Reality vs. Fiction

Written by: Zane Robinson
Link to original: http://awakeanddrink.org/?subpages=guide/generalvampyrism&pages=realityvsfiction

Here I outline the differences between the "vampyre of fiction, myth, and 'tweens'" and the vampyre of reality. So, here they are in no particular order.

  • Vampyres are not Physically immortal.
  • Vampyres are not Demons, "of the Devil," "Spawn of Satan," cursed creatures, looked down upon by God, or anything else of that nonsense.
  • Vampyres are not repelled by any religious symbols.
  • Vampyres do not disintegrate, dissolve, burn, melt, or anything else for that matter when they come in contact with holy water.
    • For any Catholic vampyres out there, if that were true then I'm sure we would be hearing complaints by now.
  • Vampyres are just as likely to be "evil" as any human.
    • It depends on the up-bringing and their moral/ethical choices throughout life.
    • Even then, however, "good" and "evil" are only matters of perception.
  • Vampyres are not necessarily Satanists, Wiccans, Pagans, or polytheistic.
    • Then again, they are not necessarily monotheistic, polytheistic, self-deifying, Catholics, Christians, Buddhists, Pastaferian, Islamic, Jewish, or any of the other religions not listed.
    • The vampyre can choose what religion he or she wishes to follow just as can any and all non-vampyres.
  • Vampyres are not supernaturally harmed by silver.
    • Some are allergic to silver, though, but then again so are many non-vampyres.
    • That aside, isn't the silver myth for werewolves, not vampyres?
  • Vampyres can be killed via stake, burning, decapitation, drowning, suffocation, starvation, and dehydration as mythology tells us.
    • Then again, so can all humans. There is nothing "supernatural" about death via a stake through the heart. Don't believe me? Come here and I'll show you just how "worldly" it is. *sly grin*
  • Vampyres do not turn to dust, rapidly decompose, or spontaneously combust upon death.
  • Vampyres do often heal fast than non-vampyres.
  • Vampyres do not and cannot shapeshift.
    • That's right, no bats or mist here.
  • Vampyres cannot fly.
    • The only exception to this is when they are in an airplane, helicopter, or some other "flying device."
  • Vampyres do not spontaneously combust upon sunlight's coming in contact with their skin, nor do they disintegrate or turn into ashes.
    • Vampyres do, however, experience photosensitivity by which we experience frequent headaches and/or migraines when in bright light. (The sun is a very, very bright light.)
    • Vampyres also tend to burn (as in sunburns) more easily than humans when exposure to the sun is prolonged. Because of this many vampyres choose to wear sunscreen when in the sun.
  • Vampyres do not live only in the night.
    • While we tend to be more nocturnal than most, we must live much of our lives in the day just as most people must. You see, as it would turn out, there are far more day-shift jobs than night-shift jobs. Because we have to work for a living, we often thrive in the day, although night is generally preferred.
    • vampyres also tend to require less sleep than humans on average, but this is not always the case.
  • Vampyres will only sleep in coffins if they are...of an "eccentric" nature...
    • There is nothing wrong with being a vampyre and sleeping in a coffin, it's just that most vampyres do not do it; the only reason some do it (both humans and vampyres) is because they like the literary Romanticism involved in it. The "image" it presents, if you will. Others frown upon this "image."
  • Vampyres do not instantly become "sexy" or "beautiful" after their Awakening.
    • However for some unapparent reason, we do appear to be quite attractive to humans (even when we don't think we look very flattering, ourselves). We seem to have some type of "allure" to us.
  • Vampyres do not have to keep soil from their native land with them at all times when away from their home country.
  • Vampyrism is not caused by a virus. This is thoroughly covered here.
  • As far as I know, it is impossible to, "Turn," "Change," or otherwise, "Transform," a non-vampyre into a vampyre.
    • While I think that it may be possible for the simple reason that it just "feels possible" (not a very scientific reason, I know), I have receoved no proof of such a thing's existence.
    • I know of many (if not all) of the proposed methods by which one may accomplish this, but every time I investigate into such a case, it is nothing more than an already-Awakened vampyre Awakening a latent vampyre.
    • By "latent" vampyre I simply mean a vampyre who has not Awakened yet. I have done this in the past, and is covered here.
    • The only thing that I can be absolutely certain of is that being born one is the only proven way that one may "become" a vampyre (if "becoming" is even an appropriate term for it), although research into other ways of achieving this is still ongoing.
  • Vampyres are not bloodthirsty killers.
    • We are naturally designed to be predators, yes; we are bloodthirsty, yes; however, this does not make us bloodthirsty killers.
    • (Most) vampyres take blood from willing, consenting Donors, from animals, or from themselves.
    • The few that do not obtain blood from one of the above sources would be bloodthirsty killers, and are called "Rogues." Rogue vampyres are shunned by the Vampyric Community and are always brought to justice. Whether it be by human law enforcement, Covens, some vampyres upholding the understood codes, morals, and responsibilities of vampyrism, or by Hunters/ Slayers – these individuals are always brought to justice.
  • Vampyres have reflections.
    • Some of us can't get enough of ourselves while others can't stand their reflection.
    • Than again, that's exactly how humans are as well.
  • Vampyres are not members of the rising, "vampyre lifestyle."
    • While some may dress similarly to the vampyres of folklore and myth, most of us do not.
  • Vampyres do not have elongated "fangs."
    • Some of us have longer canines than most while others do not, but there are a lot of humans who have naturally long canines that could trump even the mythical vampyres'.
    • Some vampyres will wear fake "fangs" because of some fascination with "completing the image," but all of these individuals are either teenage vampyres or adult vampyres with the mentality of a teenage vampyre. There is nothing wrong with this, but that doesn't mean that I won't call you "weird," "strange," "eccentric," "over-the-top," "trying too hard," or "odd." I reserve every right to do so.
  • Vampyres are not necessarily rich.
    • While some may be, most are not.
    • We all have to work for a living in order to pay the rent/mortgage/bills.
    • By far the recurring trend in the classification of wealth among vampyres tends to be "middle class" and "upper-middle class." We've yet to meet one that is "upper class." (This is excluding the thieves who own Temple of the Vampire who, to put it plainly, rob people of their money for their own personal gain. More on this here.)
  • Vampyres don't usually live in mansions.
  • Vampyres do not live in mausoleums or crypts.
    • I can't think of any self-respecting individual who would do such a thing.
    • If we did live in mausoleums and crypts, how is it that I am able to get an Internet connection, much less a power outlet in which I can plug in my computer?
  • Vampyres do not necessarily live in households of other vampyres.
    • Some are members of Covens/Courts/Houses/Orders/Communities/Organizations which supply room and board for their members, but this is seldom the case.
  • Vampyres do not sparkle in sunlight.
  • Vampyres are not weakened by verveine.
    • Verveine is actually an herb used in making a kind of tea – it is not a vampyre repellent in any way, shape, or form.
  • Vampyres don't run so fast that we "blur."
  • Vampyres don't Feed from the neck.
    • This is because of all of the major arteries that converge about one's neck. While many of us often fantasize about the idea of a free-flowing waterfall of blood Filling us to a level of contentment beyond belief and then some, it is often something that we shy away from lest we accidentally kill the kind soul willing enough to donate to our needs.
  • Vampyres can cross running water with ease.
  • Vampyres do not have to be invited into a home to enter – it is merely proper etiquette to ask.
  • Vampyres do not live off of liters and liters of blood each day (although it would be nice).
  • Vampyres are colder than the average human.
  • Vampyres do have slower-than-average heart beats.
  • Vampyres do drink blood, although it can be of any animal – not just humans.

So, you see, vampyrism is not all that it's cracked up to be.