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I was watching a show the other day on the origins of vampires, and something came up that got me to thinking. It was mentioned the Black Veil changed its wording in the code of ethics such that blood drinking is no longer part of modern vampire culture. Upon reading it myself, I see that it does not explicitly denounce blood-feeding, but rather encourages extreme caution. At any rate, it was said that Psy-feeding is the current preferred method.
Now, there’s plenty of controversy surrounding the idea and practice of blood feeding. Some have believed that they have the right to feed on anyone they choose, while others hold donors in high regard, and believe no one should ever be fed upon without their full consent, and that all care should be taken to ensure the health and well-being of both the donor and the vampire.
Psychic or “psy” feeding raises a whole new set of questions and concerns. Considering that Psy feeding can be done without the target ever being aware, unlike blood feeding. Does a Psy-vamp have the right to feed off anyone they choose? Is feeding off crowds appropriate? Should Psy-feeding, like blood feeding, be a private act between consenting individuals?
I’m sure at least once in our lives we’ve all encountered people who unwittingly feed on those around them. They are unpleasant, and their lack of control can be a serious danger to anyone they come in contact with. However, couldn’t a psy-vamp with knowledge and intent be just as or even more dangerous? One would hope that a psy-vamp would not take so much energy from a single person as to cause them harm, but who’s to say they won’t? What if someone walks into a crowded public place with full intent to drain those in attendance? Is this inappropriate behavior and an abuse of power? Is it allowable because the victims are unaware? Or does the act somehow reside in a gray area between right and wrong?
Personally, I would think it inappropriate to draw energy from unsuspecting individuals. Although, I can see times where feeding from some nearby asshole would be very tempting, if for no other reason than to diminish the energy that they use to disrupt the lives of others. But what do you do when you can’t find a willing energy donor? Does feeding on the unsuspecting passerby then become an act of necessity, and therefore make it acceptable? Or, in this instance, is the vampire supposed to find alternate means, such as drawing on natural and universal energies? Is that even possible?
Chime in and let me know what you think about all of this.