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I guess it’s a matter of taste. I wouldn’t like the diet much whichever I picked.

As for the rest of it - people think of vampires as being immortal, but I’d hate to bet anything important on that. I’ve heard them described as “differently alive” or "Vitally challenged" but it takes a certain kind of mind to think of them that way.

Most of the humans who have to deal with them think of them as being “differently dead”. The version the watchers sing is that vampires start off as living humans, then the process of being turned infects them with a demon that takes over and, by the end, what’s left is a demon wearing a kind of non-biodegradable zombie. Dead but it won’t lie down. Shadows from the past, with teeth.

It could be more complicated than that. Vampires have feelings and some of them can sing; I’ve heard quite a selection. Some of them seem to have a lot of the original person left, (but you might like to think about that kind of life before you give up the garlic. The stranger’s in there too and duets ain’t always easy to learn – ask anyone who has to marry their summoner!)

Most new vampires are dust in the first week, anyway. It ain’t a good idea to let any kind of hunger rule you.

Some of that goes for the wolvenfolk, too, I guess they face a lot of the same challenges. They can be dead fast if they can’t control themselves or they look for the wrong help, and they vary. In some dimensions the Change heals damage, wounds and aging both. (Nothing heals it all, even there.) Wolfen don’t lose their original selves or their souls. They’re alive and if they survive the first stages they ain’t easy to kill. Some humans can’t learn, and those’re probably doomed; some can - and some wolves can be trained. Those can thrive for long years and take as much joy in their last moon as their first.

Pick a decent clan and follow the Lore, don’t do anything that other parts of yourself can’t live with and it could work out. (It would be good if my talents stayed with me - but I guess that’s a hunger, too.) I’ve had a lot of experience in surviving, in dealing with other species and in running a group in dangerous times. That could help either way.

Hell, when you get to my age you don’t like too many changes. Werewolves are warm and alive. They do need to head off into the wilds regularly to do some hunting and chase some tail, but … yeah, I guess I could adapt to that.

Muse; “Sweet” the singing demon.
Fandom; BTVS
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Date: 2012-09-21 02:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

ANGEL definitely couldn't sing! :: shudder ::

Gail carriger of the Parasol Protectorate series has a different take on vampires and were-wolves - that they were humans with an "excess of soul". Creative types, artists, actors, singers, writers, scientists. However, when they are turned, they lose that creativity. Singers can't carry a note, writers can't write one. Scientists have no original thought (though that seems to be a function of immortality in some ways).

Me? I'd rather be a werewolf - lose track of myself for 3 days but basically the same person the rest of the month. Not really much different from being a woman in some ways.

Date: 2012-09-27 12:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
((OOC)) Those limitations would make it a variation on Hell!))

((IC How do you protect yourself from that kind of bite? Do the parasols work?))

(The Mun thinks it's appalling but the Muse is looking for a Carriger repellent!)

OOC again

Date: 2012-09-27 01:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It takes more than a bite - one has to be drained to the point of the death and then some. Only a Queen vampire can create new vampires. Only an Alpha werewolf can create new werewolves. Oddly enough, a female can be an Alpha werewolf, but a male cannot be a Queen vampire (although Lord Alkedama does his level best!).

Alexia Tarrabotti, the heroine of the tales, is a preternatural - her touch negates the effects of the ... curse? So that the vampire or werewolf reverts to humans. Vampires call her kind "soul-suckers", werewolves call them "curse-breakers".

The Parasol was a normal female accessory during Victorian times which could easily be weaponised. I think that that part of the story is a homage to Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody books.

I perhaps should mention that this series is definitely steampunk.

Date: 2012-09-21 02:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Good stuff.

I'm leaning towards werewolf -- waking up naked in strange places sounds a lot like my early twenties.

Then again, so does sleeping all day and stalking the streets at night. Hmmm...

Date: 2012-09-27 12:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Once I thought about it heading off into the wilds to hunt and chase tail is pretty much what he does anyway, from his viewpoint - and I should have added something about him creating his own clothing. He'd have real advantages over the average lycan.

As a vampire you'd be stalking the streets waiting for someone to invite you in?


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