Imon - Les Vampires

Section 1 : Beliefs and Definitions

Define vampire and vampirism.
Someone who needs the intake of living essence and energy (primarily human energy IMO) on a regular basis to optimize and maintain a sense of well-being of the holistic self.
Vampirism - both the practice and the state of being a vampire (as described above)

Would you define vampires as human or non-human?
Human with some special qualities and idiosyncrasies.

Do you believe that there's more than one kind vampire? If so, what do you think those kinds are and what defines them?
I think vampires are of one kind with some specialized differences in ways they feed.

Section 2 : Traits

Do you believe vampires are born, made, or some of each?
I believe vampires are born that way. Most go through some type of awakening at some point.

Do you believe non-vampires can be turned into vampires?
No. Nor do I believe it's a desirable quest.

If you think non-vampires can be turned into vampires how might that be accomplished?
I think non-vampires can be vampirised to the point where they might take on some vampiric traits or other manifestations but they're not real vampires. I also believe something similar might be accomplished through ritual blood magick; however, again, it doesn't make the person into a real vampire.

Do you think there are certain traits that all vampires share. What are they? If a self-proclaimed vampire doesn't exhibit these traits how would you classify them?
There seems to be. First and foremost they share what they call 'the hunger' or 'the thirst', which is the need that drives them to seek the energy they need. Sun/light sensitivity seems to be common. They seem to have some heightened senses. There seems to be a shift toward intelligence and creativity and of course, predation, charm and people skills, and what I call a vampire temperament. Lack of feeding appears to bring on psycho-somatic symptoms, such as gastrointestinal distress, generalized pain, fatigue, depression, anger. If a self-proclaimed vampire doesn't exhibit the real driving need to feed, I'd probably have my doubts. I don't worry about the other stuff too much one way or the other.

Section 3 : Sang~Psi~Self-Perception

How do you know you're a vampire, or if you're not, what would make you think someone else was one.
I'm not. See above. Most of my sense of knowing whether someone is one or not comes from talking with or knowing the person over time or them feeding.

If your definitions include "energy," define "energy." If not, what do you believe the vampire draws sustenance from?
You know I hate these definition things ~whines~ Energy=lifeforce, essence, the vitality that makes us a living being, that's what the vampire draws sustenance from, the holistic being. Perhaps some ambient energy from other sources.

Have you ever consumed blood? If so, how does doing so effect you?
Only my own as experimentation while blood letting. It doesn't effect me.

Do you believe in "psychic/psionic" abilities? If so, do you think vampires have enhanced abilities in this area?
Yes I do. I do think most vampires have enhanced abilities in this area, although they may not all manifest them to the same degree.

Do you beleive that all vampires need to consume blood or that some can feed by tapping energy directly(psionically)?
Most can get by psionically if they must or choose to. However, it may be as a choice of living on salad or steak, or psi vamps may have to work harder at it. Most of the vampires who've done both give a nod to the sang feedings packing more whallop and for a longer period of time.

Section 4 : Spiritual and Social

Do you follow a particular spiritual path and if so what is it?
my personal interpretation of Christianity

Does your spiritualiy or religion have any relationship to vampirism? Do you believe that vampirism has a religious context or is a religion?
I believe it gives me a more open mind (yes, don't laugh). I also find most vampires and those around them to have spiritual inclinations, so it seems my spiritual side often gets a workout in this setting. I believe vampirism can be a religion or have a religious context to some people.

Do you believe in physical immortality, and if so can vampires be immortal? What about spiritual immortality?
No, I don't believe in physical immortality. I believe in a spiritual immortality that's true for everyone, not just vampires. However, in the sense of returning to this life again, perhaps there's something that's passed along over time, or not. I'm undecided on this one.

What do you think would be the ideal relationships between vampires and society? What do you see the real realationship between vampires and society as being?
I tend to think of society in concentric rings. The outer concentric ring that's paranoid and close-minded should just be left to think vampires are myth and lore, fiction and movie magic. In the middle ring, there are more open-minded people who could be 'possibly' be educated on the reality and who express curiosity. On the inner ring are people of alternate lifestyles who are much more open to the possibilities of suspension of disbelief, in whatever form it takes. Over all, I think things should just be left as they are, with perhaps attention redirected somewhere else. Vampires have the ability to remain 'shadowkind to man' (nod and smile to Devon for that expression) as they've always been.

Do you think there should be an overall community or organisation for all vampires? If so how should it be structured? If not, why not?
I don't think there needs to be some sort of governmental type thing going on, ever. It's been tried many times before and it's always failed and I don't see anything desirable about it. Vampires by nature are highly individualistic and territorial. I think it's nice when people within the community are able to network with each other and this can be accomplished through various online and offline activities. And I think there can be some sharing going on, we don't all need to reinvent the wheel for each endeavor. Common sense guidelines for behavior are fine providing they are just that.