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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.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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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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About Sanguinarius (13)

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I own, operate, and maintain the following:

Sanguinarius.org for Real Vampires / Sanguinarius: The Vampire Support Page, The Vampiric Community Message & Support Board, The Vam-Personals, #Sanguinarius, and the Vampire-Discussion eList at Yahoo Groups.

Currently, I am a member of the VVC, or Voices of the Vampire Community.

A number of years ago, I was a member of COVICA, or the Council of Vampyric International Community Affairs, though I resigned; also I think I was on the Vampire Church's Council of Elders. For a while I was Head for the Kansas Branch of Shadowlore (see below).

There are organizations which I am involved with, such as ShadowLore community and elist, but as a member, though I do promote it and advertise it. Also, I was a member of House Quinotaur.  But, since I moved to Arizona…I started up Tucson Otherkin, which is my attempt at networking and organizing the vampire and otehrkin communities in and around Tucson, AZ.

However, I am not affiliated with the Sanguinarium in NYC. I am not affiliated with Lady Sanginarius, or any other sanguin- / sangue- / sang- name or organization out there; if I was, I'd make them give me a secretary! And I am not a lichen, or a character from Warhammer.

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Yes. But now you have to ask “What is a vampire?” (see “Define what you mean by a 'vampire'; / What makes a 'vampire'? etc…”).

I do not claim to be supernatural, superhuman, or undead, immortal or powerful; I'm not. I'm not extraordinary. I'm just a person who happens to have a need, strong craving, or however you want to say it, for blood, as well as some other vampiric characteristics. Such things as “werewolf”, “witch”, “zombie”, “alien”, or “creature from the Black Lagoon” are not words or concepts that I can use to describe myself; “vampire”, however, is.

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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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About the Website (8)

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To make a long story short, my old FAQ script broke (*Sangi gets a sense of deja vu*)  and I could not update it, so I had to find a new FAQs script and install it.  All the questions from the old script are in the old database, but I have to add them into the new script's database. This involves going through the old database by hand, finding each question, and copy/pasting them into the new script. (*Sangi's sense of deja vu increases*)

Some information will be lost, such as who submitted each question and who replied to it, and which questions were the most popular, but at least the questions and answers will be preserved.

Anyway, this will take some time, so give things a few weeks and check back.  There should be some (more) questions for you here.  Probably not many today, as I am trying to relax for Memorial Day.

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Yes, you can. (Hey, I'll even let you link to my page for FREE! *wink*) In fact, I would appreciate it very much! Go to Linking to Us to find out more information, and some banners and buttons you can use, too.  And thank you!

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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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About Real Vampires (77)

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The answer to your question lies in the Library of Sanguinarius.org. While it’s not quite the Library at Alexandria or the Library of Congress, we’re working on it.  😉

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To eventually get arrested on murder charges, apparently. Tongue Out

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No. “Immortal” means not subject to death. Vampires are subject to death just like everybody else. If you mean, “Are vampires capable of living for periods of time extending well past the average human lifespan?” then the answer is that I do not know. Some believe so, and I have talked to other vampires who claim to have lived for an extended time. I cannot personally vouch for the validity of this claim; however, it is unlikely.

If you mean, “Are vampires capable of withstanding extreme and usually fatal injuries, such as being hit by a train or being shot in the head?” then the answer is “No.”

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About or By Donors (9)

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Well, I want my donors to know what a vampire is, and why I do need to feed in the first place. They should also understand what is the bloodletting technique that I use, and also be aware of any possible risks there are. I want my donors to know as much as possible.

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

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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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About Feeding (35)

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Blood-borne disease is always a concern. That is why we make sure our donors have been tested prior to our feeding from them.

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The mouth is a very dirty place, many vampires don't bite people because of germs and risk of infection. However, a vampire bit will not change physiology so new teeth would not grow, if a person is missing teeth the best place to get that fixed would be a dentist.

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I usually differentiate these as different sensations of the same thing, the feeling of needing to drink blood. If I refer to it as a “need”, then I mean that I am feeling it throughout my whole body, as a kind of unfocussed sensation of needing … something, anything, to satisfy it. If I say “hunger”, I mean that I am feeling the need focussed in my stomach, and if I say “thirst”, then it's manifesting as thirst. Pretty elementary stuff, here.

OK, I'll try to get this out so that it makes some sense… When I feel the general need, and the thirst, for blood, that's when 'll vamp out; if I feel it as a general need and a hunger, — and it's worse than regular hunger, — a lot more intense, and sometimes my stomach will cramp up (unless I keep something in it, and then it's tolerable), or if I feel it as a need and a thirst, then I'll get pretty vampy; if I experience the need and thirst and hunger all at once, then watch out, because that will make me vamp out. (And if I'm vamping out really bad, I'm positively beastly, hence the term “the beast”, because I'm basically a thinking (?) beast on the prowl for fresh blood.

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There is a risk with animal blood since one can never know exactly how healthy the animal it came from was. It does help with the cravings, but the effect reportedly does not last as long as with human blood.

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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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If they do not need the energy and do not drain because of that, then they are not a vampire. If they just have it under control and only drain when they want to, then yes it is possible.

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Being safe beats being dead. Join a few groups, get to know others and people who are willing to be donors, and those interested in vampires who might be willing to be donors. When you find somebody who is willing, taking the proper precautions is important. Yes, it makes things more difficult, but if you're not careful, you or somebody else might end up in the hospital, dead or in prison. That would not be good.

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Two ways are through practicing self-control, and walking away from tempting situations. Self-control can be developed and refined through self-defense or martial arts courses or through meditiation methods.

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You might start out by talking about the paranormal, if that's something that interests your friend, and gradually move towards vampires, and see what his/her responses are, how s/he feels about them, etc. At some point, mention you were looking on the web at a site about real vampires and that it was intriguing, and see what his/her responses are. If s/he gives positive responses, maybe press on and say that you wonder if there could be real vampires or not? This conversation might be something that takes place all at once, or over a couple of conversations or days, or whatever. Feel things out as the conversation progresses, and move forward as quickly or as slowly as you feel is right. At the very least, if s/he turns out not to be, it could make for an interesting conversation. 🙂

Colimbina adds: “It may be possible that your friend is an unawakened vampire. If you're getting a vampy vibe from him/her, but aren't sure whether it's right or not, no amount of hinting and conversation will get him/her to admit s/he is a vamp if s/he doesn't know it him/herself.” So be gentle in your hints and questioning and possibly given your friend some information that will lead him/her to sanguinarius.org or some other good vampire information site.

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It's not overly odd. There are degrees of irritation, and the sun effects seem to get worse with age. Older vampires have more difficulty with the effects of the sun than younger ones.

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About Otherkin/Therians (3)

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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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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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About the Vampire Community (8)

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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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Anyone can proclaim themselves and their group to be “High Council”. What authority do they have? How far does it extend? Whom are they allegedly high-counselling over?

*Sanguinarius proclaims herself to be Pope. — No, The Pope…though not of the Catholic religion*

The thing is, any “high council” or similar thing only has the authority by consent of the people. There may be a dozen or more High Councils out there. There may only be one. But none of us are subject to it or it's authority.

And if none of us are subject to it or its authority, then it has no power, no influence.

There is no high council — or even low council — over the vampires. Maybe there should be? But there isn't.

There was C.O.V.I.C.A. (Council Of Vampiric International Community Affairs), which purpose was to help network the community, standardize vampire/vampyre language and terminology, and encourage cooperation, if not outright unification between the diverse aspects of the vampire/vampyre subculture. But since I resigned, it seems to have faded into nonexistence.

There was also the Council of Elders, headed by Damien DaVille of the Vampire Church. It was an organization of the Elders of member Houses and organizations for the purpose of unifying and promoting the well-being of the vampire community. I don't thnik it is still around, though.

There's Voices of the Vampire Community (the VVC), but it is not a governing body, just a network of some of the major figures in the vampire community. It doesn't control anyone or anything. It has a number of projects we are working on for the betterment of the vampire community; it also facilitates communication amongst Elders and leading figures in the community.

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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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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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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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About Personal Life (12)

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Yes they can.

There is no way to tell for certain whether any children will be vampiric or not.

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It quite often happens, particularly with people who don't understand and don't *want* to understand.

It's dangerous in the workplace because supervisors can and will find ways to get rid of people they don't perceive as “fitting in” (Yes, it's potentially illegal, but they do it anyway.)

Such information has been brought up in divorce cases by partners who don't like vampires/vampirism as proof that the vampiric partner is unfit as a spouse, or worse, unfit to take care of and raise their children.

If you are still in teenage years, your parents may decide you need mental help and either have you put on medication or send you to counselling, or even worse.

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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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