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.

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