Illuminatti: (Formal, Illuminatti and Clan of Lilith)
Also referred to the Enlightened Ones or the Knowing Ones, another name for Lilith's clan line in this system.
Im Kheperu (formal, House Kheperu)
The ritual of "transformation" used by some to induct a new member into the vampire community. Im Kheperu also denotes the holy day, concurrent with the Pagan festival Samhain, when this rite is most often performed. As a festival, Im Kheperu ushers in the Dark Side of the Year, a time when our powers wax greatly and our awareness of our natures is heightened significantly.
Term commonly used to refer to or describe vampires. Though technically, it means incapable of death or dying, it is used much more loosely in reference to vampires, implying that they are not subject to aging, are impervious to disease and injury, etc., and that they are above and superior to "humans" / "mortals". Gods are immortal; vampires are not. Further, it has not been incontrovertibly proved to me that vampires do indeed experience a capability of an extended lifespan. Check with me in about 20 to 30 years, and I should be able to tell you something more definite about that.... Most vampires use this term to refer to the Ancients, Ageless or vampiric spirits.
Im Sekhemu (formal, House Kheperu)
The double power. This also denotes the holy day, concurrent with the Pagan festival Beltane, when the last peak in power is celebrated before the coming of the Light Side of the Year. During the Im Sekhemu, which properly lasts over a span of days leading up to Beltane, everything about us is heightened to an almost excruciating degree. We feel the last song of power just before the Dark Year fades, and at the same time we experience the greatest hunger as that power heightens all of our sensations. Sekhemu can also refer to the driving sensation brought about by this peak in hunger and power.
Inner Circle *(general)
Those who have been formally initiated into a household, religious order, magical coven or other such group, including the initiates, elders and primii. Most members of this level are permitted to vote on group policy or nominate new members.
Inner Teachings: (general, OSV, House Eclipse)
1. (OSV and Sanguinarium) Philosophical education beyond the Calmae ordeal of the OSV which this group does not make public and will not publish for general reading by those outside the Order. These teachings must be learned by members from thier mentors or the Order's priesthood.
2. (House Eclipse) The specific higher level teachings of any philosophical, magical or religious group that are learned upon dedicating some time and study to said group.
Incubus / Succubus* (general, Sanguinarius, House Eclipse, OSV)
1. (House Eclipse)A vampire who feeds only while having sex or purely through tantric sexual energy. In Medieval folklore, a Succubus was a female demon who appeared to people, often in dreams, and seduced them. The Incubus was the male counterpart to the Succubus. Father Sinistrari, a 14th century Italian monk, wrote an entire treatise on these beings, depicting them as a separate species from humanity whose body, rather than being made of gross physical matter, was made up of subtle energies. He attributed to both Incubi and Succubi elemental essences; some had a nature allied with fire while others might have a watery or even earthy nature. Father Sinistrari went on to postulate that Incubi and Succubi could in some instances reproduce with human beings; the results of such unions were invariably attractive, proud, tall, cunningly intelligent, and strong people with a mesmerizing presence. It is implied that the children of Incubi and Succubi, although possessing a
physical body, also retained some of the subtle nature of their non-human parent, and like that parent, fed upon the sexual or life energies of other humans they took as their lovers. This same Father also stated that such interbreeding exhalted the children of such a union and humanity in general, as it gave the children a direct link to the Etheric realm. In modern times, these words are used to denote vampires with a strong sex drive who often feed as a part of their sexual activity, or those who feed on sexual energy or fluids.*See also Sexual Vampire.
2. (Sanguinarius)The plural is incubi. A male sexual vampire. See "sexual vampirism". Historically, the term was used to describe a reason for the sexual dreams a person sometimes experiences, and were thought to be caused by a demonic spirit which took the form of a female in order to drain a person of his or her energy and lead the defenseless person into sexual sin while they slept.
A belief within the vampire community that the vampiric condition is brought about through a genetic inheritance or mutation. Those who espouse this belief take a very scientific view of vampirism. An example, and most likely the source, of this view is NightPoe's website. They feel that every aspect of the condition could feasibly be quantified and explained if given enough serious scientific study. Those who believe in vampiric inheritance feel that the mutation is passed along from parent to child and look upon it as something, which makes vampires distinctly different from ordinary humans. Those who believe in the inheritance theory suggest that there were "true" vampires at some point in our distant past, and that they interbred with humanity. With this paradigm, however, it can be deduced that as the line gets more and more watered down, the characteristics of vampirism. will become weaker and weaker until they are lost altogether. It could also be argued by these pe
ople that with selective breeding, the original vampiric characteristics could be brought back into our kind and strengthened over time. It is possible that Inheritors feed upon blood, life-energy, or both.
Inheritor Vampire (general, Nightpoe)
Inheritors are divided into two classes in Nightpoe's writings. Class 1 comprises the true Inheritors. For, although they are born into their lifestyle, just as are Category 2 Inheritors, they are different in several ways. They do not age in the conventional sense, often living hundreds of years. They heal much more quickly than do nonvampires. They can be killed but it takes quite a lot to accomplish it, as they regenerate some organs, teeth, fangs, and nerves. I am not sure if bones are regenerated. I think perhaps so, but do not know this as a certain fact. Class 1's can go about by day as well, better than the other categories, because they usually are born into a very human state and gradually become aware of the Vampiric growth and changes in their bodies as they age and enter puberty. Thus, often feeling different as they grow into the teen years. They also can eat regular foods and beverages. They DO feed for nourishment.
As with many, but not all real Vampires, Class 1's do tend to avoid humans. Some do make good and lasting human friendships though. The Class 1 is what is considered the immortal or Ageless Vampire, as are the Classicals, but they can die. They just do not do so as often or as quickly. Regarding feeding: Most Class 1 Inheritors disdain 'dead' blood which is frozen or animal blood such as in a steak or piece of liver. They almost always prefer live blood directly from a living source.As with most real Vampires, they lead secretive and secluded lives, making it difficult for humans to get any closer emotionally than the Vampire chooses to permit. As with ALL Vampires they can disappear for long stretches of time. Identities are changed more often than clothes.They have a different relationship to, and perception of, time, which is vastly different from most human perceptions.
They can become ill, but do so far less often as their recuperative processes are faster and stronger. In mental ability all Inheritors can be, and often are, highly psychic and/or empathic -- as are Classicals. They can do all the things Classicals can do. Perhaps it is they, the Inheritors, about whom the legends are truly speaking. Included in Category 1, is a lesser-known subspecies called Lunas. In some cases of European myth, Lunas have been mistaken for werewolves.
The Luna is sexual, sensual, earthy, and a bit larger than Category 1ís on the whole. Lunas do have some sexual experience with humans, but not often. In all other aspects Lunas are much like Category 1's.
The second major variety in the Inheritor Class is Class 2. In Class 2, or Category 2, we have the Inheritor, who was born into his/her lifestyle. 'To Inherit' is meant to convey a person who was born into the lifestyle and inherited the characteristics, traits, and the infection from someone in his family. However, not necessarily the parents. If, at anytime, anyone born into the family carried the altered Vampiric DNA and accompanying genes, then anyone else born into the family at a later date could inherit those genes and qualities. Category 2 is the human Inheritor, someone born of a purely human parentage (i.e., both parents being totally human) into a genetic Vampiric lifestyle, meaning that they are not immortal, or eternal. But in all, or most, other aspects they are Vampiric. They suffer from the same problems as Classicals, the same feeding styles, the same methods of feeding and the consuming of blood for nourishment.
Category 2, Night-timers, age much more slowly but do not live the very long life spans of Classicals or Inheritors Class 1. In all aspects, Category 2's are Vampiric. All the forms of vampires can and do go out in light and sun. But Category 2 Inheritors, as with Classicals, tend to feel weak, sick, tired and ill during the day. The skin is also affected, as Category 2's can get heat stroke, internal body fluids evaporate quickly, they pass out, etc. The skin also blisters and burns very quickly even if they are not fair complexioned. They also feed on fresh and frozen blood, have donor feeding partners and sources, etc.
The only real differences are that they are considered human by the medical community, are not immortal, heal more rapidly than humans -- but not as rapidly as Classicals or Inheritors Category 1. They can and do die. The average life span of a Nighttimer is usually between 200 and 300 years.
Someone who has been formally initiated as a full member of a household. This person is now considered a Isro, using the formal terminology. This usually happens in the OSV after the Rite of Transformation, where the individual has been attuned to the family's energy cycles. In other Houses and systems, this is when a new vampire chooses to be formally inducted into a House or other group.
Invisible* (formal, Sanguinarius, Sanguinarium)
Those members of a specific portion or the overall community who, having been ostracized and stripped of their name, are treated as if they no longer existed by thier old comrades and friends. Invisibles have committed some great crime in the eyes of some members of the community, and for this they are no longer allowed to associate themselves with the rest of that part of vampire culture. *See also Excommunicated, Ravass Bhavatan, Faboan and Sin Nomine.
Isro*(general, House Eclipse)
A fledgling vampire who has begun to develop as an individual member of the community. Isro take on some duties and learn vampiric culture from the viewpoint of several Houses before sticking with a particular tradition. The term is used because the vampire is seen as "testing their wings" so to speak in preparation for being totally on their own. At this stage, a vampire may begin seeking their own donors, but the Mentor is still involved in their life and teaching the vampire actively. The Isro will probably begin making friends and alliances at this point and choose a Road or Path to specialize in. Often their Mentor will leave the to their own devices for periods of time to begin forming their own Bonds and Circles. This is comparable to puberty for a vampire and is roughly equivalent to the OSV rank of Calmae. The word is the Enochian term meaning "promise".