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noun - a blood feud in which the family of a murdered person seeks vengeance on the murderer or the murderer's family.
Blood feuds are something vampires really should know a lot about considering how important blood is to them. In fiction the blood feuds tend to be between hunters and vampires, both sides having lost members to the other.
In reality it is likely vampires have been used more than once in vendettas between rival families, either as an excuse for the deaths or as a reason to attack. In the past politics often used the supernatural in its machinations, just look at the Salem witch trials; no vampires there, but there is likelihood many of the accusations were to do with land rights.
The film Van Helsing is a turn your brain off movie, but there is a definite blood feud running all the way through it.
What is your favourite vampire movie/book/TV show with a vendetta in it?
As the spelling might suggest, this vampire is from Greece. I didn't realise Greece had such a varied folklore about vampires, but it seems it does and this is one of them.
According to Lyn Gibson these are not pretty vampires. Before they feed they looked completely drained of blood and after they feed they look bloated and nasty.
These creatures come about when someone dies who is excomunicated or scariligeous or someone who eats the meat from a sheep injured by a wolf or a werewolf. Some legends also say a werewolf would become one of these vampires when they died. (Wikipedia)
According to Enchanting Gardens this vampire is not always a killer and sometimes just causes trouble. However, the way to kill it is to chop off its head or impale it on a spike.
Summary: Keith and AJ are on a mission to find a stripper so they can get into a fraternity on campus. After a run in with a biker gang, they end up at The After Dark Club. Only problem is the strippers are vampires and they eat the clientèle and they've taken over the whole neighbourhood.
Why you should watch it: Grace Jones is the head vampire and she is the weirdest stripper I have ever seen. She also barely says a word and still captures the screen. It's a fun 80s vampire movie with humour and a little bit of excitement and it's a romp. Keith and AJ are played beautifully as slightly arrogant 80s boys and nothing takes itself too seriously.
(#22 in The Diverse Life of Ianthe Jawara, Vampire)
by Natasha Duncan-Drake
Every lock in the house had been changed and yet Ianthe knew she would not feel safe until the priest was dead or locked up. Even Alex did not look relaxed and she'd never seen him agitated for more than a few seconds before. They had returned home to talk tactics, but they hadn't got far.
"What aren't you telling me?" she asked as she petted Lilith's head and tried to distract herself from her darker thoughts.
"Nothing you need to know," Alex replied.
Alex looked at her then; he disapproved of foul language. However, he didn't just leave, which also said a lot about their current situation. They were in the library and this was probably the longest they had spent in each other's company alone since Alex had given up trying to turn Ianthe into a proper vampire.
"Alex," she said, because frankness was about all they had left; "I need to know anything you do. It's me he's coming for."
"No, it's me," Alex replied, "he just thinks he can make me suffer by destroying you first."
Ianthe almost laughed, because the opposite was probably true. If someone else disposed of her Alex's life would be far easier, so she said so.
The look that Alex levelled on her was as devoid of emotion as ever.
"You really believe that?" he asked eventually.
"Well it's true, isn't it?" she replied. "I embarrass you just by existing."
"I understand most children embarrass their parents," Alex said; "it is part of the job description."
"Not the same thing."
Alex raised an eyebrow at that.
"It is exactly the same thing," he told her. "Yes your creation was a mistake, but I believe nothing ever happens by pure chance. Our personalities appear to be fundamentally incompatible, but that does not stop you being my child. I will care for you whether you like it or not and it would pain me should anything happen to you."
The way her stomach twisted gave her an indication of how much of a shock that was to her system. Nothing had prepared her for Alex to say that. She despised him for what he had done to her, but it seemed the feeling was not mutual.
"Then why is he coming after you?" she asked, because she needed time to process anything she might be feeling.
"He was my lover."
That news propelled Ianthe to her feet and she walked over to where her maker was standing.
"He was what?"
"My lover," Alex repeated.
"But he's a priest," Ianthe protested.
That made Alex smile a little and she realised she was thinking down very conventional lines.
"He is currently eighty four years old."
"You did something to him," she said; "there was no way the man I met and whose eyes I saw through was over fifty."
"He was twenty eight years old when I met him," Alex said, turning to look at one of the bookcases, his eyes just dancing from one book to the next. "I fell in love almost immediately and he with me. He just seemed to forget about his church. When I told him what I was he came away with me."
There was a wistful note to her maker's voice that made Ianthe actually feel for him for once.
"We were together a year when I suggested he become one of us."
That sounded about right from what Ianthe knew about vampire initiation. A prospective vampire was introduced to certain parts of vampire society for between one and three years, but without the real secrets being revealed, before being offered the change.
"He said no?" she asked because Alex seemed to have become lost in his memories.
"He said yes," was the surprising reply.
"So why ..?"
"I initiated the first stage," he replied before she could finish asking; "the blood bond. I took blood from his neck, above his heart and his inside leg and allowed my power to flow into him. I placed a drop of my blood in each of his wounds."
Ianthe knew about this. It wasn't necessary to create a vampire, but it was supposed to make the transition easier. A victim had to be brought to the very edge of death and actually drink their maker's blood for the conversion to take place. That was what had happened accidentally to Ianthe when Alex had been shot by hunters after he drank from her.
"But something went wrong," Ianthe guessed.
"The connection broke his mind. He became convinced I was a demon sent to test him and only his faith could save him. I tried to help him, but he would not allow me close. Then he escaped. He returned to his church and they placed him in a mental facility because of his ravings. He was there for five years before he escaped their control as well. He came for me, but even with the longevity the first part of the ritual gave him, he was no match for one of us. I had him taken back to his hospital. He found a way out yet again more than half a century ago, but I thought him long gone."
"And you've known it was him all this time?"
"Since the ritual."
"A priest has a vendetta against you and you didn't think I needed to know?"
"It doesn't change anything."
"He isn't completely human anymore," she pointed out. "No wonder he knows how to hide."
"He is insane."
"And you still love him."
The revelation just fell from her lips as it popped into her head.
"Bloody hell, now, of all times, you actually have human emotions," she said as Alex refused to look at her.
It was an insight behind the mask that Alex showed the entire world and it made her reconsider so many things. She also suspected Mila was aware of these facts and the significant looks Mila had been sending Alex the previous night made perfect sense.
"When I find him I won't kill him," she said after a very long pause.
"You have the right," Alex said, trying to come over all authoritative, but there was still a frown between his perfect eyebrows.
"He's after me," she replied, "no matter if it's to get to you and I know what my rights are. I'm going after him and I'm going to stop him, but then I will bring him to you."
"He is dangerous."
"So am I," she replied and bared her fangs, letting her vampire nature out full force. "For once I am going to be the vampire you want me to be."
With that she turned and walked out, Lilith trotting along behind her.
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