“Giles?” Xander asked, as they were looking up the latest threat in the library.
“Yes Xander, what do you need?”
“Why is it we never see Aspect of Demon apply with vampires?”
“The short answer is; you do,” Giles replied.
The Scoobies all looked up from what they were doing, concerned.
“I can't believe I'm saying this but … long answer please,” Xander requested.
“Very well; vampires are a type of possessing demon, they don't have a physical form on this plane but are born into the corpse of someone who has negated their body's normal defenses against possession.”
“Protection?” Xander asked, having been possessed before making that a very important subject to him.
“The human body houses the soul, which is ultimately the source of all threshold protections and unless negated by inviting the demon in, will prevent your corpse from giving birth to a vampire after you die.”
“Is there any way to increase those protections?” Xander asked.
“I don’t recall any off the top of my head,” Giles demurred. “Why?”
“I've been possessed before and would like to avoid it in the future,” Xander replied seriously.
“Here,” Wesley said, handing Xander a small book. “There is no foolproof method, but Litman's Compendium has the best listing of proven methods, as well as a large section on theory with anecdotal evidence to back it up.”
“You have Litman's Compendium?” Giles asked with some interest.
“I borrowed it from Travers' personal library and had a friend make me a copy,” Wesley admitted, a bit embarrassed.
“Leather bound, onion skin pages, gold edging… it’s like those psalm books from church,” Xander said as he examined it.
“Yes, well my friend worked in a shop that printed religious material primarily; the only real downside is that fifty copies was the smallest order they would accept and they all resemble psalm books.”
“How many books did you … borrow and copy?” Giles asked curiously.
“Quite a few,” Wesley admitted.
“There may be some hope for you yet,” Giles said approvingly.
“When do I need to return it?” Xander asked as he checked to make sure the small type wasn't too small to read.
“Keep it,” Wesley said, chuckling. “I have another forty-nine copies.”
“Thanks; well back to the topic – vampires and aspects?”
“Being very weak demons it’s all in the blood and ash,” Giles replied, “blood more than ash of course as that is the source of their strength.”
“I'm pretty sure we've all been bled on and inhaled ash,” Xander pointed out.
Giles nodded. “Yes and I've no doubt you've all gotten multiple aspects from the experience.”
The Scoobs stared at Giles in horror.
Giles chuckled, “If it was a matter of any importance I would have brought it up long before now. The fact of the matter is that vampires are so weak in terms of demonic energy that it takes years of exposure as a vampire hunter before you'll notice even the slightest change.”
“What kind of changes?” Willow asked.
“Enhanced physical stats, sharper senses, extended longevity, tendency to sunburn easily...” Giles listed off easily. “Of course the sad fact of the matter is that few vampire hunters are around long enough for their exposure to matter.”
“Gee that's cheery news,” Cordelia muttered sourly.
“Most either die or retire in the first six months,” Wesley said calmly.
“So none of them thought to try and snort the ashes to speed things up?” Xander asked.
“That would negate the soul's protection and invite the demon in,” Giles warned, “being exposed while killing them is fine but deliberately snorting the ashes or drinking their blood can lead to being possessed by a blood demon while still alive.”
Xander nodded. “But we have been doing this for years.”
Giles shrugged. “Then you should all be stronger, more physically adept and more prone to sunburn than your fellow students. Since none of you spend your time working out in a gym or weightlifting you probably just haven't noticed.”
“We'll have to schedule physicals for everyone,” Wesley suggested, “I don't expect we'll find anything more than perhaps a 10% boost at best.”
“So we won't grow fangs and eat people?” Willow asked.
“No chance of that,” Giles assured her.
“No more than normal anyway,” Oz commented.
“Eep!” Willow blushed bright red.
Giles cleared his throat, rather amused. “I believe he's referring to being a werewolf.”
“Oh yeah,” Willow replied sheepishly, blushing and sinking down into her seat as she realized everyone knew what she'd been thinking. AN: Typing by Godogma. Started this with the thought of going a little more indepth into protections and aspects.