I actually worked on developing this idea quite some time ago, and just realized that it might be the next thing I work on.
Emphasis on “might“. In any case, I somewhat doubt I’ll start work on this right away, especially because I’m still sort of recovering from my last big project, and will probably stick with short stories for a little while. Hopefully I’ll actually get around to writing those. Hey, maybe one of them will be in the Kyreth saga. Who knows.
But I present this for your enjoyment. Keep in mind this is very much a work in progress, and when I get around to actually writing the story, it might be very different. But this is sort of a hint about it. (Incidentally, I’m reading Dracula right now, but, as I said, I developed this a while ago; over a year, I think.)
Oh, also, the stuff about Coos County in New Hampshire is actually true. Well, the stuff about it being a quite sparsely populated area, anyway. My “day job” is related to maps and researching areas and things like that, and I studied that area pretty in-depth a while ago.
It all started in Hanover, New Hampshire in 1809. Scientific research had been made on if it were possible to cross—breed bats and humans, the result, hopefully, being a human with better hearing, as well as possible abilities in sonar. This would better the military in many aspects, and the results of the research seemed hopeful.
In a small township within Coos County – that of the Second College Grant – was a laboratory, where research into creating a bat-human hybrid took place. The small group of researchers who started it – all graduates of Dartmouth College – decided to base it in Coos County because if, in the likely possibility of something going wrong, they wanted to be able to contain it and keep it quiet easily; also, there was virtually no government or active lawkeeping that took place in many areas of Coos County.
The result, after many deaths of trials, the humans for which were supplied through several nefarious and unspoken means, was three vampires. But their powers were not limited to better hearing or sonar; they were able to shift forms, change between man and beast. And they became predators of the night, drinking the blood of men and beast. They were unable to eat solid food, for their teeth had been replaced be narrow, sharp dagger—like teeth, which were good for drinking liquids and blood, but unable to chew sold food, although they could, in desperate times, eat thin soup. The three of them were full—blooded vampires, with powers above anything man could imagine. In the confusion resulting from their creation, they escaped and roamed throughout the primarily uninhabited land of Coos County.
But they mated with regular humans. The result of the matings were half vampire, half human babies, which still had a good amount of the powers of the full blooded vampires. Those, in turn mated with other humans, creating quarter bloods. Then eighth, sixteenth, and thirty—second. But their powers decreased at the same exponential rate as their blood concentration.
But all was not lost in the lineage of vampires. If a quarter and another quarter mated, the result would wither be a half, or no vampire blood at all. The same went for the lesser bloods, and the higher as well. And thusly it was discovered that the three original vampires were not the only possible full—blooded vampires.
But they were not the only vampires. There had been an ancient race of vampires, either forgotten or wiped out of history. But still, they had existed and their disappearance was not entire. A strain of the ancient vampires blood or, more accurately, a type of virus transmittable through blood, had lingered throughout history, living through other animals.