Sylux wrote:You do know this is the stupidest thread I've seen on here in a long time, right? Kay, just making sure. Now I'm going to indulge in it, because vampires are indeed epic.
Sylux makes me smile.
Anyhow, I always figured that it was the life energy and/or spiritual energy in the blood that sustained them on account of it being part of a living thing rather than the blood itself. Rather like a metroid in fact, allthough in the vampire's case they must internalize the physical substance to assimilate the energy. For a creature without a functional digestive tract this would be far easier to do with blood than flesh and has the advantage of not actually "damaging" the prey, only weakening it so it could be fed upon again once it recovers.
Really, any time you try and "science up" vampires n' stuff it tends to come out quite lame because you either have to have a science/magic mix that generally sounds dumb or you go total science which means you have to throw out half the "rules" that won't fit with science like the no crossing running water thing. As much as I hate to admit it, rules consistency is more important to a story than scientific accuracy.
If yer gonna mix magic and science you need to be really super careful not to turn into a rules lawer and give into the temptation to become a shyster rules lawer pulling loopholes outta yer butt left and right in an attempt to be clever.