Vulnerabilities, Sensitivities & Disease
Some appear to suffer no adverse effects in the sunlight, and even enjoy tanning – although many Vampyres seem to be over-sensitive to sunlight – which is energy at a particular frequency, which most likely does not agree with our subtle or energy bodies. This sensitivity may manifest across a range of showing no physical symptoms to a full rash or severe sun-burn. Vampyre eyes are also normally sensitive to sunlight or bright lights of frequencies approaching that of sunlight or ultraviolet. This sort of energy exposure might simply result in a burning sensation, loss of focus or even headaches. It is considered likely that medium to long term exposure would render a Vampyre at least as susceptible to cataracts and melanoma as any Mundane.
- High Frequency Noise And EMI
EMF (also at a particular frequency) and also sound at particular frequencies. Vampyres often find high frequency sound such as used in electronic devices disturbing or painful. While the sounds are considered to be out of normal hearing range, Vampyres seem able to detect them, even as a feeling of pressure on the eardrums.
Our sensitivity to energy seems to make us vulnerable to certain forms or frequencies of energy, including electro magnetism and sound waves.
- Diseases Spread By Contaminated Blood
The following diseases do not display Vampyre-like symptoms, nor are they caused by vampyrism, but they can be contracted by those who drink blood, practice blood letting or sexual vampyrism, or any form of fluid exchange with someone who has such a disease. As living creatures, Vampyres are vulnerable to these diseases, therefore it is vital that donors are screened before we accept blood from them.
- STD’s (syphilis, gonorrhea, hepatitis, etc.)
- Ebola (There are 5 recognized strains of Ebola, the ZEBOV, or Zaire Ebola Virus being the most lethal) Ebola causes internal bleeding which progressively worsens and becomes unrestricted. Ebola still has no known cure and can be very easily transmitted, however its duration is very short.
Since most of STD infections can be treated, but many have no real cure and often resurface (syphilis, for one, is fatal if left untreated, and so is HIV/AIDS which can be “controlled” but still has no cure), it would be wise to screen donors by asking them to provide blood test results before feeding.
- Dependence On Sources Of Energy
Sadly, we Vampyres are dependent on our source of energy. Take away that, and we are vulnerable. PSI Vampyres find feeding and survival easier, but Sanguine Vampyres need a reliable, discreet source of blood. It takes time to build up contacts and a network of donors. Protecting this source is as vital as breath, because should some harm come to the donor, the supply to the Vampyre is disrupted.
Health Conditions Associated With The Vampyre
From “The Psychological and Physical Effects of Vampirism” – an article on Darkness Embraced, dating from 2003:
“The most common form of psychological condition found among vampires is depression. Depression is a distortion of the mind’s perception of the self, and can stem from many things ranging from a chemical imbalance to insecurities brought on by outside forces. In the case of vampirism, the two simplest reasons would be lack of feeding or the effect of the energies around the vampire. Feelings of melancholy, self-criticism, insecurity, and self-worthlessness are predominant emotional states for those suffering from this condition.
Major Depressive Disorder Dysthymic Disorder (similar to major depressive but not as extreme)
Double Depression Seasonal Affective Disorder (Depression coming with certain times of the year)
Bipolar Disorder (AKA Manic Depression) Depression runs in a fairly discernable manner.“
It is widely held within the Community that depression is a symptom of under-feeding, or which manifests at the time when feeding is due, and either reduces or vanishes completely when the Vampyre has fed adequately.
- Common Vampyre Medical Conditions
The following list of ailments common to Vampyres was found on the House of Sheol site, contributed by a member called “AttallHodg” (please note that this post does not necessarily reflect the views of the Culture Center): “When I first awakened; I really thought that there were no side effects to being a vampire. I have since had to eat those words; especially since I have been diagnosed with 4 of the syndromes/diseases that ten years ago I swore were just medical coincidences and not related to being a vampire. So there are some conditions that definitely affect us more and have a pattern.“
Not in any particular order:
2. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
3. Chronic Pain Syndrome
4. Myalgia Pain Syndrome
7. Parathyroid Disease (hyper/hypo)
8. Chronic pain of joints/muscles
10. Sleep Apnea
13. Sensitivity to light and sound
15. Potassium Deficiency
16. Vitamin D deficiency
17. Post Traumatic Stress
19. Low or Very High Blood pressure
20. Insomnia at night
21. Daytime fatigue.
This is not a single disease but a group of at least eight disorders that differ considerably from each other. A common feature in all porphyrias is the accumulation in the body of “porphyrins” or “porphyrin precursors”. Although these are normal body chemicals, they normally do not accumulate. Precisely which of these chemicals builds up depends upon the type of porphyria. Sun sensitivity can occur in all but two types of porphyria. The degree of sensitivity to sunlight varies considerably.
In earlier times, this disease was mistakenly thought to be the underlying cause of vampyrism. In 1985, academic David Dolphin presented a paper to the American Association for the Advancement of Science outlining a theory that porphyria might underlie reports of vampyrism. He argued that since the treatment for porphyria was the injection of heme, it was possible that in the past people suffering porphyria might have attempted to drink blood as a method of relieving their symptoms. Among those whom critiqued Dolphin’s hypothesis was Paul Barber. Firstly, Barber noted, there was no evidence to show that the consumption of blood had any affect on the disease itself and only held up as long as one did not look at the available data too closely and discounted the powers of observation of those making the reports. Such reports which did not support the theory that any of those reported exhibited the symptoms of Porphyria.
- Bleeding Disorders
Hemophilia (impaired clotting ability of the blood) – sufferers are referred to as “bleeders”. This disorder is inborn and as yet incurable. Hemophiliacs need special medical care when they suffer injuries.
Von Willebrand’s Disease – an inherited bleeding disorder in which a clotting protein called von Willebrand factor is deficient or defective.
Photosensitivity – sufferers typically break out in a skin rash when exposed to sunlight; how much exposure it takes to cause a reaction varies from person to person. Symptoms may include a pink or red skin rash with blotchy blisters, scaly patches, or raised spots on areas directly exposed to the sun. The affected area may itch or burn, and the rash may last for several days. Conventional treatment includes the avoidance of direct sunlight and the use of sunscreen.
- Xeroderma Pigmentosum
A rare genetic defect in ultraviolet radiation induced DNA repair mechanisms; characterized by severe sensitivity to all sources of UV radiation (especially sunlight). There is no cure for XP. The DNA damage is cumulative and irreversible. Management is limited to avoidance of exposure to damaging UV radiation by staying indoors with sunlight blocked out, and use of protective clothing, sunscreens and sunglasses. Also, avoid other known carcinogens.
Myelfibrosis – a condition where the sufferer’s bone marrow ceases to produce new red blood cells due to over-activity and scarring, resulting in severe anemia.
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