Coral is the "stone" associated with the Virgin Mary. It is a symbol of purity, which is the same reason as silver. While not specifically a vampire weakness, it could easily be construed as one by ways of reliquaries or blessings. Holy swords (as in those carried by Templars and Eastern Orthodox Priests) are also an Eastern European vampire weakness. Holy ground is also a weakness of theirs. Some lesser vampires turn to dust on it. Stronger ones are severely weakened and vulnerable to attack. Those are the obscure ones I know.
Yes. Also, look up different sorts of vampires. I think the most creative I've come across is one from Malaysia which takes the form of a normal human woman in the day. At night, they grow wings and a long, spiky tongue, split in half at the torso and fly around, sticking their tongues into windows to drink children's blood with their intestines dangling out of their bodies. They're called Manangagal, I think.
Crosses repel vampires. As does holy water. Of course... this is a Catholic thing, if I remember right... Taking a religious route, look into other cultures and religions about things said to repel demons or monsters. Another thing I heard of was salt and silver. Though that may be confused with werewolves and ghosts.
not sure if you know, or if it's already been mentioned, but there's one about them not being able to cross running water. i can't remember the logic behind it though. it was a long time ago that i heard it and it's probably been used for other creatures too. also theirs one about them changing into cats with two tales or children born on christmas day, so maybe you could come up with something connected to that.
other than that theirs the bit more common dead mans blood.
There was an old one that kind of pre-dates the 'modern' (Bram Stoker) vampires, so it kind of went more for witches and revenants and anything like that, but it went that you scattered something small like seeds or salt outside your door, and the creature would be forced to stop and count them, and thus wouldn't be able to enter the house and cause any mischief. Undead/evil creatures were also supposed to have a weakness to iron.
Traditionally, vampires have no reflection so they have an aversion to mirrors or glass, also some can't cross running water apparently it has something to do with their connection to the earth as may or may not be a source of their supernatural power. Raw iron is possible to harm them. Stake to the heart may depend on the type of wood being used in European and North American folklore. Also in some cases they suffer from arithnomania or the compulsion/obsession for counting objects around them. (Barber: 'Vampires, Burial and Death')
Its not real a 'Vampire' weakness, but many tribes, cultures and historic society's used to bury dead people in odd ways.
Severing the head Jamming a silver coin or stone into the corpses jaws Burning the remains burying the body with grains of sand/ rice, to do with the counting weakness Piercing the heart with iron,wood or silver stake ( I know you said no stakes but this is sort of to do before becoming a vampire) Putting the body vertically, face down or facing a religious building or statue when buried. Buried with different plants
You could try and warp one of these to make your own Vampire weakness if you wished
The most interesting one I ever read was something about placing a rock in a sock and swinging it in circles over your head, it supposedly wards vampires away from you. XD Hopefully that's helpful, though I think you could do just as well to make something up on your own.
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This is a bizarre one, but I've read it on more than one website about vampires. Apparently, they love to count things (which is where Sesame Street got the idea for The Count). If you spill a bowl of seeds in front of a vampire, he can't resist counting them all, and you'll have time to run.
I am bursting here, so I won't read all the other posts to see if it's already been written. Pebbles, broom straws etc, can all be vampire weaknesses. the lore goes that if you lay these in your doorway the vampire MUST stop and count every pebble/straw, if you keep him busy enough until dawn he/she must flee.
Well, if holy water does them bad, what would holy blood do? By the way, stakes do not kill them, it just holds them in place so you can cut off their head and stuff the mouth with garlic. Other than that sunlight is the only true method to kill them. As for stopping them or holding them at bay, Bibles, crosses, pure faith, running water (not sure about that one but I do remember hearing something about that), not inviting them in your home, if you kill the vampire that turned others you free the ones it created, Cain is supposedly the first vampire (possibly second only to Lilith the first wife of Adam or of the first Adam) and if you feel like a little stretch Doctor Strange knows some spells to deal with them (but it seems to me a cleric or priest would know better or even an exorcist) and Blade. Those are for the classic vampires, but there are a great number of other breeds that require different methods; especially the Asian vampires.
Holly leaves and Branches! Also stealing their left sock, and apparently they also have a compulsion to untie knots. Also an interesting one that they used in the original Dracula was that he needed some of the soil that he was originally buried in.
I have this wonderful site with lots and lots of information about vampires from around the world, but sadly it's in swedish. If you know swedish you can find the page here -> [link]
The following is some of the lesser known (or just interesting) facts and myths about vampires :3
Some old Romanian myths say that you have to cut out a vampire's heart and split it in two. They also say that if you tied wild roses around the coffin the vampire couldn't leave it and would starve to death. The same thing happened if you placed bowls of incense in the shape of a cross at the head, feet and shoulders of the vampire. If you turned it upside down in the coffin it would be unable to get out too If you met a vampire from Crete you could cut of it's head and boil it in vinegar to kill it, and Prussian vampires didn't like poppy seeds. Chinese vampires are killed by Mi-Rin sake, and Indian vampires by watter from the Ganges.
Pretty much any religious symbol reppels them; the cross, the Star of David, Yin-Yan. There are several plants wich repell them as well, such as garlic, holly, rowan, wolfsbane and lotus.
In Japan you can keep the vampires out with a bowl of cooked rice or raw fish. And chinese vampires will get confused (so you can escape) if you tell them three lies in a row.
In Poland they had a verry special protection against vampires. When a vampire was slain, they collected the blood, baked some bread with it and everyone who ate the bread would forever be protected ;3
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They are easy to find because when they want to seem incognito they spell thier name backwards. (from Terry Pratchett) They are extremely neat and neurotic, so you can hide a sock and they will go around looking for it for hours. (also Terry Pratchett.
As a serious reply, you may be just as well off coming up with your own, original twist. I'm not sure what your aims are, but if you're looking for lesser known qualities, chances are they'll be unknown to your readers as well. In that case, most of them couldn't tell between your own idea and the lesser known, already existing idea.
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Daylight → common Stake → common Garlic → common Crucifix → unless a big-ass cross in a temple hits the bastard, it'll be only a scorchmark Holy water → less common, used in Quentin Tarantino's movie "From Dusk Till Dawn" as a powerful corrodent Silver → that's usually for werewolves, so it might come off as a dilettant's error Fire → uncommon, and unless it's some sort of holy fire, it most likely won't do lethal harm to him
Consider the original idea of vampires: they are undead creatures who have a deal with a demon (or the devil himself) so that they can exist eternally on the blood of the living. It might be worth considering the idea of breaking the contract by a third party, e.g. by exorcising the demon from the human realm, or by hindering the fulfilment of a mandatory condition, such as regular rituals or a single rite that must be committed at a certain date and time.