The Nosferatu are an ancient race of vampires with a history many do not know. Not even them. But some things are generally known of them and those who pay enough particular attention to them.. They have lingered in legend in various forms for thousands of years, perpetuated through legends dating back to ancient greece and gaining prominence in Romania. Their attributes are very inconsistent and those with true knowledge of them know that they are capable of growing and evolving in a wide number of terrifying and sometimes unpredictable ways. From herculean strength, to killing men and cattle with their presence alone, to consuming the moon itself, the powers of these vampires are rooted firmly in the realm of the supernatural.
In truth, they have existed as long as civilized society itself and had lived in a golden age. However, the Nosferatu have long fallen since the Dark Ages, a time of mostly unrecorded violence. During this time, they waged shadowy wars with humans, and lost. Being that they have no compulsion to reproduce, they fell in number until only the smartest (or luckiest) survived.
It is unknown, even among them how many remain today. Some estimate there to be only some thousands, but they do not account for those who may slumber in the darkest corners of the earth.
II. In today's society
Nosferatu are obscure and as a whole, shadowy creatures. Their low numbers and secrecy lend them an amorphousness akin to many organizations today. Their existence is known generally, like many supernatural creatures now-a-days. But it is difficult to actually prove it. Most people who kill a Nosferatu or discover a corpse, make the mistake of bringing it out into sunlight, where it burns to ash and any trace of their vamparific nature is destroyed.
It also doesn't help that many such creatures manipulate perception and are capable of mind control, and thusly appear often as a haze on cameras and mirrors or outright do not appear.
Their relevance in today's society is currently unknown. Many have access to large troves of ancient wealth through human proxies. But as a whole, they mainly have some sway in crimimal enterprises, notably using human trafficking as a way of procuring food. Some form bonds and alliances with humans. One thing however can be for certain: The Nosferatu were far more powerful in ancient times, before the dark ages. They are nowhere near the heights they had achieved in this time.
Before the advent of technology and metahumans.
Despite this, the Nosferatu who roam about today are a varied bunch, many belonging to factions and many more going at it on their own.
It is ancient greece. You are a slave carpenter to the Spartans. You have tried many times to escape, only to be caught and whipped. The next time you are caught, can mean your death. One night, a pale man in a ragged cloak appears before you and makes you an offer. He speaks of the fall of Sparta. The next day, you hear word of the war. Losses are heavy and the country’s Navy is soon to be routed. The next night, he appears.
You are a great, gallant knight. One of the best. But no amount of strength saves you from infection. One error. One glancing blow, and your are near death. To let such skill go to waste would be a tradgedy. So the king sends forth a special agent who makes you an offer. Simply put, to be a powerful and immortal warrior in a special legion which serves only at night. The next, you dawn an all black armor and never show the face beneath your helm again.
You are a murderer and you are locked away in prison. A woman appears, pale and with a face you don't recognize. And not a pretty one. You get out the next day after some sixty years. And she won't let you go quietly into the good night. She violates you, and makes you into a monster again. The day comes, and hapless to escape from your prison, you burn in your jail cell and only barely manage to make it out alive. You wake up in an air vent with blood on your hands and no idea how you got there.
You're a drug lord and the feds are cracking down on you. You’re family has left you and your empire is shambles. You have nothing left. And just as when you think the feds bust on, it is just a pale man in a hoodie. The men outside stand frozen, as if by the will of god. The man offers you a way out, in exchange for your service, so to speak. You have great talent and a great knowledge of skeletons in the closet that cannot be let go to waste. You die that day, but you still run things.
You lay on the ground crying in agony. Something escaped your lab and it infected you. Your colleagues are dead and you are well on your way to joining them. A man stands before you, or something like. Whatever he is, he is unaffected by the plague. First, he shows you his hideous face. Then he tells you that he can make you like him.
It is 1920. The great depression. You are homeless. You never really forged the closest connections with your family and never really invested too much in that 401K retirement plan. Maybe you can find a relative and you won't be a burden. Oh, and you have something. Something bad. A few days ago, you started coughing up blood. A man before offers you his blood. In exchange for yours. It makes you feel better. Someone tries to shake you down after you come across a gold watch and the pale man beats the man unto oblivion, breaking bones with his mere grip. He isn't a looker, but you wanna be like him. He seems to be getting through these hard times just fine. You find out later that he can make your dreams come true.
These examples are some of many origins for individual Nosferatu. They area varied bunch, with their embraces being rare and often out either pity or spite. What reason would you have to turn someone into a hideous, bloodsucking monster?
III. Unholy Origins
Dark, demon-like creatures who suck the blood from the living are something that exists throughout every culture.
The Nosferatu are said to descend from not demons, but from things who were like them in many ways. Things that were of sin and otherwise antithetical to all that is holy. But these were not creatures of hell nor were they necessarily malevolent. They were usually of poor moral character, but more so seemed to hate all forms of religions.
They were not always like this. These things were entities of darkness. And the dark in itself, is not evil or good. However, in early times, the dark was believed to be so. And these beings, who relied so much on feeding from human thought to exist, survived by becoming creatures resonant with what humand thought of them. The dark was a thing that hid predators and evil things. The shadows held dark secrets and unholy sins, waiting to be cast out into the light. The dark was cold, and no life would exist without the sun. Reviled by humanity, they grew to live on as it's eternal enemy, living through nightmares and tales of terrors. And in doing so, they drove people to things that were holy. Of faith. Of god. And they feared that which was not of god.
In a world of men, gods and monsters, they sought to be monsters.
However, time passed and the beings became weary of their thought-forms through which, they acted on the world. They were too easily dispelled, too easily banished and soon, they simply grew tired of being bound into the thoughts that shaped them. Soon, they came to realize how their evils empowered the gods and had enough. They had witnessed the evils of men.
And they learned from it.
Men were often weak, ignorant and most of all, malleable. Far easier prey than any god. So to, the monsters had made a plan to merge with men and transcend their spiritual selves. To become carnal creatures, who would spit in the face of gods through their very existence.
The Nosferatu were born at the conception of civilization itself.
IV. Known Abilities
The Nosferatu were never intended to grow as they did, but their descendants were creatures who lived to be things antithetical to all that is unholy. Thusly, their souls and spirit were given away in favor of flesh and physical power. Things which resonated with sin and darkness.
Throughout history, there have been many who have been considered, evil, unholy and yet still powerful. Conquers who raped and killed. Men who wiped out entire countries. Many spat in the face of god. And the Nosferatu soon grew and evolved to do the same.
The Nosferatu are carnal creatures, who's powers lack power in the form of radiant energies, such as light, fire, electricity and so on. Their powers are of flesh, darkness and mental manipulation.
Shapeshifting and the ability to change the attributes of the body. One of the most powerful abilities, when mastered.
Durability and Resistance to all forms of physical change from external influences. (With the exception of their banes)
Superhuman Speed and Swiftness
An aura of fear and repulsion.
Control of Darkness and Perception
Mind control using the eyes
V. Universal Attributes
Lack of any signs of being medically alive. Body does not undergo chemical reactions, functions room temperature and the heart does not beat.
The Nosferatu's take the form of a creature warped to the point of being obviously inhuman and outright repulsive to them. Their bodies, while still capable of shapeshifting, outright refuse to accept human form.
• Affinity for the Cold-
Nosferatu are immune to most forms of cold. Their blood functions as antifreeze and no region on earth produces enough cold to affect them.
• Affinity for the Dark-
An general affinity with darkness. A lack of any fear or negative effects from residing in darkness, as well as a physiology well suited to it.
The ability to, in an affront to science, gain power by drinking blood alone.
The ability to grow in power through use of supernatural abilities and drinking blood.
• The Beast-
A supernatural instinct which drives a vampire to feed against it’s will and guides it to survive. The man is kept intact so as to guide the beast, but the beast remains ever present to consume the man, should he deny it. Acceptance of it leads to power and often, immorality. It is “the monster inside.” And it may take many forms.
A state which renders the Nosferatu into an extreme fight or flight state, in which they become mindless beserkers or creatures concerned only with self preservation.
The Nosferatu live eternally. Even if they do not drink blood, they merely fall into an eternal slumber, awaiting re-awakening
The descendants of Nosferatu were "thought forms". They were repelled by all manor of holy objects. Soon, the spirits found that the true key to the soul was through the body. Drugs. Beatings. A lifetime of abuse. Disease. These things twisted the soul far more than they ever could. But, they were unholy creatures still. Their resonance was with things anti-thetical to the spirit. So, their spiritual banes were lifted and replaced with spiritual ones.
Bane of the Cold, Fire
Fire is a force of destruction and mankind’s greatest invention against the cold. With their warmth, their bodies could carry all manner of disease.
Nosferatu of all ages catch fire easily. Wounds by fire heal at rates similar to humans in reaction to it.
Bane of the Impure, Silver
Silver is a substance known to destroy disease and have healing properties. Some say that through silver, one may channel the wrath of god himself and free those entrapped souls. Ironic that such a soft metal, which is impractical for conventional use in blades, makes for the perfect weapon to pierce vampirific flesh.
Bane of the Dark, Sunlight
The Nosferatu are creatures who give darkness power. They embrace moonlight and stand readily in the light their prey often makes for themselves. But they all fall before the might of the sun. It's mere presence is enough to make all but their strongest willed and those with thinner blood, enter a death like sleep.
Nosferatu vampires take sever damage from the sun. The more power their body holds, the greater the damage and the compulsion of the death sleep.
The Embrace, Becoming a Vampire
Ghouls, Lesser Vampires
Thralls, Gifted Mortal Servants
These are as much for myself as anyone else. This is here to describe what changes/additions have been made. And changes, additions and expansions to be made.