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.

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