The vampires, Notte’s family.
He was the first.
Their abilities and strengths/weaknesses vary slightly from generation to generation.
To become one of the Night Children, one needs to start out human. (There have been just a couple exceptions, but that’s a story for another time.) An exchange of blood starts the process, but the human must lose so much blood that they’re near death.
- Initially, all “baby” vampires are mad. Their hunger – which, according to NotteName meaning: Night (Italian - he picked that one) Other ... , is called The BeastThe hunger experienced by all Night Children, or vampires. I... and is strong enough that it might as well be alive – takes over. New vamps usually need to be locked away for a while until they can gain control of themselves again.
- All vampires, regardless of genetics, have green eyes after changing. It’s been referred to as “vampire green,” although when it isn’t glowing, it isn’t particularly unique.
- Vampire magic can turn a bite pleasant (to put it mildly) or painful (to understate). It’s considered “kind” hunting to give prey some pleasure before sending them on their way – not that they’ll remember. Night Children are trained to remove the memory of any feeding from their prey, unless there is some reason for those people to remember.
- They can all perform an ability they call “going to dust,” in which their physical forms disintegrate into what looks like dust motes, like the kind one might spot floating in a beam of moonlight. Whatever this form is, it isn’t dust. They can enter and exit even airproofed containers in this form. However, they can’t attack; while no physical barriers can stop them, they can’t affect the physical world, either.
- Night Children have a special relationship with the windThere is, as the Sundered Ones would tell you, a living cons... , largely because the wind itself seems to view Notte as a friend. They say the wind tells him things – things no one else could possibly know.
- Vampires do not age. When turned, that is their physical age forever.
- They DO have a heartbeat, but it is very slow.
- They seem to have no limit to the blood they can drink, which is deeply confusing. So far, science has failed to reveal just where all the blood goes when swallowed.
- Vampires do not need a full physical form to function. While removing (or damaging) the head can kill them, it’s not a guarantee. Loss of limbs or organs or even much of the torso is no guarantee of death, either. If the vampire is able to go to dust, they will heal.
- Wood is their primary weakness. It enters their system, burns, damages, and prevents healing.
- Sunlight only affects vampires far down the bloodline from Notte. Usually, around the fourth generation, sunburns make an appearance. By the time we reach the tenth generation, vampires must avoid the bright sunlight or face burns.
- Any blood will do in a pinch, but the Night Children need human blood. They were designed to drink it, and when deprived of it – even if given other blood – they will eventually lose control of the Beast and rip through whatever stands between them and human blood. (Fortunately, that blood-thirsty madness takes a while to form.)