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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.
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Cap'n Mal Reynolds or Jayne Cobb
Captain Mal for long term dating.
Jayne Cobb for a series of some hot, drunken one night stands.
Maybe he’ll let me touch Vera.
then i will ask yOOOOOU! Are Jesse, Selidor, and Junus morning people? If not, what are they in the morning? [In Selidor's case I guess you would consider his 'morning' as the early time when people start waking up IN SPAAAACE]
JESSE is the opposite of a morning person. It’s not that he doesn’t wake up, it’s that he doesn’t really…. WAAAAAKE up. Most of the time Jesse is a people person. The mornings are the exception to this. People talk too loud and they don’t make sense and they do things too fast and it makes Jesse grumpy and want to crawl under the pile of blankets meticulously bunched up on his bed into the form of a nest. It takes at least an hour and a for him to actually wake up and become a functioning citizen of Learillow. When he gets up depends on his night before and he can wake up anytime from three in the morning to two in the afternoon.
Selidor is a SHORT NAP WHENEVER HE FEELS LIKE kind of guy. I think the majority of his other crewmates have a kind of ‘night schedule’ when they sleep (though the cyborgs only sleep for like twenty minutes so maybe they don’t count), so Selidor takes about an hour to two hour naps whenever he’s feeling tired. It seems to suit him fine.
Junus is such an old person I’m not even kidding. He goes to sleep like at eight and wakes up like five every morning. He’s, of course, not perky in the morning, but he is more alert and active then.
Thank you for the question, Spire!
I don’t remember half of what I’ve said about these characters and what I haven’t, so if I say something you already know JUST TELL ME.
This actually isn’t canon, but I like the idea and wouldn’t mind using it sometime. But I was actually going to use JUNUS for PHOCT, with the plot idea of him searching for his wife, Sending (Grendel’s character, which I know you know but yeah), who after becoming a human would not be immortal and would have died before Junus.
What is the general public opinion of the Spectral King? And on the other end, what does the Spectral King think of the subjects they rule?
Spectral denizens don’t have particularly strong opinions about, well, about many things really. Their apathetic and neutral views are furthered by the fact that they didn’t vote for the Spectral King nor did the Spectral King have any siblings/cousins/family-in-general that could have taken the throne instead to give them options of who they could have preferred as king. They also accept an idea that there is no pure right nor wrong in any given thing, especially choices. There are many rights and many wrongs in everything. It’s always assumed that an individual is attempting to make choices based off of what will have more benefits but will not be perfect.
Unrelated to where I’m going with this, but one of the opinions that spectral denizens do have is that they are BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE BECAUSE THEIR VIEWS MAKE THEM ENLIGHTENED. They’re pretty snooty when it comes to people not belonging to the Spectral Lands.
Anyway, with the Spectral King, the general view of (gonna call the King ‘her’ in this to separate them from the public ‘they’) her is that she is a tool used for overseeing and organizing the kingdom and that she’s not really an individual or a person. This view continues as long as she continues trying to do her job and isn’t lazy.
There are some events that change the view. A long while ago, I told the story of how King Ghoul stole the Spectral Crown. There are two big reasons he was able to do this; One, the God of Fools and Fortune favors the ghouls and, two, King Ghoul is King Ghoul. The spectral denizens did not know either of these things and were very concerned that a stranger to the Spectral Lands could just walk in and take one of the kingdom’s most prized icons. They saw this problem as a flaw in security, which would be a flaw in organization, which would be a flaw in the Spectral King’s reign. Her overlooking something as simple as a ghoul strolling in would be seen as laziness and fatal disregard.
It does not help that during this time, a war was stirring all up in the elven lands and as often is the case with starting wars, many peoples of many different places had the feeling that something was about to break.
They accused the king of laziness and that if she could not keep even her crown how could she keep their army safe, how could she keep her promises, that crown was a representation of our KINGDOM and you LOST IT, maybe we should no longer be a KINGDOM WITHOUT IT, DOWN WITH THE KING- and though it wasn’t horrible, with how tame the Spectral Kingdom usually is, that part of the populace’s reaction was considered a riot.
The Spectral King, with her commanding presence and ability to orate, basically told them that if that crown was weak enough to be stolen, then it was unfit for a kingdom as strong as theirs and that they needed a better icon for their realm. So she had King Ghoul exiled and the Briar Crown commissioned and it has not been stolen since, how about that.
As soon as the King controlled the problem, the majority of the denizens went back to seeing her as an identity-less tool. The reaction was much like when a computer stops working and its owner starts cursing and yelling at it, but when it starts again the owner goes back to being apathetic about the tool.
There were, however, some individuals that were impressed at her control and started to like her just a littttle bit more than their neutral opinion, and a few disgusted that she let that happen in the first place and were not swayed.
The Spectral King has that elitist perspective where she thinks her people are the most enlightened, the strongest, the smartest, etc. etc. and basically the best race and kingdom ever. However she has a DARK SECRET where she privately finds them pretty dang boring, which might be why she hangs out with the ghouls who are the stupidest and ugliest and grossest species out there.
Thanks for the question, Spire!