To get infected you simply need to fight a vampire. In the game, vampires do not actually bite and the only way is too fight one and get hit. The best thing to do is to attack the vampire and not fight back, as doing so will probably prompt the vampire to cast his spells which won’t infect you. Another simple way to get infected with vampirism is to search a dead vampire’s corpse repeatedly until the bloodline is transmitted. This is a lengthier process and may not succeed, and moreover there are no certainties regarding what bloodline you may eventually belong to.
Once you are infected, an icon will appear as with any disease, and you will have to keep this condition for three in-game days in order for the full condition to develop. You will know you are officially a vampire as you will have a strange dream which will inform you of your character’s change, and your appearance will also mutate accordingly.
The disease is actually called Porphyric Hemophilia in game, which roughly translates as ‘Blood change’ from latin. If you have gone far into the main quest, particularly the part where you are immune to common diseases and corprus as well, you will be unable to turn into a vampire, therefore it is something which must be done at the early stages of your characters development.
In the next parts of the guide, we will discuss attributes, clans and various other aspects related to this hidden character race.