it once was.
o During the turning process, the human dies. Hence, vampires are sometimes considered Undead and in ancient times have nicknamed themselves the Dead and the Damned.
• Vampires can also reproduce sexually, with either humans or other vampires, though this is rare.
o When vampires reproduce sexually with humans, the result is a dhampyr, a type of creature that is colloquially referred to as ‘half-vampire, half-human’, though the reality is a little more complicated than that.
o When vampires reproduce sexually with other vampires, the result is simply another vampire. Sometimes you might get a vampire that mixes the strength and weaknesses of different bloodlines, but that’s about it.

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Some Vampire Strengths

And here are some strengths:

• Vampires are between six and ten times stronger and faster than the strongest human being, depending on age, training, and diet.
o This means that the absolute lower limit of strength for a vampire is in the 2400 kilogram range (lifting) and the absolute upper limit is in the 4000 kilogram range (lifting).
o This extends to their bite, which is similar to an alligator’s.
o Despite their super-strength, vampires are capable of great delicacy and it is rare for a human to be accidentally harmed.
 Further, even an old vampire in the peak of physical condition can only use their maximum strength for so long. Vampires do tire out and need rest occasionally.
• Vampires are much tougher than normal human beings, being resistant to bullets, explosives, and fragmentation.
o However, like any bullet resistant vest, they are vulnerable to bladed objects such as knives or swords, and a sufficiently powerful explosive or armour-piercing round will kill or injure them.
o On that note, the most reliable bullet to use is a depleted uranium round. If you do not have depleted uranium rounds, incendiary rounds, explosive rounds, and shotgun shells work just fine.
 For a shotgun to be effective, it must be a twelve-gauge shotgun firing buckshot. Anything smaller just isn’t going to cut it.

Some Vampire Weaknesses

Here are some of my vampire’s weaknesses:

• Vampires are much tougher than normal human beings, being resistant to bullets, explosives, and fragmentation.
o However, like any bullet resistant vest, they are vulnerable to bladed objects such as knives or swords, and a sufficiently powerful explosive or armour-piercing round will kill or injure them.
o On that note, the most reliable bullet to use is a depleted uranium round. If you do not have depleted uranium rounds, incendiary rounds, explosive rounds, and shotgun shells work just fine.
 For a shotgun to be effective, it must be a twelve-gauge shotgun firing buckshot. Anything smaller just isn’t going to cut it.
• Vampires have no particular weakness to fire compared to humans, but it does slow their healing down and can cause them to panic.
• The universal vampire weakness is to ionizing radiation, most commonly in the form of ultraviolet radiation. It causes a rapid decomposition of the vampire’s tissue; less a sunburn and more like rapid rotting.
o This is easily countered by covering oneself completely during daytime, as the UV won’t penetrate clothes. Hence, precious few vampires wear shorts or t-shirts outside of their own home, and are usually in suits and long coats, even in the winter.
o X-rays are an issue.
• Eastern Vampires are all weak to hawthorn, while Western vampires are weak to the wild rose bush, akin to an allergic reaction.
o Despite this, wooden stakes are not very effective weapons against vampires, requiring humans to get very close to the vampire and penetrate the ribcage. The most effective method is the Van Helsing method: surprise the vampire when it is sleeping, hammer the stake through the heart and chop off its head, all the while hoping it doesn’t wake up and kill you.
• Religious symbols such as crucifixes, holy water, the Star of David, or any other such thing have no biological affect.
• Although vampires are immune to all diseases, they sometimes act as carriers for various blood borne-plagues such as the bubonic plague and can pass that on to their Flock.

The Standard Tech Case Files

What Is The Standard Tech Case Files?

The Standard Tech Case Files is my main novel series. It takes place in the fictional city called Fort City, in the fictional state of Zion in the United States. It is an alternate universe where vampires and other mythological creatures are real and have had a an impact on human society and history.

In-universe, The Standard Tech Case Files are Joey Bianco’s reports on the cases he and Jen Ryan work.

What is Standard Tech?

Standard Technologies, Incorporated is the front company of the Black Coats, the ruling vampires of Fort City. It’s what allows them to interact with the mortal human government and do things like pay taxes and investigate crimes while still not being a part of mortal society.

Who are the Black Coats?

The Black Coats are the ruling vampires of Fort City. They consist of Baron Isaak ben Jacob, his Chancellor and dhampyr daughter Jessica bat Jacob, Joey Bianco his Master-at-Arms, Omar Taylor, his Chief Justice, Mikhail Ivanovich Tchaikovsky, his Minister of Intelligence, Chandramathi Dhaliwal, his Master Courtesan, and Nafisa and Neema Bartlett, his Foreign Minister and Minister of Trade, respectively. The newest addition to the team is Jen Ryan, Joey’s squire.

Together they must deal with corrupt cops, sleazy politicians, power hungry and ambitious vampires, battle-mad lycanthropes and a thousand other horrors constantly spawned by the blood stained streets of Fort City.

Welcome to the Fort. Only the dead survive here.