Sanguinarian vampirism is a type of vampirism in which the vampire requires blood in order to remain healthy. Generally speaking, the vampire will ingest blood of others. When asked, most vampires do not feel that their own blood will suffice, and they thus have a “donor”, who serves as a means for getting blood. Sang donors are individuals who are willing to provide their blood through safe blood-letting means. (Some communities call these donors, “black swans”).
Most often, sanguinarians need to feed at least once a month, usually more, or their body begins to deteriorate. The amount of blood a sang needs depends on the individual. Some sanguinarian vampires need only a few drops once every couple weeks, while others need more than that, either by feeding more frequently, or consuming more blood. Usually the symptoms that the vampire experiences will vanish for a short period of time, before they once again need to feed. Symptoms of sanguinarian vampirism include (but are not limited to):
- Blood cravings
- Metallic taste in mouth
- Hunger pains
- Thirst that won’t go away
- Brain fog
Some sanguinarians may experience other, more severe symptoms, such as loss of control, and “bloodlust”, where the body begins to try to fend for itself, so to speak. However, these are rare, and largely controversial cases. Not all sangs experience these severe symptoms, and many never let it get very far, due to the extreme, sometimes intolerable feelings of sickness that most sangs suffer from. However, it is also highly recommended that one considering vampirism seeks a doctor first, in order to make sure that they do not have a disease, such as diabetes or anemia, that needs to be treated in other ways.
Since a blood vampire, such as a sanguinarian, needs to consume blood, sangs and their donors must, therefore, engage in “safe blood-letting”. Generally speaking, both parties are (ideally) tested for STDs and other blood-borne pathogens. (Of course, there is always a risk, and it is strongly advised that both parties know the very real possibility of such diseases as HIV and Hepatitis being transferred.) Then the donor proceeds to CAREFULLY sterilize a sharp knife, or take out a clean, unused lancet. The donor cuts or pricks themselves, and allows for the vampire to feed. Most feeding is done mouth to wound, but to feed safely, if you can somehow draw the blood another way (safely), it is recommended that you do so. (Vampires and donors must be two consenting adults!)
Others may resort to “substitutes”, which help curb the need for blood. Some blood substitutes are V8 juice, tomato juice, and rare steak. Of course, none of these methods are thought to work as well for most sangs as actual human blood does.
Following a feeding, the sanguinarian’s symptoms are soon alleviated. Some report that they feel better and relaxed right away, while others begin to feel better within about a day. For this reason, it is often thought that sanguinarian vampirism is actually a very physical need, in that it may (in and of itself) be a medical condition. However, so far there has been no “evidence” so to speak, of this sort of vampirism being a medical condition, and thoughts on the cause vary quite a bit. Some believe it to be psychological, some believe it to be spiritual, and many believe it to be a physical need of the body…whether a disease, or a genetic trait, it is unclear. Some may (unjustly) assume sanguinarian vampirism to be the same as those afflicted by Renfield’s Syndrome, yet, it must be noted that sanguinarian vampirism is in fact quite distinct from clinical vampirism. Sanguinarians do not experience feelings of power or arousal that are associated with Renfield’s Syndrome. Sanguinarians do become quite sick without blood, and many do not “enjoy” the experience.
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