List of Common Terms within the Community

Sometimes our terms and definitions can be confusing, especially for the curious individual who falls down the rabbit hole of our strange little subculture.

I hope that this following list of common terms may help you to understand current and future written content on this site and beyond. This list is subject to change, be added to, or edited. Not in any particular order.


Awakening

The manifestation process of one’s identity.

Beast

Typically describes the desperate, animalistic mindset of a hungry, vampiric person.

Bloodletting

Cutting someone or some flesh to get blood for the purposes of bloodplay, fetishism, or to actually feed.

Elder

A prominent figure or leader in a Vampire Community of whom is respected for their accomplishments and their experience.

Greymuzzle

A prominent figure or leader in a Therian or Otherkin community of whom is respected for their accomplishments and their experience.

Energy Signature

Someone’s unique pattern in energy vibes that distinguishes them from others.

Latent Vampire

Someone who’s natural vampirism hasn’t awakened yet.

Coming out of the Coffin

Being open or admitting to being a vampire.

Otherkin

Those who identify as not entirely human. Some otherkin claim their identity is genetic, while others believe their identity derives from reincarnation, trans-species dysphoria of the soul, ancestry, or metaphor.

Otherkin vary from Therianthropes in that they tend to identify more with beings of historical mythology such as; dragons, fairies, phoenix, kitsune, etc.

Therianthropy, Therians

Those who identify as non-human in an integral way, more specifically as earth-origin animals.

Common theriotypes include; wolf, big cats, ungulates (deer, elk), equine, sharks and whales, and so on. There also seems to be an increase of prehistoric-therians, or those who identify with dinosaur species

Shift, Shapeshift

A change of mental mindset between a balanced, conscious state of mind to another identity, be it an animal-side or otherwise. Visit Shifting Types from Wikia.com for more information.

Vampire, Vampirism

A condition where it is believed that a collection of symptoms are controlled and/or alleviated by, either the practice of draining psychic energy/prana/life-force, or the ingestion of physical blood (animal and/or human). Origin and personal hypotheses vary between individuals.

Sang, Sanguinarian, Sanguivore, or Blood Vampire

An individual who requires the ingestion of physical blood in order to maintain a state of health, severity and specifics vary. May or may not personally identify as a vampire.

Psi-Vampire, Energy/Pranic Feeder

A self-identified vampire who feeds on metaphysical energy. Psi-vampires may also feed on blood, saying that they can take the energy from this substance on a metaphysical level. May or may not personally identify as a vampire.

Psychic Vampire

A term to describe either a vampire who is psychic/can use psychic abilities, or a self-identified vampire who feeds on a sort of non-physical metaphysical life force. Psychic Vampires may also feed on blood, saying that they can take the energy from this substance on a metaphysical level.

NVP, Non-Vampiric Person

May describe a non-vampire, Otherkin, Therian, or even a blood-drinker without an inherent need to sustain their health.

Universal Feeder

Self-Identified Vampire who can feed on both physical and non-physical sources. Newer term for this is “hybrid.”

Blood-bond

A strong bond that can form between vampire and donor, more specific to blood donations.

Donor, Source

A source of blood donations. This could be a willing, human donor, or a butcher/ farm owner.

Black Swan

A term that includes not only donors, but lovers, friends, and family of an individual with vampirism, but do not have the condition themselves.

White Swan

A term typically means to describe an individual who opposes the GVC.

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