||[Jun. 30th, 2006|02:17 pm]
More from talking with my mother, the Tribes' stances on keeping their identity secret...|
Rey - As they are prominent in the business world/etc., they really can't be all "Shh! I don't exist!" Conversely though, they recognize that, "A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals," and so they keep their Vampirism hidden to protect their interests and assests.
Scholars - They're eccentric hermits; They don't get out much, and humans who encounter them pretty much come to expect them to be a little "off." It's a virtual non-issue whether anyone knows they're Vampires or not. The only problem comes in when they need to feed, but they have been fairly well able to either find willing donors, or raid blood banks in extreme cases.
Feral - They're much more at home with the "alternative" lifestyles, especially the Gothic and Modern/Urban Primative subcultures, who are more readily accepting of those claiming to be Vampires. This has given them a veritable wealth of willing donors. When in mixed company, they keep their shape-shifting in check.
Tuned - Like the Scholars, they're eccentric, as humans generally assume artists are anyway. They are still careful, since artistic accomplishments have put some of them in the public eye. Some of the more outgoing, fringe, interpretive types have incorporated feedings into their performances.
Ethereal - They generally protect their Vampirism from humans, since it is an integral part of their religion. They believe it should be experienced rather than explained, and why bother explainined if one is not going to experience?
In general, they're all relatively guarded, either out of a sense of superiority to humans, or equality thereto, depending on which Vampire from what Tribe you talk to. There are also those who believe that there's no reason for them to hide, and that Vampires should be able to live freely amon humans, calling the hiding done by others giving in to racism.
And this just jumped into my head, Vampire ethics.
None of the clans are prone to taking unwilling victims. It is only in emergency situations when they will not seek out a willing donor (who will, preferrably, also be/come their lover), or steal from a blood bank or hospital. As previously stated, they do not kill unless utterly necessary for their own survival. There are some unaffiliated groups and individuals who regularly commit, as it is termed in the Vampire community, "blood rape," feeding from an unsuspecting victim, but those organized into the Tribes consider this virtually unthinkable. That's not to say they aren't seductive, or that they don't try to entice humans to consent (only with their own wiles and other natural means, never by artificial intoxication), but if consent is not given, the Vampire does not feed from those veins.
And now I have to do some thinking about how this code of ethics came about (Camarilla, anyone? XP). But this is more to chew on till then :)