The Legend of the Bruxsa Vampire

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The Bruxsa originates from Portuguese Vampire legends. Though it has many of the similarities of the European Vampire there are several unique characteristics of the species.

The Bruxsa, mostly females, were said to have been witches in their mortal lives making them difficult to detect and nearly impossible to kill. Bruxsa are said to have the ability to tolerate sunlight but are at their most powerful state between midnight and 2:00 a.m. Legend states that their powers are a gift from Satan himself. The Bruxsa gather at crossroads once a week (said to be either Tuesday or Friday) to worship their dark master, becoming stronger after every meeting. When at their peak, the Bruxsa is said to have the ability to shift into the form of an animal further enabling them to avoid detection prior to attacking. Some legends state that the Bruxsa takes the form of a large bird when she leaves her lair at night to feed but shifts back into the form of a beautiful woman when she stalks her prey.

There is little that can be done to fend off the Bruxsa. Some say that a particular amulet made of steel or iron will deter her briefly but once the Bruxsa has acquired the scent of her prey, there is little that can be done to protect the intended victim. Historical documents mention that there was an incantation that could be spoken to the beast but throughout time, the spell has been lost.

The Bruxsa though attracted to hunting the male human, has a taste for children as well. Women would protect their children from her in several different ways. Some would sew garlic into the lining of the children’s garments, some would place a pair of scissors beneath the child’s pillow and others would drive iron spikes into the floor around the child’s bed to protect him while he slept. If it was suspected that a Bruxsa was stalking a child, the mother would boil the child’s clothing while stabbing it with with a knife. The Bruxsa was said to feel the pain of the blows. The same tactic was used as revenge for the mother that had lost her child to a Bruxsa. the mother would boil the clothing day after day and stab it in grief until the Bruxsa would come and beg for mercy, mercy that she likely would never receive.

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Vampires in Ancient Egypt

Vampires were highly respected in the Ancient Egyptian society, many of them having become rulers. The ancient vampire having a pure blood line, were a fierce and powerful breed and were regarded as Gods in these times.

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One of the most revered vampires from this era was Osiris. He and his brother Set, born unto vampire, were abandoned by their parents. Set and Osiris were raised by a family that practiced the dark arts. The surrogate parents and their daughters, Isis and Nephtus, trained the two brothers well in the arts. Osiris would become king and marry Isis. He would use his knowledge of the arts and his power as a Vampire to teach his people how to work the land. Egypt was on it’s way to becoming the legendary metropolis that it was it that time. As Egypt continued to grow in wealth and population Set became jealous of Osiris and his stature throughout the land. Set continued to nurse his rage and began to feed on humans, building an army of minions to help him overthrow Osiris so that he may take the throne. When the time came, Set and his children murdered Osiris, immediately promoting himself as Pharaoh.

Horus, the son of Isis and Osiris was associated with a powerful sorcerer known at that time as Ra. Enraged by the actions of his uncle, Horus went to the sorcerer and had him place a curse on Set and his children; They would never walk in the daylight again lest they be destroyed. In the meanwhile, Isis in her grief, had been vigilantly searching for a way to bring Osiris back from the dead. Having turned to the book of the dead, she found success and retrieved Osiris from the netherworld but could not break the ties as he was now forever bound to the world of the dead. Legend states that this is when Osiris earned the title “Lord of the Underworld” later to be known as Hades.

Osiris or Hades, having ties to the underworld would allow for his bloodline to have access to knowledge and abilities that were unobtainable by humans. It is suggested that this is when the inherited traits of psychic and telekinetic abilities were obtained throughout the Vampire race.

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