In our culture, when one of us takes a learner or Fledgling Vampyre under our wing, we try to teach them all they need to know to the best of our ability. While we call them Fledglings and Apprentices – and fondly refer to them as “Baby Bat” and other terms of endearment, they remain every bit as much real Vampyres as we are, with the same needs, the same problems and the same challenges. We as Mentors strive to pass on to them the material and the experiences we have learned for ourselves – the ways of our respective societies and cultures. We do this so that they are better able to fend for themselves in the world of the Shinai, and also among other Nightkind. One of the ways we help them to learn is to ask them to write about various topics relating to the VC and their nature, their thoughts and feelings about certain aspects. By this we gauge what they have learned, and what sort of individual they happen to be. Today I am proud to share an article written by my current Fledgling, Lunah Valur Eir. The topic given to her for her assignment was “How I Feel About Being A Vampyre and Dealing With The Hunger”. Continue reading
Vampyric Erotica! Have you ever heard of such a thing? Well, I certainly hadn’t until I logged into my Facebook account, expecting to see the usual banter, pics and posts, and saw that not only was there vampyric erotica being written by our VC members, but they were having a write-off as well! Continue reading
This is a loaded question that implies being vampyric is some kind of disease. Should Vampyre nature be viewed as a disease, especially by Vampyres themselves, then Vampyre-kind would start walking a very slippery slope indeed. As Vampyres, we believe our nature is not a disease or some affliction, but a birthright. Continue reading
It has been announced to SAVA members that as of this past Thursday, all members of the Shadow Senate will hold portfolios which allocate to them clearly defined responsibilities connected to the running of the SAVA. This move is seen as a step forward in the development of our organization and its leadership skills, as well as for the growth of the community in this region. Continue reading
Readers can now access all articles posted on SAVN since June 13, 2011 by clicking on the Articles Index link at the top of the site! The listing will be updated periodically to reflect all new articles posted, making finding an article or browsing for interesting topics much easier. You can now stay informed of what’s happening in the SA VC much more conveniently.
May 20 is Founder’s Day, in which South Africa’s VC celebrates the founding of the South African Vampyre Community four years ago. It was a quiet time in the social lives of most Vampyres in South Africa, before the Facebook groups, before the forums, before the socials and meet-ups. It was a time before the SAVA rose to become the main driving force behind the community-building that resulted in the vibrant VC we are today. This is an address to the SA VC by Lady Octarine Valur, Regent of the SAVA. Continue reading