Are Dawn Fangs Alive, Dead, or Undead?

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Check out War of Nytefall: Rivalry!  It doesn’t have the answer to this question, but you will learn more about Dawn Fangs.  So, the question is fairly straightforward.  Are they alive, dead, or undead?  That’s actually not as easy to answer as I thought, but it might just be semantics.  Let me touch on each of the three categories:

Dead?

No.  They are still walking around.  Not even sure why people ask this, but I guess they mean undead.  Some Dawn Fangs are dead though.  Mostly because Clyde killed them rather brutally.

Alive

We’ll jump to the other side of the fence here.  Dawn Fangs do possess many qualities of being alive.  They eat, have pulses, and can produce sexually.  It’s mostly the first two that are important in defining them as alive.  Yet, they can still survive without breathing and holy magic hurts them.  They can go without much sleep too.  While I am starting to turn away from this idea, I do know that they are very close.  One could say they are immortals like Dariana in Legends of Windemere. She is still considered alive regardless of how hard it is to kill her.  Unfortunately, there is another factor that can put them into the third category.

Undead

For those that don’t know the term, undead is a category of monsters where they have died and been reanimated.  Zombies, skeletons, ghosts, vampires, ghouls, and every other rotting corpse creature falls into this group.  Dawn Fangs are decaying beasts and they have pulses, but they do have something in common with these examples.  They have died and been reanimated.  Even those who were born start out as a corpse and need blood to come back to life.  This short part of a Dawn Fang’s creation does make them a walking corpse, which means they shouldn’t be considered ‘Alive’.  At least not by fantasy standards since one would then have to wonder about real people who died for any length of time.  Let’s stick with fiction here.

My Personal Take

I know people might categorize my creations differently, so I can only say what I tend to see them as.  Dawn Fangs, to me, are a bridge between the Living and the Undead.  They possess traits of both categories such as pulses and being reanimated.  They can eat food and blood.  They can create new members through sex or biting.  So, I think they can be in the middle, which works for Clyde’s goals.  He wants to prove that Dawn Fangs can live among mortals, which means he wants these undead-like beings to prove that they are similar to the true living.  Again, we’re probably looking at semantics and personal opinions here.  Definitely not an easy question for me to answer.

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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20 Responses to Are Dawn Fangs Alive, Dead, or Undead?

  1. Thanks for clearing up the differences.

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  2. I think I used to work with some people like that.

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  3. L. Marie says:

    This is a really good explanation, Charles. I wondered this myself, so I’m glad you posted this. A fresh take on vampires.

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  4. What is the old scientific definition of life? Respiration, ingestion, and reproduction. If they don’t need to breathe, they aren’t alive. I’ve had Lisa struggle with some of this, because the facts are counter to her programming. Doesn’t need respiration, ingestion, and can’t reproduce unless she’s manufacturing someone like herself. I’ve argued that recharging is a form of ingestion, but she doesn’t buy it. Cool topic that could bounce around for hours if you get enough traffic. I tweeted it out to see if more will show up.

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  5. The living undead? 🙂

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