At the most recent meeting of the Shadow Senate held on February 4, 2015 it was decided that the previous ruling which prevented Covens and Houses from affiliating with the SAVA was stifling the growth of the local VC; in that participants no longer saw the need to form groups of their own to service the needs of their own areas.
This ruling, made in 2012, was effectively overturned. Continue reading
Internal SAVA elections were completed this past week to select Senators for the SAVA Shadow Senate in accordance with the parameters set by our Membership Mandate. Continue reading
With each new year, SAVA continues to change and grow from strength to strength. Starting the new year off with a bang, we can see that 2015 will be no different!
Among the changes already apparent very early in 2015, we see a resignation and several promotions, and the likely announcement of imminent Senatorial elections. Continue reading
On November 1, the SAVA held its first National Gathering, generously hosted by Coven d’Eir in Durban. The venue was the Winston Pub, and aside from the members of Coven d’Eir, some of the other local VC participants also attended, as well as some of the local Gothic society, as well as some interesting seekers who had been keeping up with the local VC wanting to make contact with us for some time.
To be or not to be. That is the question…. A trivial question from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, yes? A trivial question from a Donor to a Vampyre, not so much.
Vampyre’s feeding…. Your mind races to strobe-lit images of beautiful women covered in blood, sex and music, lustful eyes, your nerves stand on end, echoes of moans and sounds of pleasure… This is where the fictional movie rudely disappoints – there’s nothing that glamorous asking someone for some of their blood. But it’s our lot as sanguines to depend on those that are willing, or to resort to meat-blood.
Picking a Donor, or at least coming to an understanding with one, doesn’t happen often – but when it does, the angels sing, the planets align, and we feed. But even something as simple as feeding turns out to be a lot more complex than one would expect, and that complexity must be taken as seriously as life and death. Continue reading
It’s time for the monthly SAVC writing contest! This month there are entries from the four nominees selected by the previous winner of the Writer’s Challenge, Chris van der Merwe.
The nominated writers in the contest for October are (in no particular order) Octarine Valur, Phillip Lewis, Nyx Louloudi and Dagan Nightalon.
Vote for your favorite Short Story about enhanced vampire or werewolf senses – 1) http://ow.ly/D5Qvt ; 2) http://ow.ly/D5QMC ; 3) http://ow.ly/D5QR2 ; 4) http://ow.ly/D5QTZ
Entries have been posted without indication of who wrote which story, so that votes will be more likely cast according to the quality of the story, not by who wrote it.
A big thanks to Nadine My-Addiction for all her hard work and support for the community in running these competitions!
What is a ‘house’ in Vampyre culture? And what is a ‘coven’?
In South Africa, there have been several groups known as Houses. House Valur is perhaps the most well known here, followed by House of Havoc, and there is also Coven d’Eir. While some have contributed immensely to the growth of the culture in their own ways, numerous others have surfaced in our community over the years, but it seems took a deep breath, and then sank below the surface never to be heard from again. What are these groups and why do we need groups like them? Continue reading