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Vampire (吸血鬼, Kyūketsuki?, Blood-Sucking Demon), also called Bloodsucker (吸血種, Kyūketsu-shu?), is the general term for those who suck the blood of other living creatures.

CharacteristicsEdit

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. Because these vampires have an instinct known as the Vampiric Impulses (吸血衝動, kyuuketsu shoudou?),[1] which pushes them to suck the blood of others. But differently than the vampiric impulses of the True Ancestors (真祖, Shinso?), who have no physical reason behind those impulses, the Dead Apostles (死徒, Shito?) have the physical need to suck the blood of others, in order to maintain their own bodies.

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.[2]

VariationsEdit

Dead ApostlesEdit

Main article: Dead Apostle

LamyrosEdit

Lamyros are the Phantasmal Species version of a Vampire whose name is derived from the Mediterranean term for Lamia (ラミア, Ramia?). They are more similar to the stereotypical fictional depiction of a Vampire and are quite different from Dead Apostles and True Ancestors. Their beings or spiritual cores originate from myths, legends and beliefs rather than either using Magecraft, drinking blood from an True Ancestor, being turned by an Dead Apostle or given life from the planet as nature spirits.

While Lamyros do drink blood and can cast spells, they also possess human intelligence and have the speed, strength and regenerative capabilities of a phantasmal species. Additionally, Lamyros can also power themselves up by absorbing the spiritual cores of Servants. Wolfgang Faustus is an Lamyros and the main antagonist for Fate/Labyrinth.

True AncestorsEdit

Main article: True Ancestor

OthersEdit

  • Akiha Tohno
  • "Bloodsucking animals of South America"
  • Forest of Einnashe - It is a special exception as a subspecies of the Bloodsuckers.[3]
  • Medusa - Classified as a member of the bloodsuckers because the most efficient way for her to gain magical energy is to drink blood.[4]
  • "Vampiric flying heads of mainland China"

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