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So you want to be a vampire?

First off: I won't put you in touch with any vampyres, and even if I did they wouldn't make you. But I can at least tell you what you're getting into...

Let's see now. I think the easiest way to do this is going to be a give and take sort of exchange. I'll try to answer your questions as best I can, and you tell me if you're unclear on anything or need more details...

there do exist people who claim to be vampyres. According to a few of these people whom I happen to know (yeah, I know you don't believe me), it goes something like this...

vampyres are almost as varied as humans, and the different types tend to have little to do with each other. There are the vampyres a la Bram Stoker and Anne Rice, with varying degrees of powers and the like. Then there are the far more prevalent type, which I will be addressing because it's the only kind I've ever "met" and spoken to enough to get any decent amount of information. Keep in mind that I have no real way of backing all this up, and could easily be wrong.

These vampyres are very similar to humans. In fact, I've not been able to find a characteristic they have that would mark them as undeniably vampyre. Often the only way to tell is a combination of things... some common qualities are:

  • not allergic to light, but do prefer darkness
  • can see well in dim light
  • sunburn or burn easily, but are rarely accidentally injured in other ways
  • heal quickly when they do get injured
  • rarely get sick
  • stronger (not superman type here, just a bit more than average)
  • faster reflexes
  • very good with animals
  • seem to be able to "read" people easily (thoughts and moods)
  • very persuasive and dynamic people
  • love of dark, rich fabrics (velvet, leather)

I'm sure there's more but I can't remember at the moment.

Those vampyres I know who drink blood do so in small quantities, and usually have a willing mate of the opposite sex that they drink from regularly. I have heard stories of others who do go hunting strangers, but it seems that most who do prey upon "evil" or "bad" people. I'm not sure of the truth/motives of those vampyres that claim to actually kill a victim.... death is not taken so lightly by those I know. Many of these are often psychic vampyres as well... some feeding off of positive emotions and being beneficial, some feeding off of negative emotions and engendering them in others, thereby ensuring their own survival and the victim's melancholy...

They are not immortal, just very healthy and long-lived. There are two important things that make a person a vampyre - the physical and the psychological transformations. The physical transformation comes from having a vampyre drink one's blood and drinking the vampyre's blood. The physical transformation, however, is not the only criteria. The person being transformed must have a mental readiness and desire to become a vampyre. In fact, one vampyre I know has never been physically "made".

Not all vampyres are goths, not all have dark hair and eyes... physical appearance can be anything, although most are attractive.

Vampyres are not Satanists. Among those I know, there are two Christians, a Zen Buddhist, two pagans, and two atheists. It's still debated what happens to a vampyre after death, but it's agreed that they are not spawn of the evil one or any such origin.

I'm not sure about the validity of all these claims, but I have seen the people in question actually consuming blood and exhibiting other "talents". I must say I haven't discounted the possibility that they're telling the truth. If the claims are not true, I can at least speculate as to possible motives...

Any vampyres reading this should take the following as applying to the false vampyres and not to themselves *grin*)

Calling oneself a vampyre immediately distinguishes oneself. It is a way to get attention and interest other people. It also perpetuates a "dark image" - much in the same way that some people pierce themselves, tattoo themselves, whatever. It also gives one something in common with a group, inspiring feelings of community and acceptance much like any junior high clique. Also tied in closely with this is a motive of rebellion and nonconformity.

Most of those I know who seem to honestly believe in their vampyrism don't call attention to it. They are afraid of a backlash by those who don't understand, much like the Salem witch hunts... they are quiet, subtle, and don't discuss it publicly. They don't dress in only black or dye their hair... in short, they look and act like you or i. and you can't always tell the difference...

Hope this has helped.

Humbly yours, ryssa....

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