Welcome back to another week of Meet the Staff. Today, I interview none other than the queen of vampires herself Jacalyn Berry. Being one myself, I quite enjoyed hearing the things she had to say and well I learned a thing or two!
Welcome Jacalyn and thank you for taking the time to answer all of my questions and I'm excited to get the opportunity to get to know you better.
What is it like to be a vampire for those who don't know? Why did you choose to be head of the vampire clan?
I don't even know where to begin, being a vampire is quite difficult at times. There is obviously the bloodlust which I know that quite a few of the younger ones struggle with but I feel like I have a lot more control over that considering I have been around so long. I feel like once you have that under control it can be wonderful, you are around to see the world evolve and grow which has been beautiful and shocking as I never imagined that it would become this all those years ago.
Now I guess the main reason that I decided to become the head of the vampire clan is that I feel responsible for the creation of the rest of the vampire race and that I need to look after them. It also brings me to be around more people which I need sometimes, being so old can be very isolating as you remember things that others don't but I wouldn't change it for anything. I have grown to accept the positives and negatives of being 876 years old.
Your character is quite old. In the many, many, many years he has been alive what is one of his most cherished memories?
Wow, there are so many that I could pick... I think that I would go with when I discovered my love of animals, they are around all the time and I am not sure if I imagine it but to me, it feels like they can understand what you are feeling. This was particularly true after suffering a loss many many centuries ago, I was sitting in one of my stables and my favourite horse stood by me for several days until I was ready to face the world again.
For those who don't know, how is one turned into a vampire? Has she sired, anyone? Also can you please explain that sire would mean to those who don't fully understand the vampire terminology of things.
It can be quite complicated so please bear with me and I hope it makes sense. A human can be turned into a vampire if they die with a vampire's blood in their system, the death has to leave the body mostly intact for the human to come back in transition. Transition means that they haven't completed turning into a vampire and to finish it they need to drink human blood within 24 hours or they will die for real. That about sums it up so!
I would have to say that I definitely have sired many people, no other vampires would really be here if I hadn't which has its negatives and positives but it happened so I have moved past it. Instead, I try to help to help any new vampires with what they need now as I haven't sired anyone in such a long time. A sire (for those who don't know) is the term for a vampire who has turned you and in some cases can create a sire bond. A sire bond is a link between the vampire and those who sired them which is there so they remain loyal to their creator, therefore they will follow commands given to them.
How was your character turned into a vampire herself?
I won't lie, most of the details I have tried to block out so I am sorry if this isn't very detailed. To put it quite simply, when I was 18 years old a witch cast a spell on me and a few others. We wanted to become immortal so that we wouldn't die from the illness at the time. Obviously, the weaknesses that came with it were unexpected but we adjusted in time, however, it has been a long time since any of the others have been around... Oh well, there are plenty of others around here now!
What is one fun fact about yourself that not many people know?
IG: Jacalyn used to be very closed off from people until she realized that she should make the most of time she had with those around her. Now she just treats everyone with respect until they provide a reason that it isn't worth her time.
OOG: I have an eye condition that can have some pretty serious consequences if it isn't properly controlled but I never let it stop me.
What's one thing that your character cherishes the most?
T I would have to say the relationships I have with those around me, especially someone special Alleria Cavendish but I have yet to see if it will go anywhere... ♥
Give me a motto that your character would live by, please.
“We live in a rainbow of chaos.”
Thank you, Jacalyn for taking the time to answer my questions. It was a joy getting to know you a bit better! Turn in next time when the head of the werewolf clan Brandon Lambert will be interviewed.
Antoinette Bouvier & The SoMe Team
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