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Brief Description: Found on the North coast of South America usually female they dress in animal skins and prey on people while they sleep or anyone who is walking alone at night. It is found that a broom nailed to the front door will prevent them entering and in order to kill them you must destroy the animal skin they wear. Some people have stolen the skin and used it to control the vampire but this almost always ends in trouble.
These creatures are truly remarkable by day they are an animal and by night they are a Vampire. As a Vampire they wear a pelt, that pelt is the animal they are by day and is integral to their existence. It is true almost all are female, they do not possess super human strength so like to feed upon sleeping or lone humans where they are easier to tackle. They do not kill their prey, they feed and let them live where they lived it never made sense to kill as humans were scarce on the ground, their natural habitat is the remote forested and cliffy areas of Columbia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana. Modern times have seen a decline as their natural habitat is destroyed and massive plantations of crops legal or otherwise have guards that kill trespassers with guns. The myth about the broom is an old superstition but it is founded on a basic truth, they like to feed on a single individual and do not interfere with families, a wife would nail her broom to the door of her hut to show she has a family thus a warning that there is more than a single person within, the Azeman would not waste her time searching within.
They live extended lives but are not immortal, they give birth too only a couple maybe three offspring within their lifetime, their pregnancy lasting between three and five years and raising offspring can take up to fifty years by the time they reach maturity. In the past the sire of these offspring were always the rare male Azeman but encounters with over zealous human males has left the Azeman with a generation of thin-blooded crosses not living as long. The females themselves look like human woman but with a feral essence that draws men in, their daytime animal is usually a large cat.
They are not susceptible to the sunlight in the same manner that other vampires are, they are only weakened to stay strong they must change into their animal form. Edward notes that no matter how he tried to kill one, beheading, burning, draining, silver bullet as long as their spirit still exists they will reform the following night. He notes that the spirit is linked to the animal and in order to kill the spirit the pelt must be destroyed completely, he found cremating the pelt meant the spirit had nowhere to go and if left the Azeman grew weak within a few weeks and died, he also says that once the pelt is destroyed they can be killed there is no need to wait until they shrivel up.
People have gotten hold of the pelt and used it to control the Vampire, getting them to do their dirty work often forcing them to kill or simply forcing themselves upon them.
Azeman in She-Wolf:
None that Meg knows of although one was in the house with the Councilium meeting.
Total number in Scotland: None
Total number worldwide: 36, thirty one found in South America three in Africa and two in New Guinea.