Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Concerning the biology and brief history of vampires...

Vampires are one of the earliest races of men, land sharks on two legs; they have rows of sharp fangs cramping the space of their mouth as they pile onto their swollen gums in chaotic order.  Many vampires are deformed with desiccated, skull like faces and cleft chins; blood is the main source of nutrition for the vampire, and the only source of true replenishment.  For this reason many vampires appear shriveled, slow moving, on the verge of starvation, ribs and bones jutting out of grey skin, stretching its leather like consistency, muscles atrophied and knotted, their nails black and thickly coagulated with keratin.  Only deeply gorging on the blood of many victims will make the vampire appear anything close to human as the hemoglobin revitalizes their flesh, gives it a pinkish hue.  The eyes of a vampire resemble giant blood blisters, red and swollen sacks that sit deeply in the sockets of their skull, edges frayed and cracked like a poached egg.  Vampires are either completely bald or have long flowing, albino hairs that are slow to grow and drape from the skull like dangling spider webs.  A true vampire would never be able to woo a sane human capable of sight, or smell, as the odor of a vampire is quite repugnant even to the most calloused sense of smell.  Despite the tall tales woven through time vampires have not been able to successfully blend with humans since the passing of the lepers, but the myth of the vampire persisted from the race memory of man, since the earliest tribes of man hunted each other to utter extinction.  During this time, when the oxygen was rich, and the mark of man’s footprint was fresh upon Pangea, many various races of man existed.  There were giants, ogres, trolls, and smaller gnomes and elves and various species of leprechaun.  There were reptiles that walked on two legs and spoke in slithering syllables that could not be replicated by mammalian tongue, lycanthropes that could bend their form at will, and different mutations of all kinds that took the shape of man.  The vampire was only one of them, and a small portion at that; most vampires can trace their lineage back to one or two ancient caverns, inaccessible now due to earthquake and mudslide, the ravages of time and the ever so slowly altering landscape of the world.  They were nearly wiped out by greedy human hunters who valued their many rows of fangs for trophy and trade.  The sun burned their parched pale blue-grey skin, only nocturnal travel was possible, but even Neanderthals could move at night under the light of the moon.  During the day the vampire would sleep in the shade or in loose soil below ground, discovery meant a slow death.  Extinction closed in as other humanoids hunted them across the planes of Pangea; their caves were ripe with the dead, stacked in the corners and burned to make room for more.  A plan was formed among the elders; the one benefit of being a vampire was the ability to hibernate below ground, taking sustenance only from dirt and rot like a dark flower.  The vampires surmised they could outlast all other tribes of man simply by hibernating underground and waiting them out as the tribes of humanoids on the surface world wiped each other out.  Hundreds of years would pass, maybe even a thousand, and the vampires will rise to a fresh new world.  A properly fed vampire could cling to life for centuries if careful enough. 

Life as a vampire is anything but romantic; it means hiding in dark alleys and underground, feasting on rats and vermin, the constant tug of blood lust never out of sight, always in mind.  Filth and darkness become your closest allies, the creatures of the night your subtle teachers.  Some vampires have been known to nest in septic tanks and sewage pipes; they need very little oxygen to survive.  For many vampires clothing is optional; their grotesque and pot marked bodies naked, like grotesque wild animals, a mockery of modern man made flesh.  Many are missing genitalia; the unused organs turn black, wither and fall off like rotten fruit.  Vampire reproduction is rare.  Female vampires can give birth, but first they must engorge their womb sacks with blood, a difficult achievement in the wild and even more difficult in the modern world of men.  After being impregnated by another vampire they will undergo a blood orgy, preferably the victims would be captured beforehand.   The couple would feast on the human blood of multiple victims until the female vampire drunk on hemoglobin, was ready to conceive.  Vampires give birth to broods; several siblings rise at once in a communal womb sac, this uterus is prematurely removed from the female vampire and placed deep underground to mature undisturbed in the rich soil, preferably a graveyard or crypt.