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The "Guide" to Vampyrism

This is the full index of everything in The "Guide" to Vampyrism, arranged by category. On the right can also be found a list of categories. Depending on what you're looking for, one may be faster than the other. The list on the right expands to show each article once you click on a category. They're both here for your convenience so use whichever you feel most comfortable with.

-Zane Robinson

  • Introduction

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  • General Vampyrism

    • Am I a Vampyre?

      • "Hey Zane, am I a vampyre?" Well, to be completely honest with you, you're probably not if you're asking me, but I'll err on the side of caution and assume that maybe a few of you who ask this questioin are, indeed, vampyres. For those curious about the answer to this, I've created a sizable list of things to consider when asking this question.
    • Reality vs. Fiction

      • Here I outline the differences between the "vampyre of fiction, myth, and 'tweens'" and the vampyre of reality. So, here they are in no particular order.
    • Types of Vampyres

      • Psi/Psy, Hybrid, and Sanguinarians. We have all heard of these terms, but it seems that nowhere in all of the Vampyre Community are there ever discussions regarding this. Every time one pops up, it is quickly deleted or heavily censored by the Webmaster/Webmistress. Why, though? This should not be.
    • Vampyre Lingo

      • When asked, "What was the hardest part of your Awakening?" the terminology isn't typically the first thing that comes to my mind. Nevertheless, it was, indeed, rather challenging. Because of this, I have constructed a list of what I feel are some of the more important terms, be they for daily use or just "to know".
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  • Awakening

    • How to Spot Fake Sites

      • How can you tell which websites are legitimate and which are bad? Something that becomes obvious later on, this can be quite difficult to discern toward the beginning of one's Awakening. There are, however, a few simple ways that one can use to easily determine whether or not a group or website is legitimate.
    • My Awakening

      • For myself it was a much longer and confusing process than most, and, interestingly enough, I actually experienced all three styles. When all was said and done, it took me approximately two years to fully Awake.
    • The Awakening

      • Question: "So I've read your vampyre Lingo page, and keep hearing about this, "Awakening," thing, but what exactly is it?"
    • Sarasvati's Awakening

      • Sarasvati, another vampyre, opens up and tells the story of her Awakening. It is a very down-to-earth account of what goes on, and how we deal with such matters. For those looking for help, to feel that they are not alone, this is a highly suggested piece. For those who perhaps have a friend going through the same who are trying to gain insight as to what they're going through – I again cannot recommend this piece highly enough. (Note: Links to another site.)
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  • Coping with Vampyrism

    • Blood Bars

      • A fairly popular topic throughout the Vampyre Community is the subject of "Blood Bars." Many will insist that they do not exist, while others will quite confidently make proclamations of their definitive existence.
    • Blood Substitutes

      • While nothing truly replaces blood, itself, there are many every day food items that will reduce the bloodlust, even if only temporarily. After scouring every corner of the Net years ago in search of these items, recipes, and techniques, I am setting out to once more discover these things and bring them to you.
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  • History of Vampyrism

    • Dracula

      • Here some light is shed on "Dracula" (no pun intened...okay maybe a little). I point out that while he was a rather charismatic man (not to mention sadistic), he wasn't very much a vampyre by any stretch of the imagination. Just a pretty awesome historical figure that kicked some serious bad guy booty, albeit using some fairly sickening methods.
    • Lilith

      • Many millenia ago when the world was first being created, God plopped two dandy souls on Earth named Adam and Lilith. (No, not Adam and Eve. If you think that Adam and Eve were the first souls on this planet, then you obviously have not done your homework.) Adam, being male, and Lilith, being female, were meant to reproduce and populate the Earth. Well...that didn't work out so well.
    • V5 Vampire Virus

      • It is thought that this virus is a sort of endogenous retrovirus, behaving much like HIV. In short, retroviruses are viruses that, once in the body, attack the genetic make-up of our bodies, altering our very DNA, and the term, "endogenous," means that it is passed on through the offspring from the parent organism. Therefore, "endogenous retrovirus," means that it is a DNA-altering virus that can be passed on to the infected individual's children.
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  • Covens

    • Advanced Bonewits' Cult Danger Evaluation Frame

      • The fact that I am encouraging groups to promote their Covens on Awake and Drink brings up the obvious concern of how many of these groups have genuine intentions, and how many of these groups are not teaching misinformation.
    • House Aset: The Kemetic Order of Aset Ka

      • First, let's go over some definitions to break this down:
    • House Quinotaur

      • There really isn't much to say about them; they are a fairly tame bunch from what I can find. They don't even have a House-originated religion – it's just a social networking site for Quinotarii.
    • Temple of the Vampire

      • This details quite fully the hypocrisy and greed shown from the administration heading the ToV. One key fact I have always warned people of was that they claim you must buy their book, The Vampire Bible, to become a vampyre, and must study it over the course of many, many months and years to ascend in strength when it is quite obvious that reading a book does not make one a vampyre.
    • Temple Sahjaza

      • Beginning as a coven led by women, for women in the early '70s, Temple Sahjaza is one of the oldest Houses/Covens/Temples still around today. Taking its inspiration from various female-dominated cultures throughout history, the founding members saw women as the, "...[embodiment] of life an death itself." (source)
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  • The Black Veil

    • The Black Veil 1.0

      • The original version of The Black Veil, written in the late '90s by Father Sebastian Todd (Todd Hoyt) marked the beginning of a new era for the real vampyre Community. Before this point in time, there was a lot of mixing between roleplayers and real vampyres, and although it was probably an unintended effect, this document helped separate the two.
    • The Black Veil 2.0

      • The following text is the first revision of The Black Veil. This revision was written by Michelle Belanger, author of "The Vampire Codex," as well as Father Todd, who penned had originally penned The Black Veil. This revision was made to, allegedly, better suit the needs of the Vampyric Community as a whole.
    • The Black Veil 3.0

      • Yet another revision of The Black Veil, the third version focused primarily on improving "read-ability," and attempting to remove any and all traces of terminology which could potentially damage the credibility of the Vampyric Community. Terms that may be seen as too "video game-ish," or too "poser-ish" were removed.
    • The Black Veil 4.0

      • In what is hopefully the final revision of The Black Veil, the fourth version is...interesting... When I first stumbled across it on the site of the Strigoi Vii a few years back, I was rather amused, as I'm sure most of you will be. While this is most definitely not a difficult document to find, I feel that Sangi, of http://www.sanguinarius.org, says it best. Since I entirely agree with her opinions on this matter –as would most of you if you decided to do some research on the people involved– she has given me permission to copy-and-paste her take on it.
    • The Vampiric Ethos

      • Throwing out The Black Veil entirely, various members of the Community had decided to take it upon themselves to reconstruct the guidelines that many decided to abide by from the ground up; thus was born "The Vampiric Ethos."