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Vampires are very sensitive to all light, but the ultraviolet light emitted by the sun causes them special problems. Ultraviolet light that enters a vampire's eyes sets off a chain reaction in their brain that leads to violent convulsions. Vampire skin is also highly photosensitive; it becomes inflamed and blistered when exposed to ultraviolet light. The reaction is a more severe form of that found in people who suffer from lupus. Thus, for a vampire to go outside in the daylight, it would have to have sophisticated UV-blocking goggles over its eyes and UV-protective clothing over every inch of exposed skin. Both of which would make it rather conspicuous.
Speaking of which, in 1963, FVZA agents destroyed an elusive vampire pack at an abandoned ranch in the mountains outside of Los Angeles. Michael Barrett, the pack leader, was a former engineer and amateur inventor who continued his hobby after transformation. Barrett's dream was to join the ranks of the "daywalkers," the mythological vampires capable of going out in the daylight hours. To accomplish his goal, Barrett converted an abandoned barn into a workshop and set about creating prototypes of an outfit that would protect vampires from the sun's rays. Barrett thought of everything: he even created a battery-operated cooling system to keep him from overheating while wearing the outfit. The experiments were apparently a success: after the raid, FVZA agents found several Polaroids of Barrett walking around in the daylight in his suit. He remains the only vampire known to have braved the sun and survived.
|Private vampire hunting firms|
flourished in the late 70s, as this
1978 Yellow Pages ad shows
After that, a number of former agents and trainees went into private practice. However, with vampires and zombies in rather scarce supply, most found it difficult to make a living. The business became even more tenuous when, after a series of accidental shootings, the government decided to stop licensing private companies to fight vampires and zombies.
Since then, there have been rumors of agents who travel the globe as mercenary vampire and zombie hunters. If these stories were proven to be true, it would not surprise me in the least. You see, after a lifetime of training and combat against the undead, it is extremely difficult for an agent to shut it down. I must admit, if someone came to me with a legitimate sighting, I would not hesitate to strap on my gear and investigate. In the meantime, I will continue to disseminate information. As the last generation of FVZA agents dies away, it is imperative that we maintain the vampire and zombie fighting arts and pass them on to the younger generation. That is part of the reason for this web site.
A: The annals of vampire history do contain a small number of examples of vampires who spared loved ones from their affliction. The exact numbers are difficult to verify and most of the evidence is anecdotal.
A notable example happened in the Dark Ages and involved a French monk named Pierre Barthelme. One of the most brilliant men of his time, Barthelme was the head of the cathedral school at Sainte Chappelle in Paris. At the age of 30, he took in a student named Juliote le Brun and they became lovers, causing a scandal in the city. Juliote's father, a wealthy merchant, had his daughter installed in a convent and had Barthelme castrated and thrown into Paris' notorious Conciergerie prison. Despite his rather hopeless circumstances, Barthelme managed to have love letters smuggled to Juliote over the next year. In the winter of 1299, a year after Barthelme was imprisoned, a vampire outbreak swept through the prison and the former monk was bitten. The vampires overwhelmed prison guards and escaped; Barthelme, not yet transformed, slipped through the shadows of the city to the convent where Juliote was staying. She provided shelter and comfort to him during his transformation. When Barthelme awakened as a vampire, Juliote was sleeping. But he couldn't bring himself to feed off of her. He wrote her a letter describing his torment and then flung himself from the spire of the convent church.
Alas, Pierre Barthelme was a rare exception to the rule. In most cases, newly transformed vampires will make loved ones their first victims.
Of course, no matter what I say, there are many who will continue to doubt the existence of the FVZA. No hard feelings. I encourage you all to acquire knowledge, form your own opinions and defend them vigorously. Never accept what you are told, and always carry with you an adequate supply of skepticism.
Well, enough editorializing. Since the answer to this question requires some detail, I am publishing it as the Historical Tale, The FVZA Goes Undercover.
|Albuquerque's Fang Club|
Vampire control has always been complicated by civilians who insist on romanticizing them. One reason I fear that a new vampire outbreak would spread quickly in today's world is that so many people would protect vampires and even willingly join their ranks. As an example, I point to a club called "Fang" that opened recently in Albuquerque not two miles from the former site of the FVZA Academy. The patrons at Fang make themselves up to resemble vampires, drink blood-red martinis and listen to nihilistic music. These types of establishments are popping up all over the place. It is appalling to me that people choose to celebrate vampirism. Sometimes I think it will take nothing less than another plague to show people the folly of their ways.
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