The idea of temptation and sin leads naturally to the idea of corruption, which captures the true essence of a vampire more than any other word, and in more ways than one. Vampires tip the scale at anywhere between four to all seven of the Seven Deadly Sins, making them as close to pure as evil as a creature can be.
However, vampires blend into society, which makes them uniquely suited at tempting people into sin. Whereas zombies, werewolves, and other supernatural creatures are horrific for their abilities, the vampires’ ability to lure others into evil is what makes them truly fearsome.
The most obvious consequence to this temptation is death trough blood loss, but this is the best-case scenario. Victims can face the loss of their souls by becoming vampires themselves. The reality of this new status leads to two paths for vampires.
- Vampires who reject vampirism attempt to mediate their curse, minimizing the harm they do, often exiling themselves from loved ones. They wander about looking for redemption that most never find.
- Vampires who embrace vampirism become truly monstrous, reveling in their power and abilities. They terrorize individuals—and whole populaces—and make more of their own kind to spread their evil.
- This temptation never subsides, making corruption particularly terrifying. Their immortal nature makes it probable that they will succumb, resulting in the ultimate expression of human evil.