What is vampirism? In today’s society, asking this question will lead you in several different directions ranging from a philosophical and aesthetic way of life, to pure mythology and fiction, to documented cases where individuals claim that the practice of what’s considered ‘vampiric consumption’ of another individual is essential to maintaining their physical, spiritual and/or psychological wellbeing. Blood drinkers are often scientifically referred to as ‘clinical vampires’ suffering from Reinfield’s Syndrome: a psychological condition which is simply defined as an obsessive need to consume blood. For our purposes, as it’s been previously defined within the dragon culture, we will refer to this as martial vampirism. Further defined, martial vampirism is vampirism perceived as an event where blood and/or energy as a substance is primary, and the source of this substance (barring basic safety concerns) is largely irrelevant.
Basic scientific observation has indicated individuals who engage in martial vampirism feel psychological and physical effects following an act of vampiric consumption, but only fleetingly. They are essentially engaging in a treatment which leads to temporary fluxes in their neuro-condition, fleetingly mimicking the authentic benefits of true alchemical communion. Individuals who practice psychic martial vampirism (replacing corporal contact and consumption with energy work) are engaged in the same attempts, reporting the same fleeting connection and subsequent addiction.
And while we believe the nature of communion is key, it is our fundamental belief, in theory and practice, that a vampire is defined by more than an act of communion itself. Vampirism is self-evident; it is who the vampire is. It is his personality, genetic makeup, and development that create an atmosphere conducive to alchemical exchange, thus making the ritual of communion what it is. It is because the royal vampire is rich, both in purpose and presence, that his “blood” is rich. It is because he is intelligent, articulate, and possesses clarity, that communion with him is unlike any other.
Therefore, individuals who practice martial vampirism in any form cannot be confused with royal vampires. Predation on other non-vampires is a very human and potentially dangerous practice, whether or not it’s seen as benign and consensual. Those engaging in this practice will experience and report a temporary high or “feeling better”, while quickly realizing it’s ultimately unsustainable. The positive effects quickly morph into perceived and/or actual dependency on repeated vampiric consumption: a psychological and even physical addiction for arbitrary blood and energy.
In direct contrast to this, royal vampires will only engage in communion with other royal vampires, which is the basis for alchemical exchange and its affects. This communion can take a wide variety of forms, from rituals to sexual intimacy, from conversations to business relations. This exchange of energy is not predatory, but mutually beneficial. It breeds a high level of creativity and forward emotion, taking nothing from either source. The energy it creates remains, building blocks for empowering the self, which can then be translated into practical use and radiated outwards into the collective.
These royal vampires are leaders, blessed with ability, clear thinking, and a focused understanding of the processes that make up the living world. As noble souls, they are inherently coded with archetypal and mythological language, morality, and the ability to see a bigger picture, including the patterns and interconnectivity of which reality is comprised. They exist on a plane separate from non-vampires, manifested in a number of ways. A royal vampire will seek other royal vampires to join with, creating what some have called a phoenix: the personification of manifested energy between two royal vampires, the power of which can affect reality, both locally and universally.
How does one become a royal vampire? The answer to this question is both simple and complex; both dismissive of those with no preexisting disposition and destiny, while encouraging of those who discover themselves through an emerging evolutionary process which we call awakening.
Once a royal vampire has awakened, typically through a form of ego death, he will possess a clear understanding of who he is, and his place in the universe. This affords him a type of easy confidence and understanding that will produce familiarity in other royal vampires. Inversely, this awakening may also produce negative emotions such as anger, jealousy, or even obsession and dependency in non-vampires. Nevertheless, having a clear understanding of self will allow the royal vampire to move on to other, higher levels or branches of understanding, such as archetypal and mythical coding, or spiritual pursuits. He will have to negotiate his new clarity and perception, assuming his place in a world heavily populated by systems and individuals completely oblivious, and at times even contradictory, to his way of thinking. It will be up to him to find ways to live in this world, while not being of it.
But what is royal vampirism? Simply put, it’s both a practice and an inherited state of being, granted to those uniquely qualified to experience it. Its philosophical ideals are derived from its collective core, and there is no infirmity about it. It is deliberate, powerful, and profound. Its origins and practices are firmly embedded between the lines and underneath the thrust of mankind’s history. Its methods are secret. It’s manifestations are timeless.
Throughout history, both royal and noble families have engaged in royal vampirism. And, thus, through noble birth comes noble minds, seeking out those who are the same, in order to promote evolution of the lineage. It is then said that Vampirism, or Uberism, is best described as the synchronized union of two or more vampires in communion, be it through conversation, sexual intimacy, blood drinking, or other points of connection.
And while royal vampirism is not currently associated with modern martial vampirism, the later is arguably a devolved perversion of the former. Over time, as the practices of royal vampirism became ritualized and exposed, the act of blood drinking seeped into the collective, and into the masses. There it was feared, shunned, and finally bastardized, twisted, and romanticized into an unrecognizable inversive myth.
Instead of royal communion, it then became a predatory sport. Vampires were often depicted as monsters preying on human beings, when, in fact, no royal vampire would engage in communion with a non-vampire. The shapeshifting described in several versions of the mythos, an integral part of Mithraism, became objectified into the idea that vampires could literally shapeshift into bats, or mist, or wolves, leading to yet another tangical story of werewolves. Additionally, early vampires, especially those who were Scythian or Scottish, avoided the sun due to their genetic traits and lack of melatonin, burned easily, a characteristic that in time became a caricature of the vampire as ‘burning’ in the sun.
Stories and novels became widely spread myths and the origins of vampires; the witches, or druids, kings and queens, became mired in tales of hideous monsters and decrepid wraiths shunned by society. Dracula, by Bram Stoker, taken most often as a story about a dark and evil creature preying on common ladies, is actually a story about a nobleman seeking out the reincarnation of his noble wife to engage in royal communion.
The vampire, upire, uber, witch and druid, has been lost in time, replaced by hideous modern versions, and inversed myths that have led to the total misunderstanding and misdirection of what vampirism is.
It is our goal to not only educate those to whom royal vampirism is a birthright, tradition and alchemical process, but to set the record straight for the rest of the world as well. We believe the time has come to draw a firm and distinct line between the practice and theories driving the act of martial vampirism, along with salacious fictional accounts of what a vampire is or might be, and the purity and purpose of royal vampirism and those who practice it in its various forms.