In the Warhammer Fantasty, just like in the WH40k Greenskins (orcs, goblins, snotlings and squiggs) are, well... fungi. Sort of:

The Runt pulled himself up out of the hole. A huge mushroom stood above his birthing-hole, wilting and black now it had served its purpose. The goblin lay on his back, panting. [...] The soil in the cavern was thin and rocky. The light was too dim. No orclings would be born there, only runty goblins and snotlings and squigs. Guy Haley "Skarsnik"

My question is, can such creatures be used as a sustenance to the Warhammer vampires? There is a scene in the "Skarsnik" where something tries to suck the life out of him to "use his blood to warm itself up", it never specifies this was a vampire.

Joke about "Vegetarian vampires" dropping in comment in 3, 2, 1....

  • This question is kinda related, but I would think that it is possible. Vampires are mostly going for the blood for one reason or another right(?) and the greenskins do bleed as can be seen here.
    – Odin1806
    Nov 5, 2018 at 2:02
  • @Odin1806: I am not sure it is related. Eating mushrooms is one thing, feeding on their "blood" is another. Is it actually blood? Maybe Orks' sap is red?
    – Taladris
    Nov 5, 2018 at 2:33
  • Even the color is not really cannon in 40k - in many places it has been described as black, dark green or red.
    – Yasskier
    Nov 5, 2018 at 2:35
  • @Yasskier this question is warhammer fantasy though and not 40k Nov 29, 2018 at 8:50
  • @TerranGaming I know it is about Warhammer fantasy - I've asked it! Just in the first comment Odin provided link to a picture from 40k showing bleeding Orks, hence I've replied.
    – Yasskier
    Nov 29, 2018 at 18:37

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Maybe not as much sustenance as from a delicious human, but they definitely get a buzz from orc blood

W'soran drinks the blood of an orc in one of the Nagash or Neferata novels, or maybe in Master of Death. I'll dig out the correct passage but I rememebr he drinks the blood of an orc and reacts like he has taken crystal meth.

Usually they don't, I know the von Carsteins definitely avoided it, orc blood tastes pretty foul apparently.

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