Lamia Features:Vampiric Visage
A vampiric race, the Lamia appear to have red eyes, making social interaction a chore at times.Idle Disgust
It has been noted that the Lamia bloodline contains not one but two mental adjustments. The first would be their inability to mentally age past the day they were turned. The other is a complete disgust towards feeding on those who cannot put up a fight. Warriors at the core, Lamia look down upon vampires who go 'bump in the night', and reason that blood is tasteless to them unless acquired through combat or an eventful hunt. Indeed, a Lamia can track down a deer and nourish themselves on the blood, but a Lamia would find themselves much more satisfied if the scenario took place in a fight against a bear. One cannot take the warrior away from the battlefield it seems.
In modern day society, Lamia usually resort to hunting animals, as a substitute to the much more preferred nourishment by combat. Feeding on a helpless or innocent:
This method of feeding has no effect on a Lamia. They will not be nourished from the act and the blood itself will have a disgusting taste.Hunting Wildlife:
A born warrior, hunting wildlife is a method most Lamia use today. They prefer pray that can actually put up a fight, like a fear or a lion, but if nothing else is available, a Lamia will be satisfied with tracking down a deer. The hunt itself elevates the taste of blood consumed during this time period.Casual 'over the counter' drinking:
Ordering a glass of blood at a bar catering to vampires is considered 'neutral ground' for a Lamia. The blood they consume during this scene is nourishing, however tasteless. The taste could be compared to a glass of water.Feeding during or after combat:
This is the most wondrous event a Lamia can find themselves in. Feeding during combat, or right after battle is the moment of a true feast. Blood consumed during this event is considered delicious, and highly nourishing. Born Of Battle
Even the humblest, most serene and harmonic Lamia will find themselves enjoying the heat of a violent encounter. Lamia are not barbaric by any stretch of the imagination and they do not go looking for fights. However, if a fight comes to them, it will be nearly impossible to resist engaging in the encounter. The Blush Of Life
Fully fed, the Lamia's body appears warm and much like that of a human. However, a Lamia whom has gone without blood for a time appears pale and cold. Lamia are required to feed everyday to stay healthy, much like their previous lives dictated.Frozen In Time
Many vampiric races are accompanied by an array of dark knowledge from the years, turning even a child into a matured scholar. The Lamia on the other hand retains the mental maturity of when they were turned.Eternal
Like every vampire, the Lamia are ageless.Shackled To Earth
Lamia have displayed an inability to use any kind of magic.Not Of The Living
To create a Lamia, the vampire must first drain every drop of blood from a living creature before injecting a single drop of their own. A minute will pass before the newly sired Lamia will arise.As The Moon Sets
Like mortal races, the Lamia can indeed get tired and fatigued if they go without sleep for a prolonged amount of time.Sustained By Life
Without blood in their system, the Lamia will fall into a coma like state from which they cannot wake up without being fed blood. This is called the Slumber.Shielded From Hearth And Breeze
Lamia are unable to feel the elements due to their undead nature. Warmth or cold passes them by without a single feeling to their skin.Shroud Of Unlife
Lamia do not sweat, and do not produce any body odor, due to their undead nature.Without Mortal Coils
Like every undead, Lamia vampires do not breathe and cannot feel exhaustion through mortal means, other than the need to sleep.Stranger To Nature
Being undead, Lamia vampires do not have biological functions such as the need to excrete. The blood they consume remains inside their bodies until fully used up. Every vampire species do however have the physical sense of touch and can just like any mortal race feel pain and arousal, whereas many vampire races pursue the latter with a zeal, hence the stereotype.Strengths:Knights Of The Dead
Like most vampires, Lamia possess supernatural prowess in strength, speed and reflexes. It has been noted that their physical capabilities are on the level of ten grown men.Perversion Of Light
What truly separates the Lamia from their vampiric cousins is their ability to walk in sunlight without being hurt. Parasitic Embrace
Using the blood they have drained, Lamia are able to regenerate their wounds. The more grievous the wound, the more blood they need to use to regenerate, bringing them fatigue and eventually the Slumber. Shallow Shell
Shoving a stake into their hearts to kill a Lamia is merely myth as the muscle doesn't even work. Severing a Lamia's head will lead to instant death however, a method highly recommended.Hunter's Palette
No matter the age of a Lamia, this vampiric creature can nourish itself on the blood of an animal exclusively, whereas older vampires of other bloodlines require human blood.Weaknesses:Born Of The Dark
Despite being able to walk under the sun, the Lamia are a nocturnal being and such they find it uncomfortable. Their regeneration functions slower under the sun and unless hidden behind glasses, their eyes are quite sensitive to the light. Repelled By Purity
Wounds delivered by silver cannot regenerate on the spot. A Lamia will need to sleep for eight hours and use their blood based regeneration to heal from wounds caused by silver. Merely touching silver will wound the vampire like a burning ember. The same weakness holds true for fire.Of One Pursuit
Unlike many other vampires, Lamia cannot dominate others with their voices or their eyes. They cannot fly, and they cannot control animals with their minds. Neither can they transform into one. The Lamia's physical enhancement is their only trick.Shunned By The Gods
Walking on holy ground will prevent a Lamia from regenerating while upon holy soil.Historical Facts, Culture And Tidbits:Country
Lamia, as the name suggests, originate from ancient Rome. Lamia is the old Latin word for Vampire, though has also been described as a child eating demon of legends. It is speculated that the ancient Romans combined many of the monstrous creatures they had come to witness under a single banner. Origins
Whether one believes vampirism a curse, a blessing or merely a state of being, the myth has been widespread throughout the years and would be most prominent in Transylvanian mythology. One should however not discard the vast array of undead legends shared by the remainder of the world. This comes to be quite blatant in the vast amount of countries one can spot a vampire, and the differences between each bloodline.
As for the Lamia, legends speak of their being as a species all of its own, rather than an affliction or a disease. Given their resistance to sunlight, one cannot claim that the Lamia have been cursed to eternal darkness, though their inability to heal upon holy ground and incredible reaction to silver would make it glaringly obvious that they are shunned by the divines. In addition, a Lamia is entirely cut off from the magical energies circling the world, making them unable to utter the simplest of spells, or use any magical device which requires activation.
These beings are also notably unable to use any of the well known tricks available to other vampires, which all on their own could be considered magic. One could perhaps speculate that a resistance to the sun while walking the dark path of vampirism shields them not only from a vampire's greatest foe, but also their special abilities, excluding physical aptitude, of course.
Some people claim that the Lamia are simply a branch of vampires hailing from yet another ancient creature of the dark. It would be foolish to assume the Lamia first in line, as several vampiric bloodlines surpass the Lamia in years, by far.
Of course, there are the rare few who understand that vampiric bloodlines are, if only loosely, connected to one another. Indeed, the Lamia are a branch of vampires related to others but exactly which one cannot say for sure. As every bloodline possesses their own set of powers and abilities, it would not be hard to fathom that the Lamia have a rather unique strength, as well as notable weaknesses. The mystery of the Lamia would in the end boil down to a bloodline in the vast network of vampires throughout the ages, a bloodline which came to be as the result of an ever growing development of vampiric evolution.Positions, Feeding Habits and Ideals
Lamia have since their creation been creatures of war. They often hid among humans, which was possible due to walking beneath the light, and created small but fearsome cliques of mercenary groups and other military establishments. It was not uncommon for a Lamia to don the mantle of a warlord and the species as a whole was regarded as nightmarish warriors, if nothing else.
Whether a cultural decision, or a vampiric compulsion, a Lamia finds themselves utterly disgusted by the act of feeding on an innocent being. Rather, a Lamia was known to feed on the battlefield. Slain enemies were food, and acted as blood vessels the Lamia gladly drank from during a clash of steel.
Perhaps another strength, the Lamia can feed upon animals no matter their age, young or ancient, and would rather take the position of hunter outrunning their pray than seducing a fair maid during a ball.
Needless to say, Lamia looked towards the Colosseum as nearly a holy place. While they did not feed from their slain opponent upon the sands, for obvious reasons, Lamia would participate in gladiatorial duels with a zeal. There was nothing better than facing another Lamia on the sands of the arena.
Though many gladiators were slaves, there has been no record of a Lamia shackled by a human. As for the Lamia themselves, slavery has always been highly grotesque to them. The removal of freedom is considered a sin within Lamia groups as they value personal strength and freedom to an extreme level. If you cannot do it yourself, you do not deserve a slave to do it for you. Lamia Today
True to their roots, Lamia are often seen in underworld fight clubs where they enjoy battling other mythical beings for fame and glory. Fights are very rarely to the death in today's society however. Very few Lamia would reason that dinner at the end of a fight outshines honorable and thrilling combat, in either event.
Though violent, Lamia are honorable. They hail combat as nearly a holy ritual, and are most commonly seen as bodyguards to other magical creatures all across the world. If the fight club is a fun past time, the position of bodyguard is a professional occupation.Young Lamia
Younger Lamia and those who are newly turned will of course retain all of their previous beliefs and values. However, they will find their views on various martially oriented situations swayed from what they had previously believed. A newly turned Lamia does not transform into a gladiator over night, but rather retains being a normal person with slowly revealed attractions towards more violent aspects. One should not mistake a Lamia for a brute, someone who charges headfirst into battle as a reaction to an insult, but you will rarely, if ever, see a Lamia shy away from a threat. General Appearance
A Lamia's appearance has no basis. Anyone can be turned into a Lamia, and whether they appear to have large muscles or none, every Lamia possesses supernatural strength by far exceeding the appearance of their physical frame. The only thing every Lamia has in common are their red eyes.Fertility
Lamia are always sterile and this cannot be changed.
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