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|Eleynia Orlean||Jun 5 2010, 12:16 AM Post #1|
Orlean Coven Leader
Vampires in "Twilight"
Red if they feed on human blood. Honey gold if they feed on animal blood (darkening to brown, then black, depending on how thirsty they are). Vampires can wear colored contact lenses, but within an hour or two their venom ruins the lens and it has to be replaced.
All vampires instinctively prefer human blood over animal blood (though the blood of carnivores does taste better than herbivores). Human blood provides slightly more strength. The more often a vampire tastes human blood, the more difficult it is to abstain from it. Therefore, it would be very difficult to switch back and forth between human and animal blood.
Whenever a vampire bites a human, one of two things ALWAYS happens: If the vampire does not kill the human, the human will immediately begin transforming into a vampire. The human's life CANNOT be saved by not losing enough blood, because if the blood loss doesn't kill them the venom will transform them. However, it is very unlikely that that a vampire would not kill his victim, because at the first taste of blood an intense frenzy ensues that makes it virtually impossible for the vampire to stop until all the blood is gone. (The frenzy is the same when a vampire feeds on animals.)
In rare cases, if the venom entered the body far enough from the heart and has not reached it yet, the blood can be cleaned by removing all blood containing venom from the body (as happened with Bella after James bit her)
The instant a human is bitten, the venom immediately causes weakness and severe burning pain, making it impossible for the victim to fight back or run away. The venom does not exactly paralyze but does make the victim helpless.
CHANGING a human into a vampire:
Because of the instant frenzy caused by the taste of blood, transforming a human requires great self control and a strong act of will. That's the main reason there aren't very many vampires in the world. A vampire who is too young (generally having been a vampire for less than several decades) will not have developed enough self control to change a human. Many vampires never develop enough control or never try to change anyone.
Vampires' only food is blood. They cannot digest any other food or drink. They can pretend to eat or drink human fare, but it tastes bad and they must cough it back up within a few hours, which feels highly unpleasant.
Vampires do not need air to survive. However, they instinctively breathe. Holding one's breath stops the sense of smell, which is uncomfortable to them. They can only speak while there is enough air in their lungs.
Each vampire has a unique scent. Once a vampire knows another vampire's scent, he/she can remember and recognize that scent forever. Quiluete wolves can also recognize and remember an individual vampire's scent, although they think all vampires smell awful.
A vampire is considered a newborn for its first year. Their human blood that remains in their system gives them great extra strength, which wears off by the end of one year. Newborns have very weak self control around humans. For at least their first year, they cannot safely come within smelling range of humans unless they intend to kill (Bella Swan Cullen is the only exception). Their changer is responsible for teaching them self control and the Volturi's laws.
Some vampires have a gift, but most don't. Gifts are usually the a amplified trait that already existed during the vampire's human lifetime.
THE LAWS OF THE VOLTURI:
The Volturi have established laws that all vampires are required to obey or risk severe punishment (often death). All the laws spring from the main one, which is that the existence of the vampire species must be kept secret from humans. Any vampire who reveals the secret (even accidentally) will be punished by death (unless he then kills or changes said human before the secret spreads). Any human who finds out about vampires must be either be killed or transformed. If a newborn is allowed to run wild and does anything that raises human suspicions too much, the newborn and its changer will both be killed. In other words, if a vampire creates a newborn but does not take responsibility for it (usually for at least the first year), that vampire had better hope its newborn doesn't make the Volturi angry. It is absolutely forbidden to transform young children (younger than 13 or 14 years old, preferably at least 17), because these "immortal children" are too under-developed and insatiable to be controlled and taught.
|Eleynia Orlean||Jun 5 2010, 12:17 AM Post #2|
Orlean Coven Leader
Werewolves in "Twilight"
QUILEUTE SHAPE-SHIFTERS. They are sometimes called werewolves, although they are a different species than "children of the moon" (classic werewolves). (The Volturi have hunted the "children of the moon" virtually to extinction.) Some Quileute ancestry is required, since the shape-shifting gene exists only in their tribe.
ALL Quileute wolves share certain characteristics: They become unusually strong and tough in human shape. Their body temperature is about 108 Fahrenheit (normal human is 97 to 99). Because of this, they wouldn't dare go to a doctor who doesn't know about their species. The wolves and vampires instinctively hate each others' scent. Even in human shape, wolves can distinguish and remember the unique scent of individual vampires. They are much larger than normal wolves. They can run faster than a vampire and rip vampire flesh with their teeth. Unlike vampires, wolves do need air to survive. They are telepathic with each other when in wolf shape, able to hear each other even hundreds of miles away as long as they belong to the same pack. They can learn to locate each other in wolf form almost like radar. They have accelerated healing. Deep cuts stop bleeding within a few minutes, and the mark disappears within a day. Broken bones (once set properly) will heal completely within a day unless the break is severe. Vampire venom is poisonous to wolves; it won't change them, just kill them.
Quileute wolves are forbidden to tell anyone what they are unless that person needs to know and they have permission. This is an ancient tradition in the tribe, which the elders passed down to Sam and Jacob, the alpha wolves. Sam and Jacob have placed their packs under an injunction to keep the secret. Even some of the wolves' family members don't know.
When the alphas give a definite order, their mental voice takes on an unmistakable double-timber quality that affects every wolf in the pack whether they like it or not. No wolf is able to willfully disobey such an order, even while in human form.
The shape-shifting gene is triggered by the presence of a vampire in the area. The young man/woman isn't told what is happening until they phase, but the symptoms are so obvious that the pack has plenty of warning. A dramatic growth spurt (both height and muscle, for boys anyway) over a few months' time is the first sign, then the dramatic rise in body temperature for the last few days but without feeling ill. The experience of phasing for the first time is dramatic, painful, and often terrifying. Most new wolves have trouble learning to control their temper, but they must learn before it is safe for other humans to be near them.
The wolves are sworn to protect any family member of the pack, even those who aren't in on the secret. This includes anyone on whom a member of the pack has imprinted.
Wolves can practically stop aging if they use their wolf form often. If they go long enough without phasing, they will begin to age. If they choose to stop phasing, they will age at a normal human rate.
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