Vampyre Strengths

The Vampyre’s greatest strength is self-knowledge. Knowing ourselves and knowing the world around us gives us the advantage over those who do not. Where Shinai are prone to suffer doubt and blind faith in the unexplained, we accept the unexplained as part of our nature and as a cold fact, and employ it in our daily lives. 

Advantages Of The Vampyre 

Natural Aptitude For Energy-work And Magick

By nature, Vampyres are magickal creatures, we feed on prana (life-force) energy, which is considered by some to be inseparable from magick. Indeed, energy-work is for all intents and purposes, magick in the true sense. Most Shinai who practice magick use rituals and circles and other paraphernalia to facilitate their workings. Vampyres by contrast are far closer to the nature of magick, and so we tend to have innate skills and an aptitude for the tasks of manipulating energy without needing all the accouterments and trappings of various cults and Shinai practitioners. Vampyre magick is called Vampyrcraeft. 

Longevity

It is a generally accepted trend that Vampyres do not show age as rapidly as Mundanes. The average trend seems to indicate that most Vampyres in their 30’s and older appear roughly about ten years younger than their chronological age, although it would seem likely that this lag can be increased in some cases.

Several examples exist in history where people accused of vampirism had used human blood for purposes other than simple feeding, and applied it towards prolonging their lives, or to maintaining a youthful appearance.

Today, we know that this is possible, at least to a degree. Blood for example, has been shown to contain properties which can be applied towards better skin care – in fact, a company marketing skin-care products has indicated the possibility of a range of products made from blood which show a marked improvement in maintaining youthful appearance.

Further, in recent articles propagated within the OVC, discussing vampyric ageing and the rejuvenating physical effects of ingesting blood. “There are very few articles available with regard to ‘vampiric aging’ yet we are faced with a population of vampires that are now in their 40’s and even approaching, if not already, the 50 mark. Many of our older community members, as can be attested through photos available on many internet sites, look no different than they did 10 even 15 years ago. ”

Also, another recent laboratory study has shown that the blood plasma of young mice injected into older mice had a rejuvenating effect on the older mice, prompting further study into smaller chemical components of blood and aging. It would seem that Shinai have finally caught onto what Vampyres have known all along – the blood is the life.

There really are certain abilities attributed to Vampyres in real life which in some ways are paralleled in fiction, although fiction tends to far overstate things.  Some things are just too far-fetched, while others are strikingly real, though one could be forgiven for confusing the two.

PSI Abilities

This is a broad overview of PSI abilities and techniques and by no means intended to be a lesson in “how to”. For more detailed material, refer to a Vampyre or occult library. 

Taking Energy

As Vampyres we are naturally adept at absorbing energy. This is presumed to come from our marked shortcomings in making our own energy naturally. This natural talent appears to sometimes make us take energy for granted, as a natural ability or fact of life, to the point where sometimes we may not even be aware that we are doing it. In fact, that is often how we find out what we are – either someone skilled in PSI, or another Vampyre, will detect this – and confront us about it.

There are methods of energy feeding, but suffice to say that visualization techniques similar to those used in magick, are very useful for controlling PSI feeding.

There are different kinds of energy to feed on – among them, light energy (white light), elemental, and prana from animal and plant life. For the purposes of this topic, we need to view energy as a common source and classify it as positive or negative. Negative energy would include things such as the energy given off by negative people, emotional energy given off during a fight or argument, negative emotions such as hate and anger, sadness, grief etc. Positive energy would be the opposite, joy, the feeling of life, happiness, health, wellness, etc. There are vamps who feed off negative energy, just as there are those who are more adept at absorbing positive energy. Regardless of the “octane” of the fuel, energy is still energy, and once we have fed off it, we can absorb it and convert it to suit our palettes.

Giving Energy To Others

It is the general assumption that Vampyres exist only as takers. While in some cases this might be true for those pure Sanguine Vampyres with thin PSI skills, in general Vampyres are fully capable of giving energy as well.

Why would Vampyres give away energy? Well Vampyres not only absorb and use energy, we also convert it from one form to another, and we can use this to achieve certain goals, as in the field of magick, or energy work (such as reiki) which is also seen as energy in one particular form.

PSI Vampyres, like any energy worker, can make energy orbs, charge them with emotion or energy of a desired type, and cast them at a target, either in an offensive or defensive manner, or to do something positive with that energy.

Healing Others With Energy

We can apply our own energy to sick or injured people, in order to help their weakened bodies heal, even if only slightly better or faster.

Belief is a powerful thing – which is why Doctors sometimes prescribe placebos to patients. Sometimes the placebo “works” and the patient feels better or heals and it was the power of that belief that healed them, not the sugar capsule they popped after every meal for the past week.

While some might scoff at this thought, we are reminded that part of the modern health industry is based upon this, in particular reiki and even certain aspects of physio therapy. In religious circles, faith-healing is another example of basic energy-work common to Vampyres and Mundanes alike.

Physical Abilities

In general, physical abilities of the Vampyre are very much on a par with the Shinai. Where these can be enhanced by our mastery of energy-work, this can be significantly altered, if not encumbered by our inherent weaknesses. These appear to be relative to latent physical strength, will, mass and weight, and how much energy the Vampyre has available at the time. 

Speed

It is unlikely that we can exceed the boundaries of our physical abilities, or break the laws of physics, but it has to be said that Humans (including Vampyres) are not beings of this physical plane alone. In certain cases, Vampyres can be perceived as “quicker” if we anticipate the actions of others in order to respond to them. Examples of this would include avoiding something which you know is coming, such as a physical blow from an antagonist, or knowing in advance what somebody is about to do or say, which creates the illusion of having very fast reflexes or a quick tongue. 

Physical Strength

Energy-work, physical condition, health and determination can have a marked effect on physical strength. Of course, do not expect to lift a car with one hand to change a tire or to jump tall buildings in a single bound. That sort of thing remains in the field of fiction (but if attempted, could provide some entertainment for any spectators).

Rapid Healing

Rapid healing as depicted in fiction is generally unlikely to say the least. It is possible for Vampyres to heal slightly faster than average for their demographic through skillful use of energy, but to expect more than this crosses the line from reality into fiction.

Rapid healing as an ability is largely dependent on the natural healing ability of the Vampyre in question as an individual, depending on factors such as age and general health as well as their level of mastery over the energy within their own bodies. The young are naturally better at healing quickly, though it has to be mentioned that maintaining a youthful metabolism and health through energy-work and meditation can contribute towards prolonged rapid healing. Being low on energy or being underfed will have a detrimental effect on anyone’s general health.

Heightened Senses

Since light and sound are forms of energy, and Vampyres have heightened sensitivity to energy, it seems likely to be a characteristic of Vampyres to be able to see somewhat better at night than by day (being bombarded with too much bright light), and to perceive sounds less audible to Mundanes, such as sound emitted at higher frequencies.

Many Vampyres report excellent night-vision, and above-average hearing, although this is not documented in any official  studies yet.  However, it is unlikely that any creature can see clearly in a total absence of light, not even us, but in cases of total darkness, it is suggested that other senses more easily compensate in Vampyres, especially to Vampyres with a developed PSI ability.

The Vampyre sense of smell may be viewed as more predatory in nature. Most Vampyres (even PSI Vampyres) report the ability to smell blood, decay, disease (such as cancer), or body odor easier than, and at greater distances than Shinai. (This is not far fetched, as certain dogs appear able to detect cancer for example.) There is no current scientific explanation for this, since the Vampyre nasal cavity appears to be of the same construction as that of the Shinai.

The sense of taste comes into play when feeding, as Vampyres can taste energy – which is perceived both as a taste in the mouth, and as a “feeling” while feeding. Many Vampyres report being able to differentiate flavors of mineral content of blood, such as iron, salt or copper, while feeding.

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