At long last, I have located a copy of the first version of the Black Veil (many thanks to Vyrdolak!), the “Vampyre Almanac” version. This was written by Father Sebastiaan van Houten back in 1999, or possibly 1998, and is mentioned in the 1998-1999 edition of Vampyre Almanac. Lest important roots be forgotten (as some would prefer), I have included it below for historical purposes, for reference, and so that it can be compared to subsequent versions. In the few short years since the Black Veil was first written, its evolution reflects the evolution of the Vampyre lifestyle and subculture (as well as the vampire roleplayers community) into something more than mere roleplaying. With the efforts of Father Sebastiaan and a number of other like-minded individuals with a vision in the New York City (“Gotham”) area, the Sanguinarium was formed and the Black Veil became more than a mere set of guidelines for vampire-pretenders to interact with each other.
This early version was presented to the then-forming real vampire community (which had some overlap with the vampyre lifestyle community, and still does today), but was met largely with criticism and rejection because of its rather roleplay-like concepts and language. Also, there was concerns of plagiarism. Michelle Belanger rewrote it in 2000 (version 2). Sanguinarius helped present the improved version to the vampire community as “The 13 Rules of the Community”, and it was received much better than the first, although there were still those who rejected it.
To see other versions of the Black Veil and more information, please click back to Sanguinarius’s Articles Index, Vampyric Lifestyle & Culture and select a different version. For an alternative to The Black Veil, refer to The Vampire Ethos.
Vampyre Etiquette – The Black Veil (“The Forgotten One”)
The “Black Veil” is a code of vampyre etiquette developed by and for the members of the Sanguinary Society. It is based on common sense and a collected from years of experience. Many Societies and Households have their own versions of this mixture of philosophy and ethics. It is the job of a sire to teach the Black Veil to their childe as part of them becoming Calmae.
Treat others with respect and consideration at all times. Get to know them as you would in any other social situation.
It is disgraceful for an individual to represent the scene to any media organization that would exploit and take advantage of the scene. In addition exhibit any behavior which might threaten the community as a whole, such as attracting negative media exposure or the interest of fundamentalist religious groups.
Honor thy elders, it is proper bow to them or more formal greeting as one would nobility. They are to be addressed as Sire, Milord or Milady at havens and society functions.
Do not approach, make advances on or touch anyone’s thralls or children without permission. If you wish to move on someone’s kitra (vampyres lover / soul mate) ask permission from both members of the relationship in a polite manner.
First names and pseudonyms usually are used within the scene. Everyone’s personal identity is confidential, so avoid using last (or real) names in meetings and pseudonyms in scene settings.
Bloodletting and or blood drinking is not considered proper in a haven or publicly, nor is drinking from unwilling individuals.
During Court, fledglings are to be seen and not heard.
When greeting another sanguine it is proper to employ the sanguine greeting (which varies from scene to scene). Most generally involved the one of lesser notoriety initiating an exchange of kisses on the back of each hand.
Vampyres are ladies and gentlemen; the vampyre aesthetic commonly incorporates traditions past eras and the courtly elements of respect between individuals and the genders. Honor and Chivalry are expected to be carried out as if we grew up with such traditions.
Hospitality is one of the most important things for vampyres, try and make your home or haven open to those from other cities, as long as they respect your local traditions and customs. Honor the traditions and customs of the locals of any new domain you enter, you may learn a great deal.
Everyone’s opinion is valid, although it might differ from ones own. Honor someone else’s opinion as new knowledge and do not condemn it.
© 1999, The Sanguinary Society / Endless Night Productions