Last week we touched on vampires, just barely. So I though this week I would devote my post to them. More specifically, their offspring.
I first became aware of the half vampire also known as Dhampir’s on a weekend in 1993. The then Sci-Fi channel (now known as SyFy) introduced me to Japanese anime and a vampire half breed named D.
I know. I know. Some believe vampires only reproduce by turning other humans into vampires. However some myths portray them as able to reproduce the normal way. In my research I found out that in Eastern European folklore a male Vampire will target a woman and impregnate her.
In Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter Series she tweaks the lore a bit to suggest though vampires are still capable of reproducing for a while after they’re created. (Feel free to let me know if you’ve seen another twist to this lore)
Still not sure what I’m talking about? Think Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Mina Harker. Or if you need an actual image in your head think Wesley Snipes in Blade. Let me not forget the Twilight crowd, Edward and Bella’s child, Renesmee.
Tradition holds that dhampir’s can walk in the day and have none of the immortality associated with their illustrious or not so illustrious parent. Most of the dhampir’s I’ve come across in film and fiction are brooding, dark creatures. They feel a responsibility to the humans and spend a lot of time in limbo. Sometimes they are subject to rages, blood lust and very long life, if not immortality.
I wonder what it’s like to have all of the strengths and none of the weakness of the person that helped create you and then find out one of the options open to you as a half vampire is to kill said parent?