Vampires

Day 18: Discussing today, my other favorite vampires, with Dracula and Strahd done earlier. The essential lore is that a vampire is an immortal being that drinks the blood of the living for sustenance. Other parts of the mythology vary between sources: aversion to garlic and crosses, inability to cross running water, death from stake to the heart or sunlight, sleeping in coffins, no reflection.

Vampire The Masquerade: Genesis 11 “So now you are cursed from the earth, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 12 When you till the ground, it shall no longer yield its strength to you. A fugitive and a vagabond you shall be on the earth.” In White Wolf’s 1991 roleplaying system, the vampires believe that curse put upon Cain was vampirism and all vampires descended from him. The third generation decided to slay the second, and so Cain in turn cursed them, creating the thirteen unique clans. Vampire is my favorite roleplaying game for it’s mythology/setting, focus on story driven elements, and it’s easy to learn mechanics. I tend to always gravitate to Nosferatu of Ravnos when choosing a character. Vampire was redone in 2004 as Vampire: The Requiem. While similar mechanically, the mythology is quite different and I prefer the original.

Interview With The Vampire: In 1976 Anne Rice publishes her debut novel chronicling the life, and unlife, of Louis, a plantation owner in New Orleans. Louis tells his story to a young reporter; his maker Lestat, his adopted daughter Claudia, saved from the plague, the meeting of ancient Armand, trying to hold on to humanity and losing everything in the process. The novel was adapted to film in 1995 with Brad Pitt as Louis and Tom Cruise as Lestat. I find it one of the better vampire movies out there, not relying on action or the vampire’s body count but telling a story that happens to include vampires. Other than a good soundtrack, I can’t endorse the sequel, Queen of the Damned.

Castlevania: Released by Konami in 1986 for the Nintendo Entertainment System, the player takes control of Simon Belmont in a traditional platformer. Armed with a whip, you storm Dracula’s castle, fighting all sorts of monsters in your way. Technically, this is using Dracula twice, but I feel that Castlevania has enough of its own lore to set it apart, taking place 200 years before Bram Stoker’s novel.

Did you know: The vampires folklore we are familiar with originates in southern Europe in the 18th century.

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