Vampires are mythological or folkloric beings who subsist by feeding on the life essence (generally in the form of blood) of living creatures regardless of them being undead or a living person. In folkloric tales, vampires often visited loved ones and caused mischief or deaths in the neighbourhoods they inhabited when they were alive. They wore shrouds and were often described as bloated and of ruddy or dark countenance. This is markedly different from modern fictional portrayals of gaunt, pale vampires beginning in the early 19th century. Although vampiric entities have been recorded in many cultures and according to speculation by literary historian Brian Frost that the “belief in vampires and bloodsucking demons is as old as man himself”, and may go back to “prehistoric times”, the term vampire was not popularized until the early 18th century, after an influx of vampire superstition into Western Europe from areas where vampire legends were frequent, such as the Balkans and Eastern Europe, although local variants were also known by different names, such as vampir (вампир) in Serbia and Bulgaria, vrykolakas in Greece and strigoi in Romania. This increased level of vampire superstition in Europe led to mass hysteria and in some cases resulted in corpses actually being staked and people being accused of vampirism.
The Oxford English Dictionary dates the first appearance of the word vampire in English from 1734, in a travelogue titled Travels of Three English Gentlemen published in the Harleian Miscellany in 1745. Vampires had already been discussed in German literature. After Austria gained control of northern Serbia and Oltenia in 1718, officials noted the local practice of exhuming bodies and “killing vampires”
It is difficult to make a single, definitive description of the folkloric vampire, though there are several elements common to many European legends. Vampires were usually reported as bloated in appearance, and ruddy, purplish, or dark in colour; these characteristics were often attributed to the recent drinking of blood. Indeed, blood was often seen seeping from the mouth and nose when one was seen in its shroud or coffin and its left eye was often open. It would be clad in the linen shroud it was buried in, and its teeth, hair, and nails may have grown somewhat, though in general fangs were not a feature.
The causes of vampiric generation were many and varied in original folklore. In Slavic and Chinese traditions, any corpse which was jumped over by an animal, particularly a dog or a cat, was feared to become one of the undead. A body with a wound which had not been treated with boiling water was also at risk. In Russian folklore, vampires were said to have once been witches or people who had rebelled against the Church while they were alive
Apotropaics—mundane or sacred items able to ward off revenants—such as garlic or holy water are common in vampire folklore. The items vary from region to region; a branch of wild rose and hawthorn plant are said to harm vampires; in Europe, sprinkling mustard seeds on the roof of a house was said to keep them away.
Many theories for the origins of vampire beliefs have been offered as an explanation for the superstition, and sometimes mass hysteria, caused by vampires. Everything ranging from premature burial to the early ignorance of the body’s decomposition cycle after death has been cited as the cause for the belief in vampires.
Ambrogio was a young adventurer. Born and raised in Italy, he had always longed to travel to Greece to have his fortune told by the Oracle of Delphi. When he was an adult, he got on a boat and sailed to the western edge of Greece, near Astakos. He traveled east until he eventually reached the city of Delphi.
Delphi was home to a great temple of Apollo, the sun god. It was also the home of the Pythia, better known as the Oracles. The Pythia would sit in a chamber within the temple and speak of prophecies, inspired by Apollo, to those who came to seek the Oracle’s wisdom.
When Ambrogio finally arrived at the temple, he went to speak to the Pythia. The Pythia, whose words were often cryptic, said only a few words: “The curse. The moon. The blood will run.”
He couldn’t sleep that night. He stayed awake outside of the temple, pondering the meaning of the Pythia’s words. As the sun rose in the morning he realized that he had not slept. As he walked back toward the town he saw a beautiful woman dressed in white robes walking to the temple. He ran over to her and introduced himself.
LOVE STORY OF A VAMPIRE
The Vampire Princess:
Thera the Cold One
Four thousand years into the future, vampires are born and have come to exist among the humans. They are described as dark creatures that seduce and drink the blood of man. Never have their attacks been predictable. They lives in clans and have all the members of their convent under one roof, as though they are a big royal family.
Vampires do as they wish to the humans around them. They don’t care whether they turn, drain, or enslave the humans. They truly love to enslave human as play things. As the new millennia nears, a new chapter unfolds in the vampires’ lives begins along with a new destiny.
One night during feeding time for the vampires, a young girl is walking home from work. The vampire lord, Kage was following her every move. The girl reminded him of his daughter that he lost many years ago. The girl was oblivious that he was following her. She walked for a little while longer, before Kage grabbed her from behind.
He put a hand over her mouth and whispered in her ear, “Don’t scream child. I don’t plan on hurting you very long.” He turned the girl around so she was facing him. The girl’s eyes showed him that she was scared, but she did not say a word or try to run. She seemed to be captivated by him.
The girl asks, “What do you want?” Kage asks, “How would you like to live forever?” The girl says, “I don’t know.” Kage put an arm around her waist and said, “Come on child. Life as a mortal must be rough on you.” The girl says, “I must say life can be rough, but it’s worth it.” Kage gently grinded his teeth against her neck and smiled some as blood began to trickle down her neck.
The girl screamed softly and Kage sunk his teeth into her neck. He began to drink her blood as he held her close to him so she could not get out of his grip. The girl had tears going down her face. The girl says, “Please stop…it hurts.” Kage tightened his grip and growled against her neck possessively.
Soon the girl fainted at the loss of blood and Kage carried her back to the clan home after he gave her some his blood. She felt so light in his arms. Kage carried her up to her own room and laid her in the bed. He whispers, “Welcome to your new home Thera.”