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A thread devoted to your favorite subject: Vampires! Everything you have ever wanted to learn about vampires. If you would like to contribute, feel free. This will be an ongoing update of sorts, please be patient if it doesn't seem complete. So, sit back, relax, and read.

Chapter 1: The beginning?

A somewhat obscure myth holds that vampires originated with Judas Iscariot, betrayer of Christ. Because Judas had betrayed Christ to the Romans, he and his family were cursed. The Bible holds that Judas committed suicide because of his guilt; suicides, according to vampire folklore, were very likely to come back as vampires, so this may have helped contribute to the belief that vampires originated with Judas. Also, vampires descended from Judas were usually identifiable by their red hair. This probably points to the origin of the myth among the Greeks, as they believed red hair to be a mark of vampirism. Among the dark Greek, red-hair would certainly seem strange, but among people farther north, closer to the Scandinavian countries which feature such hair, there would be little to no stigma attached to it.

The vampire's aversion to silver perhaps comes from this myth, as Judas betrayed Christ for 30 pieces of silver. When Judas tried to return the silver and could not, he cast it away as something hateful to himself. However, the use of silver as a deterrent for vampires is more widespread than the Judas myth.

3 Then Judas, his betrayer, seeing that Jesus had been condemned, deeply regretted what he had done. He returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,
4 saying, "I have sinned in betraying innocent blood." They said, "What is that to us? Look to it yourself."
5 Flinging the money into the temple, he departed and went off and hanged himself.
(Matthew 27:3-5)


Judas returns the silver coins to the priests.
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Chapter 2: Major Historical Vampires

Vlad III the Impaler


Vladislav III, called "Vlad the Impaler" (that is, Vlad Tepes in Romanian; also known as Vladislav Dracula or simply Dracula, in Romanian Drăculea; 1431 – December 1476), was a Wallachian (Romanian) voivode (nobleman). Vlad the Impaler is known for the exceedingly cruel punishments he imposed during his reign. In the English-speaking world, Vlad III is best known for inspiring the name of the eponymous vampire in Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula.

Impalement was, of course, Vlad's preferred method of torture and execution. Hence Vlad the Impaler perhaps. *The next bit is very graphic and not for the faint of heart. Be warned!



Countess Elizabeth Báthory


Countess Elizabeth Báthory (August 7(?), 1560 – August 21, 1614), was a Hungarian countess from the renowned Báthory family. She is known as the most infamous serial killer in Central European history and is remembered as the "Blood Countess" and as Bloody Lady of Csejte, after the castle near Trencsén, in Royal Hungary, where she spent most of her life.

After her husband's death, she and four collaborators were accused of torturing and killing hundreds of girls and young women, with one witness attributing to them over 600 victims, though she was only convicted on 80 counts. In 1610, she was imprisoned in Csejte Castle, where she remained bricked in her room until her death four years later. She was never formally tried in court. The Báthory case has inspired many legends, including the false story of the Countess bathing in the blood of virginal girls whom she killed in order to retain her youth. Like Vlad Tepes, who inspired the creation of Count Dracula, these stories have led to the modern nicknames of the Blood Countess and Countess Dracula.

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Chapter 3: Becoming a Vampire



The most common and sure-fire method of becoming a vampire is to die from a vampire bite. The "kiss" of a vampire is its method of perpetuating its breed, and those rising from the dead to become vampires are subject to the will of the vampire that originally bit him/her.

The bite of the vampire is usually detected as two small but swollen puncture wounds; often referred to as "the Seal of Dracula". Most vampires prefer to attack victims of the opposite sex.

Vampires do not necessarily kill their victims; it seems that they need a relatively small amount of blood daily from their victims. Being evil, most vampires take pleasure in killing their victims, justifying their act by the desire to remain secret or to save their victim’s soul from being damned.

If the victim is not killed, he/she will turn into a vampire within 2 to 7 days (varying according to the stories). The master will then initiate the newborn vampire until he can survive by himself. The victim must drink the blood of the vampire. This is the act that van Helsing calls 'the vampire's baptism of blood.’ Once the victim has swallowed the vampire blood, the victim dies as for a poison to reborn as vampire.

The victim is under the mental domination of the master vampire and can only exert an independent will during the daylight hours or when the master vampire consciously releases his control. Only the death of the master vampire can free the victim from its curse and only if he has not killed to sustain his blood feed.

However, there are several other ways to become a vampire and according to old legends, fulfilling any of these requirements would almost guarantee that you will emerge as a vampire after you die. Note, however, that there is absolutely NO proof that this will turn you into a vampire, so please do not try this at home.
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Chapter 4: Characteristics of a Vampire

Powers

Immortality


Multiply by Contamination



Invulnerability


Super Human Strength



Shapeshifter


Hypnotic Mind Control


League with Demons


Command of Animals



Dracula's Enhanced Powers


Weaknesses

Inability to enter a dwelling without being first invited in


Inability to cross water


Coma during daytime.


Inability to withstand the direct rays of the sun.


Dependence upon the soil of their land of birth for rest.


Reflection not seen in a mirror.


Vulnerable to apotropaic objects.


Repulsion to holy ground.
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Chapter 5: Killing a Vampire

Vampire’s hunter’s tales teach us that there are only two sure methods of destroying a vampire permanently. One is to expose the vampire to direct sunlight and then scatter its ashes. Another is to pierce its heart with either wood or silver, stuffing the head with garlic cloves, and then severing it from the body. The head and body should then be burnt in two separate places, scattering the two subsequent piles of ashes in separate locations.

However, we can witness that modern vampires are much stronger than their ancestors of Eastern Europe. Anne Rice’s vampires are not affected by the sun; even the old remedies can come short if not followed scrupulously.

If the stake or blade is removed, however, even if the creature's body has crumbled to dust, the vampire's supernatural vitality will restore its body in the condition it had before it was destroyed, returning it to "life".

It is important to mention that vampires do not "die" immediately when being pierced through the heart. Many vampire hunters have been killed from the mighty death throes of vampires after they have been pierced through the heart. Furthermore, it has been recorded that some of the more powerful vampires were able to remove the wood or silver instrument before "death" occurred. It is recommended that the creature be held at bay with holy objects while the impaling is performed. If someone uses the stake or burns the heart, but fails to cut off the head, the vampire turns into a cloud of fog and reconstitute its body when out of reach.

A vampire may be incinerated into destruction with extreme heat, but this may prove to be a difficult task to accomplish. They are not immune to fire, but because of their recuperative powers (and the fact that they do not feel pain from fire), this is not a recommended method for dispatching a vampire. Similarly, electrocution may eventually destroy a vampire in time, but this another risky method for eradicating these creatures.

It is also a known fact that when a vampire is destroyed, the body releases a kind of "spectral energy", which release culminates in kind of kinetic "explosion", able to shatter glass and windows; toss furniture in the air; and knock an average-sized man to the ground. In cases where powerful vampires or Vampire Regents were dispatched, enormous discharges of pneumatic and kinetic force were experienced. The vampire hunter should be cautious of this phenomenon when destroying "older" or more powerful vampires.
Posted 4/13/08
personally i believe mostly all of those are fake. vampires are really not so easily killed. it takes much more work to permanantly destroy one.
Posted 5/6/08
yeah you need guns, real weapons. the myths about holy water, and wood stakes were only make to fool vampires hunters.
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