The Blood Moon of Bloothorne Picture

After spending time observing the residents of the Castle Rosencroix, I have finally been able to make a suitable journal to better depict and describe the dark creatures within. The blood drinker. The Vampire.

Vampires are mythological or folkloric beings who subsist by feeding on the life essence of living creatures, regardless of whether they are undead or a living person/being. Although vampiric entities have been recorded in many cultures, and may go back to "prehistoric times", the term vampire was not popularized until the early 18th century, after an influx of vampire superstition into Western Europe from areas where vampire legends were frequent, such as the Balkans and Eastern Europe, although local variants were also known by different names, such as vrykolakas in Greece and strigoi in Romania. This increased level of vampire superstition in Europe led to mass hysteria and in some cases resulted in corpses actually being staked and people being accused of vampirism.
Tales of supernatural beings consuming the blood or flesh of the living have been found in nearly every culture around the world for many centuries. Today, we would associate these entities with vampires, but in ancient times, the term vampire did not exist; blood drinking and similar activities were attributed to demons or spirits who would eat flesh and drink blood; even the Devil was considered synonymous with the vampire. Almost every nation has associated blood drinking with some kind of revenant or demon, or in some cases a deity. This alone should give you even a small glimpse of how large a role vampires play in our society.
The notion of vampirism has existed for millennia; cultures such as the Mesopotamians, Hebrews, Ancient Greeks, and Romans had tales of demons and spirits which are considered precursors to modern vampires. However, despite the occurrence of vampire-like creatures in these ancient civilizations, the folklore for the entity we know today as the vampire originates almost exclusively from early-18th-century southeastern Europe, when verbal traditions of many ethnic groups of the region were recorded and published. In most cases, vampires are revenants of evil beings, suicide victims, or witches, but they can also be created by a malevolent spirit possessing a corpse or by being bitten by a vampire. Belief in such legends became so pervasive that in some areas it caused mass hysteria and even public executions of people believed to be vampires.
The attributes and appearance of the vampire vary as greatly as the regions of the myths. Some are described as putrid corpses with red lips, others as rat-like in appearance and attitude, while even others are suave and commanding entities with a multitude of powers and servants at their bidding. Some even classify each into separate groups or clans by power and positions in society.
((Though my own observations have left me with the notion that most are quite striking in appearance, alluring and catlike in their fluid motions and grace. They tend to keep well groomed, all the better for luring unsuspected victims, I assume.))
Moving on...

Powers and Weaknesses
Some of the more commonly attributed powers that I have read about and/or bore witness to are as follows:

Create other vampires: Some believe the vampire can choose to create more of it's kind; others think that it take three bites to be effective.
Flight: The bruxsa (female species found in Portugal), lansuir (female species found in Malaysia), and aswang (female species found in the Philippines) can fly; other vampires change shape to fly.
Misting or vaporizing: Gives the vampire access to places considered secure or hard to reach. ((Also quite annoying when one wishes to remain undisturbed >-<))
Strength: Equal to that of many men; increases with age.
Hypnosis: Useful in luring and ensnaring victims.
Change in size or dimensions: Good for tight spots.
Control of the elements: Power over wind, rain, and other natural forces.
Control of animals: Power extends over many creatures, including insects, rats, fleas, and bats. ((Most of these serve as faithful messengers when a vampire cannot leave their place of lodging))
Eternal life: Varies in length; not all vampires are immortal.
Scale walls: Vampires are as nimble as spiders.
Transformation: Vampires can turn into bats, dogs, wolves, butterflies, insects, rats, birds, fleas, mice, and locusts. ((Not to mention dark shadows upon walls))
Drain life-force or psychic energy: An attribute of the psychic vampire.
((Fortunately, I have yet to meet one of this type))

There are lesser known abilities as well, but these vary with type and age of said vampire.

As for weaknesses, these differ near as much as the strengths, often including sunlight, fire, silver, wooden stakes, holy water, decapitation, and removal of the heart. ((I do not recommend any attempting to take on a vampire unless willing to risk life, limb and worse))

I do not wish to delve much further into the subject for fear of this journal entry becoming book-sized quite rapidly. There is a wealth of information on this famous myth. Far more than I could possible hope to convey in one sitting. Let it suffice to say that there are many dark things within our world, and the vampire is just one of many.
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