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What if there were vampires...
« on: October 09, 2006, 01:14:35 PM »
who fed not on blood,but on people's skills, feelings ect?They could for example leave an artist drained dry of creativity.Any ideas for making them different from normal vamps with fangs?

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Re: What if there were vampires...
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2006, 01:29:10 PM »
Actually, that sounds alot like the feeding system from White-Wolf's Changeling: The Dreaming. The changelings would feed on the creative output of artists and such, sometimes feeding that refined dream stuff back into the artist, causing them to create a greater masterpiece and then feeding on the bloom of creativity afterwards.

The seelie changelings were careful of how they fed on this creative spark as overfeeding could completely burn-out the creator, leaving them a dreary and dry person, lacking ambition spark or drive. Unseelie changelings believed in feeding as deeply as possible to get the most creative juice they could, and the heck with the humans, no real shortage of them anyway.


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Re: What if there were vampires...
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2006, 04:59:00 PM »
To be perfectly frank, it seems to me like it's been done to death already.
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Re: What if there were vampires...
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2008, 02:48:02 PM »
Other things for a Vampire to drain besides blood or emotions

Fear:  These Vampires must terrorise their prey rather than go in for the kill. 

Alcohol:  They still drink blood, but act more as filters than consumers.  Other impurities in the blood can be used instead. 

Youth:  The life essence itself is drained.  An attack by these Vampires adds a few wrinkles & a few new grey hairs.  This is what keeps the Vampires immortal--they take the time away from someone else.  Attacking a child causes progeria-like effects rather than growth.

Orange Juice:  Okay, I'm being silly with this one, but why not have a Vampire who must feed on one specific fruit juice, but is otherwise the stereotypical Undead?

Drama:  The tropes of Vampirism:  black lace, gothic music, depressing poetry, et al. create the emotions upon which the Vampire must feed.  They don't even really like blood, but it is sometimes necessary to drink a sip for the right atmosphere. 

Insulin:  A variation on the filtering Vampire above, the victims of this Undead suffer from diabetes-like symptoms.  Slain victims die from sugar-shock rather than exsanguination. 

Metal:  Only the most famished Vampire attacks a human, and then it is the iron in the blood rather than the blood itself.  Unfortunately for these creatures, they are not able to bite off chunks of steel (fangs only punch holes) and constantly are searching for some way to get the rich metally goodness they need.  Metal shavings/iron filings could form the bulk of their diet, but there is a risk (albeit reduced) of sharp filings causing internal damage.  Rust is easy to chew & digest, but as it is already--definitively--oxidised, they get almost no nutritional value from it.
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Re: What if there were vampires...
« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2008, 08:24:41 PM »
It was Wheaties that had the 8lbs of iron in a serving, right?  They most've loved the stuff, though, all things considered, I'd almost enjoy the thought of diabetic vampires...
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Re: What if there were vampires...
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2008, 12:22:18 PM »
Well doesn't this thread equate with escaping the 'vampire' mythos all together? We might as well mantion "what would make for a intresting NEED by a creature?'

Emotional (Both feeding on others, self generated emption)
Chemical/Substantive
Psychological

AFICT, a 'Vampire' only falls under the second catagory, unless you put a quantifier infront of the term 'Vampire'n (HAX!).

Or would you all rather starting refering to all manner of  creatures as 'Vampires'?

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Re: What if there were vampires...
« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2008, 07:03:07 AM »
Come on now Angel, his idea is excellent, why not change what they need to survive on, they're still draining it aren't they?

I love the idea, just wish i'd thought of it.
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Re: What if there were vampires...
« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2008, 08:00:21 PM »
Gurps Psionics has a whole category of psychic skills/powers for Psychic Vampirism.  With them, you can drain dreams, attribute points, & other stuff.  Another interesting Gurps variant was in Creatures of the Night.  In it, one of the creatures was a Vampire as a tack-on, with the base creature a sort of techno-organic/bio-mechanical beast (think Warlock of the New Mutants).  I can't think of the name of the creature, and don't have the book at hand, but the creepiness of it was that they reproduced by feeding some of their own flesh to their prospective victims.  After this gruesome meal, the victim's flesh started to turn semi-mechanical/electronic & they became as cold & monstrously alien as the one who turned them.
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Re: What if there were vampires...
« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2008, 04:38:29 PM »
I was refering to the 'Iron' vampire idea (or the 'Orange Juice' idea.)

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Re: What if there were vampires...
« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2008, 05:06:56 AM »
Okies.

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