Vampires mean different things to different people. To some, they are blood-sucking fiends that must be destroyed at all costs. To others, they’re tragic figures, having lost their souls for all eternity. Still others see vampires as romantic anti-heroes. No matter how you prefer your vampires, they should have some weaknesses. Without weaknesses, the blood-sucking fiends can’t be destroyed. Without weaknesses, vampires aren’t tragic or approachable enough to be romantic.
Ultimately, it’s the weaknesses that let us write stories about vampires that tell us something about ourselves as humans.
Desmond, Lord Draco sums up the weaknesses of the Scarlet Order vampires in the first chapter of Vampires of the Scarlet Order when he says, “We are blessed with virtual immortality, but we are not unkillable.” Despite the fact that the Scarlet Order vampires can heal themselves and regenerate their cells, there are just some things they can’t heal, such as decapitation or having a stake thrust through the heart.
The Scarlet Order vampires are vulnerable to sunlight. I don’t describe what happens in detail, but in short, they will sustain cellular damage in sunlight. If they’re out in sunlight long enough, they won’t be able to regenerate fast enough and they will die. Of course in summer, when the nights are short, this can be quite a weakness, limiting the time the vampires can be out and about!
Crosses weaken the Scarlet Order vampires. In the case of the Scarlet Order vampires, this isn’t a religious thing, but for some reason the cross form seems to drain the vampires, as though they’re being sucked into some kind of portal…
The Scarlet Order vampires get violently ill if they consume too much blood. On one hand, this allows my vampires to be sympathetic. They don’t actually have to kill most of the time in order to survive. However, it’s also a limitation on their powers. They can’t simply go on a killing spree drinking blood to get out of a truly bad situation. Of course, that doesn’t mean that can’t go on a killing spree simply using claws and teeth and not drinking blood!
The Scarlet Order vampires have to be careful not to smile. Unlike Hollywood vampires of recent years, the Scarlet Order vampires do not have retractable fangs. Their fangs are always visible, like the fangs of a dog. For them, being a vampire is not a secret that can be hidden away easily. Opening their mouth too wide will tell an enemy exactly what they are.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at the strengths and weaknesses of the Scarlet Order vampires. If you’re writing about vampires, hopefully it’ll challenge you to think about ways you can adapt the tropes to your needs. Also, I hope to encourage you to use whatever rules you design consistently.
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