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

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