THE DARKEST SIDE OF NIGHT… Vampires have a very unique place in human consciousness. Understanding how it got there requires visits to old dusty libraries and days spent with even dustier volumes. By definition, History, is contained within writings. Everything else that archaeology discovers is subject to interpretation – usually using the same aforementioned writings.
Tracing Vampires through history is not difficult. There are key periods of time when, for some reason, Vampires are just everywhere. THE VAMPYRE’S BIBLE will inform the reader (who is presumably already a Vampyre or a fledgling BabyBat) in mastering the art of energy transformation and vampyrism.
[This blogpost officially excerpted from THE VAMPYRE’S BIBLE by Joshua Free.]
Using the writings of various periods, the evolution of Legendary Vampires and Living Vampyres today, it is actually quite clear. From central Europe, the “Traditional Vampire” is described in magical lore and folklore as the upyr, from the Latinized uampire. Later usage by Germanic languages included a “V” – vapir and vampyr. After this, the letter “V” by itself, subconsciously starts representing Vampires.
Darksider genes, diseases and conditions appear to connect traditional Vampyric origins in Mesopotamia and Egypt. This very rare sequence of conditions appears most often among “strict” bloodlines, citizens of the court, “blue-blood” royalty and even a few nomadic groups that spread across Eurasia.
Heightened psychic or psionic sensitivity and an elevated energetic metabolism requires certain individuals to channel and process significantly higher levels, magnitudes and frequencies of energy than what is “normal” for the “human” condition. Energy Vampyres are “wired” to maintain the balance and flow in the Universe. They Feed on Etheric energies as a form of photosynthesis.
Anemic porphyria is a very common blood condition among Living Undead. Porphyria is the Greek word for “purple.” The disease is named for the color found in urine and feces. Other common symptoms include: visual and auditory hallucinations, seizures, and finally, the classic acute light/sunlight sensitivity of the skin and eyes.Anemic Porphyria can remain genetically dormant in the blood system indefinitely until activated by some triggering condition – whatever that may be. Among general populations today, 1 in 200,000 people (5 ppm) have this condition. Modern medicine treats this with heme injections, but in prior times, self-medication might have included drinking blood. (Heme can be absorbed into the bloodstream through the stomach lining.)
Pellagra is a “wasting” Darksider Disease. The earliest symptom is hypersensitivity to sunlight. Then, as brain neurons degenerate internally, erratic behavior results including dementia, insomnia, mood swings and violence. This condition is triggered by niacin and tryptophan deficiencies from sugar-rich diets (or diets overdependent on corn and corn syrup).
Werewolves, another Creature of Night, do not share the same sensitivity to sunlight that occur with Vampyric conditions. In the near future, as everyone seems to be expecting anyway, we can expect a widespread rabies-like virus epidemic. It is as yet to be undiscovered, currently being engineered or already sitting on a shelf just waiting to leak out. Unlike genetically carried conditions, this externally introduced agent will interact with each person differently – based on heredity, willpower and intelligence. Rabies changes physical appearance, personality and behavior. The inevitable final result in death…
Moroii ad Vitam
The Vampyre’s Bible: A History of Children of Night and Guide for the Living Undead
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