As there are various creatures that blood-sucking creatures all over the world with various different characteristics, the term "bloodsucker" is used as a catch-all term. The terms "vampire" and "bloodsucker" are essentially synonymous in all cases except those regarded by the Church as enemies. They specifically hunt those they deem as "vampires," True Ancestors, Dead Apostles, and those turned into bloodsuckers by Dead Apostles, ignoring other bloodsuckers regardless of their species.
Curse of Restoration Edit
True Ancestors and Dead Apostles possess a form of limited immortality, called the Curse of Restoration (復元呪詛, Fukugen Juso?). This ability operates under normal conditions and causes the vampire's body to regress through time to its original vampiric state whenever it receives an injury. However, this ability is also tied to the phases of the moon. As the moon waxes, the degree of injury that can be repaired, as well as the speed of the regression increases dramatically. For example, Roa would not have been able to survive Arcueid Brunestud's Marble Phantasm, were it not for the full moon. Additionally, it is the night of a full moon the time when the Dead Apostles and True Ancestors reach the height of their strength.
- Main article: Dead ApostleIn the Tsukihime setting, vampires have the instinct known as the Vampiric Impulses (吸血衝動, kyuuketsu shoudou?), which pushes them to suck the blood of others. But differently than the vampiric impulses of the True Ancestors, who are also considered vampires, these vampires have the physical need to suck the blood of others, in order to maintain their own bodies. However, if the vampire gives the human his own blood in the process, the human body will not completely die and the soul cannot leave the body. In most cases however, the body dies and with it the soul of the victim and the final result is an empty corpse, that the vampire can control like a puppet, called the Dead (死者, Shisha?). But sometimes, there are those who possess an high physical potential and the capacity of their soul is excellent, it prevents the body and with it the soul from dying.
Afterwards their bodies get buried and after several years in the grave, the brain dissolves and the soul is freed from the cage of the body; and it arises as a kind of living dead called a Ghoul (食屍鬼, Shokushiki?, Corpse-Eating Demon). Ghouls and their transformed souls, can bypass the necessity of the brain to hold the soul, as their soul is now separate from the body. They have mental capacities pretty much equivalent to that of a savage beast and they must devour other corpses to reconstruct their own degenerated flesh. After many years of this they restore their bodies and thus, their brain, which now anchors their soul again to the body. The soul can now reshape itself with the brain and the body and they fully recover their intelligence and memories, and mature to a Dead Apostle (死徒, Shito?). It takes decades, of acclimating to life in the darkness, to complete this Growth Process. But their is a rare case, among rare cases, if the body is truly blessed with excellent potential, it allows a complete rebirth into a full-fledged vampirea almost immediately.
Those who became Vampires can move on their own free will, but they cannot escape the rule of their sire's blood. They have to supply the majority of their acquired blood to their vampire parent. The new born Vampire gains the necessary knowledge to understand the changes of its body and quickly grows accustomed to living as a vampire. The vampire still follows his vampire parent but can give their own blood to a human and have their own followers. A vampire can only become a full-fledged Dead Apostle after breaking free from the control of his parent vampire. To stop that eternal cycle, the Church has built the Burial Agency, to hunt and destroy the Dead Apostles. The purpose of the Burial Agency is the extermination of all vampires as well as the sealing of the founding 27 Ancestors.
- Main article: True Ancestor
- Akiha Tohno
- "Bloodsucking animals of South America"
- Forest of Einnashe - It is a special exception as a subspecies of the Bloodsuckers.
- Medusa - Classified as a member of the bloodsuckers because the most efficient way for her to gain magical energy is to drink blood.
- "Vampiric flying heads of mainland China"
 Tsukihime Dokuhon PlusPeriod - TSUKIHIME Dictionary: Vampire [Term], p.178
A general term for those that suck human blood. Refers specifically to the Dead Apostles, or those that have become bloodsuckers because of them.
The vampires in Tsukihime extract human blood to maintain their own flesh. If, during this process, the vampire injects their own blood into their human prey, that human will be unable to peacefully pass away. For a normal person, death will still find them before long regardless. However, on rare occasions, if the victim has high physical potential and the capacity of their soul is excellent, they will remain in the world of the living.
Afterward, their corpse is interred, and left alone for several years. During this time their brain melts, their soul is liberated from the cage of the body, and finally they arise as a kind of living dead called a "ghoul".
As a ghoul, they feed on the corpses sleeping in the graves around them to supplement their own missing flesh, restoring their physical body little by little. After many years of this, they will eventually regain their brain and intelligence. At this stage, they can finally be called a "vampire".
However, although this new vampire can move by their own will, they cannot escape from the rule of their sire's blood. Finally, after spending decades acclimating to life in the darkness, the vampire will begin attacking humans to create servants of their very own, while remaining subservient to the vampire that made them.
In order to obstruct this infinite cycle, the Church created the Burial Agency, Inquisitors that exist to slay Dead Apostles. The Burial Agency's goal is the utter eradication of all vampires, and the sealing of the 27 Ancestors that made them.
 Melty Blood Act Cadenza PS2 Manual - Dictionary: Vampiric Impulses [Term], p.057
Vampiric Impulses [Term]
The base desire possessed by both True Ancestors and Dead Apostles.
In True Ancestors it is merely a bad habit, but in Dead Apostles it is a means of staying alive.
For those Dead Apostles who used to be human, it is something not entirely dissimilar from an expression of love.
 Tsukihime Dokuhon PlusPeriod - talk. Glossary: Blood-Sucking species [Term], p.193
Blood-Sucking species [Term]
A general term used to describe organisms that consume the blood of their own kind.
Einnashe was a special exception as a subspecies of Blood-suckers.
Most of the Blood-suckers were weak against sunlight, but there were indeed Blood-suckers who were only active during the day.
The Dead Apostle of Tsukihime were representative of the Blood-suckers. They were Blood-suckers derived from mankind.
 Fate/Side Material - Encyclopedia: Rider [Servant], p.077 [T]
Heroic Spirit of the mount. A type of Servant that requires high maneuverability, and tends to possess strong Noble Phantasms.
The Rider in the story is no exception, riding Pegasus and making full use of its charging power in battle.
Of course, Rider herself is also a unique Heroic Spirit, and the number of skills and Noble Phantasms she has is particularly high even amongst the Servants.
She is taciturn and lacks self-assertiveness, but that doesn't mean she is apathetic toward her surroundings. Rather, she's the kind of person that worries about things from every conceivable angle but hides it behind a perfect poker face.
Though parts of her personality are quite similar to Sakura's, Sakura is a commoner while Rider is more of a high-born type. Even her demeanor and tone of speech have a sort of high-class strictness to them.
With the complex she has about her own height and the way she gets embarrassed when people see her mystic eyes, she might actually be pretty lady-like.
Because of her outward appearance and primary weapon, a lot of people thought she was going to be an Assassin class Servant before the game came out, but nope, she's a Rider!
I really wanted to have a scene in the Sakura route where she and Saber bickered with each other as they fought toward a common goal, but unfortunately the story didn't develop in that direction and I had to discard the idea.
Incidentally, the lewd dream on the fifth day of the Sakura route was Rider's doing.
She is not a Dead Apostle (vampire), but she is a bloodsucker. For her, the most efficient, luscious way of gaining magical energy is drinking blood.
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