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Vampiric Magick

Vampiric magic is a particular fringe skill of Necromancy focussed on helping the necromancer survive the ordeals of coming in contact with death essences. Instead of simply locking down and bearing the ill effects of death magic, Vampiric magics were born to shoulder some of the weight by allowing a degree of rejuvenation as well as the effects of necromancy to coexist. Only this much is the truth behind vampire tales and the vampire cults that exist around the world. Though there are no "vampires", per se, there are those necromancers that have refined the ability to use death to drain from the life forces of others. The precise means of doing this is up to the caster to discover but, through absorption of the life forces of other creatures, the necromancer can waylay many of the adverse effects of their art and retain a relatively normal degree of health and well-being at the expense of others. Though there is no proof that this kind of magic can actually extend life beyond the normal duration, it has shown the power to counteract the negative effects of using death magics and to allow the practitioner to live normally. Historically, vampiric magic has taken many different forms. There are those that have consumed real blood in attempts to drain life, based on ideas as far back as the Bible's statement that ".. the life of the flesh is in the blood", sexual vampires (hearkening to Aristotle's claim that life is in the sexual fluids of either gender), and those that drain life force purely, somewhat reminiscient of the breathism and psychic vampire traditions. Vampiric necromancy does not mean you're a vampire, but is an appropriate metaphor for the nature of this skill.

Direct Energy Vampirism

Probably the most commonly practiced technique of vampiric magick is energy vampirism, also called psychic vampirism.

Something that article doesn't go into are the many ways in which energy vampirism can be performed, for example via a servitor, in dreams, or by targetting a specific type of energy (e.g. sexual energy, energy produced by religious fervor, the energy produced by some disease or illness - used for healing - or whatever).

Sexual Vampirism: Another form of energy vampirism, but typically practiced by those who have refined their tastes to prefer energy released through sex. While vampires are typically portrayed as dominant beings, sexual vampirism can be carried out equally well from a position of submission.

Other Emotional States: In a similar way to the preference of some for energy released during sex, others have a preference for energy released by other emotional states, for example anger or grief.

Reversed Energy Vampirism: One of very few uses of energy vampirism I've encountered that is actually intended to be beneficial to someone other than the vampire. The process is simple enough, but it can be extremely physically, psychically and emotionally draining if the donor energy vampire is low on energy for some reason, such as not having fed lately or through illness or injury. It is simply a reversal of the feeding process. Rather than pulling energy out of the subject and into himself, the vampire pushes energy from himself into the subject. Initially, a visualisation of occuring can help as a focus for the donor vampire, as can pooling the energy into one part of the body (the hands, for example) and from there transferring the energy into the subject.

A vampire servitor can also be applied to this task, given instructions to feed the energy it collects into the chosen subject rather than into its creator or into a vessel.

A vampire can use similar techniques to gather energy from its immediate surroundings and feed the subject from this, acting as a conduit of sorts.

This technique can be used to aid in the healing process. Interestingly enough, it also seems that if a psychic vampire who feeds regularly gives energy to a sanguinarian vampire, this will eliminate indefinitely the sanguinarian's blood cravings and any negative symptoms which would normally occur if they didn't feed.

Feeding on disease energy: drawing normally detrimental energies from the subject.

Energy vampirism can and does occur on an instinctive level, but here I am dealing with it in the context of a willed magickal act, rather than as an innate part of one's nature. However, natural psi-vamps may also find magical vampiric techniques to be of use.

Vampire Servitors

A servitor, thought-form, or egregore is an artificially created incorporeal entity made for a specific purpose in order to carry out a magician's will.

Most vampiric servitors are created with the intent of draining energy (generally from a specific target) and passing that energy back to the magician.

Vampire Glamours

The vampire is an intrinsically glamorous creature, able to alter others' perception of itself. Vampiric glamoury is most usually a part of energy vampirism. The vampire will create glamours in order to make its feeding more efficient. The most common example of glamoury of this sort may be found in sexual vampirism, where the vampire will project various attributes in order to make herself more alluring to her prey.

Working With Vampiric Entities

Vampiric magick, in my opinion, also includes such things as working with vampiric entities like incubi and succubi, as well as various deities.

Attaining Vampiric Qualities

Some forms of blood magick fall under the description, as do rites which are designed to endow certain properties of the vampire upon the operator.

Magick For Use Against Vampires

More common than any other form of magick relating to vampires, this is really rather irrelevant to this section. While a vampiric magician may well have cause to rid themselves of the attentions of vampires of various sorts, this is not intrinsic to the practice of magickal vampirism, and so will be dealt with in another article.

Unlike mortal vampires (who also refer to themselves as real vampires), pracitioners of vampiric magick, although many have an affinity with the vampire archetype, generally don't feel that they have some innate need for energy or blood which must be fulfilled. They instead take up vampiric practices by choice, and often for a specific reason (e.g. as a form of magickal attack, to gather energy for a specific purpose, or because they find it pleasureable).

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