Thousands of years ago, the technologically sophisticated Akhkharu fought a war against the Praxians, a culture of highly intelligent humans, for control of the surface. Though the Praxians massed an army of human and abnormal allies, the Akhkharu were eventually victorious and forced them into Hollow Earth. The Akhkharu fought a war of attrition against Praxis for centuries, but were never able to successfully infiltrate the city or Hollow Earth in general. Thus, the vampires were forced to be content with ruling the surface, while Praxis guarded down below.
The vampires then used their advanced knowledge and technology to enslave humanity becoming the pharaohs and kings of civilizations such as the Egyptian, Greek, and Roman empires. Under their rule the world entered into a golden age; science, technology, arts and architecture made enormous strides because of the vampires' influence. While humans were discovering what fire was, vampires were building an empire.
The vampires had a monarchy government, when the current king would die his son/daughter would rule. However, vampires are immortal so they took turns ruling. One member of the royal family would be in charge of the kingdom for a few centuries, then he'd bring the next family member in the cycle out of stasis and he'd go into stasis, then she'd rule the kingdom for a few centuries until it was time for the next ruler in the cycle to be awaken.
Eventually humanity, primarily the Catholic Church, rose up against the vampires and overthrew them. Using an unknown method, they were able to render vampire blood fallow, preventing the perpetuation of the species. With the vampires removed from power human society entered the period known as the Dark Ages as technology and culture regressed to a more primitive state.
The remaining vampires founded the city of Bhalasaam deep in the Himalayas as a last refugees of their civilization. Eventually, around the turn of the last century, Bhalasaam came under attack by an alliance of French, Spanish and Russian forces. After four days of constant bombardment, the city was left in ruins and the vampire species was supposedly extinct.
The vampires were apparently capable of breeding with humans, as a small percentage of the population possessed recessive vampire genes. In the late 1800s, a group of researchers at Oxford University known as the Five acquired a sample of pure vampire blood, untainted by the earlier contamination. One of the Five, Nikola Tesla, possessed recessive vampire genes, which the blood activated, turning him into a vampire. While Nikola considers himself a vampire, other vampires such as Afina consider him to be a half-breed, referring to him as a 'Half-breed mongrel'. None of the other members of the Five had the genes; thus their gifts largely appeared unrelated to the natural abilities of a vampire.
The vampires nearly returned a hundred and fifty years later, when Helen Magnus, another member of the Five, accidentally released Afina, a vampire queen put in stasis shortly after the defeat of the Praxians. Afina attempted to awaken her court and usher in a new vampiric age (kianaru: the time of returning), but Magnus and Tesla were able to stop her. Although Tesla is theoretically the world's last vampire, there is no way to know how many may still be in stasis below the earth.
Vampires were born endowed with superior strength and speed in relation to humans and with senses comparable to predatory animals such as enhanced hearing. They enjoyed an indefinite lifespan which made them effectively immortal with the added power to regenerate severe injuries. As stated by Nikola Tesla, vampires were impervious to radiation poisoning. Although it was never confirmed in the series, it is likely that their superhuman healing ability also provided a supercharged immune system to fight off otherwise incurable diseases and chemical poisons.
Vampires are discernible by their solid black eyes, a more pallid skin pigment, sharpened teeth either in the canines or in each tooth, and elongated black fingernails. They require blood as nutrition, however they can sustain on a synthetic substitute created from animal plasma. Contrary to popular belief, vampires are unaffected by sunlight or other alleged repellents such as crosses or holy water. A stake through the heart will also have no lethal affect. These myths were perpetuated by the vampires themselves to spread misinformation among dissidents.
- The vampire language is in-fact Daedric script from The Elder Scrolls video game series by Bethesda Softworks with only a few minuscule changes. Whether or not Bethesda gave Syfy permission to use the language or if it was a plagiarism on the part of the set designers is unclear.