I don’t normally become a vampire (or werewolf) in Elder Scrolls games, much like I also don’t join the Dark Brotherhood. However, in ESO the regen bonus and the stealth movement speed are too good for me to pass up. I really enjoyed the questline as you learn how the Mother of Vampires became. Her past is told through visions, she was originally a Priestess of Arkay who was defiled by Molag Bal and left for dead. She prayed to Arkay who did not answer her pleas and so she rejected him. As a new vampire, to join the rank of the sentient vampires (I think that the bloodfiends are those who are infected but do not undergo this ritual?) you need to defile both Molag Bal’s and Arkay’s shrines. My Bosmer didn’t have a problem with this, my guess is that Y’ffre wouldn’t care unless she harmed a plant in Valenwood… 😉
Once you have defiled the altars, you enter a pool of blood and are drained of your own blood by four vampires. After that, it’s kill 10
rats worm cultists and there you are, a newly created vampire with access to the skill line. The appearance change isn’t too bad at vampirism stage 1 – my wood elf looks pretty much as she did but she now has purply pale skin and eyes to match her hair (red). As the stages progress, your appearance does decline (see picture below – roleplaying as Miss Havisham could be truly terrifying!) The feeding is possibly the most annoying thing, its needed quite frequently (every 30, 60, 90 minutes for stages 2/3/4). The stages do have benefits like at stage 4, vampirisim abilities cost 60% less to cast. The negatives can be reduced to be almost unnoticeable through fire resist runes, vampire skill line passives and the champion point system.
So I’m looking forward to the benefits of being a vampire, I just need to find some xp somewhere to level it 😛 (I’ve done most solo quests and the xp changes for dungeons / craglorn aren’t in yet).