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".
Without a doubt, growing accustomed to "Vamp-Speak" was among one of the greatest challenges for me in my Awakening. That is in addition to, of course, experiencing all of the usual adjustments to be made, vamping-out on occassion, and getting used to the Empathic abilities (all explained below!).
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".
- The drinking of one's own blood.
- The transition state from human to vampyre. This typically occurs at some point between two years prior to the onset of puberty and the age of 22.
- Awakening vampyres will undergo both physical change and a mental change as well.
- The Black Veil:
- In a nutshell, the Ten Commandments of vampyrism.
- The Black Veil is the 13 "rules to live by" for the Vampyric Community.
- Many Covens will revise this document to suit their personal agendas, however the first one is the only true Veil.
- Each Community has different methods of prosecuting violators.
- Blood Bars:
- Essentially clubs that serve blood.
- These clubs are often operated one of two ways:
- They are affiliated with a local Coven.
- They are run by the local Coven.
- Blood bars also serve as a meeting place for Coven members.
- Although the main attraction is the blood, blood bars will almost always sell other beverages as well both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.
- Blood Bond:
- Blood bonds, though widely debated, do exist.
- Once performed, a blood bond's effects are eternal.
- They can only be performed by a vampyre, and serve many purposes, including:
- The bonding of one's soul to another.
- To pledge oneself to his/her Coven.
- In the case of bonding souls:
- Blood bonds performed between two vampyres are extremely powerful. One will only perform this ritual if he/she wishes to remain with the other forever, as the bond is unbreakable, and to be without the other is unbearable; thus why it is seldom performed outside of marriages or soon-to-be marriages.
- Blood bonds performed between a vampyre and a human result in the same end result, only much, much, much less adamant. They do, however, succeed in bringing the relationship to the next level.
- In the case of pledging oath:
- Due to the imperative effects of blood bonding, Covens will frequently perform a rite during, just before, or soon after induction into the Clan. This is to increase allegiance to the Coven, simoultaneaously ridding any desires to compromise the Coven's sanctity or at least make it emotionally more difficult to.
- Although self-explanatory as it may seem, many are not familiar with this phrase, and are thus boggled by it. It is not rocket-science.
- It simply refers to the act of cutting the flesh in order to let the blood run freely (a.k.a. blood-letting).
- They are not nearly as mystical as many would think them to be. They are simply a group of vampyres who have decided to form a group in which they can feel free to be themselves without fear of prosecution.
- Covens are based off of a heiarchial system with the eldest being the leader as they would know the most about vampyrism.
- If the eldest is a poor leader, or is not well-versed in vampyrism, then the next most-knowledgable leadership figure is chosen to lead.
- Covens will often form Havens for vampyres to come and enjoy the company of their ilk from both within and outside the boundaries of the Coven.
- A tasty treat.
- Donors are humans who have willingly consented to a vampyre's taking of their blood.
- Oftentimes some form of a "contract" is drawn up between the vampyre and his/her Donor.
- While, admittedly, if it were to be taken to court they would likely both be put in a psychiatric institute, the "contract" at least holds some merit to the fact that the vampyre did not ravish a human for their blood unwillingly. I'm sure it will, however, prove both their insanity.
- A smart vampyre will have their Donor tested periodically for STD's.
- The ability to feel others' emotions.
- This can be rather helpful if you feel up to cheering somebody up, or if you happen to be near a rather conspicuous looking fellow or two, however when you can't make it stop as it is difficult to control at the beginning, it can become rather cumbersome.
- Vampyres experience a drastic increase of Empathic capabilities about 4-6 weeks after Awakening.
- Please note that Empathy is by no means limited only to vampyres - any and all Psions experience this too.
- The ability to feel others' emotions.
- The act of drinking blood or taking psi-energy to satiate one's Hunger.
- A "safe place" for vampyres to relax around others with whom the can relate to.
- Havens may or may not require membership to a Coven.
- If it is run by a Coven, then there is a good chance that it is Coven-specific.
- However, if it is privately run, it may simply be an open invitation.
- Although not all do, many Havens will serve blood.
- Many will say that it is simply a desire to Feed. This is not necessarily so.
- While I will not get into the specifics here as they are covered elsewhere, the Hunger, although it starts off as a desire, can and will turn into a need if not satisfied, which can be a very bad thing.
- The act of seeking blood or energy via stalking animals or humans.
- This may range anywhere from a "prowl through the night" stalk to a "...eggs...milk...chee-yeahey! That guy smells reeeeally good..." stalk.
- A cross-breed of Psi-vampyre and Sanguinarian.
- Hybrids are not trained Sanguinarians in Psi abilities.
- We cover this here.
- A sexual vampyre (male) whom lives off of the energy derived from sex.
- Includes all so-called, "Supernatural Beings," ranging from vampyres to were-creatures, to Faeries, to Shapeshifters.
- Known also as Psy, Energy, Auras, Auric Energy, Chi, Prana, Ley, Life Force, THE Force *ahem*, Chakras, Karaneem, Illiaster, the Soul, the Spirit, Spiritual Energy, and Odic Energy, it is the energy that is all around us. It is the energy that coarses through all life.
- One who is skilled in the Manipulation of Energy.
- The art of Manipulating Energy.
- Typically only individuals who are lalready quite skilled in Psionics are aware of this term, as most call it, "being Psychic," rather than what it actually is Psionics.
- Also known as Psychic-vampyre or Psy-vampyre.
- A vampyre whom lives off of energy.
- From my experience, Psi-vampyres are not vampyres, but are merely non-vampyres who have convinced themselves that they have an "energy leak."
- This is not true. The aura of every single Psi-Vampre I have ever met was in the same exact condition as a human's aura who can Psi-Feed.
- Psi-vampyres Feed off of others' auras in order to build upon their own.
- We cover this here.
- A vampyre whom Feeds from unwilling donors.
- Typically characterized as violent and unruly.
- A vampyre who must live off of blood.
- Sanguinarians are the most pure form of vampyre, as they were the first form of vampyre.
- We cover this here.
- A vampyre-hunter.
- Slayers may be human, vampyre, or any other type of Otherkin.
- A sexual vampyre (female) whom lives off of the energy derived from sex.
- What happens when a Sanguinarian's Hunger becomes too bad.
- Our primal, predatory instincts kick in completely overturning concious control of motor functions, and will find blood since the body feels as though it is being neglected.
- It can be controlled, or rather, constrained, with practice, however without a great amount of willpower one will easily lose memory of the event however long it may last perhaps 2-3 secs, perhaps longer.
The Reason for "Irregular" Capitalization
Anything with seemingly random capitalization serves its purpose through the following example:
"If you just Look, it is obvious where they are."
This is just an easier way of saying:
"If you just apply your ability to see and/or sense the auras of people and/or other entities, it is obvious where they are."
So, the benefits of this are quite obvious.
These will be used rather extensively throughout the site for the sake of simplicity and saving space, although they can be figured out without much effort. In short, anything with a random capital letter at the start is likely vampyre-related. Some of these may include:
I'm sure I left some out, but that doesn't matter. The variations of all of these are implied (i.e. Seeing, See, Sees, Saw, Seen, Sight, etc.). The usage of terms such as the above is preferred as it will take:
"So I had another movie-like image play through my head of my friend pulling up to my house in his car, so I went out to greet him, and as I exited I could just pick up the faintest presence of his scent on the wind. As it turns out, he was just turning into my road. It was cool. It made me very proud of my now-heightened five senses and Psi-abilities that came after my becoming a vampyre."
and turn it into:
"So I Saw my friend pulling up to my house in his car, so I went out to greet him, and as I exited I Smelled him. As it turns out, he was just turning into my road. It was cool. It made me very proud of my Senses."
Not only are 3 lines of text easier to read than 5; incidentally they are also easier to type.