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I. Respect

The ground of any honest and long-lasting alliance and partnership is mutual respect.

A. Respect all members of the Brotherhood, regardless of kinship, species, religion, political standing, age, sexual orientation or identity.  That they are part of the Brotherhood is enough.

B. Respect the decisions of those of higher rank.  They were not chosen for that rank arbitrarily and without respect for their position the order which gives the Brotherhood form and structure would be destroyed.

C. Respect  the actions of those you command.  We do not micromanage; when you give someone an order or task you are giving them a goal and are allowing them the freedom to use their own good judgment on how to best reach that goal.

D. Respect yourself.  Your feelings and ideas are important.  Do not be afraid to voice them.

E. Respect all alliances.  You do not have to like the alliance or any of the people we may become alliance with.  The alliance itself must be respected though and you must not do anything to undermine it.


II. Discretion

The Brotherhood is not a public icon, nor are it's members, practices or it's associated Kin or Vampires.

A. Speak carefully within accepting groups.  Even those that accept the existence of our members or practices can differ in the belief of specifics and can react violently therein.  There is nothing to be gained by fighting; simply accept the difference of opinion and walk way.

B. Speak not at all among non-believers.  There is nothing to be gained by bringing the attacks of doubters into our home.

C. Do not make a show of what you are.  There is nothing to be gained by becoming a spectacle in your community or on the internet.  We have no need to prove  what we are or what we do to the world at large and attempts to do so only make us more vulnerable to those who would revel in attacking us.


III. Donors And Energy Sources

Not all members of the Brotherhood have energy needs as Vampires, but all must respect this need, the energy, and it's sources.

A. Take no action which would soil, pollute, stagnate, or unnecessarily drain an energy source.  This includes both donors and known feeding grounds.

B. If a Vampiric brother is in a compromised state due to a lack of energy it is your duty to do everything to aid him or her, short of becoming a donor.  Becoming a donor is a very personal choice and no one has the right to call it a duty.

C. Care and respect must be given to donors, even if you are not a Vampire.  It is through donors that our Vampiric brothers and sisters are able to find life and sustenance.  It is not only an intimate connection but one of nobility and honor.

D. No member of the Brotherhood, Vampire or otherwise, may take energy from an unwilling person, place, or spirit.

E. No member of the Brotherhood, Vampire or otherwise, may take energy to such a degree that it is detrimental to that which is being fed upon.


IV. Safety And Security

Both Vampires and Otherkin have practices which are dangerous to themselves and to others, and the Brotherhood practices arts which can be used to harm.  The utmost care must be taken to see that these risks are minimized and dealt with properly.

A. When taking energy from a new donor take it in small amounts.  Even if the donor creates large quantities of excess energy there is still no way to know how the body would react to a sudden drop in this excess.  The spiritual body must be given time to become acclimated to this process.

B. Both Vampires and Otherkin are prone to mental shifts, though the two have them of a very different nature.  It is important to learn to control these so that they do not surface uncontrollably and at inopportune times.  When choosing to shift on purpose it is important that you are in an environment where you will not hurt either yourself or others.

C. Both shifting and feeding are to be done behind closed doors where the world at large cannot see and make judgments against us.

D. In both shifting and in feeding it is important to follow the local law.  Feeding can require physical activities which may not be legal due to age or region and shifting can cause inappropriate behavior.  Because of this those shifting may require someone to accompany them until it is known how one will behave while shifted.

E. When practicing combative arts take care not to harm the unwilling.  Practice hamrful arts only on dummies and willing partners.


V. Awakenings And Control

It is the duty of those in the Brotherhood to see that their own inner beast is controlled.  We do not ask that it be suppressed, denied, or tamed; simply controlled.  It is also our duty to help others acquire this control.

A. In all cases of having found one who is Awakening, either as Otherkin or as a Vampire, you must help this person or bring them to a more suitable member of the Pack for this help.

B. While the pull of one's inner beast can be both strong and alluring, it must not be allowed to rule us.  This is what differentiates Lycans from Dark Weres.

C. Any being among us who Awakens as a Dark Were (or a Vampiric Abomination) will be exiled.  If this Awakening was the result of having been turned by a member of the Brotherhood the Sire or Master will also be exiled.



VI. Conflict

While we do our best to avoid conflict, it is a normal part of life in this society.

A. External Conflict

A1. The Brotherhood does not support any prejudice or formal conflict based on status as an Otherkin or Vampire.  This includes, but is not limited to, the Human-Otherkin war, fights between Predator-kin and Prey-kin, battles against Demon-kin, the Vampire-Lycan war, and the Human-Vampire war.  To call some of these a "war" is exaggerated, but it is how the people involved think of them and they will therefore be addressed as such.  It is the opinion of this Brotherhood that there is nothing inherent to the nature of any type of Vampire, any species of Otherkin, or humanity itself that requires that any of the three, or any part of the three, be in conflict.

A2. It is not the custom of this Brotherhood to have feuds, wars, or other long-standing hostilities with other groups.  In the event that such hostilities cannot be avoided the Pack shall enter into Red Code.  When in Red Code movement within Station Ranks is frozen except at the case-by-case discretion of the Alpha.  The sharing of information is done on a need-to-know basis, and challenging superiors on matters relating to the war are not tolerated.  Opinions and alternative views may be respectfully submitted, however.

B. Internal Conflict

B1. As we are a highly diverse group, it is natural that members of the Brotherhood will sometimes disagree.  While hostilities are not a necessary result of such a disagreement, they do sometimes arise.  In the event that this occurs it is then the duty of those involved to recognize this and attempt to reconcile their differences.  If no such reconciliation can be made on their own they are then to take it up with an elder or a superior officer, as need and availability dictate.  The resolution decided upon must then be enacted by those involved or else they shall be punished according to the severity of the problem their disagreement has created.

B2. It is the responsibility of the members of the pack to, if possible, diffuse the problem, and are therefor barred from joining either side.  If those directly involved  do not take it upon themselves to alert a mediator of some kind it then falls onto any member of the Brotherhood with knowledge of the dispute to then alert a superior officer or an elder.


VII. Territory

Each of us, as individuals, has territory.  Our Brotherhood has territory which we all share.  Other groups have their own territories.  Each must be respected accordingly.

A. Respect the territory of your brothers and sisters.  Do not presume to enter into a space they call their own, do not presume to handle their possessions.  You cannot rely upon guesswork to know which actions will and will not be viewed as trespassing, desecration, or violation.

B. Respect the territory of the Brotherhood.  Do not soil our lands, be careful with community items.  Do not bring outsiders to our territory lightly; this applies to territories both in the physical world and on the internet.

C. Respect the territory of other groups.  When in their territories, both in the physical world and on the internet, abide by their rules or leave.

C1. This applies even to those we would call enemies.  Even for whatever wrong they may have committed, they too deserve the right to exist unharassed.  Further, violation of their territory will do nothing but invite further problems between our two groups.


VIII. Station Ranks

The Brotherhood is run with a modified military hierarchy.  Each person commands the rank immediately below them and reports to the rank immediately above them.  Those of higher rank are not in any objective way superior to those of lower ranks.  They have more power and more responsibility and must be treated accordingly for the sake of order.  Any person who feels that their superior rank makes them a superior person does not deserve that rank.

A. The Alpha

There is one Alpha per pack and leads the Brotherhood.  The Alpha can be of any age and any gender.  The job of the Alpha is to give direction to the Brotherhood in terms of values, alliances, and areas of development.

A1. The Second Alpha

The Second Alpha is similar to the First Lady.  The Second Alpha, often just called the Second, is the significant other of the Alpha.  This rank holds no authority but commands the same respect as that of the Alpha.  The Second has his or her own rank and duties within the Brotherhood.

B. The Beta

The Beta is to support the Alpha, help in decision making, and take the place of the Alpha if the need arises.  The Beta's approval and participation is required to establish any official standing between the Brotherhood and any other organization (such as alliances).

C. The Deltas

There are at least two Deltas in a Brotherhood.  Their primary responsibilities will be to keep track of documentation, hold the leaders accountable, and to facilitate smooth communication between superiors and the lower ranks.

D.Non-Command

In addition to those, the majority of the pack will be Non-Command officers.  Their rank and structure in relation to one another is based on Duties (section X) and Pack Rank (section IX)


IX. Brotherhood Ranks

In addition to the Station Ranks there are Brotherhood Ranks which indicate how much you have learned, how long you have been associated with the Brotherhood, and how much you have put into the Brotherhood.  These two systems of rank differ in that the Station Rank shows what level of command you have in the official standing of the Brotherhood and the Brotherhood Ranks show your level of development.  The primary cause for this structure is that in larger groups there is often room for much progress which needs to be recognized, but there is not room to give all of these people a structured job.  Further, not all people have any interest in leadership, but they too deserve to have their time and dedication recognized.

A. Ensign

An Ensign is the first "real" rank within the Brotherhood.  An Ensign typically works with a senior officer in order to both assist that officer and to learn from hands-on experience.  An Ensign's primary duty is study and growth as both a leading member of the Brotherhood and as a skilled worker within the Brotherhood.

B. Lieutenant

Lieutenant is the first officer grade, which means it is the lowest possible rank for a person who holds a Station Rank.  It is also the first rank which gives someone the ability to command.

C. Lieutenant-Commander

Also known as Sub-Commander or Junior-Commander

Lieutenant-Commanders have the ability to lead as department heads, serve as Betas (at discretion of Alpha), and lead teams to foreign territory.  This is the highest rank typically reached.

D. Commander

Commander is a trying rank.  The primary purpose of this rank is to show one's readiness for the next rank, Captain.  If there are no Captains present a Commander may take the lead.  Traditionally the Beta is a Commander.

E. Captain

A Captain must be capable of functioning autonomously and have the ability to independently make good command decisions.  Very few reach the rank of Captain.  Traditionally the Alpha is a Captain.


X. Duties

In addition to the basic ranks which contain the command structure there are also departments which specialize in a given task or trade.  New Duties may be created based upon the needs and desires of the Brotherhood and it's Alpha.  These are the standard Duties;

A. Gatekeeper

The Gatekeeper's primary task is to facilitate communication between the Brotherhood and other groups and individuals.  At a function the Gatekeeper is who one contacts in order to arrange a meeting, find out information, and give concerns to be passed on to the appropriate officer.  On the internet the Gatekeeper is primarily in charge of greeting new members to the Brotherhood forum, getting to know them, answering their questions, and just generally getting comfortable and acquainted.  The secondary duty of the Gatekeeper is to represent the Brotherhood in a good light within other communities, forums, and social groups.

B. Recorder

The Recorder is much like the secretary for the Brotherhood.  A Recorder keeps track of Brotherhood activities, expansion, contact with others, and keeps records on the members of the Brotherhood.  This Duty is very important as the information they keep is key in evaluating members for advancement, planning for the future, dealing with alliances and enemies, and recognizing traitors.  It is of the utmost importance that the Recorder be able to record things not only accurately, but also be impartial.

C. Warder

The Warder is the compliment to the Gatekeeper.  Whereas the Gatekeeper works primarily with those who seek out the Brotherhood, the Warder forges off into new groups and new forums in order to establish a Brotherhood presence there.  The Warder is not a recruitment officer, but rather simply makes the Brotherhood known and learns about those around us.

D.Other Duties

Other common Duties which may arise are Counselor (one who aids in the emotional health of brothers), Priest (generally a non-denominational spiritual leader), Healer (one who studies and practices health-preserving schools, ranging from modern medicine to herbalism to reiki), and Ritemaster (master magician).  During times of conflict an Information Officer (one who spies, works with informants, or other forms of information gathering) and a Tactical Officer (one who studies trends and creates conflict-specific plans for the future) may be employed.


XI. Titles

In addition to the Duties and the Ranks within the Brotherhood, there are also miscellaneous titles.

A. Elder

An Elder is a member of the Brotherhood which has been recognized for their extraordinary wisdom and understanding.  While Elders are typically among the oldest members it is not a requirement that they either be of advanced age or a member of the Brotherhood for an extended time.

B. Disciple

A Disciple is someone who has been accepted into the Brotherhood but who is still learning and is not yet ready to assume a Brotherhood Rank or Duty.

C. Probate

A Probate is someone who is still in the probationary stage in which they learn about the Brotherhood and the Brotherhood learns about them in order to see if it would be proper for the person in question to become a Member.

D. Father/Mother

A Father or Mother is a member who has taken responsibility for a newer member.  The Father or Mother is responsible for the bulk of their teaching and it is a great honor for someone to choose to be a Father or Mother to you.  The title is given based upon identified gender, not physical gender.  If the Parent in question does not identify as either male or female they may be called Parent or they may choose a different parental title they feel suits them.

E. Sire

A Sire is one's "Father" or "Mother" in a Vampiric Bloodline.  One should always address his or her Sire by that title and it is a courteous honorific used by others as well.

E1. Brotherhood Sire

A Brotherhood Sire is the keeper of the Bloodline specific to the Brotherhood.  All Vampires of the Pack Bloodline can trace their lineage to the Brotherhood Sire, though there may be any number of Vampires in between.

F. Master

A Master is one who has "sired" an Otherkin.  Both male and female are addressed as "Master."  This title does not show dominion over those sired, but rather mastery of one's animal side to such degree that the Master can reach into the spirit, make it grow, and give part of it to another.


XII. Leaving The Brotherhood

There are three types of ways to leave the Brotherhood; Honorable, Non-Honorable, and Dishonorable.

A. Honorable

An Honorable leave may be either permanent or temporary.  An Honorable leave is granted at the discretion of the Alpha when the needs of one's personal life become such that he or she must make a choice between those needs and the needs of the Brotherhood.  While the Brotherhood encourages it's members to take care of themselves and their lives we also remind each member that they have brothers who rely upon them and what they do, and one should therefore take careful consideration before leaving the Brotherhood.


If a former member who left Honorably chooses to return, they will be given their old Brotherhood Rank back.  If the Brotherhood has not changed significantly in the time passed and there is room at that Station, he or she may be given back their original Station Rank.


B. Non-Honorable

A Non-Honorable leave is given when a brother leaves without the permission of the Alpha.  A brother who stops contacting the Brotherhood without a good reason is also considered Non-Honorably left.


If a former member who left Non-Honorably chooses to return, they will be treated as a new member and must go through the probationary period again.


C. Dishonorable

A Dishonorable leave is given when a member is banned from the Brotherhood.  This is done in response to having brought harm to the Brotherhood.  This type of banishment is done at the discretion of the Alpha.  A Dishonorably removed member is not allowed to become a member of the Brotherhood at any point in the future.  He or she is also barred from serving on alliance councils should the former member join a group the Brotherhood becomes aligned with.

C1. Exile

An Exile is a greater Dishonorable ban.  No member of the Brotherhood is permitted to have contact with an Exiled former member.


XIII. Death

Each of us shall one day die and so it will inevitably fall upon the Brotherhood to some day see off a deceased brother.

A. Public Funeral

It is the duty of the Brotherhood to participate as possible in the Funeral of a passed brother or sister.  Respect the final wishes of the deceased and celebrate their beliefs on the afterlife.  Wear no religious symbols except for those appropriate to the beliefs of the passed, including wearing no religious symbols at all if the deceased is an Atheist.  Your duty here is to see them to death, whatever they believe that to mean.  Though dead they are still a brother and must be respected as such.

B. Private Funeral

Each member is permitted to perform a private or semi-private ritual for the deceased according to their own spiritual beliefs, including, but not limited to, creating a small religious shrine, praying for them, performing rituals on their behalf, and having them commemorated in a temple service according to one's own belief.  Your own death ritual must be performed at a date after the public funeral held in accordance with the beliefs of the deceased, exceptions being made only if your beliefs demand expediency.  Their beliefs must come first as a sign of respect - this is the last thing you will ever do with the deceased and it is important that their beliefs on death are addressed before all else.


XIV. Marriage

All legal marriages are automatically recognized by the Brotherhood.  In addition, however, there are also several forms of Marriage recognized and held within the Brotherhood that most nations have not yet adopted.  The Brotherhood does not discriminate based on age, genders involved, number of people involved, or species; all that is required is that the members be recognized as Adults within the Brotherhood and that all involved are in understanding and consent of the ceremony.

A. Handfasting

A Handfasting is a marriage which lasts for a year and a day or 14 Full Moons, depending upon the wishes of those involved.  At the end of this time the marriage is automatically dissolved unless renewed.  This is not the same as a divorce.

B. Wheel Turning

A Wheel Turn is a marriage which lasts for 12 years, spending a year in under the rulership of each of the twelve zodiacal animals in the Eastern zodiac.  At the end of this time the marriage is automatically dissolved unless those involved opt to make the marriage permanent.  This is not the same as a divorce.

C. Life Joining

A Life Joining is a marriage which lasts until death.  Once a member of this marriage dies the marriage no longer applies to them.  The last person alive in the marriage is therefore then free to remarry.

D. Soul Joining

A Soul Joining is a marriage which lasts beyond this life.  One remains married to deceased partners and is karmically connected so that they may find each other in the next life.


XV. Turning

It is possible to turn one into a Vampire and it is possible to create a spiritual connection between a person and an animal spirit, thus creating a Pseudo-Kin.  The Brotherhood permits both activities, however both are regulated and controlled.

A. Turning, both Vampiric and Otherkin, are done at the discretion of the Alpha.

B. This world is not for everyone; be careful who you bring into it.  Becoming Kin changes one's psyche and becoming a Vampire puts one's bodies, both energetic and physical, under a great deal of stress, particularly in the beginning stages.  Your prospective Kin or Vampire cannot fully understand the depth of this until after the procedure has been done.  It is therefore your duty to see that they have the best understanding possible beforehand and the best possible care given to them afterward.

C.

You are responsible for those you turn and will be held accountable for any misdeeds they commit and any harm which comes to them as the direct or indirect result of having been turned.