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Sunday, January 31st, 2010
3:28 pm - Immortal Vampires

theunbeholden
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My name is Edwin, I recently found out about real immortal vampires. I used to spend alot of time searching for real immortal vampires, but only found the goths who proclaim to be mortal vampires, and people who like to boast about being a vampire and writing some very beautiful poetry. So basically lifestylers/roleplayers. I found a medical analysis about them, which is probably false, as we don’t even know if they truly exist let alone their biology. There’s also going through vampire mythology, which was interesting but gave no insight as to their existence aside from the coincidence that many different civilizations have mythology of a vampire like creature, Civilizations that at the time never had contact with one another. I’m 18, born in Western Australia, I’ve never left here. I am Polish/Portuguese in blood. I am currently living in East Perth. I am doing college at the moment. I have had my share of groups of friends, and a life that is somewhat common. I live with my mum, who doesn’t have much money. I haven’t seen most of my family in ages, as most of them are overseas. I have 3 half brothers, I only have had regular contact with one of them, but up until recently I stopped contact with him as well. I haven’t seen my dad in a year or so. He never was a real dad to me but sort of ‘around occasionally’. It doesn’t matter to me though, as family has never really been important to me anyway. I am described to be stubborn, resourceful, witty, lighthearted and once I had been complimented to have a ‘face like a living doll’. I love Jim Carrey movies. I believe in perfectionism. I believe in Fate. I don’t believe in any religion (does reincarnation count?), I don’t continue any traditions as my family never had any. Recently I have had a horrible break down, where I have gotten some severe physical problems. Medical related that don’t really have a cure, and are chronic in nature. It’s hit me hard. and I’ve found out recently how horrible it can be to be mortal (and I’m only 18 for gods sake). I’m not sure why, but I’ve always believed in reincarnation. I’ve never fully understood why. And there was always something alluring to me about the vampire. I had a niggling suspicion about vampires. I like many would ‘sell my soul to become a vampire’ as my mortal life has in every sense of the word become a living nightmare. Though I have to much pride to beg for it especially to anyone over the internet. So for the Real immortal vampires out there, simply send me a email (I’ll ask some questions just to make sure your real or not). Email me at theunbeholden@hotmail.com

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Tuesday, January 14th, 2003
4:17 pm - My reply to Manuel Nogueira

tbrents
Good Evening Manuel,

Thank you for returning my letter. I have moved recently and the new address is on the envelope. I must say that any intelligent conversation, wether in person or on paper is not pointless and endless prattle. More so the opposite, a way of sharing thoughts and insights. I must wonder why a person who is not interested in this sort of thing would join a "pen pal" type organization such as TVE? All topics are of interest to me. You must be very young to be so bold and bitter. If our further correspondence will continue to be of this nature please do not respond to this letter.
As to letting go of your mortal nature, it will come with time. Eventually you will forget what being mortal was like at all and sometimes even wonder if you ever were.
I myself am an avid follower/user of the Martial Arts, most especially Shao-Lin, Tae Kwon Do, Tang Soo Do, and Arnis. For religion I consider myself to be an agnostic. I dont know and I really dont care. It has no bearing on my life. The concept of religion was created by wealthy men as a way of controlling the weak and unwealthy. If there is a god, Ive never seen him or talked to him and until that happens my views will not change. I dont need that crutch. Unfortunately there are quite a few simple minded people out there who do. The closest thing I have to a god is my inner self. I believe in my own power to survive. I need no "divine" intervention". Ive lived this long without it. "Mother is the word for god to a child"...the crow. Children know no gods until they are given them. Then they become attached to the particular concept as a way out and it becomes a way of life. They always have an excuse - "It was gods will" or "God did not wish it". When will people learn to take responsibility for their own actions? I must go now, time calls me to other things. Thank you again for your letter. I hope to hear from you again soon.

Ever Chasing The Shadow,

Lucius
Sic Gorgianus Alus Subjectatus Nunc
Carpe Nachtem

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4:14 pm - First letter from Manuel Nogueira

tbrents
Lucius,

I am returning your letter. My name is Manuel, I am afraid you may find my reply brief. I am not given to pointless and endless prattle. Please pick a topic of interest to you and write again. I myself am still reluctant to let go of my mortal nature. In my mortal life I was an expert at martial arts and as far as religion goes I guess you could say I followed a mix match of eastern philosophies. The concept of a god always seemed like a childs concept to me. I look forward to hearing from you again establishing a dialogue.

Manuel

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4:07 pm - Reply to Travis McDougald

tbrents
Good Evening Travis,

Thanks for your reply to my letter. Also, thank you for your kind comments. I do enjoy writing to my friends. I have moved recently also, my new address is on the envelope. I could not agree with you more about Georgia. I have lived many places and the people and places here are the best anywhere. I wouldnt live anywhere else.
Walked the country five times, eh? Thats alot of walking. I have trouble walking around the block sometimes. Must be a sign that Im getting older. You say that immmortality is not a curse, when you reach an age where the disadvantages outweigh the advantages it can be. You will find out in time, and you have plenty of it. Controlling the darkness also becomes harder with age. The hunger becomes stronger and harder to control. There are days when I dont think I shall make it through, but somehow I do.
It is interesting to hear some-one speak of Tunnels and Trolls - I had believed myself to be the only person who remembered it. I myself play Fantasy Hero by Iron Crown Enterprises, similar to Champions but in a fantasy setting. However, our GM has just moved to Florida so we will have to find a new one, or one of us will have to take his place. A hard job to fill. He was an excellent Game Master. I also have several, especially Advanced Dungeons and Dragons characters, that are older than most gamers. One of which is a demi-god.
I have only ever read a couple of comic books that held my attention. One was called Carnage and the other was more of an illustrated book than a comic book called Blood. I have a few of the original Thors and various SuperFriends series in my collection as well as quite a few other worthless generics that I picked up for humor or just to pass the time. Good luck with your first project. I must go now, time calls me to other things. Thank you for your letter. I hope to hear from you again soon.

Ever Chasing The Shadow,

Lucius
Sic Gorgianus Alus Subjectatus Nunc
Carpe Nachtem

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4:02 pm - First letter from Travis McDougald

tbrents
Dear Tim,

Good Evening. An impressive opening letter. I enjoyed it immensely.
To inform you - I have recently moved to.........
Please note this for future reference. Columbus is my home and I am from here. When it boils down to it all, there is no place on earth like Georgia.
I myself have gave way to a great many wandering thoughts. I have walked end to end across the country five times. Why? Just wanted to.
I was created from the Darkness to become a creature of the night. I feed from it. I consume the Darkness itself, I control it. It does not control me. When it pleases me to do so - I enter the psionic realm and feed from the souls, thoughts, and dreams of those who exist there.
Though I am not too overly old, I have learned a great deal about my own immortality and immortality itself. As you yourself should know, vampires are not alone in the immortal realm. Many types of immortals do exist. As well as many types of vampires.
One should not think of Immortality as a curse, it does bite the big one sometimes but it does have its advantages as well as its disadvantages.
As for myself I am a comic book illustrator working on my first project with a small company. I listen to a variety of different music. I too am a role player and have played everything from Tunnels and Trolls (the prelude to Dungeons and Dragons) to Champions. Advanced Dungeons and Dragons is my favorite of all of them. I have characters older than most role-players.
I find technology useful but cannot afford it. Therefore I live my life without it and as basic as I can. Perhaps one day that will all change. On that I shall close this letter. Take care and stay tooned.

Eternally,

Travis McDougald

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4:00 pm - Reply to Katherine A. LeRoux

tbrents
Good Evening Katherine,

Thank you for your response to my letter. I have moved recently and the new address in on the envelope. I believe the loneliness we sometimes feel is also a price we pay for our immortality, however sometimes I wonder if the price is not too high. My sympathy for the way your sire treated you. We are not all as honorable as we should be. Know that we are no longer alone though, through the help of TVE we have found many of our brethren and we can now begin to form a society amongst ourselves and hopefully better our unlives. It is good to hear that more of my brethren have adopted a policy of non-killing, only feeding enough to survive. This will, hopefully, help mortal society to more readily accept and willingly stop there hatred and onslaught of our kind. Though I dont forsee this any time soon. Probably not in this or the next century. Up until this point I have not traveled much, believing more in the safety of my home. I should think I would like it though. Maybe to the Far East, or Egypt, or Scandanavia. I have been to Boston, that was not a good experience. The people were very rude and the air smelled very bad. I have never had much fun in an amusement park. I enjoy playing the games, but I do not have the stomach for the rides. I have never been to Disneyland, however. Im sure it is much different than our Six Flags here. The beach is a nice place to sit under the moon, meditate and write. I havent been in quite a while, though I do plan to return when time and finances allow. Reading is a passion of mine also, I too enjoy science-fiction/fantasy. I love the Dragonlance Saga and J.R.R. Tolkein as well as Michael Moorcock. I read a good bit of poetry also, Robert Burns and Edgar Allan Poe are my favorites. As far as languages go I speak English and a very little German. I studied it in high school. I live at the Renaissance Fair here when it comes to town in the summer and fall. I have many friends who work there. I go in costume with many of my friends and we have a great time. I have several costumes, my favorites being a cavalier and medieval warlock. The 16th Century holds quite a bit of love from me also. I have become adapted well to the modern age, but I feel that life back then was much more enriching and fun. I must go now, time calls me to other things. Thank you again for your letter. I hope to hear from you again soon.

Ever Chasing The Shadow,

Lucius
Sic Gorgianus Alus Subjectatus Nunc
Carpe Nachtem

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3:58 pm - First letter from Katherine A. LeRoux

tbrents
Greetings My Kindred Brother,

I get lonely at times also, it must be the price we pay for choosing immortality or having it thrust upon us. In my case I chose it blindly, not fully comprehending what my unlife would be like from that moment on. I gave myself to my sire out of love and he re-paid me by leaving me in this cold, lonely and sometimes frightening existence.
Im selective in my choice of "meals". I only feed off of males, but lately more often than not Ive been more of a psychic vampire, feeding off of the emotions of certain individuals - male or female - around me. I have no lovers. When I feel the need to feed I do so randomly, also never unwillingly and never enough to take life.
I enjoy travel, alas my current occupation offers me neither the finances nor the opportunities to do so often enough. I enjoy amusement parks - Disneyland is my favorite - next to Magic Mountain of course. I love the beach, I like to sit on the sand and just watch the waves roll in and out. I enjoy reading. My favorite subject is Science Fiction-Fantasy, some classics and sometimes History ( I say sometimes because some History can be a dull and boring subject.) I love Shakespeare - Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, A Midsummer Nights Dream, The Taming of the Shrew are my favorites. I liked the modern version of Romeo and Juliet, the modern 20th Century setting takes nothing away from the play. Its just as violent and tragic.
I speak fluent French and English. Unfortunately for me, Ive come across very few french people to converse with.
The 16th Century with all its good and bad things fascinates me - truthfully Im more at home there than in this modern age. In the spring for 2 months, one weekend a month, I attend our local Renaissance Faire in costume. Im nobility, my friend is a knight, his brother and his friends are cavaliers. I like alternative, rock, heavy metal, and classical music - Mozart is my favorite composer.
I tried to get into role-playing games, but could never find anyone interested in playing the game. I have a starter pack for Jhyad and some booster packs.
Ive gone by many names in the distant past, the recent past, and the present. I was baptised "Anastasia" which is nice, but I think "Katherine" suits me much better. I was born Catholic, but eventually outgrew it. I became Wiccan when Catholocism stopped fulfilling my needs and because of disbelief in reincarnation, psychic abilities and other such things, plus Im not all that fond of eating fish every Friday during lent. Magically Im very strong. Ill conclude my letter here since its becoming quite long.

Yours in Immortality

Katherine A. LeRoux

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3:54 pm - My reply to William R. Hutchings

tbrents
Good Evening William,

Thank you for your response to my letter. I have moved recently and my new address is on the envelope.
I am aspiring to be a published writer myself. I have quite a bit of poetry written and am currently in the midst of my first novel. Working atleast 40 hours a week and having a house to take care of as well as moving takes up quite a bit of my time as of late, though. Not to mention Alexandra. You should not be so pessimistic about your chances for a family. It could happen anytime. If you want it to, and try to bring it about.
I have always had a fancy for the Far East myself. I have taken quite a few Karate lessons and am considering joining a Shao-Lin dojo near where I live. The only problem lies in financing the endeavor. That sort of thing is so expensive now. My heritage is Norse, though my family line actually runs through France. I have never traveled to the Far East, but hope to one day.
I have quite a large collection of literature myself. A lot of reference material on many different subjects, including religion, law, and health. Although the majority of my collection stems from my interest in the realms of fantasy. I have a complete set of the ongoing Dragonlance Saga created many years ago by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, approximately 40 books and growing.
I have never had the eye for photography, I suppose I am more focused on my writing and my cars. I build hot rods as my other hobby, as money allows. I have a passion for pre-71 Ford Mustangs. I currently own a 70 Mustang Mach 1 and a 65 Mustang Coupe. The Mach is approximately 95 percent restored and the 65 is my daily driver.
I must go now, time calls me to other things. Thank you again for your letter. I hope to hear from you again soon.

Ever Chasing The Shadow,

Lucius
Sic Gorgianus Alus Subjectatus Nunc
Carpe Nachtem

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3:52 pm - First letter from William R. Hutchings

tbrents
Dear Lucius,

My name is William R. Hutchings, though I go by Bill or Hutch, and I am writing in response to your introductory letter. I have memories as far as being an immortal/vampire dating back to approximately the 6th century A.D. So Im still a youngster compared to you.
I work in Syracuse, NY at University Hospital in the Fiscal Services Office. It pays the rent until I can support myself as a writer and a photographer. I travel through this world as a 41 year old. You are lucky to have Alexandra in your life. I envy you in a way as I must get by on my own. I have never had the pleasure of a wife and/or children. And I probably never will.
Among my interests/hobbies are book collecting (especially historical and military references, books on the occult, erotica, and others), and like I said previously , I enjoy writing and photography. Ive always wanted to try role-play gaming but I havent had the opportunity to try it. Long walks give me time to clear my head of the daily grind, and allow me to develop story lines and helps keep me in shape. I always have my camera(s) with me, you never know when a shot will appear. Since my travels in and through Asia, I have developed an active interest in the Martial Arts and the Far Eastern way of thought, though my heritage can be traced back through my Celtic and Slavic blood lines. The grace of the Martial Arts fits into my photography interests as I strive to capture the beauty of the human body, both male and female, but especially the female form. I also enjoy walks through cemetaries where I try and capture the cold, dark gothic beauty on film.
Well, the sun has set, and I can feel the hunger stirring in my belly. Its time to feed and so I will leave you for now. May the night look upon you as a friend.

Your Brother in Blood

William R. Hutchings

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2:32 pm - My reply to Greywolf

tbrents
Good Evening Greywolf,

I apologize for the tardiness of my reply. I moved recently and that has taken quite a bit of my time. The new address is on the envelope. How interesting that a mortal got onto the Immortals list. However, it sounds from your letter that this may be more to your purpose than being on the mortals list would have been. Fate plays her hand at odd times. Actually most Immortals do enjoy talking with Mortals, you have a tendency to see life from a different perspective. As for the insight you seek, I only hope I can be of some assistance.
I was born as an only child so I am familiar with the solitary childhood as well. Although I am sure I did not feel the same pain you did with the break down of your family. I thank you for your kind words about those of my kind. We are at times overrun with stereotypes that are unpleasant and often require us to fight for our lives and kill those we should not have or want to. Contrary to popular belief, the majority of us just want to live out our existence enjoying the pleasures of life. Not killing and destroying mortals as many would have you believe. Mortals can be so paranoid of things they do not understand. I am sorry to hear that Vampires are not spoken of much where you live, however I hope you are doing something to help cure this situation. The more information we get out to the mortal world, hopefully the sooner people will stop trying to kill us.
I wish you luck in your search for companionship here with TVE.
I too am a lover of Celtic music and most of the other bands you mentioned. I am a music lover in general. There is little music that I do not like, except for that which is purely hateful or unimaginative. That's not what music should be about. I am listening to Jean-Luc Ponty as I write this. He is very creative and I like his music quite a lot.
I grew up with a mother who to this day is still a hard-core trekkie so I am very familiar with it. I am a fan of the original series, however I have not grown to liking TNG yet. I do enjoy watching Voyager. My favorite show though is Xena: Warrior Princess. I enjoy all the Action Pack Series (Hercules, Sinbad, and Xena), but Xena is by far my favorite. Other than that I don't watch much television except to occasionaly catch the X-Men on Saturday mornings.
I have always been a Dragon lover and have quite a large collection of them, pewter and ceramic. I believe my favorites are the ones made by Windstone Editions. My girlfriend, Alexandra, is a greater lover of Gargoyles than I so she collects those.
I am currently playing an RPG called Fantasy Hero by Iron Crown Enterprises (ICE). I play a Feline Warrior in a Middle-Earth campaign. I enjoy it quite a lot.
I understand your feelings on technology, I have many friends who feel the same. However, as I do with them, I must disagree with you. Technology as a whole will never breakdown. There are too many safeguards against that sort of thing and we are to inundated with it to survive without it at this point. True it does become out-dated eventually, but that is part of evolving. Neo-lithic man is out-dated now and would you go back to being like that? As for technology turning on us. I don't see that as a possibility. Thanks to those creative enough to forwarn us of these perils, we will be cautious not to give technology that much power. I believe technology is part of our evolution. Although I do share your passion for archaeology. I believe there is quite a bit to be learned from these things (runes, ruins, and artifacts). We must learn from the past to insure our future.
I must go now, time calls me to other things. Thank you for your letter. I hope to hear from you again soon.

Ever Chasing The Shadow,

Lucius
Sic Gorgianus Alus Subjectatus Nunc
Carpe Nachtem

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2:28 pm - First letter from Greywolf

tbrents
Dear Lucius

TVE is pretty great, but somehow they made a mistake. You see, I'm a mortal who writes/corresponds with Immortals. Don't ask me how cuz I can't figure it out myself. Fortunately, the ones I correspond with don't seem to mind. I don't mind either cuz you immortals give great insight and that's what I really want out of this Vampire Exchange, insight...pure and simple.
Here, amidsts the shadows, I am known as Greywolf, though born under the human name James Thomas. I'm the lone wolf of the family, always solitary. I joined in July '96 seeking an immortal for friendship, possibly relationship. Here, the word Vampire is pretty close to non-existant - save for fiction and horror books/mags.
I guess my change towards the shadows had begun after my parents divorce. Since then I've learned things on my own. With Vampires, I was pretty much pulled in, fascinated with these dark, elegant, seductive creatures. I've looked a long time for insight, though TVE has been the only source.
Well, describing myself is difficult, but I'll give it a try. I'm a lover of celtic music, with Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Toadies, and No Doubt mixed in. As for a collector, it's pretty strange. I started collecting dragons and gargoyles, mostly figurines and toys. I like Star Trek:TNG, though I'm not a Trekkie. I still love RPG's, though Dungeons and Dragons is my all-time favorite. It's been five years since I was in RPG's and I miss my old Dungeons and Dragons game sessions.
Like you, I work so I can continue my collection. I used to work at a costume store (now out of business), so now I work at a Beverage Dock (drive-thru). I work three full-time days a week and two Saturdays a month (my choice). I'm a little disappointed, but it's money.
Unlike you, however, I do not think or believe highly in the power of technology. To me, it's just something that'll break down eventually and costs $$$, or becomes obsolete in the upcoming year. I think our technology would eventually turn on us (2001) and kill us. All we worry about is how advanced we are in technology, yet a lot of us walk around acting like idiots. It's like technology versus our evolution.
My true ideals are in archeology - studying ancient runes, ruins, and artifacts - but college(s) here lack this course. It's a shame really.
For company I have two cats - a burmese (Ginger) and a 1/2 persian (Duchess). Duchess is finiky and hard to please sometimes, I guess at her age (8 years old) it's tough. Ginger, on the other hand, is adorable. She loves lunchmeat, chicken, pizza toppings, tuna and cheese. She'll sing like a siamese (when hungry) and loves to talk. I love them both and could never part with either of them.
Well, responding to me is left pretty much to you. Thom (a friend) says I'm a very interesting mortal, so I guess I'm not that strange. We'll I gotta run.

Many Howls,
Greywolf

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2:26 pm - My reply to Julian Early

tbrents
Good Evening Julian,

Thank you for your response to my letter. Alexandra and I are well, thank you for your concern. I have moved recently. The new address is on the envelope. As to your interest in role-play gaming, there is a game out there for everyone. I personally play in a system called Fantasy Hero by Iron Crown Enterprises (ICE). Im sure there is a Civil War role-playing game out there. I have played many systems and games and I find FH to be closest to my liking. Of course, it surrounds the world of myth and magic/swords and sorcery. There is also a very good vampire related game called Vampire:the Masquerade if you may be interested in that.
Im glad to meet another cat lover. They are great pets. Alas, mine stayed at my previous residence. I now have only my dog and bird, but they are pleasant enough company.
Where do you teach music and what type? I have always been a music lover. I have played the french horn and clarinet in the past but couldnt prove it to you today. I have become a great fan of contemporary jazz as of late, but I have always loved big bands. I wanted to be Benny Goodman at one time.
I never seriously competed in sports, always had my nose in a book. I played two years of little league baseball, but thats the extent of my athletic career. I never have been much into swimming or water in general for that matter. It must be that cat thing. I must go now, time calls me to other things. Thank you again for your letter. I hope to hear from you again soon.

Ever Chasing The Shadow,

Lucius
Sic Gorgianus Alus Subjectatus Nunc
Carpe Nachtem

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2:25 pm - First letter from Julian Early

tbrents
Good Evening Lucius,

I find that your present life is kind to you. I hope that you and Alexandra are both well. I feel that you are correct to not bring her over to our life - good move.
I also have cats - 5 to be exact - Bora, Baka, Missy(T) (T for Trouble), Skragg - she was ugly when she was young but has since grown into a beautiful cat, and Reebok - has 4 white paws.
I travel through this life as a teacher of music. Thus I enjoy all types of music.
I also collect arti-facts of the Civil War along with a great number of books. The past draws me near. I am interested in Role-Play Gaming - maybe you could offer some advice in this area. As a youth I competed on a swimming team - was quite good and fast. I must go - music calls.

Julian Early

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2:22 pm - My reply to Tracy Dee

tbrents
Good Evening Tracy,

Thank you for the response to my letter. I apologize for the tardiness of my reply. I moved recently and that has taken quite a bit of my time. The new address is on the envelope. You are never alone in this world, our brethren are everywhere, one must merely look in the correct places. You can always call on me. As for how long I have been this way, I should not like to say. Age is not something I prefer to discuss. Suffice it to say I am probably the oldest immortal you will meet. It is good that your friend is available for you and allows you the honor of their blood. Would that many times in my life I had such a good situation. I am glad to hear that you enjoy technology as much as I. It would seem that many of our brethren do not share these feelings. I look forward to hearing your comments on my web pages. I will be posting these letters on my webpage along with the replies so you could possibly see a reply to your letters before you receive them in the mail. What role-playing games do you play? Also, what do you do for Lockheed-Martin? Im sorry to hear that you have no animal companions, they are a great comfort on many long dark lonely nights. I must go now, time calls me to other things. Thank you again for your letter. I hope to hear from you again soon.


Ever Chasing The Shadow,

Lucius
Sic Gorgianus Alus Subjectatus Nunc
Carpe Nachtem

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2:19 pm - First Letter from Tracy Dee

tbrents
Hello Lucius, I was delighted to recieve your letter. I had thought myself alone in this world.
How long have you been with our brethren? Ive just recently been made aware of there existence. Why do you consider the fact that we are immortal a curse? I guess I am still young enough to revel in my immortality.
I share a dwelling with a mortal - who knows my true identity and provides me with the nourishment vital to our kind. Alas, I have no animal pets...yet.
I too share your interest in new technology and I can be reached via email at tdee@inet.net. I look forward to visiting your web pages.
In my spare time I play role-playing games, card games, puzzles - and I also make my own jewelry.
To pass as a mortal, Ive adopted the "career" of programmer/analyst - consultant for Lockheed Martin. Youre correct in that one needs to pay the bills.

Blessed Darkness,

Tracy

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2:17 pm - My reply to Akasha

tbrents
Good Evening Akasha,

I do well, thank you for asking. Thank you for your response to my letter. I apologize for the tardiness of my reply. I moved recently and that has taken quite a bit of my time. The new address is on the envelope. It is good to hear from others.
It is cold here also. I have begun to lose my tolerance for adverse weather as of late, so I am having some trouble adapting to the weather changes.
It is interesting to speak with one of your nature (dhampyre). I have not had much communication with your kind. I share your sorrow for your family. I also highly advocate your actions against Matthias Parker. I only wish I could have had the same pleasure against the one who killed my own family.
The Amazon, eh? A place I have never traveled. I am a great lover of the woods and forests. I would like to travel there sometime, however I fear I would not fare well. I have become too much a creature of the city as of late. I try to return to the woods when possible but my schedule has not allowed it for many years. I have recently started a new job and purchased a new home, so my time is quite heavily occupied.
I am sorry to hear of your dilema with the cats. I like cats. They are very relaxing, unlike my Goffin Cockatoo who is very noisy and active. Some would say that maybe you should consider keeping the cats and getting a new husband ;-). If you should have to get rid of Sita, you may want to consider talking to Porphyria (if you need her address let me know). She is an animal lover and I believe she may be able to help you.
As to RPG's, I have played most of them over the past 15 years or so, but my favorite is called Fantasy Hero by Iron Crown Enterprises. I have played some Vampire: The Masquerade and enjoyed it, however there are not enough others in my group of friends who enjoy it to keep a long-term campaign going. I am currently playing in a Middle-Earth campaign. I play a Feline Warrior. I like the game scenario and the character very much as well as the GM. He is very creative and detailed in his gaming. In response to your comments about the clans, you must remember that these books are not rules, but merely guidelines for the GM to create his world by. I felt the same as you upon first reading them but after playing the game I realize the intricacies that can be put into it and I feel differently now. I must disagree with your last comment about role-playing though. It will never end. We do it everyday.
I have always enjoyed photography but never acquired the eye to do anything with it. My eye is turned inward I suppose. To my poetry and most recently my novel.
I agree with your comments about that acursed ball of magma in the sky. I can not tolerate it for long, either. I work in an office with no windows and my house has few windows that aren't covered in some way.
I must go now, time calls me to other things. Thank you again for your letter. I hope to hear from you again soon.

Ever Chasing The Shadow,
Lucius
Sic Gorgianus Alus Subjectatus Nunc
Carpe Nachtem

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2:16 pm - First Letter from Akasha

tbrents
Lucius

Hello, How art thou? Things here are interesting. It's cold and the days seem to drag on forever. But, those are the perils of winter.
Well, as to who I am...My birth name is Akasha and I have been on this earthly plane for 137 years. I have been known by many names...Khali, Syta, Jessyta just to name a few. I am presently married to a mortal and have two dhampyres (one girl and one boy)...I am also a dhampyre. That is to say that I am a half-breed :( Although it has it's advantages, I sometimes wish to be whole.
The one who I believe to be my father is dead. He was killed by a man named Matthias Parker. Matthias tried to change me. However, much to his dismay, I did not wish to be changed at the time. And unbeknownst to him, I was allready a vampire (even if I was a half-breed). He too is dead. I killed him. I sealed him in his coffin and set it on fire. I stayed until there was nothing but ashes and then I scattered them in several places. I read somewhere that if you do this, the persons soul will not be able to find the remains and take its shape again. So, this is what I did. I was made to watch as Matthias and his men killed my entire family. Needless to say, I was not a happy camper. Well, almost my entire family. My baby brother was allowed to live. He was set loose in the jungle...I had heard about a week later that he too was dead. (Oh, I forgot, I am from the Amazon).
I also have a couple of pets. I have an english boxer named Gunner, an iguana named Louie, and two cats named Khayman and Sita (yes, I gave her one of my aliases as a name). Although, I thinh I have to get rid of Sita. You see, my husband is not too fond of the idea of having two cats :( so one must go. And, unfortunately, it will have to be Sita. I will be sad.
So, which RPG's do you play? I have a couple of the clanbooks for Vampire: The Masquerade...I was curious about the game so I went and bought the books. I find it interesting that the Malkavians are supposed to be completely mad. And that the Tzimisce, Tremere, and Brujah are to be so rebelious. Ah, but it is only a game and some cannot distinguish the reality from the fantasy I suppose. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with role-playing except that it must come to an end.
Anyway, to pay the bills (as you put it :>), I work as a free-lance photographer. I also do some researching for various individuals. It is interesting. However, I am trying to get a secretarial job so that I may be indoors during the daylight. I get such incredible headaches if I am in the sun too long.
Well, I am going to go for now. I want to get this out before the mail man runs. I do hope to hear from you soon...go in peace.

From the World of Eternal Darkness,
Akasha

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2:09 pm - My letter of introduction

tbrents
Good Evening,

I received your name through our friends at TVE. We must all greatly appreciate there work on our behalf. With this first correspondence I mean to introduce myself and tell you a little about who I am. I shall attempt to answer many of your preliminary questions. As I'm sure there will be more, please do write often. I get very lonely at times and should like also to hear about you. I am known in many circles as Lucius, however the name this world knows me by is Timothy D. Brents. My friends call me Tim. When asked how old I am I can only say that Methuselah would have found me ancient. As to a family, my only true family now lies in you, my friends of the eternal. My once living family has long since been dead. I had a wife and young daughter that were taken from me long ago, when I was given this curse. I watched them grow old and die from a distance. My family line died with them. I can say without remorse that I do miss them terribly and should I ever catch the one who took that life away from me I shall surely dine long on him. Although I believe him to be dead also. I lost track of him many years ago. I now make my friends among my lovers, who also grant me the gift that sustains us all. Never enough to take a life, only enough to sustain, and never taken unwillingly. Beyond those I keep to feed upon there is one who I would consider as a life-mate were such a thing possible. Her name is Alexandra and she is wonderful, but I could never curse her into this life, even as much as I may wish to. The story of my awakening is still a puzzlement. I was on my way home and was attacked from behind and knocked unconscious. When I awoke I was in a dungeon surrounded by a deluge of dead bodies amid pools of blood. I can only assume I was left for dead. I managed to affect an escape only to find that nearly a year had passed since the night of the attack and I was hundreds of miles from my home. I have wandered the world since. I now live in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia, known as Norcross. I found the name to be an interesting analogy. I keep several pets; a Goffin's Cockatoo named Abigail, a dog that is half German Shepherd and half Chow named Sergeant, and two domestic cats named Annie and Boo-Boo. I believe highly in the power of technology and find it to be quite interesting and exhilarating. I can be found on the internet at Peregrine Keep, and my e-mail address is tbrents@mediaone.net. I do fancy myself a writer and you can sample some of my work on my web page. I, like most of you, am also a collector. This life-style lends itself well to nostalgia, don't you agree? I have many swords of medieval and ancient asian origin as well as a few classic american automobiles. I am a great lover of music, from the wondrous, deep and melodic music of the past to the powerful and expressive music of the present. I find myself lost frequently in Role-Play Gaming also. I have a friend who is a wonderful Game-Master and he keeps many of my lonely hours filled with intrigue and high adventure. As a modern trade I have chosen Machinery Design, I seem to have a head for it. I work as a contract employee for Lucent Technologies. One must have a way to pay the bills. I must say I do enjoy the conveniences of the modern age. I believe I shall close on that note. Please respond soon. I look forward to hearing from you.

Ever Chasing The Shadow,

Lucius
Sic Gorgianus Alus Subjectatus Nunc
Carpe Nachtem

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