I have a great idea for a "fix" to the vamp attacks. Let the player invest in extra guards for the city, if they're a Thane. Maybe upgrade the Guards' weapons/ armor, and upgrade the garrisons surrounding the city.
You know, let the Thane title be for more than just buying a friggin' house.
Carry we who die in battle over land and sea across the rainbow bridge, to Valhalla! Odin's waiting for me!