Welcome to my Blogger page, thank you for visiting. This is where I will share my reviews of books, movies and other things I enjoy. If you would like to see my ramblings, fanfiction and other general posts, please visit my Livejournal: beren_writes. Visit my pages to learn about me and my books.
Top set of links above are external links, second set are pages local to the blog.

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

AtoZ Day 25: Y is for Yarrow, Yara- Ma- Yha- Who

Click image to visit the main A to Z
site and see all the other participants.
Yarrow

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is a common plant and when collected during August as it flowers it can be used as a herbal remedy for many things. What makes it interesting is that it can be used to help a person generate a psychic shield and hence protect them from 'psychic vampires'.

Creature Feature:

Yara- Ma- Yha- Who


This is an Australian Aboriginal monster and he's a nasty little blighter. According to Villains Wiki he is a small man shaped creature between three and four feed tall with an oversized head, huge mouth and suckers on the end of his fingers.

He uses these suckers when an unsuspecting victim sits under his fig tree as he jumps down on them and uses the suckers to drain their blood until they are weak and helpless. However, all is not lost, even though the Yara-Ma-Yha-Who is going to eat you. He has such a big mouth he swallows his victims whole. However, then he takes a drink, has a nap and then regurgitates his victim.

The victim is now a little shorter and has a slightly redder tinge to their skin, but they come back to life.

However, if a victim is unwary too many times they will eventually become one of these creatures as well. (Wikipedia, God Checker)

There is a great animated film by Blanca Martinez with this monster here on vimeo.

Movie Recommendation:

Sorry, no rec today because I couldn't find one I had seen beginning with the letter Y. Here's a picture of Lee Pace from Breaking Dawn because he's pretty instead.


Floral 
(#25 in The Diverse Life of Ianthe Jawara, Vampire)
by Natasha Duncan-Drake


Ianthe felt her panic rising. The priest clearly knew what he was doing and it seemed everything to this point had been a ruse. She had walked right into a trap. It was strange though; the tingling in her limbs hadn't come back even though the priest must had returned to his attack.

As she stood there, trying to work out what to do a light smell wafted up to her nose. It was herby and flowery and it tickled a memory in the back of her mind. Her Great-Nan had had a plant that smelled like that in her garden. It had been what seemed like so long ago, but the fragrance brought the recollection back as sharply as if it had been yesterday. She had been maybe five at the most, and it had been a sunny, summer day. She had followed her Great-Nan around the garden listening to everything about the plants and herbs that looked so pretty. The memory came with an ache; that had been the last time she had seen her Great-Nan before she died.

The plant was called yarrow and her Great-Nan had been adamant it was good for cuts and bruises. Clearly it was good for more than that.

As the scent permeated through her head she managed to twitch her hand. Warmth was spreading from the region of her hip and where it moved through her body the heavy feeling began to dissipate. It could only have been one thing; Mila's pouch.

"That's not possible," the priest said as she lifted her arm.

"You'd be amazed what's possible," she said and shuffled one step forward.

The immobility was leaving her and she sent a mental thank you to her ancient friend. However, it was only going slowly and she could see what was coming next.

The priest picked up an axe and charged at her.

It was stunning what adrenaline could do, even for a vampire. As he swung at her she somehow managed to throw up her arms. Where the strength came from she would never know because her arms moved as if they were made of lead. It took everything she had to catch the handle as the sharp head came towards her and she felt the jarring through her whole body. It was enough to make her wonder if she was mortal again.

"No!" the priest screamed.

He was pushing against her grip, trying so hard to hit her and he was stronger than a normal man. However, he was simply no match for her as more and more strength returned. The priest snarled his rage, but she held firm.

"You have lost," she said, looking for any shred of reason in the man's eyes.

"Never," he spat in her face and jerked away.

She knew he was going for the loft hatch, but she wasn't fast enough to stop him. Her body was still sluggish. Throwing the axe to one side she all but threw herself after him, but the hatch was open. Now he wasn't hiding she could tell he was not quite a normal human. He was faster as well as stronger and she knew she could not let him get away. Forcing herself to move more quickly with every step she chased him to the ladder.

He looked up at her, finally with fear in grim lines of his face before he set off running. Ianthe simply jumped through the hole; there was no way she was letting him escape this time.

~~*~~
A few of us discovered that we all had supernatural themes for the AtoZ so we got together and did a mini list. If you also have a supernatural theme (ghosts, monsters, witches, spells etc), please feel free to add yourself to the list.

get the InLinkz code to add to your blog

34 comments:

  1. Ahh, i had a beautiful mustard old fashioned yarrow plant, but it died. I still mourn it. Silly, I know, but it was gorgeous.

    Go Ianthe, GO!! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I have that effect on most plants so I tend to view them at a distance :).
      Never mess with a vampire! :)

      Delete
  2. Interesting info about Yarrow. The photo is good, too. :)

    Yvonne

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you - I thought the photo was rather pretty :D

      Delete
  3. Need to find a Yarrow asap in case of Vampire invasion or apocalypse.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Plant that and wild roses and you should be safe from the blood sucking and the psychic kind of vampires :)

      Delete
  4. Interesting. I had no idea yarrow could be used to create a psychic shield. And the Yara- Ma- Yha- Who sounds like a crazy kind of creature. Sucks blood with his hands, and can swallow people whole, which is really quite amazing, since he's only around 4 feet tall. Crazy indeed! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Me either, until I looked it up for the challenge :)
      It does sound crazy doesn't it, but I loved the cautionary nature of the tale :D

      Delete
  5. Never heard of the flower or the creature today. I've heard of others things similar to the flower though. Great and interesting post today.

    ReplyDelete
  6. The Yara-Ma-Yha-Who is a nasty, creepy creature. Can't imagine anyone surviving the swallow would ever be sane again. Good thing lanthe had that pouch.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I imagine it would be rather a mind bending experience. :)

      Delete
  7. To be honest, Garrett from 'Breaking Dawn' was the entire reason I stopped by. Sigh. I'd like to suggest to Stephenie Meyer that her next book be entirely about Garrett, because everybody loved Lee Pace in that movie.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I have to admit, I haven't seen the movie, I just really like the picture :D I've only seen the first Twilight film. Lee Pace seems to be rather good in most thing :)

      Delete
  8. Okay, that Yara-Ma-Yha-Who is just creepy and disgusting. Shudder!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's not overly pleasant isn't it, but he seems to be more of the moral of the story than anything else :)

      Delete
  9. Yes! Go lanthe!

    Ahem. I'm totally on board with the Yara-Ma-Yha-Who. Now THAT's a monster.

    True Heroes from A to Z

    ReplyDelete
  10. I love herbal remedies, but a plant that can generate a psychic shield is fascinating. My O post was about the book Origin by Jessica Khoury and she created a flower with the power to grant immortality. So Yarrow could be a great idea for a story. ;)

    Remind me never to sit under a fig tree. haha

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think Immortality trumps psychic shields :D

      Delete
  11. Was this the same thing that they used in Scooby Doo and Vampire Rock? I think it might have been.

    Great vampire and a great example of how the vampire myth has spread around the world.

    --
    Timothy S. Brannan
    The Other Side, April Blog Challenge: The A to Z of Witches

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I don't know, I haven't seen that one - I'm kind of old school when Scooby Doo was a twenty min cartoon every week, not the long films :).
      Thank you.

      Delete
  12. LOL because he's pretty. That so made me chuckle. I don't think I've ever seen Yarrow. Never knew it was good for psychic shields. Will tuck that little tidbit away :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I always think 'because he's pretty' is a valid reason for posting piccies :D

      Delete
  13. Another post featured the Yara- Ma- Yha- Who today too. A weird and creepy sounding little creature. I'll stay away, thanks.

    ~Patricia Lynne~
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, YA Author

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ooh, cool. Yeah, me too - I don't want to be any shorter for a start!

      Delete
  14. Yarrow can protect from psychic vampires - I will have to remember that.
    Sophie
    Sophie's Thoughts & Fumbles - A to Z Ghosts
    Fantasy Boys XXX - A to Z Drabblerotic

    ReplyDelete
  15. Seriously? Makes me want to go plant some RIGHT NOW. I don't want psychic vamps getting in my head.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Maybe we could all do with a little Yarrow in a pouch. That thingy-me-bob creature with the sticky fingers reminds me of a boy I used to date when I was younger, lol! ;)

    Ianthe is one awesome vampire, I would definitely read a book if she was in it (hint hint). :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. LOL - that's some boy :)
      Ianthe is going to get her own book - I just have a couple of others to finish first, then I'm going to take all the ideas from the AtoZ and rewrite them into a book :D

      Delete

Thank you so much for reading. I love to hear from people. Please leave your comments below.