Vampire Blood: 101

Hello all!  In Uninvited (and the other stories of the UN-iverse), I’ve been developing slightly different “rules” for the way that vampire blood works in ties and bonds.

Let Professor Northman guide you through them.  😉

By the way, Sephrenia did the banner!  LOVE IT!

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Vampire Ties

Basic Rule: A tie is formed when a human takes a vampire’s blood, NOT the other way around.  Otherwise, as Eric says, the vampire would be driven crazy because of the feelings of everyone he/she feeds from.

After a tie is made, here’s a basic rundown of what happens to the human and what the vampire can do (some is cannon; some is “added”).

  1. Of course, vampire blood heals the human.  We see that the more powerful the vampire, the more able he/she is to control where the blood goes and what it heals first.  That’s why older vampire blood is a more efficacious healing agent.
  2. The vampire can use his/her blood to track the human.  The more blood, the easier the tracking (though the age of the vampire is also a factor).
  3. The human will feel more “favorably” toward the vampire.  Whatever emotions were there to begin with will be amplified.
  4. The human will become more attracted to the blood-giver.  Again, this will amplify what was there before: attraction will become stronger, fascination and curiosity will become stronger, etc.  When Bill said that his blood would increase Sookie’s “libido,” he conveniently left out that the libido would be focused on the blood-giver.
  5. The vampire can monitor the human’s emotions.  By rule, the more blood the easier it is to monitor (though the age of the vampire is also a factor).
  6. The vampire can influence the human using his blood.  Basically, this happens on a metabolic level with the vampire blood literally provoking hormonal output, adrenaline production, etc.  The vampire uses his/ her ability to sense emotions to monitor the efficacy of his/her influence.
  7. The vampire can “send” dreams to the human.  There are three kinds of dreams that can be sent.  (More on this below.)

Quote, Chapter 08:  Eric to Sookie—“Your endorphins and hormones can be controlled by my blood, Sookie,” he reported.  “A vampire can send dreams or can attempt to control the chemistry of your body while you are awake; however, that would be more obvious to you.  It is almost like a glamouring inside of the blood, and I believe you would be able to feel it—if you knew what to look for.”

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More on the Dreams

Important rule: Dream-sending is not limited by distance.  A vampire can send a dream to any human with his/her blood, no matter the distance or space between them.  There is also no known spell to “keep out” dreams, though there have been spells developed to prevent a vampire from being able to track or to monitor the emotions of a human with his/her blood.

Vampires can generate three kinds of dreams in a human.  Two kinds could be done by any vampire and are determined by whether the dream is “sent” for the day or during the night.  Here they are:

1.       Type 1: “Day” Dreams 

When a human has a blood-influenced dream during the day, the vampire cannot actively control the dream.  It is “sent” right before the vampire goes to his/her own day-sleep.  The vampire will make a “suggestion” to his/her blood, asking it to cause the human to dream of him/her.  If the human doesn’t sleep during the day, the dream suggestion dissipates when the vampire arises again.  The vampire can infuse a “day” dream with only a certain mood, but nothing more.  So—for example—if a vampire wanted the human to be more enthralled, he/she could infuse the dream with “lust”; if the vampire wanted the human to be frightened, the vampire could send fear; etc.  However, even though the dreams are tinged by the “tone” the vampire sets, the human retains ultimate control over the content.  Eric is later going to describe this in similar terms to this: It’s as if the vampire writes a suggestion on a blackboard, but then gives the human chalk and erasers.  The human “draws” the dream.  Or the human can simply erase the suggestion, waking himself/herself up.  This explanation supports both of the “day” dreams Eric sent to Sookie in the show.

a.       Dream 1: Eric and Sookie in bed—what emotion did Eric try to imprint the dream with?  I’m guessing that he was trying for lust, but it didn’t quite “work”—did it?  Sookie has a dream with Eric, but—even though they are both naked—they begin with a playful, loving conversation.  And guess who Lorena is?  Bill’s blood, trying to infiltrate?  Or–could have Bill sent “guilt” to her b/c she took Eric’s blood?  Yep—that’s my theory.


b.      Dream 2: Sookie comforts Eric after Godric’s death—what emotion did Eric try to imprint here?  And what did Sookie draw with it?  Eric’s grief is clear.  Sookie’s impulse to try to comfort him is just as clear.  She is the one that offers the blood.  Only then do his fangs come down.  I think that’s significant.

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     Type 2:  “Night” Dreams

This is the “standard” dream vampires use as a method of control.  Since it happens at night, the vampire has a lot of control over the dream.  He/she “sends” a dream when he/she feels that the human is sleeping.  Just like “day” dreams, an initial imprint from the vampire starts things up, but the vampire is able to monitor the emotions of the sleeping human.  The vampire can use his/her blood to continue imprinting/influencing the emotions until a “desired effect” is achieved.  These dreams are more invasive to the human.  Eric compares them to a vampire giving the human an etched picture; humans have little power to control the dreams or to end them, though they do retain a little control.  However, since vampires tend to be subtle, they limit the length of these dreams and they don’t generally allow the human to become too “agitated” due to the possible effects on the human’s health.  These dreams also take a lot of energy from the vampire to sustain, for they experience the human’s emotions with him/her.  Notice that Sookie has not dreamt of Eric during the night (and never does).  I think there’s something to this.

Type 3: “Woven” Dreams

This type of dream begins similarly to a “day” dream (see above).  The vampire will “send” the human a single emotional imprint.  However, that is where the similarities end.  In a normal “day” dream, the human retains the ultimate control of the content.  In a “woven” dream, the “tone” set by the vampire literally overtakes the human.  For instance, if the vampire asks for the “woven” dream to create fear, all of the chemical triggers for fear will be “fired” in the human, and that “firing” will not stop until the vampire wakes up and “decides” to stop it.  When a vampire is awake, he/she can monitor a dream; however, since “woven” dreams occur in humans when the vampire is asleep, the vampire cannot monitor the human’s response.  For this reason, these kinds of dreams are extremely dangerous!

Imagine the feeling of being terrorized.  Now imagine that feeling hitting you over and over—again and again and again and again.

A “woven” dream is unrelenting.  And—if the human wakes up—it is even worse for him/her.  The dream doesn’t end; it is as if the human is in a waking nightmare.  The emotional response continues, and the human is compelled to go to the vampire sending the dream.

Generally, the ability to “weave” dreams is developed only by older and very powerful vampires (Russell will tell us that the youngest vampire he’d known about with the ability was 1300 years old; Russell himself didn’t master the skill until he was around 2000 years old).  It takes great control of the blood to “weave” a dream, and that control generally comes with age and much practice.

As I said, “woven” dreams are extremely dangerous for humans.  Many die of heart attack or stroke because of the repeated pounding to their emotions, especially if the dream begins “early” in a day—because that will mean that many hours will pass before the vampire rises to monitor and stop the dream.  Humans can often be driven to madness by such dreams, and there is a history of them committing suicide instead of continuing to “live” through the dreams.

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The Vampire Bond

Basic Rule: A vampire and a human form a bond after three blood exchanges.

The exchanges must occur at or near the same time.  Eric says that the two exchanging blood must be able to taste each other’s blood at once for the magic to work.  The “tasting” of the blood is important.  Eric says that the magic will not work if the human is unaware (and that would go for the vampire too).  Thus, blood couldn’t be “snuck” into someone without his/her knowledge.

Eric tells us that Godric, who was fascinated by blood connections, once formed a bond with a human, partly because he wanted to study the effects of the bond.  Here’s what Eric says about that in Chapter 10:

 Godric had told Eric that when vampire blood bonded to human blood, there was an extra linking that could be felt and “seen” in the blood.  If bonded to a human’s blood, the vampire’s blood literally traveled as part of the human’s blood through the bloodstream—instead of alongside and separate from that blood.  Since vampire blood generally traveled slower than human blood, the vampire could sense a “quickening” of his or her blood in the human once a true bonding occurred. 


Godric had said that his bond with a human had literally enlivened his own blood.  But there had been a consequence.  When Godric’s bonded human died of old age, Godric had immediately become depressed by the loss.  Eric pinpointed that moment as the one that eventually led to his maker meeting the sun. 

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Sookie, the Rule BreakerAs Eric says, nothing works quite as it “should” with Sookie.  So far, we know the following:

  • Her Fae blood makes her less easy to influence.

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Sookie & Eric, the Rule Breakers:  In addition to Sookie’s Fae blood causing unexpected things, Eric and Sookie’s blood “together” seems to break the rules.  Here’s what we can say so far:

  1. Despite having very little blood in Sookie at the beginning of the story, Eric is easily able to sense her location.
  2. Although he’s had very little experience with giving humans his blood, Eric finds that he has a lot of power and control over his blood in Sookie’s body as he goes to heal her.
  3. Despite never having had a single blood exchange with Sookie, Eric feels her blood calling to him—asking for his strength as she deals with Bill.  He thinks about how it shouldn’t be possible for her blood to call upon his like that, but he attempts to send her strength anyway.
  4. Eric finds that—in general—he has an unusual amount of control over his blood in Sookie.  For instance, he is able to use his blood to monitor Bill’s.  He is also able to “block” Bill’s blood from tracking Sookie to a certain extent.


26 thoughts on “Vampire Blood: 101

  1. I love that you take the time to explain the theory and supernatural rules in regards to your stories. One of the biggest mistakes syfy/fantasy writers make is not holding fast to their own rules. Or if a rule is broken because of a plot twist, there needs to be a very good well explained reason. You construct such tight plots we need not worry about you.

  2. Somethihg not covered in your listing is the effect of bonding sickness. The bonded couple must exchange blood or the members become sick: irritability, insomnia, intense longing for mate, inability to feed from others. Not sure if this is canon but i have read this in other stories. Just some thoughts to consider.

    1. Hiya, So far, I’ve not talked about bonds–just ties. The discussion of bonds will be added later once the story gets to it. But the usual “bonding sickness” will get a twist. Since it’s not canon, I’m more free to “play” with that concept more.

  3. Thanks! Your Blood ties are more awesome than the strictly Canon ones. I love how the blood can target areas to heal, and how the Vampire can trigger hormones. I can’t wait for the 3 types of Dreams.

  4. Mmmmm … those glasses! I think I need to stay after class for some one on one instruction with Professor Northman!!

  5. Loving this section . It is always nice to have the rules written, even if there are variables to the norm . Continuity got to love that concept ( professionals take note ) .

  6. Good to have the rules. Or. Guidelines for the rule breakers. (At least we know what rule they are breaking.) Excellent banner.

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