This terminology was put together with the resources of the Vampire
Church. If anyone would like to use this terminology, credit to the
Vampire Church is required. Email the
Vampire Church with any questions.
Awakening: The physical and mental changes involved when one's vampirism
begins to manifest itself, if one is a latent vampire.
Beast: The primal, animalistic, bestial nature of a frustrated or
desperate vampire. It's destructive and cold, and if you don't control
Then you will
be under its control.
Black Swan: A non-Vampyre lover or friend who does not feel the
draw to become sanguine, but who is nevertheless favorably inclined
Towards Vampyres. They may or may not frequent
vampyre nightclubs and usually understand the Vampyre-fetish lifestyle.
Blood Drinker: Anyone who drinks blood, regardless of motivation.
Blood Fetishist: Someone who is erotically attracted to the sight,
taste or smell of blood; they generally have no physical need to consume
It, and will
usually be happy with small amounts.
Blood Junkie: A derogatory term for someone who experiences the
physical need to consume blood, a sanguinarian
Donor: Someone who gives/shares their blood without obligation.
Bloodletting: The act of cutting the physical flesh to extract
blood. This is commonly used for blood play, fetishism and feeding.
Blood-play: Similar to bloodletting, blood-play is the act of
using blood in sexual or fetish situations. Blood play can also refer to
blood and bloodletting in ritual.
Chi is the
Chinese term for life energy. It is also often referred to as pranic
energy or life force. Chi is the bio-electrical energy
our bodies on a subtle level. Energy vampires and many psi-vamps believe
that they can manipulate chi and feed upon it to sate
To a certain extent, blood vampires also feed upon chi, for a great deal
of this subtle energy is believed to be concentrated
Into the blood.
Clinical vampirism: A psychological condition, also referred to as
Renfield's Syndrome, in which the afflicted person experiences a
Psychological urge to drink blood. This urge is often
satisfied with their own blood, and sufferers of Renfield's Syndrome
Bear slashes from razors and knives up
and down their arms from where they have drawn blood from themselves.
This condition is
Similar to a new pathology, known as SMS, or
Self-Mutilation Syndrome, which is becoming alarmingly common in American
Coven: Covens are groups of individuals and organizations who embellish
the vampyre/vampire lifestyle; who band together under a
theme set of ideals, traditions, common Sigil, havens, membership
requirements, hierarchy and rites.
Elder: A prominent member of the Vampyre
community who is honored and respected for their experience, accomplishments
teacher. Elders are often those individuals who have helped establish a
Embrace: The act of turning one into a vampire by the giving of
one's blood to another.
Energy signature: Term used to indicate the unique energy-pattern,
feeling, or vibes that each individual has. Vampyres are believed
To have a
particular energy signature that can be recognized by those familiar with
it. In this way, others skilled in magick and
practices may identify us for what we are.
Energy Vampire: An individual who has a need to feed upon the life
force of others. Most energy vampyres feed upon chi or psychic
avoid drinking blood.
Feeding: The act of consuming pranic energy (blood) or psychic
energy (emotional and elemental energy)
Haematodipsia: A strong form of haematophilia.
Haematomania: A strong psychological craving for blood.
Haematophilia: An erotic attraction to the taste, sight (or smell)
Human: Term used for the purposes of distinguishing
those who are not vampire. (this term is misleading because it implies
The Hunger: The desire to feed, also identified as the Thirst. The
Hunger is both a psychological and physical sensation. Physically,
it manifests as an intense hunger or
thirst - but not for physical food or drink.
Hunter: Someone that hunts, stalks, threatens, or does harm (whether it
be physical, psychical, psychological, or emotional) to
Someone because s/he
is a vampire, or because the hunter believes them to be so. Blade applies
to seriously unbalanced individuals
who really are on some
sort of holy hate crusade and intend to follow through with violence or
Immortal: Term commonly used to refer to or describe vampires as incapable
of death or dying, it is used much more loosely in
Reference to vampires,
implying that they are not subject to aging, are impervious to disease
Latent vampire: Someone who is already naturally a vampire, but whose
vampiric tendencies have not yet manifested.
Mentor: The one who made you a vampire or awakened you and/or
Mortal: Term used for the purposes of distinguishing those who are not
vampire. (This term is, at best, misleading because it
Implies that vampires
Mundane: Term used to distinguish those who are not vampires.
The Nephilim: A rather widespread belief within the vampiric community
which asserts that vampyres are the inheritors of the
Nephilim. The Nephilim
are demi-human beings who were sired by angels, as told in Enoch I, a
book that was dropped from the
Bible in the early
stages of its canonization.
of the Blood: A term sometimes used to refer to someone as being a
Porphyria: An acute medical condition, which has been postulated by some
scholars to have inspired the vampire myths of the past.
Sufferers of porphyria
have pale, flaky skin and are very sensitive to sunlight. They are also
severely anemic, and some sufferers
Of porphyria have been known to drink blood
in an attempt to relieve the cravings brought about by anemia.
Poser: Someone pretending or claiming to be a vampire who is not, with
the intent of deceiving others, by making false claims as
To their powers,
abilities, life span, etc.
Prana energy: Refers to blood and sexual energy and the life force or
"chi" energy present within these.
Primus: A vampyre, almost always an elder, who founded or is the leader
of a large family or coven of vampyres.
Psychic energy: Refers to emotional and elemental (energy of the earth),
also the life-force that surrounds and is contained in
Psychic Attack: A term used for an attack by an psi-vampire. Any
uninvited draining of one's vital energy. One is said to have
Experienced a Psi-vamp
attack when a psi-vampire has targeted and successfully fed from you,
without your consent. Another
View is that psychic
vampire attacks ONLY take the form of such draining by the use of the
Psychic vampire: Someone who feeds from psychic energy, drains life-energy
rather than blood from others. Technically
Speaking in some
views, psychic vampire is a vampire who is psychic while a psi-vampire is
a vampire who feeds on energy,
Preferably emotional energy.
Real Vampire: Someone who has a condition which includes but is not
limited to a physical thirst and need for blood;
(Which is non-erotic in nature; and in
more significant quantity than is generally required or desired by other
Or psychic energy
(real need exists for energy draining of others emotional energy and that
of the earth.)
Real Vampire/RealVamp: A sanguine, psychic, or energy vampyre. A real
vampyre has a particular condition, which includes
But is not limited to the following
characteristics: a real need for blood or life energy; heightened
sensitivities; light sensitivity;
A largely nocturnal sleep cycle. The
heightened sensitivities are believed by many to include a number of
psychic abilities, such
As empathy, astral
projection, clairvoyance, and energy manipulation. The sensitivity to
light and the nocturnal body cycle are
Not so limiting that a
real vampyre cannot be up and out during the day, it is simply an effort
for them to do so.
Renfield's Syndrome: is a psychological condition in which the sufferer
has an affinity for drinking blood. Sufferers of;
typically bear slashes on their hands and arms where they have withdrawn
quantities of their own blood
RPGer: Role-Player: One who engages in role-playing games like VtM and
others. Sometimes RPGers are also life-stylers;
between their 'human' life and their role and have nothing to do with
Sanguinarian: Someone who has a physical thirst, need, craving for blood
(which is non-erotic in nature) in more significant
Quantity than is
generally required or desired by other blood-drinkers).
Sanguine: A term, which indicates a blood-drinking vampyre. Energy
vampyres or psi-vamps, if they supplement their feeding
With the active
drinking of blood, are considered to be sanguines.
Seeker: Someone who is seeking after vampires, or knowledge of vampires,
usually desiring to become one him/herself.
Sexual Vampirism: A relatively rare variety of vampirism that feeds
primarily from sexual energy.
Sire: A very literary term often used by Ann Rice fans and few RPGers.
Someone who is responsible for turning someone
Into a vampire.
Slayer: A person that makes public and obnoxious claims of killing people
who are (or who the slayer thinks are) vampires.
SMS: A psychological condition, which has apparently begun to grow among
American youth. Sufferers of SMS, often
Known as cutters, feel
the need to cut into their flesh and watch they bleed. Some sufferers of
SMS also drink the
Blood drawn out this
way, although this is not standard for the disease.
Source: Someone from whom a vampire will get blood.
Thirst: The craving, need, desire, urge to drink blood, experienced as an
intense thirst-sensation or withdrawal.
Turned: Refers to the "making" of a vampire, another role-play
Vampire: A much-disputed term with many meanings, depending upon whom
you're talking to. It can include psychic
vampires, emotional vampires, sanguines, blood-fetishists, and the kind
of vampire you find in fiction
Or on the Silver
Screen. Here, it is used to encompass all of the above-listed groups into
a general category, ie may
Refer to both real and non-real
Vampire bait: A poser or wannabe who is just screaming for a vampire to
come after them.
Vamping out: Experiencing an acute flare-up of the thirst, involves a
change in the person's manner, breathing, pulse
Vampiric Community: The community of people who identify with or have
been identified with the label "vampire".
Vampyre vs vampire: "Vampyre" is the older spelling of the word
"vampire" used in the 17th & 18th centuries, thus;
"Vampyre" is used to refer to
people who are really into the scene or lifestyle. The more modern
"vampire" is most
Often used to refer to
Hollywood, myth and fiction.
Vampyrecrafte: In general, this is the magick practiced by vampyres. Many
vampyres are pagan and follow the old
Ways, and the ways of magick are an
integral part of their beliefs. Most vampyres practice numerous
Associated with energy
manipulation. Many also practice some form of magick, most often-ritual
magick or chaos magick.
Vampyre lifestyler: Someone who incorporates fictional vampire imagery
and trappings into his/her personal life,
Often cultivating a
"Vampyric" physical appearance and forming alternative extended
families and social structures
Modeled on the "covens" or
"clans" of vampire fiction and role-playing games, and
utilizing that terminology.
Wannabe: Derogatory term for someone who wants to become a vampire,
usually with unrealistic expectations of what
It would be like, and usually without
consideration of such practical matters as how one would find sources.
White Swan: Someone who cannot tolerate the Vampyre lifestyle and proves
antagonistic to the Scene. In general,
White Swans are still
a part of the Gothic or fetish scene, which often brings them into
contact with the vampyre
their disgust of vampirism.