Vampires are perhaps the most common Fae due to their ability to reform non-vampires into members of their own race. They are often mislabeled as demons do to human connotations. They were originally not called vampires, but after many years of being misidentified as such by supersitious humans, even their own kind has accepted this term as their own. The original name is unknown. Their Hunter catalog code is FH-003.
It is easy to tell how old or experienced a vampire is by looking at their hair, eye, and skin color as well as their ability to withstand sunlight and physical injury. In the case of reformed vampires, the younger a vampire is, the slower their healing rate, the greater their ability to withstand sunlight, and the less discoloration of hair, eyes, and skin color. Born vampires retain normal appearance in terms of hair, eye, and skin color until they reach their prime state or the age where their physical aging stops and Resets begin.
Despite negative human connotations that tend to mislabel them as demons, vampires are actually Fae. They intake blood on a regular basis as it enhances their magical capabilities by internally processing what magic they can from the blood. As such, the majority of their magic arises from other creatures with their base magic focusing on extracting magic from blood. In relation to this, what sort of a creature a vampire regular feeds on often reflects in its magical abilities as well as how often it feeds.
Around the same time every year, vampires undergo a Reset (jokingly referred to as a “revamp” by Hunters). For exactly twenty-four hours, every approximately three hundred and sixty-five and one fourth days (one complete year) correlating with the day that the vampire was either born or reformed, a vampire will go into a state of unawareness. During these hours, the vampire must either be restrained or allowed to kill and feed off prey. However, they do not consciously choose who or what to kill and will often kill the first creature with sufficient blood supply that they come across, which can serve as a problem. As this sort of killing often draws unwanted attention that results in their capture or death, most vampires typically prefer to be bound, although afterwards they are significantly weakened and often need several days to recuperate. The result of this Reset literally resets the vampire’s body back to its prime state in the case of born vampires, and back to its state at the time of reforming in the case of reformed vampires. All subsequent injuries or physical changes that result during the previous year therefore disappear (in cases of injuries or physical modifications acquired previous to the first Reset, then that becomes incorporated into their prime state; the prime state is considered the state of their body at the time of their first ever Reset). As it is a reset to their prime state, born vampires do not experience Resets until they finish maturing and reach what is considered their prime state, something that is different for each individual.
However, a side effect of these Resets results in a gradual discoloration of a vampire’s hair, eyes, and skin. This results in not only their recognizable appearances, but also in their inability to withstand sunlight. They are also more easily physically injured, but make up for this with fast healing rates and a smaller version of Resets every time they sleep (the amount of repair depends on the length of sleep). Resets do not affect a vampire’s magical ability and often actually enhances their power.
Unlike the majority of other races, vampires have the ability to reform other creatures into a member of their own race, something humans have come to simply term “turning” or "siring" and that the rest of the world call “reforming.” When a vampire shares extensive amount of blood with another non-vampire, the process of draining the non-vampire of lifeblood and replacing it with a vampire’s powerful blood allows the vampire’s blood free and easy access to the victim’s body. Once significantly infected, the victim goes into a coma lasting usually three days during which the vampire’s blood forces the body to undergo physical changes in order to accommodate it.
Hunter researchers believe that this is a result of a genetic mutation in vampires that causes their blood to retain the characteristics of a supernatural virus.