A Treatise on Vampires and Their Culture in Modern Days (Ch. I)

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Currently, there are many descriptions and portrayals of vampires: some contain bits of truth, while others stray too much from the reality of our condition. First of all, no “Kindred,” a term used by most of us to denominate ourselves, is born in his vampiric state. We were born humans and lived as humans until the night vampirism was bestowed to us, whether we were willing to accept the new condition or not. Since then, we are not the same: we no longer live life, but we live death. We are subject to new needs, new wants and new responsibilities; in return, we are gifted with new capabilities, new virtues and new perspectives. Now, fellow Kindred, you may see your undead condition as an anathema, a curse depriving you from some of your living humanity’s benefits. I strongly encourage you, however, to look at it as an endowment, a gift enabling you to transcend your former conception; I guarantee you, even if you disagree, that you will deal with your vampirism much more easily if you follow this little advice of mine. Accepting our new “life” is never easy, especially when it arrives unexpectedly. About three-hundred and seventy years ago, I found myself facing the same dilemma, so I surely do know what you may now be going through. Again, if you see it as a blessing rather than as an affliction, you will adapt much more easily.

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