What do you think of Sasha? A vampire that can live in water. How could I come up with him?
As Steopa explains, "He died at sea."
That's all? Basically, yes.
He died at sea, he was buried at sea. That should have destroyed the vampire. But in Sasha's case it did not. He could have been destroyed. He had been stuck in a sack and dumped off the ship. But he got out of the sack and swam. Because he changed underwater, he developed skills for surviving in water.
Think about the problems he would have. He is not the biggest predator out there. He has to other creatures that will look at him like a meal. He has to stay close to land or good tourist spots. He can leave the water. He doesn't need to stay there, but he does.
Because of the problems. He has unique abilities. One is the ability is camouflage. He can created patterns and reflective skin cells. Sparkles? No, more like a cuttlefish.
Is this still too much to take? I don't think so.
Sasha is an example of one of the rules I put down for my vampires. They are specialized predators. Most have adjusted to live and hunt in the urban centers. But I went a step further. What if they changed to fit the environment in which they found themselves at the time of death? Sasha died at sea, he changed in the water. Therefore, he can survive water.
He looks a lot better out of the water, but what if you saw this swimming toward you?
I did have a hard time finding anything remotely like him in any folklore. Until you looked past "vampire". Then there is a treasure trove of creatures that live in the water for the sole purpose of bringing humans down with them. Sometimes to kill outright. Sometimes they don't understand humans will die.
Rusalka: a female ghost of a young woman who had died in or near a lake.
Vodianoi: a male water spirit. He is malevolent, drowning swimmers. He looks like a naked man, bloated and hairy, covered in slime, covered in scales.
Grindylow: They grab little children with their long sinewy arms and drown them.
Draugr: An undead creature from Norse mythology. There are sea-draugs and land-draugs.
Bloody Bones: A boogeyman. He lives near ponds.
So I think Sasha will fit right in. There are plenty of examples of undead and other creatures that are like him. I don't think he is that odd. But I understand if some people think he is.
What do you think?