In a war fought only by zombies and vampires, who would win? Is there one undead creature that would reign supreme? In order to answer that question, we must first consider each of the monsters in turn.
The Zombie: The modern archetype of the Zombie is rooted deep within its genre. Zombies are undead; that’s fairly simple to ascertain. They are plagued with a voracious hunger, they never stop to rest, and they move whether it’s night or day. They have no preference in whom they will kill and they can add to their ranks with a single, infected bite. The Zombie exists with no subtlety, no brains, and absolutely no subterfuge. That makes them pretty formidable, but how will they stack up against the Vampire?
The Vampire: The modern archetype of the Vampire casts them as an undead creature of the night. They are intelligent and strong but have their fair share of weakness; the biggest of which is their aversion to sunlight. As a result, they can only hunt and kill their prey during nocturnal hours and making them vulnerable to sneak attacks during the day. Vampires are not easily killed but it is possible; exposure to sunlight, decapitation and the handy wooden stake through the heart are all recognized ways to slay them. The only way to add to the Vampiric ranks is via the transfer of infected blood from a Vampire into a non-infected human. Can the suave Vampire hold its own against the Zombie?
Let’s first consider the Vampire’s strengths and weaknesses. Vampires are said to have superhuman powers; speed, strength, smell, the list goes on. At first blush, they appear to have everything they need to ward off hordes of Zombies. Taking a deeper look however, their inability to fight during the day would make them an easy target. There is always the chance that the Undead would stumble across the locales they have chosen to hide their coffins or other sleeping compartments, putting them into prime position when the vampire awakes. It is also beneficial to note that wars rarely happen on schedule – none of the other supernatural creatures are going to cease fighting just because the Vampire needs to go to bed. That’s not the way it works. It should be noted that one bite from a Zombie could result in the Vampire Zombie. New hybrids have the potential to make the war irrelevant.
Does that mean that the Zombie will inherit the earth? Let’s consider this. They pursue doggedly without getting tired. Their bites can infect anything and as they tend to accumulate in larger groups, an attack on one will only result in the perpetrator getting ambushed and bogged down with many more. The Vampire may stand a chance against them but in the end, especially in the event that the Vampire can use its superhuman abilities. But Zombies have that edge in that they can assimilate whomever they come in close enough contact with.
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