There are a few details to keep in mind when applying for and playing a vampire on Northern Vampire Mysteries.

  • Age: On the show and in the books vampires are clearly the most powerful supernatural type. Others may have an advantage here or there over them but, overall, vampires are the strongest, fastest and toughest mo-fos around. Even then, a vampire's age can create wide power gaps among them. The problem with such power gaps in a cooperative RP environment is that it can be boring, disruptive and ultimately lead to fun being ruined. That's why we decided to give all starting players a level playing field when it comes to their characters. This is how it affects vampires.
  • Power: We cap all PC vampires to the quality listed above. We don't necessarily cap the age of the vampire but if you're older than about 300 years you'll have to come up with a reason why you haven't increased in power (extended downtime, some sort of a wasting disease, etc).
  • Power Positions: The Bangor area represents a unique opportunity for many vampires. Given the political turmoil with neighboring Brewer many elder vampires have opted to ignore the area. The Queen of Maine, Maria Rospigliosi (born 1870, turned in 1921) keeps to the Augusta, Kennebunk, and Portland regions for the most part. That makes Bangor the land of opportunity for eager young vampires. We intend to let the power positions of Bangor sort themselves out through RP. Elder vampires, including the Queen and the area Sheriffs (the two areas are roughly split by the Kennebec river), are staff controlled NPCs used for plot motivation. Generally, vampire 'areas' cover populations of about a million, and with a general 5,000:1 human:vampire ratio, it ends up with a sheriff overseeing around 200 folks, with up to 40 sheriffs and areas under a particular royal, and magisters between the royals and The Authority.
  • Political Strife: One of the themes we're looking to explore on NVM is that of political strife. While Bangor has officially come out as pro-vampire not everyone is happy about it. The neighboring city of Brewer has actually enacted many new town ordinances specifically to deter potential vampire residents. Anti-vampire rhetoric is high and violence is not uncommon, especially for those vampires foolish enough to cross the town lines into Brewer.

If you'd like to see a really huge spreadsheet, comparing various vampire traits across various works, check out this Wiki page.

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