As we all know, the basis of vampirism is as old as time. Technically, even parasitic, or one celled organisms consuming each other is vampiric in nature. Dog eat dog, if you will. In actuality, it is a beautiful, complicated practice with roots, as aforementioned, deep as the oceans, strong as steel.
Regretfully, (though names and purposes will be left unspoken) there are those whom corrupt and dilute it. Swords taken through the back are even dealt to unrelated role players, through whom some find this practice. As an affirmation to those still confused, yes, you can play a game and still not believe you ARE your character.
Even worse still, pop culture has created a rise in those drawn to the subject for the wrong reasons. It encourages individuals to seek it out based on cinematic and romanticized falsities. Creating legions of flaky pretenders who discourage all who don't believe Anne Rice's words are any god's, from furthering their innocent, natural attraction to practices and sites such as this. In all honesty, this is more than half the reason I have never outwardly pursued it prior to now. Even artwork, the showing of soul, must be censored due to those who fail to separate fact and fantasy. All the fruit loops act as a barrier betwixt understanding and the rationally cautious.
There are those who refuse to acknowledge that the word "vampire/vampyre" is generally a metaphor, nod, symbol etc. and take it to it's folklore roots. While I myself do dress in black and occasionally wear fake fangs, I do not believe these aesthetic preferences make me more powerful or, especially immortal. Nor do I avoid sunlight other than for a few personal reasons...I don't want to tan, I find it ugly and it hurts my eyes. I certainly don't feel that it burns or curses me any further than the promotion of skin cancer. The sad truth is, some do. Fashion and popular trends can even heavily sway personality and beliefs in those types.
Within itself even, vampiric energy exchange has been divided. There are those who go too far, those who know it's all basic energy exchange given a more attractive title, those who become lecherous, fool hardy, fetish driven fanatics, those whose intentions are historically noble and those who are swayed by what the fool hardy do to the point of looking down at their brethren for seeking a different medium. In other words, the tainting of sanguine or more physical nature. Energy can be shared in a variety of forms and it seems rather crusade-ish for us to limit those outlets if they be not sloppy, careless or malicious.
Let's go into the basic truth of the method, regardless of the means. Even scientifically, factually and medically, the body contains electrical charges. The brain even fires these for a short time after death, proving the body itself is a battery. Being deprived of vital "battery" life is a common problem even in modern times. Think of energy drinks, coffee and even over sleeping. Humans have been deriving "go juice" from each other in simple, undetectable ways such as drama queens, intimate contact and stimulating conversation.
The human race has been feeding off of each other unknowingly each and every day. Everyone can manipulate energy but only some need to and have a gift for it. Some can see auras while others cannot, some need to touch, some need to ingest and others can do so with a single focused thought. Yet others can use any of the above mentioned methods to fulfill their needs. It has also become a debate whether the depriving of such an exchange can physically effect these individuals in a negative manner.
Why not? It seems every minuscule veritable can contribute to one's well being. Maybe it cannot be studied in a solidly scientific nature, but then, it's not a wholly scientific topic. The intangible has continued to elude or fence in one dimensional minds for ages. Even bees can't fly according to logic and at one point, the world was flat.
I won't go into too much length herein about the historical importance being as how I have previously covered it, but if you bother to inspect any past culture, there are always strong indications of both human vampires and those creatures of folklore. In a rough sense even psy vampirisim isn't so much different than the dated tales of succubi and incubi, whom were said to withdrawal an individual's "life energy" via sometimes no more than their presence in the same room.
Vampirism is a varied, difficult subject for the sane, believer or no. It is a religion, life style, practice, way of life, that has been distorted and lost in the uproar of the now. The important point is to remember your roots and stay true to your nature, ignoring what outside sources try to inject you with. Magic can be lost when you get swept up in the nine to five, in the talk of gravity, mortality and yes, even fantasy. Regardless of all the madness, stay true to the method.