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How can you change up medieval feudalism while keeping the concept of 'houses'?

My world is ruled by vampire-like superhumans, who have supernatural abilities like prescience and telepathy. The vampires require human blood to sustain their powers and long life. They lord over and ...
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No stomach, how do I eat?

Imagine a creature that through congenital diseases and mutations starts slowly losing its digestive system as it becomes less and less efficient and smaller until it is vestigial and eventually ...
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How many humans would it take to fill a vat that is 55.5 feet long, wide, and tall full of blood? [closed]

So I am in the process of building this world where this huge(1,296 ft. long) vampiric, demonic(maybe), dragon imprisons(well, its offspring does) humanity in dreamworlds that allow them to farm their ...
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How to feed a vampire blood spontaneously

Suppose a common situation with a vampire occurs. They're short of blood, you want to save them, you need to deliver a moderate amount of blood to them to revive them but you don't want to be ...
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What would be the most efficient way for vampires to farm human blood? [closed]

A bit of background to the question. Vampires are rare in human kingdoms and are hunted down, and the technology level across the world is around the 17th century level in terms of our world, since ...
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Why aren't the vampires smarter than us?

Based off this question. As stated in the previous question, a population of Homo Sapiens crossed over to a alternative Earth where they then diverged into two populations — one that is identical to ...
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Why does a vampire have tusks?

Earlier this morning, I received 4 mummified corpses carbon-dated back to the late 17th century. Let's name these based on their unique traits: Fang, Saw, Bunny and the Boar. On closer examination, ...
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Is there an evolutionary advantage for 12.5% of my mammalian species Homo genus to have blue-green colorblindness?

In my world, there is a species of human called Homo hematophagus (blood eating human). Traditionally, these vampires are a cannibalistic race: In war they often drank the blood from their rivals' ...
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Can a plant or fruit evolve or be made to look as if it evolved to produce blood?

My question is Can a plant or fruit evolve or be made to look as if it evolved to produce blood? I want to have a story well a benevolent super being not a god a being with powerful tech; transplanted ...
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What would be a good reason for a clan of 'Pure bloods' to want all other supernatural creatures dead? [closed]

In my novel, I'm working on having some form of clan/club/group of 'pure-bloods' that are descended from Van Helsing that are now an entire organization (in the 21st century) still working to carry ...
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What vampires get from blood [duplicate]

My vampires eat normal food too, but if they don’t drink blood they get really hungry for it. If their hunger goes on for too long they become unhealthy and weak. I figure that blood of mammals ...
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How to protect cities from vampirism

A certain part of the continent is currently dealing with a plague of undeath. It takes many forms, with corpses rising from their graves, strange creatures roaming in the night, seemingly driven by ...
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Is there an Evolutionary advantage for 10% of my mammalian species from the Homo genus to have Von Willebrand blood-clotting disease?

In my world, there is a species of human called Homo hematophagus (blood eating human). Traditionally, these vampires are a cannibalistic race: In war they often drank the blood from their rivals' ...
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Why would a society be matriarchal but patrilinear?

In my universe, there is a species from the Homo genus named Homo haematophagus (which means hematophagous human) (they are still humans, just not Homo sapiens) (their scientific name is a reference ...
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Could a vampire get drunk? [closed]

I'm not entirely sure how alcohol makes one inebriated, does anyone know how it works please? And as these vampires don't have blood flow, would it still be possible for the alcohol to still make them ...
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How to politely coexist with a vampire?

Inspired by a comical misreading of the title to this question, how would you politely coexist with a vampire? Vampires want blood. You have blood. You'd prefer to keep your blood in your veins and ...
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Jet lag - Effect on supernatural creatures [closed]

I am not sure how well we really understand jet lag in humans, but as supernatural creatures avail themselves to modern transportation I imagine they could face several problems, or try to exploit ...
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Where is the best place to trick a vampire into "crossing open water"?

Vampires in my modern-day urban fantasy setting, to varying degrees, have a weakness to both sunlight and open water. The celestial energies Earth radiates out from its core take on different ...
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a chemical component in vampire saliva to assist with feeding

I've been thinking about vampires lately, and I came up with the idea of a vampire's saliva containing some sort of chemical or hormone that assists with feeding. I think it would probably have to do ...
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Why would vampires sire vampires of lesser blood than they have to?

Long story short: my story has magical humanoids (known as "immortals" due to their immunity to old age and disease) existing in secret on mostly-modern-day Earth as a 1-in-1000-humans ...
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Why would a language created by humans lack both the /s/ and the /z/ consonants? [closed]

In my story, there are a strange species from the Homo genus: hematophagous humans often called vampires (their scientific name is Homo haematophagus) (so, they are still humans, just not Homo sapiens)...
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Vampires getting away with ritual murder

I have a special breed of vampires. They are, like any vampire, dependent of human blood and they need to consume it every few days in order to stay active. If they don't, they go into coma, and ...
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Vampiric kiss with effects similar to nitrogen narcosis

My story has vampires in it. Within my story's universe, I want a human kissing one mouth-to-mouth to result in nitrogen narcosis-like symptoms for said human, and for said symptoms to intensify as ...
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Would a vampire be able to use a blood substitute as a food source, such as coconut water? [duplicate]

I have a character in my story who is both a vampire and a practicing Muslim. I have another who is also a vampire and she subsists off menstrual blood. [Nutritious :>] However, I imagine Sam (the ...
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What would make a Hemomancer only capable of controlling his own blood?

In the book that I am currently writing, all vampires have this kind of "control" over their own blood using magic. Only vampires who are extremely experienced in magic can interact with the ...
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How does the stun fangs from a vampire works?

I am looking for a biological mechanism to explain how a vampire's fangs could incapacitate a person using electricity much similar to the effect of a stun gun, they can also stun their own kind with ...
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Despite having serrated fangs, why doesn't the vampire make a mess during a feast?

The vampire loves fresh blood and often sneaks into houses at night to feast. It would wait for nightfall when the occupants were asleep and then force their fangs into the neck of it's victims. ...
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How can a vampire produce T cells at home?

Let's say that there's a vampire that consumes human blood for a regular re-infusion of T cells - both a convenient way to explain why they don't need massive amounts of it (you only need a few, and ...
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Would a somewhat benign "vampiric" virus be doomed to infect everyone?

In one of the books of the The Witcher series Geralt has been told by a vampire (Regis, if I recall) that it was not true that vampirism could be spread by bite. He elaborated that the whole idea was ...
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Could a "vampire restaurant" be logistically feasible?

There's this reasonably common concept in vampire fiction when the vampires are open members of society: oftentimes there are these businesses where vampires pay to drink blood straight from humans' ...
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How could a vampire acquire specifically human blood without killing anyone?

I've seen a similar question posted here, but my vampires require specifically human blood. Anything other than human blood or water is disgusting and indigestible to them. Some more notes: Drinking ...
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Building a better brainwash-sweeping system

I have a story involving a town in the late 90s where vampires, among other mythical humanoids, openly live amongst humans. These vampires are the friendly, pro-human sort, and thus they have a lot of ...
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How does one evade a highly determined vampire-sasquatch in an abandoned city?

A Sasquatch-vampire is a rather formidable entity, whose physical characteristics I will list all of in case one is relevant to the question: there is nothing supernatural about them they vary from ...
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How can a symbiotic bacteria affect psychology?

Let's say that I have a vampire. This vampire is engaged in a symbiosis with some kind of bacteria; this bacteria grants it increased blood oxidization, cancer-fighting abilities, improved neural ...
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Would it be biologically advantageous for a vampire that doesn't need that much blood to lick away skin in order to extract it, rather than bite?

Let's say that there's a vampire that doesn't need much blood per day - something like a teaspoon. Instead of deriving nutrition from it, they need it for its antibodies, so that their nonfunctional ...
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Loopholes of Imperi

After posting Hiding Vampires In Plain Sight, I realized that I either had to explain away a vampire's odd traits with a mutant variant of Toxoplasma gondii (no easy task) or somehow keep people's ...
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What could cause a dead creature to immediatley (or almost) turn into crystal/gemstones [closed]

So in my world Vampires are their own species similar to humans, almost no magic is involved. When they die I have it so they would, in a relatively short amount of time, turn into diamond or other ...
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How long can a vampire live?

Okay, say I have a castle with a single vampire living in it. They need to drink the blood of 5 humans per day to survive, but they can substitute with animal blood, or by taking small amounts from ...
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Why would vampires require human blood?

In my world, vampires need to consume a small quantity of human blood every month to survive. They usually supplement their diet with animal blood and human food. A vampire which goes without human ...
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What would happen if a refrigerated bag of human blood was warmed up in a normal kitchen microwave?

I have a vampiric character who feeds on human blood. She can do your normal plastic hospital blood bags or from the vein, but obviously blood needs to be refrigerated in order to stay fresh and cold ...
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Ratio of humans to vampires for societal balance

Vampires are no exception to the phenomenon of evolution. In my world various species or races or breeds of these creatures can be observed. They can interbred as much as neanderthals can breed with ...
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Hiding Vampires In Plain Sight

In a world where vampires are relatively common, composing 5-25% of the population, one of two things needs to happen: Knowing Acceptance-People know there are bloodsuckers with superhuman attributes ...
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How can a 15-year-old vampire get human blood?

Since they can't really work a job that would allow easy access to blood, I thought of having them volunteer at a blood bank then maybe steal a bag. Alternatively, is it plausible that they would come ...
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How could my secret societies of immortals take over rival-clan-controlled towns without breaking the masquerade?

In a previous question, I brought up the concept of sanctuary towns, towns populated entirely by people who know about the population of immortal (as in they can't get old or sick; they can still be ...
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Vampires as a never-ending source of mechanical energy

Background Vampires are the usual sort. They sleep in coffins during the day and awake when it gets dark. Apart from the normal ways of killing them, they are immortal and so, despite their thirst for ...
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What justification can I give for why my vampires sleep specifically in coffins?

The vampires in my setting have varying powers and weaknesses based on the magical grade of their blood. While the two higher-grade vampire types can survive in sunlight with no issue beyond losing ...
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How can my town be public knowledge while still keeping outsiders out?

My story is set in the early 1990s, and it's about various races of immortal humanoid mythical creatures living amongst humanity in secret. The main setting is a town in America that's been around for ...
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At what age do you age the least?

Here's something I've been pretty curious about for a while. So a common trope with immortal characters, most commonly vampires, is that they have to periodically move to a new town in order to keep ...
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How could vampire culture inspire self-sacrificial "species patriotism" in people not born into it?

My story, set in 1990, has secret societies of immortal beings (vampires, werewolves, elves, leprechauns, etc.) living amongst the human race and trying to survive while remaining a secret. One idea ...
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How Can Vampires Obtain Donors?

My version of vampires were created by powerful mages during their experiments-they sought immortality, so humanity would never end up without someone to save them from the eldritch horrors or ...
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