Vampires are magically reanimated corpses who are inhabited by the spirit of the deceased, that feed and survive on the blood of the living, especially on animal or human blood, and can transform other humans into more of their kind.
Humans who have consumed vampire blood and died with it in their system will rise undead. The nature of the human's death is irrelevant, however the body must be intact and able to function. Furthermore, the physiological trauma must be sufficient enough for the recipient to actually pass out, since the vampire blood in their system will only heal any non-fatal wounds or injuries that the victim sustained prior to dying. Upon mortal death, the undead body will awaken in a state of transition. In order to complete the transition, within the next 24 hours the person must consume an exceptional amount of animal or human blood, at least a sips worth, or else they will die. Vampires can only feed on animal or human blood to complete the process.
It is known that humans can be changed into vampires, and werewolves can be changed into hybrids through the blood of the Original Hybrid Klaus and his daughter only, with Klaus' bloodline needing to feed upon a human Petrova doppelganger to survive successfully into a hybrid, and Hope's blood is needed both before and during transition. Witches can be turned into vampires, but the combined entity will be a normal vampire, since vampires cannot practice magic, the magic connection is severed upon immortality, unless cured back to a mortal witch.
The Original Vampires were created by a powerful magical spell but the ritual method was similar to the creation of normal vampires in that they had to consume blood and then die with it in their systems, they then must consume human blood to complete the transition. Whatever the magical effect that flows through a vampire's veins that keeps it alive is still connected to an Original, when that Original dies, the connection is cut and all vampires of that bloodline will begin to die.
Blood is the main component of a vampire's diet (Animal, Human, or Vampire blood. According to Rebekah, the reason why Vampires crave blood more than anything else was due to the Immortality Spell used by Esther to create the Original Vampires. Esther used the blood of a doppleganger as the catalyst for the immortalization of her family via transition from death, which awakened the Mikaelson's into their new lives as Originals. If a vampire fails to drink blood, their body will become severely weak, and will ultimately desiccate into mummification. Blood (especially animal, human, or vampire blood) will not only satisfy a vampire’s thirst, but will also increase their supernatural abilities. The longer a vampire abstains from blood, the more likely the vampire will becoming increasingly feral. Eventually they will lose all sense of their humanity and rationality until they finally give into their bloodlust. Due to their acute senses, a vampire can detect whether or not a human has recently consumed alcohol or drugs, because their blood tastes unclean and can leave a vampire with a nasty aftertaste. Due to a vampires enhanced senses, their craving for blood is so strong because hunger for their food source was magnified.
Vampires were known to be feral, and savage than their human appearance suggests. They growl, hiss, snarl, and curl their lips back baring their fangs as signs of aggression when provoked.
The bite of a vampire can sever the limbs of both animals and humans, as vampires are known for having extremely sharp and strong teeth. Despite their nature, vampires are also capable of human emotions - such as compassion, love, and self-control. However the emotions of vampires are far more intense than the emotions of humans; anger, happiness, hate, or love. Whenever a vampire is faced with a powerful feeling (such as hunger, anger, happiness, or love) their faces pale and blood rushes into the veins surrounding their eyes. Their canine teeth will lengthen into fangs, giving them a more predatory look to scare off or threaten their prey.
Society and CultureEdit
Attitudes Toward HumansEdit
Vampires coexist with humans. Humans are mostly oblivious to the existence of vampires, which makes it easier for vampires to commingle. Attitudes of vampires towards humans vary from individual to individual. Some feel compassion for humans while others see humans as food, servants, and entertainment, while others.
Human Awareness of VampiresEdit
Only a handful of humans are aware of the existence of literal vampires. Among the greater masses of the 21st Century, vampires are regarded as superstition, fiction, and myth.
List of VampiresEdit
|Alexia Branson||Alexia Branson was Stefan's companion and best friend. She was killed by Damon to make others believe that she was the Mystic Falls killing vampire and was finally dead. She was later resurrected after the Other Side collapsed.||Undead||350|
|Joseph Dalton||Joseph Dalton was a vampire friend of Marcel who owned a record shop.||Undead||70+|
|Katie||Katie was a witch who worked in the Jardin Gris voodoo shop and the lover of Thierry Vanchure. She was later turned into a vampire after Thierry managed to heal her in time, but was killed by Klaus before she made her attempt to kill Marcel. After been turned, Katie was forced to submit until she later left New Orleans when she and Thierry reunited.||Undead|
|Megan King||Megan King was born with a rare heart condition and was not expected to live long, but her life was saved by Grayson Gilbert. She was killed by Enzo, but would eventually become a vampire.||Undead||21|
|Mikael||Mikael was one of the Original vampires and a vampire hunter. He was the husband of the Original witch Esther, father of the Original Vampires and the step-father of Niklaus. He is later brought back to life by Davina.||Undead||1,000+|
|Tomas||Tomas was a loyal informant of Marcel. He was killed by Elijah as a lesson to Marcel not to disrupt the treaty.||Deceased||Unknown|
|Thierry Vanchure||Thierry Vanchure was dying of a war wound in the year 1940. Marcel Gerard found him and turned him into a vampire. He was a former member of Marcel's Army after he and his lover left New Orleans to start a new life.||Undead||70+|