Some of you may have read an alternate article I posted on this site, elaborating on vampires – Do Vampires Exist? – In this article I promoted the notion of different species or types of vampires existing today without elaborating on potential hypotheses concerning their formation / evolution. I attempted to do that in the comments section however due to the posting of new comments it didn’t really flow all that well so I thought I might compose a new article about the whole notion of vampire formation. Here goes:
Firstly I’ll talk about different types of vampires existing today (excluding psychic and sanguinarians). There are three main physical types of vampires, including:
They have differing skin pigmentation to us and have retractable, elongated teeth, aversion to the sun and are sensitive to garlic, uncanny strength and speed, prolonged longevity brought on by increased telomerase production. They also may have pointed ears and slant eyes. These vampires are currently in stasis in areas well hidden from us, away from sunlight. Most people agree their most likely habitat is in underground caves.
The main vampires existing today, with the vampiric gene only constituting an indiscernibly small portion of their overall genetic make-up. Their characteristics vary depending upon the strength or effectiveness of the gene, but generally include: naturally more athletic or stronger, a natural inclination to stay away from light because of physical discomfort, possibly allergic to garlic. Modern vampires are physically indistinguishable to humans. in fact out of everyone whom reads this article around 5% may have the vampiric gene in them.
I don’t yet have a name for this group of vampires, however they are special vampires that may occur every 20 – 30 generations or so. The recessive vampiric genes unlock and cause alterations making them of near physiology to true vampires. Characteristics will be similar to that of true vampires and may in fact include extra characteristics due to evolution. These vampires tend to appear after people undergo puberty when biochemical changes are induced by the body (hormonal etc) which may cause the vampiric gene in them to be unlocked. This could also explain why most vampires associated with this group are quite young, being described as teenagers or adolescents.
Super Vampires (possible group)
The earliest vampires to have existed. These vampires were the first humans to have been infected by the virus. The initial magnitude or strength of the virus may have caused them to transform into a monster-like creature. Speculation pertaining to the existence of such creatures is still highly disputed with the main evidence being historical/cultural claims on such creatures. Eye testaments are significantly few, with there perhaps being only a hundred or so people whom see these creatures every year.
My Theory on Vampire Formation:
This vampiric virus may have contained the proteins/genetic components, resulting in the characteristics of vampires, naturally or it may have been a retrovirus picking up the DNA from bats or even an alien species. This virus then infected some of the earlier people (by earlier people I mean perhaps people from the 11th century to the 16th), causing alterations in their physiological properties. The virus changed their genetic traits, giving them vampiric properties. This virus then resided dormant in their body, being transferred to others upon biting and through the exchange of fluids, resulting in new vampires.
Alternatively new vampires could have formed through conception, with the genetic traits of the parent vampires being adopted by the embryo. The virus from the semen of the male vampire may have also affected the egg causing the virus to be transferred to the embryo.
Even if the virus was dormant in both the male or female parent vampire, it could still have awoken upon entering a new host (one that hasn’t had alterations to its genetic structure performed). The virus would have been able to seek genes not containing its specific proteins and inject them into the cells, changing the genetic structure. This is how vampires formed over the generations.
As the immune system of the body adapted to the virus it would have removed it and the majority of the vampire population would have only formed through the genes from parents resulting in weaker vampires (a more diluted make-up). The virus can be transferred continually through generations, via conception infecting new embryos and still be as potent. Its only when the genetic alterations in the host are performed the virus may become weaker within the host. Eventually the host’s natural immune system will overcome the virus. Therefore most true vampires nowadays may in fact not have the virus present in them, so when they bite a person that person may not get infected. This could explain phenomena where people wake with blood and bite marks but don’t transform into a vampire. It could also explain why new vampires aren’t appearing too. In fact, it’s safe to say that vampire species are dying out.
Most true vampires nowadays have had the virus in their body removed and the vampiric genes in modern vampires nowadays constitute a barely discernible fraction of their whole genetic make-up. These genes are weakening. It is possible for the genes to be recessive and perhaps every few generations or so a potent vampire may spring forth but otherwise they are pretty much dying out.
Generally, when we think of vampires we are clouded with various misconceptions brought on by numerous literary allusions to vampires and cultural affiliations with the term vampires and this can often detract from the credibility of vampires existing. But in fact, vampires do exist and there are plenty of people around the world who’ve seen vampires (or creatures like I’ve described above). People tend to just brush the whole idea away because they think that vampires are like Dracula because people call them that. Truth be told, I’ve encountered a creature bearing similar characteristics to the true vampire I’ve described so to me… yeah they exist… and the encounter was important to me because it triggered an epiphany in me. I realized that perhaps there was more to the vampire phenomenon then we all think there is and so I conducted research on them and developed this theory on them.
If you guys want to no more about vampires you have seen, changes being induced by your body that may suggest potential vampiric qualities or have any general queries about the whole notion of vampires today feel free to comment and I’ll try getting back to it. Thanks heaps Alpha.
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Written by “Alpha”, Copyright 2009