A bloodthirsty Indian Goddess who has been chosen by some to be a goddess of vampirism. Kali is depicted as a dark-skinned woman with a blood-red pointed tongue and elongated fangs. She typically wears a necklace of severed heads and a skirt of severed arms and little else. She revels in carnage and is widely believed to drink blood; her statues are venerated with libations of fresh blood. She is a personification of lust and fecundity as well as death and destruction. TO those who understand her, all her physically imposing symbols are simply meant to frighten off evil spirits and make her followers understand the cycles of life and death. Her weapons are for cutting through obstacles and slicing away negative thoughts and feelings. Like all Hindu deities, her appearance is very deeply symbolic. Her consort is the god Shiva, an equally complex deity associated with destruction as well as regeneration. Most vampires who look to Kali as their goddess, like her, drink human
Keeper of the Scrolls (formal, Sanguinarium)
The Second Age Term for a secretary of a household or court. They are responsible for keeping the documents, historical records, bylaws and lists of members. In the First Age of these groups, this job was known as a Lore Master.
Keeper of the Veil *(formal, Sanguinarium)
An individual within a household, Order or court who is responsible for "enforcing" the Black Veil or other set of House or Order laws among it's members and the security of the community. Most often this roll is filled by a Mradu and is a member of a triumvirate such as Magister (courts) or Primii (households). Also the head warrior and guardian of a community who trains apprentices in physical and spiritual combat.
Kharrus* (Formal, Sanguinarium)
A priest of the Strigoi vii tradition of vampirism. Inaccurately used to describe other vampiric priests, but should be applied only to those of Ordo Strigoi Vill.
Khaibit (General, House Eclipse)*
This is the word in the Eclipsan system to refer to the darker instincts of a vampire that are called by others the "Beast, the Dragon or the Darkside". Khaibit is an Ancient Egyptian term for the part of the soul that was darker and more primitive or possessed by evil or destructive urges. The literal translation is "Shadow Self" or "Shadow Mind". While the Khaibit was often dark or selfish or even destructive, both the Ancient Egyptians and the Eclipsans believe it is an integral part of the self. It is inseperable from our higher aspirations and day-to-day mind. It also does good things, such as contributing power to us if we are cornered or threatened and enhancing the charisma of a vampire when seeking lovers and donors.
Kheper* (formal, House Kheperu)
This word is interpreted by Michelle Belanger of House Kheperu to mean birth, rebirth, metamorphosis, becoming, awakening, transforming, changing and changing into something new. This is similar to the use of the word in the language of the Ancient Egyptians. It is used by this and other groups as a multilayered word of power that is derived from the name of the beetle (scarab) headed sun deity of the Ancient Egyptians. They associated this sun god with moving the sun across the sky after observing the dung-collecting scarab beetle rolling balls of dung containing thier eggs across the sands. A similar word with the same root is used by the Temple of Set and spelled "Xeper".
Kheprian Order (general, House Kheperu)
A particular order/tradition of vampire Scholar-Monks who have made it their duty to compile information on the vampire community and make this freely available to all. They believe that they ahve reincarnated over many lifetimes to be together and claim to remeber these past incarnations.
An order or tradition within the vampire community that traces the origin of the vampire back to Biblical or pre-Biblical times. A very secret brotherhood, the Khlysty are predominant on the West Coast of America and may possibly have beliefs related to the Biblical figure of Caine. Khlysty keep their natures very closeted and are highly derisive of posers and life stylers, who they refer to as "kids in capes". Many are blood-drinkers, and they incorporate blood into their ritual magic. They have existed since before the modern vampire community was widespread and have much to teach. Their beliefs can be most directly traced to Gnosticism.
Kiss, The*(formal, Illuminatti, Sanguinarium)
1. (Illuminatti) The bite, nibble or munch of a vampire.
2. (OSV and Sanguinarium) A formal term for a committed donor. In some covens, Kitra is a formal term for the Concubine caste and also functions as the concubines. They are the eyes and ears of the coven, advisors, donors, love slaves and magical altars. Not all Kitra need be vampires, and many feed off sexual energy to some extent, but Kitra are usually vampires in their own right, of whatever type.(2a) The act of taking blood, energy or sexual fluids from a donor.
Kith: (Formal, Illuminatti)
An archaic term for a good friend used in the Illuminatti system.
Kithal (formal, Sanguinarium)
Someone who has been initiated into more than one household in the OSV system.
Kithan (Formal, House Eclipse)
A formal, ritual and/or respectful and polite term and address for a Companion, a member of a House who is a Mundane or non vampire. Also used to specify those who are friends and allies of a vampire and are mundane and support and acknowledge the vampire's right to believe and live as they choose. Roughly equivalent to the OSV "Black Swan".
Kitra (formal, House Kheperu)
A term for a councilor in the roads and caste system introduced and used by House Kheperu. See councilor.
A Strigoi Vii term for a slave in a BDSM format. In the OSV, this sort of agreement is called a Korval Pakt and the Dominant is known as a Raja. In other systems, an apprentice or thrall. A vampire who wishes to swear service to another in return for protection/teaching/etc. See also Adna, a somewhat similar term in the Eclipsan system for a vampire who chooses to be an ally of a community or House leader but still retains all thier rights and voices seperate opinions. They act as a check on the egos of vampires in positions of leadership.
Klavasi (formal, Sanguinarium)
This is a formal term in the OSV system for latent vampirism; sometimes or never manifests, depending on environment and circumstances. See Latent Vampirism.
Korvan Pakt: (formal, OSV)
Readers will note that this word seems to have two spellings, Korval and Korvan. I am not sure which is correct, as both are included in "V" at seperate points. I can only attribute this to another text or spelling error. In the OSV system, this is referred to as a relationship similar or identical to a Dominant and Submissive relationship within the BDSM subculture. It involves the Dominant partner, who is referred to as the Raja in this system making a "pakt" (pact) or agreement of supposed "ownership" and collaring a Submissive, who is referred to as a Kijara to symbolize and demonstrate the aformentioned relationship. The limits and details of such an agreement or "pakt" are written into a contract along with a renewal and/or expiration date. According to the OSV this was based on the GOR novels and their system of absolute slavery of women, though this version is claimed to be non sex specific. This system will seem distasteful to many, and plenty of other options
exist for those interested in a less extreme or group specific Dominance and Submission relationship.