Vampires. They exist in many forms throughout different cultures. Some view them as abhorrent monsters who hunt humans for sport. Some view them as magical creatures abandoned by whichever deity they believe in. It doesn't really matter. The only theme common to them is that they feast on the blood of humans. There are several different kinds of vampire though, ordered here from most common to rarest. Which type you become when you are turned is dependent upon your bloodline - that is, your ancestry. This also determines whether or not you will actually turn or whether you will only die. If you do turn, then the chance your children will also turn is increased. In order to actually become a vampire, you must fulfill two conditions. First, you must have been bitten by a vampire. Second, enough time must have passed between you being bitten and you dying for the toxin to have reached the heart. If you get bitten on the jugular for example, you will die instantly and will not become turned. Biological Analogy for Nerds (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Biological Analogy for Nerds (open) Biological Analogy for Nerds (close) Turning is caused by your DNA. Each parent has a combination of 2 alleles that control whether or not you turn. If you do turn, then you will have 2 recessive forms. If both parents turn, then all offspring are guaranteed to turn. If one turns, then the chance of a child turning is 50%. It is possible for a child to turn even if neither parent does, but that chance is only 25% even if both parents are carriers of the turning gene. Thus, in the future it may be possible to screen for whether or not a child will turn, and even engineer the genes to guarantee one of the two results. Which type of vampire you become is determined by individual differences in the recessive turning allele. Common Traits: All vampires, regardless of strain, share several common traits. All vampires have stunning regeneration rates, healing paper cuts instantly and regrowing limbs after about 2 weeks. The only way to kill a vampire is to decapitate it or destroy its heart. Note that this can be done in numerous ways. Cremation for example, will work just the same. If a vampire goes too long without drinking, it will become weak and will shrivel and die. How much a vampire needs to drink is dependent upon their size. A vampire that was an adult before it turned will drink about 1 litre of blood per feast. Note that a human contains roughly 4 litres of blood, so 4 feastings will kill them. 2 feastings will make them weak and seem to have anemia. All vampires (with some exceptions) have varying suggestion abilities. When they feast upon a human, they can plant a small message in that person's mind and they will then carry out that command. All vampires have an instinctive fear of religious icons, although it will not actually kill them and they can get over it with extensive training, as you would get over a normal phobia. Some vampires, especially older ones, tire more easily, and will enter an unbreakable, coma-like sleep during the daytime. Ghoul Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler The most common type of vampire, and the weakest, and have no particular special traits. On the other hand, they are still dead. Their skin is paler than normal, they are deathly cold to touch, they have no pulse and they do not need to breath except to speak. They burn very easily when exposed to sunlight, fully incinerating in around 30 seconds. Ghouls are not particularly thirsty creatures. They can last 4 days without drinking. After 2 days, their regenerative capabilities are disabled and they burn even more quickly in sunlight. A ghoul's Suggestion ability is weak. They can only use 4 words per suggestion, and the victim will not go out of their way to carry out difficult suggestions. Jackal Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler A common species. They function similarly to a ghoul, however, they are about 25% stronger and 25% faster. Jackals can last 45 seconds before fully incinerating, and can last 15 seconds in sunlight before they even show signs of burning up. Jackals cannot, however, use suggestion at all. Daywalker Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler A relatively rare breed of vampire. They function exactly the same as a ghoul does, however, they can move outside without burning, making them very good at pretending to be human. They can work in a similar way to cold blooded lizards, in that they can bask in the sunlight in order to make themselves seem to have body heat too. Gargoyle Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler An interesting species. They are a rare bloodline, although in some areas of Europe they are quite common due to being popular as castle guards. Gargoyles have the ability to turn their skin to stone. If they do this, they will shut down and will instantly wake up when someone comes close to them. It's an all or nothing occurrence. They cannot turn, for example, their fist into stone without turning their entire body into stone. Due to this ability, gargoyles have often been known to outlast even the largest vigilante raids, and are the primary reason that vampire covens seem to be very difficult to eliminate completely. Gargoyles can go 6 days without drinking, and can last almost indefinitely while they are stone-skinned. Instead of burning in sunlight, a gargoyle will automatically turn to stone as a self defense mechanism. Shade Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler Shades are easily the most well known form of vampire, and are responsible for many of the supposed vampire legends. They have the traditional power of being able to turn into an acidic mist for a short length of time. This duration varies with age, with older vampires being able to use it for longer. Shades are also more difficult to see, and have a reduced presence. During full moons and nearing midnight, you can look straight at one without knowing it's there at all. Shades can go 4 days without drinking, just like ghouls. They can survive a decent length of time before incinerating completely, although in mist form, this time is reduced. Denizen Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler The most powerful and the rarest form of vampire. Unlike other forms, one cannot be born into the denizen bloodline. In order to become a Denizen one must fulfill several extra conditions. Firstly, they must be a virgin at the time they are bitten. Secondly, they must turn without dying - this usually involves being mistaken as being dead and being buried before brain activity has stopped 100%. Thirdly, they must not have been baptised and they must follow no religion. Finally, the vampire that sired them (Ie, the one that bit them first), must have been killed before the victim turned. Denizens usually act as lords of sorts, and are viewed with a lot of respect from other vampires, even those of opposing covens. Covens usually only have one Denizen, since those with multiple tend to have fights and split into separate covens. Denizens are the ones that people fear the most, in the form of the legend of Dracula. They do not have any particular advantage over any other species, except for their suggestion ability. A Denizen's suggestion is unlimited. Commands can be as complex as they like, and the victim will attempt to carry it out to the best of their ability. What's more, they can use this ability without biting, as long as they retain eye contact with the victim for the entire time the command is being spoken. However, they cannot command more than one human in this indirect way at a time, and the hypnosis must be reapplied every night. Additionally, Denizens cannot be awake during the day - even without being an ancient vampire, they will fall into a comatose sleep at the break of day and wake only at sunset. And so without further ado, the plot! Komeat, a large village situated in the mountains of northern Romania. To the East and West, the way is blocked by high peaks and thick forest, and the nearest town is almost an hour's drive away. On the hill to the north, overlooking the town, lies a derelict castle which was recently bought by a private owner who intends to renovate it. The village has a population of just under 3000. It has one school, although most of the older children attend boarding schools and only come back for the weekends. This town's location and environment make it an ideal place to build a haven, that is, a place for a given coven to live in. However, it seems that two groups had the idea at the same time, causing quite a deal of conflict after the sun goes down. I would appreciate it if all players were to make at least 2 characters - one vampire and one human, so that there are guaranteed to be representatives from each of the three groups of people - the two covens and the humans. I will accept only one more Denizen character, who will be the leader of the coven opposing my character's. Each type of vampire is specialised to different roles too, so look over other characters before making your own and try to create a good balance between roles. A coven consisting entirely of Gargoyles may be pretty hard to wipe out, but on the other hand, they'd have quite a few problems wiping out the humans in return. CS: (Insert image or description at the top.) Vampire: Name: Age when turned: Current Age: (Age when turned + how long they've been a vampire) Bloodline: Personality: Bio: (Optional, since few vampires in any given coven will join by their own will. Most join due to being sired into it) Human: Name: Age: Bloodline: (If any, noting that most humans will have no bloodline.) Personality: Bio: (Optional, since most people inhabiting a small village in the middle of no-where will probably have lived their all their lives) Accepted Characters: Shiriko: (first denizen, Shiriko's Coven) Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler Name: Shiriko Age when turned: 13 Current Age: 124 Bloodline: Denizen Personality: Shiriko is quite a childish character, but when necessary, she can be levelheaded and even ferocious. She cares greatly for every member of her coven, whom she views as her equals even though she commands a much greater power than they do. She is highly ambitious and very secretive about her plans, but they have been successful in the past so her coven trust her choices. She is one of few vampires who has overcome the instinctive fear of religious icons. Bio: To be revealed IC. Alvah: (second denizen, Alvah's Coven) Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler Vampire: http://stylishwife.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/beard1.jpg New Name: Alvah Abaddon Aveira . Original Name: Yaakov Goldburg Age when turned: 35 Current Age: 165 Bloodline: Denizen Personality: A bitter man who believes in rituals and omens. he lives a very organized life,very much a creature of habit, among common subordination and strangers he is a kind eccentric kind leader but among his inner circle he is Harsh expecting perfection. He is well informed having attend college many times. He is obsessed with a woman who reminds him of a woman he was in loved with back in Prussia he changed. He is very chivalrous ad smooth. a good liar and very manipulative. He has much life experience and prefers blood of a type O- of Southeastern-Central Europe. he is also partial to Northern Eurasian AB+. Bio: The founder of the Sheol coven. A young jewish man abbandoned his religion when he felt that God didn't protect him after he and his mother were expelled from Prussia march 26 1885 like the other Jews. his father had neglected to baptize( or bless at birth) him, And he never wanted to do the mikvah, and thus never did When his mother died attempting to survive in the cold Russian tundra, he crowded behind a sturdy bush hoping to wait out the storm. but as he was starting to fall asleep a crazed Vampire attacked him wanting for blood. Yaakov after being bitten and mortally wounded stabbed the vampire in the chest with a pointed stick from off the ground. As the venom Changed him he watched his sire die. before being buried underneath the falling snow. when he awoke he found himself very hungry. Feasting off and on over the years he eventually joined the Russian armies and witnessed World wars. He then traveled the world and amassed a fortune. He bought a large townhouse because the castle was unavailable for purchase at the time he looked. 3 years after the townhouse was purchased he had finally composed himself and his affairs well enough to make the move from now very populated St.Petersburg. to find another coven. he also found Éliane Alecsandri whom he is obsessed with and wishes to turn her but can't due to needing another Denizen in order to make her on equal level like him in the most symbolic way possible. Eliane: (human) Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler Name: Éliane Alecsandri Age: 21 Bloodline: None Personality: a very intelligent young woman, she likes black coffee and Romanian sarma. she enjoys older men's company. She is very optimistic about life and is deeply christian. but if she ever learned about vampires existing would study one. Very jealous about what she considers hers. often lost in thought, very passionate about both science and religion. Bio: a college student home for a year before returning to finish her degree in University of Bucharest for Journalism and Communication Studies to become a journalist. She's working at her parent's bakery for the summer. she has made a friendly acquaintance with Alvah (Call me Al) Aveira and is slightly interested in this foreigner. They met at the all night bar, where he was scoping out people to drink from. they had a chat and he fed her the line of having a 'rare genetic disorder' called SLE. They arrange to meet again the next night. Ty Kung Woo: (vampire, Alvah's Coven) Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler Vampire: http://www.bluelans.com/images/v/31645/2.jpg Name:Ty Kyung Woo Age when turned: 23 Current Age: 30 Bloodline:Daywalker Personality: Very loyal to Alvah. practically worships the man. Very greedy and afraid of death. is kind to street kids being on growing up. but is very violent against the police. A well known heart breaker in St.Petersburg. Enjoys fine quality clothes and lifestyle. but will drink any blood. Even vile diseased blood. drinks more blood than necessary every time. His feedings are always gruesome. Very violent and quick tempered. Bio: Picked up by Alvah in korea a few years back and turned steward for the Sheol coven. was granted vampiric near immortality from Alvah in exchange for 500 years of service.