HMHVV (or Human-Metahuman Vampiric Virus) is a retrovirus that achieves its full virulence and power only in a magic-rich environment—such as post-Awakening Earth. The virus itself has existed throughout history and even expressed in very rare instances during the relatively magic-poor Fifth World. When a metahuman’s immune system fails to stave off infection, the virus begins to systematically re-shape their auras and genetic code—transforming them into forms reminiscent of the night-stalking monsters of legend.
The presence of HMHVV in a subject’s body can be determined by the Harz-Greenbaum blood series or simply testing for the virus itself.
|HMHVV I||HMHVV II||HMHVV IA|
|Elf||Banshee||Harvester||none but 1 case of a nosferatu|
|HMHVV III always turns its victims into Ghouls.|
1 Uninfected carrier
HMHVV I[edit | edit source]
The “basic” form of the virus. It affects all forms of metahumanity, transforming the infected into various new paraspecies depending on their base stock. Despite these differences, all vampiric variants created by the base strain suffer from chronic essence loss. Current theories surmise that this condition is similar to the essence loss caused by the implantation of cyberware—in short, the discrepancy between the subject’s “natural” state and their current transformed state affects a being on some fundamental level that disrupts their body/spirit interaction. Though most admit this utterly fails to explain those infected by variant strains and who do not suffer from the condition.
- Humans (and very rarely other metatypes) become vampires — they have many of the classic abilities and vulnerabilities, but are not necessarily limited by holy items.
- Dwarves (all variants) become goblins — a pack creature, much reduced in intellectual abilities.
- Elves (all variants) become banshees — a solitary, sentient hunter.
- Orks (all variants) become wendigos — they feed on human flesh and look like white Sasquatches.
- Trolls (all variants) become dzoo-noo-qua — a massive, deformed, burning-eyed hulk of a humanoid.
- Sasquatch become Jabberwocky 
- Centaurs become Chirons 
- Merrow become Nibiinaabe 
- Naga become Lamias 
- Chupacabras are artificially created creatures that are Infected, but cannot infect others. They look like a cross between a lizard and an ape. 
Only some Infected can infect others: chirons, jabberwocky, lamias, nibiinaabe, vampires and wendigos. Banshees, chupacabras, goblins and dzoo-noo-qua, though created by the virus, do not pass the infection on to their victim.
Regional Variations[edit | edit source]
HMHVV I has also been shown to possess geographically-localized variants that create distinct vampiric sub-species based not on metatype but on race
The Abat is a vampire metavariant native to the Philippines, noted for its fear of sea water and penchant for sucking on the viscera of its victims
The Amalanhig, Filipino/Malaysian vampire which uses a proboscis-like structure on the underside of its tongue to draw blood from the victim.
Penanggalan are a very rare Southeast Asian vampire metavariant whose astral form reportedly consists of just its head and pulsating organs; these Infected are supposed to require a great deal more blood than their kin, and must pickle their bloated bodies they cannot turn into mist instead the have a toxic breath and they need vinegar to survive
The Sukuyan is a Caribbean vampire metavariant that often preys on ships and (according to legend) drowning sailors. They are the subject of a small but lucrative slave trade among the Zobop syndicate; it is rumored the boccors find the sukuyan very pliable to their traditional zombie-drugs they also need salt and they do not become dormant because of a lack of oxygen and they can swim well for vampires
HMHVV IA[edit | edit source]
In one instances, an infected elf survived and expressed as a Nosferatu. This was proven dependent on one particular and extremely-rare blood type found only in particular human and elf subtypes. The blood type itself also proves fatal in vitro to any infected dwarf, ork, or troll fetus.
HMHVV II[edit | edit source]
Ghilani Moneriviridae, aka the Jarka-Criscione strain, was isolated in 2039 by Dr. John Russell Jarka and Dr. Michelle Criscione . This strain was originally called Jarka-Criscione because it was only known to affect two metatypes; Jarka's Syndrome which created fomóraig from trolls, and Criscione Syndrome which created loup-garou from humans.
Drop Bears are not Infected, but rather, Awakened Koalas who are carriers of many different strains of HMHVV II. Not affected by it themselves, they can transmit the disease easily to others. Fortunately, their attacks are rare. 
Another, and poorly-understood, variant of the retrovirus; HMHVV II is more common than HMHVV I and is most commonly spread from being bitten or scratched by a carrier. It can also be spread by unprotected contact with infected bodily fluids and an open wound.
- Humans become loup-garous — similar to a werewolf.
- Dwarves (all variants) become gnawers.
- Elves (all variants) become harvesters.
- Orks (all variants) become grendels.
- Trolls (all variants) become fomóraig — known for being hairy rather than covered with bone deposits.
- Sasquatch become bandersnatchii — increasing the creature's already impressive size, destroying its intelligence and giving it a capability to camouflage itself by optically 'melting' into the surrounding terrain.
HMHVV III[edit | edit source]
The strain that creates ghouls. It is the most virulent form of HMHVV, and infection can be passed on through a bite, scratch, or even just touch if the target has open wounds. A Krieger infection can be passed on through contact with any bodily fluids from one already infected.
HMHVV III can result in partial infection and requires no essence exchange between the infected and the carrier for the disease to be passed on. At first, these unique traits of the disease led to the mistaken conclusion that the ghoul transformation was a form of Goblinization—though that has since been disproven.
Regional variations[edit | edit source]
HMHVV III has also been shown to possess geographically-localized variants that create distinct ghoul sub-species based not on metatype but on race:
- IIIA Sasabonsam, long-limbed ghouls who can walk on all four limb from Western Africa (Asamando)
- IIIB Busaw, ghouls allergic to salt and has extensive dermal deposit from the Philippines.
- IIIC Gaki, from the Japanese ghoul with fluorescent eyes and with a severe weakness too sunlight . All gaki can astrally project as magicians even adepts and mystic adepts .
Diagnosis[edit | edit source]
HMHVV infection can be diagnosed with a standard medical test.
Cure[edit | edit source]
Although it has been worked on for years, a cure for the infection, which would also include a retransformation of the infected, has not been found. Vaccine protection seems not possible for the time being.
Of course, not all infected persons regard themselves as ill and would defend themselves against a "normalization" of their condition.
Relationship to Metamorphosis[edit | edit source]
Whether part of the metamorphosis or not, the infected have a hard time among their former fellow human beings. This is mainly due to their food habits. All infected are in one form or another reliant on meta / human life energy. The multiple prejudices that circulate about the infected on the basis of myths do the rest.
References[edit | edit source]
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- Howling Shadows p.111
- Howling Shadows p.110
- Howling Shadows p.112
- Howling Shadows p.112
- Howling Shadows p.111
- Howling Shadows P.112
- Detailed in the novel Nosferatu
- Running Wild p.60
- Running Wild p.60
- Running Wild p.63
- Howling Shadows p.109
- Run Faster p.143
- Threats 2 p.60
- Detailed in the novel Choose Your Enemies Wisely
Index[edit | edit source]
- Augmentation, 131
- Cyberpirates!, 133
- Howling Shadows, 107-113
- Man & Machine: Cyberware, 44
- New Seattle, 14
- Runner's Companion
- Running Wild
- Shadowrun 2050
- Shadowrun Second Edition
- Shadowrun Companion Revised
- Shadows of Asia, 59
- Shadows of Europe, 185
- Storm Front
- Target: Awakened Lands, 69, 114-115
- Target: Smuggler Havens, 28
- Target: UCAS, 99, 102
- Target: Wastelands, 18, 110
- Threats, 32
- Threats 2, 52, 75
- Unwired, 83
Other[edit | edit source]
- Goodman, Patrick. "Infected Heights and Weights" (originally compiled for Running Wild).