The vampire drains the subject completely of blood, then—at the point of mortal death—gives the mortal some of their own blood (vitae). The mortal then dies and becomes an new vampire (also called a neonate) with a soul forever cursed and scarred by the Wyrm. The Childe is one generation higher than their Sire and blood bonded to them.
The first reaction most childer have after an embrace is raw hunger. With no experience in dealing with or controlling the fully raging demonic predator inside them, the Childe will most likely enter a hunger frenzy at the first sight of blood. For most vampires, this means that the Embrace is followed immediately by a moment of degradation. After the Embrace, the fledgling may take several days before the full impact of the curse is apparent.
The Embrace is performed at considerable psychological cost to the Sire, leaving them mentally drained. Too many Embraces over a short period can leave a Sire too feeble minded to function properly.
Embracing a human is a significant undertaking, and can only be done with the knowledge and approval of the local Camarilla Prince or Sabbat Bishop. Unauthorized embraces carry stiff penalties, which almost always include the destroying the Childe. Furthermore, until the Childe is released from their Sire's blood bond and accepted as a full, independent member of their Vampire Clan, the Sire is held responsible for their Childe's actions (including their mistakes).
- Mages cannot be embraced. Either the embrace fails and the mage dies, or (less often) the mage becomes a vampire, but lose their awakened magickal abilities.
- Horadrim, an inherently non-magickal species, cannot be embraced.