Date: Sun, 10 Jul 2005 04:43:08 -0000
From: "housekhepera" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Announcement from Court Amen-Khepera
Yesterday, July 9, 2005 after careful consideration and research into
the Father Sebastian Todd fiasco, have decided to issue Sin Nomine for
Father Sebastian Todd. This decission was not made lightly. We fully
understand the ramifications that could result from this however, we
feel we must take a stand none-the-less.
We as vampires, speaking to all of us not just those within my court,
are responsible for making sure that our community is safe and
protected from those who would mean us harm in any way.
With Respect for the Vampire Community,
Regent of Court Amen-Khepera
Lady of House Khepera (not associated with House Kheperu)
Date: Mon, 11 Jul 2005 05:40:48 -0400
From: "Lady Amenti"
Subject: RE: Digest Number 1596
Since I have received so many questions as to who and what I have
decided to give further explanations.
Firstly, Court Amen-Khepera is a fairly new real vampire Court that
formed in March of 2005. We are a local vampire community and do not
have an "online house". We are not role players. Never have been. I
myself have been an awakened vampire for 30 years. I started off in
House Sable Brahmin which has since closed. I was Ronin for a few years
Secondly, I will post Michelle Belanger's entire post (who as you all
know is the author of Psychic Vampire Codex and from House Kheperu).
This post hit most of the vampire community on or about July 3, 2005.
This may help shed some light on things.
I am posting this and encourage others to spread it along as well.
Michelle Bellanger has been a good friend and I believe a good person. I
am happy to do anything I can to aid in any way to allow her freedom
from being tangled up with Todd.
This post is an open letter intended to reach all of you in livejournal
land and beyond. I am hoping that as many of you in the vampire
community as possible stop by to read this. For those of you not
interested in vampire politics, I suggest you just move along, or
simply read this for curiosity's sake.
Since late 1998, I have worked with Father Sebastian Todd. Our initial
partnership began after my work was plagiarized in his Vampyre Almanac
1998-1999. The material plagiarized was originally published in the
1997 Monolith Graphics Art Calendar. I touch upon this in my book, The
Psychic Vampire Codex, but at Sebastian's insistence, left out the
specified incident of plagiarism because he did not want to look bad.
At the time, Father Sebastian alleged that he had no idea who sent him
the material. As reparation, he offered to have me write for the next
Almanac -- without pay, of course. To this day, I am certain that Todd
himself plagiarized my work, and this knowledge in part influenced my
decision to work with him on future projects.
This may seem counter-intuitive, but I had been plagiarized before, and
as a relative no-name, I had discovered just how hard it is to call
someone to task for intellectual theft. I felt that if I worked with a
known plagiarist, at least I would have some say in how my work was
presented and I would be much more likely to be able to keep my name
attached to that work. In later years, another factor that kept me
working with Todd was the fact that I could influence him to be
less destructive to the community -- my revisions of the Black Veil are
a sign of this, as Todd's version that first appeared on the
Sanguinarium website was criticized by many as reading like a bad rehash
of The Traditions of the Masquerade. It was.
Last week, after many long and eventful years, my House and I decided to
bring our association with Father Sebastian Todd to an end. For multiple
infractions that have built up over a span of years but have
specifically reached a head over the past 8 months, Father Sebastian
Todd is no longer an ally of House Kheperu. Subsequently, he is no
longer someone who can use our name, reprint our work, "borrow" our
ideas, or otherwise continue to enlarge his own projects with our
creativity, inspiration, or reputation.
First, I want everyone to understand that this was not done lightly.
Ever since I first started working the Father Sebastian Todd in 1998, I
have had various people approach me and warn me not to work with
him. More people than I can count have approached me over the years with
complaints against him and reasons for why our association should end.
Until recently, I never felt there was sufficient evidence for
such a drastic move. However, over the course of the past year or so, a
number of events, incidents, disagreements, and issues have built to a
point where the cessation of his ally status was inevitable.
When the infractions are based on material reported to us by another, be
assured that we have acquired the text of letters, I'm logs, chat
transcripts, and other primary evidence to back up each individual's
claims. Furthermore, the individual infractions are not limited to
single incidents but represent a repeated pattern that cannot at this
point be resolved. The material we have on file will remain private as
it contains peoples' names and we have no desire to spread further drama
and recriminations throughout the community. Just understand that by our
exacting standards, it is more than sufficient to prove each case.
Here are the main points that inspired this radical decision:
Primary Infractions of Father Sebastian Todd:
Stating that House Kheperu is sponsoring events without first gaining
permission from the House. Further, not even notifying House Members
that we were supposedly sponsoring the events
Presenting himself under a known alternate ID as an ally of House
Kheperu to other houses and then implying or outright stating that House
Kheperu supports the issues and/or policy changes he is
attempting to enforce in said houses.
Reprinting material from members of the House in his publications
without first acquiring permission to do so. (plagiarism)
Frequently taking ideas and partial writings from the House for reprint
in his own publications without proper attribution. (intellectual theft)
Misrepresenting concepts, ideas, and teachings from House Kheperu.
Attempting to recruit an established member of House Kheperu.
Furthermore, attempting to use sex to do so, via a third party.*
Misrepresenting House Kheperu and/or its members to potential members
and other individuals within the community.
Ordinarily, when someone becomes an ally or loses that status, we treat
it as a private matter. It is only because of the very public identity
of Sebastian and the widely known nature of our association
that we make this a public matter on our boards. For the sake of peace
in the community, we do not wish to debate the matter further.
We also wish to take this time to apologize to anyone in any order,
coven, or house who has been approached by Todd, a member of House
Sahajza, or its affiliates using our name. If any person claiming to be
abbon of House Kheperu has attempted to inform you of our opinions or
policies, they had no right to speak with our voice. They did this
without our knowledge or our consent.
House Kheperu has no interest in dictating policy to other houses or
individuals. If someone attempts to tell you what to do, using our name
to back up their credibility, they are abusing both us and you.
If you run a vampire-related House, Order, or Website, please reprint
this letter in its entirety. I am especially distressed to learn that
Todd frequently used my name and the name of House Kheperu in private
correspondence to lend credibility to his claims and demands. He never
had permission to do this. If he has run an event and our name has been
attached to it, he has never even asked if he could use that name. Some
abuses I can tolerate when it's for the good of the
community, but too many of the liberties he has taken with us have hurt
the community I love.
*Ordinarily, we have no problem with our members joining other
organizations. It is the fact that Sebastian has railed against other
individuals who have sought to recruit his members that we take this
into consideration at all. Our members can come and go as they please,
but we feel that by Sebastian's own standards, a concerted effort to
draw them away represents a serious insult to us and our House.
Also read: P.T. Barnum meets Lestathttp://www.livejournal.com/users/sethanike...96.html#cutid1_ http://www.livejournal.com/users/sethanike...96.html#cutid1)
Father Todd also decided after the death of Lord D'Drennan to make a
profit off of a well loved man who had crossed over. Just days after
his passing. Lord D'Drennan created the first Vampire Ankh that was
used and still is used in a lot of the vampire community. He has done
nothing except exploit this community, revel in doing so and not giving
a damn who got hurt in the process.
For those of you who have been in the vampire community for many years
(10+) you may recall that Father Todd issuing statements that a "House"
was not recognized unless he approved it and approved your "ankh" that
you had to have for your "House". He also stated that you were not a
vampire unless he approved you as such.
This man has done so much damage to the vampire community. Now for
those of you who don't know who he is, trust me when I say you all are
much better off not knowing. Thank the gods you have never had to deal
with him on a personal level. There are more horror stories concerning
that man than anyone else I know.
Lastly, Sin Nomine is a term that is not very often used in the vampire
community. In fact, it has only been issued once before and that had a
legal charge attached to it. Sin Nomine literally means without name.
To be without a name is to be dead and forgotten.
Thank you for your time in reading my post.
Regent of Court Amen-Khepera
Lady of House Khepera