This topic always come down to the system and if it’s even possible. Most times, the vampire infection is human-only, so it makes no sense for animals to get turned. Those that appear to be are really ghouled or under magical control. So, is there any history of true vampire animals?
Well . . . I can’t find anything. I went searching and I found a bunch of paranormal sites that said it was possible. Yet, I couldn’t find any of the stories moving beyond their original sites, which means they’re probably fiction. Forums state that vampirizing animals is impossible for a variety of reasons. The most common reasoning I found is that turning requires that the victim has a soul, which animals don’t have. I don’t really agree with this because I think all living things have some kind of spirit. Another argument is that vampirism requires drinking vampire blood by choice, which is something that an animal can’t do. This is system dependent. The list goes on, but there are ups and downs to this in the first place.
A Few Benefits to Vampirizing an Animal
These creatures will tend to be overlooked by people. Even with red eyes, they might not draw much more attention than they normally would. This means they can work very well as spies that the vampire can look through or talk to. Unlike human vampires, animals don’t have any ambition to move up the ranks of society. That means no backstabbing unless you forget to feed them or abuse them. They can also act like an surprise force against your enemies.
A Few Downsides to Vampirizing an Animal
The biggest one involves vampires with a weakness to the sun. Animals won’t always know to stay out of it, especially at the beginning. They’ll only know that something is different once they turn and their instinct might be to hunt. So, they could rush into the sun and then panic while in pain, which results in a quick death. That hunting instinct is an issue too since animals would lack the ability to control their urges like humans. A vampire will be found out pretty quickly if they turn a bunch of squirrels that end up eating half the town. This is probably why it’s better to mind control or ghoul them because you can dictate their actions.
In War of Nytefall, I wasn’t really sure where to go with this. I hint that vampires look down on turning animals, but that’s coming off as a proper society type of thing. Many vampires still turn animals for various reasons, which can range from loneliness to wanting an expendable agent. Then there’s Bob who makes horse and camel vampires because he wants to have a collection of mounts. In his defense, he treats these animals like they’re his babies and will fight anyone that threatens them. Honestly, this is probably the only area that the question comes up for me so far. I do have an idea for one of the future volumes that requires strange vampire hybrids and toying with different vampirized monster species would fall under this category.
What do people think about vampire animals? I know we’ve seen some games and shows that do this with zombies, but vampires aren’t very common. Is this something you would like to see more often in the genre?