(This list was originally created by
Everyman when he ran Fiveworlds as
a vampire site. He's since moved on to other things, but has kindly agreed
to let me use some of his old articles, and this is one of them.)
"What is a vampire?", while an easy question to ask, does not have
an easy answer. This is because there is a lot of crossover between what is
considered "normal" and "vampiric", and not everyone has
the same definition of what makes a person a vampire. There are predatory vampires
and non-vampires; there are non-aggressive vampires and non-vampires. It's all
a matter of individual inclination. (I know, "some help you are!"
- *chuckle*) For now, here's a set of fantasy vs. facts for you to peruse:
Vampires are undead creatures, doomed to wander the earth draining the blood
of humans ...
Vampires are living, breathing, flesh and blood creatures. Many
do drink human blood, but certainly not to the extent that it kills the source.
Apart from anything else, that would take hours!
Vampires are demons, creatures with no souls who are striving to open the
hellmouth and bring hell to earth ...
No, that's from 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'. Much as I enjoy the
show, not one episode has been based on truth. Not even slightly.
Vampires have large canine teeth, which they use to puncture the jugular
of their victim before draining him or her of blood ...
Although some vampires do claim to have large canines, this is
nothing out of the ordinary - So does my brother, and he's certainly not a
vampire. As for puncturing the neck ... Well a vampire once told me that 'biting
in the right situation can be very enjoyable, but I certainly don't bite to
drink blood ...' A better place for drawing blood is from the shoulder, thigh,
or fleshy base of the palm. And only use surgical instruments - Otherwise
there is a risk of doing serious damage to the source.
Vampires are immortal, and may only be killed by a stake through the heart
or having their head cut off and a slice of lemon put in their mouth (??)
Personally, I'm highly skeptical about the whole 'immortality'
thing - As are most vampires. However, it hasn't been proven one way or the
other, so I guess it's possible ... Just not plausible. As for the 'stake
through a heart' bit - Well obviously a stake through the heart would kill
a vampire ... It would kill anyone. A vampire may be immortal, but s/he is
not invulnerable. A vampire's physiological make-up is no different from an
average human's, and they are just as likely to get sick and die as anyone
else. And what's that lemon-in-the-mouth thing about anyway?
Vampires have a strange power over people's minds ... (Mind control, or
Not necessarily. Anyone can learn hypnosis, or even a form of
mind-control (perhaps, for example, through aura-manipulation). However, not
every vampire has the requisite knowledge. I should probably note, however,
that most vampires claim to have enhanced psionic powers. I'm not sure if
this is true, but if it is then it would mean that a vampire would find it
easier to use hypnosis, and many forms of mind-control.
Vampires can turn into a bat/mist/wolf/so on and so forth ...
No - That would make them a therianthrope, and even then most
therianthropes are skeptical about the idea of p-shifting ('Physical-Shifting',
If a vampire bites you, then you get turned into one of them ...
Good grief, no! If that were true, vampires would be in the majority
and vampire-sex would be a most cautious affair. In actual fact, there is
no 'tried-and-true' way of 'turning' someone, or being 'turned'. A lot of
vampires are doubtful that it is even possible. Check out my 'To be a vampire'
page for more info on that.
Vampires hate the daylight - It turns them into dust/kills them ...
Ah, at last - Something resembling the truth. Vampires do not
shrivel up and die if exposed to daylight. They do however get migraines and
often a very nasty case of sunburn. Most vampires are photosensitive. This
means that they are extremely sensitive to any kind of light - It hurts their
eyes, causes sunstroke in the case of daylight, as well as sunburn ... Not
all vampires are photosensitive, and not all photosensitive people are vampires
... However it does seem to be one of the only things almost every vampire
has in common.
Vampires have enhanced strength/speed/senses ...
Actually, this seems to be true, at least according to the majority
of the vampiric community. I remain skeptical, however, and there has been
no proof of augmented senses etc. except for a few rather unbelievable tales
Vampires hate the smell of garlic ...
This follows on from the above Fantasy/Fact - The reason, apparently,
is that because a vampire's sense of smell is enhanced, all smells are stronger
... As you can imagine, this is not a good thing when it comes to garlic,
which can be pretty overpowering to most people anyway ...
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