Vale Sabre Cat
Vale Sabre Cats are large, hostile cats with sizable teeth. They are very dangerous and will attack wildlife and people without hesitation, often ignoring the former in favor of the latter. They're found in the Forgotten Vale. Vale Sabre Cats carry a disease called Witbane. See also: Sabre Cat, Snowy Sabre Cat, Sabertooth Tiger
A vampire is a preternatural being, commonly believed to be a reanimated corpse, which consumes the blood of sleeping persons at night, thralls, and other victims. The vampires of Tamriel are undead, diseased persons who are hated, hunted, and misunderstood by the living. Whether they consider themselves cursed or blessed, or whether they have given into their animalistic instincts or have sought to rid the world of the disease, vampires are nonetheless considered abominations.
Though it's possible for a vampire to find a cure, knowledge of how to do so has been suppressed in many places due to the fear that it would encourage people to deliberately infect themselves. Imperial culture views vampires as destructive monsters to be hunted and destroyed. Romantic notions of noble, virtuous vampires persisted in Imperial traditions through the Third Era, and vampires were thought to pass unrecognized in the Mages Guild and the Imperial aristocracy. Other names for vampires include blood vampire, vampyre, scion of Bal, and nosferatu.
Vampires are classified as the accursed undead, as their undead status arises from the curse of vampirism as opposed to a necromancer's manipulation of the buried dead. While some vampires claim to have a heartbeat, others have claimed that their heartbeats ceased after contracting vampirism. While vampires' capabilities often include incredible speed, advanced mystical talent, and unnatural strength, their ability to spread the infection to others - a fate often described as worse than death - is among the most frightening.
Distrust and chaos can potentially bring down entire settlements should just one vampire infiltrate the populace. While popular lore holds that vampires are weak to garlic, this has almost never been the case in practice. Only one vampire has ever been found to be harmed by garlic to date. As such, it has been considered a wholly unique phenomenon, and any other attempt to combat a vampire with the herb will inevitably end in disaster.
Vampires spread their affliction by giving mortals diseases such as Porphyric Hemophilia, Sanguinare Vampiris, and Noxiphilic Sanguivoria. Infections are caused by being bitten or scratched by a vampire. Sanguinare Vampiris and Porphyric Hemophilia both have a three-day incubation period, inwhich the infected will become a vampire after the allotted time has passed. These diseases can be cured as any other disease could before the three-day period has passed. Vampires infected by either of those two strains are weakened by the sunlight.
Vampires tend to be organized into many different clans or covens; in fact, there are over a hundred distinct varieties of vampire in Tamriel. Some creatures are often found near vampire lairs. Examples include death hounds and gargoyles, which can often be found guarding vampire lairs.
- Variations: Vampire Ancient
The Vampire Lord is a powerful type of vampire, being much closer to being pure-blooded, although they do not necessarily have to be. Vampire Lords are tall humanoid bat-like creatures with sharp, sometimes poisonous talons and small wings. These creatures can shift between their original forms and the Vampire Lord form at will. They are also capable of using magic, and can also transform themselves into a cloud of bats to pass small distances or even mist to become temporarily invincible.
Vermai are a type of gaunt and sharp-toothed Daedra that serve as dark minions of the lesser Daedra lords. They are aggressive and mindless, and typically attack all who approach. It is said that the Vermai have no thoughts, and therefore cannot fear. They have sometimes responded to attempts at communication, but never in any intelligible way, considered to be one of the most idiotic Daedra. They have often served Mehrunes Dagon.
Those who summon them can control them through pacifying helmets. At some point during the early Second Era, the prodigal student Faindor of Agea Relle summoned Vermai through alchemy to serve him; out of spite, Nerien'eth had those same Daedra torture him. N'Gasta, a servant of Clavicus Vile, summoned Vermai to guard his tower and kept them under control through helmets. The "Vermai Clan" served Zenaida Nacarra, aiding Dagon in his invasion of the Battlespire during the Imperial Simulacrum.
Verminous Fabricants are construct created by Sotha Sil in his Clockwork City. An artificial creature with synthetic legs and tail, it acts fast and agile and attacks with the large fang on its head. Its components can be safely imbibed and are potent speed potions.
A Voriplasm is an amorphous blob of sentient green slime, mostly found in Black Marsh, that can strip creatures down to the bone within moments. Voriplasms can then envelop and puppeteer the remaining skeletal structure of their victims as a "voriplasmic corpse".
- On Voriplasms — Concordia Mercius of Cyrodilic Collections
- Anequina Animal Identification and Tasting — Hrodkir Mincemeat
- Vvardenfell Then and Now on the official ESO website
Note: the following references are not from official sources. They are included to provide a rounder background to this article, but may not reflect established lore.