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This is not a Role Playing Wiki....This wiki is for those who would like to actually "LEARN" the truths about Vampyrism.



I’m sure when you think of the word VAMPIRE, all sorts of vain things run through your head, right? The calling of the children of the night. The hypnotic eyes and that sexy voice that draws women to their deaths. A big black cape. Bella Lugosi and the famous “I vant to suck your blood!” Well…I’m sorry to disappoint people out there but it doesn’t go like that.

Rules of thumb:
Don’t turn into bats.
Don’t burst into flame.
Buying a pair of fangs doesn’t make you a vampyre.
White Wolf and Vampire: The Masquerade is NOT the history of vampyres.
Prefer not to wear a cape, thanks.
We own mirrors.
Claim that you’re some all powerful vampyre and we will claim that you’re insane.
Are not part of some religion. Vampyrism is not a faith.
Don’t have to be “goth” to be a vampyre.
We ARE NOT immortal. We are human just like you. We die just like you.
Most importantly, there has never been, will never be, and is no turning into one. You can’t. You either are or you’re not. Point blank.

First and foremost, the word “vampire” and the word “vampyre” differ greatly according to us. Sole reason being is this. The “I” in vampire was replaced with the “Y” to differentiate between the Hollywood movies and T.V and the actual real life subculture. The way you choose to spell it is, of course, entirely up to you. Chances are, you’ve probably walked down the street and walked right by one and didn’t even bother to take a second glance. Who knew, right? Truth is…your boss at that desk job you have could be one. Or that person in the car right next to you could be one too. There is no way to tell us apart specifically.

Secondly, vampyrism can be solely defined as this: An energy deficit. We either us it up too quickly or we don’t generate enough on our own. Its more than just needing to eat right, getting enough sleep and what not. Most of us are the picture of perfect health. Here is where the thoughts will differ though. Some believe that we are sick. That vampyrism is a virus that attacks the DNA structure in our bodies and reverses it. Like AIDS only backwards. Some believe that it is more spiritual than that and that are soul is what makes us vampyric. That for years, that side of us will lay dormant or latent and when the timing is right, usually around puberty, we go through a process of what we call the Awakening. Our vampyric side comes through and we take it into ourselves. This is us. Who we are. What we are and all that we will become. It is accepting that this is a part of us, embracing it and learning from it. 


Here are some terms that are used among the community:

Adra:

A sponsor or mentor of fledging vampyre.

Ardetha:

An individual who has been awakened as a vampyre as a result of a magickal ritual. This is a controversial belief.

Auto-vampirism:

The act of drinking one's own blood.

Awakening:

The process whereby a latent vampyre realizes what their true condition is, and accepts it.

Beacon:

A signal in the form of "a particular feeling or energy signature" generated by both vampyres and "latent or potential" vampyres. Its main function is to lead vampyres to latent vampyres in order to assist in their awakening.

The Becoming:

The process of conversion from a non-vampyre to a vampyre.

Black Swan:

An individual who is not a vampyre but who is close to one or more vampyres and is often a supporter of the community.

The Black Veil:

A non-binding but widely accepted ethical guide for vampyres. (The first version of the Black Veil was called The Thirteen Rules of Community)

Blood bond:

A feeling of attraction between a vampyre and a donor that is often felt only by the donor.
The term also means an initiation ritual in which a vampyre joins a coven.
It also refers to a marriage between two vampyres.

Blood Fetishist:

An individual who is sexually aroused by the sight of blood. This is generally unrelated to vampyrism.

Blood Junkie:

A pejorative synonym for a sanguinarian vampyre.

Bloodletting:

Cutting or piercing skin to release blood. This can be a dangerous procedure unless conducted by a trained individual.
In ancient times, a medical procedure falsely believed to cure diseases and disorders.

Blood lust:

An overwhelming desire to feed on a donor's blood.

Blood play:

Ritual activities, often of a sexual nature, involving blood.

Chi:

Close synonym for prana, or life force. Chinese term.

Childe:

A pejorative term for an inexperienced vampyre.

Clinical vampirism:

Synonym for Renfield’s Syndrome.
Coming out of the Coffin: The process of revealing one's vampyrism condition to non-vampyres. This is analogous to gays and lesbians coming out of the closet, and Wiccans and other Neopagans coming out of their broom closet.

Coming out of the Coffin:

The process of revealing one's vampyrism condition to non-vampyres. This is analogous to gays and lesbians coming out of the closet, and Wiccans and other Neopagans coming out of their broom closet.

Coven:

A group of vampyres.

Darkside (a.k.a. Dark side):

Synonym for nightside.

Dayside:

Mundane activities in the "real world."

Donor:

A person, usually a non-vampyre -- who freely volunteers their blood or life energy to be consumed by one or more vampyres.

Dhampyri:

an individual who exhibited symptoms of vampyrism prior to puberty.

The Dragon:

Synonym for nightside.

Elder:

A person who has been active in the vampyre community for a lengthy interval, and who shares their knowledge with others.

Embrace:

A mythical process of converting a non-vampyre into a vampyre by having them ingest the blood of a vampyre. This concept frequently appears in vampire literature, but is foreign to the beliefs of vampyres.

Energy signature:

An individual's specific energy pattern which is uniquely theirs. This allegedly enables vampyres to recognize fellow vampyres.

Energy vampire:

A vampire who obtains nourishment primarily or entirely by tapping into another person's prana or life force directly, without ingesting their blood.

Excommunication:

The act of excluding a vampyre from a coven or from the entire vampyre community.

Feeding:

An activity of vampyres in which they consume a donor's blood, or prana from a donor by other means, or elemental energy from nature.

Fledgling:

a recently awakened vampyre with little experience.

Gaja:

synonym for poser.

Golden Circle:

Individuals who form a vampyre coven. This typically includes black swans, vampyres, and kitra.

Haematodipsia:

Intense feeling of haematophilia.

Haematomania:

A strong psychological craving for blood.

Hematophageous:

Having blood as one's only form of nourishment.

Haematophilia:

An sexual attraction to the presence of blood.

Haven:

A place where vampyres meet.

Hemeralopia:

An inability to see in bright light

House:

A group of vampyres who share common beliefs, rituals, traditions, etc.

Human:

A non-vampire. (This can be a confusing term because it implies that vampyres are not human.)
The Hunger: An intense psychological and physical need to feed.

The Hunger:

An intense psychological and physical need to feed.

Hunter:

An individual who attempts to harm either vampyres or persons perceived to be vampyres.

Incubus:

A male vampyre who feeds on pranic energy while involved in sexual activity.
An mythical male demon who seduced females in their sleep.
See succubus.

Kindred:

Fellow vampyres.

Kitra:

An individual who is both a vampyre and a donor.

Klavasi:

A vampyre who experienced a post-pubertal awakening. Most vampyres are Klavasi.

Latent vampire:

A vampyre who has not yet realized her or his condition.

Leech:

A pejorative term for a vampyre.

Life force:

Synonym for prana.

Mentor:

An experienced vampyre who guides a fledgling.

Mortal:

A non-vampyre. (This can be a confusing term, because all vampyres are mortal, just like the rest of the population.)

Mundane:

A non-vampyre.
Normal, everyday activities

Nightside:

"The life of a vampire; being part of the vampiric community."

Of the Blood:

Identifying an individual as a vampyre.

Porphyria:

A group of medical disorders of which most will cause the individual will have a strong reaction to sunlight. Areas of the skin which are exposed to the sun may burn, blister or scar. Vampire myths may well have originated as a result of the fear of sunlight by persons with porphyria.

Poser:

A non-vampyre who pretends to be a vampyre by claiming to:
Have come from a line of vampyres,
Be immortal,
Be unable to step over flowing water,
Be unable to cast an image in a mirror, etc.

Prana:

Life force. Sanguinarian vampyres obtain pranic energy through blood. Psi vampyres extract it from other person's emotional energy without consuming blood.

Psi vampyre:

A vampyre who feeds off of the emotional energy of another person or persons.

Psychic energy:

Forms of energy which may be pranic (from living things) or elemental (from natural forces)

Psychic attack:

An action by a psychic vampire which drains
prana from another individual without their prior consent.

Psychic vampyre:

An individual who feeds off of the prana of others by tapping into their emotional energy.
A vampyre with psychic powers.

Real vampire (a.k.a. RealVamp):

A sanguine, psychic, psi, or energy vampyre who needs to feed off of other individuals or of nature in order to maintain their health and energy levels.

Renfield's Syndrome:

A psychological disorder named after a fictional character in Dracula. Richard Noll proposed the syndrome. He suggests that children go through blood-related phases until full vampyrism is expressed after puberty. The theory is not widely accepted among mental health professionals. It does not appear in the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Role player:

A synonym for poser.

RPG'er:

An individual who considers themselves to be a vampyre because they play that role in a Role Playing Game.

Sang:

a synonym for Sanguinarian vampyre.

Sanguinarian vampyre:

An individual who has a need to consume blood -- usually from human source(s) in order to maintain adequate physical and/or emotional energy. He or she may also tap into the emotional energy of others in addition to consuming blood.

Sanguine:

a synonym for Sanguinarian vampyre.

Seeker:

An individual who wants to be around vampyres. Often, they want to become a vampyre through the mythical process of embracing.

Shadow:

Synonym for nightside. 
Sire, Siring: The mythical act of creating a new vampyre by embracing.

Sire, Siring:

The mythical act of creating a new vampyre by embracing.

Slayer:

An individual who attempts to kill vampires. Sarah Michelle Gellar, "The Chosen One," played the role of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, on a TV program by the same name.

Source:

A donor; an individual who willingly donates blood to a vampyre.

Succubus:

A female vampyre who feeds on pranic energy while involved in sexual activity.
An mythical female demon who seduced males in their sleep.
See Incubus.

Tantric vampyre:

A vampyre who feeds from the sexual energy released during sexual activity. They are rare among the vampyre community.

Thirst:

Synonym for hunger.

Turning:

The process of converting a non-vampyre into a vampyre, generally through blood ingestion or pranic energy exchange. Most vampyres believe that this is impossible. It is a common theme in vampire literature.

Twilight:

Establishing an optimum balance between one's Dayside and Nightside activities.

Vamp:

Synonym for either vampire or vampyre.

Vampire:

A male or female, mythical, animated corpse found only in novels, films, comic books and religious myths who rises from its grave to feed off of the blood of animals or humans.
A real female or male person who has a condition requiring them to feed off of the pranic energy of other humans or derive energy from natural forces. Non-vampyres regard vampyrism as a hobby, lifestyle, occultic activity, religion or condition.

Vampire bait:

A poser or wannabe who attempts to lure a vampyre into their presence.

Vamping out:

An extreme attack of the hunger. Generally produces many physiological changes in the vampyre's body.

Vampire children:

A pejorative term referring to children with xeoderma pigmentosum. This is a genetic disease that causes an extreme sensitivity to sunlight. Even ordinary exposure can cause skin cancer. They have no actual relationship with vampyres.

Vampiress:

A female vampire.

Vampyre:

A variant of the term "vampire" that is sometimes used to differentiate a real individual from a mythical vampire.

Vampyress:

A female vampyre.

Vampyric community:

All individuals who either refer to themselves as vampyres, or have been identified as vampyres.

Vampire lifestyler:

A non-vampyre who who adopts "fictional vampire imagery and trappings into his/her personal life," often patterning themselves after a fictional character.

Wannabe:

Pejorative term for a non-vampyre who wants to become one.

White Swan:

An individual who opposes the vampyre community.

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