A pretty ambitious project of mine, this is a little something I threw together over the last few weeks in between the Qui Tacet Consentire Videtur trilogy. I made the effort to be as accurate and detailed as possible, in the hopes that it will be a bit easier for people to follow along with my writings. Forgive me, as it is my priestly nature to speak in tongues.
The problem with finding the origin to certain terms is that the early days of Sabretooth, the Sanguinarium and the Ordo Strigoi Vii are very poorly documented and there are, as we have all come to witness, countless conflicting stories of who did what and where they did it.
After amassing the unbelievable amount of research I have, I can tell you the conclusions I have come to based off of that evidence, but I remain certain that such a daunting effort would not matter much, as the anti-intellectuals of the VC would not believe it, anyway, as it would conflict with their founding myths and erroneous beliefs, and they likely would not even glance at it.
At least I can be a bit more confident in the definitions, and we can quarrel over origins another time. This lexicon, I am hoping inspires those of the Blood to incorporate more cultured, magicaklly-charged terms into their vocabulary. The concept of Vampyres having their own equivalent to ebonics to me is very beautiful and enriching.
My only regret is having turned gaja into an epithet. Well, not so much. It really is fun to say.
adra · /a’drə/
proposed origin · from Western Semitic ʾaddîr (“majesty”)
1 a Vampyric mentor; a godfather; a magister of the Vampyre Mysteries.
Note: Created in order to reduce the usage of the role-play and fiction term sire.
An adra is one who mentors another on the Vampyric path. They are typically magisters (“elders”), but this is not always the case. The term adra is applied to whoever any Vampyre considers to be a teacher, mentor or inspiration.
One’s adra also need not necessarily be their “sire,” for those few primitives still clutching dearly to the White Wolf® role-play terminology.
nadja · /’nad.ja/
proposed origin · from Russian Нáдя, a diminutive of Надéжда (“hope”)
1 a Vampyric student; a Seeker; a Vampyre neonate.
Note: The nadja is the Vampyric student of the Path, when they are being mentored by an adra. The term is not really interchangeable with the popular White Wolf® term “chylder,” as the most frequently used Sire/chylde relationship structure bonds the two semi-permanently, with a great deal of obtuse restrictions, ex: having to be “released” by a “Sire,” and the complications and even psycho-emotional trauma that may result from a Sire’s refusal to release a chylder.
Overall, this dynamic is redundant, destructive, based off of fiction sources, and violates the trust between younger and older Vampyres; the relationship between adra and nadja as simply mentor and apprentice is obviously far superior.
sanguinarium · /san.gʷi’naː.ri.um/
1 the culture and movement of Living Vampyres/Strigoi Vii, i.e., the international network of Vampyre houses, tribes, courts and societies that first developed in New York City at the beginning of the new millennium, including its culture and traditions;
folk translation/false etymology “guild of the Blood,”
from Latin sanguinārius “of or pertaining to blood.”
Note: When we use the term Sanguinarium, we are knowingly using it to describe the collective culture, history and philosophies of Strigoi Vii/Living Vampyrism, which is technically an improper usage.
The collective agreement of Sanguine history, culture, traditions and philosophies is referred to as the Current, which is a metaphysical concept, as opposed to the Sanguinarium, which was a movement or an institution. Add to that the fact that the Sanguinarium had begun to fall right around 2006, depending on who you ask, though the term apparently found continued use as recently as 2013, also being revived for use in 2018. The way in which we generally use it is more for convenience, as readers might be unfamiliar with the Current.
sanguine · /’sæŋ.ɡwɪn/
proposed origin · ultimately from Latin sanguineus (“of blood”), from sanguis (“blood”)
1 of the Family of the Blood Current; a Vampyre; of the Sanguinarium.
Note: The pseudo-vampires of the broader vampire subculture tend to use the term Sanguine to define a blood-drinking asarai, particularly a vehemently secular one, but this use is rather silly and has fallen out of fashion. The term Sanguine, among the Family, is used to refer to fellow Vampyres of the Legacy. We’re hoping to reclaim this term in the near future.
gaja · /ga.dʒǝ/
proposed origin · gadjo (Romani, “foreigner”/proto-Romani “peasant”)
compare with false cognate Hebrew “גוי” [goy]
1 pretenders who attempt to pass themselves off as vampires similar to those from fiction and film; mentally ill or deluded individuals who find it difficult distinguishing between reality and ego-driven role-play fantasies.
Note: Gaja are “wannabe” vamps, typically ascended role-players who have taken their fictional identity or persona too far and are seemingly unable to distinguish between their mundane reality and their deluded fantasy. Note that the use of the term “role-player” does not necessarily denote one who plays actual role-playing games such as Vampire: the Masquerade, Dungeons & Dragons, etc., but those who are actively “playing” a “role,” the role being the manifested fictional vampiric identity with which the gaja goes through life. As I’ve indicated elsewhere, gaja are not exclusively vampiric. The otherkin community is also crawling with them, much to the irritation of legitimate practitioners of therioshamanism.
Gaja might often attempt to incorporate meager, Barnes & Noble-level occult practices into their lifestyle, but otherwise usually remain superficial and overly concerned with playing up the outward expression of “vampire” while not seeking to truly follow the path. It is, more often than not, simply an aesthetic fetish.
They often take names from fiction, i.e., Lestat of Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles, and are frequently involved with the goth and fetish subcultures. They may possess blood fetishes which manifest primarily as a sexually gratifying paraphilia.
The aura of a gaja almost always read as that of a mere human, though sometimes they become asarai through their misguided attempts to pass themselves off as “vampiric.” Most gaja also happen to be narcissists. They are not harmless role-players, Goths or cosplayers, who are usually honest, grounded individuals who know that they are not Vampyres and will respectfully distinguish themselves from them.
asarai · /’asəˌɹaɪ/
proposed origin · originally arasi, anagram of parasite
1 human beings—that is, non-Vampyres, “vampiroids” or “pseudo-vampires”—whose subtle bodies (metaphysical energy composition) are so compromised that they are forced to steal energy from other living beings, typically in a way that is seen as degenerate or parasitic; psychic vampires; obligate holoparasites.
Note: Asarai are obligate etheric parasites, the fellows that call themselves “psi vampires,” and such silly nonsense. These people possess damaged energy currents within their metaphysical (spiritual) bodies which require them to feed upon the vital life force of others in order to maintain their sub-par standard of health. Think of them as an old cell phone or handheld game console whose burnt-out battery only charges to 80%, no matter how long you leave it to charge. Some asarai supplement their “metaphysical diabetes” with blood, but most have instructed themselves in techniques to sustain themselves through non-physical means. Self-help books such as The Psychic Vampire Codex exist as written by and for asarai so they might meet their needs in a dignified and honorable way, without others coming to harm.
Most asarai, however, are not honorable, and it is these obligate parasites which make up most of the poorly-named “vampire community.” Within this community, they define the act of vampirism in a way antithetical to true Vampyres, or Strigoi Vii. To them, the vampire is a parasitic human being which requires vital life force energy from others in order to survive—as such, they refer to themselves as “vampires” and adamantly reject any other definition of the term.
elorath · /ɛlːɒ.ʁoːt(ʰ)/
proposed origin · ultimately unknown, possibly an amalgam of Hebrew אל el (“god,” “supreme deity,” cognate with Akkadian ilu) + Hebrew סְפִירוֹת sefirot (“emanations”)
1 The egregore or unconscious manifestation of Clan Sabretooth Alpha’s collective will, spirit and agreement.
Note: Use of this term is highly contentious among the pseudo-vampires of the broader subculture and even among Strigoi Vii, due in part to a persistent myth that the term is an acronym deifying Sabretooth Alpha’s founder. Ultimately, the true origin of the term might never be known. It may very well have been channeled or created by the magisters of Sabretooth and the Ordo Strigoi Vii. It might not have. Who knows?
Most Vampyres opt not to use the term Elorath within their practices to avoid this controversy, replacing it by using terms such as “the Current” or “the Blood pool.” In modern parlance, Elorath and the Current are no longer interchangeable, as the Current refers more directly to the metaphysical element from which Vampyres and Vampyric magickal practice universally originate. An example of such usage can be seen in the writings of the Tempel ov Blood, from where we get the terms Blood Current and Blood Pool.