[Regrettably from cause of mist and frost, we find that of you are sadly lost.]
in regards to vampires that require blood as part of their diet, is it their nature to consider it to taste good, or is that still left up to their tastebuds to decide?
Usually, yes, it is in their nature too. It might be similarly compared to humans enjoying/craving sugar (though a much, much stronger craving), in generally they like and/or crave it. But also, similar to humans and sugary things, there are some who just don’t like the taste, or some who consider it ‘too sugary’ (too bloody? too irony?) and might dilute the flavor with other foods. And there are some who crave it so strongly that all other foods and flavors are like sawdust and they want nothing but blood.
How often does a vampire need to drink blood, and how much at a time?
Again, depends on the type of vampire and the individual vampire themselves, but I think generally most might drink like 1/3 of a cup a day/every other day. They could probably go a week without drinking, but it’d start to be uncomfortable, there’d be dizziness involved, minor physical pain—kind of like forgetting to eat for a day or two.
These pains start to grow exponentially after the first week, as well as other symptoms; They have extreme thirst/craving for blood, become confused if not delirious, their skin starts drying out, eyes sink in, experience fevers, and will be very tired/immobile if not occasionally falling unconscious. If they get a hold of a victim, technically they’d only need a quart or two and maybe a steady diet afterwards, but most likely will completely drain a victim (which would be about six quarts, I think?) and gorge themselves. Two weeks (give or take a few days) without blood is usually not survivable. (Note that Anon survived as long as he did without blood because he had not yet turned into a vampire and was in something of a waking coma state/partially a corpse.) Generally, in almost all cases, a vampire will die after this. You do on very rare occasions have a vampire go into a dormant state, and will essentially be dead unless brought back with blood.
And there are exceptions; Anon, continually suffering minor bloodloss through his eyes as well as being out of shape, would probably not survive up to two weeks without blood. But at the same time, he intakes most of his blood intravenously and rarely drinks blood at all. Cherubeen, who has a diet of solely human meat and blood, would also not survive long. He also tends to take more than most vampires. Mercer could survive on the average amount, but believes drinking more blood makes him more powerful, and like Cherubeen, consumes daily. Lennox drinks two-three times a week, and usually about a half a cup at those times.
On that note, what are the vampires like in the Dezba stories? How long does it take to become a vampire? Do they always look they way they did when they were turned, or does their hair grow, do they gain/lose weight etc?
That depends; there are many types of different vampires, many from different times and cultures and regions, many with varying abilities and traits.
The organization that Dezba works for strives to make classifications and distinctions between types of vampires/vampiric beings, and they’re all under the category of “revenants” (which is what the Gravedigger specifically hunts, if you wanted to know; she specializes in revenants).
Despite Mercer’s ability to also feed on fear, Mercer, Anon, and Lennox would all be categorized as ‘common vampires’ (but for the sake of all that’s good and holy, please don’t call Mercer a common vampire to his face).
The Common Vampire has traits you might be familiar with; drinks blood, is dead, is turned by another vampire/has a sire, has an aversion to sunlight (though not as bad as you might guess), and has apotropriacs that can be used against it (such as garlic, wild rose, hawthorn, religious and sacred objects), and rules it must obey like being unable to enter a house unless invited in.
Anon and Mercer (for those just tuning in, those two are brothers) were both bitten by the same vampire, though killed at different times. They died from blood loss, were buried, and only rose after they were buried. Mercer wandered around in a dreamlike state, in his death shroud, preying on and haunting his family and friends. He slowly grew more aware of himself and what had happened and stopped going back to his grave come sunlight. When he realized what had happened to him, and in the hope this is what happened to Anon, he dug up his brother’s grave and found Anon ‘alive’ such as he—but paralyzed from the waist down and unable to leave. Anon had been killed about a year before Mercer, and had been living in a hell where he had become aware of not being dead and of where he was, but unable to escape.
Anon and Mercer had been turned by being bitten and then going into a halfway state—a kind of limbo of the body, where they were not dead and had certain abilities, but would pass away completely if they did not take blood (Anon was on the verge of this)—before they consumed blood. This halfway state does not happen with all victims of vampire attacks, and even when it does it takes a lot of work and strength to be able to escape the grave.
It is also not always required, most Common Vampires are turned on a system of taking and giving blood. If a vampire takes your blood, regardless of whether or not you die or are turned, you’re basically a carrier of a dormant virus that can be activated if you take blood. The process can be pretty hard and not everyone survives it, and the easiest way to ensure survival is if you drink the blood of a vampire (usually your sire). This is what Lennox did, where Mercer drank from her, then had her drink his blood in turn. The change was almost instantaneous for her, but it depends on the individual (for example, Mercer and Anon took a very long time to turn).
Also if you’re ever bitten by a vampire, never give blood. Never. Also avoid receiving blood transfusions.
Not completely related to your questions, but the Common Vampire does not have to survive solely on blood. Blood is like a vitamin that the body requires and that if they don’t receive it somehow, they will eventually die or go into a dormant state, but they can eat and enjoy other things. Some will even mix blood into their cooking as a way to receive the required nutrition, but most like the taste of raw, fresh blood. It’s a bit addicting for them.
Their bodies are also want to return to and stay the way they were when they were first turned, which is nice because it means enhanced healing and the like (you gain a bullet hole in your arm and your body says THIS IS NOT THE WAY IT WAS WHEN YOU WERE TURNED and strives to return your body into the state it was, which was bullethole-less). But can also be problematic when it comes to gaining/losing weight. You have to work really hard to change your body, and to keep it changed, and it’s best to avoid being hurt or there’s a chance that will hit your body’s ‘reset’ button and it’ll change your body back to the way it was while healing you. In Mercer’s case, he would really quite like to have short hair, but his hair grows extremely fast to the point it was (and then doesn’t grow much at all after it hits that point) and if he’s ever hurt it’s like WHAM. INSTANT HAIR. And he’s kind of given up on changing his hair length. Or, in Anon’s case, he was very sick and unable to use his legs at the time of his death (as well as his sire tearing his eyes out), and that has subjected him to an eternity of being ill, blind, and confined to a wheelchair. The few times he’s attempted to change this, through surgery or medicine, his body has painfully reverted himself back to his previous state, and the pain of those experiences have made him wary of trying any such thing again.
And (with the exception of Anon who seems to get weaker) the older you get, the stronger you seem to be. Especially in physical areas, with strength and endurance, but think quicker and things like that. Most the time these are the Common Vampire’s only super abilities, besides agelessness, but occasionally a vampire does gain other abilities. These things are usually in the vein of being more stealthy, able to make yourself almost completely unnoticeable, or occasionally being able to turn into other things. Mercer is able to turn into mist, some animals, and can feed off of fear as well as blood.
Oh, and I mentioned the sunlight thing; but originally, the sunlight did not impact vampires as much as you might think. It was basically very uncomfortable, painful, almost like an allergic reaction, and besides being nocturnal that influenced vampires to stay in during the day, but they could go out in sunlight. However, something like a genetic disorder started popping up in vampires (first recorded cases in late 1800s/early 1900s) where sunlight became lethal, often burning the body to a crisp. Virtually all common vampires created after 1940 have this, including Lennox.
And if you haven’t gathered, Cherubeen is not a common vampire. I won’t tell you what kind he is, but I will tell you a bit about him. He has no sire, and his turning involves the type of person he was in life and how he was buried after death. The usual apotropaics have either no or little effect on him, he’d probably giggle if you tried to keep him out of your house by telling him he wasn’t invited, and no matter what he does he looks exactly the same. Also, he has a diet of solely human blood and human meat and turns down any other type of food whenever offered. He also seems to avoid poppy seeds and grains like a plague.
THAT ONE GOT LONG TOO, I’M SO SORRY.
Thanks for the questions, Lewis!
Who was Vamp A before he was a vampire, and why is he so round and adorable?
Why is he so round and adorable? Because it’s all the better to distract you with and eat you, m’dear.
If you’d like, you can read more about Cherubeen in this super long post about what he’s like now.
Before he was a vampire, he was a (drumroll) child-slave and male concubine in Rome (this would be before Rome became an empire). He was from another kingdom, possibly Germanic or Slavic, but captured and presented as a gift to a judge. He doesn’t remember his time in anywhere before Rome.
And he is round and adorable simply because he is. And… though I crossed out that first statement, it sure doesn’t hurt in disarming people and making them underestimate him.
i already asked about josie but could u tell me about vamp a and b....
Why heckle yeskle I can.
Hoo boy, THESE GUYS. Let’s first start off saying that Mercutious/Mercer and the other vamps travel in a group, with Mercer as their leader. I’ve been mentally referring to them as the Unholy Trinity. Also, they do not play as large of role in the story (in fact they kind of just hang around in the background, but they’re there), so many of the things I’ll tell you might not be seen in said story.
We’ll start with Vamp B first. I’ve been referring to her as Lennox to myself (for a reason that if anyone catches I will be laughed at for).
Mercer is her sire, and she was turned sometime between 1985 and 1995, not sure on the exact year yet. She, a human, and Mercer had both been running from the police for very different reasons but ended up trapped together. They did not like each other and tried to keep their distance in their little hiding hole, but after awhile Mercer was like, yeah, sorry, I’m hungry and I’m going to eat you. (Well, he didn’t actually say anything, but you know.) Mercer can have something of a commanding and intimidating presence, as well as an implied slight hypnotic command over others. When Mercer wants something, he usually gets it without a fuss from anyone, and he’s pretty fond of that. But when he started nomming down on Lennox, she punched him so hard in his jaw that his jaw broke and her knuckles cracked. Mercer, despite his outrageous and childish temper, tends to have a stronger interest in those who are able and willing to fight back against him. So he slammed his jaw back into place and told her, tell you what, I make you like me, and we go lay waste to these police officers.
And they did.
Unlike Vamp A and Mercer who are pretty good to acclimating to cultures and times and styles, Lennox has had a heck of a time letting go of the late 80s/early 90s. She rarely talks, even less than Mercer, but she still has 80s/90s slang, she dresses according to what she thought was cool in the 80s/90s, she has trouble using technology that came out after she was turned, etc.
She and Mercer have a kind of business associate relationship, with them thinking of him as a ‘boss’ and her being his ‘bodyguard’. And despite Vamp A joining them later, she has a closer relationship with him, where they often hang out (Mercer gets himself a private room, Lennox and Vamp A have to room together. Mercer goes off to brood, the Lennox and Vamp A hang out together. Mercer has an important business deal, Lennox and Vamp A guard the meeting place door together, etc.) and despite her silence, Vamp A does enough talking for the both of them. Vamp A also tries to get her to let go of the 80s/90s, but so far all his valiant attempts have been in vain. He also likes holding her hand when they go places, for reasons unknown.
In recent years, Lennox has started to realize that Mercer is a vengeful, spiteful, childish dickweed and he thinks he’s better than everyone simply because he’s old and a vampire and has had his fair share of trauma—and that Vamp A has some serious problems that he hides pretty well—but she’s starting to question her allegiance to this little vamp family.
I’ve been thinking of Vamp A as Cherubeen (a mix between his cherubic appearance and bean? idk, but that will not be his name once i start this thing up, i’m just going to refer to him as such on these posts because saying Vamp A all the time is weird), and Cherubeen makes me uncomfortable.
The way he dresses and talks would make it seem that he’s younger than Lennox, that he had to be turned in at least the last decade. Not to mention that he acts childlike, has a somewhat childlike appearance, and that makes him seem young in more general terms. But this is not the case, he is older than Lennox. And, though they have guessed it him being older, he is MUCH, MUCH older than Mercer. As in he was turned in B.C. years and Mercer was turned in A. D. years.
He is very good at blending into different roles; he can put on a suit and you’d think he was the owner of a large scale corporation, or throw on a shirt and shorts and chew on some candy and you’d wonder if his elementary teachers let him out early today. He seems to refer to himself as male (and Mercer being attracted to only males, Cherubeen would have to be biologically male for them to be dating), but seems a little bit pleased when people misgender him as female. He seems very pleased when people mistake him for younger/for a child.
About ten years ago, Mercer and Lennox came across him and after begging for his life he ended up tagging along with them. At first this was an annoyance, especially as Mercer and Lennox had worked out a nice ritual of ‘never talking. ever.’ and Cherubeen seems to never stop talking, but he continually shows his usefulness—he has an uncanny knack of both observing and absorbing information and despite his continually content and kind looks has an ability of planning cleverly, cruelly, and maliciously that Mercer rather enjoys.
He is now Mercer’s current boyfriend.
Mercer is a cruel lover, even more of an asshole in relationships than he is normally, but Cherubeen doesn’t seem to mind this. It is not clear whether or not he enjoys being treated like shit, or if—as might be indicated to his perfect planning, manipulating, and acting—if he’s only staying with Mercer because he’s getting some gain out of this, or that the relationship will pay off somehow in the end. Who knows.
Vampires tend to be stronger the older they get, and with Cherubeen’s age he should be three times the strength Mercer is, but he seems to be weak. Though it’s hard to tell since he leaves any actual fighting to Mercer and Lennox.
It’s also hard to tell what he’s thinking and feeling as he always looks pleased as peaches and seems extremely adept at diverting any questions about himself away. So despite being with Mercer and Lennox for the past ten years or so, they still know almost nothing about him.
He kind of gives me the creeps.
Woah, that kind of got long, SORRY EVERYONE.
And thanks, Aly!
What is Josie's profession? Did she go to college? If so, what did she study?
She is currently going TO COLLEGE, DUNNNNN. So her occupation is as a student. She is an anthropology major, with an emphasis in cultural anthropology.
She really does enjoy this, but sometimes wonders if she’d really be happy going into a career of this, or if she’s even smart enough to do it.
letsly said: ooH could u tell me about josie they’re hecka cute and i havent heard anything about em before
Josie Kim is 20 years old and a junior in college. She lives in an apartment complex, and her apartment is currently the only occupied in the building.
She has two roommates, one 23 and one 19, both agriculture majors, and she feels continually out of place with them. They are very extroverted, very into parties and talking and drinking, and Josie is very into… people. But from a distance. She very, very much enjoys watching people.
Her roommates are also gone a lot, having families and friends that live closer to their college town they often leave for weekends—they’re definitely gone for any kind of break or holiday. This leaves Josie as one small person in one small room in one large, empty building.
Most of her friends are online, through MMOs that Josie enjoys. She’s also a fan of crocheting. Both her red scarf and arm warmers in the lineup picture are some of her own crocheted creations. Crocheting is one of her favorite hobbies, an one of the things that calms her down the most. She spends a lot of time crocheting while watching movies.
In school, she isn’t the worst student. She rarely misses classes, after all. But she has trouble studying outside of school and completing homework, and it often makes her wonder if she’s not smart or if she’s too lazy or if she should be there at all.
strange things start happening in Nowhere odd happenings start up, in relation to her empty apartment complex, she wonders if it’s just her mind playing tricks on her, if she’s just been too isolated for too long. She proves this wrong though, and when her attempts to take care of these odd happenings go awry, she calls up Dezba.
IT JUST OCCURRED TO ME TO ASK THIS and I'm sorry if you've answered it before but when did Jesse start seeing Levi like a son and why?
I’m not sure he’s ever thought that out himself, that he sees Levi like a son. And I… actually have no clue when that started? In the beginning, he was interested in Levi, felt that the only way you could be that much of an ass is if something horrible had happened to you/you had a horrible life, and kind of pitied Levi for that. But that developed (mostly likely after Levi stopped doing bodily harm to Jesse) into genuine care and worry and wanting to look after Levi, to keep him safe.
I know part of that is because he sees similarities between Levi and his younger self, and he wishes someone would have been there to support him when he was younger. To keep him from being hurt, BUT THERE WAS NO ONE. And of the things that hurt most in Jesse’s past, not having anyone to rely on or talk to or to look to for support is possibly the strongest pain. He doesn’t want that for anyone else, no matter what they’re like. So even when Levi was a no-debate-about-it asshole, he still wanted him to have at least one person in his life (besides Miss Patrice, of course) who was there for him.
But I’m not sure when he started caring for Levi like a son, and I am not sure exactly why.
Does All Hallow's Eve have any effect on the Sleeping Realms/are the Sleeping Realms responsible for All Hallow's Eve? Do any of the realms have annual festivals or activities similar to holidays?
Note that when I talk about this it concerns mostly the Southerlies, from the southernmost part of the Drome Lands on down. The Northerlies are both cut off from the Waking Realms (us), and are somewhat self-isolated from the Southerlies, which occasionally do have contact with the Waking Realms. Between the southernmost part of the Drome Lands and the border of the Shadow Downs, any contact with the Waking Realms is either accidental (which does occasionally happen) or caused by the Spectral Kingdom, otherwise they do not have controllable access to the Waking Realms.
The Spectral Kingdom, which despite their enigmatic nature and questionable origins are counted among the fey, are the only ones that do currently have access to the Waking Realms. They are not technically responsible for Samhuinn but during this time the veil between worlds is thinner, and they are able to walk among mortals without the usual planning and ritual (though they are very fond of formality and there’s still ritual involved, but it’s not required), and a greater amount of them are able to cross over. They benefit from it as well, not so much nowadays, from people who would attempt to appease them with gifts and food and such. Some spectral denizens are sometimes mistaken (or perhaps correctly assumed to be) passed away loved ones on Samhuinn. The spectral denizens don’t so much celebrate it as go around and cause havoc for the night, but the Northerlies fey do have a celebration on Halloween, they just don’t cross over anymore.
There are other times when the veil between worlds is thinner, such as the winter solstice (as Jesse and Corona well know), and the Spectral Kingdom usually has festivals on solstices and equinoxes.
The monsters in the Wasterlies do not really have any holidays, and the goblins in the Drome Lands have a different holiday or festivity or celebration like every other day for different subgoblin species so there’s always something going on, so they don’t really count. Most of their celebrations somehow involve food. And you should know that the ghouls in the southern Wasterlies never stop partying. Never.
The fey in the Northerlies do have celebrations and festivities, and unlike the Spectral Kingdom, these are usually in the midway point between solstices and equinoxes (so they’d have a celebration on Samhuinn and also on Là Fhèill Brìghde, Bealltainn, and Lùnastal) and can involve different things, usually dances and music, but sometimes bonfire and sacrifices, special foods, special decorations, specific items to wear, or ‘celebrity’ figures like Cailleach.
Thanks for the questions!
okay css question: Has being with and growing fond of Corona changed anything about Jesse? (His opinions on anything? Any wishes or desires? Stuff like that, anything?)
WHOOPS THIS GOT A BIT LENGTHY.
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