Sunday, 30 April 2017

AtoZ2017 - Z is for Zenobia, Zygon & Richard Zeeman #AtoZChallenge

Welcome to Day 26 of the AtoZChallenge and the letter Z. Every day in April (except Sundays) I will be making a post about shapeshifters of all kinds. Check back to see my choices and, from time to time some flash fiction too.

Z is for 


Z is usually a harder letter to fill, but with my theme it was so easy I have two shapechangers for you today. My first is Zenobia, played by Margaret Whiting, from Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger.

She is a sorceress and the evil stepmother of Prince Kassim of Charak and wishes her own son Rafi to take the thrown instead of Kassim. To do this she transforms Kassim into a baboon. Luckily for him Sinbad is docked so he can ask for permission to marry Kassim's sister, Princess Farah, and so he comes to the rescue.

It is not just Prince Kassim's shape Zenobia can change, but her own as well. She uses a potion which allows her to shift into any form she wishes. At one point she changes into a bird to get to their ship and then makes herself small, but is captured. She is later left with a bird foot after she uses the bird form a second time, but most of her potion is spilled.

The film is one of Ray Harryhausen's and has many of his wonderful special effects.


Zygons are aliens from the wonderful Doctor Who. They use technology as part of their shape changing.

A Zygon can use what they call a body-print of an individual to mimic voice and appearance. They create this print by placing the captive in a special receptical, keeping the person alive but unconscious. In this version of the technology, a new print was required every two hours.

Over time this ability became more advanced, leading to not necessarily needing the specemin in the special receptical and then also being able to maintain the shape of a deceased person, with the proviso of not needing anymore information from the individual.

This makes them a formidable enemy for the Doctor and his friends.

Werewolf of the Day

Richard Zeeman (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter)

Richard is the Ulfric (leader) of the Thronnos Rokke Clan from St Louis. He was originally the Geri (second in command) to Marcus, but killed him to take the position after having spared him once.

He was engaged to Anita for a while, but broke it off after she slept with Jean-Claude. He is the third member of their triumvirate, which gives them all a great deal of power.

Anita calls him a "boy scout", in that he is polite and kind, but his wolf has a thing for violence and pain, which keeps him from accepting his other nature fully. He is a very powerful werewolf, able to control members of his pack and to protect them.

He is a junior high school teacher and, as such, keeps his status as a werewolf a secret. He did not choose to become one, but was turned by a bad batch of anti-lycanthrope vaccine. He is honey coloured, heading towards red as a wolf.

Richard is basically a bit of a bad ass when it comes to werewolf business and likes to think the best of people in all other situations.

And we're there - thank you so much for sticking with me over the AtoZ. See you for the reflections post.
  • So would you rather be up against Zenobia or a Zygon?
  • If you were a werewolf and found that your wolf form had urges completely at odds with your normal self, how do you think you would deal with it?

Click here and here to find other AtoZ posts.


  1. Hi Tasha - well done on finishing ... I really do not want to meet a shapeshifter ... but good Zs ... nor do I want to meet a Werewolf ... enjoy a little peace and quiet now .. cheers Hilary

  2. Another interesting post. Those were all new characters to me. I really enjoyed your A to Z theme, and I am excited to be following you future posts. Thanks for sharing your A to Z journey.

    Stopping by from A to Z: Zonked

  3. As long as it's not a creepy weeping angel, I'm OK. Congratulations on finishing the challenge.

  4. I think I prefer Zenobia. I've always been partial to that name. Congrats on finishing A to Z!

  5. I enjoy the Zygons on Doctor Who and I like their design hasn't changed much from the classic Who.

    Congrats on another challenge.

    ~Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

  6. I wouldn't want to be up against either of them, but the Zygon sound particularly devious as you might think you're dealing with a friend rather than the enemy. I've really enjoyed your posts - congrats on getting to the end!

  7. Woo hoo! Congrats on finding some many shapeshifters and werewolves. I thought we had reached vampire saturation, but there appears to be no shortages of hairy wolf people, either! :-P

    I don't care what my wolf self does. It wasn't me. ;-)

  8. Congratulations on finishing out the month! The Zygon is a strange looking creature indeed. I can see why it would enjoy taking on the shape of others.

  9. Hi Tasha,
    I have nominated you for the Mystery Blogger Award. You can find details on my post: You don't have to participate (it does take a bit of time), but I hope you do. Cheers.


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