Inherited traits of the Vampire

Vampires, though undead, age and mature just as a human.  A human child is born, he learns how to sit, crawl, walk then run.  Just as the human child must learn how to function with their new found abilities, a new vampire must learn to adapt to their new life as an immortal.

A vampire from age 0 – 20:  A “New One” as referred to in the Adrian Triology, the vampire gains only the basic characteristics such as fangs, claws, night vision, enhanced speed, hearing and smell.  By the time the “New One” has mastered his newly found skills, he will develop new ones.

A vampire from age 20 -50:  A vampire in this age range is comparable to the toddler stage in the human race.  The human in his toddler stage has mastering speech and mobility, strengthening both mentally and physically.  The vampire is acquiring enhanced strength, stamina and agility along with the ability to hypnotize.

A vampire age 50 – 100 years:  At this stage the vampire is in his adolescence he is still mastering the skills from his “toddler” stage but he is also acquiring telepathic abilities and the requirement of feeding is not as frequent as it had been in the past 50 years.

A vampire age 100 – 250 is considered an adult.  Once again the vampire finds that he must feed less frequently and now by now has acquired the ability if flight.

Age 250 – 1000 years is considered middle aged.  The vampire will experience enhancements both physically and mentally, again with the ability to go longer between feedings.  The middle aged vampire can be exposed to a limited amount of sunlight and recover fully.

A vampire that is 1000 years old of more is considered an Ancient or “Elder”, also reference so in the “Adrian Trilogy”.  As a vampire ages 250+ years they continue to enhance both physically and mentally.  Their other abilities are mastered and their tolerance to exposure of sunlight will continue to strengthen.  An “Elder” vampire can go as long as several weeks without feeding.

The bonding of blood

Drinking the blood of a Vampire has an entrancing effect.  For a human it creates a strong bond on the Vampire’s part, the effect is different for both parties.  For the human it will result in an overwhelming affection towards the vampire, but the results are not permanent.  For the bond to remain intact, the human must consume the vampire’s blood regularly, but best no drink from another as the initiating vampire will know and the act will infuriate him.  For a Vampire to share his blood with a human is considered a gift and for the human to drink from another is an insult to the Vampire.  The bond to the human for the Vampire is quite different.  The Vampire that has allowed a human to drink from him sees the human as “his”.  The bond will allow for him to know what the human is thinking at all times, allowing for him to protect them if endangered.  All Vampire blood is potent but the more elder the Vampire, the more potent his blood.

A Vampire that shares his blood with another Vampire is a rare find indeed.  The result of this bonding is different than when introduced to a human.  When a Vampire allows for his blood to be shared the receiver will inherit some of their knowledge and experiences.  The more often this occurs, the more knowledge and experiences are shared, thus as vampires see each others as competitors it is a rare act indeed for one to feed upon the other.  Upon this occasion it would signify a great trust between two immortals.

Different from the rest is the initial feeding during the process of being turned.  The new Vampire will inherit a strong bond with his maker, he will receive new abilities common to all turnings as well as an “affectionate” bond with his maker.  The maker will have the ability to summon and command the new vampire but as his maker he typically has only the best intentions for his “offspring” when having done so.  In the beginning the bond is stronger as the new vampire will require much guidance, but as the vampire ages the bond will weaken but will never go away.

The psychology of a new born Vampire

Vampires do not adjust to their “birth”  immediately.  Though for some time the Vampire retains his mortal characteristics, they hurt, love, hate, laugh and cry just as a human would.  The new vampire. or “new one” as addressed in the “Adrian Trilogy” is aware of their new life immediately, as the birth unveils things unknown and unseen by the human eye.   The Vampire will need several weeks to adjust to their new found knowledge and abilities, years are required before the Vampire will notice human emotions begin to diminish.  Most petty emotions are the first that begin to fade, emotions such as greed and jealousy are beneath the immortal.  The strongest of emotions such as love, anger, and rage may never fade, in fact, they possible intensify.  This is often a dilemma for the immortal as the emotion of love and/or the respect for the living can often conflict with the desire to feed.  Feeding is a necessary trait of all vampires, nearly an involuntary reflex as it can take many years for the new vampire to bridle his lust for blood.  For this reason, many new vampires withdraw from society quickly, most will turn to others of their kind for support and guidance, to find none.  The mature vampire is not sympathetic to others and view the new vampire as a competitor.  Thus, if a new vampire does not have a maker that is willing to mentor him, he will find the world a very lonely place until he has come to terms with his new nature.

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The word “Vampire” was not found in the English language until 1734, in a book titled “Travels of Three English Gentlemen”.  One of the most quoted paragraphs of the book is as follows:

‘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 (from the description given of them, by the sick person,) being dug out of the graves, appear in all parts, as the nostrils, cheeks, breast, mouth, &c. 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, notthe 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.’

In other cultures  the word can be traced back to 1047 A.D.  It can be found in a manuscript of the book of Psalms where a priest writes of a man whose name meant “Wicked Vampire”.  Predating the name “Vampire” Ancient Greeks, Pomans and Mesopotamians recorded blood sucking demons in texts before Christ walked the Earth.   These precursors of the modern day Vampire are depicted as creatures and spirits.  The modern day Vampire originates almost exclusively from the 18th century South-Eastern Europe, when verbal traditions of many ethnic groups of the region were recorded and published.  The common belief was that the Vampire was a reanimated corpse that sucked the blood from their victims either from their neck or stomach. Voltaire wrote:

“These vampires were corpses, who went out of their graves at night to suck the blood of the living, either at their throats or stomachs, after which they returned to their cemeteries. The persons so sucked waned, grew pale, and fell into consumption; while the sucking corpses grew fat, got rosy, and enjoyed an excellent appetite. It was in Poland, Hungary, Silesia, Moravia, Austria, and Lorraine, that the dead made this good cheer.”

By the 19th century the Vampire had evolved into a more “mortal” appearance, only revealing the beast within when provoked.  Though not as attractive as the modern day vampire, They retained their youth through feeding on their victims.  The 19th century vampire fed indiscriminately having no concern of seducing their prey.

Today’s vampire has evolved to a sophisticated and beautiful creature, violent only when provoked.  The modern era Vampire has found a more open minded society where he is accepted and respected for what he is and represents.

Some personal experiences of William of Newburgh

William of Newburgh wrote of many encounters with Revenants, What we now know as the vampire.  As a well respected historian of the 12th century Newburgh was often sent for to investigate paranormal activities.  One of his accounts of the undead happened in the English county of Buckinghamshire.  The tale is of a women’s recently deceased husband returning from the grave and laying on top of her at night, crushing her with his weight.  He continued to bother the woman for several nights until she had her brothers sit with her one night to ward him off.  The man then began to terrorize the other family members and neighbors for quite some time.  It wasn’t until countless complaints to the clergy the bishop Hugh of Lincoln, who would later be sainted by the church of England, sent a written absolution to be placed on the dead man’s corpse that the villagers would find peace.

Another account that was recorded by Newburgh was of that of a bishop that worked for a noblewoman near Melrose Abbey in Scotland.  The bishop preferred to spend his time on horseback, hunting with the hounds and ignored all of his religious duties during his life.  Shortly after the cleric’s death, he began appearing at Melrose Abbey but his attempts to enter were thwarted by the sanctity of the grounds.  Soon he would begin to appear in the chambers of the Noblewoman terrorizing her for many nights.  The horrified Noblewoman sought out the help of a high ranking monk to put an end to the corpse’s nightly terrors.  The monk stood gaurd over the grave until the corpse rose the next evening.  The corpse attacked the monk as he rose, the monk retaliated with a few swings of and axe.  The defeated corpse returned to his grave which opened up to receive him and then close around him.  The following day a group of monks returned to the grave to exhume the body and burn it.  When they recovered the body, they noticed with horror the slash marks of the axe and a growing pool of blood in the casket.

and so says William of Newburgh!

The Alnwick Castle Vampire

The Alnwick Castle was first mentioned in history books in the year 1096 but it’s vampire troubles did not begin until the 1200′s.  A prominent priest contacted William of Newburgh about the case of the Alnwick Vampire that plagued his Diocese.  If you will recall William of Newburgh investigated reports of vampires in the 1200′s and compiled a journal of his experiences and accounts.

Legend states that a vampire lived beneath the castle where he terrorized it’s inhabitants as well as surrounding villages for over 70 years.  The story begins as such:  There was an unnamed man from Yorkshire who lived a disreputable life, filled with crime, sin and ill repute.  The man was wanted by authorities but he hid within the Alnwick Castle where he had allies, enabling for him to maintain his lifestyle.  The man having resided within the castle for quite some time moved up the ranks and became a Lord, marrying a woman that also resided within the castle.  It was the perfect marriage.  Rumors began to circulate about his wife’s indiscretions.  One evening the man climbed onto the roof above his chambers and peered into the window below to see his wife in bed with another man.  Furious with the scene, the man faltered and fell through the roof injuring himself fatally.  As he lay dying the priest arrived for him to have his final confession but the man refused, uttering curses towards his wife he refused to repent his sins before he died.  The man was laid to rest in the church cemetery, but to no avail.  It was not long after the man returned from the grave and began to attack the surrounding villages leaving a trail of victims with slashed throats and gaping wrists.  The population began to dwindle, between the attacks of the vampire, plague and the remaining fleeing for fear of their lives, the town was nearly emptied.  One Palm Sunday the local priest assembled a group of devout residents and some prominent citizens who went to the cemetery where the man was buried to put an end to this vampire’s grip of terror.

The grave was dug up and the body exhumed.  When the coffin was open the corpse was found to appear fresh and preserved yet was bloated with fresh blood.  The corpse was beheaded and dragged out of town where it was burned then the ashes were reinterred into holy ground to prevent his return.  Up until this day, he has not returned.

Let’s talk Lilith!

   A friend of mine that follows my blog emails me and says,  “I read all of your blogs, you’ve spoken about Lilith a few times but I need more info, will you do a blog just on Lilith for me?”  How do you say no to that!  So here we go, Let’s talk Lilith!

Lilith was said to have been the first female created out of dust by the hands of God as a mate for Adam.  If  you recall, Adam was also made out of dust, making them equal in her eyes. (See Genesis 1: 26-27) it was not until later that Eve was created from the rib of Adam causing her to be submissive to him. (See Genesis 2: 21-24)

It was said that Lilith was a bit headstrong and would not submit to Adam, often having argued about being made to lie beneath him during sex.  Having had enough of Adam, she left him and went to live by the Red Sea.  This is where the demons were known to have lived.  The “Watchers”  as stated by the book of Enoch, were the 200 angels that were cast down from Heaven due to their arrogance and disregard for God and his commandments.  They had been cast upon the face of the Earth while it was still in a void state, prior to the story of creation.   Lilith consorted with the demons and they taught her many secrets, things that were only meant for God and his angels to have known.  She bore many children for them as well (The Nephilim).  Lilith having not eaten from the forbidden fruit of the tree of life,  would not know a mortal death and would forever carry the secrets of God with her to enlighten her spawn.

Enter Cain who had been cast away after murdering his brother Abel.  In his wanderings he encountered Lilith who first seduced him and then shared with him the power of consuming blood.  It is said that the offspring of Cain and Lilith were the first of the Vampire race.

There are many different tales of Lilith in many different dialects, all vary in the details.
The tale above seems to be collaborated by several different ancient texts to include The
Bible, The Book of Enoch and the Talmud to mention a few.
Many legends title Lilith as a demon that is a seducer of men and a murderer of infants.
Demonized by Jewish legend, Lilith is blamed to this day for infant deaths.

The Nephilim Theory

To begin with, there is no “theory” of the Nephilim, it is a fact that they did exist, as stated in the Old Testament.

The “Theory” is that the Nephilim were the creators of the  first Vampire.  As a matter of opinion, I must admit that I agree.

Let’s start from the beginning!

Nephilim were the offspring of the “Watchers”, 200 angels that were cast out of heaven by God.  The Watchers had become arrogant and desired to be equal to God whilst also they plotted to go down upon the Earth and take the daughters of man to mate with as they had acquired a great lust for human flesh.  God had made himself clear that no angel should lie with the daughters of mankind.  Though the bible is very sketchy with the details, the book of Enoch relays the tale with much more detail; possibly explaining why the book was not made a part of the original Bible. (The prophesies of Enoch are mentioned in the letter of Jude (Jude 1: 14-15).

The tales of affairs between mortal and the fallen vary.  Very few references have been made of “true love” affairs, most accounts indicate that the women were not willing partners.  Easy to believe as it was said that no mortal could survive bearing a Nephilim.  Enoch relays the accounts in the book of Watchers, filling in many of the blanks left within the Old Testament as it was rewritten throughout the years.  His account is as follows:

And they became pregnant, and they bare great giants, whose height was three thousand ells:  Who consumed all the acquisitions of men. And when men could no longer sustain them, the giants turned against them and devoured mankind. And they began to sin against birds, and beasts, and reptiles, and fish, and to devour one another’s flesh, and drink the blood.” *

It also discusses the teaching of humans by the fallen angels chiefly Azazel:

And Azâzêl taught men to make swords, and knives, and shields, and breastplates, and made known to them the metals of the earth and the art of working them, and bracelets, and ornaments, and the use of antimony, and the beautifying of the eyelids, and all kinds of costly stones, and all colouring tinctures. And there arose much godlessness, and they committed fornication, and they were led astray, and became corrupt in all their ways. Semjâzâ taught enchantments, and root-cuttings, Armârôs the resolving of enchantments, Barâqîjâl, taught astrology, Kôkabêl the constellations, Ezêqêêl the knowledge of the clouds, Araqiêl the signs of the earth, Shamsiêl the signs of the sun, and Sariêl the course of the moon.

At this point God had had enough and decided to wipe the evil from the face of the earth, the prelude to a well known bible story “Noah and the ark”.

Now with this knowledge in mind, I recalled some research that I had done for a blog  that I posted on “The Book of Nod”.  In the book of Nod it is insinuated that the first Vampire was born of Lilith and Cain.  This is not a big jump from the information found in the book of Enoch.  The book of Nod tells that when Lilith refused Adam she was cast out of the Garden of Eden and made to live next to the Red Sea where it is believed the Watchers were residing as well.  The book of Nod states the following:

For beyond the land of Eden, lay the land of Nod where Cain ran to. He saw lands to be tilled and animals to be tamed; yet he would not do God’s work. Cain cursed his existence and refused to give glory to God. He wandered alone long into the night; then upon him came a woman. Garments dark as night, woven from shadows. Skin as pale as the moon with a chill as cold winters grasp. Eyes and lips glowing as embers in the night. Cain questioned who this woman was, she responded as ” I am Lilith…second created from God. First banished.”Lilith of unnatural power; with the belief of a survival of the fittest. Lilith taunted Caine, showing him her dark power but not teaching it to him. So he took her blood, devoured her powers. Believing he became stronger, with the belief of survival of the fittest; he took it upon himself to taunt Lilith and the Children of Seth. The belief of conquoring the brood of Seth and “if thee shall worship me, they are free to do so.” And so came temptation.

Two distinct legends based on two ancient texts; one having been written throughout a span of time by many scholars (some say even Cain had a hand in the writings) and one written by the Great Grandfather of Noah.   Both collaborating the other through different venues.

*Approximately 20 feet

Vampire threat announced recently

A recent story was released by ABC News that a tiny village in Serbia was under “Public Health Warning”.   “People are very worried. Everybody knows the legend of this vampire and the thought that he is now homeless and looking for somewhere else and possibly other victims is terrifying people,” Miodrag Vujetic, local municipal assembly member, told ABC News. “We are all frightened.”

Vujetic said villagers “are all taking precautions by having holy crosses and icons placed above the entrance to the house, rubbing our hands with garlic, and having a hawthorn stake or thorn.”  “I understand that people who live elsewhere in Serbia are laughing at our fears, but here most people have no doubt that vampires exist,” he says.

According to legend, Savanovic would kill and drink the blood of the peasants who came to grind their grain at his watermill on the Rogacica River.  Tour groups from around the Balkans would come to see the mill.   But even tourism had its limits.  “We were welcoming tourists, but only during the day.   Nobody ever overnighted there,” said Slobodan Jagodic, whose family owned the mill for over 60 years.

For the people in this tiny Serbian village there is nothing sexy or romantic about a vampire. In fact, they are terrified that one of the most feared vampires of the area has been roused back to life.  They believe that he is on the move because the home he occupied for so long, a former water mill, recently collapsed in November 2012.   Savanovic is believed to be looking for a new home.

Savavovic was a notorious Vampire that lived in mortal form sometime during the mid 1700′s.  Said to have been one of the first Serbian Vampire predated  in local history by only Peter Blagojevich.   Peter Blagojević and the affair surrounding him came to European attention at the time, under the name Peter Plogojowitz, and represented one of the earliest examples of vampire hysteria.

Serbia has a long and documented history of being haven to many of the undead, one of the most highly regarded and documented accounts was recorded in January of 1732.   Dr. Johannes Flückinger, regiment medical officer dispatched by the Honorable Supreme Command, was sent to Serbia to exhume the bodies of 13 alleged vampires, according to Scientific American. “After the examination had taken place,”  Flückinger’s official report stated, “the heads of the vampires were cut off by the local gypsies and then burned along with the bodies, and then the ashes were thrown into the river Morava.”

The villagers are living cautiously and as you may have guessed, Vampire enthusiasts are flocking to the area.  There is a warning on every villagers lips as the curious tourists organize their investigations;  “Do not stare at him, do not laugh at him, keep your distance, Savavovic roams the misty forests of the mountains when the sun goes down.”

Rasputin, a Vampire?

Grigori Rasputin was a well known Russian mystic with the ability to foresee the future and heal the sickly.  Rasputin had a vast knowledge and understanding of the bible and was regarded as a starets, or an elder, a title typically reserved for monk-confessors.  In the early 1900′s Rasputin had earned the reputation of being a saintly, mystic, visionary, healer and prophet having impressed many public figures with his biblical knowledge and understanding.

In 1907 Rasputin was invited into the Romanov estate by Tsar Nicholas II in hopes that he could heal their ailing son Tsarevich Alexi, who suffered from hemophilia (hmmm, interesting!).  Rasputin, who had successfully healed Alexi, would remain with the family for several years, serving as their psychic adviser he would influence their political reign until sometime in around 1915.

Though Rasputin was haled as a great and saintly man by many, there were those that saw him as a charlatan or an evil man that was possessed by demons.  After several assassination attempts by various parties who feared the control that Rasputin had over the Tsarina, a group of nobles led by Prince Felix Yusupov, Dmitri Pavlovich, the grand duke and Vladimire Purishkevich, a right wing politician, devised a new plot for his assassination.

Rasputin was lured to the Yusupovs’ Moika Palace, where they served him cakes and red wine laced with a large amount of cyanide.

According to the legend, Rasputin was not affected, although there was enough poison to kill ten men. Maria Rasputin’s account says that if her father ate poison, it was not in the cakes or wine, because after the attack by Guseva, he had hyperacidity, and avoided anything with sugar. She expressed doubt that he was poisoned at all.

Determined to finish the job, Yusupov worried that Rasputin would live until morning, so that the conspirators wouldn’t have time to conceal his body. He ran upstairs to consult with the others, then came back down and shot Rasputin through the back with a revolver. Rasputin fell. When Yusupov went to check on the body, Rasputin opened his eyes, grabbed Felix by the throat, strangling him, and then threw him across the room and took off. As he made his bid for freedom, the rest of the conspirators arrived and fired at him. After being hit three times in the back, he fell. As they neared his body, they found he was trying to get up so they clubbed him into submission. Then after wrapping his body in a sheet, threw him into the icy Neva River. (Other accounts says he was not dead when he fall into the Neva but he received two silver bullets in the chest and was eventually defeated because of the running water flaw of the vampire.)

Three days later the body of Rasputin — poisoned, shot four times, and badly beaten — was recovered from the river and autopsied. The cause of death was drowning. His arms were apparently found in an upright position, as if he had tried to claw his way out from under the ice. In the autopsy, it was found that he was poisoned, and that the poison alone should have killed him.

Subsequently, the Empress Alexandra buried Rasputin’s body in the grounds of Tsarskoe Selo. After the February Revolution, a group of workers from Petrograd uncovered Rasputin’s body, carried it into a nearby wood and burned it.
Weeks before he was assassinated in December 1916, according to his secretary Simonovich, Rasputin wrote the following:

I write and leave behind me this letter at St. Petersburg. I feel that I shall leave life before January 1. I wish to make known to the Russian people, to Papa, to the Russian Mother and to the Children, to the land of Russia, what they must understand. If I am killed by common assassins, and especially by my brothers the Russian peasants, you, Tsar of Russia, will have nothing to fear for your children, they will reign for hundreds of years in Russia. But if I am murdered by boyars, nobles, and if they shed my blood, their hands will remain soiled with my blood, for twenty-five years they will not wash their hands from my blood. They will leave Russia. Brothers will kill brothers, and they will kill each other and hate each other, and for twenty-five years there will be no nobles in the country. Tsar of the land of Russia, if you hear the sound of the bell which will tell you that Grigori has been killed, you must know this: if it was your relations who have wrought my death, then no one in the family, that is to say, none of your children or relations, will remain alive for more than two years. They will be killed by the Russian people. I go, and I feel in me the divine command to tell the Russian Tsar how he must live if I have disappeared. You must reflect and act prudently. Think of your safety and tell your relations that I have paid for them with my blood. I shall be killed. I am no longer among the living. Pray, pray, be strong, think of your blessed family. -Grigori

So what became of Alexi?  It was said that after the revolution of 1917, he and his family were exiled to Siberia where subsequently their assassination was ordered by the order of the Bolshevik Government, though rumors of his survival remained until 2007 when the charred remains of what archeologists claim to be Alexi and his other surviving sibling Anastasia were found near Yekaterinburg.

Accounts of the assassination were interesting to say the least.  It is said that the Assassins shot and stabbed the boy repeatedly, yet he continued to live………

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