The Embrace is the act of transforming a mortal into a vampire. It is the only act of reproduction of which the Kindred are capable. A vampire drains and replaces a victim's blood with a bit of their own to pass the curse of vampirism to a mortal.
When a vampire desires a childe, due to loneliness, regret at an accidental feeding, a need for a pawn, or any other reason, the first step is to drain the candidate dry. Any technique that results in a bloodless corpse will do, although most sires drain their soon-to-be childer by feeding on them, making the Embrace an intimate experience akin to sex and childbirth. Once the candidate is drained of blood, the sire gives the candidate a small amount of his own blood, and this instantly transforms the candidate into a new childe.
The first reaction most childer have after an embrace is raw hunger. With less than a blood point available and no experience dealing with a fully raging Beast, the childe will most likely enter a hunger Frenzy at the first sight of blood. For most vampires, this means that the Embrace is followed immediately by a moment of degradation.
After the Embrace, the fledgling may take several days before the full impact of the curse is apparent. In Vampire: The Masquerade, Ventrue preferences take several weeks to define, and the Nosferatu change can take up to a month as the body re-forms to accept the curse.
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Differences Between VtM and VtR Edit
A new embrace in VtM is one Generation higher than his sire, and is of either the same clan or Caitiff. Embracing is cheap in VtM, and Mass Embraces are used by the Sabbat and occasionally by other clans (most infamously the Ravnos) for strategic reasons.
In Vampire: The Requiem a newly embraced childe starts with a Blood Potency of one and belongs to his sire's Clan, but cannot join a bloodline immediately. VTR embraces cost a permanent willpower point, making mass embraces all but impossible.
Given a history of creative players, the rules of embracing (or more specifically, not embracing) have been fairly well defined in VTM; all of these rules may apply to VTR as well.
- Animals cannot be Embraced.
- Vitae must flow directly from the sire to the childe. It cannot be placed in an intermediary vessel or otherwise delayed, because it's supernatural properties quickly decay after leaving the vampire's body. (One known exception is Cappadocius, although he may have used some form of ritual magic to prepare the vitae.)
- The Embrace is instantaneous, except in the case of thin-blooded vampires, where it can take many hours.
- Any activity which completely drains the corpse is acceptable; draining doesn't cause the Embrace, Vitae does.
- Pregnant women almost always miscarry when embraced, although a Vampire fetus is a possible (and disgusting) scenario.
- While two Vampires can theoretically feed their Vitae to a candidate for an embrace, the resulting Vampire will generally have clan and generation as if the lower generation parent had performed the Embrace.