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« on: February 24, 2009, 07:55:59 pm »

House [AVA] FAQ v1.0

1. Is the [AVA] an actual real or modern vampire house or is it a role-playing group?

A: The [AVA] is a local Atlanta, GA based real vampire 'House' but not in the mold of traditional Houses that promote social hierarchy and exclusionist practices. We are NOT a role-playing group nor engage in role-playing activties. We are an alliance of like-minded individuals from sanguinary (sang), psychic (psi), energy work (psionics), and spiritual backgrounds who have chosen to invest our time and effort for the progress and education of both the greater and local vampire community.

2. How is the [AVA] different from other such organizations?

A. We provide a non-pretentious environment for our members where all are given an equal voice and respectful treatment. [AVA] also encourages those not generally accustomed to the community atmosphere to feel comfortable by promoting serious dialog and the importance of continuing education. We have clearly defined goals, projects, and activities that we both strive for and follow to completion. In addition to working with an assortment of members from our own community, we also consult with members of the media, law enforcement, clergy, and academia along with paranormalists, metaphysists, and those in related fields of interest to clarify the beliefs and viewpoints held by the majority of those who identify themselves as "real vampires".

3. Are non-vampires allowed to join and participate in [AVA] activities?

A. Non-vampires, general energy workers or practitioners, therians, and otherkin are permitted to join on a limited and selective basis. Depending on the event (most private functions excluded) non-vampires, energy workers, therians, and otherkin may be allowed to participate.

4. Does the [AVA] hold meetings and organize events in the Atlanta, GA area?

A. Yes, we hold meetings as well as quarterly "Socials" and selectively attend and/or organize events in a variety of different formats. The [AVA] strives to encourage participation in a variety of dignified social and cultural events not exclusively limited to conferences, concerts, clubs, or parties. Atlanta enjoys an active community base and we hope to see this continue to grow into the future.

5. Do you consider the [AVA] to be a religious, spiritual, or occult organization?

A. No, we are not a religious, spiritual, or occult entity nor do we personally regard real vampirism as a religion, any form of specialized institution, or as a faith-based collective. Our members represent a variety of diverse spiritual beliefs or paths and we encourage individuality, tolerance, and diversity amongst ourselves.

6. Do you follow a particular teaching or vampirism code of ethics?

A. We follow our own code of vampiric ethics and do not directly affiliate ourselves with other Houses nor their particular form of teaching or belief system. We believe that each must find their own path and therefore present a diverse range of teachings and articles relating to vampirism and energy work.

7. Why use the spelling of Vampire rather than Vampyre?

A. Some of our members prefer the spelling inclusive of the "y", however, in the interest of historical accuracy and to distinguish ourselves as true practitioners of living or modern vampirism we choose to use the "i". We recognize those who identify as sanguinarian (sang), psychic (psi), or living vampires by whatever spelling they choose as long as they interpret their personal vampirism as an energetic exchange of some form.

8. If I join the [AVA] will I be connected with a donor or vice versa?

A. Although we may at any given time have donors who are part of the [AVA], we do not participate in an active donor / vampire matching service nor a universal donor of the House arrangement. Such issues should be discussed in private between two interested adult parties and the necessary tests and forms completed where applicable.

9. Who is allowed to join and post to the forums section?

A. Mature individuals of all backgrounds willing to contribute to the forum are allowed to register provided they follow the posted guidelines and procedures. Please note that being a member of the forum does NOT constitute being a House member of the [AVA].

10. What is a vampire?

A. A vampire is essentially an energy feeder or blood drinker that may display various levels of psychic ability. While the causality, interpretation, and sometimes even the “proper” spelling of vampirism are debated, vampires are generally individuals who cannot adequately sustain their own physical, mental, or spiritual well-being without the taking of blood or vital life force energy from other sources; often human. Without feeding the vampire will become lethargic, sickly, depressed, and often go through physical suffering or discomfort. Vampires often display signs of empathy, sense emotions, perceive auras, and are generally psychically aware of the world around them. To a degree, the specifics of vampirism manifest differently on an individual basis and these nuances sometimes insulate the confusion in defining the vampiric range of ability and experience. The alternate spelling of “Vampyre” is sometimes used depending on the path from which one approaches vampirism. There are numerous vampiric Paths, Houses, Orders, Associations, and Groups within the vampire community that exist both online and offline; often each having their own unique philosophies, teachings, ethical tenets, and protocols.

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