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    I got to thinking about how vampires (& Chris) move at super speeds & how their brain functions also have to accelerate to coordinate the body’s movement. To be able to move so fast as to leave a collapsing air bubble behind you when you disappear at one spot & stop at another would need at least an order of magnitude (10x) speed increase or more, with an associated increase in neuron firing speeds. The brain takes up 2-3% of our body weigh, but uses about 20% of our body’s energy. Jack that up by an order of magnitude & the calorie requirements get surreal. Plus all that energy burn goes to heat output as well.
    It doesn’t mean much if Tanya blurs accross a room to get in someone’s face, but sustained combat would be something else entirely. Vampires normally run a bit cool, but in say a sparring session between Tanya & Arkady, Arkady’s sweating rivers trying to keep up with Tanya. Most of that sweat should be his body trying to keep his brain from overheating. Yes the V2 will be repairing damage, but very high body temperatures inhibit or even kill many viruses, so a vampire (or Chris) should try & keep sustained combat to a minimum. Tanya should be heating up as well, but maybe stroner vamps can tolerate the heat buildup better. It might be the reason for their lower body temperature, the V2 providing a “temperature buffer” for emergencies. Looking at them in infra red, in combat their body temperature would be considerably higher & their heads would look like bright light bulbs. Their heart rates should be higher as well (able to be detected) to move blood around to cool the brain faster.
    Unless there’s some dark energy space they can bleed the excess heat to & not have to worry about it. Chris’s fight with the duelist should have had them both near the point of a heat stroke.
    This would affect weres to a lesser degree, since they don’t move as fast as older vamps.

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