Fangs - Vampires can grow two fangs that they use to feed themselves, they might come out when a vampire is close to blood or angry.
Enhanced Vitality - Vampires possess stamina, strength, vitality and physical capabilities well beyond any human in their physical prime. This allows them to physically exert themselves, even in a superhuman capacity for hours without showing signs of fatigue. However their vitality, like their other abilities will vary depending on their consumption of blood. Despite being able to exert themselves for longer and in greater physical capacities, vampires can eventually become exhausted and require rest.
Enhanced Strength - Vampires possess tremendously enhanced strength, being noticeably physically stronger than average adult humans, and if they are an older Vampire they can overpower werewolves in human form. They can exert much greater force than the average person with almost inhuman ease. An average Vampire, regardless of their size or shape, are shown to be stronger than heavily built, greatly massed humans. Vampires can easily physically overpower humans, untransformed werewolves and even younger Vampires than themselves as the older they become the stronger they are.
Accelerated Speed - Vampires are much faster than humans and werewolves when in their human form. While they are fast, they are still visible to the naked eye. It appears that a Vampire's super-speed is triggered by extreme emotional fear and motivation, analogously to how hysterical strength in humans is. It would also seem that this speed usually works when a vampire is at full strength from feeding on live blood and recently.
Enhanced Senses - Vampires possess extremely heightened senses of sight, smell and hearing much greater than humans. Vampires can smell evidence of death, and can sense when a spirit may be around. They are able to hear the heartbeats of anyone nearby, especially when thirsting for blood. Vampires can easily smell humans from as far off as a mile away and are able to assess their physical condition from their scent. Vampires can also smell blood from several meters away, and see in total darkness. These senses improve and grow stronger with age and experience. Their senses of taste are also enhanced as well, allowing them to detect the presence of drugs, alcohol, or other things in someone's blood.
Clairvoyance - As supernatural creatures, Vampires can see and hear ghosts the same way Werewolves and other ghosts can. This ability to perceive ghosts takes effect immediately after becoming a Vampire.
Super Durability - Vampires can take a great amount of physical damage without being slowed down. Even vampires who have been shot with wooden bullets, which have a weakening effect on vampires, can continue fighting so long as they were not shot in the heart or the head. Vampires still react to physical force in a human manner, particularly young vampires, who will occasionally be affected even by human-strength-level force. Vampires can also still be stunned and dazed by strikes and trauma, though their tolerance for it will increase as they get older.
Enhanced Recovery - Vampires recover tissue from any form of physical damage to their bodies within seconds, though they still feel the pain of a wound before it heals. Vampires can snap their bones back into place after they have been broken and have can fully recover from gunshots, stab wounds, and torso impalement very quickly, so long as they had consumed a regular diet of human blood prior to the injury. Those vampires who feed on animals will still heal much faster than a human, but their injuries, especially severe ones, will take much longer to heal than a Vampire who feeds on human blood. The only injury a vampire can sustain that cannot be healed on its own or by consuming more blood is a Werewolf bite. Vampires cannot grow back body parts, though they can reattach the severed limb with some effort.
Enhanced Emotions - Vampires experience emotions more powerfully than humans. Emotions like love, joy, and happiness are magnified for vampires, allowing them to live life more intensely. This ability allows vampires to feel emotions at their peak regardless of their age. Conversely, sadness, depression, guilt, fear and anger are also amplified, causing many Vampires to become so overwhelmed. After time and practice, the overwhelming sensations of heightened emotions fade as the Vampire learns to overcome their emotions.
Immortality - Vampires are an undead supernatural species with an endless lifespan. Vampires do not physically age from the moment they are turned, and will maintain this physical age regardless of how much time has passed. Due to their advanced rate of recovery, they also do not develop any long lasting or permanent injuries, the only notable physical change that may occur is things like hair or nail growth. Vampires are capable of living forever, providing they are not killed through unconventional methods.
Day Walking - Like their name suggests, they are able to walk in the day without burning in the sun.
Telepathy - Day Walkers have a limited form of telepathy that allows them to easily enter the minds of humans, and with more effort, the minds of Witches, Werewolves, and Psychics. They can also enter the minds of other Vampires, though this ability is dependent on the Vampire being younger or weaker than the one using telepathy. Other ways to weaken a Vampire to use telepathy on them are to starve them/drain them of blood. Normally, this ability works through tactile contact, usually by the Vampire placing the palms of his or her hands on the temples of the person whose mind they want to enter. The Vampire then closes their eyes and focuses on the information they wish to seek, allowing them to sort through their victims' memories until they see what they're looking for. Like their physical attributes, a Vampire's mental strength increases with age, making it difficult for a vampire to invade the mind of an ancient vampire.
Dream Manipulation - Day Walkers can also use their power of telepathy to control dreams and the subconscious. This is an aspect of telepathy that is much easier to learn, and with it, a Vampire has the ability to produce and modify dreams, bestow nightmares and lucid dreaming, distort people's perception of reality and trap someone in their dreams.
Illusions - Day Walkers have the power to trick the minds of other younger vampires and people into seeing/feeling things that aren't actually happening.
STORY SO FAR
The year 1560 was important for the British people in a lot of senses: it was that year that the French officially surrendered at Leith in February, after ending the war that had started in 1557. They were the times of the Stuarts with Queen Elizabeth I sitting on the throne and changing things left and right. They were different times, times where women were bound to obey their fathers and brothers, then their husbands, and then their sons. Times where marriage was a very important social institution which is precisely why Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk, married Margaret Audley—daughter of Thomas Audley, 1st Baron Audley of Walden
And 1560 was also the year when Margaret gave birth to Caterina Howard.
In the midst of a world where the aristocracy was enjoying the luxuries and pleasures of a life much more privileged in comparison to the poor than even today, and when the British crown was enjoying the wealth that came with conquering the Americas, the elite that formed the aristocracy didn’t have worries out of the politics and intricate social system they were a part of, especially the women who sauntered into ballrooms and gossiped in the hallways of romance and whatever fashion was in trend. Caterina wasn’t the exception: she grew up without much knowledge of politics or history other than what she could hear from the men, and even that was more than most girls due to her avid hunger for knowledge. She was a beautiful girl with flaming red hair and piercing blue eyes that was taught to sing, play the piano, read novels, and dream of romance; a romance she would never really experience because as important as marriage was, it was also arranged, in order to keep the wealth within the few families that were already in positions of power. And so her life went: Caterina married a man who was at least half as intelligent and caring as her father and quite good-looking too, which was more than most women could say back then. She lived in Arundel Castle, which has been the Duke of Norfolk’s home since 1390 and still to this day, even after getting married. And it was the imposing walls of the castle, the cage they represented that drove her to make what some would call the biggest mistake of her life, although to her? It was what liberated her.
The date was October 16th, 1581. It had been a specially cold night in West Sussex; Caterina had been dealing with preparations for her 21st birthday which was only three days away. It had been hard for her to keep up, the stressing endeavors of having to act as a soon-to-be Duchess making her want to explore the world, to learn more about life and what was out there, way past the walls of the castle and the society she was so used to. It wasn’t just a recent desire, to escape her life that made her feel like a caged bird out on display for people to enjoy; the young woman didn’t want to submit herself to the life of a submissive wife, bringing child after child into this world just to ensure a long line of Dukes and Duchesses that she could not care less about. And so day after day, she’d started riding her horse further and further away from Arundel, testing the limits of what her husband would allow and trying hard to learn new things, meet new people. But she never expected what was to come that night.
She had been riding for a while, ending up in Chichester: a town that was about 10 miles away from her home. The redhead had been dressed as a peasant, attempting to avoid any unwanted attention, and so she was able to just get into a tavern when she realized that it was getting a little too late for her to be out there alone. But inside of that tavern, she was approached by a very attractive man, one that looked like he didn’t belong in that simple town. His name was Lucius, and there was something about him that seemed timeless, which was what caught Caterina’s eye; the young woman let herself fall for his spell, the seduction of a man who talked about history and politics as if he had eons of knowledge and experiences—which, she would find out later on, he did.
It all seemed innocent and friendly, up until when the tall man asked her to join him upstairs in his room, to which the redhead complied; it was uncharacteristic of her: Caterina had never cheated, never even thought about it, but it was as if she’d been bewitched by this interesting man. And even then, what she expected after accepting that invitation was nowhere near what actually happened. Lucius took her to his room, but once there? He didn’t attempt to seduce her the way the young woman had expected, his appeal ended up being a totally different thing; he spoke of the past, of the future, of immortality. The man offered her eternal life because he claimed to have seen in her a very particular, timeless soul. But what he didn’t mention was the bloodlust, something Caterina would only come to realize would be the curse of her existence after she became what she is now.
That night, October 16th of 1581, Caterina Howard was turned into a vampire by this seductive man who was as timeless as he claimed she would become. And to her own surprise, she embraced it. She left town with her sire, forgetting everything about her previous life as if she’d been reborn like a phoenix. Her eyes opened to a whole new universe of possibilities because now? Now she could do anything she wanted; she was faster, stronger, the world was entirely different with her extremely heightened senses. And even if she’d technically died? Caterina had never felt more alive.
To her mortal family, she was dead. The redhead disappeared never to be found and her name was erased from history because the husband assumed she had willingly escaped their marriage which made her unworthy of being remembered. Society acted as if she’d never existed and to her? That made things so much easier, so much better. But her face was easily recognizable, those big blue eyes and the bright red hair were characteristic of her just as much as her beauty, and so she decided to leave England and embark herself to a new adventure: The Americas.
Back then, traveling across the seas wasn’t as easy as it is now, and it took Caterina at least six weeks to get to the new lands of America. At least, here she wouldn’t have to worry about anyone recognizing her. And so she started a new life; the first of many, many lives she would live.
Throughout the years, she made sure to secure her future: she saved money, invested, bought lands, and made sure to prepare for the future to ensure she would be able to live with as much sophistication as she wished, which varied depending on the decade. Sometimes she would choose a more relaxed lifestyle as she did in the 60s and 70s, where the appeal of the Hippie culture dragged her into a bohemian life of pleasures that had little to do with money and more to do with lust. She navigated from one life to another quite easily, the Jazz Age of indulgence that was the 1920s, the 1930’s Golden Age of Glamour that suited her so well given the way she’d been raised. And the way times changed? It gave her a pleasure that she couldn’t describe: from submissive women, the transition she saw after 1941 when the U.S. officially entered WWII. Thousands of men were drafted into the war, thus leaving a huge need for more women to enter the workforce, something she could’ve never imagined.
Being a witness of history made her curse, her bloodthirst almost non-important in comparison. Caterina was a living history book that never ended: she was a part of it all: the Miss America protest in 1969? There she was, throwing her bra into the freedom trash can and burning it along with the other 200 women to gain rights that up until then seemed unthinkable. There hasn’t been a day since that cold night in 1581 where she regretted what she’d become, and with time she also changed into a smarter, knowledgeable, cunning woman. She left behind the innocence of who she once was, learning from history itself that if she wanted to be respected, she also needed to be empowered. Caterina was always ahead of her times, and somehow she felt like she’d been born for the times we’re living now. Able to take care of herself, enjoy herself, however, whenever and wherever she wants.
And so in October 2019, after spending a decade in New York City, the infamous redhead realized she needed to yet again start a new life; and that is how she ended up in Crawford City. Getting herself a big apartment in Financial District, ready to start anew and enjoy herself in a brand new city that she hadn’t visited before.
How Did You Find Us?: Dean
Experience: 10+ years
I Caterina Isabel Howard have read the site rules and understand them. The code word for the rules is: Elektro