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Hey, y'all -- Being Volunteer Fundraising Coordinator for Brentwood Theatre, I was thrilled to be informed about a possible way to get actual promo Vial of the True Blood, the test tube sample sent out that were part of the TB promotions back in summer '08 -- with ALL proceeds going to Steve Moyer's theatre!
Only $5 as a donation,
http://www.trueblood-news.com/ and click on the link upper right corner.
Its a great idea! And a chance to win the vial?? that would be quite a collector's item to have and will surely go UP in value as True Blood has surpassed SATC as top show behind Sopranos!!!
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LOLA!!! 8 months. I am totally in love with this wondrous grandbaby of mine!
And WELCOME our newest treasure:
PEARL PRYNNE aka Pearl, Pearl Jam, Pearly Girly
Moment of silence for my beautiful kind sweet loving gentle DIXON: RIP
A 5-yr old Southern Rescue Otterhound who found his way to us 7 years ago... I am heartsick at his loss, the week after I came home from my trip to Essex -- from JOY to heartbreak... But he waited for me to come home, and he died leaning against me, with his head in the crook of my arm, as I talked to him and told him what a WONDERFUL boy he is and how much I love him, we love him. I cannot type for the tears that blur my eyes.
"Ask the beasts and they will teach you the beauty of this earth." ~St. Francis of Assisi.
"If I have any beliefs about immortality it is that certain dogs I know will go to heaven, and very few people." ~James Thurber
“I measure every grief I meet with narrow, probing eyes - I wonder if it weighs like mine - or has an easier size." --Emily Dickinson
We love you, Dixon.
A Lay-human’s Guide to Understanding Sanguinarianism:
A Promotion of Post-Great Revelation Mortal/Immortal Coexistence
Exploratory/ Draft dissertation by LaProv as requirement toward the degree, D.Vamp.
College of Horrorlogy, Lecter University, Chupacabraville, LA
Professor Herbert Loevcroft Praetorius
Chairman, Department of Vampyristics/Dissertation Advisor
“This early attempt to explain vampirism to average mortals is commendable. Despite some small glitches and easily correctable misunderstandings in this first draft, LaProv is well on her way to creating an admirable guidebook… She remains neutral and objective, but offers a caring that suggests she is one mortal who truly wants to break down the barriers that divide human/vampire interaction….*slurp* oh, sorry…”
– Erik Northman, Sheriff of Area 5, Shreveport, LA
“Honeychile, this is a pearl-clutcher! U put together some info not even I knew about, and girlfriend, I’ve been spilling nail polish in Bon Temps longer than u! XLNT!”
--Lafayette Reynolds, Bon Temps, LA
Note from the author: As a mortal, I realize am not privy to higher vampire knowledge, so my initial gleanings of sanguinarianism comes from empiric experience and interviews, focusing on the region of Bon Temps, Louisiana, where there is a preponderance of vampiric activity. I also have found various sources on the Internet that are public domain, which have helped direct my observations. I pay homage to Polidori, leFanu, Poe, and Stoker for their descriptions and insight into the vampiric society. Finally, I owe a great deal to the character studies and facts provided in the HBO documentary, “True Blood.” This is a work in progress! Kindly email me any pertinent information you think has been omitted, misinterpreted, or is in need of correction. Such omissions or misinformation is unintentional, since my goal is to support the VRA and encourage coexistence.
[Notes to myself highlighted] Introduction
“Bill hasn’t got a virus at all. Being a vampire, it really can’t be explained by
an allergy to silver or garlic of sunlight… that’s just so much bullshit the vampires
are spreading around, propaganda, you might say… so they can be more
easily accepted… as sufferers from some terrible disease.
But really they’re… they’re really… I’m sorry, Sookie, but
Bill just doesn’t have a virus. He’s really, really dead…”
-- Sam Merlotte, shapeshifter, to Sookie Stackhouse,
upon confessing his shapeshifting ability
and his affection for her.
[Charlaine Harris: Dead Until Dark (NY: Berkeley Publishing, 2001)]
How wrong Sam is. Humans who do not tolerate vampires stick to the notion that these night creatures are nothing more than dead, dreadful, and dangerous. In this case, Sam is spreading his own propaganda to lure Sookie away from her love, Bill Compton -- so who in fact is just as dreadful and dangerous?! Scientists who created the new synthetic blood have identified very specific viruses that affect vampire behavior, much the way hormones affect human behavior.[add footnote:
Thanks to a Japanese scientist's invention of synthetic blood, vampires have progressed from legendary monsters to fellow citizens overnight. And while humans have been safely removed from the menu, many remain apprehensive about these creatures "coming out of the coffin." Religious leaders and government officials around the world have chosen their sides, but in the small Louisiana town of Bon Temps, the jury is still out. More about TruBlood ™ the "synthetic blood nourishment beverage" is found at TruBeverage.com, including the four blood types available. Apparently my beverage of choice would be Type A, a light and delicate brew "painstakingly imagined inducing an overall calmness." There are about 30 inheritable blood groups, each a classification of blood based on the presence or absence of inherited antigenic substances on the surface of red blood cells(RBCs). However, the synth-bloods created are based on the most prevelant human groups: A, B, AB, and O. Synthetic blood products contain varied cellular content than actual blood, so vampires are encouraged to consult their TruBlood ™Cellular Specialist for specific nutritional information.
The "Vampire Virus" theory is based on the universal that viruses co-exist in all living beings. However, when an infection triggers the extraordinary production of a particular virus, actual DNA changes can alter bone marrow, blood cells, liver, lymph glands, neurological tissues, digestion, teeth/saliva, and skin. The Vampire Virus (“V-virus”) is a misnomer, because there are as many varieties of viruses as there are vamps, and due to the flux and mutable qualities of viruses in general, there can be mutations within each successive generation.
All vampires share inherently common characteristics, such as retractable siphonic canine teeth, extrasensory perception, vampiric slumber (a very deep “catnap” that is fully restorative), acute hearing, and bloodless physiology (making them cool to the touch). Typically an elongation of the upper “eyeteeth,” the vampire’s needle-sharp fangs can be retracted at will, so that s/he may blend in with humans undetected, or to present a nonthreatening demeanor while mainstreaming.
Often these creatures of the night are very elegant and graceful, a result of prolonged transformation (usually 3 or more blood exchanges) to create a pleasing look to carry for eternity. Sometimes the more malevolent a vampire’s chosen course, the more they evolve through the decades toward becoming hideous, animated corpses (“nosferatu, nosferati” , though this is rare now that the Great Revelation has allowed vampires the option of coming out of the coffin. The body of a vampire is technically dead by human standards, cool to the touch but warms by human touch. It can be said that a vampire’s body is in a state of arrested decay, animated by a supernatural force or spirit residing in its corporeal form, and kept vital by the regular ingestion of blood, either natural, synthetic, or a combination of both, that is converted to a substance called ichor. Ichor is a thinner, bloodlike fluid coverted once mammalian blood is ingested. Through the remaining veins, ichor is dispersed through the body but is absorbed like osmosis and lasts 24-48 hours. While a vampire has no need to breathe, snore, sneeze, or cough, in the company of mortals, vamps can assume these functions to put humans at ease.
So it is within their bodies, regulated through an osmosis process like the regulation of water movement in and out of human tissue, that vampires possess dominant and recessive V-viruses that impact the transformation of each vampire line, allowing for a vast diversity of vampiric talents, strengths, and abilities within male, female, and omni-gender lines. Such V-virally related attributes provide certain vampires with the capability for any combination of shape-shifting, levitating, mindreading, vertical climbing, detecting blood types through skin-sniffing, prestidigitation, and an amalgamation of superhuman strength, vision, swiftness and longevity. The dominant V-viruses allow the vampire to mesmerize humans for feeding without killing (slang: “glamour, glamouring, glamming”). Too many dominant V-viruses can lead to more malevolent behavior and intent, which is intensified if vampires nest together in groups. For the vampire who wants to control the impulses of extremely dominant Vampire Viruses, s/he most often turn to V-moderate vamps who can help guide and administer training rituals -- a sort of secret “12 Step” program -- to help turn off the destructive impulses (not well understood by humans). The V-dominant vamp must also find the right blood sources and synthetics such as TruBlood ™ to balance the excessive viral dominance.
In contrast, too many recessive V-viruses weaken the vampire spirit. These vampires are vulnerable to attacks, and they are easily susceptible to torment by both human and fanger hatemongers. While superior vampires ridicule and discount V-recessives, the human vamp-racists are worse, physically tormenting and even staking these non-aggressive undead. Thus, the recessive sanguinators tend to be loners and live away from heavily populated regions, preferring to live in nature. Vampirica căprĭmulgus, often referred to as “vampbirders” (see below), are a classic example of vampires with a high count of recessives. The only way a V-recessive can build strength and adapt to a higher level to find the right kind of bloods to consume, requiring careful guidance and mentoring. Usually V-recessives do not thrive well on the synthetic bloods alone.
The degree to which any Vampire Virus infects a human host depends upon intention, longevity of exposure, blood exchange, repetition of contact, traumatic/non-traumatic risk factors, and the cooperation (or lack thereof) of the mortal. Each makes an impact on the vampire/mortal relationships within society. Humans who ingest V-virus through consumption of vampire blood find they acquire new strength, a happier frame of mind, rapid healing of wounds, and increased libido (which can become addictive). It is important to note that most humans are predictable, but almost all vampires can change status at any time and can even hold several seemingly contradictory classifications at once.
Note [must create footnotes]: It is worth mentioning that some mortal-vampire relationships can be mutually advantageous, particularly with the Vampiriae haemostăsia and the Hūmānum rapax planctibus (see below). Both enjoy the benefits of the system called Vampire Reciprocity. Humans, remaining mortal, are either mesmerized or are willing participants in serving their vampire or providing a regular fresh blood source. In exchange, the vampire can feel their mortal wherever they are and can sense trouble, thus providing the human with the security of protection. In some social settings, a mortal-vampire relationship gives greater status to each, providing honor and popularity. The exchange also creates an increase in sensuality; the human senses are expanded, which can enrich daily mortal life. Another benefit to this mutual exchange of plasmatic fluids is a heightened libido, which is said to amplify sexual satisfaction for both vampire and mortal alike. However, it is often impossible for the mortal, once exposed to a vampiric relationship, to go back to regular human relationships.
Some of the most common interactions are described in the following compilation of vampiric classifications. Like Inuits using 26 terms for what the rest of us generalize as "snow," so too in vampyrica, there multiple terms to describe the various vampiric and human states since the Great Revelation:
[footnote needed: Uninitiated or uninformed humans often generalize these vampiric terms; for example, “Bloodsuckers” is a commonly used euphemism for vampires in general; "fangbangers" is overused to describe any mortal who interacts with vampires, when the term has a specific meaning in vampyrica.]
Vampiriae haemostăsia (slang “bloodstops”) -- vampires who willing to sustain themselves via synthetic plasma (such as Japanese TruBlood ™ or SangReal ™ from France). They enjoy occasional fresh blood, and are typically able to take just enough and stop.
Usually associating with:
Hūmānum rapax planctibus (slang “bloodletters” or the misused “fangbangers”) -- Mortals who will allow bloodstoppers to taste in small doses based on mutual trust.
Vampirica căprĭmulgus (slang: “vampbirders”) -- since the Great Revelation, this increasingly rare vampire relies solely on wild-caught small animals and birds for blood. A highly recessive biochemistry tends to keep vampbirders outside civilized society.
Vampiriae prŏpinquĭtas -- (slang: "hum-hags" or "props")Vampires who enjoy an affinity for mortals, but without blood exchange; strictly friends, or colleagues in a work environment. These vampires tend to make deep, loyal friendships, to a fault, if taken in by false mortals.
Often attracted to or by:
Hūmānum auxĭlĭor (slang: “vamphags”) -- mortals who try to associate or hang out with these relatively benign vampires.
Vampiriae (or Mortaliae) consanguĭnĭtas (slang: “mortlovers”; “vamplovers”)– vampires and humans who enjoy receiving/giving blood in a mutually fulfilling, cohabitational dating or marital relationship, one species to the other. The “claiming” process precedes co-sanguination (described later).
Vampiriae salvĭfĭco (slang: “Nobles” an epithet spoken with tone of derision by most V-dom vampires, and slang name said with admiration by humans) -- vampires who willingly sanguinate or sacrifice their own blood, to save a human life quite selflessly and altruistically, even if their own existence is at risk. No question the vampire takes the risk with a simple ulterior motive: to keep that particular mortal close to them. Any vampire can become salvĭfĭco without losing or changing other self-identity or status, but it is widely discouraged by V-dominants.
Vampiriae ebĭbĭtum (slang: “imbibers” “veindrainers”) -- vampires willing to exsanguinate the human host expressly to convert them to vampire status, usually --but not always-- at the mortal’s request.
Vampirica praeceptor -- (slang: "precepts") the vampire mentor or teacher; responsible for any recently converted initiates they resurrect. Each is responsible for their converts, unless a qualified substitute is found.
On the darker side, there are:
Vampiriae malus or Vampiriae Cruentior tinctōrĭus (slang: “Fangers” “V-doms" "Cruels/Cruellas” ) – excessively V-dominant vampires with no regard for humans other than for feeding; usually dark, evil, and unapproachable
Mortaliae mŏrĭbundus: (slang: “deadbeats”) – Humans who get off being drained just enough to remain in a perpetual state of dying; unwilling to take the plunge and turn. Usually allow a variety of vampires feed. If “deadbeats” hook up with only one vampire, care should be taken that they don’t end up with “absorbos.”
Vampiriae persorbentes (slang: “absorbos”) -- vampires who string “deadbeats” along with false promises and eventually absorb their victims to complete nothingness.
Hūmānum quaestŭārĭus or Mortaliae adultera (slang “fangfeeders” “fangbangers”) -- Mortals who allow vampires to feed in small doses for money, expensive luxuries, and/or sex play
Humanum sătyrĭăsis (slang: “fang-hos”) -- Mortals who are totally turned on by rough, vicious vampire sex. The more they explore deviant sex with a vampire, the more unlikely they are to enjoy tender, loving sexual relations with another human.
Note to self: Creepy wind outside tonight!!! Let the dog in and felt the chill… A little like the time I was home alone, reading “Salem’s Lot” -- jumped out of my skin when a fierce gust shook the windowpanes, right at the Gravedigger’s scene! Think I’ll quit for the night…
A sunny day... Continue….
Sanguinarianism; sanguinarian: -- Vampirism or the art and science of being a vampire; a vampire
Cosanguinarianism; cosanguinarian: -- Mortal acceptance of vampirism, which can range from being neighbors, friends, and/or coworkers to a reciprocal blood-sharing relationship
Anăphŏrĭcas -- bringing up of blood, usually out of the mouth, when the circulatory system tries to clot, but is weakened by too much exsanguination.
Cruentior tinctōrĭus -- describes bloodthirsty vampirism
Dēsīdĕrābĭlis mălĭtas -- describes scoping out humans as victims with evil intent, desire; excitable glamming
Exsanguĭnātus -- deprived of blood
Metamorphosis transfusio – (slang: "MT") after the draining of mortal blood, the human must partake of vampire blood in order to transform into immortal status. A comparison of metamorphosis transfusio can be made to the female primigravida whose pregnancy hormones (such as chorionic gonadotropin) completely stop production at delivery and shift into maternal hormones (including prolactin), thus transforming her pregnant status into motherhood status at the instant of birth.
NOTE TO SELF… should include this glossary of terms as separate section????
The moment of transformation is called “quickening.” A fresh vampire can be a complete immortal at that moment, remaining exactly as he or she looks at quickening. But because immortal life has no return, vampires discovered eons ago that by prolonging metamorphosis transfusio (MT), they can achieve purification of any human physical defects and flaws. Depending upon the age of the mortal at MT, a more decisive makeover usually takes 3-4 sessions, over the course of a 48-hour period. The results are startling, new vampires emerging with an ethereal beauty not achievable by mortals. There is a danger in prolonging MT longer than two days if the siring vampire, who is weakened and needs new blood, loses interest in their convert or is unable to return to the conversion lair. If a fledgling is left inter surrmus, between transformative feedings, for longer than 6 hours, he or she will irreparably fade and die. This is a rarity, since most guiding vampires seek the service and status a fledgling provides them [see the section on Reciprocity System].
Most humans perceive vampires to be extraordinarily narcissistic as a result of prolonged MT; the commonly heard expression “Vein-Vain” comes from this misperception. It is easy to surmise that if one must live with a static visage for the rest of eternity, why not have a pleasing, if not beautiful appearance? However, this choice for beauty has an underlying usefulness. Early nosferati repelled mortals. Handsome, attractive vampires attract. Thus, this vanity is really to ensure feeding opportunities, as well as to enhance courting rituals and mating behavior. No studies have yet emerged that show what effect the synth-bloods, still in their earliest stages of use, will have on vampire transformation rituals.
Initially at quickening, and during the transformation, there is purging to rid the body of old human genetic material. Usually this is nothing more than the shedding of dead body cells and tissue, such as skin and hair, as the new incisors begin to grow, although some new vampires experience excess sweat, diarrhea, and urine production temporarily. Lights become brighter as the eyes adjust to dimmer conditions. The new vampire’s skin pales and becomes more sensitive to the sun’s radiation. Naturally, the digestive tract becomes more sensitive as human foods are no longer digestible and certainly no longer needed. Taste however, becomes more acute, and vampires’ sense of smell becomes so sensitive, they can smell from great distances, even to detecting the blood type (O, A, B, AB) of a human through the skin. [add footnote: vampires cannot smell Hepatitis D, leaving them vulnerable; higher vampires' sense of smell is so acute, they can perceive bloods negative, positive and RH factors.] Muscle density and placement changes as the vampire increases strength and even neural tissue is refined, becoming the foundation of any development of psychic abilities. There are many other signs of change on a case-by-case basis.
The bloodsucker who converts or “sires” a mortal is responsible for seeing that new vampire through the metamorphosis transfusio until mutually satisfied with the end appearance. But beyond this, the vampire ebĭbĭtum automatically is charged with the assignment of praeceptor or teacher at the moment of final transition for the new vampire. Newly converted vamps need guidance as they enter the Dark World, and the ebĭbĭtum who modifies a mortal must serve that role. Since vampires rise in hierarchy through age and depending upon the count of their conquests, this role of preceptor also helps prevent ruthless conversion. Otherwise there would be continual conversions just for the sake of number count! This dictum in the role of siring new vampires takes time, which encourages them to find exactly the right kind of human for conversion, as well as to assess their own commitment to the process.
There are many decent vampires who cosset their “fledglings” throughout eternity. Of course, not all generating vampires are willing to assume the role of teacher. Even those willing to mentor may not have the skills or commitment needed. Nor can the head immortals enforce that each mentor will take the role seriously and guide the new vampire toward the ethics and etiquette of the “The Vampire’s Manual to Lasting Sanguinarianism.” Deviations naturally occur which can steer a new vampire in different and perhaps less desirable directions. [continue this research… connection to the difference between coexistence and separation… what role does malevolence play?]
Vampires live in clans that are structured in a “pyramid” hierarchy. Longevity and a form of vampiric eugenics play a role in how the pyramid is formed. Elder immortals rise higher up the social ladder, but those with the greater count of converts handled well by vampiric code will be stronger. Obviously vampires with a greater count build a power base that naturally allows them to attain physical power through blood consumption and subvampire loyalty, and/or to gain spiritual power through the acquisition of psychic energy. At the very top is the vampire (called “Head” “Regent” “Regnant” “Chieftain”or other title that distinguishes) who oversees the clan and usually holds the wisdom, intellect, and power to arbitrate disputes and set decisions. This chief vampire is the eldest with the greatest numbers, and though it can happen, is rarely challenged by lower tier vampires. Unlike mortals, who weaken with age, the longer the bloodsucker has been in existence, the more cunning and crafty s/he is. With centuries of learning at their disposal, and the ability to travel the world in record speeds, the vampire can match wits with even the most intellectually capable humans. With instincts as razor-sharp as their fangs and incredible powers of perception, top vampires can be formidable adversaries, possessing genius-level intellects capable of understanding the most intricate schemes and deceptions known to humankind and to vampyrkind.
New or younger vamps are on the bottom of the pyramid, but they have the ability to move up the tiers; the fastest risers are often found to have a preponderance of V-dominant viruses. Ego often causes fledglings to aim higher than they can handle, and fall like Icarus when they attempt to challenge an older and savvier vampire. Vampires follow a Reciprocity System – wherein each vampire owes allegiance to higher-ranking vampires, and at the same time, each higher-ranked vampire owes their “changelings” guidance and protection. Claiming is another condition of that reciprocal vampyric bond. Claiming is basically a vampiric mating ritual involving some sharing of blood and requires the word “MINE” stated in a possessive phrase. Among all vampires no matter what ranking, when a vampire claims another immortal or human as his/her own, then mutual respect dictates that all other vampires have no right to interfere in that claim.
[note to self,,, above section needs restructuring, a little out of sequence…. Perhaps time to start chapters or begin organizing into sections?]
Contrary to conventional notions, vampires can go without sustenance for extensive periods of time, the urge to feed comes usually once every 24-48 hours. Older vampires can survive for the longest intervals without feeding, lasting weeks, even months, divergent from newest vampires, who obviously need several small feedings daily as they adapt to perpetual existence. Some V-dom immortals feed even when there is no hunger, usually for sport or sexual gratification, which can become addictive and lead them toward more corrupt impulses. Feedings can come from one or any number of sources: one or more combinations of human and/or animal bloods. With the Japanese discovery of TruBlood ™ and rival synthetics, the vampire can simulate having dinner or late night breakfast with mortal companions; the more “human” the behavior, the more comfortable and accepting to people. Synths also help vampires who mainstream to quench urges for human blood.
The average immortal feeds every other day or two, usually with a bloodthirst that requires no more than a quart. Taking more than that, usually because of the taste or because of an attraction to the accompanying sexual release, can turn a vampire toward bloodlust. But before the Great Revelation, vampires without viable sustenance for extended periods of time will begin to reverse-age. This process begins slowly at first, but then undergoes such rapidity of time that the reverse-aging can wipe out hundreds of years in only a few hours until reaching the original human age at which they were transformed. The vampire hunters of old knew this and could in fact hold a vampire captive until s/he “faded” or fatally starved. However, staking the weakened vamp became the preferred method, because it took time to keep a vampire confined, and each vampire’s loyal minions did all they could to rescue their sire. Few vampire hunters wanted to take that risk; what’s more, there was the chance of being converted to vampire state if the capture went awry. An irony much to the delight of the vampire community, transformed vampire hunters were kept at the bottom of the pyramid with no chance to evolve.
Vampires and Daylight
NOTES… THIS NEEDS MORE RESEARCH…
Do they actually need to avoid sun altogether?
Older and more powerful vampires? Newer?
avoid direct sunlight.
Weakened, susceptible to staking, but is this for all vampires?
Cannot withstand the direct rays of the sun. Where did I read they could dehydrate and turn to powder within minutes???
Must check interview notes with Eric…Nice of him to support my work, though he leaves me feeling like he's not quite leveling with me... seems typical of most vampires Ive spoken with so far...
Wonder if Bill Compton is free for an interview? Im told he is a mainstreamer...
----- NOTE TO SELF: Prof. Praetorius says there is an actual nest in Monroe!!! Perhaps they'd give me an interview -- would love to see just how V-doms interact with each other -- pre-dawn… Don’t want to be glammed…
vampires have a supernatural aversion to any religious object representing "good" (cross, crucifix, Star of David, etc.) -- supposed to be strength of wielder's belief.
Holy water is another effective weapon against the vampire.
at least one garlic clove around one's neck is sufficient to ward off a vampire.
Vampires find the smell of garlic an irritant, but nothing more… Old Wives tale!!!
WORK ON THIS SECTION^
The vampire's renowned recuperative powers do have their limitations, however. A vampire cannot grow back a severed portion of its body. However, apart from the obvious periodic inconveniences, injuries like these will not critically impair a vampire's "life" or efficacy. The only substances that cause a vampire pain and injury are weapons made of pure silver, and to a lesser degree - unless it penetrates the heart - hardwood. Complete decapitation of the head will destroy the vampire. Piercing the vampire's heart with wood or silver will also destroy a vampire. A wooden stake or silver blade prevents the heart from supplying ichor to the rest of the body. If the stake or blade is removed, however, even if the creature's body has crumbled to dust, the vampire's supernatural vitality will restore its body in the condition it had before it was destroyed, returning it to "life". It is important to mention that vampires do not "die" immediately when being pierced through the heart. Many vampire hunters have been killed from the mighty death throes of vampires after they have been pierced through the heart. Furthermore, it has been recorded that some of the more powerful vampires were able to remove the wood or silver instrument before "death" occurred. Vamp hunters suggest that the creature be held at bay with holy objects while the impaling is performed, but the only immortals who are affected by crosses, rosaries, and relects are those who were devout Roman Catholics before conversion.
There are only two sure methods of destroying a vampire permanently. One is to expose the vampire to direct sunlight and then scatter its ashes. Another is to pierce its heart with either hardwood or silver, stuffing the head with garlic cloves, and then severing it from the body. The head and body should then be burned in two separate places, scattering the two subsequent piles of ashes in separate locations. The screeching is almost intolerable to human ears, and takes a great deal of moxie -- and hatred -- to go through with the destruction. There are not only vampire hunters, rogue mercenaries, willing to seek and destroy vampires for a large purse, but since the Great Revelation, anti-vampire gangs have formed, not unlike the Ku Klux Klan of the postbellum, so-called Reconstruction era.
It should also be cited that in some cases when a vampire has been destroyed, the body releases a kind of "spectral energy", often manifesting itself as concussive force. This force has often been described as a kinetic "explosion", able to shatter glass and windows; toss furniture in the air; and knock an average-sized man to the ground. In cases where powerful vampires or Vampire Regents were dispatched, enormous discharges of pneumatic and kinetic force were experienced. In rarer cases still, extreme electromagnetic disturbances (often electromotive in nature) were witnessed upon destruction. The vampire hunter should be cautious of this phenomena when destroying "older" or more powerful vampires.
Can I work this in? Or omit, since I am Pro vamp and don’t want to offer any suggestions of vampire destruction to Anti-vamps???
AARRRGGHHHH!!!! Will I EVER finish this diss?? … will I ever get my doc… I am so frustrated right now! Feel pale and tired… positively vampiric… Have I been glammed? LOL
Should research the effects of TruBlood on the vampire population… On V-TV, Bill Compton said it was a bit like “sieved raaaaahhhz-bree” flavor, but Eric calls it metallic and tiresome.
To feed or not to feed…………….
Meanwhile, I’ve heard Bill is actually dating a mortal… wow. Have to get up to Bon Temps and get some “live” interviews.
Someone is at the door…
To be continued…
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