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Vampireology: the Hunters Manual

Tips: 1.00 INK Postby Ambrogio_Tenebrios on Wed Apr 08, 2020 12:46 am

Vampire Strengths & Weaknesses

Before I talk about the greatness of becoming a vampire, allow me to first talk about the ungreatness and why it is a curse rather than a blessing. First of all, what is a vampire? I define it as a parasite or virus which requires a host in order to survive and sustain. Vampires therefore are not self sufficient or self sustainable. They are parasitic and require a host to survive. They could develop a symbiotic relationship with living organisms, but in most cases the relationship is indeed parasitic rather than symbiotic.

There are many types of vampires and hybrids or variations between them. From a microscopic biological perspective, all viruses and microscopic parasites like amoeba, malaria, hookworm, mistletoe, honey fungus, lice and ringworm can be considered vampires, or vampiric in nature. Some attack blood cells, while others have the potential to infect or mutate blood cells, in essence draining them of life energy. From a more macroscopic biological view, parasites like mosquitoes, ticks, leeches, fleas, spiders and some species of winged bats can also be considered vampires, or as being vampiric in nature because they drink blood.

When referring specifically to anthropomorphic vampires, or those who are more human-like and of average size and appearance, these anthropomorphic vampires can be divided into categories. First and most ancient among these are the psyche vamps, or psi-vampires who are gifted with psionic abilities and capable of extraordinary things like telepathy, telekinesis, hypnosis and illusionary magic. While it is true that average human beings are capable of having these same gifts, keep in mind that psionic vampires still need a host, and they draw their energy not from the host's blood, but from the electronic sensors and signals within the brainwaves of the host's mind, and from their very life force.

Lamashtu, also known as the Lamia, Lilitu, Lilith or Lili, is a perfect example of a psionic vampire. She has been demonized and is portrayed as traveling through the umbra or astral realm in the form of a hollow tree dwelling owl or bat. Lilith is said to attack children in their sleep at night. She also kidnaps newborn babies and torments soon-to-be mothers during pregnancy or childbirth, most likely a reference to Lamashtu's association with sudden infant death and the high mortality rate of pregnant women in 5000 BCE during the Sumerian dynasties. Although later myths portray Lilith as an antediluvian human witch, and as the first wife of Adam in the garden of Eden, even before Eve, it's worth mentioning that the Lilitu in earlier myths was portrayed more as a demoness or evil spirit, and as someone who only appeared as human through some form of illusionary magic.

Cordyceps fungus can also be considered a psi-vampire. Some species of cordyceps mushroom are known to attach themselves to ants, spiders or caterpillars, controlling their minds, driving them crazy and effectively turning them into robotic zombies before killing them. Think about that the next time you consider trying psychoactive mushrooms as a means of recreation. So the psyche vamp trope comes in many forms. Again though most of the antediluvian psi-vamps from before the great deluge were evil spirits or demons, usually portrayed with claws for feet or bat wings, sometimes even as owls, lions, bears, bulls, serpents, hyenas, vultures, leopards, horses and some other dog-like, cat-like or bird-like creatures. They always seem to manifest their attacks physically by manipulating the psyche, or by draining the host's life force by some non-physical, spiritual force or mysterious power.

How does this awesome ability effect the psionic vampire? Normally it actually effects them both psychologically and physically. It can drive them mad or cause them to lose memory over time until they go insane. It also makes them vulnerable to disembodiment, meaning they could leave their bodies permanently or forget their way back. Their spirits could get lost in the umbra and to the physical world, their bodies would appear lifeless and dead. An uninhabited body is in danger of being possessed or controlled by another invading spirit, and psionic vampires are known for possessing humans to do some curious things. Psionic vampirism also has a tendency to slowly transform the vampire's physical body over time, usually causing it to morph into a more demonic and hideously terrifying form or appearance.

The second most common anthropomorphic vampire sub-trope is the immortal blood-drinking vampire. Some psionic vampires are also immortal blood-drinking vampires, so there is a grey area between the two sub-tropes, but generally the immortal blood-drinkers always start with a physical human body. The first antediluvian which falls into this category would be Qayin or Cain, the son of Adam and Lilith who killed his brother Abel and was banished out of Eden into the eastern wilderness. According to some myths, Cain was the very first vampire, although it never actually says that anywhere in the Bible, but those who follow such myths are known as the Cainitic scribes, and there are some clans who still believe they are descended from either Cain or the Cainites, tracing their lineage back to before the deluge.

Another candidate for the first true immortal blood-drinker is Nimrod, the great hunter king who some myths credit with building the Tower of Babel, usually with some reference of Nimrod becoming the Babylonian blood god Tammuz, Dumuzi or Dagon, before eventually changing his name to Dracul or Dracula many centuries later. But it should be noted that Nimrod himself was also considered an antediluvian Cainite in some of those myths, while Dumuzi and Dagon are ancient Mesopotamian deities, not humans, and again there is no evidence of those claims presented anywhere in the Bible, but those who follow this mythos are called Dagonic scribes.

The best candidate for the first true immortal blood-drinker is Ambrogio as mentioned in the Scriptures of Delphi copied circa 450 CE from an earlier now lost scripture which seems to record events from circa 1520 BCE, thus making Ambrogio of Florence the first true immortal blood-drinking vampire for which there is any written historical evidence. This physical vampire sub-trope is known for starting off as average human beings who are then cursed to become vampires. In this case Ambrogio is turned into a predator with supernatural strength, speed and senses. He has retractable claws and fangs, and is virtually immortal because he is unaging. Ambrogio does not get old or sick like average humans.

How does this awesome ability effect the immortal blood-drinking vampire? There are several ways this ability could be seen as a curse. Selenic scribes who follow this mythos usually highlight or emphasize many of the vampire's inherent spiritual and physical weaknesses. They are usually powerless against the beast within, and will be forced to succumb to the bloodlust. They might also be severely allergic to sunlight, silver or in some cases hawthorn, rose, garlic, holy water, mirrors, amulets or some other atropiac items and tools, sometimes even having a negative reaction to the Bible itself. Judaic scribes follow the 33 AD mythos of Judas Iscariot, taking note of his allergy to silver as part of the punishment for his betrayal.

Next we have the mortal blood-drinking vampires who actually are normal human beings who have just been cursed with a bloodlust and are forced to drink blood in order to feel more energetic. This could also include vampires like Judas, but I'll talk more about that myth in just a moment. Other possible vampires which could fall into this category include Vlad the Impaler, Elizabeth Bathory, Mercy Brown, Lord Byron, and many other historical figures who actually lived. Their most obvious weakness is of course their mortality since they are in fact still normal human beings. They can still get sick. They can still get the flu, or catch a fever. They will eventually get old and die. They require sustenance and sleep. Mortalic scribes who follow this mythos usually describe these mortal vampires as having no taste buds, or some other medical condition which restricts their diet.

There are many other tropes and sub-tropes, but the last one I'll mention here just because it's so popular are the daywalkers, hybrids or dhampirs. Those who follow this mythos are called Hybridic scribes and their legends usually involve some cross-breeding between two trope species. This hybridization usually occurs between a male vampire and a human female, but Hybridic scriptures can also contain hybrids between 2 different vampire sub-tropes, between vampires and demons, and even between vampires and werewolves. Dhampirs are also one of the most powerful vampire tropes as they have superior speed, strength, senses and reflexes. They are not usually allergic to silver, garlic or sunlight. For this reason they are often portrayed as the protagonist hero and vampire slayer archetype.

Judaic scribes were the first to record descriptions of the dhampiric hybridized cryptid half-bloods. They wrote that some followers of the Priests of Judas broke off in 67 AD and repented to the angels, who gave them the opportunity to redeem themselves by walking in the light and chasing vampires. There are some weaknesses that dhampirs have though despite all of their advantages. They still age, sometimes normal and sometimes slower, but are ultimately fated to die eventually. They often still succumb to the bloodlust, or the great beast within sometimes referred to as the rage, frenzy, the ferality or the red blindness. Dhampirs are usually hated and despised by humans and vampires alike and so they usually are solitary loners with no friends or family, and by that I mean that most pets and animals aren't too fond of them either. If they are heroes, they are also limited by their own moral compass which gives their foes an advantage.

Other worthy mentions of different types of vampires before I go on are demons like the urukku or utukku, the asanbosam, the baital or vetala, the ubir or upir, the necoratu or nosferatu, incubi or succubi, striges or strigoi, the vyrkolakas, the gallu, the revenant, and to personalities such as Enoch, Lamech, Sargon, Rasputin, Joan of Arc or Bloody Mary, and to some extent ancient deities like Inanna, Ishtar, Selene, Astarte, Sobek, Nergal or Ninurta, Akasha, Yama and Kali, all of whom are in some way associated with vampires or blood magic such as vampyrcraft.

But the most important weakness and perhaps even the key to all vampires in general is that usually, whatever trope they are in, most vampires don't have a soul. They were either created without a soul, perhaps before humans existed, or they traded it for something, or they lost it in a bet, or they came from another planet where they had transcended the need to be attached to a soul or something to that effect. Remember that a person's being can be broken down into 3 parts, the mind or spirit, the physical body, and the divine will, life essence, feeling, emotion, power or force referred to as the soul. Vampires also have a mind or spirit which they use for astral travel through the umbra. All vampires are believed to have a psyche.

Almost all antediluvian vampires are now considered disembodied invisible spirits apart from those who possess the living, and the grotesquely deformed ancient bloodlines who are all but extinct. Most post-flood vampires still have bodies, which will also become deformed or decayed over time. Drinking blood or draining psychic energy and plasma may slow the mutation process, but eventually it will require some form of illusionary magic to maintain a natural human appearance. So post-flood vampires have a spirit and a body. But they don't normally have a soul, which is why being a vampire is seen as more of a curse than a really scary cool super power. Some scribes are probably asking me, so what? Who needs a soul?

Without a soul, however, vampires are incapable of certain major things in life that a lot of average people take for granted. For example, vampires are incapable of true love and empathy, or else they have a tendency to cause the death of everyone they love. They also sometimes lose their memories and sanity, becoming lunatics. Vampires are incapable of having pleasant dreams, but instead are haunted by constant voices and nightmares. Vampires can't even sleep, they are restless spirits and cursed to eternal damnation. To override this horrible experience, they must enter into a stasis or torpor, a motionless death-like state of being where nothing exists but total darkness. Having no soul can cause them to become emotionless, nonchalant or unresponsive. It also prevents them from going to paradise or ascending into heaven when they do eventually die.

Now that I've discussed the ungreatness of becoming a vampire, now I will highlight some of the perks that come with being cursed. Vampires are virtually immortal, ageless hominins capable of existing in an animated state for centuries, or in some rare cases for thousands of years. Vampires have supernatural strength and reflexes. Some vampires have shapeshifting or metamorphing abilities which allows them to assume other forms, usually of a winged bat or some other nocturnal animal. Some vampires have no shadow, and no reflection, since they are actually soulless beings, although this perk could also be seen as a weakness. Some vampires do have shadows, however, or even the ability to manipulate shadows. Bram Stoker's nosferatu Count Dracula could control shadows, shapeshift into a black wolf or hound, turn into a baitali or vetala man-bat creature, or even a werewolf-like creature. He also turns into a horde of plagued rats, a swarm of bats, or as a green spectre of smoke or mist. Garlic wards him away temporarily, but eventually he becomes immune to it over time.

Most vampires are capable of some form of psychic ability, whether it be telepathy or telekinesis. Stoker's Dracula could hypnotize his victims, causing them to either see him as a charming noble prince or knight, or even making himself invisible to the world around them. Most vampires like Cain and Ambrogio are severely allergic to sunlight, but some rarer vampires like Count Dracula are not killed by sunlight at all, being only slightly weakened by it. Almost all vampires are allergic to silver, though Dracula had the ability to melt silver away with his mind, and cause atropiac items like wooden crosses to burst into flames. Dhampirs like Blade are not allergic to sunlight, garlic, silver or atropiac items.

Some vampires can hover swiftly across the floor, while others can fly through the skies, or even climb up vertical walls and surfaces like a spider. The only surefire way to kill a vampire is to pierce it's heart with a wooden stake, usually made of silver, rosewood or hawthorn. Of course in more modern times, the vampire slayers or vampirdzhijas have invented more personal items for killing vampires such as silver dust bombs, essence of garlic sprays, ultraviolet light grenades and specially infused silver bullets engraved with crosses or other atropiac symbols. But vampires still have the advantage of supernatural strength and reflexes, with razor sharp claws and fangs which makes it difficult to pinpoint their location, and some vampires can even dodge bullets.

Some rare vampires might also have two hearts instead of one, or they might be entirely heartless, requiring them to be decapitated or burned in flames, since a stake without a heart to penetrate is useless. Some vampires are immune to fire, and may even have the ability to manipulate it. So there are a number of abilities that vampires could potentially have, and which will differ from trope to trope depending on the type of vampire. Some vampires like Lestat turn into pillars of ash or dust in the sunlight, while others just temporarily lose their ability to use magic and become more human in their capabilities. Still others can manipulate the clouds or control the weather. Vampires like Selene take no fall damage, allowing them to smash through concrete floors and leap from tall buildings, only to land gracefully on their feet afterwards.

Some very rare species of super vampires like Jared Novak or the Tziminsce clan have the unique ability to manipulate their own flesh and bones using a process called vicissitude. Jared actually had four different jaws which opened up or unhinged like a snake, with four independent fangs. Others like Lestat or Calcophony had the ability to play music, and to use music as a form of magic in a process called melpominee, in order to hypnotize, ensnare, bewitch and amaze, causing their audience to lose their memory or track of time. Antediluvian blood gods, or those prehistoric disembodied demons like Samael and Lilith, and perhaps Cain, Enoch, Lamech or Jubal, were spiritual entities who lacked bodies and forms.

Because the most ancient progeny of vampires were viewed as demons or evil spirits, they had no physical limitations but were seen as gods. These vampire gods had no bodies and so they could neither cause any bodily harm, nor be thwarted by a physical means. However, they were severely allergic to atropiac weapons and religious items like holy oil, holy water, eucharists, frankincense, crosses, holy scriptures or crucifixes. Others could be warded off with amulets and talismans, or with sacred runes and sigils. But they had the advantage of being invisible and virtually undetectable, and could still effect the victim's physical health by feeding on their lifeforce through some psychic or spiritual means, causing sickness, draining energy and effectively killing the victim over time.

Well that's all for now. I really hope you enjoyed this topic on the subject of vampire strengths and weaknesses. This concludes the end of part one. If you enjoyed reading it and would like to see more from me concerning this subject, then stay tuned and check back frequently as I plan to write more about vampires by adding posts to this thread as time permits. Thank you for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your evening. Stay safe from vampires.
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Re: Vampireology: the Hunters Manual

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Vampiric Gnosticism

While most human beings view vampires as scary, evil beings and creatures, the Cainites, Selenites, Ophites and Judanites tell a different story which portrays demons and vampires as good, and angels and some archaic deities as being evil. Cainites and Judanites draw a more Gnostic view of existence as being something like a war between matter and spirit. According to their perception, the Creator is evil and wicked, while the Destroyer is actually seen as a messianic hero of light. This philosophy draws upon the concept of the Pleroma and Umbra being truthful and good, while the Kenoma and Cosmos are seen as dishonest and wrong. For this reason vampires hold figureheads like Lilitu, Qayin, Judas Iscariot and Simon Magus with high regard, despite the negative views presented of them in the Bible by the Church, and the following story comes with inspiration from the Book of Qayin, the Gospel of Judas, the Letters of Simon and other Gnostic or Plutonian scriptures.

Some higher deities referred to as the Aeons, the Pleroma or Pleromata once existed long before time or space had been created. At the time there was no light, no darkness, no matter or energy, no virtue or sin, nothing but the true unity and oneness of the deities who formed the great godhead through anima mundi, the global consciousness or primeval world soul. The Pleroma was sometimes personified as Barbelo, an intersexual or hermaphroditic being seen as the first and foremost of all deities, or the total fullness of all of them combined. One better known aeon was called Aletheia, the goddess of truth. Eventually however Bythos was seen as the Supreme Deity, the unknowable and unfathomable god, also called the god of the unknown. Bythos was the god of mysteries, the god of the depths, or of deeply hidden knowledge. Bythos was also called Proarche, the Monad, or Aion Teleos the god who existed before creation. His partner or opposite was Sophia, the goddess of wisdom and experience, light and energy, the primordial spirit, force or essence. Sophia was also called Astaphe, the Matrix, or Aion Neuma the holy spirit or bride of the great logos. Sophia was originally married to Logos but fell from the Pleroma when she breached the barrier between herself and Bythos, causing a chain reaction. Sophia became confused, scared and full of emotions which soon manifested into several lesser deities called the Archons.

Sophia had tried to procreate by herself without the Logos, giving birth to Gnosis or knowledge, Pneuma the spirit or life force and energy, Psyche the soul or essence which holds memory, Soma the material body or matter from which all things are created, Ennoea the archon of direct thought and intent, and Pronoia the archon of premeditation or forethought. Over time the archon known as Soma turned into the Demiurge called Anu, Araboth, Yahweh or Adonis, the creator of the Heavens and the Earth, starting with a process known as the Great Expansion which began around 15 billion years ago. Araboth was a greedy, selfish and jealous archon who desired absolute power. He soon left the Umbra and created the Cosmos for the other Archons to live in, proclaiming himself to be the one true godhead. Regretting what her children had done, and too ashamed at first to admit to it, Sophia tried to cover up her mistake by placing Araboth on a throne inside a cloud. But as the Demiurge grew more powerful, Sophia eventually turned to her husband Logos for help, finding redemption and eventually becoming the mediator between the Logos and the Cosmos around 10 billion years ago. The Demiurge continued to create lies and deceptions, forming the Earth and other planets within our solar system around 5 billion years ago. As a result, Sophia has since dedicated herself to the destruction of the material realm and its many deceptions. As the destroyer of darkness and bringer of light, truth and wisdom, Sophia and her followers were falsely demonized by Adonis and his followers, who claim that the highest elevation or transcendence anyone can reach is the Kenoma, the void or nothingness, an absolute oneness with the Demiurge himself, rather than the Pleroma which incorporates everything.

One particular group of Archons or lesser deities referred to as the Elohim or Anunnaki, the children of Adonis, created Archaic Humans around 3 million years ago using mitochondrial DNA from astralopithecines and placed them in East Africa where they slowly evolved from apeman. 500,000 years ago they evolved into neanderthals in the Middle East and Western Europe where they gradually multiplied. Modern Humans evolved naturally in East Africa around 200,000 years ago. Some of the humans interbred with the neanderthals, creating a hybrid race of nephilim or rephaim. Humans migrated across the Gulf of Aden and into the Sinai region from Africa before eventually settling in Dilmun on the Persian Gulf between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers around 100,000 years ago. Lilith left her husband Aleph around this time, going east where she gave birth to their daughter Lilitu. Then the Toba volcano erupted 70,000 years ago, causing Dilmun to split in half. The western half of Dilmun, called Edinu, was scorched and destroyed, but Aleph and Hewa escaped to the eastern half of Dilmun before settling in a place called Ibilis near the Euphrates river. There they restarted the human race, giving rise to Qayin and Yabil from which the land of Ibilis derived its name. Qayin murdered his brother Yabil and was banished to the land east of Ibilis, where he settled near the Tigris river. Qayin married his half-sister Lilitu and they had a son named Enoch, who the very first city Enoch was named after. These two earliest tribes, the Yabilites from Ibilis, and the Qaynites from Enoch, would soon spread across the Middle East, establishing small city-states in Mesopotamia, along the Jordan river and Nile river, throughout Persia and Arabia, Urartu and Iran, and along the Mediterranean coastline going up into Eurasia and Armenia, where the very first cities were erected around 12,000 years ago.

Then came the Deluge which flooded everything, reconstructing the landscape and changing the sea level so that the Black Sea and the Persian Gulf looked much different, while the Tigris and Euphrates rivers formed newer routes into the gulf. Ancient cities like Ibilis and Enoch were destroyed during the flood. Noatim survived the Deluge before settling near Urartu in Armenia with his family around 10,000 years ago. The rest of the archaic human races were now extinct, and all that remained were the remnants of Yabilite and Qaynite cities from the past. Noatim had three sons named Ham, Shem and Yaphet who would go on to repopulate the human race and rebuild some of those ancient cities. Jericho in the Jordan valley, Megiddo in the Jezreel valley, and Babylon in the Euphrates valley were a few of the first ancient cities to be rebuilt after the Deluge, but many newer cities soon followed as the Hamites, Semites and Yaphites spread across the Earth from one corner to another by around 5,000 years ago during the dawn of civilization. It was around this time that the ancient civilizations in Sumer, Asshur, Crete, Egypt, Thrace, Sparta, India and China started to develop, some a thousand years faster than others, with a great increase in cultural advancement and technology starting from the Bronze Age onwards until our present day.
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[Malcolme]: First let me thank you for allowing this opportunity to get to know you and for going out of your way to do this. I know when we first met, you were hesitant to do this interview. What made you change your mind?

[Silverfang]: You did... Your persistent curiosity, and the radical misconceptions of the human race have persuaded me to come out of the shadows and reveal myself to you.

[Malcolme]: So you wish to educate the world and provide some truth about your kind in order to shatter those misconceptions.

[Silverfang]: Correct...

[Malcolme]: Awesome. Well let's start with your name. You had mentioned that Silverfang is not your actual name, but an alias, pen name or nickname that people call you. So what is your real name, if you don't mind me asking?

[Silverfang]: Judaius...

[Malcolme]: Judaius?

[Silverfang]: Judaius Vairond Sutekos.

[Malcolme]: Okay, wow, that's an interesting name. Do you mind if I call you J.V.?

[Silverfang]: Go right ahead.

[Malcolme]: Okay, so, how old are you J.V.?

[Silverfang]: In my current physical form, I am 36 years old.

[Malcolme]: What do you mean by your current physical form? Are you saying you can shapeshift into something older?

[Silverfang]: Not exactly, no. That's a myth. The whole idea or concept of sanguins turning into bats and wolves, or revenants of the undead is an old wives tale. What I mean is that this concept you have of the material realm as being a reality is actually just a partiality of the truth.

[Malcolme]: Wow, that's interesting... So, are you saying that you're an immortal spirit trapped in a physical body?

[Silverfang]: Not exactly trapped, but yes. We are all immortal beings with a mind, body and soul. Yourself included. The only difference is that sanguins retain their memories of a past life at birth, and are a bit more connected to the spiritual plane.

[Malcolme]: Wow, that's really amazing... So you remember everything from your past life, or from multiple past lives?

[Silverfang]: Yes...

[Malcolme]: But can you still get sick, or die of old age?

[Silverfang]: Of course. I may be immortal, but my body is not. I can still get sick. I can still be injured just like anyone else. I still age normally, and eventually my body will decay and die, just like everything else in this physical realm you call reality.

[Malcolme]: That actually makes a lot of sense. So I'm fairly safe to give this interview then. I don't need any silver or garlic or ultraviolet rays to keep you at bay?

[Silverfang]: Heh, no... That's actually another myth. I'm not allergic to garlic at all. I'm quite fond of it really. I also had to walk through the sunlight to get here. I am photosensitive, so I brought my sunglasses, but I'm not going to burst into flames in the sunlight if that's what people are thinking. Although I do have a slight allergy to silver, it's not severe, and it's really more of a congenital defect anyway, rather than a curse that effects the entire sanguin community.

[Malcolme]: Fascinating, and it makes so much sense too. Not everyone is allergic to peanut butter or shellfish, only certain members of the population are. So you're saying that the entire vampire mythos is more or less a fantasy, a product of our imaginations, something we exaggerated to give credence to our faith and scare little children out of misbehaving.

[Silverfang]: There's a bit more to it than that, but essentially. Your kind started those myths, but the sanguin community has done a lot to enforce them with rumors and other forms of propaganda in order to keep you in the dark.

[Malcolme]: Why would they do that?

[Silverfang]: Well isn't it obvious? By promoting false ideas, of things which are impossible, we have gradually convinced the world that vampires are not real, and if we are not real, then nobody will go looking very deeply for us. Vampire hunters are a very real threat to the sanguin community. So by keeping everyone in the dark, it allows us to live freely and openly among you without having to look over our shoulders.

[Malcolme]: So you intentionally spread those myths about yourselves? Why come out of the shadows now then, doesn't that put you in danger of being hunted?

[Silverfang]: Indeed it does, which is why I was so hesitant at first to give this interview. But times have changed, so perhaps it is time for us to change as well. By destroying some of those ancient rumors we started, and eliminating some of your misconceptions about us by educating humanity and sharing the truth, it might help to eliminate a lot of those innate fears you have of us, which could lessen your hatred towards us as well. We have no desire to live in your shadow, when we are already living among you in broad daylight. We just don't want to cause any unnecessary conflicts. My desire in giving this interview is hopefully to establish a peace and understanding between mortals and sanguins.

[Malcolme]: Well that's very brave and noble of you, if I may say so. Thank you again for agreeing to do this. I know it must be difficult for you to come forward like this, knowing that there could potentially be vampire hunters out there, or even other vampires who might seek to harm you for revealing this information. It sounds almost like the mafia in a way, only a lot darker and more dangerous. So yes, thank you again.

[Silverfang]: Thank you.

[Malcolme]: So... Last week on the phone, I had asked you about the origin of vampires, and you had briefly mentioned that there were many clans or houses I think you called them, and that each house had its own oral traditions.

[Silverfang]: Yes...

[Malcolme]: So which house or clan do you belong to, and what is the origin of vampires according to them?

[Silverfang]: Well for the sanctity of the community, I won't answer that first question since I came here on my own accord and have no desire to bring any unnecessary attention to my house. I will just say that my own personal followers refer to themselves as Sutekites, and we trace the origins of our own bloodline all the way back to prehistoric times.

[Malcolme]: Could you give me a time and date, maybe? Or a place where it all began? Or is that also sacred?

[Silverfang]: It is very sacred, and not well known to sanguins of other houses, or to the mortals of ancient times. But I suppose I could tell you now, as it's not really a secret anymore. The Sutekites trace their origins to the Semliki River in what is today called Katanda near the equator in Central Africa, and we trace our bloodline to a being we call Astenu Badru who lived there around 60,000 years ago.

[Malcolme]: 60,000 years ago? Wow, that's fascinating. I've heard of some alleged vampires claiming descent from Biblical figures like Cain and Lilith, or from the Egyptian gods Sobek and Sekhmet, from Sumerian gods like Inanna and Dumuzid, from Greek deities like Ambrogio and Selene, or even from Hindu gods like Indra and Kali, but you're telling me that your specific clan predates written history by tens of thousands of years to Paleolithic times when religious civilizations didn't even exist yet?

[Silverfang]: Oh they existed, just not in the form they are presented to the world of today. Much of what existed in prehistory has since decayed, or evolved over time.

[Malcolme]: Okay... I mean, that makes sense but how exactly can you prove it? There's a lot of skeptics in the world today who don't believe in vampires. You had mentioned that there were a lot of cosplayers and fakes out there as well. I was quite skeptical myself at first until I met you, and now I'm starting to see, but if you don't have anything like the Bible, or the Egyptian papyri, Greek papyri, the Sumerian cuneiform tablets, the Vedic scriptures or any written historical material to support these claims, then how can you prove it?

[Silverfang]: Well I could just drink your blood.

[Malcolme]: Heheh. Please don't.

[Silverfang]: I'm kidding, of course, unless you're willing to donate. I would never take anything that is not granted to me.

[Malcolme]: Will I become a vampire?

[Silverfang]: Only if you drink my blood. Heheh... But if you go to the Semliki Valley, you will find a cave there that was excavated during the 1960's, long after my house came into existence. The archeologists only confirmed for themselves what the elders of my house had already been claiming for years, that a group of sanguins had once lived there. They found skulls and bones dating back to the very dawn of human civilization, some of which had been intentionally smashed to prevent the dead from rising again to infect the living, apparently in order to keep them in their graves.

[Malcolme]: Hold on, you said that was a myth.

[Silverfang]: And it is. You mortals are very superstitious. The dead do not rise from the grave, that is impossible. But ancient humans didn't know that at the time.

[Malcolme]: Alright, well that makes sense. Go on...

[Silverfang]: On the cave walls you will find some prehistoric paintings. One of which depicts Astenu Badru, the first of my kind. Of course, prehistoric humans weren't the best of artists, and even today, mortals have a tendency to depict us as demons and otherworldly beings. The artist portrayed Astenu as a monster with a menacing gaze, hands raised as if ready to attack, with a helpless human figure at mercy inside his gaping jaws. But that's an absurd exaggeration, of course. Astenu was no more of a monster than you and I, but such is the way of mortals who fear what they don't understand.

[Malcolme]: And this cave still exists?

[Silverfang]: But of course...

[Malcolme]: And this is where all vampires originated?

[Silverfang]: Again, I can not speak for the whole community. I can only tell you the origins of my own bloodline.

[Malcolme]: But you said yourself that you're only 36 years old. So how do you know all of this?

[Silverfang]: Well besides the wisdom which has been passed down from the elders, there is a certain bond which comes from drinking their blood. Everyone in my house has access to Astenu Badru directly, for his very life force flows through our veins. We have his instincts, his memories, everything which allows us to establish a direct connection with him. We can see exactly what he himself has seen, for we are his children, and his very essence lives within us.

[Malcolme]: This is too surreal... I'm, in awe of what you're saying. It almost sounds like something from science fiction.

[Silverfang]: Would you like to see for yourself?

[Malcolme]: Oh no, I'm good. I'll take your word for it. Heh... So, if vampires don't rise from the dead, then why is it such a popular myth? I know you said that your kind has helped to spread a lot of those myths, but why do us mortals have a tendency to spread these myths as well? Surely there must be some inspiration for why these beliefs are so embedded in our different ethnic human cultures around the world.

[Silverfang]: Well every myth has a seed of truth.

[Malcolme]: Please elaborate...

[Silverfang]: Something which the vampire hunters know, and that would probably be a great question for them to answer but I'll give it a go anyway, is that mortals, apart from the Khemetic surgeons, didn't know much about the processes of death until fairly modern times. The ancients, and even the medieval or post-renaissance 18th century physicians and doctors were unaware that a microscopic universe even existed. They knew that vitality was in the blood, but until the invention of the microscope, they had no idea how any of it actually worked.

[Malcolme]: I'm listening... Sorry, I'm just taking notes of what you're saying. Go on.

[Silverfang]: Your medieval scribes and doctors had no concept of some of the allergens, illnesses and diseases that are well known today. They had no cure for such things, and no understanding of how sickness, plague, death and the process of decomposition actually worked. They had no concept of rigor mortis, rabies, porphyria, anemia, syphilis, tuberculosis, rhinitis, keratis, jaundice, goitres, or any of those things commonly attributed to vampirism. They didn't know about germs, viruses and bacteria. They didn't know that the bodies inside the coffins underground would decompose slower than the bodies above ground. It was all very new to them, and so many of those myths can be attributed to medical errors or malpractice. Even today in some remote regions of the world where technology is less available, there are still those among us who actively go hunting for vampires by digging up graves and disposing of the deceased, and those who are afflicted by certain ailments.

[Malcolme]: Wow, you're extremely intelligent. I don't even know what half of those words mean. Thank you J.V., you have truly opened my eyes and changed my reality.

[Silverfang]: That's why I came here, to hopefully change your perspective of the sanguin lifestyle.

[Malcolme]: Well you definitely changed my perspective. But I have one last question for you if you don't mind.

[Silverfang]: Depends on what you ask...

[Malcolme]: You mentioned that there are certain things which are held sacred by the vampire community. I noticed that you seemed to dodge certain subjects or questions that I asked. What kind of rules do you follow? Is there a certain code, or list of instructions that you have to go by?

[Silverfang]: That's a great question. Yes and no. There is something called the black veil, which is more like a loose set of guidelines rather than a list of rules or concrete laws.

[Malcolme]: The black veil. What is that?

[Silverfang]: Well the veil was first established in 1998 and was recorded in the vampire almanac. There were originally five virtues, which were later revised into 13 virtues, and then later shortened to the seven great principles of the vampire codex we have today. They are the spine or backbone of the entire sanguin community. These seven are known as discretion, diversity, control, elders, behavior, donors and community. Without the knowledge and practice of these principles, there is no hope for our community. Any true sanguin will know these virtues, and practice them accordingly. Otherwise they will be endangering not only themselves, but the sanguin community as a whole, which is not something that I myself personally wish to do.

[Malcolme]: Awesome, well thank you so much for your time J.V., this has been one heck of an interview. I'm so glad that you decided to be here and share your knowledge with the rest of the world. Hopefully this insight will help us all to get along better in peace and coexistence with one another.

[Silverfang]: Thank you Malcolme...

[Malcolme]: Any time my friend. Be safe.

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Re: Vampireology: the Hunters Manual

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Published on 02/16/2020
Article by Malcolme Greenwald
Pages 08-11 on "Vampyres"

Judaius Vairond Sutekos, also known as J.V. or Silverfang, is a male 36 year old self-proclaimed vampire "Sanguin" who claims to drink human blood. Sutekos was born in 1984 and says he has been to many vampire hangouts or nightclubs throughout the U.S. where he has taken part at gatherings within the vampire community since the year 2002, when he left home to join what he calls "the world of shadows". Sutekos is now the leader of an underground vampire cult called the "Sutekites" who belong to a branch of the secret vampire society called Ordo Asteno Badros, or the Order of Astenu Badru, a clan or sect which J.V. claims traces its origins back to Central Africa and to an ancient vampire blood god who they say lived in the Semliki Valley over 60,000 years ago. Judaius first appeared during an interview at a vampire hangout called the Near Dark Pub in Hollywood, and has since then become somewhat of a sensation among vampire enthusiasts who say that J.V. is the real deal.

"I've been to many vampire nightclubs like the Club Communion in Los Angeles, the Near Dark Pub in Hollywood, the Underground Vampire Bar in Orlando, a place called The Castle in Ybor City near Tampa Bay, the Realm of Darkness in New York City, and all over the United States," he told some student reporters from Chicago University. "The fact is, vampire havens are everywhere," he added. One of J.V.'s followers and mistresses, Countess Elena, a member of the House of Judaius, had this to say about him.

"I met J.V. around 2004 at a gathering in Florida, where I originally started out as a blood donor. I had been connected with a vampire clan in Fort Lauderdale called the House of Ancients, and it was through my interactions with them that I eventually met Judaius Silverfang, and immediately realized that there was something different about him. He appeared with confidence, and was very elegant and proper about the way he presented himself. He seemed to have a great deal of knowledge about the vampire community even though nobody down here really knew who he was. He knew some secrets that I didn't even know about the vampire community at the time, and he just fit the stereotype so perfectly as to what people thought a vampire should be. I mean, here was a well dressed prince-like character who was very charming and mysterious, almost bewitching to look upon with his golden eye contacts and metal fang implants. He was young, tall, dark and handsome, and very articulate, with a great personality and a sort of body language that just let you know, hey, this guy is a true vampire, even amongst vampires".

Judaius Vairond Sutekos agreed to meet with our team at one of his many vampire havens in an undisclosed location. He forbid us from bringing cameras indoors, but allowed us to take notes on everything we saw inside the dark underground hangout where the Sutekites had a safezone. "One of the very first things J.V. Silverfang did at the safezone was demonstrate his allergic reaction to silver," Malcolme Greenwald of Chicago University reported. "He took his shirt off and put a silver cross necklace around his neck. Within maybe a few minutes, he took the necklace off, and I could plainly see a red rash or swelling around his neck. Interestingly, he had a perfect red mark of the cross on his chest. At that moment, I knew we were dealing with a special individual, and most likely a real vampire," Malcolme stated in his journal. "I am called Silverfang, but my grill is actually made of chromium alloy and I can remove it at any time. I got my fangs from the Halloween Costume store in Los Angeles, specially crafted by a fang-smith who put special blood grooves in them so that I could use them like real fangs," Judaius told the reporters. During our encounters, he even demonstrated how he used his metal fangs to drink blood, by piercing the shoulder of an anonymous female donor.

"Well there's no doubt in my mind that Judaius Sutekos is a blood drinker," said Jordan Hillbank from our news team. "The question people want to know is, are you a real vampire? Well to the skeptics out there, all I can say is that Judaius is a very special individual, at the very least," he commented. At some point during our interviews, J.V. pulled out a real human skull which he claimed had belonged to an actual Serbian vampire. The skull had its incisors removed, and there was a hole in the left frontal lobe which he claimed had been put there by a vampire hunter who drove a stake into the vampire's head post mortem to keep the corpse from rising again after they had burned its heart. He claimed he had purchased the skull at a medieval fair in Germany from a gypsy salesman who told him that the skull had been excavated by grave robbers in Serbia during the late 1800's. Our team was unable to get a skull sample for testing, but J.V. allowed us to examine it, and we have no doubt that the skull is authentic.

Judaius also provided photographs he had taken from a cave in the Ishango Congo region of Africa depicting cave paintings of what he claims is the progenitor or first of his kind, the vampire from which his whole cult is descended. He calls this vampire Astenu Badru, and says that all vampires from Des Ordo Asteno Badros trace their origins back to this prehistoric "blood deity" associated with archaic human blood-drinkers and specifically with the full moon. "This is not child's play," J.V. told our staff. "Those of us from the Order of Astenu are not your typical vampires. We are the masters of our domain, and we have lived amongst you in secret for thousands of years," he smiled. "I didn't call you here to make a fashion statement or to bring publicity to our community. I called you here to show you that despite your mortal misconceptions,, vampires are very real, and we are not bad people," he explained. "In fact you vampire hunters are every bit as dangerous and as threatening as we are to the psyche. Your churches have actually killed more innocent people than we ever have throughout the entire course of human history. It's just that the Sutekites are harder to kill. We are long enduring, because we are genuine and free of all impurities. We have learned to survive by adapting to mortal society".

Judaius Vairond Sutekos is considered to be a saint or saviour among vampire communities. It's fortunate that he's actually a very normal individual who has kindness and empathy. He's very down to earth and well spoken. We gave him a home drug test, and the results came back negative. Judaius is just a normal human being. He's not selfish or wicked at heart. He's actually the exact opposite. He's a loving, caring individual who seems to be genuinely concerned with the vampire mythos, and with mortal cosplayers or roleplayers who pretend to be vampires. Judaius claims that he does have connections to what some call "otherkin" communities like werewolves and vampire hunters, and says that there is no reason why they can't all get along. "Oh yes, despite the media and their misconceptions, I am a friend of many lycanthropes and svetochers. Regrettably, there are still some extremist groups out there who wage their pointless holy wars. But for the most part, we do have certain sanctums and places throughout the underworld where these groups can get together and coexist peacefully," he stated in 2006.

Malcolme Greenwald did an on-line interview with Judaius in January of 2020 in which he says that they had spoken on the phone together before their interview. During that phone conversation, Judaius had revealed to him some of the names of the other founders and clans he was associated with, along with some ancient secrets that were known only to the vampire community. He mentioned Lord Severus the Asetian, the founder of Atum Ka-Mon which traces their lineage back to pre-Egyptian deities. He also mentioned someone named Leru Melahshan from the House of Chrysalis in New England, and many others who he claimed were genuine vampires. He also mentioned the House of Araneus, the House of Havoc, the Ordo Sekhemu, the Ordo Tenebrae, the Ordo Aeterni, the Black Swan Haven, the House of Ancients, and the House of Kheperu which he claims is one of the oldest vampire sects to practice blood-drinking in modern times.

J.V. Silverfang also showed our team a chronology or timeline of authentic vampire history. Included in this timeline were such famous names as the Wallachian viovode Vladislaus III Drakulya, the notorious Carpathian countess Erzsebet Bathory and her predecessor Stefan Bathory of Ecsed, among others. Silverfang's timeline begins with events which occurred around 60,000 B.C.E. and ends with events which occurred in 2010 C.E. making J.V.'s calendar the most comprehensive and complete chronology of vampire history to surface in modern times. Our students from Chicago University requested a copy of this timeline from the Sanguin Archives in Minnesota, and are waiting to hear back from J.V. regarding this request.

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Re: Vampireology: the Hunters Manual

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Bram Stoker's Dracula

Bram Stoker's Dracula is perhaps the best selling vampire novel of all times. Many of the classic stereotypes we associate with vampires can be attributed to this marvelous work of fiction. But is it really fiction? Or is there perhaps some hidden truths lurking within its pages? Bram Stoker's novel actually includes many places and events which actually existed during his own lifetime. His portrayal of Jonathan Harker's travels between London, England and Transylvania, Rumania is actually completely real. The ship route does exist. The train routes do exist. The landscape looks exactly the way Bram Stoker described it in his novel. But what about the characters in his story? There's no way they could be inspired by actual living people, right? Or could they?

By now it is common knowledge that the fictional Count Dracula was indeed partially inspired by the real Wallachian viovode or prince Vladislavo III Drakulya, known as Prince Vlad Tepes or Vlad the Impaler, but was Drakulya a real vampire? Well there is some evidence to suggest that maybe he was. During his childhood, Vlad was held hostage by the Turkish Sultan in a prison or dungeon for many years. There it is said that Vlad survived by eating frogs, bats, roaches, rats and whatever else he could find, while drinking the rainwater which dripped down from cracks in the ceiling. Many years later after he was freed from prison and became the prince of Wallachia, it was reported that Vlad Tepes actually dined at a table in front of those whom he had impaled, taking delight in the agonizing screams, hacked limbs and the scent of burning flesh all while eating his dinner. At one point, he is even said to have dipped his bread in a bowl of blood, which he then proceeded to eat. Vlad was later assassinated by members of his own army. He was then beheaded, and was allegedly buried on an island at Snagov Temple, never to be seen again. The myth of Vlad Dracula soon faded away, or so it seemed.

During the 1920's, some archeologists decided to go looking for the final resting place of this once notorious prince. But when they dug up the grave at Snagov Temple and opened the coffin lid, imagine how surprised they were to find out that the casket was empty. Dracula was nowhere to be found. Soon, the world was plunged into mass hysteria as newsletters surfaced all around the globe, claiming that Dracula had risen from the dead. It is a myth which has endured in modern times. But it's not the only grain of truth to be found in Bram Stoker's novel. Take his fictional character Dr. Renfield for example, the once respectable doctor who suddenly went delusional and had to be placed into an asylum for claiming that vampires were real, and that his "Master" would return. Renfield is portrayed in a straight jacket, living in a prison cell where he eats bugs and cockroaches. Although it is a work of fiction, there are real life medical conditions associated with Dr. Renfield, including lycanthrope and a rare medical condition which has even been named Renfield's Syndrome, after the fictional character himself.

And what about Bram Stoker's famous vampire hunter and witchdoctor Abraham Van Helsing, the count's arch-nemesis? Could he have been inspired by an actual person as well? Indeed, he was. Bram Stoker's real name is actually Abraham, which is where the fictional character gets his name. But what many people don't know is that Bram Stoker himself suffered from a rare medical condition called congenital syphilis, which has many symptoms that can be associated with Count Dracula in his novel. Stoker's personal doctor and physician in Budapest was a man named Dr. Arminius Vambery, and it was this Doctor Vambery who first told Bram Stoker about the legend of Vlad Dracula, and inspired him to write the story. In the fictional account of this story, Van Helsing says that he learned his skills from a doctor in Budapest named Arminius, and it is very likely that Bram Stoker chose this reputable doctor as his inspiration for Abraham Van Helsing.

So while it is true that Bram Stoker's Dracula novel is a work of fiction, keep these facts in mind the next time you read this marvelous tale, for it is indeed riddled with mysteries and hidden truths. In fact, the belief in nosferatu does really exist in Transylvania, a ghost ship really did appear in London exactly as the story describes, and there are many people today who really do believe that Dracula was a real vampire.
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Re: Vampireology: the Hunters Manual

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The following excerpt comes from the Temple of the Vampire, a religious community established in 1989 known for producing the Vampire Bible among other writings. This is the actual testimony of the Master Adepts from that particular priesthood, known to many members of the underworld as the Vampire Creed.

The Vampire Creed

I am a Vampire.
I worship my ego and I worship my life, for I am the only God that is.
I am proud that I am a predatory animal and I honor my animal instincts.
I exalt my rational mind and hold no belief that is in defiance of reason.
I recognize the difference between the worlds of truth and fantasy.
I acknowledge the fact that survival is the highest law.
I acknowledge the Powers of Darkness to be hidden natural laws
through which I work my magic.
I know that my beliefs in Ritual are fantasy but the magic is real,
and I respect and acknowledge the results of my magic.
I realize there is no heaven as there is no hell,
and I view death as the destroyer of life.
Therefore I will make the most of life here and now.
I am a Vampire.
Bow down before me.

Next we have an original copy of The Black Veil, sometimes referred to simply as The Veil, recorded in 1998 and published in the Vampire Almanac, and it includes the 5 original virtues or precepts held by the vampire community as a whole. These precepts were lengthened to the 7 virtues of the Vampire Codex in 2002, but here is the original 1998 version.

The Black Veil

The central philosophy of the "Black Veil" revolves around:
1. hospitality
2. unity of the family
3. prevention of negative media exploitation and fundamentalist attacks
4. maintaining the mystique of the vampyre aesthetic
5. inspiring chivalry & honor

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Re: Vampireology: the Hunters Manual

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Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin (1869-1916) was not a blood-drinker, although he has been accused by the media of being a psychic vampire or sorcerer. In truth, Rasputin was a Russian mystic and healer who was deeply involved in politics. He was a friend of Emperor Nicholas II, and a self-proclaimed holy man. Choinya Guseva from the Order of Iliodor tried to assassinate Rasputin in 1914 by stabbing him with a knife. Rasputin recovered, however, very quickly which adds to the mystery surrounding him. His death actually came in 1916 when he was eventually assassinated at Moika Palace by Prince Felix Yusupov and fellow politician Vladimir Purishkevich, but what exactly transpired has baffled people ever since. Yusupov first gave Rasputin some poisoned tea, and cakes laced with cyanide. But this seems to have had no effect on him at all. Rasputin then asked for some Madeira wine, which had also been poisoned. He drank 3 full glasses, and still showed no signs of weakness. Finally, in an act of desperation, Yusupov told Rasputin to say a prayer to the crucifix on the wall, then shot him twice in the chest with a pistol. Yusupov and his accomplice then left the palace to make preparations. Yusupov returned later to grab the body, but at that moment, Rasputin suddenly came back to life and attacked Yusupov, who struggled free and ran away. Rasputin tried to chase him into the courtyard, where he was shot in the forehead by Vladimir and fell to the ground.

Prince Felix Yusupov and Vladimir Purishkevich then wrapped up Rasputin's body and through it over the Petrovsky Bridge into the Malaya Nevka River, where investigators later found his body. His eyes were open, a look of anger on his lifeless face as if he had been struggling or gasping for air. Dimitry Kosorotov was the autopsy surgeon who determined that Rasputin had been shot 3 times, once in the forehead, having then been bludgeoned and stabbed post mortem. There was not a single trace of poison in his system, however, and Kosorotov determined that Rasputin had actually drowned to death in the river. This claim was later recanted by the local authorities, who said that Rasputin had died from a gunshot wound to the head and that there was no water in his lungs during the time of the autopsy. Many people believed that the police were actually covering up the fact that Rasputin had drowned. There was evidence to suggest that Prince Yusupov had even admitted to the chief of police that he had killed Rasputin, but was told to keep silent. To this day, nobody knows exactly what really happened in 1916, but the legend of Grigori Rasputin has endured the test of time.


Erzsebet Bathory de Ecsed (1560-1614) was a descendant of Stefan V Bathory de Ecsed (1430-1493), a Hungarian prince who had aided the famous aforementioned Vladislavs III Dracvla (who signed his own name Wladislaus Dragwlya) during many military campaigns against Basarab Laiota, the man who eventually had Dracole/Dracula assassinated. Stefan V Bathory himself was deposed in 1493 for allegedly using excessive cruelty, and for dancing with some of the dead Turkish soldiers in Transylvania after one of his victories. Erzsebet Bathory was born over half a century later. She was the imbred daughter of George Bathory and Anna Bathory, which caused Erzsebet to have certain genetic defects. She was epileptic and often had fits or seizures. At the time, epilepsy was known as "falling sickness" and the cure for it was to rub blood on the lips of the afflicted individual using fresh blood from someone who was not afflicted. Erzsebet grew up in a very cruel world from a young age. She had once witnessed her parent's guards seize a gypsy thief accused of stealing. The guards had forced the gypsy into the belly of a dead horse, where they had sewed him up alive, allowing him to die inside the horse's stomach. Erzsebet also learned torturing methods from her father, and satanism from her uncle. Eventually she married Ferenc Nadasdy of Castle Csejte, where her unbelievable story takes place. According to legend, Countess Elizabeth Bathory was extremely cold and cruel. She delighted in the suffering of others and was known for treating her servants like sheep.

One fateful morning while a young servant girl was brushing the countess' hair, the girl supposedly pulled too hard on a hair knot and caused some pain. In a fit of rage, Elizabeth is said to have smacked the poor girl so badly that she actually sliced the girl's face with her fingernails, getting blood on her hand in the process. Elizabeth noticed that the blood made her skin look younger and more flush. What transpired next would go down in history books forever. Countess Bathory soon began a horrendous killing spree which lasted from 1590 until the time of her arrest in 1610, when the nobles finally had enough. She would lure innocent young girls into Castle Csejte to work as her maidens or servants. But once inside, they would become the unfortunate victims of the cruelest woman who ever lived. Bathory would murder these young virgins in several sadistic ways. Sometimes she would poke them with knives or needles, or burn them with hot metal prodding stakes. She would bite off noses, ears and fingers, sometimes indulging in cannibalism. Bathory is even said to have hacked off their limbs, mutilated their genitalia, or forced them to freeze to death in her cold dark cellar. Elizabeth even filled her bathtub with virgin blood which she then proceeded to bathe her whole body in, believing that these "blood baths" would restore her natural youth and beauty. She had over 650 victims at the time of her arrest. Elizabeth Bathory was imprisoned in her own chamber at Castle Csejte in 1611, with nothing but a crack under the door for air and food to pass through. She died in that very room 3 years later, and was discovered face down on the floor. Countess Bathory likely inspired some aspects of Bram Stoker's fictional Count Dracula, and to this day, Elizabeth Bathory remains the crim de la crim of vampireologists and vampire enthusiasts throughout the world.

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About Myself

I play the character Ambrogio Tenebrios from the Roleplay Gateway sub-forums, inspired by the legend of Ambrogio the vampire from the Scriptures of Delphi in Greek mythology. I am also the author and writer of Vampireology: the Hunters Manual which you are currently reading. I am a real-life vampire hunter or vampireologist -- someone who "hunts" for information about vampires (no, I am not a grave robber or a vampire slayer) -- I am also a freelance journalist, and a real life self-proclaimed vampire.

Now before I go any further with this, let me first make it very plain and clear that I draw an obvious distinction between my fictional blood-drinking character Ambrogio, and my "real world" lifestyle as an actual vampire. There is a huge difference between me and my character, so let's get one thing straight. "I" do not drink blood. I do not have a taste for human blood, nor a desire to drink human blood. I am more of what you might call a psychic vampire or psi-vamp. Now to me what that means is that I am simply an abnormal person who requires an alternative source of human energy. I therefore feed on other people's energies, and my mood can be effected therefore by other people's energies, whether positive or negative. If someone is very happy and uppity and has an amazingly bright aura of energy surrounding them, I will try to feed on that energy as it will cause me to be happy and uppity as well. But if I sense that someone has a very dark aura or just doesn't vibe right, if they are just rude or negative, then I try to avoid those energies as they can effect my mood severely or cause me to have a very dark aura as well.

I am a vampire enthusiast. I love vampires, and by that I mean everything and anything to do with vampires. I love vampire books and novels, vampire movies, vampire cartoons, vampire video games and role-playing games, vampire TV shows, vampire merchandise and yes, even vampire mythologies. I am an advent supporter of the vampyre mythos. I read it, write it, watch it, think it and -live- it to the best of my ability. I do occasionally cosplay as a vampire in real life. I do wear a set of pearly white fangs, and I do wear gothic clothing on occasion. Sometimes when I am at the mall or out in public, people will ask me, "Why do you look so strange?" To those people I ask, why do you look so normal? One time someone even asked me the trick question, "If you're a real vampire then why do you wear fake fangs?" But my response to that is, if you're a real baller then why do you wear fake jewelry?

Why does anybody do anything, really? Why do people dress a certain way? Why do they do their hair a certain way? Why do people paint their nails? Why do they get tattoos and piercings, or wear jewelry and makeup? It's a matter of self-expression, a simple form of visual communication and familiarization, an artistic representation of one's own personal preferences and individualism. That's really all it is. I dress the way I dress because I think it looks cool. I don't care what others think. It makes me feel more comfortable. My fangs are just an added cosmetic, much like your makeup or jewelry. This is just my jewelry, and the way that I express myself. It also helps me to connect with my inner ferality and the primal animal nature, or the beast within. Once again, no, I do not use my fangs to bite people or drink their blood. It's just for looks.

So what evidence do I have to suggest that I am a real-life vampire? Well for that, look no further than your medieval sources and medical books. Let's see, first of all, I was an illegitimate child born to unmarried parents. According to some legends, this could be a sign that someone might be a vampire. I was also born with jaundice, or an undeveloped liver which causes a greenish yellow discoloration of the skin in some infants. Again, this could be a good indication if someone is a vampire. I also take diuretics which causes my eyes and skin to be extremely photosensitive. In other words, I'm not exactly a daywalker. I prefer to do most of my activities at night, or in the dark where I feel more comfortable. I sunburn very easily. I was bitten by a stray black dog when I was younger, which is another medieval indicator that someone might become a vampire. I also will most likely never retire when I'm older, or save up enough money to afford a proper funeral or burial once I'm dead. That means no last rights or blessings by a priest, only a simple direct cremation by the morgue. Mind you, cremation was considered the most sacrilegious act towards God and the church up until 1963 when the Pope finally lifted the ban. But before that time, cremation was used as a popular means of disposing of --- you guessed it -- vampires.

So it is fated to be, and I am okay with that. Another common question people have asked me is, "Are you allergic to garlic and silver?" Well, no and no. I am not allergic to garlic or to silver. I put garlic seasoning on almost all of the food that I eat, and I also wear quite a bit of silver jewelry as well. I do occasionally eat rare meat, or sometimes medium rare meat so that the blood is still red and juicy, but I also love my garlic, my rosemary, my salt and onion, and all that other good stuff. Am I a member of a vampire cult or clan? Also no, I am not a member of any vampire cults, clubs or anything like that. I do not donate blood. I do not drink human blood. I do not use recreational drugs. I'm not a psychopath or schizophrenic. I don't suffer from any strange manias or mental disorders. I don't use needles. I'm not a sadomasochist or anything like that. In all reality, I'm just an average guy. I like animals. I like people. I like art and music, movies, pizza, icecream, pretty women and all of that other cool stuff that people like. So now that we've gotten all of that out of the way, let's get back on topic. If you like vampires as much as I do and you're enjoying my Hunter's Manual so far, then stay tuned, as I plan to post a whole lot more on this subject as time permits.

Vampirically yours,

Ambrogio Tenebrios

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Re: Vampireology: the Hunters Manual

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The following excerpt is quoted directly from these very forums, and was written by a member of Roleplay Gateway who goes by the name Lamech, which I'm assuming is based on the Biblical figure from the Book of Genesis named Lamech, who is part of the Cainitic lore of vampires. After reading Lamech's post, I decided that it was such a great read that I absolutely must include it into my manual. So without any further hesitation, here it is, Lamech's thesis on the origins of the word "Vampire".

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Derivation of the English Word

There exists a certain wempti in Lithuanian lexicon, a word which means "to drink." A similar Lithuanian wampiti means "to growl." If the assumption is correct, then the caricature of the vampire is of someone or some-thing that growls or is blood drunk. From this source, we are introduced to many Slavic words like upir, wampir and vampir, all denoting some kind of blood sucking corpse or possessive demon. It is from there that the word vampire entered the English language, possibly from France or Germany, or both. According to the University of Oxford in England, the word vampyre entered the English language in 1734.

But the true historical vampire predates written history to the time of cave paintings. Special medicine men or women with gifted abilities would draw pictures of vampiric beings, often depicted as vultures, owls and lions, as other animals or as sometimes even more demonic looking creatures. Cave sites in France and Germany show evidence that prehistoric people believed in the undead presence of terrifying blood drinking demons or ghosts perhaps as early as 40,000 years ago. Neolithic people provide even more evidence for the case of vampirism, as seen in Armenian and Turkish archeological sites, some dating back to over 10,000 years ago. So you can forget all those stories you may have heard about references to the first vampire, because the belief in vampires existed long before they had names or faces. The English word vampire appears in an 18th century travelogue dated to 1745, but other words for the vampire have existed since prehistory and can be found in places like the Sumerian cuneiform tablets, Egyptian hieroglyphs, Greek poems and Hebrew priestly scriptures dating to around 6,000 years ago. But that's a different story for another time. Let's get back to the topic.

As people migrated and expanded out in different countries and continents, they brought their prehistoric myths with them. The epic of the vampire lingered and evolved over time, giving us the fictional creatures we have today. But is vampirism really just a creation of our human imagination? The answer is an astounding no. There is scientific evidence to support a clinical or even genetic origin for vampirism. There is also evidence of cases where the undead rose from their graves and needed to be purged or exhumed and destroyed. Certain specialists known as vrepitir, or "those who stick," are known to have gone to great lengths to expel these individuals and erase all knowledge of their existence. Many of these caretakers were scientists, dentists, teachers, doctors and police officials. In 1734, the word vampyre entered the English language in a travelogue titled The Travels of Three English Gentlemen which states:

The Vampyres, which come out of the graves in the night-time, rush upon people sleeping in their beds, suck out all their blood, and destroy them. They attack men, women, and children; sparing neither age nor sex. The people, attacked by them, complain of suffocation, and a great interception of spirits; after which, they soon expire. Some of them, being asked, at the point of death, what is the matter with them? say they suffer in the manner just related from people lately dead, or rather the spectres of those people; upon which, their bodies.... being dug out of the graves, appear in all parts, as the nostrils, cheeks, breast, mouth, etc. turgid and full of blood. Their countenances are fresh and ruddy; and their nails, as well as hair, very much grown. And, though they have been much longer dead than many other bodies, which are perfectly putrified, not the least mark of corruption is visible upon them. Those who are destroyed by them, after their death, become Vampyres; so that, to prevent so spreading an evil, it is found requisite to drive a stake through the dead body, from whence, on this occasion, the blood flows as if the person was alive. Sometimes the body is dug out of the grave, and burnt to ashes; upon which, all disturbances cease. The Hungarians call these spectre Pamgri, and the Servians, Vampyres; but the etymon or reason of these names is not known.

The above passage has been quoted in many textbooks and translated into several languages. Sometimes the travelogue's title has been changed. The original title may have been The Travel of Three Gentlemen before it was renamed to suit an English audience. As the passage suggests, the legend of the vampire existed in Hungary and neighboring regions before coming to the west. So this is where our story begins. The journey continues as we hunt for a possible historical basis for cultural vampirism, and explore some of the aforementioned scientific evidence for ourselves. Some scholars from the University of Poland and the University of Bucharest believe they have proof that vampires are severely sensitive to sunlight, which might have something to do with blood cells.

Lamech is a self-proclaimed expert of vampire case studies, practicing a radical science he refers to as vampireology. Lamech has hunted vampire myths for over twenty years and has written several non-fictitious vampire biographies as well as many pseudo-science vampire stories involving elements of both fact and fiction, as taken from many sources (it would require a small catalog notebook to list them all here). Lamech has many pseudonyms, aliases and pen names. Credit for this research belongs to Professor G.A. Helwing from the University of Poland.

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Re: Vampireology: the Hunters Manual

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And here we have another great post, this one also written by Lamech, this time titled The Case of the First Vampire, and once again it was so fascinating that I decided to include it here in my manual. Enjoy.

Lamech wrote:
The Case of the First Vampire

Draw up a mental image in your mind of a strange-looking cryptid that is half woman and half pterosaurid in nature and appearance, then you might have some idea of what the first nightmarish demoness or vampiric skeleton may have resembled. 50,000 years ago or longer in a land before time, an early modern human female was combing the South African shore for shellfish when she stumbled upon some giant eggs under a hollow tree. Suddenly the woman was attacked by a large flying reptile closely resembling a now extinct species of pterodactyl, who emerged from its nest inside the tree. The woman killed the pterosaurid shortly before dying of her own injuries. Some time passed by, and their remains were eventually picked apart by animals and scattered across the beach. Later some other early humans would find what was left of these remains and would try to solve their mystery by piecing together a monster that was half woman, half creature. They determined that she was indeed a female with reproductive organs unfit for giving birth. She had claw-like hands with an odd number of fingers and bird-like wings or talons instead of feet. They deciphered that she had many razor sharp teeth and was likely a carnivorous man-eater. Her body was given strange hybrid hair which resembled snake scales or even feathers. Her browridge was protruded like a pair of horns on her head, with strange leathery skin. The early humans who found these remains would also discover the hideous woman's dwelling or nest inside the hollow tree, and broken eggshells with the undeveloped embryos of demonic looking fetuses which they determined had large black eyes, claws, wing-like arms, sharp teeth and hairless bodies with ugly beak-like or elongated human faces. Once the creature was assembled and determined to be authentic, it caused early humans to have nightmares and night terrors. The mother all of demons would haunt their psyches at night, giving birth to the vampire mythos of their imaginations. Throughout the centuries, the frightening superstition of these prehistoric events would remain central to cultural civilization. South African tribes told legends of the impundulu or izulu. Sumerians spoke of the zu bird, utukku and lamassu. Hebrew myths described liliths or lilitu, while Greeks refered to these creatures as the lamia. They were given other less closely associated names and etymologies further east, but their overall feminine man-eating and cave or tree-dwelling monstrous nature and description remains the same. The creature looks like an ugly hag who screeches like a night owl, has the roar of a lion, and the ability to fly around or disturb children while they sleep. Specialists of sacred ceremonies were often summoned to deal with these menacing creatures by way of magical incantations and sacrificial rituals, or some form of spiritual divination involving spells to trap the alleged demons inside magical bowls using the old mousetrap mechanism of binding spirits to objects. Sometimes miniature clay figurines of these vampiric deities were crafted and used in such rituals and exorcisms. Over time the female demoness became widely associated with black dogs, lions, cats, snakes, owls, bulls, dragons, bats, griffons, donkeys and leviathans. Native Americans would tell stories of the thunderbird, while myths started to rise about phoenix or sphinx-type creatures. Rumors of lemurians and lake monsters would arise in folkloric legends. Eastern mythology had tales of nagas and raksashas, while Madagascar had legends of ramangas. Egypt has the ka, and India has akasha or Kali, showing that just about every country and continent has had a similar belief in vampires at one time. The first vampire has been given many names throughout history. On at least one Sumerian cuneiform tablet, the first vampire was a horribly wicked woman with seven different manifestations or names, often refered to collectively as the seven demons or seven witches. Among these different names, Lilith is perhaps the most well known of her aliases in the west. Lilith is also said to be the mother of seven kinds of demons including all kinds of vampires, revenants, werewolves and parasitic flies or insects. Lilith was associated with disease, pestilence, sickness, suffocation and exhaustion, and all things leading to illness and death. She nursed pig-faced stillborns and demon-faced infants upon her rotten decayed breast, often with blood and flesh instead of milk. Beliefs in the mare, or ass-like demoness with donkey ears and large horse-like teeth still persists in isolated regions of the world today. She has been blamed for kidnapping, fevers, breathing issues, nightmares, plagues, sexually transmitted diseases and sudden infant death syndrome. Her seven daughters, called lamassu or lilin or liliths, are associated with witchcraft and black magic. Lilith the matriarch was originally described by Sumerians as the daughter of Alu the wicked utukku or ekimmu and a temple prostitute of the goddess Inanna in Uruk, but she was later portrayed by Gnostic occultic writers as being the demonic wife and sister of Samael, the archangel of death in some Roman Catholic and East Orthodox mythologies. Another widespread Jewish myth calls her the first wife of Adam before Eve, or the serpent who deceived Eve in the original Creation garden stories. Other gnostic scriptures refer to Lilitu or Lilith as the first witch, or as the first wife of Cain before Aven in other myths. Male demons who spawned from her were known as lili or lilu or lamashtu. Others were known as shedim, shedu or gallu. Eventually the sons of Seth or Setites would marry the daughters of Cain or Cainites and this union would spawn a race of giants called nephilim, who in turn spawned the rephaim or extinct ghostly races. However, contradictions do tend to exist when mingling in folklore and mythology. There is no canonical belief system involving these matters. Some writers claim that it was Cain's sons who married Seth's daughters, or that Samael the fallen angel married Lilith the sorceress, thereby seducing Cain who killed his own brother. Another story relates to the union of Adam with Lilith, this time portrayed as the original mother of Cain before his adoption by Eve after Adam and Lily's divorce. There are several other variations of this story, and none of them can be proven with absolute certainty. So an alternative rendering of this prehistoric mythology is offered here only for your knowledge and entertainment. Anything beyond these ancient tales and writings is purely speculative.

Here's another suggestion that might be good for a story ;)

What if Jabal was the first skinwalker or werewolf? What if Jubal was the last pure blood vampire? What if Tubalcain was the first dhampir or daywalker? What if their sister Naamah was the first true witch as opposed to demoness? What if Noah was the first witch hunter or wizard? What if Shem practiced eastern magic? What if Japheth practiced western science and hunted vampires? What if their brother Ham was the first zombie or ghoul-type familiar? Just a little food for thought. These ideas are based on my own speculations and are not considered fact or truth by canonical historians. They are included here for entertainment purposes only.

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Re: Vampireology: the Hunters Manual

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Important Works of Vampire Folklore

Bram Stoker's Dracula was published in 1897 and is perhaps the greatest vampire fiction ever written. It was certainly the most popular vampire novel before the release of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series in 2005, which portrays vampires and werewolves in a much more modern fashion. But there are other lesser known writings, some more rare than others, which paved the way for these classics. Here are some archaic renderings of vampire folklore for your entertainment.

Sur Les Vampires

Rhode Island Vampires

New York Times

The Draculas & Scholomance

Malleus Malificarum

Travels of Three English Gentlemen

Vampyrs 1734 English

Highgate Vampire Newspaper

Scriptures of Delphi

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Abbot of Burton

Abbot Geoffrey from the Benedictine monastery of Burton was probably one of the earliest English chroniclers to make mention of the undead. One of Abbot Geoffrey's accounts mentions an incident which took place c. 1090 A.D. involving two runaway peasants who died suddenly of mysterious causes and were buried. But the same day on which they were lowered into their graves, villagers reported seeing the two peasants wandering around the village. Soon death followed as other villagers started getting sick and dying. Abbot Geoffrey goes on to say:

"... the very same day in which they were interred they appeared at evening, while the sun was still up, carrying on their shoulders the wooden coffins in which they had been buried. The whole following night they walked through the paths and fields of the village, now in the shape of men carrying wooden coffins on their shoulders, now in the likeness of bears or dogs or other animals. They spoke to the other peasants, banging on the walls of their houses and shouting "Move quickly, move! Get going! Come!"

Abbot Geoffrey wrote that so many of the villagers complained about being pestered by these two revenants that eventually their bodies were exhumed. The villagers dug up the corpses, cut off their heads, removed their hearts and then burned the hearts on a pyre. Shortly after this exhumation, the sickness ended and the pestilence was gone. Nobody saw the two undead peasants again after this. Whether the aforementioned account is true or not is still up for debate. But one thing is certain. The writings of the Abbot of Burton were not intended for fiction or entertainment. Something happened in that village which truly terrified the local populace. So much in fact that they saw fit to dig up the two corpses and dispose of them once and for all. And this wasn't the last time vampires would strike...

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Walter Map

Walter Map lived from around 1140-1210 A.D. during the 12th century. Walter Map was a Welsh chronicler who studied at the University of Paris, around 1160 when Gerard la Pucelle was teaching there. He encountered Thomas Becket before 1162. As a courtier of King Henry II of England, he was sent on missions to Louis VII of France and to Pope Alexander III, probably attending the Third Lateran Council in 1179 and encountering a delegation of Waldensians. On this journey he stayed with Henry I of Champagne, who was then about to undertake his last journey to the East. (The aforementioned dates and events were taken from Wikipedia which sources Antonia Gransden's Historical Writing in England as a reference, while the following story is my own writing).

Walter Map wrote many stories. One tale in particular relates to an encounter he had with those who believed in vampires. Walter wrote down the case of a man from Herefordshire, England who was known to be a rather wicked individual in life. After his death, villagers reported seeing that same man wandering the streets of Hereford at night, yelling out the names of all those who would fall sick and die within three days. Bishop Gilbert Foliot responded that the deceased should be exhumed in a very specific manner. His exact words were: "Dig up the body and cut off the head with a spade, sprinkle it with holy water and re-inter it". It's suggested that the villagers did exactly that, at which point the hauntings ceased and the plague went away. Today we are left to wonder what really happened in Hereford in the late 1100's, but Walter Map was kind enough to preserve this story along with other tales of revenants or vampires in his famous work De Nugis Curialium which is available for readers today.

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William of Newbury

William Parvus, better known as William of Newburgh, was a 12th century Augustinian cannon regular and an English historian who lived from 1136-1198 according to most records. William of Newburgh wrote many statements on the undead, and his works are regarded as some of the most informative and extensive records of the vampire phenomena to date. Some of the earliest known stories about vampires and vampire hunters can be found in his most famous work of non-fiction, Historia Rerum Anglicarum or the History of English Affairs during the Middle Ages.

It may be important to note here that the word "Vampire" didn't enter the English language until 1734 (for more on that subject, read my article on the Writing forum titled Derivation of the English Word: "Vampire" as I go into more detail about the origins of the word). William of Newburgh and his contemporaries didn't have a word for vampires during the 12th century. So they refered to them as "revenants," from the Latin reveniens meaning "returning" or the French revenir meaning "to come back." That is because it was believed with utmost certainty that the corpses of those who had died were in some cases being animated back from the dead. Thus the vampire epic was born.

William writes on one of his journals in 1191 A.D.:

"It would not be easy to believe that the corpses of the dead should sally (I know not by what agency) from their graves, and should wander about to the terror or destruction of the living, and again return to the tomb, which of its own accord spontaneously opened to receive them, did not frequent examples, occurring in our own times, suffice to establish this fact, to the truth of which there is abundant testimony."

William of Newburgh didn't stop there. He is known to have written several different accounts of these revenants as they appeared in different English villages. William wrote these cases according to his own words, "... as a warning to posterity." These were not fairytales or children's stories, but writings based on professional testimony and eyewitness accounts by doctors, lawyers, professors and officials of good standing within the court and church. William wrote that the occurrences of the undead rising from their graves were so many that, "... were I to write down all the instances of this kind which I have ascertained to have befallen in our times, the undertaking would be beyond measure laborious and troublesome." It's no doubt that people during the 12th century held a very strong and frightening belief in vampires.

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Re: Vampireology: the Hunters Manual

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Vampire Slayers & Hunting Kits

The professional vampire hunter is someone who might also hunt demons, witches, zombies, ghosts and other monsters in their spare time, or as part of their career. But their main forte and expertise involves the active hunting and killing of vampires, revenants and the undead. For this specific task, they are usually equipped with a vampire hunting kit, a leather box or briefcase with a red felt or silk lined interior that contains all of the weapons and tools needed to get the job done. But what exactly is included in the vampire hunting kit, and what are all of the tools used for when hunting vampires?

Even the cheapest boxes will include at least 3 basic items. The first is a surgeon's knife, hatchet or small axe for separating bones or severing the heads of unsuspecting vampires. The second tool is a hawthorn wooden stake, for peircing the vampire's heart. The third tool is a wooden mallet, or hammer for driving the stake into the vampire's exposed chestplate. All vampire hunting kits will contain these 3 basic items or tools, usually with a piece of paper including instructions on how to use them. However, better more expensive kits do exist. The more tools a kit has in it, the more valuable and expensive the box becomes. Slightly better kits might include a pocket Bible, a wooden cross or crucifix, and a rosary or beaded necklace.

The standard vampire hunting kit includes all 6 of the aforementioned items, plus a few more tools for ensuring the hunter's success. It might include a small handheld mirror, and a pistol with silver bullets, or even a special squirt-gun which shoots holy water or sprays liquid garlic. The box might hold an assortment of surgical tools such as a scalpel, scissors, and wrench or pliers in addition to the surgeon's knife and axe. It might contain a couple silver stakes in addition to the hawthorn wooden stake, for an extra charge or higher price of course. If there's a pistol or handgun, it will likely be a small 2-round Derringer pistol or a small 6-round revolver which fires .22 silver ammunition. They usually come with extra ammo, but these are small palm-sized guns which can easily fit into a pocket, and which don't usually pack a big punch.

If there's a metal syringe or squirtgun, it will usually come with little glass viles or refill capsules rather than extra bullets. Some kits do away with syringes and squirtguns, instead having small spray bottles or aerosol cans which do not require refills, and which simply expire once the aerosol runs out. Sometimes these spray bottles or firearms are concealed within the cutout Old Testament pages of the Bible, with the New Testament pages being whole and still intact. Sometimes the small mirror is attached to the inside cover of the Bible, used to detect soulless vampires who cast no reflections. This mirror is also pocket sized and is easily accessible, just like the Bible or handgun. Mirrors are usually metal, but some are made of obsidian or sterling silver, depending on the quality.

More expensive vampire hunting kits will include all of the aforementioned items and weapons, along with some additional tools for the trade. Many boxes will contain viles of holy water and holy oil, with small glass tubes or capsules for storing the essence of garlic, rose thorn, hawthorn, silverdust, black dahlia and other powdery crushed up herbs and metals for concocting potions and remedies, elixirs and liquids. Larger boxes might include a magnifying glass, portable microscope or chemistry set for creating potions on site. Often times they will also contain a holy eucharist inside a folded cloth, some incense sticks, and 2 silver coins for placing over the eyes of the recently deceased. They will also include a flintstone and wax candles for making fires, a surgeon's mask and gloves for performing autopsies, and a small UV flashlight if available for seeing in the dark at night. Other than that, not a whole lot else goes into the making of such specialized toolkits.

A human vampire hunter is typically called a vampirdzhiya, vampirar, dzhadazhiya, glog, slayers or svetocher. Those hunters who are themselves half-vampires are commonly called dhampirs, daywalkers or vampirovics. Slayers and dhampirs who have some magical skills or abilities are known as kresniks. If they are born on a Saturday or decide to hunt exclusively on Saturdays, they are known as sabbatianoí or sabbatarians. Some famous or notable vampire hunting clans and families include the Hawthorne's, the Cross's, the Belmont's, the Montero's, the Tempest's, the Shan's, the Lazero's, the Belikov's, the Karter's, the Rosenow's, the Godfrey's, the Lupescu's, the Frostheart's, the Scott's, the Montgomery's, the Hellsing's, the Harker's and many others.

Human beings are not as strong, or as fast as vampires, nor do they have all the special abilities. Therefore the hunting and slaying of vampires often requires the help of other vampires or half-vampires, those who have all of the vampire strengths, yet few to none of their weaknesses. Some pure-blooded vampires like certain members of the Vampire Knights of Cross Academy purposefully or intentionally defanged themselves and made a vow to kill other vampires. Some half-blooded dhampirs like the Sabbatarians vowed only to consume the meat of a sheep that was killed by a wolf, or make some other ritualistic oaths or promises much like a knighthood. Some like the Kresniks practiced ceremonial magic, and were required to undergo certain secret rituals.

Alucard's badelaire and Barzai's scimitar are slightly curved falchion-like swords which enable their wielders to teleport behind their vampiric enemies and attack them off guard. Blade's chokuto has a factory-made aluminum ornate tsuka which conceals four hidden blades. He also has a boomerang. Dhampirs are not as fast as some vampires, but they are still fast enough to defeat them in hand-to-hand combat. Human vampire slayers often train in a very specific set of arts and skills. They most often have other trades which come from their previous careers and professions, such as doctors, surgeons, professors and scientists. These slayers train to shoot still targets instead of targets in motion, aiming not at the vampires themselves, but along specific trajectories leading to the vampire's ultimate position. This they do to compensate for the human inability to see their targets in motion. Therefore, rather than firing a weapon directly at the target, they train to aim for the spot where the target will be, leading considerably with their weapons. This makes them horrible at combating with other humans, but when it comes to fighting vampires, they are the best in the game.

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Re: Vampireology: the Hunters Manual

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"The nosferatu do not die like the bee when he sting once. He is only stronger, and being stronger, have yet more power to work evil. This vampire which is amongst us is of himself so strong in person as twenty men, he is of cunning more than mortal, for his cunning be the growth of ages, he have still the aids of necromancy, which is, as his etymology imply, the divination by the dead, and all the dead that he can come nigh to are for him at command; he is brute, and more than brute; he is devil in callous, and the heart of him is not; he can, within his range, direct the elements, the storm, the fog, the thunder; he can command all the meaner things, the rat, and the owl, and the bat, the moth, and the fox, and the wolf, he can grow and become small; and he can at times vanish and come unknown. How then are we to begin our strike to destroy him? How shall we find his where, and having found it, how can we destroy? My friends, this is much, it is a terrible task that we undertake, and there may be consequence to make the brave shudder. For if we fail in this our fight he must surely win, and then where end we? Life is nothings, I heed him not. But to fail here, is not mere life or death. It is that we become as him, that we henceforward become foul things of the night like him, without heart or conscience, preying on the bodies and the souls of those we love best."
~ Abraham Van Helsing (Bram Stoker's Dracula)

"It was common knowledge to thé learned individuals of ancient times that existence consisted of three levels, or states, of being: thé Physical World—thé material realm of flesh and substance; thé Mental Realm—thé plane in which thoughts, ideas, and knowledge were stored, processed, and received from; and thé Spiritual, or Astral, Domain—where émotions, self-will, intuition, faith, and thé vital force of life resided. A person is thé composite of all three of those states, and each form is anchored to thé others by a séries of links that serve to keep one whole. The brain links thé Physical plane to thé Mental plane as a transceiver and translater of raw thought energy. The subconscious links thé Mental plane with thé Spiritual one, creating a gâte through which a dreamer could catch fleeting glimpses of the Astral realm during deep sleep. Finally, thé Spirit is linked to thé Physical through blood. The Blood is thé Life."
~ Dante's vampyrcraeft (Konstantinos' Vampires: the Occult Truth)

"The strength of the vampire is that people will not believe in him."
~ Garrett Fort (Dracula 1931)

"Vampires pretending to be humans pretending to be vampires... How avant-garde!"
~ Anne Rice (The Vampire Chronicles)

"Listen to them -- the children of the night. What sweet music they make!"
~ Count Dracula (Francis Ford's Dracula)
Bram Stoker's Dracula full-feature 1992 movie by Francis Ford Coppola

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The further back in time we travel, the more grey area we find between human shamans, witches, werewolves, vampires, zombies, gods, demons, revenants, ghouls and the undead. The following presentation is an alternative to classical historical literature. The source of this chronology comes from J.V. Silverfang of the Ordo Asteno Badros and is presented here as a nearly complete history and timeline of vampires. Some of this information comes from mythology. Most of it comes from true historical records which actually exist. My readers are encouraged to enjoy this research, but also to keep an open mind and to question everything for themselves before drawing any conclusions. I present this timeline for educational purposes only. By no means is this chronology supposed to represent a full accurate history of vampires, but as a comprehensive timeline which highlights some of the more major events of vampire history. Viewer discretion is advised.

60,000 BCE - Astenu Badru vampire blood god or full moon deity in the Ishango Congo region in the Semliki River Valley depicted on cave in Katanda, Central Africa
17,000 BCE - Vampire of Vezere Valley depicted in the Shaft of the Dead Man in Lascaux Cave in France
12,000 BCE - Vampires overrun Jericho in the Levant near the Jordan River Valley
10,000 BCE - Cult of the Dead temple at Gobekli Tepe
6000 BCE - Lamashtu and Utukku in the Middle East as depicted on the Sumerian cuneiform tablets
5500 BCE - Asag the gallu killed in Mesopotamia
4500 BCE - Nanna also called Sin the moon god of Sumer
4000 BCE - Qayin and Lilitu in Mesopotamia as presented in later Semitic mythology from 250 CE
3500 BCE - Kalimara and Akasha in the Indus Valley
3400 BCE - Bilulu kills Dumuzid at Edenlila in Nippur
3200 BCE - Sobek and Sekhmet presented as vampires in Kemetic folklore in Egypt
3000 BCE - Evidence of a vampire tomb in Heiraconpolis, Egypt during an archeological study in 1892 CE
2000 BCE - Vampire tomb in Giza, Egypt possibly belonging to a priest of Set or Anubis
1800 BCE - Inanna or Lilitu depicted on the Burney Relief sometimes referred to as the Lilith of Babylon
500 BCE - Vampire outbreak in Africa possibly of an adsze or asanbosam
500 BCE - Hannibal of Carthage suspected of vampirism
450 BCE - Ambrogio and Selene appear in a copy of the Scriptures of Delphi from an original Greek papyri recording events that happened in 1400 BCE
329 BCE - Vampire exhumation in Afghanistan
212 BCE - Evidence of vampire epidemic in China cave possibly of a jiangshi
57 BCE - Emperor Vikrama captures a living vetala baital in India named Pisaca
32 CE - Testament of Longinus describes a possible encounter with a stryx in Eschaton
32 CE - Jesus Christ heals vampires at Capernaum
121 CE - Vampire outbreak in Fanum Cocidi, Caldonia
140/41 CE - Thamugadi, Algeria six vampire outbreaks recorded by Lucious Valerius Strabo may be stryx or striges
140 CE - Emperor Longinus vampire of Rome
156 CE - A cleric is bitten by vampires in Casta Regina, Germania
177 CE - Revenant reported in Tolosa, France
250 CE - Polyphonte strix or striges in Greece
250 CE - Antoninus Liberalis writes Metamorphoses
700 CE - Suspection of vampires in Frisia as evidenced by a painting found at a museum in Amsterdam
730 CE - Baital Pachisi written by Bhavbhuti
773 CE - Charlemagne slays Quadilla saving Rome
850 CE - Brother Kuntzel a friar reports an eye witness account of vampires in the Black Forest in Germany
1047 CE - Upir Lichy in Russia
1073 CE - Dr. Ibrahim Obeidallah reports vampires in Jerusalem
1074 CE - Vampire of Alnwick Castle
1090 CE - Abbot of Burton reports cases of vampire revenants in England
1097 CE - Crusader Knights expel vampires from Jerusalem
1165 CE - Dog Priest vampire monk of Melrose Abbey
1190 CE - Walter Map writes De Nagis Curialium
1196 CE - William of Newburgh writes Chronicles
1253 CE - Gunnjborn Lunndergaart reports Icelandic Viking vampire outbreak in Fiskjhofn, Greenland possibly of draugr
1303 CE - Evidence of the stryx in Alexandria
1428 CE - Wladislaus III Dragwlya is born Vlad Dracula Tepes
1430 CE - Stefan V Bathory de Ecsed is born
1470/1521 CE - Ferdinand Magellan reports encounters with vampires in the Philippines
1484 CE - The Malleus Maleficarium or Witch Hunters Bible
1493 CE - Stefan V Bathory de Ecsed is deposed and dies
1523 CE - Reports of revenants in Oaxaca, Mexico
1547 CE - Stryx appears in Moscow
1554 CE - Don Rafael Cordoza encounters a vampire in the Amazon rainforest in South America
1560 CE - Erzsebet Bathory de Ecsed is born
1579 CE - Jure Grando Alilovic is born in Istria, Croatia
1580 CE - Vampire interred in Venice, Italy
1583 CE - Vampire attacks in Siberia
1587 CE - Native Americans report vampiric ghouls on Roanoke Island in North Carolina
1607 CE - Ship of the Dead arrives in Carfax Abbey in England
1607 CE - Leo Allatius writes De Graecorum Quirundam
1611 CE - Tokugawa Ieyasu shogun dispatches vampire hunters on mainland near Edo, Japan
1614 CE - Erzsebet Bathory de Ecsed dies in Csejte Castle
1645 CE - Leo Allatius reports vrykolakas in Greek Church
1656 CE - Jure Grando dies and is buried
1657 CE - Father Francoise Richards writes Relation de ce Sant Erini
1672 CE - Jure Grando the vampire is killed
1672 CE - Vampire hysteria in Istra
1673 CE - Dr. Johann Conrad Dippel alchemist is born at Castle Frankenstein in Germany
1679 CE - Philip Rohr writes Masticatione Mortuorum
1690 CE - Southern Atlantic vampire pandemic
1696 CE - Dr. Johannes Van Loben hunts vampires in Serbia
1700 CE - Magia Posthuma phenomenon of people rising from their graves after they are presumed dead
1725 CE - Petar Blagojevic vampire of Kisilova
1725/26 CE - Arnaut Paole dies after being bitten by Petar Blagojevic
1732 CE - Milloe, Miliza and Stanoika all vampires bitten by Arnaut Paole
1732 CE - Dr. Glaser and Dr. Johann Fluckinger compose the medical report Visem et Repertum in Serbia
1734 CE - The word "vampyre" enters Oxford English dictionary
1738/46 CE - Stryx appears in Transylvania
1741 CE - Eleonore von Schwarzenberg vampirized
1744 CE - Cardinal Giuseppe Davanzati writes cases of suspected vampire attacks
1746 CE - Don Augustin Calmet writes Dissertation of Vampires
1746 CE - Reports of Slavic upirs or blood suckers
1748 CE - Heinrich August Ossenfelder writes The Vampire
1751 CE - Antoine Augustin Calmet reports cases of vampire revenants in France
1756 CE - Six vampires interred at Drawsko cemetery in Poland
1762 CE - Vampires at St. Lucia in the Caribbean possibly of rougarou or lougarou
1773 CE - Gottfried August Burger writes Lenore
1775 CE - Captain Cook pirate thought to have drank blood
1800 CE - Samuel Taylor Coleridge writes Christabel
1801 CE - Robert Southey writes Thalaba
1804 CE - Bristoe Congdon vampire of Rhode Island
1805 CE - Niger River in Tellem, Africa explorers attacked by revenants of the undead near Mungo Park
1807 CE - Paris, France vampire outbreak
1810 CE - Annie Dennett vampire of New Hampshire
1810 CE - Vampires kill sheep in Northern England
1810 CE - John Stagg writes The Vampyre
1813 CE - Lord Byron writes The Giaour
1817 CE - Frederick Ransom vampire of Woodstock, Vermont
1819 CE - John Polidori writes The Vampyre about Lord Ruthven inspired by Lord Byron
1820 CE - Cyprien Berard writes Lord Ruthven ou Les Vampires
1821 CE - Jean Lafitte pirate encounters vampires on Galveston Island in the Gulf of Mexico
1824 CE - Another vampire outbreak this time in South Africa
1824 CE - The Baron poet George Gordon "Lord" Byron dies
1830 CE - Ludovico Fatinelli writes Treatise on Vampires
1832 CE - Dr. Arminius "Armin" Vambery is born
1839 CE - East Africa experiences a pandemic
1841 CE - Alexey Tolstoy writes Upyr in Paris, France p
1847 CE - Varney the Vampire penny dreadful
1847 CE - Lemuel Ray vampire of Connecticut
1848 CE - Vampires discovered near Owl Creek Mountains in Wyoming
1850 CE - Haussman destroys the Vampire Quarter and rebuilds Paris, France
1852 CE - Vampire cults kidnap tourists in Chiapas, Mexico and harvest their blood
1854 CE - Vampires interred in New England
1854 CE - Federal Vampire Agency founded in Copper Creek, California
1854 CE - Horace Ray vampire case in Jewell, Connecticut
1863 CE - Abraham Lincoln allegedly hunts vampires in Vicksburg, Mississippi
1867 CE - Vampire island discovered in the Indian Ocean
1869 CE - Rasputin is born in Russia
1872 CE - Sheridan Le Fanu writes Carmilla
1872 CE - Vincenzo Verzani vampire of Italy
1874 CE - Vampires kill sheep in Ceven, Ireland
1875/76 CE - Vampire of Groglin Grunge in England
1882 CE - Vampire epidemic in Piedmont, Oregon
1882 CE - Vampire Riots in New York City
1884/85 CE - Louis Pasteur discovers rabies vaccine after being bitten by a vampire in Paris, France
1888 CE - Several vampires exhumed in Hayward, Washington
1889 CE - Nellie L. Vaugh vampire witch of Greenwich Cemetery in Rhode Island
1891 CE - Steketee leads Vampire Rights Movement in France
1892 CE - Mercy L. Brown vampire on Rhode Island
1892 CE - Reports of the undead in Honolulu, Hawaii
1893 CE - French soldiers attacked by vampires at Fort Louis in North Africa during occupation
1897 CE - Bram Stoker writes the famous novel Dracula
1897 - Dr. Renfield diagnosed with lycanthrope and possible hysteria suffering from lunacy
1897 CE - Mark Twain writes Mysterious Stranger introducing vampire knight Sir Azzo von Klatka
1897 CE - Quincey P. Morris of Sorefoot, Texas kills the legendary Count Vlad Dracula with a bowie knife
1898/99 CE - Abraham Van Helsing and Cole Morris hunt and exhume Quincey P. Morris in Sorefoot, Texas
1901 CE - Vampires in Lu Shan, Formosa
1905 CE - German archeologists uncover vampire graves near Tebora in East Africa
1905 CE - Worldwide vampire population reaches 1 million
1911 CE - Vampire plague in Vitre, Louisiana
1913 CE - Vampire plague in Paramaribo, Suriname
1913 CE - Dr. Arminius Vambery dies and is succeeded by his son Rusztem Vambery in the United States
1916 CE - Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin dies
1922 CE - Nosferatu featuring Count Orlog
1922 CE - The Hound written by H.P. Lovecraft soon to introduce vampires like Nioth Korghai
1923 CE - Vampire hunting lynch mob kills suspected vampires in Colombo, Ceylon
1924 CE - Fritz Haarmann vampire of Hanover
1931 CE - Bela Lugosi stars as Dracula
1931 CE - Peter Kurton vampire of Dusseldorf, Germany
1935 CE - Hurricane causes outbreak of infected rats bringing vampire plague to Key West, Florida
1942 CE - Christian missionaries killed by vampires on a Hawaiian island in the Pacific Ocean
1942 CE - A.E. Van Vought writes Asylum about alien vampires
1943/45 CE - Vampire hunters in Harbon, Manchuria
1943 CE - Franklin Roosevelt unveils Project Sanguin
1947 CE - Vampire encounter in British Columbia
1950 CE - Joe Valdez of New Mexico the first patient successfully treated with vampire vaccine
1954 CE - Vampires cremated in Than Hoa, Indochina
1954 CE - Richard Matheson publishes I Am Legend featuring zombie vampires
1957 CE - Reports of the undead in Mombasa, Kenya
1960 CE - Bielgoransk, Soviet Union vampire hunts
1962 CE - Alleged vampire burial in Nevada Desert
1966 CE - Dark Shadows premieres on TV
1967 CE - Failed testing experiment in Siberia leads to Lazo Disaster and vampire pandemic
1967/86 CE - United Nations bans testing of vampire DNA
1968 CE - Vampires hunted in Eastern Laos
1969 CE - Vampire of Highgate Cemetery in London, England sparks a vampire hunting pandemic
1970 CE - Sean Manchester founds Vampire Research Society while Stephen Kaplan founds Vampire Research Centre
1971 CE - Vampires kill several people in Nongona Valley in Rwanda triggering massive lynch mobs
1974 CE - Dungeons & Dragons vampire lore begins with characters like Artor Morlin
1975 CE - Another vampire gravesite found in Egypt, this time near the city of Almarq
1976 CE - Anne Rice begins work on Vampire Chronicles
1976 CE - Anne Rice writes Interview With A Vampire
1977/78 CE - Richard Trenton Chase the vampire of Sacramento, California
1978/94 CE - Andrei Chikatilo the Rostov Ripper inspires the film Citizen X based on true events
1979 CE - Vampires reported near Sperry, Alabama
1980 CE - Vampire gangs wreak havoc in Maricela, Brazil
1980 CE - James P. Riva the 700 year old vampire
1980 CE - Richard Chase vampire of Sacramento, California
1983 CE - Vampire Hunter D novel series in Japan
1984 CE - Reports of the undead in Cabrio, Arizona
1985 CE - Woman barely survives vampire attack in Florida
1986 CE - Castlevania featuring Alucard
1986 CE - Ronald Reagan lifts ban on vampire DNA testing
1987 CE - Methuselah Project begins at Santa Rosa Institute
1987 CE - Undead plague in Khotan, China
1987 CE - Joel Schumacher directs Lost Boys
1988/89 CE - Tsutomu Miyazuki the Otaku Vampire
1988 CE - Brian Lumley writes Wamphyri
1989 CE - The Temple of the Vampire is established producing the Vampire Bible and the Vampire Creed
1989 CE - Tracey Wiggington lesbian vampire of Australia
1991 CE - Vampire grave discovered with iron coffin cage at an old church in Prostejov, Slovakia
1991 CE - White Wolf publishes Vampire: The Masquerade
1991 CE - Marcelo de Andrade vampire of Rio de Janeiro
1992 CE - Vampire graves found near a national monument in California
1992 CE - Francis Ford Coppola directs Bram Stoker's Dracula featuring Anthony Hopkins and Keannu Reaves
1992 CE - Andrei Chikatilo vampire of Rostov, Russia
1992 CE - Buffy the Vampire Slayer
1992 CE - Discovery of 13 vampire graves in Celakovice
1993 CE - Vampire gangs infest the ghetto neighborhoods in Eastern Los Angeles in California
1993 CE - Magic: The Gathering featuring many vampires like Baron Sengir, Edgar Markov, Sorin Bloodlord and Olivia Voldaren
1994 CE - Elder Scrolls vampire lore begins with Vampires of Tamriel
1994 CE - Several people arrested in San Pedro, California during underground vampire blood bank operation
1994 CE - Interview With A Vampire starring Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise as Lestat de Lioncourt and Louis de Pointe du Lac
1994 CE - Nicola "Nico" Claux mortician arrested for vampirism and cannibalism
1994 CE - Disturbing vampire reports in Santa Monica Bay, California
1996 CE - Vampire tomb discovered in a temple near Srinagar in India
1996 CE - Susan Walsh reporter for The Village Voice is kidnapped by vampires from New York City
1996 CE - Kindred: The Embraced airs on TV based on White Wolf stories from Vampire: The Masquerade
1996 CE - Roderrick Justin "Rod" Ferrell also known as the 500 year old vampire Vesago, and Howard Scott Anderson of the infamous Vampire Clan
1997 CE - The Black Veil created by Father Sebastian Todd from the Temple of the Vampire
1998 CE - Wesley Snipes stars as Blade the dhampir
1998 CE - Vampires killed in Zabrovst, Siberia
1998 CE - Yahoo! Chat features the Vampire Tavern
1998 CE - The Black Veil enters the Vampire Almanac
1998 CE - Multicity Chat features Vampire: The Masquerade Chat Room
1999 CE - Leru Melahshan founded vampire House of Chrysalis
1999 CE - The Vampire Murders movie about Vesago the Vampire based on true events
2000 CE - Caius Veiovis the horned vampire of Massachusetts
2001 CE - Vampire cave discovered in Morocco dates back to the time of Hannibal of Carthage
2001 CE - Daniel Ruda and Manuela Ruda the vampire couple from Germany
2002 CE - Vampire graves discovered in a churchyard on the Virgin Islands
2002 CE - The Black Veil edited into the Vampire Codex
2002 CE - Nicola "Nico" Claux released from prison and forms the macabre styled Murder Art Gallery
2002 CE - Queen of the Damned featuring Aaliyah as Akasha
2003 - The Underworld featuring Selene and Lycans
2005 CE - Elizabeth Kostova publishes The Historian
2005 CE - Stephanie Meyer publishes Twilight
2005 CE - Vampire Knight manga series
2006 CE - Ruza Vlajna vampire of Kisilova
2007 CE - The Vampire Princess documentary about Eleonore von Schwarzenberg
2007 CE - Vampirates: Demons of the Ocean
2008/10 CE - Philip Onyancha vampire of Nairobi, Kenya
2009 CE - By Blood We Live collection of short stories by authors like Anne Rice and Stephen King
2009 CE - The Vampire Diaries based on books by L.J. Smith
2010 CE - Mauricio Mendez Lopez vampire of Florida
2010 CE - Vankoryth Détente vampire faction emerges
2011 CE - "Skyrim" Elder Scrolls 5 vampire lore features the Volkihar Vampires
2012 CE - Archeologists discover vampire graves in Bulgaria
2013 CE - Vampire terrorizes Kelantan, Malaysia
2014 CE - Discovery of over 100 vampire graves in Thracian, Bulgaria
2014 CE - Gypsies exhume a young female vampire in Transylvania
2015 CE - Strigoi kills 3 men in New Mexico
2016 CE - Total War: Warhammer featuring vampires such as Neferata of Lahmeia
2017 CE - Malawi police arrest 140 members of African lynch mob after they killed 8 suspected vampires in Mozambique
2020 CE - Judaius Vairond Sutekos also known as J.V. Silverfang appears in the Chicago Times newspaper as a saint or saviour for vampire enthusiasts across the planet
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Re: Vampireology: the Hunters Manual

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Genesis Chapter 3 The First Biblical Vampire

The Book of Enoch chapter 7 mentions a heavenly spirit or angelic leader named Samyaza and 17 prefects including Tamiel, Ramuel, Asael, Ertael, Anane, Arazyal and Bataal who misled 200 lesser angels into taking physical forms. The story says that they took male forms, marrying human women. They lived with their wives and taught them witchcraft, sorcery, magic, herbs, spells and incantations. These mortal women gave birth to giants, the nephilim or rephaim. The nephilim are not angels but physical beings which cohabited the earth with humans, and were only half-human. These giants had such large appetites that they became impossible to feed. They ate all the crops, then they ate the livestock, then they ate all the wild animals as well, depleting everything. After there was nothing left to eat, they turned on humans and became cannibals, even drinking the blood.

But where did this myth originate? Who was this Samyaza, the leader of the fallen angels? To answer this, we should look to the canonical Holy Bible and turn to another book which tells of a different story. This preluding story takes place in a familiar garden, involving a man, a woman, a tree and a serpent. I'm referring of course to the Garden of Eden, and events which took place long before Samyaza's army fell from heaven. Long before Noah's Ark, long before Lamech, long before Cain killed his brother Abel, there was another story. It was the story of Adam and Eve, and a charming serpent who was cursed to become the world's first biblical vampire.

"And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil." - The Book of Genesis 3:4-5 KJV

The serpent is never called a deceiver or a liar in this story. The serpent is at first described as a male, not a female, and he was the most subtle creature accused of beguiling or charming the woman into disobeying God's command not to eat of the forbidden fruit. Here what we see is one of the first unwritten laws being issued, accompanied by the knowledge of good and evil. As a result, God curses the serpent, the woman and her husband, for he too disobeyed. It may be important to use good judgment and discernment when examining what happens next.

"And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel." - Genesis 3:14-15 KJV

God literally curses the serpent. This is not something the serpent wants to do. It is cursed above every wild beast and animal. Some vampireologists have suggested that the serpent's punishment to crawl on its stomach was a reference to the serpent following its appetite, meaning that he was always hungry. Since God created mankind from dust, the curse of eating dust was actually a reference to flesh and blood, meaning that the serpent may have been a cannibal, or even a vampire. But the most compelling evidence comes from The Book of Genesis chapter 3 verse 15 which states:

""And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel." - Genesis 3:15 KJV

Some have suggested that this passage means literally that the serpent would, like the first humans, live for a very long time much like immortals, though the Book of Genesis does mention that they would die eventually after a while. It even says that Eve's spawn, and not Eve herself, would be the ones who killed the serpent, possibly by decapitating him. Decapitation was yet another method by which to kill vampires. It was said, that by removing and displacing a vampire's head, that the undead monster would be confused and lose its ability to move quickly. It also never specifically states in the Holy Bible that the serpent in the Book of Genesis was a demon. Samyaza and the fallen angels of the Book of Enoch were demons.

Those spirits seem to be hinted at after the flood which inspired Noah's Ark according to Genesis 6:1-4, but long before that in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3), it was the beguiling serpent who seems to most closely match the description of the later more romantic vampire mythos. Was this serpent the first vampire? If so, why did vampire myths continue to be spread after the great flood? Is it just a product of large-scale mass hysteria? Or a memory from our distant past? Some authors have likened the serpent to Lilith, the alleged first wife of Adam before Eve, but that's a different legend for another time.

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Lilith & Samael the First Vampire Demons

Genesis 1:27 states that God created mankind in His image. Both male and female he created them. Some biblical scholars say that this is the first reference to Lilith, or Adam's first wife before the garden of Eden story. Jewish folklore says that Adam and Lilith were both fashioned at the same time from the dust of the earth. But Lilith was not a suitable wife for Adam and she refused to be subservient to him. Lilith left Adam and wandered off into the garden of Eden by herself, where she met the angel of death, God's Left Hand or the Lord's venom, a spirit named Samael.

Samael had lived on Earth long before human beings had ever existed. Earth was originally his domain or kingdom, and Samael was a beautiful and powerful archangel. But he refused to be subservient to Adam, the first man, and so God stripped him of his title and cast Samael down to the earth to live as a wandering spirit or demon. Samael had no body or physical form of his own, so he possessed a snake and walked around in the serpent's garment. Samael planted a tree in the garden of Eden and invited Lilith to live inside the great tree. Lilith had dealings with Samael and learned from him the forbidden arts that eventually led to her demonization. Lilith became a demon, a night hag or spirit very similar to a succubus. Samael himself was an incubus.

Lilith was known in the Latin Vulgate under the Greek name of Lamia, but her name only ever appears once in the canonical Holy Bible in the Book of Isaiah where she is mentioned as an Edomite desert spirit or night demon who lives on a remote island. Here she is associated with the wild beasts of the desert, hyenas and jackals, vultures, wild goats or satyrs, vultures and buzzards, and onocentaurs which are half-man, half-donkey bipedal creatures. There is also mention of the mysterious Qippoz, a nest building egg laying monster likened to a great horned owl, a striking serpent or some carnivorous bird or reptile. Is it possible that the Qippoz is actually the physical form of Samael, or the animal Samael possessed?

Lilith is sometimes translated in the Book of Isaiah in chapter 34 as a night creature, night hag, night monster, screeching owl, bird or demon. There may be a clue hidden in the Isaiah Scroll written in 125 BCE which uses the plural term "liliths" instead, referring to many such female demons. The Epic of Gilgamesh written around 3000 BCE gives more details to this account as well. In this ancient Mesopotamian epic, the goddess Inanna planted a willow tree on an "edinu" or fertile plain. Three strange creatures live in the willow tree. First is the Zu bird, a winged serpent, dragon, eagle, griffin or monster which lives at the top of the tree in the branches. Some biblical scholars have suggested that the Zu bird at the top of the tree, or else the serpent at its roots could be a reference to Samael, while the third creature is the "lil" or elusive "Lilitu" which lived in the hollow trunk of the willow.

Other legends from Jewish folklore suggest that Samael was not only the spirit who possessed the serpent in the garden of Eden, but that he even beguiled Eve into having an affair with Adam, and that Samael was actually the true biological father of Cain, who some vampireologists have likened to the first biblical vampire. But if Samael was the first true vampire, then Lilith or Lilitu would have been the second true vampire, with Cain actually being a half-vampire or daywalker (dhampir) who was later cursed to live in the darkness. Samael seems to have continued to roam the world after Noah's ark, and according to the Book of Isaiah he even possessed the children of Israel, mentioning Manesseh by name. Isaiah seems to have been a vampire slayer of sorts, for his exposure of Samael seems to upset Samael's servant, another demon named Belial who causes Isaiah all kinds of trouble.

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Vampires & Werewolves

Vampire: The Masquerade (VTM) is a role-playing game, a video game, a TV series, and a fictional fan-based book series. The VTM mythos is a product of White Wolf publishing and takes place in the mythical World of Darkness, a metropolitan setting very similar to modern day planet Earth settings like New York City, only more gothic and darker, full of mysticism and otherworldly creatures who cohabit the planet secretly with humans. The World of Darkness also vaguely resembles the City of Angels from The Crow movies. It's dark and shadowy, over-populated, crime infested and full of nightclubs, ghettoes and apartment buildings. The World of Darkness is inhabited by three main playable races. First are the kin, the Kindred or vampires. Next are the garou, the Lupines or werewolves. In the Underworld series, werewolves are known as lycans. Then thirdly, the most popular and abundantly found race are the Kine or humans.

The main organization or faction in the game is the WDPD or the World of Darkness Police Department, the law enforcement unit which runs the city, patrols the streets, fights crime and promotes justice in a court of law. The WDPD is however, not without its weaknesses. It has been infiltrated and corrupted by humans who wish to become vampires and werewolves. Some police officers are marked as blood donors and familiars, while the WDPD itself often gets bribes and payments in order to keep their mouths shut and turn a blind eye to some of the strange occurrences through the city. Vampires and Lupines have both used this corruption in law enforcement to establish underground networks and take up high places or positions within the overall structure of the community. Doctors, bankers, lawyers, even large corporate businesses, churches and weapons manufacturing companies have had dealings with the underworld. They have blood banks, hospitals, police sanctions, enterprises and safe havens all over the world, allowing vampires and lupines to live openly among humans in plain sight without being exploited by the media. It is truly a secret world hidden before their very eyes.

The garou or Lupines have their own civil wars, their own lingo and society, operating under their own system, rules and government. The Kindred can be broken up into three main factions or governments, each one consisting of many different parties, families, sigils or clans. The most autocratic and self-serving of these factions is the Sabbat, who have their own agenda. Next are the Camarilla, the aristocratic republic or council which serves to benefit the whole vampire community. Then finally there are the Anarchists who refuse to be affiliated with either government faction and pretty much do whatever they please. All three bodies are loosely connected to each other through the grapevine with the Sabbat being the smallest most secretive and powerful, the Camarilla being the mediary or neutral group of upper nobility to middle class politicians, and the Anarchists being the lower class and least powerful but also the most abundant population.

Vampires form kindreds, families or clans, each one with its own crest, rune or sigil. These sigils or symbols are used to mark territories, properties and possessions, including familiars or slaves, safe havens or clubs, banks, and vampires who already hold clan memberships. Anarchists may or may not have markings or tattoos, but the Sabbat and Camarilla follow traditions based on a set of ranks or positions of heirarchy within their organizations. Clans are formed by sires and their childer. These are listed here from least to greatest:

Familiar = human donor and potential
Fledgling = new vampire (childe)
Neonate = fully mature vampire
Ancilla = 300yrs have achieved fame (sire)
Elder = 1000yrs have wealth and power
Methuselah = 3000yrs usually changed/deformed
Antediluvian = 13 original vampires of 1st-3rd generation also called Cainites

Lupines or garou can only be killed one of two ways, either by piercing their brains or their hearts with a silver stake, knife, sword, bullet, spearhead or arrow. There are many different sub-tropes of lupines as well, all of which resembling a zoomorphic or anthropomorphic half-human, half-beast creature or hybrid which can assume one of three forms. They can appear fully human. They can appear fully wolf or animal. Or they can appear as a hybrid or half-morph mixture of both. Your main stereotypical half-man, half-wolf creature or common "werewolf" is known as a garou, but there are many other were-creatures as well known broadly as Fera, as opposed to Kin or Kindred which refers only specifically to vampires.

Fera could also be a term used to refer specifically to a were-creature's purely animal form. For example, the Lupines or garou might take on the appearance of a normal looking wolf, assuming a non-human canine form which walks on all fours. Or they could take on a Homid form which is purely human and does not appear to have animal features at all. Other humans would not be able to tell the Homid garou apart from normal human beings. Thirdly, however, they can take on their Crinos form which is a hybrid form that is both animal and human in appearance and nature. This third form is sometimes so frightening that it causes delirium in humans. Witnesses to the Crinos garou form often suffer from denial, night terrors, memory loss or amnesia which is why there isn't much evidence of their existence.

Many vampires also have 3 forms and so the Fera, Homid and Crinos terminology can be used for the kindreds as well to a lesser extent. Other lycan or lupine races include the Apis were-bulls, Grondr were-boars, Garou were-wolves, Gurahl were-bears, Camazotz were-bats, Ajaba were-hyenas, Ananasi were-spiders, Bastet were-sphinx, Bagheera were-leopards, Balam were-jaguars, Ceilican were-lions, Khan were-tigers, Pumonca were-cougars, Qualmi were-lynx, Swara were-cheetahs, Khara were-smilodons which evolved from saber-toothed cats, Corax were-ravens, Varnas were-lizards or crocodiles, Archid were-reptiles resembling dinosaurs (Varnas and Archids are both classified together as Mokole were-reptiles), Nagah were-serpents, Nuwisha were-coyote, Ratkin were-vermon or rats, Rokea were-sharks (and their land walking Homid counterpart the Samebito land-shark), and the Kitsune or were-fox archetype.

Vampires have a blood count or "vitae" which gives their blood purity and potency, and thus determines their power or abilities, such as their adeptness to blood magic and the ability to sire or "embrace" others, turning them into vampires as well. To become a vampire, a sire must first drain all of his victim's (host's) blood, effectively killing them, but then feeding them some of their own vampiric blood or "vitae" just before they take their final breath. If done properly, the host will die, only to rise again as a virtually immortal vampire fledgling or childe. If this blood magic ritual is not performed correctly, and the victim is not entirely drained of human blood beforehand, they will arise from their graves, not as a vampire but as a ghoulish creature or revenant which will be outcast and viewed as a monstrosity as they will be hideously foul zombie-like corpses and cannibals.

The World of Darkness draws its lore from the mythical Book of Caine, which describes the biblical figure of Cain (here called Caine) as the first progenitor of all vampires. This fictitious book is supposed to contain references to the "Jyhad" or secret holy war between vampires, humans and lupines. The vampire apocalypse is known as the Gehenna, while the ultimate goal of vampire enlightenment was called Golconda, referring to the freedom from the beast within, a state of being which releases a vampire from being cursed with the blood thirst, enabling them to suppress their ferality and possibly even regain their souls. The exact opposite of Golconda is called Wassail, the beast or frenzy, which is determined by a vampire's personal Humanity count or level. Wassail is the state of being in total madness and insanity, when the beast takes control resulting in a loss of decision and freewill.

A fourth smaller government faction exists called the Inconnu, which is a small sect of elders who are entirely devoted to seeking Golconda, and are therefore more concerned with spirituality than with politics. There are also many tiny clans, more like bands or cults really, known as the antitribu. These antitribu can barely even really be considered true clans since they are so small and few in number. An anarchist vampire who rejects their own clan and all affiliation with vampire clans is known as an Autarkis, or clanless vampire. Caitiffs are clanless vampires who didn't reject their clans, but who were instead rejected by their clans and exiled, banished or cast out, or else they are the last surviving members of their Tribu or bloodline and are therefore clanless because their whole clan was wiped out or extinct, and their vitae count is too low for them to make more progeny.

The vampire Kindred can be further divided into several clans or families as I mentioned earlier. There are the philosophical Brujah of Carthage who can manipulate time, the animalistic Gangrel shapeshifters who live in the wild, the reclusive spider-like artistic Toreador, the mafia orientated Giovanni clan of Venetia (possibly an off-shoot of the Florentine/Selenite vampires from Ambrogio's unrelated mythos from the Delphi Scrolls), the shadow manipulating Lasombra magicians, the lunatic Malkavian seers and prophets, the hideous Nosferatu sewer dwellers, the Ravnos illusionists of Romania, the Setites of Egypt and Baalites of the Levant, the Assamites of the Middle East, the Tremere alchemists, the Tziminsce who can manipulate their flesh and bones, the pureblood Ventrue aristocrats, the Calcyphonites who can alter their voices, sing songs and play charming music, Gargoyles or stone servants who serve as slaves (mostly to the Tremere clan), Harbingers who are self-serving necromancers, the Salubrites who practice healing arts, the Samedites of the Caribbean who practice voodoo, the Nagarajah clan of Asia known for its Black Hand spies and assassins, the Lhiannon clan of Celtic Ireland known for its druidic magic, the very small antitribu cult of Laibon in Africa known for its spirituality, and the very rare Kiasyd race of magical fae-like vampires who are severely allergic to iron. Dhampirs are daywalking half-vampire, half-human hybrids who normally work alone or in small groups, most often hunting other vampires and even lupines as well.

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Re: Vampireology: the Hunters Manual

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Vampyra Magicka

Vampyrcraeft is a new age Occult term for the magical arts associated with vampires. This esoteric practice is also sometimes known as Vampyra Magicka or "Blood Magic" as it typically involves some form of alchemy or psionic ability involving the use of blood, or rather the "vitae" which is the unseen essence or life-force within the blood. Here are some examples:

1.) Torpor : torporism, the ability to enter a torpor or death-like state of being. This is the sleep-like trance state that vampires enter into inside their coffins during the daytime. Since vampires are soulless beings who can not rest, finding no peace, they are incapable of sleeping or dreaming in the same way that humans generally sleep. Vampires typically rest in their coffins during the day with their eyelids still open, eyes rolled back in their heads in a sort of stupor or stasis. Usually the coffin must also be located on imported earth or natural dirt from the vampire's grave. A vampire in a Torpor state should not be aroused from their trance even if the coffin lid is removed, as vampires generally operate with a biological clock, and will only begin to animate during sunset. The vampire is most vulnerable during the day when the sun is still shining, and the best place for slayers to strike them is during torporism.

But there are other forms of torporism in vampire mythology. A vampire can enter torpor voluntarily, shutting down all metabolism and motor function in order to preserve their own immortality by living on their stored blood reserves. They can remain in this state for decades or even centuries without having to feed. Once their blood supply is exhausted or dry, however, they will remain in a Torpor permanently until fresh blood is somehow entered into their system by an outside influence, usually by one of their familiars or followers. Some vampires like Akasha from Queen of the Damned could turn into alabaster or white marble stone, allowing her to become a lifeless statue that would not move, but could withstand the sands of time, perhaps even allowing her to survive a great flood, volcanic eruption or other catastrophe. To awaken her, Lestat de Lioncourt had to give Akasha an offering by sacrificing his own blood to bring her back from the stone torpor. A vampire could also enter torpor as a surviving mechanism if they were somehow badly injured or lost a lot of blood.

2.) Vauldarie : vauldaring, a group blood-bonding ritual involving the veinwork and psyche connection of all persons involved, usually for the purposes of gaining knowledge and insight, sharing blood memoires, forming blood pacts, or summoning a blood god or powerful vampiric demon, ghost or spirit for some personal reason like gaining power. Deacon Frost and his colleagues in Blade used a vauldarie to summon the blood deity La Magra, which gave Frost supernatural abilities.

3.) Obtenebration : shadow manipulation, while there are other terms for kinetic abilities or psionic abilities involving shadow magick, Obtenebration seems to apply specifically to vampires. This is the vampiric ability to manipulate and control one's own shadow, by operating the body and spirit independently. Or it could involve the ability to use one's shadow to perform physical tasks. Or in extremely rare cases it could be a vampire's ability to manipulate all shadows, including clouds and overcasts of darkness in a lit room. Count Orlog and Bram Stoker's Dracula both had the ability to manipulate their shadows.

4.) Chimestry : illusionary magic, the ability vampires use to create illusions. This appears to be a lesser form of vampire magic which relies on visualization. Vampires use chimestry to make themselves appear younger or more human. Bram Stoker's Dracula used chimestry to make his face appear on the surface of the full moon. Because this practice involves illusive tricks, it's usually more personally directed, meaning that the intended witness or audience will typically see something that the others don't see, or else causing them to blindly overlook something which everyone else around them can see. Hypnosis might also play a part in chimestry.

5.) Hypnotica : hypnotism, the vampire's ability to charm and beguile someone. Hypnotica usually occurs when a vampire makes direct eye contact with an individual, but other methods are shown to be effective as well. Vampires can use hypnosis in addition to chimestry, or they can use hypnosis by itself to control an individual almost like a zombie. Vampires can even use telepathic whispers to hypnotize their targets or cause confusion. It is said that when a vampire wishes to hypnotize someone, small flames will appear in their eyes, or else their pupils will spin in such a way as to induce a trance-like state into those who witness it.

6.) Serpentis : snake-likedness, the vampire ability to become more snake-like in her ways. Serpentis has a negative effect as it causes the vampire to be the most allergic to sunlight, 3x more than other vampires. This ability gives them stealth, elusiveness, the ability to crawl up walls or along ceilings, the ability to understand serpents or speak in snake tongues, increasing their power of hypnosis and allowing them to shed their old skin in order to become new. Serpentis grants the vampire the ability to see thermal heat signatures and to detect the smell of blood from a considerable distance away. It also allows them to detect certain vibrations in the ground for better targeting. The vampire in Serpentis no longer just bites it's prey, it stings it with poisonous venom, thereby causing paralysis in the process. There is also a rarer spider-likeness called Arachnis, and cat-likeness called Felinis.

7.) Vicissitude : body-morphing, bone and flesh manipulation, the vampire's ability to shapeshift or morph into something else. This is a very painful process which sometimes accompanies Serpentis or Arachnis, involving the stretching of a vampire's skin and muscles, and a flexibility or breaking and rearrangement of his bones similar to a werewolf. Many vampires are shown to have this ability.

8.) Daimoinon : invocation, or demon summoning. Vampires do have the ability to summon spirits and demons. Usually the spirit appears in the form of a daimon, or familiar animal spirit such as a wolf, owl, bat, cat, vulture, rat, snake or spider. The vampire can enslave the daimon or coax it to do his bidding. He can also summon dragons and otherworldly creatures to be used as mounts, or just companion hunting animals.

10.) Melpominee : music magic, the vampiric ability to manipulate and alter one's voice to sound different, usually for the purpose of singing. Molpominee allows a vampire to throw their voice like a ventriloquist. Vampires can use Melpominee to hypnotize their prey by charming them with the sound of a musical instrument. This could cause a loss of time or memory, or both, and can be used to hypnotize multiple people at once. Lestat de Lioncourt had this ability, as did many others.
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Re: Vampireology: the Hunters Manual

Tips: 0.00 INK Postby Ambrogio_Tenebrios on Wed Apr 22, 2020 7:52 am

Demon Bats & Vampire Cryptids

Scientists discovered a new subspecies of Rothschild giraffe living in 2016 in Kenya, measuring over 5 meters in height (nearly 20 feet tall). Although myths of the pale white creature's existence had been surfacing for many years, the Rothschild giraffe was not discovered officially or photographed until 2016 CE, and had remained largely a myth until that time. Mind you, we're talking about a very large animal over 20 feet tall living in an area that has been populated by humans for thousands of years.

Now imagine a much smaller animal or creature, about 1/4th that size, living in sparsely populated areas, and having a much less noticeable coloration. How long could such a creature go unnoticed? In tropical jungle regions of the world like South America and New Guinea, there are tales and legends of giant man-sized bats and cave demons that still strike fear into those people who claim to have witnessed them firsthand. But are these cryptids just the frightening product of the dark human imagination? Mistaken identity, perhaps, or just bedtime stories told to scare little children from wondering off into the forest at night? Well if that were the case, then why do sightings still continue to be reported in modern times? Why is it that adults seem more effected by these creatures than many children? Why is there even a field of science dedicated to studying and discovering such strange and unbelievable phenomena?

Consider one particular cryptozoologist in the 1920s for example, who reported a large man-sized winged flying creature in Java which he described as having the hairy brownish red or black leathery body of a bat, with a pronounced chest and feminine breasts, bright red eyes and an ape-like nose or face. This creature was later called the Ahool, based on the "ah-oool" sounds it made, similar to an owl or howler monkey. To this day, no such cryptid has ever been captured or discovered. The Ahool still remains a mystery. But if something as large as a giraffe can go unseen until fairly recently, then why not a bat? Or some new species of animal which has yet to be proven?

The concept isn't entirely new, either. Zapotec indians in Mexico told tales of a similar creature which they called Camazotz, literally the "death bat", a monster so massive and terrifying that the Mayans credited it with giving the gift of fire to mankind, and they even worshipped Camazotz as a god, making human sacrifices to appease the animal and prevent it from coming to terrorize their cities. Camazotz was said to live in the Mayan's sacred (and well avoided) Cave of Bats, and they believed that any unsuspecting travelers into the cave would have their heads cut off by the bat's razor sharp talons, only to have the Camazotz feast on the blood spurting from their headless necks. It's quite obvious from these descriptions that the Mayans were terrified of something they had genuinely encountered in the jungle.

Camazotz was viewed as a primeval demon and blood god. Some cryptozoologists have speculated that perhaps some giant megabat species could have survived from the time of the dinosaurs or shortly after, and could possibly still be living in caves and jungles in the remote islands and regions of our modern world. Skeptics of course point to a lack of hard evidence and data, asking the question, where then are all the bones and fossil remains? But any true fossil hunter must also point out that bats, like birds, have several tiny and brittle bones which, unlike humans and other megafauna, tend to decay and disappear over time. It requires specific environmental conditions to even create fossils at all, which is why fossils can only be discovered in certain areas. The chance of unveiling a giant man-sized bat fossil skeleton, if one even exists, is very slim, especially if such creatures are said to inhabit places that humans would have an incredibly difficult time navigating or getting to. It would be a dangerous and expensive exploit, which is why there are still many caves and island jungles today that are still unexplored.

But is there perhaps another way to study these elusive cave demons? And maybe help to prove in their existence? Well there are similar tales of otherworldly cryptids around the planet, found in different regions and languages around the globe, all bearing some striking resemblance to the creature reported in Java in 1924, so it may be possible to compare such stories and get a better idea of what these monsters actually look like, and how they behave. The Akon people of Ghana tell legends about a creature they call Asanbosam, a vampire they say has both bat-like and man-like features.

"... the hairy Sasabonsam has large blood-shot eyes, long legs, and feet pointing both ways. Its favourite trick is to sit on the high branches of a tree and dangle its legs so as to entangle the unwary hunter." - A Dictionary of World Mythology

In this description, the creature is said to use its hooked legs like talons to snatch up its unaware victims. It can even catch a trained hunter off guard, implying that such monsters might be camouflaged and well-suited to their environment. It is described hanging from tree branches, much like bats, and just like the Camazotz it uses its talons to attack before feasting on the blood of its victims. Another similar account can be found in the Baital Pachisi, an ancient Hindu manuscript which describes the Emperor's encounters with a vampiric creature known as a baital, vetala, or pisaca. The vetala is a bat-like demon or spirit with wings which hangs upside down from tree branches. Vetalas are ugly, zombie-like entities with ghoulish features. This is eerily reminiscent of the ape-like faces or noses found in Ahool myths, giving the impression that these creatures are lacking human ears or noses much like a corpse. Vetalas live on charnal grounds within cemeteries and mausoleums, where they are said to haunt the living at night, whilst hiding or resting by day.

Although many cases describe these creatures as having human-like traits, it seems unlikely that an evolutionary divergence caused these monsters to evolve side by side with humans. It could just be a natural anomaly, such as the man-faced carp discovered in China, a fish which has markings bearing a striking similarity to humans, but which is not related to us at all. In fact, it's just an optical illusion, as such fish are actually quite normal and common. There is also the man-faced blobfish which has pinkish or peachy skin, but is also not really related to human beings. So is it possible that perhaps the ahool, asanbosam, vetala, etc. isn't really human-like at all? And only appears to have human characteristics? Other similar cryptids do exist in folklore throughout the world.

Take for example the kongamato of Africa, which many people say looks more like a bat-like pterosaur dinosaur than a human or monkey. Similarly in Africa is the olitiau, which some people describe as a flying reptile (like a pterosaur), and others describe more as a hammerhead bat with a large elongated head. The orangbati of Seram Island is also described as being either a giant megabat, a flying reptile, or even a flying ape with features like an orangutan. In all these cases, the creature is described as having reddish brown leathery wings much like a bat or pterosaur, but having the nose and mouth of an ape or monkey, which calls the reptile claim into question. I propose that what we are actually dealing with is a type of demon or nosferatu, a vampire or revenant that is not of this world, and which lives deep underground. My second guess is that we are dealing with the undead, a human being who has been cursed and had their appearance changed. I do not believe that these cryptids evolved side by side with human beings for all those thousands of years. But I believe that they do exist, whether beast or demon, and that they (whatever they are) do indeed pose a threat to people as carnivorous animals who drink the blood of their victims, and which can fly at night, or hide in the tops of trees, unnoticed for thousands of years.

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Re: Vampireology: the Hunters Manual

Tips: 0.00 INK Postby Ambrogio_Tenebrios on Wed Apr 22, 2020 11:15 am

Vampire Island & Other Vampire Myths

"The vampire may not cross running water, except at the ebb and flow of the tide... This is not to say that they cannot swim, but running or flowing water such as rivers, streams, or waterfalls mystically impede the creature's ability to swim and stay afloat, causing it to drown and perish." - Unknown Source

"Holy water, or any water for that matter, has little effect on vampires. They can, however, still be drowned; and they generally hate getting wet as it can lower their body temperature, making them less energetic and able to hunt." - Unknown Source

Legends like these exist throughout the Mediterranean and into our modern world. Lesbos Island, sometimes called Lesvos or Mitilini Island, is a Greek island off the coast of the capital city of Mytalene in the North Aegean sea. Here is where we find the Catholic Church of Theotokos where some of the relics of St. Valentine are kept. There is also an Ancient Theatre, and Mytalene Castle among other sites. There is also the Sanctuary of Demeter, and the burial chapel of the Gattelusi, the medieval Genoese family that ruled the northern Aegean from the mid-14th to mid-15th centuries of our era. The Chapel of St. John served as the church of the castle and as a burial place for the Gattelusi family and its dependents. But near the North Harbour, archeologists made a strange discovery of some graves from the Ottomon Empire era which gave rise to a different name for Mytalene, known to most vampireologists today as the Vampire Island.

"The well-preserved skeleton of a middle-aged man, nailed to his coffin with eight-inch iron spikes, has been found in a 19th-century Turkish cemetery near the north harbor of Mytilene, the principal city of the Greek island of Lesbos. Researchers from the University of British Columbia and the Tenth Ephoreia of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities discovered the skeleton in a stone-lined crypt hollowed out of an ancient city wall. They had been excavating on a government owned plot in a study of Mytilenean archaeology. The man had been nailed through his neck, pelvis, and ankle. According to 18th- and 19th-century travelers, suspected vampires were nailed to their caskets to keep them from rising from the dead. That a Moslem would be buried this way is of particular interest since such burials were predominantly a Christian practice." - Newsbrief from Uncanny Archaeology

Most of the graves on the island face east and west, which is a common Christian practice, but one grave in particular faces north and south, which is quite odd. Vampire legends existed in Poland for a very long time, as Polish villagers told tales about the dreaded upior (male) and upierzcya (female). 1455 miles south of Poland are the Greek Islands, and it is here where the mass graves of our suspected vampires were found. It's uncertain why the dead were moved so far away to the island, but it could have something to do with the belief that vampires could not cross saltwater, or running water, and would thus be confined to the island.

"Another 411 miles South of the Island of Lesbos is the Island of Kammeni (or Kaimmeni) in the area of Santorini.  Kammeni is known to be a powerful and mystical place of vampire exile.  Relatives of the deceased would prep the body, place a small cross comprised of a piece of silver and two pieces of wood into the mouth of the corpse. The hands would then be bound by rope that had been saturated with holy water before placing the body in a boat and transporting their loved one to the island.  The belief was that because of the volcano, the soil was rich in sulfur which would inhibit the corpse from rising once more.  The families would also have the additional security of knowing that if the deceased were to turn into a vampire, it would not be able to cross the salt water." - Lynglyn Gibson

Once on the island, the dead would be placed inside a wooden coffin and nailed into the coffin with 20 inch long iron spikes. The middle aged male vampire discovered on Lesbos was intered in such a way, with one stake driven through the throat, another stake driven through the hip or pelvis, and a third stake driven through the ankles to prevent the dead from walking. There is no evidence to suggest that the heart was impaled or removed. Instead, the coffin itself was encased within a stone tomb with a large heavy flat rock placed on top of it to prevent the undead from escaping. Finally, the grave is separated and isolated from the other nearby graves, and was hidden not within the cemetery, but inside the wall itself, as if nobody wanted anyone to know where it was.

These vampires would have been transported very quickly, probably the same night they had died. A wagon or chariot would have transferred them from Poland south to Kammeni where they were prepped, and then shipped back up to Mytalene by boat, covering vast distances in a short period of time. "The dead travel fast," as Bram Stoker's novel Dracula has suggested. But there are many strange practices, myths and legends used to ward off vampires. Besides the belief that vampires can not cross saltwater, there is also the belief that some vampires suffer from arithmomania. It was said that if you were being stalked by a suspected vampire, that you could detour them by throwing rice, corn or beans. The vampire, obsessed with counting, would have no choice but to stop and count every grain of rice, or kernel of corn, allowing the victim enough time to escape to safety.

Ashanti tribes in Africa told myths of vampires in the form of the dreadful asanbosam, azeman, obayifo or asiman. There was the aswang of the Philippines, the asema of Siranam, the aufhocker of Germany, the baadai of Mongolia, the baital or bantu of India, the baka of Haiti, the glaistig and baobhan sith of Scotland, the bruja of Spain and bruxa of Morocco, the kallikantzaros of Greece and Anatolia, the canchus of Peru, the catakano of Crete, the cihuateteo of Aztec myths, the chordewa of Bengal, the chupacabra of Peurto Rico and Latin America, the churel of India, the dakhanavar of Armenia, the dhampiresa of Slovakia, the draugr and haubui of Scandinavia, the edimmu and utukku of Mesopotamia, the Greek empusa, the estrie of Jewish myths, the fifollet of the United States, the garkain of Australia, the ghoul of Arabia, the impundulu or ishologu of South Africa, the incubi and succubi of Medieval Europe, the iso-onna and jubokko of Japan, the jaracaca of Brazil, the jiangshi of China, kichkandi of Nepal, kudlak of Czechoslovakia, kumiho of Korea, the karalanos of Egypt, lamia of Libya, langsuir of Malaysia, the leanashe of Ireland and lemures of Rome, the Slavonic mara, the Gypsy mullo, the peuchon of Chile, the rakshasa of India, ramanga of Madagascar, the Albanian shtriga, Romanian strigoi or moroi, the suangi of New Guinea, the Russian upir, Bulgarian vrykolakas, Ethiopian vendalla, Croatian vampir, English vampyre, and many more throughout the world.

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