In the olden times, there was talk of priests with wooden stakes and holy crosses defeating vampires on their own ground. Bullshit. A stake is no more irritating to a vampire than it is a human. A splinter is a splinter no matter who you are. The difference is that a vampire regenerates from it quickly, a human does not. A holy cross is about as effective converting blasphemous hell bent atheists as it is wounding someone. A vampire will laugh at you if you threaten them with a cross. They might even show you theirs. Some vampires enjoy the comfort that faith brings.
To kill a vampire is a difficult task. Silver does work, but it only inhibits a vampire's physical abilities. Regeneration, speed, strength, all of this is slowed by the amount of silver that gets introduced into a vampire's blood stream. A knife, a sword, a momentary cut to the skin can only affect a vampire slightly. liquid silver if ingested, as per a drink, could do some damage. reverting them to a weakened state could make them less able to fend off a large human attacker. However if someone could inject liquid silver into a vampire's blood, it would make them sick. reducing them to near death in a matter of minutes. Since they have a hyper metabolism and an increased heart rate, they are affected quickly.
All and all, the moral is, don't try to kill a vampire. It's not nice to kill people no matter who they are. So don't.
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