Enemies of the Dawn Fangs: The Hunters

Van Helsing

The most common adversary for vampires are the hunters.  Regardless of the world that vampires show up in, there are those who have trained to kill them.  Some use magic and others use technology, but they share the same goal.  They want the utter destruction of vampires with no exceptions.  Well, sometimes they make exceptions, but you get the point.  So, what are the types of hunters that the Dawn Fangs can run into?

Trap Hunters

These are people who depend a lot on knowledge and scouting an area.  They will spend weeks studying their targets to find the best time and place for a strike.  Even then, they will do their best to avoid full confrontations until the vampires have been crippled.  Many of them specialize in specific terrain to help them master their gear, but others use more general items.  Casters tend to be in this category a lot as well because they are not known for being very good in a head-to-head fight.

Single Tool Hunters

Typically warriors, they have chosen one weapon or item that can kill a vampire.  After years of training, they have become a master and need nothing else to help them in a hunt.  Because of their focus, these hunters tend to be very aggressive and rarely give up to enemies or logic.  Vampires tend to prefer these enemies because they are the easiest to handle as long as you know they’re coming.  The biggest problem here is that they are helpless if they lose their weapon.  Most only survive a few years while the rest either join a group or branch out to another category.

Multiple Tool Hunters

While not full masters like the previous type, the versatility of these hunters allows them to live longer even on their own.  Similar to how Dawn Fangs are unpredictable because of their powers, these people can change tactics and tools in mid-battle.  They are still at a disadvantage since their weapons can usually be seen, so they only get the element of surprise if they remain unseen.  Still, they can adjust for different situations, which is very important when fighting vampires.

Long Range Hunter

Distance can keep you alive against a vampire even though they move almost faster than the eye can see.  Unfortunately, regular projectiles aren’t very useful, so these hunters use magical gear.  They can also be casters, but they’re more commonly archers with enchanted bows and quivers.  Similar to the Single Tool Hunter, they use one weapon, but they gradually form a collection that they can pick from.  This requires some planning and guesswork to make sure they take the right equipment.

Muscular Hunter

There isn’t much to say about these guys, but they can be surprisingly more effective than you would think.  With or without weapons, they prove to be a danger because they have enhanced their bodies for strength and durability.  Their tactics are simple: Get in close to tear the vampire apart with their bare hands.  Hunters in this category tend to be driven entirely by revenge and bloodlust.  Few of them last more than year too.

Technology Hunters

Specific to gnomes, these are exactly what you think they would be.  Hunters who develop unique tools, which means vampires never know what they’re getting into when they tangle with them.  Well, it’s always safe to assume something will explode even if it isn’t meant to.  Unique among the hunters, some of these gnomes try to get nothing more than samples or entire live samples to discover more about vampires.  These are people who think of it only as a condition and wish to find a cure.

Strength in Numbers

There are many that cross categories or stand out, but one thing that most hunters will agree on is that it is better to work together.  You can find them working with adventurers who have no interest in vampires specifically.  Other times, multiple hunters team up to take on a large number of vampires.  This is when they are extremely dangerous even to beings as strong as Dawn Fangs.

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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15 Responses to Enemies of the Dawn Fangs: The Hunters

  1. L. Marie says:

    I remember seeing Van Helsing and being disappointed. Love vampire hunters though.

    For some reason the muscular hunter description made me laugh, especially the thought that this person won’t survive long.

    But great list. Seems like no matter what these hunters might not survive long. Guess that’s the risk they take.

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    • Never figured out why people were so down on the movie. It was okay and the twists were iffy, but it wasn’t as terrible as people make it sound.

      Vampire hunting has a long history of death. We forget that since we remember the big names like Blade and Buffy. Yet there are all the ones who we see did because they aren’t named in the story premise. 😜

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  2. Nice list. I wonder if the gnomes wouldn’t be better off simply asking politely for a bodily fluid sample (“care to spit in here, kind Sir?”).

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  3. Pretty well thought out. Are there special dogs that can play a role? Vamps have to smell of death at least to a small degree.

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  4. Your depth of cast of characters is amazing. Nice job, Charles.

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