The mythos of Fateful vampires…
Magic in the Fateful Trilogy is centered around a curse placed by a sorceress. This vampire curse only surrounds them when the sun has set and the world is lit with moonlight. At night their hearts stop beating. Like snakes, they have fangs, but those fangs will only come out at night. Their eyes turn magical and hypnotic. Their breath is also dosed with the magic, becoming a potion that will subdue the victim and make them want the death the vampire can bring. With supernatural powers and strength, a cursed being cannot be escaped when moon resides in the sky. During the day, none of this is the case…you would never know you might be facing someone who is bound by a dark curse at night–and a mortal by day.
As a writer, I was also intrigued by how other authors have handled this myth. Here are how two of my favorites are explained…
Lynsay Sands created vampires from Atlantis with the use of nano technology, which I found highly fascinating. The only drawback for them–while the nanos make them perfect and help to heal them, the nanos also require extra blood, hence the need for fangs. Eyes are silver because of the nanos. They can read and control minds, well, except for their true soul mate. I seriously wish I’d thought of it!
Kerrelyn Sparks created a world where there are good vampires and bad vampires. The bad love to feed off of people, but the good drink a line of special vampire cuisine created by one of the good vampires who happens to be a scientist. They have chocolood, bliskey, and a wine version. What a creative idea! Wish I’d thought of this too. And their eyes turn red when they are…well…when they want to kiss and maybe when they’re thirsty, can’t recall exactly. They can also read and control minds.
After writing my own vampires, I actually realized that mine unintentionally resemble the old (original) vampires, like Varney the Vampire. (1845) This is from Wikipedia on Varney:
“Varney was a major influence on later vampire fiction, particularly Dracula by Bram Stoker. Many of today’s standard vampire tropes originated in Varney: Varney has fangs, leaves two puncture wounds on the necks of his victims, has hypnotic powers, and has superhuman strength. Unlike later fictional vampires, he is able to go about in daylight and has no particular fear or loathing of crosses or garlic. He can eat and drink in human fashion as a form of disguise, but he points out that human food and drink do not agree with him. His vampirism seems to be a fit that comes on him when his vital energy begins to run low; he is a regular person between feedings. This is also the first example of the “sympathetic vampire,” a vampire who loathes his condition but is nonetheless a slave to it.”
You may find this comparison of traits in other vampires interesting:
Fateful vampires: Are not pale, have fangs, good feed on animals, hypnotizing eyes, potion-like breath, can eat food but it has lost its flavor, are practically mortal during daylight.
Varney the Vampire (1845): White and bloodless, has fangs, hypnotic eyes, looks ordinary until he is a vampire, can eat food but it doesn’t agree with him, can go out during the day, and he is a regular person between feedings.
Bram Stoker’s vampires (1897): Are pale, have fangs, hypnotic eyes, and are very beautiful.
Anne Rice’s vampires: Skin is pale, smooth, marble-like, have fangs, good feed on animals, are alluring and beautiful.
Vampire Diaries: Are not pale, have fangs, good feed on animals or bagged blood, hypnotizing eyes, and are alluring.
Twilight: Are pale, hard as marble, sparkle, no fangs, good feed on animals, and are very alluring.
Vampire Academy: Are pale, have fangs, ordinary looks, but have red-ringed irises.
Dresden Files (White court): Are not pale, no fangs, are extremely attractive.
I’ve listed just a few here. But most vampires have special gifts, many can read minds, most have some sort of change in eye color, and many can turn a person with just one bite.
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