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Frequently Asked Questions


  1. Are vampires real?

    • Yes, they are. Much more real than modern society would like to admit. vampyres are now, and have been for millenia, dwelling on this planet just as surely as humans have been whether you like it or not.

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  2. What is the difference between mythological vampires and "real" vampires?

  3. Why do you say "vampyre" instead of "vampire?"

    • The reasoning for this is that, while both refer to the same beings, "vampyre" is the original version of spelling.

      Unfortunately, many leaders of larger Covens tend to condemn this spelling ("vampyre") as one that is used only by 'posers, lifestylers, fetishists, and otherwise deranged individuals.' It is a sad fact that one may feel that he or she has the allmighty divinational powers to exclude an individual from society based solely upon a personal preference of using 'obsolete' spellings.

      These Coven leaders preach that "vampire" is the term used to describe the real beings while "vampyre" is utilized when describing the above characters. Likewise, others preach that "vampyre" is the only true form of the word, and that "vampire" is used to describe the former stereotypes, reasoning that those stereotypes only came to be after the term "vampire" was invented for the use of fiction.

      Here at Awake and Drink, the usage of both terms is respected equally, and individuals are encouraged to make an educated decision on which one to use based off of their own research, not what somebody who is high on themselves demands them to conform to.

    • I typically use the spelling "vampyre" with a "y" as opposed to "vampire" with an "i" simply because I feel that the word, "vampire," has been so damaged by its use in popular culture that it would do nothing but shed a negative view on real vampires or vampyres. "Vampyre," I feel, is much more "virgin" in its definition, so I have decided to use "y" when referring to real vampyres, and "i" when referring to the vampires of fiction. Of course, you're free to spell it however you want as long as it's clear which you're referring to. This is simply my own, personal way of implementing clarification.

      Other spellings include: vampyre, vampire, vampyr, wampior, upior, upir, upeer, wampira, vurkulakam vrykolaka, katakhaná, penangglan, nosferatu, or murony. They are all the same word, just from different times in different languages.

    • At this point in time, the two are essentially interchangable. The term, "vampyre," may have roots going further back to a time before the translation of various languages to, "Western languages," but what it really boils down to is personal preference.

    • Here are some links that may help you form an opinion of your own:
    • Again, while it may be considered a condemnable utterance within many groups, it really and truly does not matter as they both get the point across when spoken, and both refer to the same exact thing. While I would like to use "vampire" as mythology due to the amount of attention that spelling receives and "vampyre" as reality since it is relatively unheard of, I know that that would cause a lot of confusion, so I am not going to do that. It's really all just personal preference.

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  4. What abilities do vampyres have?

    • While there are many limitations on what we vampyres can partake in regarding daily life, there are a number of perks that come with the territory. Although they aren't anywhere near as interesting as literature states (i.e. super-human strength, flying, running at lightning-fast speeds, hearing a pin drop a mile away, and jumping really high), they are still quite advantageous.

    • These include:
    • A boost in muscle strength.
      • Not super-human strength, or anything of the kind. Just a base-line boost that is just enough to notice, but not enough to lift a car. We do, however, possess the advantage of building muscle more quickly, and maintaining it longer.
    • Higher stamina/Increased running speed.
      • Again, most vampyres probably couldn't run a 3 mile marathon unless they practiced. It just gives a slight upper-hand. I could, but that's because I was in cross-country in high school and still practice periodically.
    • Better eyesight.
      • Relatively speaking, of course. No eagle's eye vision here, just better-than-average night vision, and maybe seeing an extra few yards. (Yes, some vampyres need glasses, too.)
    • Better hearing.
      • Ever wanted to eavesdrop on that conversation on the other side of the room that somebody's whispering about? Yup. We can hear them too.
    • Better sense of smell.
      • Vampyres do have a better sense of smell, yes, however not in the same way as many of the other items listed here. For vampyres, not only is the general sense of smell heightened, but we can also taste things that we smell.
        • If you're a vampyre, you've probably always thought this was natural. Next time somebody who is not a vampyre mentions tasting something they smell, ask them about it. They don't actually taste it, they just imagine it will taste good – unlike what you experience.
    • A different kind of 'touch.'
      • While vampyres can still feel everyday objects, the sensations are slightly different. The feeling of a rough or smooth surface still remains the same as for humans, but in regards to pain everything is a bit dulled. A hot surface such as an oven will still burn us, but oftentimes vampyres will not feel the sensation until much later. Stepping on a screw that happens to be sticking out of a board, for example, may not be felt until much later when the vampyre notices that there is a hole in his/her foot.
    • Vampyres are more atttuned to working with energy.
      • If you do not know what I am referring to when I say "energy," then this should help enlighten you.
        • While many things can be done by both humans and vampyres alike, there may be a few vampyre-exclusive things. (Maybe. I haven't proof of either case, although neither would be very shocking if proven true.) In addition, vampyres, on average, take less than half the time to grasp new concepts/abilities than humans do, and are often more affluent in those abilities.
    • Vampyres are nocturnal.
      • Okay...and? How is this a good thing? Well, it's a widely opinionated aspect, but in general we can get more done. Things such as cleaning the house, working on a paper, or reading a book are most easily accomplished in the tranquility of the night when everyone else is asleep, and when the stress of the day has faded into the night. The moonlight is less fatiguing for the eyes, and the moon's cosmic rays possess certain vitamins that are elsewise sparsely absorbed by the body. Also, the sun makes a person look older. Don't believe us? Compare Canadians to the eastern shore of North America. Both are in the sun equally, yet on average Canadians look about 20 years younger than they truly are.
    • Vampyres have higher IQs.
      • Quick run-down on IQs so as to finally set the record straight: IQ means "Intelligence Quotient." This does not mean "Intelligence." A person's IQ score determines that individual's ability to learn; not their intelligence. So what does this mean? This means that if you had a high-IQ individual and a low-IQ individual in the same room and taught them the same exact material in the same exact way, the high-IQ individual would grasp the concept first.
        • While there are exceptions to every rule, generally speaking vampyres tend to have higher IQs. They tend to succeed more in school and in the work place because of their ability to grasp new concepts quickly, and also tend to be good improvisors.
    • So that's pretty conclusively all of the advantages that vampyres have. Many of these are things that most anyone can do with a little bit of practice (i.e. increase strength, run faster for longer, hear better, increase learning capacity, etc.), but vampyres will almost always improve on them much more quickly than a human would.

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  5. Can a person be "Turned" into a vampire?

  6. Where did vampires originate?

  7. Am I a real vampyre?

Vampyre FAQ

  1. Is it safe to eat raw or rare ground beef?

  2. What happens if a vampyre doesn't "Feed"?

    • If we don't drink blood then we:
      • Get persistent migraines which gradually increase in severity.
      • Become more photosensitive (undoubtedly due in large part to the migraines).
      • Become increasingly lethargic.
      • Become more irritable.
      • Can't concentrate as well on whatever task may be at hand.
      • Are more apt to become ill.
      • Go into a slight daze whenever we smell blood.
      • Our sleep patterns become very erratic.
      • Food loses its taste more and more.
      • ...and a few other things that I'm sure I've missed. I tried to get them all, though.
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  3. Steak: How done is done?

    • So you've decided to try some blood from a nice, juicy steak...but you have one more question before you chow down: "How 'well' do I have to cook it?"

    • Well, according to the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) you are to, "Cook all raw beef, pork, lamb and veal steaks, chops, and roasts to a minimum internal temperature of 145 °F as measured with a food thermometer before removing meat from the heat source. For safety and quality, allow meat to rest for at least three minutes before carving or consuming. For reasons of personal preference, consumers may choose to cook meat to higher temperatures," as stated (along with many other useful tips) here: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/is_it_done_yet/brochure_text/index.asp.

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