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List of Creatures

This factbook (will be) a comprehensive list of all creatures in the Reign of Hero Kings universe. Some of these creatures exist in real life and share traits with their real life counterparts (such as angels' genderlessness). This is intentional.

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This entry is for true angels, beings completely subservient to God. For the individual known as Angel in his youth, see Cheonsa.

Angels

Basic Information

Alignment: Always lawful good
Body type: Humanoid
Lifespan: Immortal until killed
Physically mature at: 0
Average height: -
Average weight: -

Origin

Home system: -
Home planet: -
Home dimension: Heaven
Progenitor: None (created directly by God)

Angels (ملاًئِكة mala'ikah) are genderless, emotionless creatures made of light that carry out direct orders from God. They have limited free will and are unable to sin. They mostly stay out of sight from humans and ghosts by remaining in a different dimension from them.

Description


The true form of angels are so abstract and incomprehensible that merely witnessing one could have devastating effects. This is evidenced when Prophet Moses asked God to reveal Himself, only for Him to order an angel to briefly show itself instead, shattering a mountain. A person holy enough could possibly perceive them, as shown when Prophet Muhammad went to Heaven and saw angels without adverse effects.

What few things known about the angels' true form is that they are large, humanoid figures with wings, which size and number signify the angel's hierarchy.

History


On a certain Wednesday, God created angels out of light. Unlike the next sentient creatures God created (ghosts and humans), angels have no desire, nor ability to sin, making them the ideal beings to carry out divine intervention.

In the Pleistocene era, God created ghosts and sent them to Earth. They grew arrogant and destructive, committing various atrocities and ignoring God's warnings. As punishment, God ordered angels to attack the earthling ghosts, instigating the first war the planet hosted, the First Heaven-Earth War.

Biology


Angels are created into adulthood and do not grow nor age. They are genderless and do not reproduce. They do not hunger, thirst, or tire and cannot die of natural causes.

Culture


Angels' free will are limited, and not absent. This allowed them to question God's decision of appointing humans to rule the world, but comply with His orders to prostrate to Adam anyways. Their lack of emotion causes them to never come into conflict with each other.

When not assigned to any tasks, angels are known to casually converse with each other.

Many angels in Heaven constantly praise God and do nothing else.

Powers and Abilities


Enhanced Strength

Angels possess superhuman strength.

Enhanced Speed

Angels can move at lightspeed, or even faster.

Immortality

Angels cannot get sick nor die of natural causes. They must be killed to die.

Immense Qi Reserves

White Qi Affinity

Shapeshifting

The most famous of angels' abilities is their shapeshifting, which they always use when revealing themselves to humans on Earth to make themselves more acceptable to the human mind.

Notable


  • Azrael, angel of death

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Celestials

Cheonsa, the only known Celestial

Basic Information

Also known as: Ascended
Alignment: Always lawful good
Body type: Organic humanoid
Lifespan: Unknown
Physically mature at: -
Average height: Unknown
Average weight: Unknown

Origin

Home system: Syam
Home planet: Earth
Home dimension: Physical Earth
Progenitor: -

Celestials (仙人 xiānren: immortal person; transcendent) are very powerful creatures in the Reign of Hero Kings universe.

Cheonsa describes Celestials as "between human and angel". In addition to having an array of powers, they require much less sleep, food, and water than humans, but have less free will, being unable to commit some sins such as lying.

Despite what its Chinese name suggests, it is unknown if Celestials are truly immortal.

Description


Celestials are completely human in appearance in their first form. In their second form, they gain a pair of bird-like wings of different colours, which are unique to each individual.

History


The only living Celestial, Cheonsa became one after his body was destroyed by the Devil. God transported his soul to another dimension and gave him the choice to either die as a martyr or return to save the world. Cheonsa chose the latter and was reborn as a Celestial. It is unknown whether there were any Celestials before him.

Biology


Thanks to their large Qi reserves, they have outstanding stamina, allowing them to easily do things that would tire out individuals of other species.

Unlike true angels, Celestials still have emotions and gender. They are known to be able to interbreed with humans, dragonfolk and vampires (see Starchildren below).

Culture


Since there is only one known Celestial, there is no single culture that is unique to the species. Cheonsa follows Eastern culture, notably pop culture from 2014 onwards and continues to practice some ancient Eastern traditions, such as a certain type of tea ceremony.

Starchildren


Due to the complex genetic code of Celestials, hybrids born from a union between a Celestial and an individual from another species, also known as Starchildren, are guaranteed to have rare powers, enhanced physical capabilities, and a large Qi reserve, though not equal to their Celestial parent. Another characteristic of Starchildren are their birthmarks - every Starchild has a birthmark which supplies them with an even larger amount of Qi and glows and activates in times of extreme danger and/or emotional stress. The shape of the marks correspond to the bearer's astrological sign (with the exception of Jeonsa, whose mark is shaped like the constellation Draco), while the colour and location varies by individual. Below is a list of Starchildren with their signs, colour, and location of their marks respectively in parentheses:

  • Hanbyeol (Sagittarius, yellow, outer right thigh)

  • (aquarius

  • (leo

  • Styx (Scorpio, inner right thigh)

  • Mirage (Virgo, outer left thigh)

  • Splice (Pisces, purple, lower left leg)

  • (Aries, lower right abdomen)

  • Camilla and Camellia (Gemini, black and white, arms)

  • Styx/Ying Yue (Cancer, red, right shoulder)

  • (Libra

  • Jewel (Capricorn,

  • (Taurus, right hand)

  • Hyesoo (Ophiucus, rainbow

  • Jeonsa (Draco, teal, back)

Notable


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Dragons

A sea dragon

Basic Information

Also known as:
Alignment: Usually good, neutral, or unaligned
Body type: organic serpentine
Lifespan: Unknown
Physically mature at: Unknown
Average height: >10 m
Average weight: Unknown

Origin

Home system: Syam
Home planet: Earth
Home dimension: Physical Earth
Habitat range: Asia, Africa, Europe (formerly),
South America, subtropical coasts
Progenitor: -

Dragons (龙 lóng) are critically-endangered and ancient beings, predating humans. They are very powerful, with adults having significant amounts of Qi and being highly attuned to their respective Qi colour's element in addition.

Description



The exact appearance of dragons vary by habitat, by brood, and by individual. In general, they are large reptilians with elongated bodies and four legs.

Asian dragons are slimmer than their European counterparts, and some don't have legs. Many have antlers and whiskers, though this isn't always the case.

European dragons had a stockier build than their Asian and South American cousins. They possess a pair of bat-like wings. They may or may not have horns.

The dragons of South America have colourful feathered wings and no limbs.

History


Dragons have lived on Earth for millennia, in various habitats ranging from forests and jungles to mountains to oceans. The arrival of humans (and later, other sentient creatures) caused distress to the dragons, as their highly intelligent and philosophical nature were at odds with the savagery of these newcomers. Those unable to cope with this reality were driven to depression, some to the point of insanity, and began to attack human settlements. In retaliation, human survivors of dragon attacks demonized the entire species and endorsing the act of dragon hunting as a sport. This led to the extinction of dragons in Europe. The remaining dragons who kept their mind intact isolated themselves, living ascetic lives to protect their wisdom, and in some cases, powerful artifacts. Some speculate this lifestyle is what caused the rapid decline of dragon population. In Asia, some dragons were active in local politics and warfare, such as LinkYinglong, who served the LinkYellow Emperor in his war against the malevolent minotaur LinkChi You.

At a certain point, some dragons began taking humanoid forms then interbreeding with humans, giving birth to a new species known as dragonfolk.

Biology


Physiology

Regardless of habitat, dragons have tough scales covering their bodies, providing them with a natural set of armour that can take large amounts of punishment before taking damage.

Dragons have lightweight yet powerful bones with numerous joints that give them incredible agility and strength. European dragons had heavier bones than their South American and Asian brothers, making them stronger at the cost of being slower and less maneuverable.

Depending on their habitats, dragons have environmental adaptations. This can range from being able to withstand the pressures of deep waters for water dragons to heat resistance for dragons living in or around volcanic areas, to other abilities entirely.

Reproduction

Dragons reproduce sexually. They lay eggs in their true forms and give birth in their human forms. It is unknown whether they can interbreed with other sentient creatures besides humans.

Diet

Dragons are known to be omnivorous, with diets ranging from meat to fish to metal. Some dragons prefer not to eat and instead draw life energy directly from nature to avoid harming fellow creatures.

Culture


At their core, dragons are guardians and thinkers. They take pride and joy in protecting those important to them, be it their wisdom, their children, or their treasure. For this reason, they are known to take the path of tutelage, passing knowledge on to those they deem worthy. Over time, more and more dragons became disappointed with mankind due to the atrocities the newer species created. This turned the dragons reclusive, choosing to use their minds to pursue knowledge even further and not meddle in "petty human affairs". In the recent years, however, more dragons are starting to trust humans again.

Elder Dragons


The Five Elder Dragons (五神龙 Wǔshénlóng: Five God Dragons) are ancient, powerful dragons, each representing a Qi colour and an aspect of the world. So far, the only known Elder Dragon is Leviathan, the blue dragon of knowledge, who is kept in an iceberg in a secret lab in Britain, Amenrian European State. She is currently in a comatose state.

Notable


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A typical humanoid ghost

Basic Information

Alignment: Usually chaotic or unaligned
Body type: Varies
Lifespan: Unknown
Physically mature at: Unknown
Average height: Varies
Average weight: Varies

Origin

Home system: Syam
Home planet: Earth
Home dimension: Metaphysical Earth
Habitat range: Worldwide
Progenitor: -

Ghosts (妖怪 yāoguài), also known as Jin (الجن‎ al-jin) are ancient, plasma-based creatures made by God out of fire before humans but after angels. Contrary to popular belief prior to WWIII, ghosts aren't necessarily souls of dead people. They are living creatures that require rest and sustenance, can die, and can reproduce sexually, though the exact means is still unknown. Ghosts aren't always Demons either. Ghosts can be either good or evil, while Demons (شيطان‎ shayṭān) are ghosts who are evil. Ghosts are the most diverse creatures, with numerous races and so much difference between races and individuals that one could argue they are different species altogether.

Description


There is no exact definition of the true form of all ghosts. Rather, they take on a variety of forms, depending on the energies of sentient creatures living around them. Some can look humanoid, while others can appear to resemble animals, or even living objects.

History


On a certain Thursday in the middle Pleistocene era, God created the first ghosts from fire and had them live on Earth. They flourished in the young planet, creating sprawling civilizations advanced in both science and magic. However, their competitive and destructive nature got the best of them and they caused chaos and destruction, much to God's dismay. He sent warnings to them, but was eventually ignored. This caused the First Heaven-Earth War, where God sent angels to punish ghosts for their transgressions.

Biology


Since ghosts have no physical form outside of their home dimension, not much is known about their physiology. They require sustenance in the form of energy. To obtain it, they either absorb heat from their surroundings or siphon Qi from nearby creatures, often causing emotional distress.

Culture


Like humans, ghosts are so divided that they have created thousands, if not millions of cultures and civilizations, some dead, others still surviving to this day. The Kingdom of the Southern Sea, a ghost nation that shares coastal borders with Amenria is an example of an extant ghost civilization.

One common trait amongst ghosts worldwide is their tendency to engage in deals with humans. The ghosts would lend the humans their power, letting them use magic, while the humans will give the ghosts their souls in return. Sometimes, the terms of the deal vary, though they are all equally disadvantageous to the human eventually.

Elder Ghosts


Ghosts can reach Elder status if they reach a certain age and are worshipped by enough people. Elder Ghosts generally socialize with fellow Elder Ghosts, forming a Pantheon. Elder Ghosts have powers far beyond the regular ghost, comparable to Dragons, but enter a dormant, vegetative state once they lose enough worshipers, and eventually, crumble to death.

Powers and Abilities


In their home dimension, ghosts have little to no powers of their own, comparable to humans in the physical realm. However, once they have gathered enough energy, ghosts can manifest in the physical dimension, obtaining a variety of powers. Common powers among them include:

Magic

Ghosts' connection to the metaphysical realm allow them to draw power from it and/or grant this ability to others.

Possession

Ghosts are able to take control of physical bodies through exposed openings (the mouth, ears, or nose).

Phasing

Once they manifest on the physical realm, ghosts can go back to the metaphysical realm and reappear somewhere else in the physical realm, seeming like they pass through barriers such as walls.

Telekinesis

Flight

Weaknesses


Silver

Silver strengthens a ghost's connection to the physical realm, allowing them to be harmed by attack.

Salt

Like silver, salt harms ghosts that visit the physical dimension.

Holiness

Several verses, the most famous one being Al-Baqarah: 255, can seriously harm a malevolent ghost or even kill it. The presence of a holy enough individual also gradually hurts nearby ghosts.

Notable


  • Nyi Roro Kidul, queen of the Southern Sea

H



Humans

Link
Helen Guo, Adviser of the
Ramadhan Family

Basic Information

Also known as: Mankind, humankind,
Guardians of Earth
Alignment: Varies, mostly unaligned
Body type: organic humanoid
Lifespan: 60-80 years
Physically mature at: 10-14 years
Average height: ~170 cm (male),
~160 cm (female)
Average weight: 50-80 kg

Origin

Home system: Syam
Home planet: Earth
Home dimension: Physical Earth,
Heaven
Habitat range: Worldwide
Progenitor(s): LinkAdam and LinkEve

Humans are resilient, populous creatures native to Heaven, but currently residing on Earth, Mars, and Qamar. They have a highly developed brain, giving them enough intelligence to know language and introspection. They are also notable for creating most, if not all of the technologies used up to the present day. They are the base species other sentients, such as vampires and werewolves, stem from.

History


Creation

Disappointed with how His earlier creations turned out, God decided to populate Earth with a new sentient species. To help with the creation of this new species, He ordered archangels to sweep the planet and collect soil samples from all around the world. Of all the angels who were sent for this mission, only LinkAzrael succeeded. Once the samples have been gathered, God created Adam, the first human, from clay made from the samples, on a Friday. The variety of soil types used in Adam's creation made him the carrier for the various genetic codes of the human species. This explains the large number of human races, as well as the different skills, abilities, and degrees of attractiveness among those races. Each (group of) race(s) is/are blessed with something else present within members of other races, but amplified within their own. Jews are blessed with high intelligence and East Asians are blessed with not only natural beauty, but a certain knack to further beautify themselves and others, as evidenced by the booming makeup, fashion, plastic surgery and cosmetics industry in China, Korea, and Japan since the middle modern era to the ascension era. Africans are blessed with strength, a closer affinity to nature, and musical talent. It is unknown what other races are blessed with.

After Adam's creation, God passed on some knowledge to him and informed the denizens of Heaven that humans will be the successors of ghosts on Earth. Angels questioned this decision, citing that humans would cause destruction just as ghosts did. In response to this, God reminded them that He knew what they did not. To prove His point, He held a contest of knowledge between angels and Adam. With the latter's victory, the angels accepted God's decision and learned from Adam. They, along with the other residents of Heaven, were subsequently ordered to prostate before Adam. The ghost Azazel refused to do so because he believed himself superior due to being made of fire. He was then cast out of Heaven and into Hell and cursed with immortality as a punishment. He subsequently renamed himself Iblis, becoming the first demon.

After spending 130 years in Heaven after his creation, Adam realized that he was the only human and began to feel lonely. Realizing his needs, God took one of Adam's ribs while he was sleeping and used it to create Eve, much to his surprise. She introduced herself and explained to him that God created her for the specific purpose of keeping him company. They lived together when God forbade them to come near a Khuldi tree as a test.

Expulsion from Heaven

Iblis, who swore vengeance on all humans, began plotting Adam's downfall. He tricked Adam and Eve into eating the fruits of the Khuldi tree, telling them that eating the fruit would grant them immortality and dominion over a limitless kingdom, taking advantage of the fact that neither Adam nor Eve were aware that they were already immortal in Heaven. They believed him as he swore to God. Upon eating, the fruits, Adam and Eve were stripped naked and they covered themselves with leaves. They subsequently asked God for forgiveness and their pleas were accepted. However, they were sent to Earth as He intended to make them guardians of Earth, not Heaven.

Early Life on Earth

As a punishment, Adam and Eve were sent to different parts of the planet. Adam was sent to India, while Eve was sent to north Africa. Contrary to popular belief, humans were never hunter-gatherers - Adam knew how to grow grain and bake bread, as well as tame, breed, and skin cattle. In addition, he also knew metalworking. He learned those skills, with extreme difficulty, from the angel Gabriel.

Adam felt the same loneliness he did before he met Eve. This motivated to head west and Eve to head north before finally meeting in the place that would be Mecca. Reunited, the couple married and had children, the first ones being two sets of twins. The first twins were Cain (قابيل Qaabiil) and Aclima (اقلمح Iqlimah) followed by Abel (هابيل‎ Haabiil) and Labuda (لبد Labuda).

As the first Muslim and prophet, Adam passed on Islam to his children since their early childhood. As they grew, he also taught them about the nature of and how to use it by combining one's mental energy with that of another's, allowing them to understand each other without speaking, creating a universal language that would promote Islam's pacifistic nature.

Once the four children of Adam reached adulthood, God ordered Adam to have them married; Cain to Labuda and Abel to Aclima. Cain protested against this arrangement, wanting to marry his own twin for her beauty. Hearing this, Adam reported to God, who then asked the two brothers for a sacrifice - the one to have his sacrifice accepted would be able to choose his bride. Abel sacrificed his favourite goat, while Abel sacrificed the most low-quality grains he grew. Eventually, Abel's sacrifice was accepted.

The First Murder

Angered at the result of their contest, Cain thought about exacting revenge against his brother, but didn't know how. One day, when the two were working at Cain's farm, he saw a raven kill another by hurling a pebble at it. Cursing himself for being so foolish that an animal taught him, he decided twisted Adam's teaching of Qì and combined his mental energy with his own physical energy, using the newfound power to call on an asteroid to kill Abel.

After the deed was done, Cain wondered what to do with the body. The raven which killed its peer buried its body, inspiring Cain to do the same. Not long after, the Devil came to Eve, reporting Cain's crime to her. Not knowing what death or murder is, the Devil explained that Abel no longer ate, drank, or moved. She went into hysteria and tried to tell Adam about what happened, but was so shocked she couldn't find words.

As punishment for the murder, Cain was cursed with immortality and banished to Nod, a distant, mostly-barren planet with a different soil composition as Earth, rendering the seeds of various crops he had useless.

The Three Clans

In mourning, Adam roamed the world for centuries, crying each day in his travels. When he returned to his family, God consoled him and gave him another son named Syits. Not long after that,

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Kochengians

Link

Basic Information

Also known as: Kitties
Alignment: Varies, usually lawful
Body type: organic humanoid
Lifespan: Usually ~200 years
Physically mature at: 15-18 years
Average height: 120-140 cm
Average weight: 30-60 kg

Origin

Home system: Kocheng
Home planet: Kocheng
Home dimension: Physical Kocheng
Habitat range: Various Kochengian protectorates
Progenitor: Unnamed Kochengian

The Kochengians are aliens native from the planet Kocheng in the system of the same name. They are among the most intelligent sentient species of the Milky Way Galaxy, possessing technologies far beyond humans even in the Ascension Era.

Description


Kochengians are diminutive, cat-like humanoids with four limbs - two arms that end in five fingers and two legs that end in four paws. Like earthling cats, Kochengians have paw pads that act as cushions to help break falls and move silently. These pads are also found on the palms and fingertips. Kochengian fur comes in various colours, from brown, yellow, white and black to the more exotic green, blue, or grey. Texture and thickness of fur varies between races and to an extent, individuals. All healthy Kochengians have a tail.

Biology


Physiology

Kochengians have a retractable claw at the tip of each finger and paw. Their bones are light, with numerous joints, allowing increased flexibility to keep up with their quick reflexes.

Culture


Kochengian society values science and technology, owing to their innate intellect. As such, education is important, free, and mandatory for each individual. Kochengian kittens study engineering at the age of 5. Aside from empirical knowledge, Kochengians also appreciate art. The Kochengians are a pacifistic people, preferring to use their intelligence for peaceful means. This is why they have a relatively small military. To protect themselves, they have arranged deals with other planets - the peoples of those planets would defend the Kochengians in return for their technology.

Despite their dislike of violence, the Kochengians have a strong sense of justice, evidenced by their founding of K.A.T. (Kochengian Arbiter Troops), a galactic peacekeeping and law enforcement organization.

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Vampires

Link

Camilla

Basic Information

Also known as: Batfolk, Bat-people,
Bloodsuckers (derogatory), Fangs (informal)
Alignment: Varies
Body type: organic humanoid
Lifespan: Usually ~180 years
Physically mature at: 10-14 years
Average height: 170-180 cm
Average weight: 40-60 kg

Origin

Home system: Syam
Home planet: Earth
Home dimension: Physical Earth
Habitat range: Worldwide
Progenitor: Unknown,
possibly LinkCain, LinkLilith, or both

Vampires (吸血鬼 xixuèguǐ: blood-drinking ghosts) are sentient, humanoid creatures in the Reign of Good universe. They are known for their bloodlust, though they can eat most, if not all human food. They are considered attractive by most other sentient creatures, especially humans, due to their naturally slender build, their skin colour (which is paler than most humans of their respective races) and the pheromones they excrete through their skin.

The most defining characteristic of vampires is their hunger for the blood of others. Other traits of vampires can include unnatural physical strength, enhanced healing powers and the ability to fly, with the method of flight being through their wings in their "true" form. Many vampires are highly sensitive to sunlight and therefore only go out at night or in the shade, but this is not always the case. Regardless, the secretive and predatory nature of the creatures means that they all prefer the cover of darkness. The appearance of vampires is varied, although they all have at least two elongated fangs can switch between a human form, a bat form, a "true" humanoid bat-like form.

Description


As mentioned before, vampires have three different forms, each with their own abilities and weaknesses. In their human forms, they are usually slim, tall, and have bright skin. In their bat forms, they are almost indistinguishable from regular bats, except for the fact that their eye colour will remain the same as in their human forms (e.g. a vampire with blue eyes will turn into a bat with blue eyes). In their true forms, they are larger and more muscular than in human form and have a bat's head, wings and fur. Vampires who were born as one and those which became vampires through magic are much more powerful than those bitten.

History


Vampires are humanoid beings who originate on Earth. There are three main theories of who was the progenitor of vampires. The Cain theory suggests that the curse LinkCain bore was the genetic code of the vampire species, and the mark were fangs. The weakness of this theory is that nobody to this day know the exact nature of the curse itself. The Lilith theory suggests that the first vampire was the demon LinkLilith. The major shortcoming of this theory is that Lilith was never mentioned in the Quran, thus she may not even exist. The third theory, known as the Hybrid Theory suggests that both Cain and Lilith were progenitors of the vampire species, with her becoming his consort after his banishment. Later, vampires were discovered in Greece, notably the Strige and Empusa subspecies. From Greece, some of them migrated to the rest of Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and even Central America.

In the middle ages, many vampires became monarchs or other members of the elite class through cruelty and violence, earning a fearsome reputation for their kind. This provoked hostile reactions from good warriors around the world, from Christian knights in Europe to Muslim jihadists. Among those vampire rulers are Vlad III, Montezuma I, and Elizabeth Bathory.

Biology


Physiology

Vampires have higher bone and muscle density than most humans, giving them enhanced strength and durability. The light material their bones are made of, in addition to their strength, gives them enhanced speed. In addition to that, they also have enhanced hearing and smell. Many vampires are photophobic and are harmed by intense light, though some vampires, especially in Asia, Africa and the Middle East have adapted to become non-photophobic. Like all theriantropes, silver weapons can harm them as if they were humans without enhanced durability.

Despite Catholic propaganda, vampires are not undead. They are living creatures, earning themselves protection as a sentient right under planetary law. Demonic vampires (see below) are exceptions to said law.

Reproduction

As with other mammals, vampire reproduction takes place as internal fertilization by sexual intercourse. Like other theriantropes, they can infect other creatures with vampirism by biting their target and injecting a serum which contains the vampire's DNA into the target's bloodstream. The serum will then graft the vampire's DNA into the target's, creating new strands of DNA which will eventually replace all the target's DNA. This process does not only turn the target into a vampire, but also gives the target some of the vampire's muscle memory, and even passes on some of the vampire's likes and dislikes in some cases.

Another way to become a vampire is through a magical ritual involving the consumption of human blood and a strong feeling, usually hatred, while dying.

Whilst humans are the most common victims of vampirism, it can infect other species as well, including hounds and even dragons. Vampire animals cannot change forms.

Subspecies


Striges

The Striges were an ancient race of vampires. Unlike most modern vampires, they are closely associated with birds rather than bats, turning into either owls or ravens as their animal form and becoming anthropomorphic versions of their animal forms as their true form. As a subspecies, they share the ability to emit sonic screeches similar to LinkBlack Canary's Canary Cry. The Striges are one of the Lost Vampire Races, and it is unknown whether any living members exist.

Slavic

Slavic vampires are special in that they can feed on nectar. They are also more attuned to cold than other subspecies. They gain butterfly wings in their true form and can transform into butterflies. The exact appearance of the butterflies vary by coven. The Amenrian Novoluniye Coven are examples of Slavic vampires.

Culture


Though vampire culture vary by nation, they all have some things in common, such as a "turning" ceremony. Some cultures also have a coming of age ritual. Generally, "turning" someone into a vampire has a significant meaning, and vampires usually do not "turn" those without personal significance to them.

In the Ascension Era, a subculture glorifying vampires, known as "thrulls", appeared. Thrulls admire vampires so much that some even volunteer to become minions of a vampire of their choice. Reactions from vampires regarding this subculture vary; some happily accept the free supply of human blood, some think it's harmless fun, while others are appalled that their kind is being fetishized, or dislike the fact that the notion of master-minion relationships that was once considered deep and sacred are now being treated like a pop culture trend.

Powers and Abilities


Increased Qi Reserves

Vampires have higher Qi capacity than the average human, allowing them to perform tasks that would tire a person with less effort.

Regeneration

By drinking blood, vampires can heal at a rapid pace, with the speed and potency of the healing dependent on the amount of blood and sometimes, the individual being drinked from.

Black Qi Affinity

Vampires have a higher chance of being born with natural black Qi and are generally gifted with it. They are also more likely to master powers which require black Qi than most other sentient species.

Enhanced Senses
Vampires have more sensitive smell and hearing than humans.

Enhanced Strength

Enhanced Speed

Enhanced Vitality

Like most other theriantropes, vampires have high vitality, to the point of becoming almost immune to many diseases and toxins. Their vitality also gives them higher stamina and slower ageing. Though vampires can live for a century or two, some vampires are known to have lived for millennia or even longer.

Weaknesses


Sunlight

Most vampires are photophobic, or sensitive to light. This makes their skin a lot more susceptible to sunburns than other sentients.

Silver

A more effective way to harm a vampire than to use sunlight is to use silver, since not all vampires are photophobic, but all vampires are vulnurable to silver, to some extent. Silver weapons could completely ignore a vampire's normally high durability at worse cases.

Wood Powers

Wood and plants created by using Qi could harm vampires like silver would.

Notable Vampires


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Werewolves

Basic Information

Also known as: Lycanthropes, Wolf-people,
Howlers (derogatory), Furs (informal)
Alignment: Usually chaotic
Body type: organic humanoid
Lifespan: Usually ~180 years
Physically mature at: 10-14 years
Average height: 170-180 cm
Average weight: 70-100 kg

Origin

Home system: Syam
Home planet: Earth
Home dimension: Physical Earth
Habitat range: Europe, Caribbean, North
and central America, South Asia
Progenitor: LinkLycaon

Werewolves (狼人 lángrén: wolf people) are humanoids able to turn into anthropomorphic wolves. They are known for their coordinated attacks, as well as their brute force and keen senses. They are born (or turned) hunters, who have strong urges to engage in dangerous activities and particularly enjoy hunting elusive or powerful prey. There are more male werewolves than female ones.

Description



Werewolves, in their true forms, appear to be bipedal creatures with coarse hair, which ranges from white, grey and black to shades of brown and red. Like true wolves, they have pointed ears, long snouts, fangs and claws. They possess tails that can be used to help them achieve balance when moving. Their voices tend to become deeper when in true form.

Werewolves in human form are indistinguishable from regular humans except for their larger muscle mass.

History


Classical Era

In ancient Greece, a king named Lycaon, decided to test Zeus' wisdom by serving the Elder Ghost a piece of the his son's flesh. Offended, Zeus cursed Lycaon and all his subjects and turned them into the world's first werewolves.

Some notable werewolves gave rise to great civilizations. One example of this is LinkRomulus and Remus, Human-Ghost hybrid twins who were briefly taken in by a werewolf simply known as "The Capitoline Wolf". They suckled from her, and thus became werewolves themselves. The twins went through various hardships together, before becoming opponents over a dispute as to where to found their own city. Romulus chose the LinkPalatine Hill, just above the LinkLupercal, the cave where they lived as foster children of The Capitoline Wolf, as a sign of respect for her. Remus preferred the LinkAventine Hill instead for unknown reasons. They tried to settle their dispute by doing a number of contests, before finally going into battle against each other. The victor, Romulus, founded Rome in the area of his choice and reigned as its first king.

Later, werewolves were known to inhabit other parts of Europe, namely Italy, France, Germany, Scandinavia, and even as east as Ukraine and Russia, before spreading to other continents such as Asia (to India and Japan), America and nearby areas (to the mainland and nation in the Caribbean isles, such as Haiti, Jamaica, and Cuba), and Turkey.

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