We managed to have a nice chat with the sole survivor of our encounter, a lovely vampire who was very helpful in explaining all about being a vampire. He seemed like a very nice guy, but kind of a downer. While his assistant was unable to successfully transform, I’m certain that if I ever made myself a vampire, I would have no problems at all. Anyway, once we learned everything we could from him, including the Supernatural DNA (SDNA) structure of vampirism, we freed him, wished him well, and directed him back to town.
Before we left the cave (and Cyradon), I looked at making a magical gate between it and our ship. There was a perfect hidden secret passage in the cave that would have served well. It would have allowed us to easily come back to the world if we needed more magical supplies or something, and would have provided an easy way for Benolaa to rejoin us if she ever wanted to come back. Unfortunately, just as I was about to cast it, I realized I needed to incorporate enchanting to make it work permanently — and I haven’t learned enchanting yet. Ironically, since the magic spells Benolaa was learning somehow intuitively seemed to be aimed at learning enchanting as fast as possible, she might have been able to cast it if she were with us while the ship was near. So at least for now, no gate. I think it will be a good idea for later on, though, as I learn more magic, if we’re near Cryadon again.
Now that I know a bunch of SDNA sequences (with one more to come!) and am beyond expert in genetic engineering, I started wondering if I understood the principles of SDNA enough to start research on creating my own strains and variants — just as was done with normal DNA by the Engai during our Eighth Age of Discovery, or, more recently, human scientists during their 21st century. I started having visions of experimenting in the lab on the ship, or possibly that space station we’re going to eventually. It would be such fun to create a lab-full of, for example, vampire rats, basan birds, yuki-onna mice, vetala cats, etc., etc. Who knows what could be achieved with SDNA! Alas, after thinking about it, even with my beyond-expert knowledge of genetic engineering, I don’t think I know the principles well enough to create new strains. So the dream will have to stay a dream.
Still, vampirism was likely created by magic, and I know how to modify magical spells. Maybe I could learn enough about magic someday to create a variant of vampirism without some of those pesky drawbacks…