I wish I was that guy up there. Seriously, the life of a vampire in hunter wasn’t that great to begin with. Life expectancy wasn’t very high. Unless you got turned, which meant it was off the charts. Still, there were enough tools and magic to give you a fighting chance once you got used to their tricks. We had apprenticeships in the areas where there was a lot of vampire activity. Of course, it did feel like a losing battle since nobody tried to go for the nobility. Hunters were going to lose hope until the Great Cataclysm kicked off the Duragian crusade. We were happy to join even though it meant unemployment, but I could live with being a farmer. Everything looked sunny . . . until rumors of the new breed began.
I say rumors because nobody is really sure that these Dawn Fangs exist. We hear stories about vampires who are immune to the sun and eat real food. Some of my peers swear that they’ve seen them, but why would such creatures allow witnesses? That isn’t to say I don’t believe in those monsters. Only that they’ve let anyone live. I feel that many hunters and innocent civilians have been lost to them. Sure, they can act like us, but that doesn’t make them mortal. Just means they’re a more dangerous predator. Why would they bother with ale and a cooked ham when they can chow down on a mortal filled with warm blood? It doesn’t make any sense, which is why we need to be vigilant and do our part to see if they truly exist.
Now, I’ve not run into one of them, but my friend’s cousin swears that he got into a bar fight with a fanged bastard. Nobody died, but many got roughed up. Whole thing started over a debate about horses, which is strange. That isn’t important. This guy was able to do things without the usual casting stuff. Mostly, he moved really fast and kept disappearing from view. Freakishly strong too according to most accounts. He had a friend who conjured a double, but I’ve seen that spell before. Sure, they could have been using items that gave them these abilities. Plenty of mortals like pretending to be vampires because it scares those who don’t know any better. Still, it’s worth writing such an encounter down since it hits a few targets:
- Eating real food
- Active in the day with no loss of strength
- Incredibly strong
- Heal as if they’d never been cut
- Very fast
- Strange powers
Not the most amazing list, but it’s all we have right now. Once the guild system is started up, we should be moving faster on confirming if they’re real or not. The Duragians were going to help us, but something changed their minds. Heard a few whispers that they know these Dawn Fangs are real and think they’re children of the sun. Imagine that ridiculousness. Vampires being praised and worshipped by the temples of their oldest enemy? Makes you wonder what Windemere is coming to if that’s the case. Next thing you know, trolls will be appointed kings and dread boars will be considered household pets. It would be insanity. I’d retire and find a quiet house away from the rest of civilization if that happened.
Of course, there’s the other rumor too. No idea if it’s a vampire, but it’s definitely something big and strong. Hasn’t attacked any hunters though. We’re not really sure what it’s been going after. Nobody has seen it either. All we know is that there’s a monster roaming the world and tearing living things apart. Sometimes we find pieces of people and other times wild monsters like perytons and trolls. Only reason we know it’s not a vampire is because there are no bite marks on the bodies. Guess it could be one hunting for fun instead of food, but that’s not common. We know it’s the same thing because a guy was brought in to check the scents. Same sour one at each place, but he couldn’t tell us what it was. Reminded him of a milky stew being left out in the desert sun for a week, which ruins my appetite.
Maybe you’ll get the answer when this War of Nytefall: Savagery book comes out. I might even see you in there if a hunter is needed.