Chinese Vampires are, in a manner of speaking, earlier than vampires, but they share many basic traits. First of all both are undead, second both share a craving for blood, and third both are afraid of sunlight and moderately vulnerable to fire. Power can varify between super strength, flight, shapeshifting, super speed, etc. Power advance with age and the disease is infectious within a few days without immediate treatment.
In Ancient mythlogy, the first vampire was the daughter of the yellow emperor (whose is also famous for a book on inner Alchemy, note this happens long before Buddhism comes around), cursed by a rival tribal leader to be forced to suck human blood. She amongst other 3 figures associated with the yellow Emperor would become the true ancesters.
The creation of a basic Chinese vampire, named Jiangshi was relatively simple. All you need is a dead body who was resentful and had been wronged in life. Then seal them in a coffin (with wither prevention, such as using highly salty soil, unless this happens fast enough), and arrange it in a way such that the flow of Fengshui allow darkness to concentrate in its immediate area. Then wait a few days to months to years and you get yourself a basic vampire. Give it several hundread years it will gain horrible abilities, one of which is the ability to cause Draught. However, there is a more obsecure procedure amongst Taoist that would provide true lichdom that is far less understood, which seems to involve somehow also binding the original soul.
Though China lacks anything like Shintoism, Taoist wizard or Buddhist might occasionally bother to deal with them but common tools becomes less effective. Basic ones include Garlic, sticky rice, Blood of a black dog (they can generally be used to guard against minor spirits) especially when dripped on wooden swords (preferably Peach tree), and for some reason a measuring string. The first three can be used to counter infection before transformation. Any vampires more advanced require great arcane knowledge and power and specific knowledge against necromancy to overcome, but apparently they can be overwhelmed. In fact some times people gather during a drought, once they can associate the vampire with the problem, and organze army to burn them down.
Last Edit: Jun 29, 2019 23:43:16 GMT -6 by yulia11
There are a few major distinctions: A naturally occurred Jiangshi at first should only be considered nothing more than a monster, soulless one at that. However given enough time they accumulate power and turn into a true demon(Yao), which then include power such as flight. Additionally, without intentional corruption, it's not necessarily very malevolent once it regains some intelligence. They are also far more common in large tombs thanks to the mostly air tight chamber, though that requires further protection against Necrosis.
Last Edit: Jun 29, 2019 23:49:33 GMT -6 by yulia11
OwloftheNight98: And on the case of Robert, in his defense, the church in that time period set a new standard for self-righteous a**holes, and I say that as Christian.
Jun 28, 2020 0:17:14 GMT -6
purifyweirdshard: As an organization in Iga's games, they've generally been more on the fictional side than historical
Jun 28, 2020 0:28:04 GMT -6
dareka: It's a bit more complicated than that. The church comes off as fictional in pretty much all Japanese games because there's nothing like it over there, so they don't really understand what it is. Their closest reference is 20th Century Imperial Japan.
Jun 28, 2020 3:46:27 GMT -6
purifyweirdshard: Yeah, Iga told me as much in person (about how they don't really understand it etc). It's almost like an interesting mythological thing/hook for character designs and plots.
Jun 28, 2020 16:02:11 GMT -6
purifyweirdshard: I always appreciate seeing it portrayed well though, or at least with people on both sides of it (good religious people and bad religious people)
Jun 28, 2020 16:03:10 GMT -6
dareka: Methinks I'll be doing a thread on the topic soon...
Jun 28, 2020 18:48:40 GMT -6
Redogan: Just saw another trailer for CotM 2. Release date: 2020-July-10. Nice. I know what I'll be doing that day.
Jun 28, 2020 19:08:32 GMT -6
OwloftheNight98: dareka I wouldn't mind such a thread. I, in particular, want to see a religious protagonist- who doesn't lose faith due to disillusionment or "God was evil all along!"- in a fantastical game setting, to see how would they handle the crazy stuff like this.
Jun 28, 2020 20:57:33 GMT -6
OwloftheNight98: AS LONG, as they're written well of course, I refuse to acknowledge half-A'd writing.
Jun 28, 2020 21:00:56 GMT -6
RichterB: While far from perfect, the CV franchise has been pretty decent w/ its idea of embattled Christian holy warrior versus evil personified. It's different from a lot of games in that regard. I realized over the years that's been part of its appeal to me.
Jun 29, 2020 0:14:12 GMT -6
RichterB: Decided to spend a good chunk of time on that fan art I mentioned. Getting close to the coloring phase. As I was composing it, Gebel and Gremory decided to join Miriam and Goofball...and then a Valefar reference snuck itself in when I wasn't looking.
Jun 29, 2020 0:18:03 GMT -6
RichterB: Question: When I'm done with this thing, do I just post it in the fan art section of the forum, or is there someplace I'm supposed to put it to be considered for a future Kickstarter email? (assuming that is still a thing with dev updates.)
Jun 29, 2020 0:40:22 GMT -6
purifyweirdshard: You can post it in the fanart section here. To be considered for an update is something separate, post it to a social media outlet with the #igavania tag
Jun 29, 2020 2:38:56 GMT -6
purifyweirdshard: Also, yes, that was a significant part of the appeal to me for Castlevania as well. I've been hoping to see some of it in Bloodstained. That was what my hope in Dominique was all about.
Jun 29, 2020 2:40:19 GMT -6
RichterB: purifyweirdshard, Thanks for the info. And sorry about Dominique. But there's always Pure Miriam, I guess? I think maybe the Castlevania animated series sort of misses that thematic beat a little bit. I mean, Sypha's no longer related to the Church at all.
Jun 29, 2020 8:36:45 GMT -6