Calabim

Jul 20, 2016
Calabim
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    Calabim

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    "The Age of Ice almost spelt the end of the Vampires. When the vast sheets spread over the once-fertile land, their main source of food, humanity, started to become scarce and ever more concentrated in small tribes. Fearing a fate worse than death, the shadowy almost-death of a vampire deprived of fresh nourishment for centuries, most vampires tried to cling to the ever-shrinking communities of survivors. A lone vampire trapped in a small group of people quickly switches from hunter to prey. One by one, the vampires were dispatched to the afterlife. Of those few vampires who escaped the hunters, most took to a feral existence, living off whatever inferior blood they could scavenge in the wild, preying off the occasional Human unfortunate enough to be caught alone. But some wise few realised that the only path to survival lay in making the natural transition from parasite to master.

    Lead by the ancient siblings Alexis and Flauros, a small group of surviving vampires "adopted" a rag-tag tribe of humans. Using their powers as immortals, unaffected by cold, or exhaustion, gifted with incredible vision and speed, they made sure the tribe had plenty of food. And all they asked in return was an endless, expendable resource: A few drops of blood. But a vampire's powers are not restricted to supernatural senses and strength-?their great power is in the mind.

    Slowly but surely, using their natural powers of guile and persuasion, and dangling the "Dark Gift" as bait to lure the best and strongest humans into helping them, the vampires wormed their way to the top of their little society. Few wished to oppose them, and risk losing their valuable hunting skills. Those who did, had accidents, or simply disappeared.

    When the humans finally realised what was happening, it was too late. They were trapped in a hellish situation, little more than cattle for a growing class of parasitic nobility, and they had been trapped there of their own free will.

    Now, Flauros and Alexis are the Grand Prince and Princess of a depraved and hopeless society of blood-pets and slaves, controlled by the Grand Broods, the vampire families that rule each city as their own personal estate farms, living in decadent luxury, and sating their lust for blood at will. The Calabim are the apex of vampire evolution, an abomination that is the natural enemy of all holy nations."
    (Page 241, FfHII Compendium)

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    Key Points:
    - A nation of men ruled by a vampire aristocracy. Their vampire rulers live in lavish luxury and feed on their subjects at will while their subjects simply try to stay out of the eyes of their rulers.

    - The true centre of the vampire race, the Calabim represent the ideal life style for their kind: food all around, cowed with fear. Few people decide to take the risk and oppose their rulers, and instead do their best to stay out of sight, lest they attract the attention if a passing noble.

    - Vampires do not tend to have any specific features. The race of citizens tends to be predominately Human and Elf.
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