Can you tell us more about Vampire lore re: Turning?
Vampires are Turned by being mostly drained of blood, and then being fed the blood of an existing Vampire. The expiring body of the neonate Vampire must go through a death ritual of the Sire's choosing; whether being buried for 24 hours, stuck in a coffin, or set up in some way to signify the death of the mortal.
As far as cravings, you're looking at no less than a couple of weeks of severe cravings before their new systems start to stabilize. During this time, their Sire is generally responsible for keeping them under control. Once they've calmed down, they can be taught to hunt in a reasonable way that's acceptable for the supernatural community.
What do Vampires do during the Summer when the sun is up late into the night?
Upon employment Vampires are given protection amulets that work only on the grounds that allow them to walk for short periods during daylight. Despite this, Vampires are generally uncomfortable in the sunlight and will avoid it whenever possible.
Do Vampires sleep?
Yes, they often do. Technically Vampires don't have to sleep, but like everything else, they have time to kill during the daylight hours.
So can Vampires move around and do things during the day as long as they are not in the sun?
Also yes. Presumably the Vampires also have Netflix subscriptions and binge-watch entire series in their trailers before the sun goes down.
Do Vampires cry bloody tears like on True Blood?
No, our Vampires cry regular tears when they're so moved.
Do Vampires breathe?
Most Vampires do breathe, but not because they have to. Having been human initially it is still instinctive programming in their minds to breathe in and out.
Are Vampires affected by holy water, moving water (like rivers or streams), holy ground, garlic, or any of the "traditional" vampire weaknesses?
No, most Vampires aren't affected by these things at all. Since Vampires can be made from humans of any religion or tradition, their weaknesses aren't blanket & if they were, they would be weak against basically everything. Instead, Vampires are weak ONLY against religious/traditional things if they truly believe they are. So if a devout Catholic Vampire thinks he cannot enter a church or walk on sanctified ground, then he won't be able to.
What kind of society do vampires have?
There is no overarching, structured Vampire society to lay down the rules. Much like humans, there are loners and then there are covens that choose to gather. There are definitely traditions and expectations that have been passed down through clans, but these vary. There are no "claiming" systems that will keep other vampires from attacking & alliances are built the hard way, case by case. And while some clans may dominate a city or an area, there are no Princes or Princesses & territory is also claimed the hard way, and is ever-changing as conflicts break out and alliances change.
Can my Vampire sense what others are?
Unlike more magical species, Vampire can only tell what someone is by scent (much like Shifters). They are more likely to recognize fellow Vampires, Shifters, and Demons. all humans whether supernatural or not smell alike, Sirens, Merfolk, and Other species would not have common enough smells for Shifters to distinguish. Though enough time around Merfolk and Sirens will lead the Shifter to recognize the scent, though like humans both species smell alike.
Unlike Shifters, Vampires can tell when someone if a Fae no matter what kind they are. There is something about their blood that hums like a siren song to their senses.
How often does a Vampire have to feed?
While newly turned vampires have a thirst that takes weeks of daily feedings to satiate, older vampires have greater control over their hunger. All Vampires must feed regularly to sustain their bodies in a healthy manner. Very young and very old Vampires will feed daily, or once every other day. Everyone else can get by with feeding once a week, as long as they haven't been seriously wounded.
Can Vampires drink Shifter blood?
Yes. Though it has a wild, gamey taste that some do not enjoy. Shifter blood is an acquired taste for most Vampires.
Why are so many Vampires talking about drinking from Fae?
Drinking Fae blood creates an opiate high in a Vampire. Fae smell heavenly to Vampires, and are sought-after lovers and/or blood donors (or victims, depending on the Vampire.) Most Fae aren't eager to be fed from – it isn't out of the realm of possibility for a Vampire to become too intoxicated to know when to stop, and Fae weaken when they lose a lot of blood (like just about every other creature.)
Can Fae be turned into vampires? Can my Gifted Human keep their gifts if they become vampires? Can Witches become Vampires?
Only human-types can be Turned; so yes, Gifted Humans and Witches can become Vampires, although they don't retain their gifts. Turned Gifted & Witches will just become normal Vampires. When Fae are drained, they can't be Turned; they simply die and go back to the earth.
How does the Siren's voice affect Vampires?
Vampires are somewhat protected from the power of the siren by the fact that they're... well, dead. The remaining traces of humanity, however, mean that they can still be affected. Sirens will have to use higher levels of power to produce even minimal results, and these will be affected by the age and power of the vampire in question. Newly-turned vampires will be more easily influenced, while very old vampires will be nearly impossible to sway.
I saw Ghouls are mentioned in the blurb about Vampires, what are they?
Ghouls are essentially a vampire's daytime servant. Hearkening back to the story of Renfield in Dracula, a ghoul acts as eyes and ears for a vampire during the day. They are more common outside of the Cirque than inside as there is far more than enough security during the day to keep a vampire safe.
So what are the benefits of being a ghoul?
Once bound to a vampire and made ghoul, the human becomes more athletic. They feel stronger and faster, but no stronger or faster than someone who regularly trains for triathlons. Their life is also extended to equal that of a witches lifespan, but this does not keep them young nor does it immunizes them from disease. If they are seriously injured a vampire's blood will do nothing for them unless they are looking to be made into a vampire themselves. A ghoul also has a mental link with their vampire to be able to communicate over long distances. This is not a private cell though and others with telepathic powers may pick up on the conversation.
So can my ghoul be created forcibly?
The simple answer is no. Much like the death ritual that is performed, however meekly, when siring a new vampire, there is a ritual for a ghoul. The difference between the rituals though, is a ghoul must agree to the connection and a newly made vampire need not agree to be changed.