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From Vampire Network News.

08:11 Nov 26 2017
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Recently, vampire courts have re-sprung up in America and around the world. Unfortunately due to misunderstanding/misrepresentation of these clubs, disinformation is everywhere. We have compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions that we receive related to vampire courts. They have also been added to our FAQ. We will be following up with a series of interviews from court leaders who have volunteered to be interviewed by VNN in order to clarify the goals and missions of their courts.

What is a vampire court?

Vampire courts are clubs or organizations that usually have some relation to general vampirism. Either they promote 'real vampirism' (a physical or mental need for blood or energy) or they've integrated elements of the vampire aesthetic or philosophies into their group. Most courts are known best for their vampire events; balls, soirees, nightclubs, or charity events. There are multiple courts around the world, and may be more than one in a single state or city. Like any club they often have variances in values, cultural practices, and different rules for their members.

Are they role-play?

Some are, some aren't. If you are thinking about joining a court, or any other organization, it is important to research their beliefs and values first. Most courts have websites and social media profiles and are transparent about their culture and expectations.

Are they BDSM?

Some incorporate it, some don't.

Why do some courts use the terms King & Queen?

Some take their culture from the popular role-playing phenomena, Vampire the Masquerade, where royal titles are a staple of the game. Some have continued this tradition, others not, but most operate outside the Greater Vampire Community (GVC) and have a closed hierarchy. What this means in laymen terms is that a vampire who uses the term "King" or "Queen" or "Father" or "Reverend" is using a label only applicable to members of his own club. You don't have to address anyone as King or Queen any more than you would address your neighbor's mother as "Mom". The terms do not apply to anyone outside the court, with the exception of joint ventures between various courts.

Do vampire courts represent or have authority over vampires in their location?

Yes and no. Vampire pop-culture and the use of hierarchy-based terms can lead to the misconception that courts rule over territory and or represent all vampires within that territory - they don't. However, they do represent the members of their own respective organizations.

Do I have to present myself to a court if there is one in my area?

No.

What do I do if I'm being pressured by a court to join their group?

Most vampire courts won't make demands or attempt to force their culture on vampires outside their own membership. Most are perfectly peaceful organizations more concerned with bettering their organization and benefiting their own members and will react quickly and effectively when made aware of abuse within their ranks.

If you are being harassed there is no reason to tolerate abuse. Report it. The GVC is a strong community of thousands, with access to various public outlets where word travels fast.

If a court or organization is demanding you present yourself to them, report them to the GVC.

If a court or organization is demanding you to abide by their laws or culture in any way, report them to the GVC.

If a court or organization is demanding you address them with a royal title, report them to the GVC.

How do I know if the court I want to join is a good one or a bad one?

Investigate, ask questions, and contact the representatives of the group you're interested in. If their culture is aligned with your own values, you'll most likely find a valuable peer group. If not, keep looking - there are numerous vampire organizations to choose from.


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Minde
Minde
09:51 Nov 26 2017

Nice read








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