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Ask the Vampires, Question 1 Part F

Posted: Tuesday, 8 May, 2012 by deacongray in Ask the Vampires, Community Articles
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While the GraveYard Press has always been open for comments, both good and bad, there has not really been a way for readers to ask questions directly of the staff. Not all of our readers are vampires, nor are they all familiar with the Online Vampire Community. And that leads to questions. They might be questions many within the community have answered a hundred times over; they might be questions that make us groan; they might be questions that make us stop and think; and they might be questions that make us giggle. These do not matter. In order to better facilitate an open dialogue between community newcomers and outsiders, the Ask the Vampire page was opened, and it is open to all questions. This week, the staff of the GraveYard Press is pleased to introduce the first set of questions posed:

are vampires made or are they born that way? also is vampirism a virus or genetically inherited? if vampirism is a genetically inherited trait do you have to get it from both parents or is it passed paternally or maternally? are there any special gifts that a vampire posses then better senses, stronger, smarter, and faster? if vampirism is a virus how do you catch it? and if you can be turned into a vampire then what is the proccess?

The questions were sent to volunteers within the community: David M. Criophix (DCM), Amelia Nightside (AM), Heidica Northernlight (HM), Hollow Link (HL), Emma Emz Karlane (EEK), and Nastassia Daathschild Morrison (NDM) answered from the community at large. Mind, they are speaking only their opinions, not for the community as a whole. The questions were also posed to all members of the GraveYard Press staff. The questions were answered by Mikyla Abigor (MA), Anya Ligeia Rakoczy (ALR), Deacon Gray (DG), and Valiant Ferguson Steinhauer (VFS). Not everyone answered all of the questions.

For better ease of reading, the question will be posted, followed by the answers (respondent denoted by initials, as listed above). Because of the number and depth of the responses, we are going to tackle each question by itself. They are all worth reading, so please tune in!

  1. and if you can be turned into a vampire then what is the process?

DMC: I doubt you could be “turned” into a vampire. My opinion is that vampirism can manifest in many ways but it wouldn’t be permanent unless you were a vampire. The term vampire for our community is loaded. This means different individuals and groups believe different things. No one has a exact agreement on what a vampire really is and I guess that adds to the mystery and at the same time in our community we respect the individuals wishes to express their ideas without restricting ourselves to just one set definition for the term “vampire”.

AN: Highly debated, incredibly controversial, not proven and even said to be highly unlikely for the process to succeed, even if it were possible.

Energetically it would involve permanently damaging the astral/energy body to the point that it cannot replenish/heal itself naturally. It is said that “No one physical person is likely to have the knowledge, skill and lack of heart enough to be able to perform such an act”. My personal theory is that, the energetic body and physical body are inter-connected. Damage one and the other will suffer to some extent. Damaging the energy body to such an extent (to cripple) could result in parallel damage (more or less) and/or complications reflected in the physical body. This is dangerous, not likely to be done, if done correctly and IF possible at all, and is definitely not worth the risk of trying.

I’ve also heard an energy-related theory regarding energy “transfusion”. One would have to simultaneously completely drain the “victim” (turnee?) completely of their life-force energy, give the victim/turnee their own (the turner?) energy (assuming that the energy signature of a vampire is truly different than non-vampire) and keep the victim alive.

Whatever the theory, It’s all complicated, not even agreed or proven to be possible and agreed that even if possible, not likely to be done.

HN: I have never seen anyone being turned a vampire, I have a friend though that believes to have developed vampiric traits by rituals and exercises. And who am I to say whats real or not, I can only say how the condition is for me and curiously ask about others

EEK: As stated above, one cannot become a vampire. You cannot bit another’s neck and turn them into a vampire by feeding them your blood. Vampires cannot be turned like they portray in films. This is purely fantasy and under no circumstances to be mixed up with the Real Vampires of today.

NDM: a human can be tort how to syphon energy from beings around them. But the need and pull to feed on it is lacking. A lot of people do play vamp in bed and get off in the ideal of it. But once again this is make believe. For me it’s like needed water, I get head aches and feel sic if I don’t feed. I also get very tired in the sun light. this could be due to my blood or sun sensitivity. Doctors say I’m naturally deficient in melitonin and this helps block sun rays. I’m not sure if this is vamp but my grandfather was the same.

MA: I do not believe that you can be turned into a vampire, although I do believe someone can experience a temporary need for additional energy. I believe there are many reasons for this such as continuous feedings from one donor, illness, and even being victim of psychic predators (which are completely different from psychic, or energy, vampires). Again, these are temporary needs, which does not make one a vampire.

ALR:  I think if this can be done at all, it would only be done under very special circumstances and quite difficult to accomplish. In general, I think this is something best confined to fiction

VFS: I do not believe this either.

 

Ask the Vampires, Question 1 Part E

Posted: Tuesday, 8 May, 2012 by deacongray in Ask the Vampires, Community Articles
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While the GraveYard Press has always been open for comments, both good and bad, there has not really been a way for readers to ask questions directly of the staff. Not all of our readers are vampires, nor are they all familiar with the Online Vampire Community. And that leads to questions. They might be questions many within the community have answered a hundred times over; they might be questions that make us groan; they might be questions that make us stop and think; and they might be questions that make us giggle. These do not matter. In order to better facilitate an open dialogue between community newcomers and outsiders, the Ask the Vampire page was opened, and it is open to all questions. This week, the staff of the GraveYard Press is pleased to introduce the first set of questions posed:

are vampires made or are they born that way? also is vampirism a virus or genetically inherited? if vampirism is a genetically inherited trait do you have to get it from both parents or is it passed paternally or maternally? are there any special gifts that a vampire posses then better senses, stronger, smarter, and faster? if vampirism is a virus how do you catch it? and if you can be turned into a vampire then what is the proccess?

The questions were sent to volunteers within the community: David M. Criophix (DCM), Amelia Nightside (AM), Heidica Northernlight (HM), Hollow Link (HL), Emma Emz Karlane (EEK), and Nastassia Daathschild Morrison (NDM) answered from the community at large. Mind, they are speaking only their opinions, not for the community as a whole. The questions were also posed to all members of the GraveYard Press staff. The questions were answered by Mikyla Abigor (MA), Anya Ligeia Rakoczy (ALR), Deacon Gray (DG), and Valiant Ferguson Steinhauer (VFS). Not everyone answered all of the questions.

For better ease of reading, the question will be posted, followed by the answers (respondent denoted by initials, as listed above). Because of the number and depth of the responses, we are going to tackle each question by itself. They are all worth reading, so please tune in!

  1. if vampirism is a virus how do you catch it?

DMC: Hard question to answer here. You’re talking about a virus which effects every part of the body and over writes certain characteristics. This is known as a retrovirus which takes out parts of code in your DNA (the instructions on how to build the human body). I doubt it would be transmitted later in life though. For the whole body to be equally effected without death or serious complications such as cancer it would have to be transmitted in vitro. This means in the womb. Retroviruses exist in nature naturally (such as HPV 14 and HPV 16) but to have one which doesn’t cause cancer? Now that would be amazing.

AN: . It isn’t (at least as far as common belief and understanding goes). You can’t, if it’s not.

Real Vampirism is not like the movies and other works of fiction and entertainment (save for a need to feed).

HN: If vampirism should be a virus I think it would come through the blood and not through saliva etc.

EEK: You cannot, under any circumstances “catch” Vampirism. Vampirism is a way of life; you either are born with the gift or learn of the gift later on in life or you don’t have anything vampiric or otherkin within you at all. Vampirism is nothing like a cold or a flu.

NDM: I don’t believe it to be virual,

MA: I do not believe vampirism to be viral.

ALR: I do not believe this.

VFS: I do not believe this.

 

Ask the Vampires, Question 1 Part D

Posted: Tuesday, 8 May, 2012 by deacongray in Ask the Vampires, Community Articles
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While the GraveYard Press has always been open for comments, both good and bad, there has not really been a way for readers to ask questions directly of the staff. Not all of our readers are vampires, nor are they all familiar with the Online Vampire Community. And that leads to questions. They might be questions many within the community have answered a hundred times over; they might be questions that make us groan; they might be questions that make us stop and think; and they might be questions that make us giggle. These do not matter. In order to better facilitate an open dialogue between community newcomers and outsiders, the Ask the Vampire page was opened, and it is open to all questions. This week, the staff of the GraveYard Press is pleased to introduce the first set of questions posed:

are vampires made or are they born that way? also is vampirism a virus or genetically inherited? if vampirism is a genetically inherited trait do you have to get it from both parents or is it passed paternally or maternally? are there any special gifts that a vampire posses then better senses, stronger, smarter, and faster? if vampirism is a virus how do you catch it? and if you can be turned into a vampire then what is the proccess?

The questions were sent to volunteers within the community: David M. Criophix (DCM), Amelia Nightside (AM), Heidica Northernlight (HM), Hollow Link (HL), Emma Emz Karlane (EEK), and Nastassia Daathschild Morrison (NDM) answered from the community at large. Mind, they are speaking only their opinions, not for the community as a whole. The questions were also posed to all members of the GraveYard Press staff. The questions were answered by Mikyla Abigor (MA), Anya Ligeia Rakoczy (ALR), Deacon Gray (DG), and Valiant Ferguson Steinhauer (VFS). Not everyone answered all questions.

For better ease of reading, the question will be posted, followed by the answers (respondent denoted by initials, as listed above). Because of the number and depth of the responses, we are going to tackle each question by itself. They are all worth reading, so please tune in!

  1. are there any special gifts that a vampire posses then better senses, stronger, smarter, and faster?

DMC: Everyone is different but for the most part we have a better sense sometimes of energy and sometimes smell. Everyone has their own uniqueness and way of seeing and sensing things.

AN: This also seems to be a varied experience by individual. The only anything I personally attribute to vampirism is a Hunger for blood and/or metaphysical life-force energy in addition to all other normal, humanly needs. Some claim a heightened sense of perception(s) either as a symptom of the Hunger (When one is hungry or vulnerable in any way, one can easily be overwhelmed by normal senses and stresses, making it seem as though such senses and perceptions are heightened) or as a result of having fed (One could also have their senses dulled after a time, just like with normal hunger, coming back to normal, could be percieved as improving of senses).

HN: Special gifts? I am not much stronger, faster or smarter than anyone else I think I do believe I am born with a potential to develop certain abilitys though, and that practising and learning about your abilitys will increase your potential.

EEK: Vampires come under three categories; Pranic, Psi and Sanguine. The Pranic feed on energy in much the same way as Psi but through a different method – most likely through sexual or any kind of physical contact with the “donor”. Psi feed on energy and can draw energy from the world around them without so much as needing to touch anything or make it known; though it is more courtesy to let your donor know you are doing so. Finally Sanguine feed via blood intake. The powers possessed could essentially vary between the three however, although this really depends on what level of intelligence or strength they would have if they didn’t know they were a vampire. Some senses, such as psychic, vision and hearing can appear amplified but again this is a questionable matter.

NDM:  yes, I have knowing and memories of the darkness and of times before. I have met healers whom were vamp also my grandfather could speak with all thing past over. He said that the blood spoke to him.

MA: I do not believe there are any special gifts bestowed upon those of us who are vampiric. Some do, however.

ALR: It is my opinion that vampires, like nonvampires, may be born with a number of shall we say, metaphysical or occult gifts, and that these may be cultivated though study and practice. That said, I believe those of a vampiric nature do have certain advantages; as do hawks, lions, and other predators.

DG: I don’t believe there are any measurable gifts such as the question describes, but I do think that need breeds development so while vamps are no more innately than any other human, the need to learn some levels of energy work, and or empathetic development might push vamps more actively to seek such enlightenments.

VFS: Well, it would be nice if this were the case, but I tend to think these things can be a part of human existence also. I have always thought the veils were much thinner for me than others, but have met many humans in which they were quite a bit more gifted. Damn!!

Ask the Vampires, Question 1 Part C

Posted: Tuesday, 8 May, 2012 by deacongray in Ask the Vampires, Community Articles
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While the GraveYard Press has always been open for comments, both good and bad, there has not really been a way for readers to ask questions directly of the staff. Not all of our readers are vampires, nor are they all familiar with the Online Vampire Community. And that leads to questions. They might be questions many within the community have answered a hundred times over; they might be questions that make us groan; they might be questions that make us stop and think; and they might be questions that make us giggle. These do not matter. In order to better facilitate an open dialogue between community newcomers and outsiders, the Ask the Vampire page was opened, and it is open to all questions. This week, the staff of the GraveYard Press is pleased to introduce the first set of questions posed:

are vampires made or are they born that way? also is vampirism a virus or genetically inherited? if vampirism is a genetically inherited trait do you have to get it from both parents or is it passed paternally or maternally? are there any special gifts that a vampire posses then better senses, stronger, smarter, and faster? if vampirism is a virus how do you catch it? and if you can be turned into a vampire then what is the proccess?

The questions were sent to volunteers within the community: David M. Criophix (DCM), Amelia Nightside (AM), Heidica Northernlight (HM), Hollow Link (HL), Emma Emz Karlane (EEK), and Nastassia Daathschild Morrison (NDM) answered from the community at large. Mind, they are speaking only their opinions, not for the community as a whole. The questions were also posed to all members of the GraveYard Press staff. The questions were answered by Mikyla Abigor (MA), Anya Ligeia Rakoczy (ALR), Deacon Gray (DG), and Valiant Ferguson Steinhauer (VFS). Not everyone answered all of the questions.

For better ease of reading, the question will be posted, followed by the answers (respondent denoted by initials, as listed above). Because of the number and depth of the responses, we are going to tackle each question by itself. They are all worth reading, so please tune in!

  1. if vampirism is a genetically inherited trait do you have to get it from both parents or is it passed paternally or maternally?

DMC: Quite possibly or through epigenetic means is also a possible route of transference. The study of epigenetic behavior is new though so I wouldn’t expect a break through understanding in this department for some time. The exact mechanics of vampirism are not deeply explored yet on a scientific level of understanding. It’s like those weird moments where you’re thinking the same thing as others and you say the same thing at the same time without meaning to. It happens but you don’t know why scientifically. This is the case with vampirism. Science can’t explain why we feel this way physically or what we do physically but yet we do.

AN: This is unknown, because it is not known/proven nor agreed that it’s genetic in the first place. For those that do see it repeat in families, I’ve heard many claim that it seems to skip generations and could be a recessive gene.

HN: Personally I believe I have it from my mothers side of the family, if it should be genetic, both my gran and my great grandad was psis and energyworkers. But I have a suspicion my fathers mother was also a psi. Also I have recently found a fourt cousine through fb,and he is vampiric as me, two of his siblings seems to have sympthoms as well and its my mums side of tha fam theu are from.

EEK: Genetically inherited Vampires could gain their “trait” from both parents; however this again varies. Some parents decline what they are whilst others accept what they are and allow their children to learn the different life styles but coaxing them onto the path of vampirism.

NDM: my father and mother were not vamps at all but my grand father on my mums side was, he tort me about energy flow and that blood was the force of life 

MA: As I said, I am on the fence about the genetic/hereditary theory. That aside, let us assume it is genetic/hereditary. I do not personally believe that you get it from both parents or one parent specifically.

ALR: I think it is genetically inherited. I believe it can be passed down from either or both parents. In my case, there are ancestors on both sides who show evidence of vampirism.

DG:  I think such a thing has to be passed down from somewhere in the blood line, but it does not matter who carries the gene. Hormons, or other chemicals in the body trigger this change.

VFS: I believe that I was born this way, and that it is certainly genetically translated down and through us. It would be logical to assume that it could and would be passed from one or both parents either directly or skipping through generations

Ask the Vampire, Question 1 Part B

Posted: Tuesday, 8 May, 2012 by deacongray in Ask the Vampires, Community Articles
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While the GraveYard Press has always been open for comments, both good and bad, there has not really been a way for readers to ask questions directly of the staff. Not all of our readers are vampires, nor are they all familiar with the Online Vampire Community. And that leads to questions. They might be questions many within the community have answered a hundred times over; they might be questions that make us groan; they might be questions that make us stop and think; and they might be questions that make us giggle. These do not matter. In order to better facilitate an open dialogue between community newcomers and outsiders, the Ask the Vampire page was opened, and it is open to all questions. This week, the staff of the GraveYard Press is pleased to introduce the first set of questions posed:

are vampires made or are they born that way? also is vampirism a virus or genetically inherited? if vampirism is a genetically inherited trait do you have to get it from both parents or is it passed paternally or maternally? are there any special gifts that a vampire posses then better senses, stronger, smarter, and faster? if vampirism is a virus how do you catch it? and if you can be turned into a vampire then what is the proccess?

The questions were sent to volunteers within the community: David M. Criophix (DCM), Amelia Nightside (AM), Heidica Northernlight (HM), Hollow Link (HL), Emma Emz Karlane (EEK), and Nastassia Daathschild Morrison (NDM) answered from the community at large. Mind, they are speaking only their opinions, not for the community as a whole. The questions were also posed to all members of the GraveYard Press staff. The questions were answered by Mikyla Abigor (MA), Anya Ligeia Rakoczy (ALR), Deacon Gray (DG), and Valiant Ferguson Steinhauer (VFS). Not everyone answered each question.

For better ease of reading, the question will be posted, followed by the answers (respondent denoted by initials, as listed above). Because of the number and depth of the responses, we are going to tackle each question by itself. They are all worth reading, so please tune in!

  1. also is vampirism a virus or genetically inherited?

DMC: It could be either or neither. A small group is actually conducting research along the lines to find out just what commonality we have in the genetic or viral department. When the research is done our findings should be posted several easy to reach and read locations.

AN: It is not a virus. It has not yet been found to be genetically inhereted, though many have claimed instances of vampirism appearing in family lines. So maybe, but nothing for sure as of yet.

HN: I do not think it is a virus, though I dont feel compentent to rule anything out. In my family there are several vampirics far back, but I also know many are solitary in their familys.

EEK: This can be a questionable answer; some believe that it is a virus, whilst others believe it is genetic. The only significant difference being between the two is that if it can be considered as a virus it would not be something you simply pick up on through breathing. You cannot simply inhale the air around you and class yourself as a vampire.

NDM:  genetically inherited. for myself and all I have truly met.

MA: I do not believe that vampirism is a virus as I truly believe that all of the blood tests my doctor has done over the years would have shown something other; my doctor would be famous and I’d be in a lab somewhere! As for the genetic/hereditary theory? Well, I really am on the fence about this. We have no proof either way, but I have several friends within the community who have seen vampirism in their family.

ALR: I say genetically inherited.

Ask the Vampires, Question 1 Part A

Posted: Tuesday, 8 May, 2012 by deacongray in Ask the Vampires, Community Articles
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While the GraveYard Press has always been open for comments, both good and bad, there has not really been a way for readers to ask questions directly of the staff. Not all of our readers are vampires, nor are they all familiar with the Online Vampire Community. And that leads to questions. They might be questions many within the community have answered a hundred times over; they might be questions that make us groan; they might be questions that make us stop and think; and they might be questions that make us giggle. These do not matter. In order to better facilitate an open dialogue between community newcomers and outsiders, the Ask the Vampire page was opened, and it is open to all questions. This week, the staff of the GraveYard Press is pleased to introduce the first set of questions posed:

are vampires made or are they born that way? also is vampirism a virus or genetically inherited? if vampirism is a genetically inherited trait do you have to get it from both parents or is it passed paternally or maternally? are there any special gifts that a vampire posses then better senses, stronger, smarter, and faster? if vampirism is a virus how do you catch it? and if you can be turned into a vampire then what is the proccess?

The questions were sent to volunteers within the community: David M. Criophix (DCM), Amelia Nightside (AN), Heidica Northernlight (HM), Emma Emz Karlane (EEK), and Nastassia Daathschild Morrison (NDM) answered from the community at large. Mind, they are speaking only their opinions, not for the community as a whole. The questions were also posed to all members of the GraveYard Press staff. The questions were answered by Mikyla Abigor (MA), Anya Ligeia Rakoczy (ALR), and Valiant Ferguson Steinhauer (VFS). Not everyone answered all questions.

For better ease of reading, the question will be posted, followed by the answers (respondent denoted by initials, as listed above). Because of the number and depth of the responses, we are going to tackle each question by itself. They are all worth reading, so please tune in!

  1.  are vampires made or are they born that way?

DMC: Yes and no. A vampire is born yet isn’t. It’s just like with any trait where you’re born with a disposition for it to affect your life (such as hair color, eye color, height, weight). The events in your life, I believe, cause your awakening if you are predisposed to becoming a vampire or should I say predisposed to vampirism.

AN: It is most commonly believed that the only way to be a Real Vampire one has to be born that way. Some debate that turning could be possible, however my only understanding of that is it is related to the spirit/aura and not likely that anyone would know how to do it, never mind a supposed 0-none success rate. In short – One is only born as a vampire. Any claims related to turning should be met with an open mind, but a good healthy dose of skepticism, logic, and realism.

HN: I will answer this question from a personal wiew, to me a vampire is born vampiric.

EEK: Vampires are as they are; born into the world as a vampire but often going through a certain period of time before they start to understand and discover that they are different. Not all Vampires have the same time-set for when they “Awaken”; some can awaken at a reasonably early age, others later on in life. It varies, in a way, on one’s life style.

NDM: I believe that depends on what type of vamp. Sang are born, a lot of psychs are born also, but I believe one can be tort to be a psych vamp, though I feel the need to feed maybe missing in made vamps.

MA: Vampires are not “made” any more than any other human being. We don’t spring forth from the Earth, after all. That being said, yes; we are born how we are although it might lie dormant for many years. As mentioned by the others who have answered, vampires go through what some call an “awakening”, which means they awaken to the additional needs of their body. I have seen some liken it to a second puberty. Because this need is one that becomes prevalent at different stages, but is always there, I believe it is more that we become aware of our needs.

ALR: I say born that way

DG: I personally believe they are born that way, with some kind of a genetic marker perhaps that, like other attributes of humans is basically turned on at some point in their lives.