QUOTE (Bearclaw @ Apr 2 2012, 08:07 PM)
Also, what is the meaning/point of "induced dormancy - Lack of air"?
QUOTE (Bearclaw @ Apr 2 2012, 09:48 PM)
How 'bout garlic, running water and other such things?
The 'induced dormancy' and reduced boyancy would be the explanation for the fear of running water. The vampire can't swim very well, and being swept under water would mean falling comatose, so they would likely not risk crossing a stream.
There's some precedence for vampires having a psychological allergy to holy objects - you can easily do the same with garlic. Certain vampires expect to be allergic to garlic, so they are (In Bram Stoker's version, it's garlic flowers though - not garlic itself).
Previous editions had higher allergy levels for Sunlight, but there was a category higher than Severe then, which Nosferatu had.
The 'burns up in sunlight' thing is very new as far as vampire myth goes: 20th century, mostly. Older versions had stuff like blistering, or nothing but their supernatural powers not working.