Post by The_Wayward_Admiral on Oct 15, 2015 20:40:47 GMT
Vampires: They burn in the sun because they lack melanin of any kind (that's why they're ashen) They are immortal because they have somehow managed to produce telomeres that are't shortened during replication (hypothesised as the reason for aging) They drink blood because it has lots-o-nutrients (I will get back in a little bit after researching just how nutritious) I have no idea how they turn into smoke or bats though. Or how they achieve their super strength or speed. Also I guess they would need super combustable oils in order to just kinda catch flame in addition to the lack of melanin.
Post by The_Wayward_Admiral on Oct 15, 2015 20:49:36 GMT
So now that I'm on an FBI watch-list for googling "nutrient content of blood" someone pointed out something that blows my idea of nutrition out of the water. Blood is mostly water, and the only things that end up in blood are excess nutrients, so vampires would need to drink lots of blood from overly-nourished people. Vampire bats need to drink a lot every night to survive. According to wikipedia, they drink half their body weight in twenty minutes. Vampires would need to feed on a metric ton of people every single night, so their population would need to be low in number.
Edit: I number crunched and your estimate agrees with the calculations
Post by The_Wayward_Admiral on Oct 15, 2015 21:04:23 GMT
Well I would say prey with high amounts lipid and protein in their blood, so healthy might not be the most accurate description, you'd be looking at prey with genetic disorders in uptake proteins and hormonal imbalances or prey with overeating habits.
Post by The_Wayward_Admiral on Oct 16, 2015 2:46:26 GMT
Sorry for my delay, internet is on what I like to call "the fritz". It probably wouldn't take too much to accomplish the necessary effect, and a human sized being can store a lot of schmutz. So while the regen time would probably be similar, the vampire could have several doses in holding.