Well thought out, well executed. These psuedo-vampiri (living creatures with vampiric (energy absorbing) elements) are consistent in their abilities. I like that.
You should create two countries or regions, one for this land before the Blood Crusades, then another after. The Ash People (scroll) might list all their various clans and organizations. This is a plethoria of inspiration.
An Element of Plot:
There may be a magic ritual that will allow these children to cross over upon their death. (Found in some obscure ancient text that the vampires are always hunting for and fighting over.) This would make them extremely powerful vampires (powers on top of their existing powers). Nobody wants an Ash Child to "cross over", the humans to avoid such a powerful monster, the vampires because such a powerful vampire would disrupt their political order, and the Ash Children will want to stop this at all costs because they would a) become the monsters they are assumed to be, thus everyone will hate them, b) it goes against their vows and codes. (Of course the existance of such an Uber-Ash Child, would allow them to extend their bloodlines, as the blood of the uber-ash would never fade their powers.... )
Updated: I've had this in the Works Hidden section for a while now. It is a generic take on vampires and uses elements of my home campaign. I must admit that the text wanders about and to me lacks cohesion. Tired of working on it and it's time to toss it out to see it if floats or sinks. Go to Comment
theoretically an Ash Child could never become stronger than a regular vampire. They at the very most can only be half-vampire, as there has to be a balance between the human and undead sides of their essence. Adding blood of a vampire to an existant Ash Child would not make them any stronger, other than the usually ghouling powers of the blood. This wouldnt be passed on.
Why wound't they breed a large population? Because the basic power of the blood looses potency every generation, and even with the most careful of tending the blood will thin to the point where it is non-existant. Ash Children also have several enemies to limit their powers.
Vampires hate them and will kill them if it all possible. Why shouldn't they, the ash children are immune to their powers. They must also fight their bestial urges, to lair in the dark and feed on blood. They succumb to the dark taint in their blood and become monsters and cannibals to be put down by their vampire hunting brethern or by other powers that be. Go to Comment
Its a cool idea, but I would have taken a more evil take on them. In your presentation its assumed that all ash children tend towards fighting the vampires. It would seem to me that with those abilities, in that environment, they would be the lesser evil, and would come to rule the human populations.
What happens to the person who drinks the vampire blood to sire an ash child? What happens if both parents imbibe the blood? Why would the ash children population dwindle if there were a large number of ash children, couldn't they breed and create a sustainable population?
What happens if Ash children imbibe vampire blood when mating, do you get yet stronger ash children, and how powerful could such a being theoretically become? Go to Comment
One way to move her cold heart slightly, or manipulate her, would be to promise her healing. Even partial restoring of her features would be great, requiring of course powerful magic. Just don't promise her something you can't fulfil. Go to Comment
I encountered the term Sippenhaft while reading Greg Isles(?) Spandau Phoenix, and it is a germanic term that goes back to the more brutal norse times. Sippenhaft is the practice of eliminating not only one person by assassination, but the complete and total eradication of his or her blood family. This includes all of the elders, the women, and the children. The practice was 'revived' (not 100% sure on that) during the Nazi era of WWII, where some germans who tried to assassinate Hitler were imprisoned and only executed after their entire family was killed first.
It is her working name, one adopted for the brutal definition of the term. In a sense it is a demonstration of her methodical and vindictive work ethic. As for the local tongue, I would assume that the name means nothing in particular, and generally accorded it as a term of an archaic language. Go to Comment