Vampires in Magic: Origins and History
With one more return to Innistrad, some creatures are back in evidence. Today we're going to learn more about vampires: their origin, legends, lore, and the formats in which they are played.Edit Article
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Innistrad: Crimson Vow. In today's article, we will have the opportunity to learn about the origin of Vampires, both in-game and outside it. Learning a little more about the tribe, we will be able to discover the reason why these beings conquer fans all over the world.
Twilightbook and movie saga. A vampire is a blood-feeding being, but the origins of the word are still conflicting among some cultures. They are divided a lot between European countries that are from nearby regions, such as Hungary, Croatia and Slovakia. In the spelling we know, or very similar to it, the first record was in French
vampire, in the 18th century; however, the first record, albeit in a different alphabet language but referring to that same word, was in Archaic Russian, in the year 1047, written as an evil vampire in a Russian transcription of the book of Psalms at the time. The notion of vampirism has existed for millennia in cultures such as Mesopotamia, Hebrew, Ancient Greece and also the Roman, and in them contained legends of demons and spirits who were considered the vampires of the time for sucking human blood. However, despite the occurrence of vampire-like creatures in these ancient civilizations, their folklore originated almost exclusively in southeastern Europe in the early 18th century, in the region of Hungary, when the oral traditions of many ethnic groups in that region were registered and published. In many cases, vampires are specters of evil beings, suicide victims, or wizards, but they can also be created when an evil spirit possesses a body or is bitten by a vampire. Belief in such legends pervaded so much in some regions that it caused mass hysteria and even public executions of people believed to be vampires. From these legends, another one was born, about a disease that arose in a war, bringing to light yet another dispute over the origins of the word vampire. Several sources claim that the word "vampire" was first written in 1725, in the report of an army doctor of the Holy Roman Empire, shortly after the victory against the Ottoman Empire at Petrovaradin (1716) and the Siege of Belgrade (1717), upon arriving in the lands of the Slavic peoples, the Austrians came across reports of these strange creatures, which they had never heard of before. Over a period of more than a week, nine people died after being visited by a man in a cape overnight, recognized as Petar, who had been buried ten weeks earlier. Afterwards, the villagers exhumed his body, drove a stake through his chest, and burned him to ensure he wouldn't attack anyone else. A few months later, an epidemic spread across the entire region of Eastern Europe, with many reports of vampirism. Many doctors were sent in, confirming that the bodies had all of their blood taken or sucked out while alive, and some appeared to have blood from other humans as well. As we said, the hysteria was huge for that time, and any local rumors turned into a tale of vampire attack.
Vampires in Magic
Vampires in the Lore
Falkenrath- The Falkenrath line, concentrated more on Stensia than the Markov line, had a famous falconer (now dead) as its parent and remains associated with long-range activities and predation. The Falkenrath are the boldest to walk among humans, taking pleasure in choosing their victims from the depths of human communities that consider themselves safe. The elders of Falkenrath are more likely to master flying powers than vampires of other bloodlines. Even before Avacyn's return, the vampires of the Falkenrath line were the boldest about their predation. Consequently, the angels slammed into Falkenrath's line when Avacyn emerged from Helvault.
Markov— Markov is the most prestigious and possibly the most widespread vampire bloodline in Innistrad. The Markov elders seem to have a talent for psychic magic.
Stromkirk— Nephalia has always been lightly forested, but in the past century, its few trees have been cut down or destroyed due to the vampires' fear of being used as stakes and other weapons. Runo, the progenitor of the Stromkirk line, was astute in his plan to remove the trees. Early on, using his glamour and considerable wealth, he turned the human population into artisans, supporting their efforts to build beautiful cities, proud ships, and vigorous provincial trade—all based on wood. Affluent and abundant humans are good business for Stromkirk, so Runo has become something of a secret Nephalean patron, supporting master craftsmen and commissioning buildings, towers and ships while financing any vampire-friendly efforts by alchemists and wizards. Since then, Nephalia has become widely known for its masterful wood craftsmanship. Nephalia's buildings, ships, chapels and houses boast a distinctive and inspired art that sets it apart from other provinces.
Voldaren— Four miles from the end of Ziel Pass, shrouded in mist and surrounded by the jagged peaks of Stensia, is Voldaren's massive estate. The homeland of the Voldaren bloodline is populated by several castles, mansions and forts. The main fortress protecting the property is the Lurenbraum Fortress. But it's not just Innistrad that vampires live in, other planes of the multiverse have their own vampires, some very different. Vampires still appear in Lore in twelve other planes, many of them less important than Innistrad, such as: Alara, Arcavios (Strixhaven), Dominaria, Ixalan, Kaladesh, Kaldheim, Mirrodin, Rath (artificial plane presented in Tempest, Stronghold, Exodus and Nemesis), Ravnica, Shandalar, Tarkir and Zendikar. In the planes of Dominaria and Zendikar, they still played a more relevant role in relation to the others mentioned.
DominariaIn Dominaria, vampires descend from three bloodlines, with different creations and origins from each other.
Sengir Vampires: descended from Baron Sengir of Dominaria and Ulgrotha. To find them on the plane, you must look for them in Aerona and in the wells of the Cabal in Otaria. His physical features include a misshapen body, fierce eyes and pointed ears.
Krovikan Vampires: The Krovikan vampires chased the plagues that plagued the streets of Krov city during the Ice Age, led by their queen Garza Zol. They are pale looking, with porcelain skin and blood-red eyes.
Vampiric Dragons: They appeared in a short story in the anthology "The Monsters of Magic". They are brutally dangerous vampires, combining the forces of both dragon and vampire races with lethal effect.
ZendikarIn Zendikar, vampires are associated with black mana, as their existence depends on draining other beings' lives to keep themselves alive. They are not moral creatures, and think that the strong can take whatever they want from the weak. They are aggressive and ferocious, and like to hunt their prey violently and fearfully. There are also the Bloodchiefs, which were created by the Eldrazi Ulamog, with a vital longevity of up to 200 years. They were initially 12 and their creation story goes back thousands of years, when the Eldrazis were imprisoned and the very malevolent creative force of Ulamog became an infection that spread among those who lived in the mountains of Akoum. These people, it is not known for sure whether they were human, Kor, or another race, began to worship imaginary deities in these mountains, close to the prison where they created a temple. These cultists underwent a severe transformation, and only these 12 survived and became the first Bloodchief vampires. They all and their descendants were enslaved by Ulamog, and lived as his slaves for millennia. After Nahiri reinforced the Eldrazi prison, Zendikar's vampires were finally freed. Over the years, the remaining Bloodchief have split into five families, who live in cultured and decaying cities on the humid continent of Guul Draz. Each family controls its section of the vampire city of Malakir. They are: Kalastria — The richest and most powerful family, calling themselves Highborn. The head of the clan is Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief. Nirkana — Notorious and bloody murderers, much feared. Among them are Vampire Lacerator, Nirkana Assassin and Nirkana Cutthroat. Emevera Urnaav: *Regarding both Emevera and Urnaav, we can't find enough information to describe it, we just know they're part of the Bloodchiefs. Ghet — The poorest and least powerful of the families. The head of the clan was Kalitas, Bloodchief of Ghet.
Vampires in the Formats
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