Legion (Coven)

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Somewhere Where Blood Flows Like A River



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I Go Where I Want And Do What I Want.



1. Do Not Add Me Without My Consent
2. Do Not Message or Bite Me If Are Under The Age Of 18
(The Only Message That Will Not Earn My Wrath Is One That Informs Me Of A Profile Update)
3.Do Not Request To Cyber Nor To Be My Slave
4. Pretending To Attack Me
(I Do Not Play Such Games, Find Someone Who Will Indulge Such Childish Whims, When I Attack Or defend It Is In Real Life Where I Can Cause REAL Damage. Not In Cyberspace Where No Real Effects Happen)
5. Rate Me Fairly
6. Respect My Profile Rules And Wishes
7. Do Not Revenge Rate Me
(If I Visited You And Found There Was Little Or Nothing I Shall Mark You Low, However This Does Not Mean I Found It Distasteful, And If You Ask Respectfully I Shall Re-Rate You Accordingly, But If Demand It, I Shall Leave It As Is.
8. No Stupid shit
Examples Are But Not Limited To

Down rating Me Or Mines Profiles
Criticizing Me Or Mines Profiles When Yours Is Lacking.
Blocking Me For Using A Stamp.
Telling Me How I Should Do My Profile.
Lecturing Me On My Content. Being Offensive With Your Comments.
Rating Me low For Choosing A Mutant Theme.
Revenge Rating

Think Really Hard If You Want To Disregard My Wishes,
Once You Have A Place One My Blocked List And Rated A 1 It Will Remain So.

My Name is Logan.
I Have Used Others Here But I Seem To Always Get Bored With Them, So I Have Decided To Just Use My Own, I Chose Logan The Mutant Because Growing Up I Had No Real Role Modles To Choose From And He Was One Of The People Real Or Unreal I Would Have Liked To Been Like. He Represented Someone Who Was Blunt Honest Only Cared For Those That Were Close To Hime, He Drank And Smoked And Cussed.
Went And Did What He Wanted. So He Was Someone I Admired. Yes I Was A Strange Child Anyways I am A Pagan Male Living In New Orleans.
You Will Not Find Trivial Things Like Quiz's On My Profile Because I Don't Care What Generic Brand Of Labeling Others Think I Am.
I Care Not If I'm Green Eyes Or What Sex Position I Am Or Even What Tribe I'm From.
I Do Not Presume You Do Either.
Why Do People Insist On adding Me To Their Friend's List?
I'm not a nice person and Wonder what they Think A friend Is.
Is it someone you See And Go(Hmmm, They Look like My Friend)
Or Do They Think You Go( I am So Happy I Have A Friend Now, My Life Is Complete)
I Think It Is Someone You Get To Know Beyond A Profile, I Think That Is Why It Is A Pet Peve to be added when I am not asked First.
Besides I Pick And Choose Who My Friends Are Not You!
I hate People Who Try To Step on your toes when It Comes To Anything you have,
Guys Who Think They Have More Money Than You So They Will Take Your Woman.
Or Women Who Think Just Because They Are Cute They Can Have Any Guy They Want.
I Also Don't Care For The Phrase Damaged Goods,
Anyone Who Can Be In An Intense Relationship And Escape With No Internal Scars Never Really Put their Whole Heart Into It.
I do Practice Magic But will not discuss of what nature.
It is of no ones concern.
(I Will Only Tell You It Does Not include Sacrificing animals or people, even though I have met a few I would like to)
I'm An Ex Bouncer and bartender from New Orleans.
I Enjoy Working Out, I Am One Who Likes To Look Good And Not All Skinny, I Do Not Like To Be Thin.
I Have Been A Sanguine For As long as I can Remember.
Ever since I tasted my own blood on the playground all those years ago, I do not feel right and get sick if I do not ingest blood.
And feel energized when I do drink.
I have never wished to be like others, I find the ways of (Normal) people sickening.
Of People who go to their churches to be forgiven of things that are in the nature of us all.
I am The Kind Of Person Who Does Hold A Grudge,
If Someone Really Pisses Me off I may never forgive them. Hell, I don't have to.
I will never let Anyone make me feel bad for the way I dress or act or believe. If I feel bad it is my own sense of right from wrong. Not because someone told me I am.
I do however put on a public face at work, It is of no ones concern on how I really am.
If my employers knew the real me I would have never gotten my job.
There is a time and a place for every thing,
And A wise person shows prudence in his
actions and behavior.
I generally Hate being around others unless it is others as myself.
I am An Adult And Enjoy the banter of those who share the same Ideas and mindsets.
I Make My Own Stamps And Gifs For My Profile And Hope To Move On To BackGrounds As Well.
I do a bit of writing.
I Enjoy Music Such As... Alice Cooper, Cruxshadows, Cradle Of Filth, Otep, A Perfect Circle. Danzig.
And I Love It When A New Person Becomes A Premium Member And They Have Nothing On Their Profile But Still Think They Deserve A 10.
And When It Comes To This Site I Find That Some People Don't believe anyone deserves a 10, I find That hypocritical since They welcome a 10 themselves.
And I don't think they message people saying(Hey I deserve a 9.) And To Those They Will Get An 8.
So If You are That Kind Of Person Don't Bother Rating Me, Because I May Rate You Back A 1 For You Being A Hypocrite And Put You On My Block List If I'm In A Bad Mood. Because I Will Take This As You Broke My Down Rating Rule,
Even If You Think You Did Not Because You Rate Everyone That Way,
I Really Don't Care What You Think, It My Opinion In This Matter That Counts NOT Yours. There Are alot of us who spend quite a bit of time to do things that stand out on our profiles and deserve our ratings. Ratings Are Important to me to a point.
But If Some asshole gives me less Than I deserve Than I have No Problem giving them a 1 And Being Re-rated A 1 By Them(I Would Rather Get A 1 Standing Up For Myself Than Take A Rate I Feel Is Unfair)
I May Be An Asshole But I will Acknowledge When Someone Puts Time Into their Profile And Will rate Them Accordingly.To Me That Is Fair. But It Is Not Fair To Accept A Rate I Am Not Willing To Give.
And I Do Not Care About Your Level I Will Rate A Sire A 1 If They Have An Empty Profile because I Would Expect More From Them Being A Sire Than A Few Pics And Words As Well As I Will Rate A Whelp A 10 If Their Profile Deserves It.
And As Far As The Theme Of My Profile If You Rate Me Low Because I Chose A Demon Or Anime Character Then GET OVER Yourself.
I Am Different In My Choice Of Themes. And Believe A lot Of Choices Are Repeated Over And Over And I Like To Be Creative.
And If I Receive A Low Rate Because You Rated Me On My Theme Rather Than Content I Will Return Your Rate With A 1 And Block You. So It Is In Your Best Interest Not To Rate Me If That Is Your reason For Rating Me Low.

Ignoring historical references to European barbarian tribes and, architectural, literal and art styles, Goth is a subculture. It started in the late 1970's both in Europe AND the United States OUTSIDE of the club/music scene. The culture was comprised of INDIVIDUALS with very little in common but their artistic drive, insatiable curiosity, extreme intellectualism, and the socially unacceptable need to be and express themselves. In a nutshell, Goth is very much like 70s Punk with a brain and good manners. (In other words, it shares the underlying feeling of disgust and separation from normal everyday culture that the 70s Punks espoused, but expresses its alienation and disenchantment with modern society and it's values in a more intelligent and less destructive manner.) The label Goth itself is very much a descriptive reference to the literary genre and architectural style both of which characterize and evoke the mood and to a certain degree, mindset that is generally idealized by modern Goth as a cultural group. However, it should be noted that the term subculture indicates initial acknowledgment that is it NOT mainstream. Goth is a subculture by definition, but it is also a lifestyle. The club/music scene was not the cause, but rather an effect.

How do I become Goth?

I hate to break it to you, but Goth is not something you can just learn. Gothic people grew up that way. Most people do not have the genuine sense of wonder, creativity, talent, open-mindedness, and appreciation of the duality of existence, nor of themselves and their abilities that makes a person genuinely Goth. While some of these things can be learned over the course of years, most of it can only be emulated. To emulate something strongly implies that the action is neither original nor genuine. That is just not Goth. It is not unusual that a Goth will 'discover' that the label Goth is what they are, but didn't know what to call it. In some ways being a Goth can be compared to being heterosexual or bisexual, you don't choose the lifestyle, you just come to terms with having it.

How do I know if I'm Goth?

This is a VASTLY more reasonable question. It's sort of odd and sad at the same time that a lot of actual Goths don't know that they are, many have been quite surprised to find out. This is unfortunately the work of massive media stereotyping and misinformation from ignorant but rather noisy wanna-be's. It seems that the bulk of available information on Goth comes from those two sources. Never mind that.

If most (10 or more) of the following statements are true, it is VERY likely that you are Goth. If the first statement is false, you aren't Goth. No, not even if all 16 of the rest are true. Of course, you would be readily accepted and most welcome amongst Goths for your strength of individuality and ability to appreciate the culture in general and themselves in particular.

· You feel the need to spend a lot of time creating things (music, art, poetry, philosophies, stories and the like)

· Your creative efforts are often described as dark, shocking, scary, morbid or strange

· You like museums and cultural centers

· You understand and even enjoy Shakespeare, Shelley, Browning or some other similar work without having to read the Cliffe Notes (not every country may be familiar with these gems of supposed higher learning. Cliffe Notes or a small book, usually under 75 pages, that contains the synopsis of a work of literature. For those who don't ACTUALLY want to read the required book you can purchase a Cliffe Notes and get the highlights and top quotes. They are in VERY distinctive covers that look amazingly like a construction warning sign).

· You know the difference between nihilism and existentialism, even if you don't really live by either

· You really, truly enjoy music of many kinds

· You are a very sensual person (aware of color, texture, sound, taste and scent)

· You don't understand why the people around you spend so much time watching TV

· You don't feel comfortable looking just like everyone else you know

· You do feel comfortable just being yourself, even if no one else around is anything like you

· You wonder "why" a lot, and come up with some interesting answers

· You wonder "how" a lot, and often figure it out on your own

· You don't just reject something because you don't understand

· You base your opinions of people on who they are and what they do rather than what they look like

· You are not afraid of the unknown

· You are not afraid of the dark

· You are afraid of mediocrity

Laura Lemay says that to be Goth I have to be angsty and wear a lot of black. Is this true?

NO. Black and angst are not necessary to be Goth. True Goth defies stereotyping and does not adhere to dress codes. Too much angst or other negative emotion stifles a person's ability to learn, think, and create. Azhram says, most actual Goths are psychologically pretty well-adjusted people, this depends on the area. I have noticed there is a difference in Goths mental stability depending on the country. Many have either started with or acquired some sort of angst, and as with any long term groups, this was not how Goth started, but it does greatly affect newer Goths and HAS become associated. Goths just have a different set of cultural and social blueprints than your average person. Ms. Lemay knows a lot more about web authoring than she does about Goth, even if she refuses to practice good web design on her own personal site. But she DID get one thing right when she said, "Try not to take yourselves so seriously." Granted, that's a little out of context, but it's good advice just the same.

So, this brings up a whole new can of worms...the most common tidbits of juicy misinformation about Goth. In almost two decades of watching people's perceptions of Goth, I have found that never has there been so much inaccurate information as there is now. It's time to break out the hammer and start banging. Let's take a look at the most commonly distributed misinformation about Goth, shall we?

Ten Gothic Stereotypes We All Love To Repeat

· All Goths must wear black. Color is not Goth.

· Goth is a subculture based on a musical style.

· All Goths listen to the same music.

· All Goths are fixated on death.

· All Goths drink a lot/do drugs.

· Goth came from the hippie movement.

· Goths don't laugh except to mock others.

· Goths all have tattoos and piercings.

· Goths always wear a lot of makeup.

· Goth and Freak are interchangeable terms for the same culture.

I know that a lot of so-called "Goth" people accept these things to be facts. I see it on the Web and I see it on what passes for a scene. I also know that this list of statements and quite a few others like them are just so much bullshit. So what is the truth? Here, let's go back through that list and correct things, eh? You might be surprised, or you might be another Olde Schooler, in which case, you'll be greatly amused.

All Goths must wear black. Color is not Goth.

I can see where this one might have some heavy support, since the scene is filled with cookie-cutter, black clad people who generally avoid the few daring individuals who might wear white, or gods forbid *gasp!* include color in their wardrobe. This lack of individualism strongly suggests to someone who doesn't really understand Goth that we have a uniform look or worse, that we are conformists. What people fail to grasp is that most people on the Goth scene are either skin-Goths (poseurs), demi-Goths (people who might make fine Goths if they could just get over what other people thought of them) or second and third generation Goths who just honestly never had any contact with other Goths who knew what the movement is all about. This is one of the things that created the paradox of a culture that was based on individualism and creativity but just the same had a rigid conformist dress code. Truth is, Goth is rabidly individualistic and we wear whatever we damn well please. Color is not an exception. You just don't recognize us when you see us outside of the stereotype. There is a 'style' called Goth now that has evolved from the stereotype, and dressing in fashion is not exactly a low-cost option. Most Goths tend to be from middle to high income to afford the lifestyle they are part of. Skin-Goths and demi-Goths spend an amazing amount of money on appearing to be in fashion, but a true Goth knows that the outfit doesn't make the Goth, (it can, however, make you look good).

Goth is a subculture based on a musical style.

I can also see how a lot of people might get this impression. A lot of otherwise decent sources of information on Goth and its more recent history offer this myth up to us as fact. It may even very well be part of the truth for some Gothic orgins in some parts of the world, but it is predated by the emergence of Goth as culture rather than Goth as musical genre in America (at the very least). The media (read record labels and associated musical rags) started this, and I find it disgusting that so many people feel the need to perpetuate this myth that the musical genre started Goth as opposed to Goth starting the genre. Many sources including the Usenet's alt.gothic group even go so far as to say that the actual cultural origins of Goth were a later fable added after the supposedly music-based trend happened. This is absolutely false. Before there was a so-called Goth sound, we had dropped the title of New Romantics and firmly settled on calling ourselves Gothic. The culture pre-dates the musical genre by a good two years. I should know. I was there. Honest. Here is one of the key points I disagree with Azhram. Much of new-Goth IS based on musical style, which is unfortunate since he is right.

All Goths listen to the same music.

Yah. Sure we do. Actually that's not highly likely. Even the skin-Goths have a semi-diverse musical taste. This is one of those ridiculous stereotypes that is glued onto every single culture that exists. It is true of none of them, and is just as untrue for Goths. I won't waste any more breath on this one. Again, Azhram focuses on a point, but as the Swedes say, "The cat is walking around the porridge". Goths DO tend to listen to the same type of music, overall as individuals Goths do have their own preferences that suit them in music as well, but the groups/styles they listen to tend to overlap a great deal. There are Goth that couldn't care less for what music is playing.

All Goths are fixated on death.

Okay people. Repeat after me: Goth is not about death. Good. Now go to your local institution of higher learning and enroll in art history and English lit classes. Learn about symbolism and metaphor. Maybe take a few philosophy classes. Being uneducated or ignorant usually causes this stereotype. Goths are by and large more fixated on the concept of beauty as an abstract, creative endeavours (both their own and those of historical origins) and simply trying to get ahead in a society that doesn't share their individual aesthetics, values and principals. If you have a decent fine arts education, an ounce of perceptiveness and know the difference between a real Goth and a skin-Goth, you know that Goth, while often dark and eerie, is NOT obsessed with death. Regular American culture is.

All Goths drink a lot/do drugs.

I realize that this is a pretty deeply ingrained idea about Gothic culture, but it's wrong. Goths are not all completely clean cut, sqeaky-clean sober types, but we aren't all into drugs. Granted, most young people go through an experimental stage with sex and drugs, and the bulk of Goth is made up of young people, but let's face it, Goths don't do any more drugs than your average person. Drugs aren't a requirement in being Goth, even if there are a lot of irresponsible people out on the scene who are hell-bent on telling you otherwise. We have a word for those types. Maybe you've heard it...Junkie. Just remember Goth does not equal Junkie.

Goth came from the hippie movement.

This is more media stereotyping. It is also completely false. Goth has nothing to do with the hippie movement. There are no similarities either (except being a subculture of it's own). Alt.culture has a really interesting but completely inaccurate write-up on Goth that mentions this, and people are entirely too fond of repeating this rancid little tidbit of misinformation. I'd like to say STOP IT right now. Just cut it out. Goth came from neither Hippie nor Punk. If it came from anything at all, it was a new outlook on Beat.

Goths don't laugh except to mock others.

This is just too pretentious. I've been a Goth for two decades and I spend a lot of time laughing at a lot of things that have nothing to do with the misfortunes or lack of taste of others. I am not the exception. Most Goths have a well-developed sense of humor that is really quite healthy. Certainly we don't all laugh at the same things or make the same kinds of jokes, but that is a given, isn't it? It seems that a huge number of people that claim to be Goth also claim that we don't share in the common human arena of emotion, but common sense alone should tell you that this is, like so many other things, a posturing load of unmitigated bull. Yes, I know that there are flocks of people who claim to be Goth that will demonstrate personally and in the most uncomfortable fashion that we are nasty, sociopathic bastards who live to laugh at your misfortunes and will excuse their unacceptable behaviour by claiming that it's the Goth way of acting. I'm sure you've seen them in IRC and Usenet and that they seem to be the unpleasant majority, but if you take a few minutes to think, it may become apparent that at least online there are entirely too many people claiming to be something other than they are and that people in general (online and off) are frightfully nasty towards one another if they feel that they can get away with it. Sure, we Goths have a different view of things socially, but then again, so do the Japanese, and no one accuses them of not ever laughing non-maliciously. Do they?

Goths all have tattoos and piercings.

More stereotyping. Tattoos and piercings have become very trendy these days. Stereotypical Goth has also become very trendy. So you are going to see a lot of skin-Goths running around with a lot of very obvious tattoos and piercings. You will also see a lot of Ravers, Rednecks, Indie Kids and other people who have nothing to do with Goth running around with tattoos and piercings a-go-go. You don't have to be Sherlock Holmes to deduce that one. Just remember, Goths are individuals. We will do what we think looks right on us, and if having no ink or metal embedded in our skin feels right, we will do with or without and still be indisputably Goth.

Goths always wear a lot of weird or scary makeup.

No, not at all. This, again, goes back to the central idea that Goths are individuals and all exercise their own judgment on how they feel like looking. Sure, makeup is pretty cool, and its application can be a fun pre-outing ritual, but again, it is far from necessary.

Goth and Freak are interchangeable terms for the same culture.

This is ridiculous. It is almost as silly as saying that grunge kids and rednecks are the same cultural group. Sure, there may be some similarities in the stereotypical outward appearance to the grossly unobservant or the painfully ignorant, but it is still radically untrue. Anyone who would ever mistake one for the other after observing for a few minutes is either blind, high, or completely unaware of the actual social and ideological dynamics of both groups. I am thinking that if we are going to continue to live in a society that needs to categorize, stereotype and label, that perhaps we should more carefully analyze the people and things we are labelling before we slap a name on them. Don't just call someone something because they look a certain way. Visual stereotyping is a terribly inaccurate method for classifying people in real practice these days. Most often you will be wrong, and vastly poorer for it.

So, hopefully some of this has made some sort of impact on some of you. Maybe you might even be a little more interested in Goth as a culture and individual Goths as people with something more meaningful and valuable to contribute to both society in general and yourself in particular than bad attitude, poor taste and drugs. Who knows, you might even realize that *you* are Goth. Or that the black-wearing scary kids who have been giving you a hard time because you can't recite every album produced by Christian Death before Valor took over aren't anything but trendies, bullies or jocks.

Or maybe not. Maybe you ARE one of those trying to impress your loser friends by pretending to be something exotic that you don't understand. In that case, you are probably gearing up to flame us. Go right ahead, but be warned: I we not easily embarrassed, frightened, or hurt. And we give as good as we get. So take your best shot and pray that we decide to ignore you.

Taken From Vampgirl.com
Historical 'Vampires'
(other than Dracula)

Gilles de Rais (1404-1440) - Cannibalism, Sorcery, Sadism, Necrophilia, Vampirism.
Elizabeth Bathory (1560-1614) - Sadism, Vampirism.
Gilles Garnier (Late 16th Century) - Blood Drinking, Lycanthropy, Cannibalism.
Clara Geisslerin (Late 16th Century) - Witchcraft, Cannibalism, Vampirism.
Peter Plogojowitz (1725) - Vampirism.
Arnod Paole (1727) - Vampirism.
Marquis de Sade (1740-1814) - Extreme sexual deviance, Sadism.
Antoine Leger (d.1824) - Rape, Murder, Cannibalism, Vampirism.
Sergeant Bertrand (Mid 19th Century) - Corpse mutilation, Necrophilia, Vampirism. Dubbed the 'Vampire of Montparnasse'
Vincenzo Verzini (Late 19th Century) - Corpse mutilation, Murder, Vampirism.
Fritz Haarmann (1879-1925) - Corpse mutilation, Cannibalism, Vampirism, Selling of 'Body Parts'. Dubbed the 'Hanover Vampire'
Peter Kurten (1883-1931) - Rape, Murder, Vampirism. Dubbed the 'Vampire of Dusseldorf'
Victor Ardisson (Early 20th Century) - Illegal Exhumation, Necrophilia. Dubbed the 'Vampire of Muy'
John Haigh (d.1949) - Murder, Vampirism. Dubbed the 'Vampire of London'
Wayne Boden (Late 20th Century) - Murder, Rape, Strangling, Vampirism.

Vampire Legends Around The World

African. Asanbosam are normal vampires except that they have hooks instead of feet. They tend to bite their victims on the thumb.

Indian. These vampires natural form is that of a half-man, half-bat creature roughly four feet tall. They are otherwise unremarkable.

Malaysian. The bajang normally take the form of polecats. They could be enslaved by sorcerors and forced to kill the sorceror's enemies, and some families were believed to be hereditarily stalked by the bajang.

Baobhan Sith:
Scottish. The baobhan sith (pronounced buh-van she) are evil fairys who appear as beautiful young women and will dance with men they find until the men are exhausted, and then feed on them. The baobhan sith can be harmed and destroyed by cold iron.

Ancient Greece. According to Greek legend, a child born on Christmas will become a allicantzaros.
These vampires often appear in half-human, half-animal shapes.

Ch'ing Shih:
Chinese. Ch'ing shih appear livid and may kill with poisonous breath in addition to draining blood. If a Ch'ing Shih encounters a pile of rice, it must count the grains before it can pass the pile. They can be harmed and destroyed by normal weapons and by sunlight. Their immaterial form is a glowing sphere of light, much like a will-o'-the-wisp.

Mexican. These vampire-witches held sabbaths at crossroads and were believed to attack young children and to mate with human men, producing children who were also vampires. They were believed to be linked to the god Tezcatlipoca.

Irish. The dearg-due is a standard European vampire, except that it cannot shapeshift and may be defeated by building a cairn of stones over its grave.

Ancient Greece and Rome. Empusas appear as either beautiful women or ancient hags. They are strongly related to the incubi and succubi (q.v).

Assyrian. These are vampires of the spirit variety. They are naturally invisible and are capable of possessing humans. They can be destroyed by using wooden weapons or by exorcism.

Hanh Saburo:
Indian. These creatures live in forests and can control dogs. They will attempt to lure or drive travellers into the forest to attack them.

European. Incubi (plural of incubus) are sexual vampires. They are spirit vampires of a demonic nature. They may enter homes uninvited and can take on the appearance of other persons. They will often visit the same victim repeatedly. A victim of an incubus will experience the visits as dreams. The female version of an incubus is a succubus

Brazilian. Normally appearing as snakes, jaracara are said to drink the milk of sleeping women as well as their blood.

Bulgarian. Krvopijacs (also known as obours) look like normal vampires except that they have only one nostril.They can be immobilized by placing wild roses around their graves. One way to destroy a krvopijac is for a magician to order its spirit into a bottle, which must then be thrown into a fire.

Ancient Greece and Rome. Lamias are exclusively female vampires. They often appear in half-human, half-animal

forms and eat the flesh of their victims in addition to drinking their blood. Lamias can be attacked and killed with normal weapons.

West Indies. Appearing as old women, these vampires go abroad at night as blobs of light, much like the will-o'-the-wisp.

Serbian. Mulos normally appear as people wearing white clothes. They are active both day and night, and can assume the shapes of horses or sheep. They eat their victims in addition to drinking their blood. Mulos are also known as Vlokoslak.

Central and Eastern European. The "traditional" vampire described in Dracula. Most vampires appearing in movies and books are of this sort.

Indian. The Rakshasas are powerful vampires of the spirit variety. They usually appear as humans with animal features (claws, fangs, slitted eyes, etc.) or as animals with human features (flattened noses, hands, etc.). They often appear as tigers. In any form, rakshasas are powerful magicians. They eat the flesh of their victims in addition to drinking blood. Rakshasas may be destroyed by burning, sunlight, or exorcism.

Eastern European. These are "birds of ill omen" who will attack people at night, with a whole flock of strigoi sometimes attacking a single victim. The strigoi use their long,sharp beaks to peck holes in their victims and drink their blood.

Serbian. The vampyr is naturally invisible, but can be seen by animals or by a dhampir. A dhampir is the (living) offspring of a vampyr, and is capable of seeing vampyrs and of harming them physically. Dhampirs would often hire out to destroy vampyrs. Vampyrs cannot shapeshift

Medieval Greece. Described as being "swollen" and "distended," vrykolakas can walk in daylight without being harmed. The vrykolakas may only call to be let into a specific house once a night. In addition to sucking blood, vrykolakas also cause nightmares. They may be destroyed by exorcism or burning. In Crete, they are called kathakano.

Polish and Russian. Wampiri appear exactly as normal humans and have a "sting" under their tongue rather than fangs. They are active from noon until midnight. A wampir may only be destroyed by burning. When the wampir is burned, its body will burst, giving rise to hundreds of small, disgusting animals (maggots, rats, etc.). If any of these escape, then the wampir's "spirit" will escape as well, and will later return to seek revenge. These creatures are also called vieszcy and upierczi.

Vlad The Impaler


To fully understand the significance of Vlad's name, we must first learn a little bit about his family. His father was also named Vlad (II). He was appointed by Holy Roman Emperor Sigismund and the Boyars to rule Wallachia. He was also a member of a secret group of knights called the Order of the Dragon that was instated to fight the Turks. Because of this membership in the Order of the Dragon, Vlad II became known as Vlad Dracul, with Dracul meaning "Dragon" or "Devil".

Vlad II Dracul eventually betrayed the Order of the Dragon and joined the Turks, handing Vlad III and Mircea II (two of his sons) over to the Turks to be hostages and act as his "insurance". One of Vlad II's relatives went against him in battle where he was assassinated.

At this time, rulership was not passed down to a son, but was instead appointed by the Boyars who were a petty, gossipy, wicked group of people, only intent on their own gain.
Several years passed before Vlad III could make an alliance that would allow him to rule Wallachia, and when he did so, he quickly became know as Vlad Dracula, with the additional "a" meaning "son of". He was known as "Vlad Son of the Devil".

His first Easter as ruler is where his many evil deeds began. He called all the Boyars to dine with him, and as they finished eating, he had them all arrested for the betrayal of his father, and impaled on spikes around the city for all to see.
This is where he got his name "Vlad Tepes", with Tepes meaning "The Impaler".
Over the years that he was ruler, he had thousands of people impaled, as well as tortured, further earning his nickname as Vlad the Impaler.

After a six year reign, Vlad III's brother, Radu the Handsome, attacked his castle in order to kill Vlad. He managed to escape into the forest and flee to Transylvania, but his wife jumped to her death to avoid capture.
Once Vlad reached Transylvania seeking refuge, he was imprisoned, but treated well, given room to go wherever he pleased on the castle grounds. He eventually remarried a Countess and had two children with her while he was a prisoner there.

Eventually, he was sanctioned by the King of Hungary, who was ruling Transylvania at the time, to lead an army against the Turks, and being that he had so much experience defeating the Turks, this was ideal. He fought many battles against the Turks, and even tried to retake Wallachia from his brother Radu. However, he never got the chance to defeat Radu who died from Syphilis, and was replaced by a new ruler.

As time went on, he was reinstated as the ruler of Wallachia, and sanctioned by the Holy Roman Emperor to impale the Turks for God. As luck would have it though, the Boyars had not forgotten the evil deeds done by Vlad Tepes, and conspired to kill him. They set him up in a battle against the Turks that he could not win, and he was outnumbered and killed by way of decapitation.

Elizabeth Bathory


Elizabeth Bathory was born in Hungary in 1560, approximately a hundred years after Vlad the Impaler died. One of her ancestors Prince Steven Bathory, was even a commanding officer who helped Vlad Dracula In 1546, when he claim the throne in Wallachia back again.

At the time Elizabeth was born, her parents George and Anna Bathory belonged to one of the oldest and wealthiest families in the country. Her cousin was the prime minister in Hungary, another relative was cardinal, and her uncle Stephan later became King of Poland. But the Bathory-family, beside the very rich and famous, also contained some very strange relatives. One uncle was known to be a devil-worshipper, and other members of the family were mental insane and perverted.

In the spring 1575, at the age of 15, Elizabeth was married to Count Ferencz Nadasdy, who was 25. The Count added her surname to his, so Elizabeth could keep her family name Bathory. After the marriage they moved to Castle Csejthe a mountaintop fortress overlooking the village of Csejthe, which lies in the north-western part of Hungary. Count Ferencz spent a great deal of time away from home, often fighting against the Turks. He was a very brave and daring soldier on the battlefield, and later in life he earned a reputation as the "Black Hero of Hungary".

While her husband was pursuing his passion for war, throughout all the 25 years they were married, Elizabeth was often left to herself, and her life became more and more boring. To kill some time, beside admiring her own beauty in the mirror for hours, she took on young men as lovers, and onetime she even ran of with one, but she soon returned home and the Count forgave her. Another thing Elizabeth did to amuse herself while home alone, was to pay visits to her aunt Countess Klara Bathory, an open bisexual. She presumably enjoyed herself with her aunt Klara, since she visited her aunt's estate frequently.

It was also then she began to develop an interest in the occult. An old maid named Dorothea Szentes, also called Dorka, who was a real witch, instructed her in the ways of witchcraft and Black Magic. Later Dorka became Bathory's helping hand, when she was encouraging Elizabeth's sadistic tendencies, like the inflicting of pain upon people. Together with Dorka, Elizabeth began the task of disciplining the female servants, and torture them in an underground chamber. In the Countess's service, as helpers in the macabre punishments of the servants, was her old nurse Iloona Joo, her manservant Johannes Ujvary and a maid named Anna Darvula, who alleged also was Elizabeth's lover.

With the aid of this crew, Elizabeth made Castle Csejthe to a place of pure evil. She would always find excuses to inflict punishment and torture, upon her young servant girls. She preferred to having the victim stripped naked and then whip the girl on the front of her nude body rather than the back not only for the increased damage this would do, but so that she then could watch their faces contort in horror at their most grim and burning fate. Another favorite was when she would stick pins, in various sensitive places on the victims body, such as under fingernails.

In 1600 Ferencz died and Elizabeth's period of real terror began. First of, she sent her hated mother-in-law away. Secondly, she would have peace to enjoy a new kind of bath, that nobody was to known of. Short before her husband died something happened, that changed Elizabeth's life. She was now close to 40 and time, had taken it's toll on her appearance. Elizabeth tried to conceal the wrinkles through cosmetics. But this could not cover the fact, that she was getting old and close to losing her beauty. Then one day it happened

Then one day it happened. A young chambermaid accidentally pulled Elizabeth Bathory's hair while combing it. The infuriated Countess slapped the girl's head so hard, that blood spurted from her nose, which splashed upon her own hand. Where the blood had touched her skin, Elizabeth immediately though it took on the freshness of her young chambermaid's skin. She then got hold of Johannes Ujvary and Dorka to undress the young girl, upon holding her arms over a big vat, then they cut her arteries. After the young girl was dead Elizabeth then stepped into the vat, and took a bath in her chambermaid's blood. She was now sure, she had found the secret of eternal youth through this vampirism. She had discovered that blood is life.

Over the next ten years, Elizabeth Bathory's evil trusted helpers provided her with beautiful young girls, from some neighboring villages, upon the cover of hiring them as servants to Castle Csejthe. Back in the castle, the young girls would be mutilated and killed, so the Countess could take her blood baths. Sometimes, she would even drink their blood, to gain some sort of inner beauty. But soon Elizabeth began to realize that the blood of simple peasant girls, was having little effect on the quality of her skin. Better blood was now required. Elizabeth then started picking girls from some of the surrounding lower nobility. These noble girls were consumed in exactly the same beastly fashion as the peasant girls who preceded them.

However, with the disappearance of girls of noble birth, Elizabeth was now becoming very careless in her actions. People who lived in the neighboring villages, had already begun to talk. And soon the rumor about the horror in Castle Csejthe reached the Hungarian Emperor. The Emperor then ordered Elizabeth's own cousin, the Count Cuyorgy Thurzo, who was governor of the province to raid the castle.

On December 30, 1610. A band of soldiers led by Elizabeth's own cousin, raided Castle Csejthe at night. They were horrified by the terrible sights in the castle. A dead girl was lying in the main hall, drained of blood, another girl, who had her body pierced, was still alive. In the dungeon they later discovered, were several girls waiting in prison cells, some of whose bodies had been tortured. Below the castle, they found the bodies of some 50 dead girls.

During the trial 1611, a register with the names of around 650 victims, was found in the Countess's living quarters. But the trial was largely just for show and to make the occasion "official". A complete transcript of the trial was made at the time, and it still remains today in Hungary. All of Elizabeth's four accomplices were sentenced to death. Only Elizabeth was not brought before a court and tried. She remained confined in her castle while her four sadistic accomplices were tried for their crimes.

But she got her punishment, when the Hungarian Emperor demanded her condemn to lifelong imprisonment in her own castle. Stonemasons were brought to her Castle Csejthe, to wall up the windows and the door to the bedchamber with the Countess still inside. Here she would spend the remaining days of her life, with only a small opening for food to be passed to her.

In 1614, four years after she was walled in, one of the Countess's jailers found her food untouched. After peeking through the small opening in Elizabeth's walled-up cell, he saw her lying face down on the floor. Elizabeth Bathory the "Blood Countess" was dead at the age of fifty-four.

Highgate Vampire-The Legend

Highgate Cemetery was constructed in 1839 and it was a very fashionable burial place for Victorians. By the 1960's Highgate Cemetery had fallen into neglect and decay. Stories started circulating that the cemetery was haunted and newspapers started reporting England's first Vampire in over a hundred years.

In 1963 two 16 year old convent girls were walking home at night after having visited friends in Highgate Village. Their return journey took them down Swain's Lane past the cemetery. They could not believe their eyes as they passed the graveyard's north gate at the top of the lane, for in front of them, bodies appeared to be emerging from their tombs.

Another incident, some weeks later, involved a couple who were also walking down Swains lane. The lady recorded glimpsing something hideous hovering behind the gate's iron railings. Her fiance� also saw it, and both stood frozen staring at it for what seemed like several minutes. Its face bore an expression of absolute horror.

Soon others sighted the same phantom as it hovered along the path behind the gate where gravestones are visible either side until consumed in darkness. Some who actually witnessed the spectral figure wrote to their local newspaper to share their experience. Discoveries were made of animal carcasses drained of blood. Very soon it was being described as a vampire.

In 1971 several years after the many publicized vampire sightings, a young girl claims she was actually attacked by the vampire in the lane outside the cemetery. She was returning home in the early hours of the morning when she was suddenly thrown to the ground with tremendous force by a "tall black figure with a deathly white face. At that moment a car stopped to help her and the vampire "vanished" in the glare of the headlamps.

She was taken to the police station in a state of shock, luckily only suffering abrasions to her arms and legs. The police immediately made a thorough search of the area, but could offer no explanation to the incident. More mysterious still was the fact that where the vampire vanished, the road was lined by 12ft walls.

Another interesting case is that of the man who was hypnotised by something in the cemetery. He had gone into the cemetery one evening to look around, and as the light began to rapidly fade he decided to leave, but became hopelessly lost. Not being a superstitious person he walked calmly around looking for the gate when suddenly he became aware of something behind him. Swinging around he became "hypnotised with fear" at the tall dark figure of the vampire confronted him. So great was the intensity of his fear that he stood motionless for several minutes after the vampire vanished. He later recalled that it was almost as if he had been paralysed with fear by some force.

Highgate Vampire-Fact or Fiction

Thirty years later, David Farrant is a leading expert on the Highgate Vampire, and tends to discount the vampire label as an unfortunate consequence of the popularity of hammer horror amongst the public at that time. He maintains with absolute certainty that the Highgate Vampire was neither a hoax nor a vampire, but nevertheless it was something very real.

In David Farrant best selling book on the subject, Beyond the Highgate Vampire, David claims that ley lines, may be an important factor that has been left completely out of the Highgate equation. These lines, he says, can actually transmit psychic energy along their course and enable the vampire to materialise when the right conditions prevail. One such ley line, he points out, apparently begins in the middle of Highgate Cemetery at a large circle of tombs called the Circle of Lebanon, crosses through the Flask and Ye Olds Gatehouse pubs (both ancient pubs only yards from Highgate Cemetery); traverses a large block of council flats known as Hillcrest (themselves built upon the site of an ancient nunnery) and passes through an old Roman Settlement a quarter of a mile or so away in Highgate Woods which is marked by an old beech tree.

For without exception, all the locations on the Highgate ley line, were reportedly haunted by a 'tall black figure' which, even when it was not actually seen, it caused dramatic drops in temperature, clocks to simultaneously stop, objects to fly from shelves or mysteriously shatter, and which also had a dramatic effect upon animals in it's immediate vicinity.

Today, all of these locations are still affected by continuing spates of psychic activity; the latest having seemingly come to life again in the Flask public house, while a black-clad figure is again being reported at Highgate Cemetery. There have again been recent reports of a 'tall black figure' seen in Swain's Lane outside the cemetery, and only this February a lady driving her car up the Lane one night saw a tall dark figure about 7 feet tall with luminous eyes that suddenly disappeared through the cemetery wall.

A man out walking his dog had also seen the vampire near the old Roman Settlement in Highgate Woods the same month, which abruptly disappeared without trace.

Swain's Lane outside the cemetery also has its own weird happenings. Some time in 1974 a dog walker on returning to his car in Swains lane, found there was a freshly dug up corpse in his car. Bizarrely, the doors were still locked. At the time there were all sorts of strange rituals being carried out in the cemetery late at night.

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