In a session of a game I just ran, I ruled that to stake a vampire, you would need to render it immobile, through paralysis, subdual or – crucially – pinning in a grapple. In three memorable cases, I have seen a fascinating phenomenon occur when a vampire was caught in sunlight, was struck by a holy symbol, or was splashed by holy water. During our investigations we found a lot of fundamental things that we had done wrong with our original stakes and being obsessive purists corrected these and created our first Vampire stake. This process only paralyzes them in stasis until the stake is removed, whereupon the wound then heals. In Albania and Russia (and probably a few other places), a stake is used to rid the community of a vampire.
Vampire lore varies from place to place, but since the whole point of a vampire is to collect blood from the living, stabbing it in an organ that’s full of the stuff is very satisfying. A vampire may voluntarily free an enslaved spawn in order to enslave a new spawn, but once freed, a vampire or vampire spawn cannot be enslaved again. Arthur took the stake and the hammer, and when once his mind was set on action his hands never trembled nor even quivered. Knowing this, the key to killing a vampire using a wooden stake is to strike first.
In Russia, it is customary to hit the stake only once, because hitting it twice will revive the vampire. So whilst we at the Armouries still plan to scientifically test our vampire kit, and there is the possibility that it’s early rather than late 20th century in date, for me the outcome has almost become moot. However, it returns to life if the stake is removed, unless the body is destroyed.
Museums do collect deliberate fakes as comparators and for their own artistic and cultural merit, yet vampire kits are not fakes per se, because there is no evidence of a Victorian original. A Vampire cannot and will not drink the blood of the dead if he knows what’s good for him (slightly deadly too). One theory suggests that it’s the wood the stake is made from, rather than the act of staking. I don’t know about pore fillers, though, and whether or not they impede the performance of a wooden stake.
By that logic, you plain cannot ever stake a vampire, even assuming they’re lying dormant due to extreme damage from the party or paralysis effects of any sort. I will advice anyone who want to become a vampire should contact Wallace Graham via email: wallec_graham@ the money who make a Jennet. However, this also included a hammer, stakes, a crucifix, and other classic tools of the fictional vampire slayer.
If you would like to have your Vampire Stake on display, please view our selection of Wand Stands or Wand Boxes which can also be used as to hold Vampire Stakes. Vampire killing kits are genuine artefacts of the Gothic fiction that still provides sustenance to our most beloved monsters. The wooden stake can be sold (along with several other items) to that naive thin-blood nearby, the one who wanted to go back being a human.