by Michelle Belanger
We often associate with the Awakened or with those who hover
upon the threshold of Awakening. We prefer the company of those
who can interact at least to some degree with the level of reality
that is our constant daily experience.
By our very natures we Awaken those around us. Even those not
of our kind can be affected by the transformative effects of our
presence. We draw out latent powers and provide a burden of proof
for individuals who have otherwise rejected their own natures due
to self-doubt. We can use this intentionally if we choose, though
it will always occur to some degree, whether intentional or not.
Sometimes we mistake a Potential of our own kind merely for one
of the Awakened. If such an unrecognized Potential is fed from,
the effect, though unintentional, is equivalent to the Lesser
Initiation. The Potential feels himself undergo a change and is
driven to feed from others. Such accidents cannot be abandoned.
Confused as to their true nature, ignorant of their power, they
wield that power nonetheless and can cause much damage to
themselves and others if left to struggle on their own.
Still others have Potential, but it is too weak to ever fully
be realized in this lifetime. Others are too unstable to survive
the initiation. They are best left to sleep so they will come to
maturity in their own time. If forced to awaken, they are merely
shadows of us -- weak in power, unstable in mind, whose powers are
likely to fade unless constantly put to use or manipulated by
Sometimes a feeding vessel may manifest the symptoms of
vampirism, but this is merely a sympathetic state brought about
through prolonged or obsessive contact with one of our own. Such a
one's natural reserves are depleted to a point where they cannot
recover their vitality on their own. Given time, however, and
separated physically and / or emotionally from the dominating
personality, such a person will gradually recover and return to a
normal, non-vampiric state. In some cases, the afflicted person
does not wish to give up the state of sympathetic vampirism. If
the person understands even a little of what has happened to him
and wants the condition to continue, he can maintain this quasi-vampiric
state indefinitely and may even eventually come to be mistaken for
one of our number as he will accept that he is nothing else.