The “Hybrid Theory” - Or my reason not to support it
Since a number of years now, vampires who show traits which are not fully classified as sang or psi exclusively are described as hybrids. This definition has established itself fairly much and has reached a general acceptance. In the first place, a hybrid classifies a vampire who has the ability to both feed on pranic energy and blood. However, other kinds of hybrids have been discussed, therianthrophe-vampire hybrids, for example.
Defining the hybrid
Let us look into the definition of the term “hybrid” itself. The word “hybrid” has its root in the ancient Greek language. The original word “hybrida” means “combined”, “crossed” or “bundled”. As a technical term, it means that two different things are combined in order to serve a specific goal, for example hybrid vehicles using different sources of fuel. In biology, a hybrid is a cross-breed creature that has been artificially bred out of species that normally do not mix. Usually, such creatures are unable to mate any further and hence do not generate their own offspring.
Applying the term in a vampiric context
In order to define a vampire as a “hybrid”, there are certain preconditions that would need to be fulfilled.
First of all, a vampire would need to be a genetically distinguishable species with traits that can be inherited. While especially in sanguine families, over the last years it has been observed that there are family histories of blood thirst, this is far from being scientifically proven. In fact, we live with the definitions as “sangs” and “psis” very well, but we all know that this definition basically explains our different feeding methods and certain secondary symptoms, however without creating a genetically defined species itself.
One of our main problems as vampires is: there is no test which you can apply in order to find out whether you are a vampire or not, no matter if sang or psi. There is a variety of conditions that - if they are combined - suggests that we are on the right track. But we have no final evidence. This makes it very hard for young awakening vampires to finally admit into their nature. It makes it hard for older vampires to help the younger ones to find their way in this life. Everybody who defines himself as a vampire has come to terms with himself at some point of time. And the vampiric community agrees to it when this person shows the common traits that most of them develop.
Let us, assume for a moment that the traits vampires share were precise enough to define a tangible entity. Let us assume the primary traits were a necessary precondition in order to define for example a Sanguinarian, same goes for the secondary symptoms. Then we had a clearly labelled Sanguinarian, which is as close as we can get to a species as we can, for now.
The problem we now encounter is the point where tertiary traits show up. We know of people who define themselves as Sanguinarian but report that they are able to feed on energy. We know of Sanguinarians who have observable animal traits like theriantrophes. We know therianthrophes who feed on blood, others simply don’t.
This is where it becomes complicated. Let’s create some examples based on our clearly defined Sanguinarian.
The need for blood itself can have several reasons. Not only vampires consume blood, but also blood fetishists, for instance, do it. They do not hunger for it, but they like it, enjoy it, lust for it on an emotional or sexual level. This does, however, not make them a Sanguinarian-Human hybrid. Also, this does not make them a Dhampir, for instance. An emotional lust for blood is not comparable to the physical blood thirst since it causes different reactions. In this example, already the first prerequisite for defining a Sanguinarian does not exist, which would be the primary trait of physical blood lust. Therefore, the blood fetishist and the Sanguinarian have no common ground which makes them possible mates for hybridization.
Fiction suggests that vampires and therianthrophes are on the same level of being distinctive species. Our definitions of vampirism suggest that Sanguinarians and Psi-Vampires would subsequently be subspecies of the species vampire. In real life, things are frankly not as easily defined.
Not every therianthrophe reportedly consumes blood. Many, however, do. It is primarily their animalistic nature which defines them, the traits of animal and man combined in one creature. Therefore, therianthrophes and vampires lack the common ground of a defined need for blood or energy. This does not exclude the possibility of a therianthrophe developing Sanguine or Psi traits, or a Sanguinarian developing animalistic traits, as reality has shown. It just gives us no common ground to classify a Sanguinarian therianthrophe as a hybrid in the classical sense of the word.
It gets even more difficult when we apply the same analysis process to the existing common ground of Sanguinarians and Psi-Vampires. Here we have a clearly defined common need which goes beyond the average and which may manifest in physical consequences. The problem is, however, we are not yet that far to define this need clearly enough to say where it is rooted. We have no scientific evidence of the body of a Sanguinarian lacking certain components which can be drawn out of the physical blood. There is no hard scientific evidence either that pranic energy can be drawn out of the blood or the human body as a full entity. This makes the feeding observable, however not fully evident. We do it, we watch others do it, but we have no scientific formula that defines action and reaction.
When we now take a person that defines himself as Sanguinarian but reports to be able to use pranic energy to feed on as well, this could mean several things. Possibly, this person has developed psychic abilities and uses pranic energy from other human beings, but does not really “feed” on it. Maybe he utilizes it for energy work or magic, but to him, it feels like feeding. Maybe this person is a Psi-Vamp by nature but has been stuck with blood as their primary feeding source and only detected the nourishing value of pure pranic energy later in their life, yet prefers blood for the taste, or feeling. Such and many other possibilities could be the reason. We simply don’t know.
Mixing preconditions and subsequent traits
As soon as we define a number of traits to be elemental in distinguishing whether somebody is Sanguinarian, Psi-Vampire or any other kind of entity, necessarily anyone, who does not share these prerequisites, does not belong into the same group. This is why primary symptoms exist in our language. These preconditions, however, are absolutely necessary to start off somewhere. We cannot create a definition that caters to everybody’s needs. If we did this, then everyone who desperately wants to believe that he is a vampire would be a vampire. We have long agreed that this is not the way to go, since it disables us of efficient support for those who need our help.
As soon as we have defined primary and secondary traits, we are able to describe someone that fits into our definition of a vampire. There are, however, always those, who are different. Varieties in terms of secondary symptoms are widely accepted. Not everyone who twoofs develops a migraine. Many do. Others show other physical reactions. A vast majority shares certain basic symptoms when twoofing. This makes the phenomenon tangible and allows us to find solutions, coping strategies to give support.
However, we have emphasized in the past that secondary symptoms are just that, secondary. When a normal human being develops a migraine and a weakness, this does not make him a vampire. A vampire who develops the same symptoms knows the reasons for the symptom are based in primary traits, which is: blood thirst being unsatisfied.
Tertiary traits are cans, no musts. They are observed on occasion, but they are by no means shared by a vast majority. Therefore, they are something like a wildcard which is worth continuing research on, but no feature that distinguishes a species or a cross-breed between suggested species. In this sense, the ability of a Sanguinarian to utilize pranic energy does not make him a hybrid. The appearance of animalistic traits in a Sanguinarian does not make him a hybrid. The same argumentation may be applied for Psi-Vampire hybrids and Therianthrophe hybrids equally.
My experience has been that all the mentioned groups of creatures, Therianthrophes, Sanguinarians and Psi-Vampires, and also any not yet precisely defined additional creature, have certain traits in common which are however not exclusively limited to any of them. Therianthrophes may learn energy wielding and magic just like Sanguinarians and Psi-Vamps do. Sanguinarians and Psi-Vampires may develop animalistic traits. Psi-Vampires may utilize blood as a source for pranic energy. It is, however, their primary traits that determine what they are. It does not limit them to their symptoms, which is why there are such things as secondary and tertiary features.
Therefore, I suggest that we look into these tertiary traits in a similar way as we look into behaviourism. Sometimes, we develop traits, interests and manners which are not necessarily suggested by our genetic code, but which we learn from the extended contact with other beings or by evolution. We do not yet understand the mechanics behind this phenomenon. It can be reasonably assumed that all these traits and phenomena have a certain common base. It is also reasonable to assume that we grow up with these traits and develop them due to our nature rather than learn them from other individuals. How this nature really works, this is yet something to find out.