Vampires

Strigas and Reapers - the differences and how they are the same.

Like all other creatures, Vampires have evolved over the years. Through the centuries, two subspecies have formed, unique in powers, anatomy, and beliefs.

Reapers
The antagonist of childhood nightmares, Reapers are the violent blood-sucking beasts of lore. The ‘true’ vampires, they sustain themselves by hunting humans, drinking the blood of their victims on a nightly basis to stay sated. They can subsist on a diet of blood bags, but it’s like a breakfast bar to the starving - a tepid reward. No Reaper can drink from the dead.

They operate at night and are comatose (and vulnerable) during the day. They must be invited into a privately owned dwelling and they are susceptible to holy water and silver.

Physically, their senses are the keenest of the vampires after centuries of hunting and tracking. Their fangs are retractable and are far longer and sharper than that of their vampire cousins. They have a certain power of persuasion, but it is fickle, and only the oldest and most experienced Reapers can find success on a consistent basis.

To use a Reaper’s power of persuasion in a thread a dice roll must be done. Our dice guide can be found here.
Strigas
Known by many as ‘the vegan vamp’ their species evokes mixed opinions from all sides. Strigas do not hunt people. Their sole form of sustenance comes from eating animals. While they have the ability to consume a deer or a squirrel, true delicacy comes in the form of shifters. A shifter in animal form is a siren song for a hungry Striga, who find their blood to be akin to a high.

Anatomically, Strigas are different from Reapers in that their fangs do not retract. They are smaller and somewhat less conspicuous than that of their cousin subspecies, but they are incredibly strong. Still - most Strigas prefer the safety of more quiet locations. They are a relatively peaceful species and value diplomacy over violence, preferring to live on the fringes of society and communing with nature.

While they cannot survive in direct sunlight, they can choose to be awake during the day so long as they stay indoors. The species as a whole tries to keep a low profile, they struggle to fit into the mainstream community.



TRANSITIONING:
A human can be fed from by a reaper and remain human, and a shifter can be fed from by a Striga and remain a shifter.

A transition to a vampire of either subspecies requires a little more intention:

In either case, the victim will need to be entirely drained of blood. (Please note that this is harder to accomplish in the case of a striga and shifter, as shifters begin to heal.) After, the vampire must feed the intended their own blood and bury them underground.

For Reaper progeny: The next night they will arise as a vampire fledgling.

For Striga progeny: It takes some time for the beast to succumb and die. They will remain dead in the ground until the next full moon when the beast finally vanishes and they emerge as a vampire.


SENSING OTHER SUPERNATURALS:
Vampires: Vampires can recognize each other, regardless of subspecies. They sense that they are of a kind.

Shifters: With practice, Vampires are able to hear a Shifter's elevated pulse. If they happen to touch one another, the temperature difference between them is stark.

Witches: Vampires get a certain feeling off of witches that cannot be easily defined. New Vampires know they feel different, but don't know what it means unless told. They cannot discern a Witch's individual power.

Spirits: They can sense and see Spirits -- how they appear to them is subjective.




Grouping:
Vampires, unlike shifters or witches, have no benefit to grouping up. Historically, large groups of vampires have a harder time hiding their nature and with so many old personalities, tend to prefer their independence. If a vampire wishes for companionship, there is no supernatural benefit to the grouping.