Lines of Blood-Drinkers

What are Blood-Drinkers? Are they Vampires?

Blood-drinkers in the Morrigan’s Brood Series are mythological beings based on actual myths from ancient cultures around the globe. This page contains descriptions of some of those blood-drinker myths. What has become known as “vampire” or “vampyre” generally stems from Romanian myths concerning Vlad the Impaler, as well as the fictionalizations of him in Dracula, Nosferatu, and other more modern works. In many literary regards, vampires are undead creatures that consume blood and mesmerize their victims; some vampires become so merely due to a single bite, while others must exchange blood before transformation can begin.

In the Morrigan’s Brood Series, blood-drinkers are living beings imbued with various gifts due to the God or Goddess blood running through their veins. They are magical creatures created as a reward, as a curse, or by accident. Because they are living beings, they can drink, have sex, and they sometimes need to visit the loo. Vampires, on the other hand, have no functioning heart with which to pump blood, so physiologically, nothing works. Whatever dark forces that created them enables their dead bodies to move, but they are not living.

So… no, blood-drinkers are not vampires. Look out for a blog post to go into the commonalities and differences on this subject. By the way, we will add to this list as the series goes on.

Lines of Blood-Drinkers

Algul Deargh Du

An Arabic blood-drinker, created by their God of War, Verethragna. Their known abilities include the power to create visual hallucinations in both mortals and in other immortals. However, their vulnerability lies in strong smells. Their numbers are small, due to a genocidal war between themselves and the remnants of the Ekimmu.

An ancient line of blood-drinkers from Éire (Ireland) that trace their ancestry to the Goddess Morrigan. Their true talents lie in their magical skills and their fae-like beauty, known as glamoury. They can fly; create glowing light; heal mortals as well as other immortals; and draw down darkness and shadow. Their major weakness is the metal gold. After the creation of the Ekimmu Cruitne, the Deargh Du withdrew back to their native land and ceased interacting with other blood-drinking races.

Ekimmu Ekimmu Cruitne

A group of blood-drinkers originating in Assyria from Zaltu, God of Strife. They grew in strength and power, eventually dominating the Middle East. However, other races, such as their enemies the Algul and the Lamia, began to hunt them down, decimating their population.

The Ekimmu, fleeing a genocidal war, removed themselves to the northern regions of Alba (Scotland). After meeting some of the Deargh Du, who traveled with the Scoti tribe, an Ekimmu and a Deargh Du conspired to tip the balance by creating a new being. Morrigan, in her rage, sought to confine them to their lands. Ekimmu Cruitne are struck by illness whenever they try to cross the ocean. Their greatest talent is their olfactory sense, making them excellent trackers. They can also heal others, fly, read minds, and enjoy manipulating games of chance. In addition, they can create the sensation of pleasure as well as pain in themselves and in their victims.

Lamia Ouphe

According to legend, Lamia was a Queen of Libya who seduced Zeus. In retribution, Hera killed all of her children. Heartbroken, Lamia began feeding on the people of Greece, and before long, she had many new immortal children. The Lamia infiltrated Roman society, and soon, Rome became their seat of power. The Lamia’s skills lie in mind-bending, or manipulation. They even have an ability to enter dreams and influence the dreamer.

An ancient Saxon line of blood-drinkers that moved into Britannia during the Saxon conquest. Their strength is in their monstrous lycanthropic nature; many blood-drinking races can die from the wounds given by an Ouphe. Yet, the Ouphe are severely affected by silver. Their origin is a mystery.

Strigoi Sugnwr Gwaed

A line of blood-drinkers that began from a cursed Greek beauty named Iris. Aphrodite’s curse did not grant Iris and her victim’s immortality until later. Yet, they only survive fifty years after their transformation. The Strigoi are telepathic and unleash uncontrollable madness upon mortals and immortals alike. Affected mortals tear at their eyes and puncture their eardrums to escape the onslaught of sights and sounds. Despite their talents, Strigoi are physically weak, stunted, and are the ugliest of the blood-drinkers.

A British group of blood-drinkers created by Cernunnos, the Horned God of animals, wilderness, and the wild hunt. Their strengths include enhanced communication with animals and their talent for vocal persuasion. They can convince their victims of almost anything. They also fly, like the other Celtic lines, and have an aptitude for healing others.

Chiang-shih Pacu Pati

A Chinese line of blood-drinkers that originated from Shenlong, a dragon God. Shenlong created the Chiang-shih to protect His earthly treasures from greedy mortals. While the Chiang-shih can control storms like Shenlong, they can only fly, in the form of a dragon, when the moon is full, and they have difficulty crossing water. Little else is known about them, as they chose not to interact with most of the western lines. Their true talents lie in their medical knowledge and their gifts.

Blood-drinkers from India that originated from Kali. The Pacu Pati tend to cloister themselves with their new families of other Pacu Pati and do not meet with the other lines. When other lines have witnessed the celebrations of the cycles of life and death, they tend to misunderstand the celebrations, and a lack of a common language generally adds to the confusion.

Other lines will be revealed in future works.

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