Who would you want at your back?

Danielle Panabaker
Pic. source: www.12thblog.com/

Presented by

Tim

Anyone who has been around the Real Vampire culture and associated cultures, for more than a few months will have, almost undoubtedly, come across some sort of discussion about the relative “powers”, “abilities” and “traits” of modern living vampyres and their Therian/Were counterparts. Almost certainly the majority of us will have seen some sort of entertainment representation of the two, either going head to head or acting individually, thereby displaying the awe inspiring powers of which ever one we happen to be “cheering on” at the time.

So, the question is – “If you were in a jam who would you want at your back, Therian/Were, Vampire, or….your mom?”

Yes, seriously…! Let’s look at this from a perspective of individual powers…

Superhero movies, the DC Universe, the Marvelverse… we’ve probably all witnessed the heroic acts of derring-do, sacrifice and battleground honour but how do we choose our “rear-guard”? The one who’s going to, at some point, save you.

Jaime Murray as Gerri Dandridge in
“Fright Night 2”
Gaeta / Rosenzweig Films, 2013

Beginning with Vampires… not being egocentric or anything but because I am most closely aligned with these fine, upstanding citizens –

It is common in fiction for vampires to gain additional, uncommon powers as they age. Certain vampires may have abilities that are unique to them or a small group of others. These have been noted as ‘Gifted’.

In the context of the older European Folklore we commonly find that Vampires possess some, or all, of the following attributes. They can be immortal though this is not such a strong distinction among modern real living Vamps, some of the more common traits are held to be enhanced strength, enhanced senses, enhanced speed, psychic powers to one degree or another, and somewhat unnaturally speedy healing.

Some of the lesser acknowledged, and dubiously claimed, attributes may also include flight shapeshifting/absorption, Psychokinesis and Pyrokinesis. It has been reported in the past (historically) that Vampyres may also display, some poltergeist-like activity and/or various other powers based upon region such as control over nocturnal animals or the ability to spread plagues.

All in all, if the majority are true, this makes the Vampire, with their legendary remorselessness, a formidable “wingman/woman” for those “jammed up”.

Okay, so much for the Vampire cadre, perhaps you might like to have a little more muscle and brute force, “The Wolf”, at your back in a tussle? By all accounts the modern living “Wolf” has the unerring ability to, “be humble while remembering, at the same time, that they are a wolf. Loyalty, above all else, and the capacity to learn, and the willingness that accompanies it.”

Other attributes that are awarded the “Wolf” include, “Extrasensory perception, surprising strength, and more than a few things they inherit from their parents.”

Commonly, in history, folklore and mythology the Vargulf, or Werewolf, has been reported as having certain other wide-ranging abilities and traits, such as, Shapeshifting, Superhuman Strength, Superhuman Speed, Superhuman Stamina, Superhuman Agility, Superhuman Durability, Heightened Senses not to mention big claws and teeth, an infectious bite an uncanny sense of lie detection and empathy.

Alpha’s, more so than other pack members, are held to have the power of Telepathy while most nearly all enjoy great longevity. Like Vampyres, Were’s have a heightened healing factor that enables them to regenerate damaged or destroyed areas of their body with much greater speed and efficiency than an ordinary human.

So, perhaps you might like a “wing person” of this variety?

Karen Black in
Trilogy of Terror
ABC Circle Films &
Dan Curtis Productions,
1975

This brings us to our final but by no means least important, candidate… your Mom. Much has been said, reported and written about “Mom power”, in fact I’ll wager that nearly everyone reading this has witnessed the legendary powers of Mom at some point in their lives, such powers as;

Super-Sonic-Selective-Hearing: You could be standing beside your mother screaming the most vile and horrible oaths and battle curses and she won’t even blink. But then stand at the other end of the house and whisper that you are bored into a pile of pillows and you will be rewarded with enough tasks to dispel any boredom for the foreseeable future.

360 Deg.-Sphere-Vision: Enables Moms, no matter where, or at what position, they are situated, to look round, through, over and past any obstacle in the vicinity and ‘KNOW’ exactly what is going on.

Something-Bad-Has/Is-About-To-Happened/Happen-Sense: A sixth sense warning of either impending, imminent or “already hit the fan” situations.

The “Mom Voice”: (a.k.a. Razor Tongue) this super power has the ability to send you, or any perceived wrongdoer, shrinking back into your own skin. The “Voice” that has the power to turn any evildoer to freezing stone instantly.

Freeze-smile/glare: This is perhaps the most potent, and fast acting of the “Mom Powers”, where a smile, of a certain nature, or a “look” has the Gorgon-like power to render the target frozen in space and time, unable to move or speak.

Embarrassing-Child-Belief: This power spurs their children past their initial inhibitions and creates within the offspring a great desire to achieve mighty, masterful and sometimes hazardous goals. However, it can result in children pursuing things they are less than suited for in an effort to please their proud mothers.

Projectile-Auto-Targeting-Mode: This seems to be a default setting, where the mom is capable of propelling inanimate objects, by sheer force of will we believe, with unerring accuracy over the length of the living quarters, or yard, to strike those of naughty or recalcitrant nature.

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Consider, if you will, the presentation of these “superheroes” of life and then make a sound and wise decision… who would you rather have at your back in a jam, a Vampyre, a Were, or… Yo Momma!!!

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