The Blood-Dimmed Tide
Ghoul is a term used to describe a minion created when a vampire gives a bit of her vampiric vitae to a mortal without draining his blood first (which would create another vampire instead). Ghouls are addicted to blood, and the control of blood is the primary way that ghouls are managed by their domitors.
As long as a ghoul has vitae in his body, he does not age. If the ghoul cannot feed, however, he will slowly lose the vitae and the powers that come with it – and the years will catch up with him. A ghoul without vitae reverts quickly to his real age, and those who have far outlived a mortal life span rapidly turn to dust.
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