Babylon 5 and Vampire: The Masquerade

This might seem like an odd one at first glance, but bear with me. There’s method to this madness.

The obscure Salubri clan of vampires, whose clan discipline allows them to do things to the souls of themselves and others, are few in numbers today. On Earth. This is because the vast majority of them fled to space many centuries ago – about seven centuries ago, in fact.

Attracted by the great disturbance in the spirituo-temporal dimension they imperfectly sense, many of them travelled to Minbar to learn more of the disturbance, which it soon became clear was centred on a Minbari not born of Minbari named Valen. While the Salubri never did solve the mysteries around Valen, they did make enemies of the Minbari and Vorlons in their attempts to.

Over the centuries, they fell away from their faith, and lost much of the power of their clan discipline. All alone in the never-ending night of space, it was easy for them to avoid sunlight, but doing so made it harder for them to feed. Increasingly, over the years, they mutated in appearance and turned to technology to replace the powers they had lost. In doing so, they became in truth what the Minbari had named them: the Soul Hunters.

But what of the other vampiric clans? It is likely that they were covertly hunted down and destroyed by the Vorlons and their allies, or failing that, that one of the less-talked about functions of PsiCorps is do just that. While it defies belief to think that none of them made it off the planet, it is likely that their numbers were few (although the existence of species-jumping plagues like the Drafa makes it clear that at least one Tzimisce made it to the black).

Back on Earth, it may be that the draconian measures of the Clark governement were in part motivated by a need to eradicate the vampiric menace – and that any survivors were most likely accounted for by the Drakh plague less than a decade later.

SOURCES:
Babylon 5 Vampire: The Masquerade

Sandman and Babylon 5

In many ways, Morpheus is a poor choice for Dream of the Endless. He is a creature of routine and order, and his realm is, inevitably, a nigh unto formless chaos with a few stable points – that constantly move in relation to each other.

It should come as no surprise that he has tried, on several occasions, to make his realm more orderly. One such experiment involved an alien hive mind species dwelling on the planet N’Chak’Fa, a species known as the Gaim.

An insectoid race with a ferocious rate of evolution, Morpheus attempted to shape them into something that would cushion the Dreaming. A race where some members would be permanently asleep, having carefully pre-programmed dreams, while still connected to the waking minds of their fellows via the hive mind, which would serve to stabilise the Dreaming somewhat. Morpheus hopes that his realm would still serve its proper function, but in a more orderly fashion.

And for a time, it worked. It truly did. But as the generations passed and the Gaim continued to evolve, the newer dreamers among them found the experience increasingly taxing. They would sometimes awaken, and when they did so, they would be irretrievably mad (or Erratic, to use the term preferred by the Gaim). And this happened more and more frequently over a period of several years, until the Hive Queens (who direct Gaim evolution), were forced to take notice.

In very short order, they directed Gaim evolution along a path that took them away from the need to sleep at all – while their bodies still need rest, their minds remain forever connected to the hive mind, and never asleep as humans would understand it. And Dream of the Endless, and those of his servants who still remember these events, still mourn the loss to the Dreaming of an entire race.

SOURCES:
Sandman Babylon 5


Psi-blockers

A perfectly legal drug developed by the Psi-Corps in order to suppress the telepathy of those psis who do not wish to join the Psi-Corps.

Psi-blockers take about three hours to take effect after they are administered (via direct injection), although the dosage size seems to affect how long they last for – a standard dose for a registered telepath lasts for a week. Unfortunately, doses that large have the unfortunate side effect of causing depression in long term users (although sociopaths seem immune from this effect).

Related drugs: Dust.

Dust

A street drug developed by the very people who are charged with policing it, Dust is a red powder that stimulates telepathic powers in humans (and some other species) for the duration of its use.

Dust was created by the Psi-Corps in an effort to create more human telepaths. It has been an unmitigated failure in that respect, and remains potentially a huge embarassment to the Psi-Corps should its origins become public. In the meantime, the same people who created the drug have the job of hunting down and punishing those who use it.

The fact that the drug works on non-human races, notably the Narn, is most likely indicative of the genetic meddling of the Vorlons with these races, with the drug tapping the telepathic genes implanted by that race.

Related drugs: Psi-blockers