It is an acceptable summary of the topic, but I have to disagree with my esteemed colleague in the question of origin. The first theory simply assumes that this condition somehow randomly came to pass, the other refers to a historical, and partly legendary personality of which there are few reliable sources. And I will not waste time on the topic of vampires, that would be discovered before, if they ever existed. It is true, that the virus is unusually intricate in its effects. It stands therefore to reason, that it might have been created, that it is artificial, rather than natural. Think of the advantages - this is a way to create better soldier, even if the experiment failed. Go to Comment
I found this a stimulating article, like the way you presented it, love the science and pseudo-science behind it, and would call it more than an "acceptable summary"
What is great about it, imho, is that it reads like some middle chapter of a modern supernatural thriller, the chapter where the geeky type begins to unravel the "mysteries" for the benefit of the determined but hapless protaganist :)
This sub was inspired by manfred's new take on vampires, which I enjoyed, but decided that an alternative explanation of vampires with a biological basis was needed. All of the biological information is accurate to my knowledge, but if it happens to be incorrect or too technical to understand, please let me know. Go to Comment
Updated: I changed the data on retroviruses. Thanks for pointing that out, Ouroboros, I don't know how I missed it. There is another term for this kind of virus, but I cannot recall what it is. Go to Comment
First some nit-picking: a retrovirus starts out as RNA, which are reverse-transcribed into DNA (by the originally named reverse transcriptase enzyme), and that DNA-fragment is integrated into the host genome. It´s not really important, since it doesnt detract from the post. Which is EXCELLENT! Love these "scientific" ones - oh, and the general´s speech at the end is a real nice touch. Good work! 5/5 and a HoH Go to Comment
Its my pleasure, D. I believe these buggers were called RNAvirus back in the olden days when I was in school. As a side note, there´s something that´s called an arbovirus that is spread through bites....That might be of interest too, don´t you think? All in all, a very good post! /David Go to Comment
Myself, I don't like liches that much. But this guy is quite fine; he is easier to grasp than the regular garden variety interested only in esoteric research, or (yawn) more power. Kudos for that. Go to Comment
A well done Lich, though a little out there :) He can be used in place of regular liches with a bit of adaptation - ones world may not be very good for open liches, but there may be places he can indulge his lifestyle. Go to Comment
My world doesn't have a large chunk of legislation on anything. The closest approximation I can think of would be The Lord of the Rings, only Sauron won, then died. Basically, the primary population is evil, at least for the time being, which makes for a very chaotic social structure. Liches are accepted on whether or not they can survive. This allows Morbid to take liberties in his creative process that would usually draw an army of crusaders to his door. Go to Comment
An interesting idea, one that would have to be used sparingly lest the users become the subject of conventions and treaties like the Geneva convention. Then those using said weapons would become war criminals, plus over-use and the effect of the weapon would be dulled. Go to Comment
Ursula is a were-bear; she and Stewart, the bailiff of a rural feudal estate, are lovers, sharing all their secrets as lovers often do. Recently something has been taking livestock. *He* must deal with suspicions that a bear is involved (one has been seen nearby...): *she* must defend herself if it is revealed (perhaps by a jealous suitor, perhaps accidentally) that she is a lycanthrope. The adventurers might be called in to track the hungry beast(s) and discover her secret, but be able to reveal that the culprits are a small pack of wolves that has moved in to the area. The adventurers might earn the gratitude of both Ursula and Stewart, depending on what they reveal, and to whom.