Axelgear wrote:I am curious... Rat Wights, as seen earlier in the story, are they undead or hungry illusions granted form? Wights, by definition, are malevolent spirits that feed on life, and, if these forms of undead exist, must not others as well?
What are your thoughts, your opinions? Personally, I'm hoping for Liches.
Deckard Canine wrote:I enjoyed vampires until they started showing up in entertainment too often. You might say they left me drained.
So maybe that's why they're so popular...Axelgear wrote:Vampires are stereotype pagans.
Axelgear wrote:As to the whole soul-returning-to-the-body thing, keep in mind that God is all powerful, but He isn't the only player on the scene, as it were, and God HAS returned the soul to the dead before
Axelgear wrote:Also, a thought occured to me while writing this...
In essence, Vampires are meant to be the Christian image of the old Pagan religions. Consider the following:
-They only came out at night
-Draw blood from the living to gain power
-Communed with animals (And in some cases, turned into them)
-Didn't like Christianity
Vampires are stereotype pagans.
Vampire legends come from all over the world, and predate Christianity by centuries. Vulnerability to sunlight, running water, bestial forms and powers, and (depending on the legends) symbols of the local theology are all features predating christendom as well. Other details of the legends are mix-and-match, suiting the local culture.... some of them quite bizarre. Among others is the Romany/gypsy belief that melons and gourds, if left on the vine after a certain number of days, became vampiric.... or that sharp-edged farm implements would begin thirsting for blood if they were left out in the moonlight.
Wanderwolf wrote:Then there's the benandanti; people who leave their bodies at night, journeying into the underworld to battle the evil witches and preserve the fertility of the farmlands. The men become animals, while the women ride animals. (The witch trials had a field day with them in Italy; in Livonia, not so much. The severity of the witch trials tended to decrease with proximity to the Vatican.) They wield iron bars, while the witches wield broomsticks wrapped in horse tails.
Darn it, there's an animated series in that story...
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