Vampire FAQs

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About Similar Questions (Read before Posting)

I get a lot of similar questions, and questions that fall under a specific question.  Most of them have already been answered.  Please READ/SEARCH through the Questions first before submitting yours. Look for questions that are similar to yours and read it.  Chances are, it will apply to you.  If you can’t figure out the answer or if it STILL doesn’t answer your question, THEN submit your question.  I’m getting sick and tired of having to deal with the same questions over and over again — QUESTIONS THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN ANSWERED.

Example:  Jimmy Darklord wants to ask “How old are vampires when they awaken?” but the question, “What is the common age of awakening? already exists even though it doesn’t match HIS question exactly.  And it’s gotten over 950 views.

I don’t out give personal replies (it’s beyond the scope of this FAQs system), and this is not for chatting with someone.  You will not receive an immediate reply.  If you want your question answered, be patient.  I’m not doing a lot of work on my site these days, due to health problems, and as such, I am behind on everything.  The FAQs is something I check occasionally and have a set amount of time set aside to deal with them; they are not the highest priority, unfortunately.  So, duplicate and similar questions only serve to slow me down and take away my energy — and make me frustrated.

The number and variety of different questions is getting too large for me to remember all of them, so as more questions get added, it becomes more and more difficult to find and weed out duplicate and similar questions.  Which serve no purpose, as they have already been answered at least once, if not in several forms.

PLEASE READ THROUGH THE FAQS AND SEARCH FOR YOUR QUESTION BEFORE YOU SUBMIT ONE!  THANK YOU, SANGI

Also, ask a brief question and DO NOT write a novel in the question field!

 

The Sanguinarius/Sanguinarium FAQs (5)

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Sanguinarius Organization for Real Vampires is found at sanguinarius.org (organization). The Sanguinarium was (but is no longer) found at sanguinarium.net (network), and will probably forward to the Vampyre Almanac site, or the Ordo Strigoii Vii site, or the…actually, who knows? It's different every time I click on it.

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We both support the Black Veil as a great basis for common sense, etiquette and respect amongst the vampire/vampyre communities. The original version of the Black Veil was written in 1997 as a code of conduct for the vampyre nightclub Long Black Veil and revised by Michelle Belanger with both of our input.

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Sanguinarius.org is a completely separate entity from the Sanguinarium / Vampyre Almanac / Ordo Strigoii Vii, even though we have worked together in the past (on the Black Veil & the Lexicon). And though we have had our differences, they are resolved. We both hope to work towards the growth and prosperity of the vampire community and vampyre subculture. Together our goal is to set an example for harmony and cooperation between the diverse aspects of our communities.

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Sanguinarius.org for Real Vampires / Sanguinarius: The Vampire Support Page (www.sanguinarius.org) was founded online in 1997 by Sanguinarius and is not a membership organization but provides resources, articles and information for, by, and about real vampires and the vampire community. Originally it was published on AOL, and became “Sanguinarius: The Vampire Support Page” after a brief time as merely “The Homepage of Sanguinarius”. Before the days of the Internet, in the late '80s and early '90s, Sanguinarius operated offline within the realm of vampire fandom and penpal lists, attempting to find and unite real vampires.

Sanguinarius provides support, information, resources and community for real vampires, blood drinkers and vampiric people, as well as donors. It offers informational articles on a variety of subjects, including blood, feeding, safety and health precautions, psychic shielding techniques, and various social aspects that today's real vampires face. Part of the support page includes “Problems Vampires Have”, to let visitors see that they are not alone in what they are going through, and “Fun Vampires Have”, which displays the lighter side of being a vampire.

Sanguinarius is home to The Real Vampire Directory (now defunct due to obsolescence; I still have a Recommended Links page), a search engine and directory of real vampire sites, information, and resources; . Sanguinarius provides interactive support, including the Vampiric Community Message Board (affectionately known to its members as “The VCMB”), which contains much additional information that may not be included on the webpage, questions posted by visitors, and various ongoing discussions on a variety of topics. #Sanguinarius, an IRC channel on dal.net, provides an online community gathering spot where guests can meet and chat in real time, ask questions, hold discussions, or get support. Also provides The Vampiric Community Events Calendar (discontinued due to lack of use and time to maintain)., where users can view and post events of interest to the vampiric community: online chats, offline Gatherings, meet'n'greets, and other vampire-related events.

The Sanguinarium (www.sanguinarium.net) was and is a network, community and resource for the vampyre subculture and scene and was founded in 1995 as Clan Sabretooth in New York's underground club scene. It has expanded to include organizations, businesses, havens and individual members who are united under a code of ethics and morality known as The Black Veil (a.k.a. The Thirteen Rules of the Community). Although officially disbanded as an actual organization in, I believe, 2001 or 2002, the Sanguinarium continues to exist in practice. Anyone, including individuals and Houses, using the terminology and concepts provided by the founders, movers and shakers of the Sanguinarium is considered by them to be a part of the Sanguinarium, and now the Strigoii Vii.

Father Sebastiaan (formerly known as Father Todd) operates the Vampyre Almanac, which produces and promotes many club events, publishes and promotes various documents and books, and provides publicity for the Vampyre subculture and BDSM/fetish scene, often mingling the two to provide a unique aesthetic.

The newest venture to hit the scene is the Ordo Strigoii Vii (OSV), which is a dark spiritual pathway and Vampyric religion designed for the Vampyre subculture. The OSV is a recognized church in Amsterdam and is supported by the Church of Satan (CoS). (More information pending.)

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Both words stem from the Latin root sanguinarius, meaning bloodthirsty. Sanguinarius started up in early 1997. The Sanguinarium did not go online fully until late 1997 and evolved from the New York underground Goth scene and vampire LARPs (live action role-playing).

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About Sanguinarius (13)

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Please check at “About Sangi”, which is part of Sangi's Corner, Sanguinarius's personal page, which will give you quite a lot of info about the webmistress of Sanguinarius.org.

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That's something I ask myself. I will be lazy and refer you to the Statements of Purpose. As for what I get out of it: Nothing. Well, I do derive satisfaction from helping others who are in the same boat. I hope to reach out to others and give them a support base to lean on and stay sane. Sometimes, knowing that others go through the same things you are makes life a bit more bearable, and to have someone to talk to about it, not keep it inside till it reaches the bursting point.

I won't go into what I've put into it, because then you'll probably think that I'm being boastful and bragging, or trying to impress the hell out of you or something. Let's just say that I have done, put in, and given up a lot, not just for my page, but for real vampires and the community, as well.

*Sangi shrugs* Some things are necessary.

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A.) Because it has produced entirely too many people who

Want to be what they think a vampire is;

Claim to be vampires when they are not;

B.) Because some of the terms that were in use before White Wolf came along were implemented into Vampire: the Masquerade terminology; and a lot of the terminology that White Wolf made up for their role-playng game has been picked up by general vampire fans, — and now is even used by some vampires! This only serves to confuse things terribly, as when someone contacts me, claiming that s/he is a vampire, but is using V:tM parlance; s/he might be only a role-player, or a poser, or an actual vampire. — Who knows? It just makes what I do all the more difficult;

O.) There is an intrinsic danger in getting lost in one's role; particularly so, I feel, in Vampire: the Masquerade, simply because it's so alluring and seductive. Not everyone may have a problem with this, but there are some individuals who can't handle it.

I am more down on V:TM than other romantic / stylish / powerful / alluring / blah-blah, etc. vampire-related materials due to the fact that RPGs actively encourage (indeed, require!) one to create comprehensive personas, the more complete the “better”! — And what use is a persona if it's just lying around on the kitchen table, hmmm?

I don't personally have anything against role-players or White Wolf, Inc.

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It's not that I don't want to, or won't, it's that I cannot afford to, time-wise. I am truly sorry, but I have so very much to do. I have next to no time left over to spend on emails, and I get a lot of them. Maybe someday, I can afford to hire a secretary or someone to help on the page…

If you are wanting to talk to someone, then please feel free to drop in on #Sanguinarius IRC channel (chat room) on dal.net. For more information regarding this, please go to #Sanguinarius IRC Channel Home Page. I also suggest hanging out on the Vampiric Community Message Board and getting in touch with some of the others there.

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I am in Green Valley, near Tucson, Arizona, in the USA, though I am from Kansas City, Missouri.  I only speak English, unfortunately, but there are online translation tools you can use to translate most if not all of the site into your language.

One that I know of is Google Translate.  Another one is Yahoo's Babel Fish.

I'm working on getting some volunteers to translate parts of my website into other languages.  It's hard finding people that follow through; it's a big project.  I'd be happy to get one article at a time, though!

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About the Website (8)

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Neither. (I actually got this as an email…)

*Andy Rooney voice* I've always wondered what the fellow meant by “some weird web thing”? What IS a weird web thing, anyway? I know of a site which translated normal web pages and made them appear to be written in the way that JarJar Binks spoke in Star Wars. I think it was called the JarJar Jargonizer. I don't know if it's still around. I would definitely consider that to be “a weird web thing”. *Sangi scratches her head* Hmmm, maybe the fellow who sent me that email was viewing the JarJar-translated pages? Probably not, as I got the email a couple years before Star Wars: Episode One came out.

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Sanguinarius.org for Real Vampires (located at http://www.sanguinarius.org/ ) and the Sanguinarium (located at http://www.sanguinarium.net/ ) are two entirely distinct and separate entities. Though differing by one letter and now the “.net” extension, and catering to the vampiric subculture, the Sanguinarium is significantly different from Sanguinarius.org.

Sanguinarius.org

Founded in the spring of 1997, and run by Sanguinarius (me), this is my effort to help real vampires, blood drinkers and vampiric people, and to provide resources, information, support and community. In the words of a loyal groupie, “Sanguinarius.org rocks!”

The Sanguinarium

Founded and run by Father “Sebastiaan” Todd and others, this website is primarily involved with the social aspects of the vampire/vampyre subculture including nightclubs, havens, events, businesses, societies, and even the online part of the subculture, as well as being an umbrella network of vampire and vampyre Courts and Houses who wish to join and become a part of the Sanguinarium.

 

For more information, see the section entitled The Sanguinarius/Sanguinarium FAQs.

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Membership is not required for the website. However, to join Vampire-Discussion Group or the Vampiric Community Message Board (The “VCMB”), click on through to the site and sign up for an account if you don't have one already.

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To navigate through the site, use the drop down menu bar at the top of the pages.

Hit the Frequently Asked Questions (this FAQs section you’re reading now) and the Vampire Guide, Tips & Advice section first. Next, you might familiarize yourself with some of the terms we use in the vampire community by browsing through Terminology & Lingo.

Also, later when you have more time (there’s A LOT of info on the site), take a look through the extensive Articles Archive. Both the Vampire Guide and the articles are divided up into sub-sections based on their topic and focus. I also have a section for Problems Vampires Have, one for Fun Vampires Have, and a Teen Vampires section with info and things more specifically oriented toward younger vampires and the newly awakened or awakening. I don’t know your age, so I’m not assuming anything, just giving the section a mention.  I also have a Parents’ Section under development, for vampire parents and parents of vampires.

For questions, support and interaction with others, stop by the Vampire Community Message (& Support) Board — the “VCMB” — and/or the Vampire-Discussion group at Yahoo! Groups. Feel free to browse through their message archives and ask questions.

If you want to chat live with me or some others (vampires included), drop by the #Sanguinarius IRC channel on dal.net. If you don’t know what IRC/dal.net is, go to http://irc.sanguinarius.org/ and it will explain more, and there’s a web-based java chat you can use to connect to the chat room (channel) if you don’t have an IRC client installed. I’m usually in the chat room, but may be away from the keyboard doing other things. If I’m in, type “Sangi” and if I’m within earshot, I’ll answer. There are others who will be happy to talk to you, answer questions, etc., as well. I’m usually in as “Sanguinarius” or “Sangi_something” (Sangi_away if I’m away, Sangi_SiteWork, Sangi_On_Break, etc.). Drop on by.  Say hi and give people a few minutes to notice you if things are slow.

If you want to know more of what Sanguinarius.org is about, read through the Introduction, Statements of Purpose and the Disclaimer/Commentary (linked at the bottom of the pages).

There are a number of other sections and pages within the site and linked to from here that you can check out at your leisure, if you want to, though I’ve already mentioned the essential sections.

Oh! And how could I forget to mention The Real Vampire Directory? Once you’re done browsing around the main site, you can move on to the “RVD” to find loads and loads of links to all kinds of real vampire sites, information, resources, shopping/products, personal pages, and more.

I have replaced the Real Vampire Directory with the Recommended Links section; basically, the best of the RVD.

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About Real Vampires (77)

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By “vampire”, I do not speak of the undead, or of supernatural creatures, or of immortal super-men, but of human beings who have the need to drain blood or psychic energy (or sometimes both) from others. There are sanguinarian vampires, who consume blood; there are psi-vampires, who need pranic energy (psychic energy); and there are those who drain either/or, interchangeably.

“Typical symptoms of blood vampirism include sensitivity to sunlight, blood hunger (which is similar to an addiction craving), mildly heightened senses and improved night vision, instinct alterations, psychic abilities, and occasionally mildly increased speed / dexterity / strength. I've also heard of some vampyrs reporting increased reflectivity of the eyes in low light, and I've seen evidence of this myself.” — Winged Wolf

“Psychic vampire” is a very common misnomer for the psi-vampire. Many people, — even the psi-vampires, — often do not make or even realize the distinction between the two terms. Technically speaking, “A psychic vampire is a vampire who is psychic while a psi-vampire is a vampire who feeds on energy, preferably emotional energy. To say that psi-vampires are psychic vampires would be like saying that sanguinarians are blood fetishists since they like the taste of blood.” — Aneria Romana, psi-vampire, Aneria Romana's Psi-Vampire Page: What's In A Name (now defunct).

You might also take a look at the FAQ, “I have [insert trait/symptom here]. Could it mean I'm a vampire?”, for more detailed information on vampiric traits and symptoms.

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Real vampires cannot shapeshift, fly, have super-strength, or any other major “power” normally seen in movies, TV shows or fiction novels.

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Sure. We don't know the cause yet. Though psychological illness is not as likely as other hypotheses, it is still a plausible idea.

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There are several supposed histories and mythologies from different areas. The original stories of vampire-like people/creatures dates back to early BC culture.

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About or By Donors (9)

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If you are having trouble finding a donor in your area then don't panic. Remain calm for the time being and if you need to use the many different recommended blood supplements on this website, as well as SphynxCat's and others, then do so, as many supplemental methods work very well in staving off the hunger.

Then, if at all possible, make use of the Vampire/Donor Directory to find a donor in your area who can help you. (Keep in mind that both donors and vampires are very picky about who they donate to/drink from and so it may take a little while to find the donor for you.)

Also, please note that the directory is for users over the age of 18. This is for legal reasons, as 18 is the age of consent in most states in the US, as well as other countries. If you are under the age of 18 you will need to use other means of finding a donor, but whatever method you use, please stay safe. Have both you and your donor tested for blood transmitted diseases before feeding, and have fun!

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Okay, I'll take this question apart and answer these one at a time.

A donor can protect themselves the same way all other people can, and that is by knowledge and by learning proper shielding techniques.

What rights do donors have? Please be sure to read SphynxCat's Tips for Donors by Ravena Lee, as well as additional articles on donorship on that site, as well as the articles here on Sanguinarius and on the Sanguinarius forums.

No one, vamp or not, has the right to force you into becoming a donor, so never agree to anything you don't want to do.

Also be aware of your partner's state of health and mind before beginning any donating, because cutting anyone involves a lot of thought. You don't want the person cutting you to be spacy.

For more information please feel free to look through the articles on donors, their rights, and safety on Sanguinarius and other affiliated sites.

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There is no need to track down any vampire, as they cannot turn you anyway.

And if you manage to track ME down, I'll just file a restraining order against you.  Go ahead and walk through it if you want. Smile You'll see.

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By either asking trusted friends or going through “personal ads”. First method is usually preferred as the vampire has more trust in their donor. It can take awhile to find the right person, however.

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Find a vampire in need of a donor, and be sure you have had a test for blood-borne disease.  It's best for both the vampire and the donor to get tested regularly for bloodborne diseases and inform each other of any changes.

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About Feeding (35)

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I would not feed from a person who is under 18 (which is the legal age of being an adult around where I live), but I would prefer someone a bit older (20 years or more), as I feel that many 18-year-olds might not be able to really understand what it means to be a donor. It is also safer for me not to feed from teenagers, etc., as their parents might have a word or two to say about it if something should go wrong. I'm not looking for any problems. And then again, I'm very picky on my donors anyway.

FAQ by: Morticia LaCroix (morticia_lacroix@yahoo.com). ICQ 8357880

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Q: I am aware that there are different types of vampires and each have different ways of obtaining energy/source of supplement or what how ever you like to call it. Either it be for food or a kink; Obviously you have to be careful of where you get the blood from, but other than that does blood have any type of benefits? Like does it have any protein, is it healthy in any way, how much is too much?

Any information given will be most helpful!

A: Other than reportedly not having any nutritional benefit, blood is reported by many sanguninarians / blood feeders to give them energy, maintain their health and a lend a sense of well-being.  It doesn’t satisfy a person’s nutritional requirements, however, as the blood passes through their system undigested.  I’m not sure about the protein; I’ll check into that and get back with everyone.

As for how much is too much: Most sangs are content with a few drops to a few tablespoons full of blood; a few more extreme sangs require more, up to around 2 or 3 ounces.  It’s hard to know exactly, though, when one is feeding, not measuring the blood.

Note of Caution:  I would advise against merely drinking blood for any fort of health benefit, and if you can refrain from doing so without having your health or emotional well-being suffering.  Drinking blood is at the very least unsafe activity and not to be done as something “cool” or to impress or shock others.  If  you can seed psychically (on psi, prana, life-force, etc.), I enfourage you to do so rather than ingesting blood.

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That is not a good idea, tempting though it may be. It simply will not benefit you. It may temporarily stave off the thirst, and make your tongue happy, but it gives you no benefit. — Whatever it is that you need is not in your blood. Besides that, you receive no net gain, and your circulatory system will lose what you take out of it, as blood. It also sets a precedent: you do it once, and the next time you do it easier, or sooner. And before you know it, you have developed the very unhealthy practice of relying on your own blood, something that is all too easy to have happen — after all, it is readily available and the source (you) is willing… I know the temptation is there, and it may become very intense at times, but fight it. Do not give in. — You need to build strength in this area, and develop resistance to such bloody temptations. Do not let it control you, — that is the first step on your way to destruction if you let it control you.

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Yes, but it doesn't do a lot of good.

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About Turning/Awakening (23)

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Well, first let me say that you do not die and come back. Vampires are not dead or undead. Basically, what happens is that you do undergo some changes, but they are nothing supernatural or superhuman. [NOTE: The following is pertinent to blood vampirism, not psychic vampirism, and is written from my own perspective and experience.]

When someone is awakened (sometimes percieved as being turned), they can expect to develop a thirst for blood; increased sensitivity to bright lights, heat, cold, etc….skin, eyes, taste, smell are more sensitive…emotional states, feelings, perceptions…these are felt more acutely and will vary wildly at times; others report various gastric/digestive problems develop, but I never had too much trouble (at least not that I was aware of or ascribed to being relevant to my condition at the time); you quite possibly would be a candidate for getting migraine headaches; check also this FAQ:

“I have [insert trait/symptom here]. Could it mean I'm a vampire?”, for more details, re: the vampiric condition.

I think that certain people have a propensity to start out with to be or to become vampires. I think it's something they are born with, and later on, if and when it manifests, it is thought of as an awakening. Or, if someone who is a vampire is involved in this awakening, it is thought of (misunderstood?) as the vampire “turning” the other person. I have no doubt that for some, it never manifests. But for those in whom it does, at least for sanguinarians, or “blood vamps”, it most often involves an exchange of blood, or even merely drinking another's (or one's own) blood.

The person in question receives the blood, and their body realizes that that is what it has been craving. They just did not know it until they got some in them. I think it's something biochemical. But whatever the case, that is when they start craving it more. They also get more sensitive to things such as light, food allergies, and so on. Whether this is a physical change or a side effect of drinking blood, I don't know. This is what many people consider “being turned” and I suppose, in a manner of speaking, it is “being turned” but I think “being awakened” is more accurate, as I sincerely doubt that it's actually a virus or anything like that that actually “turns” them. But they do turn to vampirism. (I guess this is a matter of sematics and perceptions.)

There is also the possibility that blood itself might be addictive. Or maybe it's just addictive to certain people, like alcohol is to some, but not to others? On the other hand, it may quite likely be an actual physiological need.

Whatever the case, the “turning” or “awakening” process is something that occurs over time. The physical changes occur first, and then eventually, one becomes more mentally in tune with things…one's thinking become more predatorial, etc. I think this occurs out of necessity.

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Usually around puberty… Age 13-18 is the most common age range, but some are earlier or later.

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Awakening is like a vampire's puberty. Obviously, we also have puberty, but awakening puts your body through a lot of changes to get you to being a full vampire. It's also usually partnered with a lot of mental changes. Dealing with the fact that you want to drink someone's blood is not an easy thing.

Symptoms of awakening…? Mostly just the same as symptoms of vampirism. But I'm not going to list symptoms right now, because symptoms are just symptoms. I have headaches; I pass out; I go blind. Those are all also symptoms of lyme disease, migraines, brain tumors, and drugs. All doctors do is elimate the diseases that it is not (lyme disease, brain tumor, drugs), and diagnose you with the one thing left; even if in the future we find out that it's something different. The doctors have come to the conclusion that I have migraines.

The symptoms of vampirism don't just point to vampirism. They also point to anemia, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), and about a million and two other things. All we've done with those symptoms is gone to the doctors and eliminated all the other possibilities, and come to the last conclusion; and we are dealing with it the best we can.

So, in conclusion, the symptoms don't really matter. What matters is the conclusion: we need to get energy. Whether that be through psychic means, or with an x-acto — we need energy.

I say this because many people who think they're awakening (not necessarily you) bring too much importance to the symptoms of vampirism, and don't have that one conclusion. And, it needed to be said.

So now that that's said, here are some of the major symptoms, but keep them in perspective: Being nocturnal, having a hunger for blood, photosensitivity (whether with skin or eyes), empathy or other natural psychic abilities, and a higher sensory awareness.

–Day

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For some, it can be lifelong. “Awakening” isn't a step, but a process of becoming and learning what you are. Some vampires accept it and go on; some struggle with it longer.

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I will touch on this briefly right now, and then in more detail and add to it later.

Off the top of my head, I would say that the top three responsibilities are to inform the individual who is to be or has been recently awakened exactly what s/he is and is not, what to expect and when, and to monitor closely the individual, and his/her progression; also vitally important is to make sure that s/he knows how to find sources/donors and that s/he does find sources/donors; to inform him/her what is and what is not acceptable and to instill in him/her a sense of discipline which will not be forgotten if and when s/he would not be too overly concerned with, — how shall I say?, — moral and honorable methods of obtaining blood; to have sources available for him/herself early on at least until s/he can cultivate some of his/her own; to keep an eye on him/her to make sure that s/he does not make an utter fool of himself/herself before the newness of it all wears off, or commit any offenses against others or the mundanes, and to see what problems that s/he may have in dealing with his/her condition / situation; to provide support and solutions for any problems which may arise…

I would also stress that it would be good to teach the newly awakened vampire the different ways of obtaining blood, safety and health concerns, as well as how to properly and safely perform the bloodletting procedures.

Another good thing would be to introduce them to the community, as well as to instill in them a sense of when and how to (and not to) “come out of the coffin” to another or others; how to safely conceal themselves and their practices and activities from those who would in some way prove detrimental to their personal safety, security or peace of mind; how to defend themselves in various situations, be it confrontational, physical, verbal, or what have you; how to proceede in contacting authorities, and present themselves and their situation / case to the authorities in such a way that they will not be dismissed out-of-hand as a crackpot and ignored.

This is just off the top of my head. There are more, and I shall add to this later. (I smell an article, too…but when, I have no idea…)

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By Real Vampires & the Uncertain (28)

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Stick to the basics, the problems. Just explain what you are feeling without mentioning the blood and “v-word”.

Example: When I go, I usually ask/state the following:

1) I have been feeling tired and run-down lately

2) I seem to be drinking more than usual, but still feeling thirsty. Is there something we could look for as the cause?

3) I seem more awake at night, and asleep in the day. It is interfering with my classes/job. Is there something that could help that?

4) I seem to have problems with food every now and then (diarrhea, stomach pain, etc.)

Things like that give your doctor a place to start and make sure there is not some serious underlying problem.

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No, that's fairly normal. There is a lot of variation, but a feeling of increased energy and will to “do stuff” is fairly typical.

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That is not a good idea, tempting though it may be. It simply will not benefit you. It may temporarily stave off the thirst, and make your tongue happy, but it gives you no benefit. — Whatever it is that you need is not in your blood. Besides that, you receive no net gain, and your circulatory system will lose what you take out of it, as blood. It also sets a precedent: you do it once, and the next time you do it easier, or sooner. And before you know it, you have developed the very unhealthy practice of relying on your own blood, something that is all too easy to have happen — after all, it is readily available and the source (you) is willing… I know the temptation is there, and it may become very intense at times, but fight it. Do not give in. — You need to build strength in this area, and develop resistance to such bloody temptations. Do not let it control you, — that is the first step on your way to destruction if you let it control you.

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it can be. There are degrees of sensitivity to light. The eyes are typically more affected than the skin, even in those vampires with both problems.

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The first thing I recommend is to learn how to control when and how you feed; the second thing, how to shield. Learning how to control when and where, as well as from whom and how much, you feed, will help you to maintain a reasonable level of energy and also keep you from overly tiring out other people. You'll be able to feed when you need to and also to keep from having a whole bunch of energy rush in and overwhelm you at certain times. Learning to shield will help with that last one, as well. If you experience others' emotions and feelings, and have trouble figuring out which are theirs and which are genuinely yours, learning to control empathy would be the third thing I recommend to do.

I have some information on these on my site, in the Articles section and also the Vampire Guide, Tips & Advice section. More information is available on the web, as well. A good site to visit would be SphynxCat's Vampire Support Page at http://sphynxcatvp.nocturna.org/ — SphynxCat has that set up as a kind of “quick ref” guide to information on various sites, as well as some info on her site as well. I highly recommend it.

If you drop by the Vampiric Community Message Board at http://www.vcmb.org/ there is a lot of good information there, as well, plus others who are willing to help out, answer questions and share their experience.

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This is a vampire site, so probably not here. However, other werewolf sites exist: The Werelist.comThe Werewolfpage and others can be found from those links.

I will tell you that real werewolves aren't like those you see in books and movies, either.

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Yes, you can.  There are quite a few members of the vampire community who also identify as various types of otherkin or theriansthropes.

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There are some were / therian support sites out there. They're just harder to find. You might take a look at these sites:

Otherkin.net – Probably the foremost site on the Net for otherkin, this site includes many articles, a Wiki, gatherings, community directory, and a links directory.

The Otherkin Community – An exciting community housing Otherkin, and a great discussion forum for metaphysics and the science behind it. A non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of metaphysical sciences and dissemination of Otherkin culture.

ShadowLore Main Discussion Group – The main ShadowLore egroup and discussion list at Yahoo Groups.  ShadowLore is a network and group for vampires, donors, fae, elves, dragons, otherkin, therians (were-creatures), and witches to meet and get to know one another.  It's about learning to accept each other as individuals and not for what we claim to be. It's about learning to tolerate our differences while still holding on to our individual beliefs.  This is not a roleplaying group.

The WEREWeb – Site deals with the many subjects of “Therianthropy”, such as lycanthropy, animal guides and spirits, totem animals and anything that may be animal or spirit related.  It would certainly appear that there's more to the myth of lycanthropy than first appears… Site includes articles, howls (gatherings), a list of forums, and some fun stuff.  Also includes the full FAQs for the newsgroup alt.horror.werewolves.

There are, no doubt, others, as well.  Once you begin making connections with these sites and groups, you'll discover more sites and leads.

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You'll need a time machine to return to the past. COVICA has been defunct for quite a while now.

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No, “slayers” are a fictional creation popularized by the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” TV show and it's spinoffs such as “Angel”. Some people simply choose to call themselves “slayers” because it sounds cool/makes them sound important/makes them sound “bad-assed”/etc. The more intelligent the people that call themselves “slayers” are, the more realistic they can make it sound to those who are more easily fooled.

Historically, the concept of slayers evolved from that of vampire hunters, which were quite real, though far from slayers (and far from Dr. Abraham van Helsing in Bram Stoker's Dracula).  They didn't hunt vampires like John Carpenter's Vampire$ for the Catholic Church or anything else.  What they did, is traveled from town to town looking for unexplained illnesses or deaths and then figuring out a recently deceased corpse to blame.  They then dug the corpse up, examined it for vampiric “signs” (which were most oftenly just natural forensic pathology taking it's natural course), declared it was a vampire, and burned it or staked it into the ground (so it couldn't rise again), or decapitated and reburied it. In Italy, they would shove a brick in it's mouth. If the soil had an sort of preservative quality to it, and the corpse wasn't as rotten as townsfolk thought it should be, all the more evidence that the corpse was indeed a vampire (*distant gong tolls*).

In modern times, the Reverend Sean Manchester (in the U.K.) and his flock assert that the folkloric vampires are real, and purport to hunt them and try to eradicate them.  If he is, in fact, doing this to undead revenants, then I feel we all owe him a big thanks (including the undead revenants he dispatches).  I would NOT want to end up in that state.

There ARE people to watch out for who are, for lack of a better word, vampophobic, or just plain closed-minded bigots.  They have been heard of doing things ranging from egging someone's house to poisoning their pet, to beating someone up or even gang-raping them (different instigators).  And harassment can come much more mildly, too: a whisper at work; a stare; uncomfortable questions.  What's usually next? Your feet, pounding the pavement.

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Some say it's a cult just out to get your money, but there are those who are pretty seriously into it and it's beliefs and tenets. They are pretty exclusive and standoffish. I haven't had an BAD experiences with them, but the members I've run across have had a supercilious, vampier-than-thou attitudes and just kind of felt…icky. They feel that anyone who isn't a Vampire is pretty much cattle to feed upon (psychic feeding, not sang feeding, of course), and anyone who isn't a member of their organization isn't a true Vampire…So basically, everyone is fair game.

They worship the “Undead Gods”, which from what I can tell, are vampiric archetypes (ideal entities for those with a predatory nature to pattern after and aspire to), and have their own Vampire Bible, set of rituals, etc. I believe it's the only vampiric religion officially registered with the government.

A fellow who goes by the name of Nemo (though that might be his title, not a name) heads it, or used to; probably still does.

Beyond that, I don't know much. They're a hard-to-get-to-know bunch and don't interact much with the rest of the community, at least not on an organizational basis.

An Authorized Public Representative of the ToV contacted me with the following information:

The most easily accessible public source of information is Our website, which can be found at www.vampiretemple.com and is the only internet-based source of information regarding Our religion.

 

To clear up a couple of points raised in your words:

 

Yes, We are an elitist group, and such is ipso facto certainly not for everyone.

 

Yes, We do consider everyone else to be “fair game” for Lifeforce Vampirism. You are also quite correct that the drinking of physical blood is neither practiced nor permitted within Our organisation.

 

The Undead Gods are the Advanced Members of this religion Who are no longer solely restricted to Their physical bodies. This is the goal with which the Temple assists those who are willing to make the required effort and also abide by Temple Law; see www.vampiretemple.com/law.html for further details.

 

Nemo is an administrator for the Temple, and is one of several.

 

Feel free to contact administration@vampiretemple.com if you have any further questions.

 

Eternally,

Adept Linguascelesta

Authorised Public Representative

Temple of the Vampire

www.vampiretemple.com

If anyone else who reads this is a member, feel free to contact me with more info, clarifications, corrections, etc. (See my Contact page.)

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Call around the dentist listings in your local yellow pages and ask if they do dental prosthetics.

If you're willing to settle for something less permanent, you can get something called Scarecrow Fangs but that's the brand name.  The fangs look okay.  They can go on and off your teeth at your convenience, if you're not ready for permanent fangs to be added on or implanted.

I recently heard something about Todd Sebastiaan going to be revving around the countryside in his new Fangmobile, spreading the joys of fanginess to the flat-toothed populace. Cool I'm not sure what his website is these days, but you might try googling Sabretooth and vampyres and you will probably come up with it.  He might make the trip by your area; you never know unless you contact him and find out.

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Household is a generic term used for fraternal organizations within the Sanguinarium community, and now throughout the vampyre subculture. A household is a group of individuals who share a common philosophy, ceremonies, membership requirements, belief system, traditions, hierarchy, sigil and theme.

“Generally, the number of people in a household is unlimited. Members of a given household are usually not limited to only one geographical location. A household will commonly have members from all over the country or even the world.” — Father Todd

A particular House may or may not be a part of the Sanguinarium. As for finding the right House for you, you need to look around, get to know some of the Houses out there, learn about them, and what their focus is, their interests, beliefs, attitudes, etc. Unfortunately, if you hit the search engines, you'll encounter a lot of crap about RPG Houses (fictional houses created by roleplayers to use in their games; most likely, these will indicate they are such).

Of course, you could rely on networking with other self-identified real vampires and contact some who are in their own Houses to talk to about their experiences within the House, their House's philosophy, outlook, rules and procedures and such, too.

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A particular House may or may not be a part of the Sanguinarium. As for finding the right House for you, you need to look around, get to know some of the Houses out there, learn about them, and what their focus is, their interests, beliefs, attitudes, etc. Unfortunately, if you hit the search engines, you'll encounter a lot of crap about RPG Houses (fictional houses created by roleplayers to use in their games; most likely, these will indicate they are such).

I have listed below for you some examples of Houses. This is by no means a complete list. Some Houses are not online or publically known.

House DarkStar — House DarkStar is an on-line and off-line vampyre haven based in Alabama. Our members consist of Sanguine, Psychic, and Hybrid vampyres as well as Donors for the foregoing mentioned vampyric types. House DarkStar is an independent safe haven and holds no affiliation with Ordo Strigoi Vii.

House Eclipse — A support organization located in the Greater Washington, D.C. and Baltimore region. We provide support and assistance to those who need it. Here you will find information pertaining to modern sanguinarian and psychic vampires, therianthropy, otherkin, myths, and legends, and various occult, religious, and mystical studies information.

House Kheperu — A resource for real vampires seeking a more spiritual interpretation of their vampirism. Sponsored by the Kheprian Order, this site features research, folklore, instruction, and practical support for fledgling vampires.

House Quinotaur: An International House for Real Vampires — This is the House of which I am a member. A new alternative for real vampires worldwide. Open to all types of real vampires, with numerous support structures and information in place.

House Sekhemu — The Vampyre Vicutus explains the meaning of our kind: from philosophical sermons to rituals as he attempts to unite our Brethren.

Loyal Order of St. Germaine — The Public website of The Loyal Order of St Germaine, Magick, Alchemy, Vampirism and more.

…more to come…

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Unless you're able to read the energy given off to indicate a vampire, you can't. They have no physically distinguishing characteristics. Some may have pale skin, some may be tan, some may have fangs, and some may not.

There is no one way to tell, and it's not best to go around looking for vampires anyway. Some individuals may not like being stalked. Wink

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Same way as everyone else, with minor adaptations for control of the sun and blood/energy need. Really, living is the same and there is no limitation on what you can do/become. For help and information about living well (not just existing), I recommend Lady CG's book, Practical Vampyrism for Modern Vampyres.

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Checking out some of the vampire personals and Vampires @ Meetup.com may be the best way to find small groups of other vampires. A couple vampire personals sites are: The Vam-Personals (Sanguinarius's) and VampirePersonals.com.

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Really, you can't. Most vampires are normal people who have normal jobs and look like everyone else. A few may dress in gothic or vampyre fashions, but that doesn't necessarily mean that they are vampires.

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here is unfortunately no “test” for vampirism. So you will just have to decide if you trust your friend at his/her word. As to helping, the best you can do is become informed…read Sanguinarius.org and similar sites…and then listen to your friend and ask him/her how you can best help.

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