Vampires And Their Seductive Ways
Modern films and books portray vampires as seductive individuals – who feature eternally sexy looks and a prof ilia of desirable powers. Indeed, it is these two traits that are often picked up by “vampire goths” – allowing them to add an interesting “twist” on their mortal lives. Despite this, vampires should be regarded as dangerous because it is believed that a vampire is a human being that has passed through some type of “physical death” – and yet avoids “true death” by preying on the sustenance of others. The various known vampire types shall now be considered:
Immortal Physical Vampires (the Fallen Ones)
Steeped in tradition and hierarchy, these vampires have existed since the dawn of time. The original three are believed to have been cast out of Heaven (by God himself). God then sent Michael (and other Angels) to destroy them. Although the three were defeated, it is believed that their bodies fell to Earth, where over time, man found them – and started to worship them. Eventually, the three were able to rise again – and walk amongst mankind, but with a new taste for blood (and forgoing their angelic roots). These three have now spawned vast families, which are believed to have woven their way into every facet of human civilisation (including banking, organised crime, transport, etc.). These families are known as:
- Ba'al. You should beware of greedy humans, as just maybe they have some of these vampires traits in them – for these vampires main passions are greed and power. To help them obtain the latter of these, they possess talents of charm and lust – although it is also said that they are not overly handsome/pretty. Another trait can be shared with their human kin – a tendency to boast. They are bestial towards humans – especially once they have got what they wanted (whether that be in business or relationships). They are also known as deceivers – and are adept at mind control; both of which help lure humans to their fate.
- Belial. These vampires are believed to be the closest to humans – as it is said that they experience the full range of human emotions, such as: love, hate, friendship, sadness, excitement, etc. Because they suffer remorse for their actions (e.g. for feeding) – they likely attempt to limit their taste for blood. This does not mean however that they should be considered as lovers! As they are still capable of all manner of nasty deeds. In earlier times, they fled to the furthest corners of the world. In recent times, they have been forced to integrate much more into our society. Their penance? The fact that they might go mad from bottling up too much remorse.
- Moloch. The battlefields of Ancient Earth may very well have been ripped apart by these assailants of the night – for they know only one thing: destruction. They are the most skilled in slaughter – and have the traits to match; being both physically powerful and fuelled by anger. Although military might is theirs, they seem to possess little regard for personal grooming nor the intricacies of fashion. They have been linked with the bloodshed of the Vikings and many other great conquests/conflicts over the centuries. It follows that this family of vampire are the most unsuitable for human relationships.
All three have the power to shape-shift into animals (such as bats, snakes, spiders and wolves). Larger animals (such as Jaguars and Leopards) are a speciality of Belial. A vampire may change shape when it wishes to spy, escape or scare (e.g.).
All three are believed to be blessed with great strength, quick reflexes/agility and a high speed of movement – all of which helps them view humans as their “play things”.
Powerful Fallen can also control the bodies of dead humans (as slaves). These are usually called Ghouls – and depending upon how much time and effort the Fallen invests these could even pass for human. Ghouls should not be confused with Zombies (which are traditionally associated with witchcraft). [There's little hope of a Zombie passing as human – since they are always decaying].
Mortal Physical Vampires
Throughout history, some individuals have suffered from unexplainable blood lust, and several have carried out enough “acts” that they have earned the title “Vampire”:
- Vlad Dracula. It is believed that he would punish individuals by impaling them on wooden stakes (for his amusement). It is however, unclear as to whether he actually drank the blood of his victims (since he seemed only to excel at spilling it).
- Elizabeth Bathory. It is believed that her kiss sealed the fate of many a man. She was responsible for hundreds of murders – and seems to have been especially fond of torturing her prey.
In modern times, some mortals may enjoy drinking the blood of others – however this seems to be conducted (mostly) at the “donors” will (or even simply by ordering a rare steak at their favourite restaurant).
Un-intentional Psychic Vampires
It is generally accepted that ill, injured and/or older people are “less active” than others. In occult terminology, this means that the amount of life-force (i.e. aura/unseen energy) produced by such individuals will be less than that produced by healthy persons. Therefore, such vampires unconscious minds may attempt to top-up their “batteries” (so to speak); by feeding off the life-force of others for the purpose of self preservation – without the vampire fully realising what it is doing. Consider: have you ever met someone that just seems to drain your energy when your around them – for no explainable reason? If so, its possible (at the very least) – that they could fall into this category of vampire.
Intentional Psychic Vampires
Very dangerous – as these knowingly feed off the psychic energy of others to maintain their existence (i.e. top-up their astral bodies to avoid “true death”). Such attacks seem to occur at night – and victims often awake to feelings of dread, accompanied by an inability to move and/or speak (e.g. temporary paralysis induced by shear dread – or perhaps a hypnotic effect emanating from the vampire). It also seems to be common to experience “weight” on the victims chest – and to see some kind of shadowy figure/fog (aka “phantom”). It seems that such vampires also have the ability to “fly away” and transform their shape. There also exists the possibility, that this type could be evil witches/sorcerers, who can leave their bodies and attack others (whilst still living as mortals). Either way, these vampires usually feature an array of tendrils/tentacles – that allow them to feed from their victims.
The astute reader that has also read my article on ghosts may also believe that one of my encounters there could have been an intentional psychic vampire. I to have thought this – however I know that I was able to move my arms (which rules out paralysis for starters), and I also did not see any “phantoms” (at least with my eyes).
NOTE: Such psychic vampires could also simply be an extension of the Fallen's powerful mind control abilities (i.e. not separate types in their own right).
What Makes a Vampire?
This can depend upon the type of vampire, however some general theories have been considered/proposed throughout history:
- Afraid of the “afterlife”. Some people dread the unknown – and may attempt to cheat death all together.
- Bitten/Drinking the blood of a vampire. This is indeed how the descendants of the Fallen have been created.
- Excommunication. Someone who is cursed by a priest to never find peace nor move on.
- Greedy/Selfish. Whether its money or youthful looks – some may think it should be theirs forever.
- Improper burial rites. This seems less likely these days – especially with improved methods of burial and cremation.
- Predatory. Some humans are simply predators – so why should that change with death?
- Violent deaths. Those taken before their time could seek some kind of “revenge” (this would seem more likely if the individual had an interest in vampires).
Identifying a Vampire
This can be a tricky task (because of a vampires mind control abilities), but a strong willed person may notice:
- Continual use of an old (depreciated) language.
- Excitement/Stress when there's blood (or meat) around.
- Incorrect reflection (in mirrors).
- Strange reaction to faith (including its symbols – such as a cross).
- Wearing of old/out-of-date clothes.
NOTE: it is not safe to assume that vampires can't come out in daylight. It is perhaps better to say that vampires simply prefer the night.
Weapons Used to Protect Against Vampires
First, those that were common in the past (when “hunting and killing” a vampire was more common):
- Burning. Helps release mystical power.
- Decapitation. “If it can't see – then it can't hunt”.
- Holy/Blessed swords (etc.). Ability to grant the wielder power on unseen levels.
- Wooden stake. Destroys ability to animate a vampires corpse (via the heart).
- Silver. Usually a bullet, arrow tip or crossbow bolt.
Secondly, those that could still be used today (far more protection based):
- Garlic. Either eaten or hung around your house. It contains allicin, which is believed to be very detrimental to vampires.
- Holy/Blessed crosses (etc.). “Fashion accessories” that could help grant you protection (especially if you believe in what they represent).
- Psychic shields. The more magically inclined could erect one of these (e.g. a ritual involving: purification, banishing and “astral body programming”). [Of most use against psychic vampires/abilities].
It is worth noting that belief in Vampires, in one form or another, appears to be widespread: America, Africa, China, Europe and India; and in such places was well established – even before the time of popular fiction/films. Such beliefs also appear to have existed since many earlier times (including Egypt – where it was believed that Pharaohs needed more than one lifetime to accomplish their work). The Fallen also have strong ties with Egypt – since it is believed that they “spread” from there.
She looked at me across the room – her primal instincts called to me. I knew she was a monster – but still she drew me in .... How many think such thoughts? How many would secretly like to date a Belial? (More than you'd think!). If its all fiction – then its very good. If based on reality (or at least some is) – then we should be afraid. Either way, it seems likely that this romance shall continue – even as we reach for the stars.
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