Vampires (吸血鬼, Kyūketsuki) are a race in the Suikoden series. Several prominent characters in the series have been vampires.
Vampires are a race created from humans by the Moon Rune. The Moon Rune transformed Sierra Mikain into a vampire when she encountered it and she is considered the mother of all vampires. The vampire urge to feast on other people to sustain themselves in negated by the Moon Rune but without the presence of the rune, vampires are forced to feed or perish.
They also tend to have eternally youthful bodies, as well as powerful magical abilities, such as being able to manipulate the dead, as well as transformative abilities, being able to turn into bats. Every few decades, a vampire tends to crop up in civilisation, kidnapping people, destroying towns or siring more of their kind. As a result, vampires are generally feared and are usually hunted when recognized.
- Gensosuikoden Kiwami Encyclopedia, page 41