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Questions tagged [vampires]

For questions related to vampires, imaginary undead beings generally assumed to subsist by means of fresh human blood.

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How can changes in personality/values of a person who turned into a vampire be explained?

Vampires don't die from old age; They aren't born, and all vampires were humans at some point in their life. After being bitten, a human can turn into a vampire (although the chance is very low, ...
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Realistic (sci-fi) ideas on how biological mind control could be possible through a virus infecting a person?

I've been trying to reimagine vampires using sci-fi science to explain the more traditional vampiric abilities. So far I'm quite liking a rabies-like virus to explain biting and regenerative rest. I ...
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Need help with details concerning non-conventional sci fi vampires

I would like to create a sci fi human faction that resemble vampires without many of the past tropes while reimagining some for a sci fi feel. I would like to avoid any magic and fantastical abilities....
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Turning into a puddle of blood [closed]

Vampires have that weird innate skill of being able to turn into a blood puddle and then morph back into a vampire. This is an evolved characteristic all vampires share. The Arcanists and scholars ...
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Vampires in space

The setting is our Earth of today (2018) with one difference: some Space Agency decided to go back the Moon and built a ship that is ready to depart, using today's technology. For reasons, the crew ...
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Effects of high-intensity radiation on the undead?

What would happen if a zombie got caught too close to a reactor meltdown, or a vampire decided to intentionally dose themselves with lethal radiation meant to sterilize machine parts? Would enough ...
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scientifically-backed vampire 'powers' [closed]

what classic vampire traits and abilities (think super speed, invisibility, shapeshifting) would be possible in a world without magic? bonus points if you figure out how sunlight damages them, how ...
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How to design an advanced deadman's switch for the “vitality impaired”?

I don't usually use vampires as main characters. They're normally supporting characters for more, and yet less, human immortals, but I've decided to flesh them out a bit. I was thinking about advanced,...
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What are some not-so-obvious effects a person might experience if they were still conscious and active, but didn't have a heartbeat? [RE: Vampires]

I'm writing something in which the main character has become a vampire, or vampire-like entity, due to the influence of a Lovecraftian horror. What are some things they, as a conscious person, may or ...
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Convenient teeth for a bloodsucking vampire

So I got this species of vampire-creatures (no conversion of other species, just mating and reproducing in typical mammalian fashion) that subsist entirely on blood. I'm using a bit of magic to imply ...
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How do vampires react to passive UV light sources?

Certain fantasy creatures are extremely sensitive to concentrated UV light. eg modern vampires. They either slowly or rapidly burn up in-front of you when exposed to direct sunlight or modern high ...
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Realistic Vampire Virus

For the purpose of this question (to make the idea more plausible) a vampire is not an undead creature. Rather: A vampire is a human, infected by a symbiotic virus; The virus is present in a vampire'...
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Neutral, science-based Undead

I'm looking for one or more biological processes that could be bolstered, changed, or introduced to a human to create a severely extended lifespan, ideally requiring death first, in order to best ...
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What cost to creating vampires [closed]

Assume a world in which vampirism is totally unlike how it is usually portrayed in Bram Stoker's Dracula, Anne Rice novels, True Blood etc. Instead it's somewhat analogous to a disease where the ...
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Has any storyteller combined Zombies vs Vampires like [closed]

I envision a world where vampires defend humans from zombies, because vampires depend on (live) humans for food. Has someone already created that world? Please forgive my ignorance. Who fights who? ...
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What foods will lycanthropes and vampirism-afflicted individuals need to avoid?

In an alternate version of our world, lycanthropes and vampires were introduced about 300 years ago and are coexisting with us. Unfortunately, they had to adapt to our cuisine and avoid certain ...
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Cruelty Free Vampirism

Setting: "One Big Lie" Sci-fi RPG The lies in this setting are an extension of relativity with a couple of extra dimensions allowing for FTL/Backwards Time Travel, and Thaumons. Thaumons (Magic ...
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Would it be reasonable that vampires cannot drink just any blood type save O-? [closed]

With the exception of blood type O-, humans simply can't be given "any old blood type" without the potential of causing serious harm. I assume that in reality, a newly-dead body would still react ...
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Where would a vampire-like creature get its energy from?

My main character is based on the basic concept of a vampire. That she needs blood to survive. She was genetically engineered to digest ‘blood’ instead of eating. She still needs to drink water. ...
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Can a vampire heal itself? [closed]

If a vampire gets a cut or stabbed or just injured in general will it be able to heal itself? And will blood come out? I remember learning last term that to heal yourself you just make new cells?
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Would vampires survive on synthetic blood? [closed]

I’m writing a novella for a school competition. One of my other main characters is a vampire. I’ve found very good scientific explanations behind vampires and their mannerisms etc. But instead of ...
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How can I explain that my human vampire developed venom?

The vampires I have in mind are a sub-species of humans: they share a similar immune system with us, however they evolved fangs and are capable of injecting some kind of substance into their victims, ...
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What possible scientific reasons could there be for a vampire to only be killable via wooden stake to the heart?

This excludes metal stakes, knives etc. to the heart, it's not the bleeding out that's the issue. Just for some reason, a wooden stake to the heart ends a vampire. Why? Assume the type of vampire ...
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What features of a planet would cause humans living there to develop vampire like traits?

I'm imagining that a group of humans was transported to a different planet almost 100 thousand years ago. The planet is similar enough to Earth that they can survive, and already had other earth-...
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How would a vampire have a physical love affair [closed]

There are aplenty vampire questions, however how can I justify a vampire having physical intercourses without requiring anymore "magical" justification or shrugging off any. Let's imagine a world ...
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How would intravenous collars/bracelets be best administered? [closed]

Vampires have invented a safe, easy means of removing blood from animals without constantly jabbing them with needles and alarming them. A simple band, with a specially made IV tube in it that opens ...
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If vampires existed in modern society, how could they not be well known by science and the public

If vampires were around today, not too common, but widespread,it would only take one doctor examining them realize they're different. I assume scientists would hear about it and want to study them. ...
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Vampires are real. How to stop everybody from freaking out? [closed]

Good morning, ladies and gentleman, and congratulations on your promotions. You are now all official members of the Ministry of the Protection of Vampires. The creation of this new branch of the ...
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Why can vampires only drink human blood? [closed]

Vampires are depicted differently in every work of fiction, but one thing mainly stays the same: they need blood to survive. Human blood, to be precise. Some stories add in the rule that they can also ...
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How can vampire-dad be popular when he has to stay inside during the day?

Welcome to Nottonmap, a small village in Whateverdrivestheplotland! The entire village has an impressive total of 500 inhabitants and doesn't really have more to offer than a smog-free and peaceful ...
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How does vampire-dad keep the masquerade to his daughter

A new girl moves into town with her eccentric parents who are self-proclaimed, professional vampire-hunters. They, for some reason, are completely convinced that their new neighbour is a vampire, but ...
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Sunlight and Vampires

I'm writing about vampires in my story and I'm curious what exactly it is about sunlight that makes them vulnerable to it. Are there any books or stories that define why the sunlight kills them? ...
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Machina Plague: Cure

Other questions about this are on this meta post. Context (Updated with new information based on Q1, Q2, Q3) In an act of war, an advanced, extraterrestrial species has designed the machina ...
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Machina Plague: Quarantine

Other questions about this are on this meta post. Context (Updated with new information based on Q1, Q2) In an act of war, an advanced, extraterrestrial species has designed the machina plague - ...
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Machina Plague: Health Effects

Other questions about this are on this meta post. Context (Updated with new information based on Q1) In an act of war, an advanced, extraterrestrial species has designed the machina plague - an ...
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Machina Plague: Spread

Other questions about this are on this meta post. Context In an act of war, an advanced, extraterrestrial species has designed the machina plague - an infectious nanobot pathogen - to wipe out ...
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Could a humonoid be hematophage

Since blood is a fluid tissue rich in nutritious proteins and lipids that can be taken without great effort, it looks like hematophage animals would be above carnivores in the food chain. Animal ...
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Viability of a vampire-like creature which emits a pathogen

Assume that a person gets infected by a pathogen and then goes into stasis, emerging several hundred years later transformed into a vampire. Now this vampire can meditate and release a pathogen that ...
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How to justify vampirism in general intelligence? [closed]

In year 2278 C.E. the machines develop superior intellect on par with a 21st average human teenager's brain, both races had coexisted amicably for a long time until a robotic hacker meddled with the ...
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How could a vampire pathogen operate in hard science fiction?

While the vampire is a monster of folklore, modern technothrillers (e.g. Federal Vampire and Zombie Agency, Ultraviolet, Blade, Underworld, Daybreakers) have portrayed vampires as humans infected by a ...
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Evolution of Vampire Zombie

A parasite starts its first life cycle of youth with the reproductive phase by cloning itself to infect as many people as possible without leaving any signs of its presence. After two days the ...
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How long after death is blood fit for consumption?

We all know that food spoils if left untreated by some form of preservation. Different foods spoil at different rates, of course. Let's say Dracula stumbles across a fresh corpse. (For the sake of ...
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How to help give vampires a more positive reputation?

"Congratulations, you're hired!" Is usually something everyone is happy to hear. Except, the job... You're the local vampire lord's publicist. Well, congratulations. Your job is quite literally to ...
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How would multple moons affect undead and werewolves? [closed]

The 2 classic movie monsters: werewolves and undead both are nocturnal. But how would multiple moons affect each of these classic fictional monsters? Would multiple eclipses help them out the undead ...
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How to steal hemoglobin from other people/animals

I made a couple changes to get the biology correct. Thanks, Lucas. I am working on a story where vampires have a biological, rather than mystical, reason to take the blood of others. They cannot ...
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The first vampires [closed]

How would the 'vampire virus' come about? Assuming vampires can turn others into vampires with a literal infection. How can the origin of the virus be explained considering that is in a viruses best ...
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How do I make my recruitment process vampire-friendly? [closed]

As Head of HR at a large urban bank, I have been getting a lot of flak (in the form of angry emails) from the 'Undead Defamation Society' about the fact that my company only employs a very small ...
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Life expectancy of unaging dictators

Sociopathic vampyres are real. They rule us, in fact, in the near-future alter-Earth. An oligarchical group, descendants of the 19th Century Robber Barons and the large plantation Aristocracy from the ...
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Why would vampires be incapable of entering a non-vampire human’s house uninvited?

I'm looking for a scientific explanation as to why vampires would be incapable of entering a human's house uninvited. There have been many terrific scientific explanations for some of the most ...
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Vampiric Blood River

We've all heard about a river of blood. But what would happen if we had an actual river of blood? Say a band of vampires creates a magical portal that draws blood from all the people in the area and ...