[dragonraid] Vampires

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From: papabeardm@... (David L. Milner)
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 1998 10:29:33 -0700
Dear Folks:

	Methinks you missed the point of my letter.  I was not saying we
should not have vampires, nor that we should avoid sexual and commitment
issues.  I was saying that a creature such as a vampire should be
carefully deliniated and very clear parameters set.  Originally, I was
thinking of vampires in a classical sense, the undead who have, as has
been noted, traded their souls for a form of immortality, limited though
it may be.  I don't believe the sexual issue is on point with the
vampires.  Their enchantment, in my opinion, should be more in the vein
(Pun intended) of selling out for temporal gain to the eternal loss of
your very self.  Suggested WR:  "What does it profit a man to gain the
whole world but lose his soul?"  Again, I think a DC whose sin
enchantment is lust and promiscuity could be a good idea, IF PROPERLY
HANDLED by the AM.  I just don't think vampires are on point here.  

	Incubus and succubus might be more on line, because classically,
their enchantment was powerfully sexual, but they, in fact, robbed their
victims of the power to enjoy a healthy sexual relationship.  They
basically "sucked them dry" of natural and healthy sexual desire, by
giving them an experience outside the healthy and proper sexual sphere. 
If I am not mistaken, Incubus is a male demon who preys upon women, and
Succubus is a female demon who preys upon men.  These are classic
occultic figures, and as such are more in keeping with the mythos of DR
than modern interpretations of Vampires.  There are other creatures that
could be used, but I really don't think vampires are the proper ones for
this particular enchantment.  I do, however, think that the AM that used
them did it very well.  There simply are other creatures that would seem
to do it as well, without other overtones.

For the Kingdom and the Overlord,
Dariel the Aged

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