(Excerpt of the SSIT Reports on the Different Breeds of Werewolf, Separate Species of Vampire and Human/ Animal Shape Shifters)
WARNING – This species of Vampire has poisonous fangs which can kill humans.
When a European Vampire changes from human to their supernatural form, their eyes turn completely white and their upper canine teeth become long and sharp like the fangs on a snake. This species of Vampire has venom that is secreted by the fangs which can kill humans and paralyse Werewolves. The nails on the European Vampire’s hands can become longer and sharper, although not as strong as claws on other supernatural beings. This means they can pierce human tissue; however, they may break on harder substances like clothing such as denim or leather.
The strength of a European Vampire is ten times that of a human. They have supernaturally fast reflexes, which can be measured at the same rate as the speed of sound. However, they are unable to maintain this speed by running long distances, but are able to use this by jumping heights equivalent to four story buildings.
This species' lifespan is one of the longest in the supernatural world, up to 500 years old. It was told when interviewing one European Vampire subject that there was a member of his species surpassing his 600th birthday, although our investigators were unable to contact, meet and examine this individual. It was explained that he was able to obtain his great age from successfully hunting to prolong his strength and regenerative ability. However, if a European Vampire cannot feed on fresh blood at least once a week, then their metabolic system, strength and life expectancy fails.
They also have an excellent sense of smell. This species can smell a Werewolf within a 100 km radius and track it with a 99.9% success rate. They advise it is by the potent pheromones the Werewolf releases. Although European Vampires are severely allergic to silver, they often use silver coated weapons when hunting their favoured source of nourishment.
European Vampires appear to exist precariously on a double-edged sword, as their supernatural state can bring many benefits but just as many downfalls. As their bodies enter a form of biological stasis, they do not age and can maintain the same appearance for all of their existence. To some, this can be a vain benefit; however, the medical repercussions are plentiful. As mentioned previously, Vampires do breathe and they have a heartbeat which in turn moves the blood around their bodies to ensure motor function. However, from the almost suspended state their bodies exist in, their heart beat dramatically decreases, which means European Vampires encounter difficulty with strenuous physical activity. On this note, this species is required to spend a significant portion of their time slumbering to conserve their energy.
The idea of Vampires turning to dust from a stake to the heart; may be attributed to a European Vampire’s rapid decomposition when it can be clinically called dead. As their bodies were partially shut down from the moment they were turned, their rate of decay is rapid with a drying effect. Even their skeletons are broken down to basic components in minimal time with only a biological ‘ash’ left. The full rate of decomposition occurs in seven days, which means an autopsy on this species must happen immediately from the time of death. This was noted when SSIT attempted to study a decapitated body. This mode of murder was a common one, to ensure the Vampire could not regenerate by imbibing blood.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~