15. XIV - Vampires
22nd Dekender 3786, 9th Eon
The vast, expansive and chilling part of the northern wastelands.
Average human height.
Just to say the name vampire sends a chill up my spine... Vampires are truly, truly evil creatures. No good is to be found in their warped souls. No ounce of honour, no source of will nor any glimmer of any sought of emotion aside bloodlust. They are indeed immortal, but this immortality is nothing without a cost. A vampire's soul is dead, their organs no longer function, their skin goes a cold blue yet it never rots. What keeps these foul things moving is unsure to me, but I know for sure that pure blood vampires are dark inside. Very, very dark. It is for this reason they cannot be killed by normal means. Silver weapons are very effective against them, burning their undead flesh with each slash and depleting their strength. But to kill them, it must be plunged into their unbeating heart.
They live in the high north to stay out of the sun's rays. For the sun will see their skin burn to crisps within seconds. The common idea is that vampires will glimmer and shine in the sunlight, but this is absolute nonsense. Their settlements are dark and garish with shrouding, black clouds, and guards from the dead looming the streets as the vampires, "true" or "untrue", convulse in their activities. No one has ever been inside one of these settlements and lived to tell the tail, and I certainly do not intend to try and be the first...
They pride themselves in being the perfect race and are faultless compared to any mortal below them. Blessed or cursed, I can't tell, with unnatural strength, speed and unquestionable skill with necromancy, something arouses cryptozoologists that there isn't anything... natural about them. We believe their origins may have come from the earliest necromancers coming tainted and driven mad by their own powers; using their magic on themselves and not realizing their consequences.
And whilst, as we all know, vampires love to feed on the blood of the living to keep themselves from deteriorating, those they bite are not seen as "true" vampires. "True" vampires are seen to be those who have performed necromancy on themselves to make their souls blacken, or if two pure vampires were to mate. And only a "true" vampire can use the sheer powers of Necromancy. Raising vast armies of the dead, skeletal or freshly killed zombies. It is suspected that there is a link between Wendigos and Vampiric Necromancy, but this is speculation. Even giving life to rotting dragons to be their loyal steeds, controlling their minds and body. Yet vampires have a strange relation with bats. They can either change into hideous, bat-looking creatures temporarily, (even untrue vampires even doing so) or they will control huge swarms of ravenous teething Fell Bats. Lastly, vampires despise the living. Humans or animal, if they have the gift of life, the vampires will not stop till they are all slaughtered. We are lucky for now that sun protects us, but whether that will change soon is a terrifying thought...
Head Professor of Mythology and Cryptozoology at the University of Adrastia