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Calibur

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Edward Burne-Jones [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

A sword of many

Names. Buried

Deep within History

And this sheath of

Unsullied flesh.

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Within a Lake of

Death and Time

Waiting on a

Unifier to come

And Summon it and me, again.

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Wise men and Magus

Have spoken of your

Ascendance from birth

Brought by Other to a

Church stationed stone.

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Pulled deep from the

Womb of rock, you

Ruled using might,

Magic, and Mirth.

Shown to all.

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Yet, by a son Your

Kingdom and crown were

Broken and defamed but

Though your body was

Distressed, your soul survived.

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You wait, I wait, and the

Land of Brittany waits for

Your return, but we only

Hear whispers from that

Mystic isle of healing slumber.

*

Maybe the fae still

Sing your lullaby and

I am too far removed to

Listen to Mab, the Weird

Sisters and all.

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Perhaps, it is just I

Woken from dreaming to

Suffer and writhe, a

Paralyzed Observer to the plagued

Malice of a suffering world.

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Perhaps, I am punished in a

Waking nightmare, where I will

Wait and wait and wait until

You come to claim your glided Prize,

Lady, and undying Fame.

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Written by barryr22

September 28, 2011 at 10:06 pm

Vampires that I Like And I’m not Talking Twilight

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I am an ardent fan of vampire folklore and interesting tales of vampires that spring up now and again. I don’t know why, but since my younger years, I have been fascinated by the sentient undead. I mean sure you have other creatures that some consider undead that are sentient too, but overall, the vampire is the only “undead” creature that has potential for something other than mindless carnage (yes, I’m talking about zombies…they are just mindless killing machines…).

Vampires interest me because they have potential beyond the need to feed on humans for sustenance. They are capable of much more evil or good in some cases. They also don’t have the whole rotting factor that most other undead have (which causes them to have a finite shelf life). Vampires to me have potential within the realm of film and literature that no zombie ever could. However, I’m not going to discuss the pros and cons of vampires and zombies. Like I have said many times, I enjoy reading about vampires and watching movies that contain them. Over the course of many books and movies, I have developed many favorites…some for obvious reasons and others for less.

Dracula–As the quintessential  vampire novel of the 19th century, the character of Count Dracula springs to the pages of the book and into our minds as a fully realized, fully evil creature. He is vicious and stands tall in the face of his enemies. Based on the actual historical figure of Vlad Dracul, Dracula’s heartless attitude and demeanour are mirrored by actual fact. Dracul was cruel and heartless. He committed many atrocities and was (and is) revered by his people of Transylvania as a hero. This character can transform into other creatures of the night, has power over people, possesses super strength and heightened abilities, and can go out in the daytime (see Edward wasn’t the first). Dracula is a first-rate vampire who has lived for centuries and continues to thrive until he meets one who is knowledgeable of him. Dracula was the first vampire character that I was introduced to and therefore holds a special place in my heart.

Pandora and Marius– A couple who were born and turned to serve greater purposes: Marius to be a God of the Grove and later protector of the vampire king and queen and Pandora because Marius loved her. Anne Rice in all her glory created these two eccentric characters (well, maybe not eccentric but a little peculiar). Marius is a renaissance man, term man being loosely used, and floats through the Millenia (2 to be exact) protecting the king and queen and by his constant examination of life, art and the people around him. He is intriguing to me because as much as he stays the same throughout the course of his existence he changes to fit in with the time (save his red velvet which never leaves him).

Pandora is also an interesting character. Also a Child of the Millenia (a name given to the vampires in Anne Rice’s universe that are of age one thousand or greater), she is extremely powerful and independent. This is why after 200 years of living together she and Marius part because of a fight. She then goes out to seek what she will of the world, trying to find companionship and love. She never seems to find either and remains eternally lonely as a result. She is quite a vampire as shown in Queen of the Damned. For the most part, she is a proper lady. She looks and acts like a normal person should. However, this is what sets others at ease. At one point, during an orgy of followers of Azim, an Indian vampire and her child, she tears out the throat of a victim draining him and then rips out his heart to gain the last bit of blood.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Vampire_Chronicles

Anne Rice’s vampires all have interesting personalities and are very different. They are all believable which is why I appreciate and love the characters she creates.

Eric and Pam–In the Sookie Stackhouse mysteries by Charlaine Harris, I also have a male and female vampiric duo that I enjoy. Pam and Eric have got to be the most interesting of the main vampire characters that she creates. Eric is a 1000-year old viking, and Pam is his Victorian English Fledgling. They develop nicely over the course of the books (Eric more so than Pam because he closer to the central character of Sookie). They both have that desire and intrigue that make vampire characters interesting. While the seem to fit in with the time, they both are out of place in their own right. Each is exceedingly beautiful which leads to them being so much more dangerous than some of the other vampires. Along with their banter back and forth and the comedy that comes out of their mouths (especially Pam’s. She has such a dry sense of humor), they seem to be what you would want your “out” vampires to be.

Honorable mentions:

Bill from the Sookie Mysteries

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Compton_(The_Southern_Vampire_Mysteries)

Sophie-Anne Leclerq–Louisiana’s Vampire Queen in Sookie Mysteries

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sophie-Anne_Leclerq

Armand from The Vampire Chronicles

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armand_(The_Vampire_Chronicles)

Lestat from The Vampire Chronicles

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lestat_de_Lioncourt

Louis from The Vampire Chronicles

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_de_Pointe_du_Lac

Hybrid Mythical Creatures

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In the movie Underworld and the sequels, we are introduced to different species of creatures that aren’t just vampires and werewolves. We are introduced to the hybrid creatures created by “crossing” the vampire, werewolf, and the first immortal. But my question is what do we call these creatures? I know that they cop out answer would be to call them hybrids and move on; however, I think that there should be some semblance of thought to the naming.

1) Michael Corvin’s mutation. The cross between someone who was a werewolf originally and then is introduced to the vampire genome. My friend and I were discussing this earlier (as we watched the movies of course), and we thought that this crossing where the host was more werewolf should be called the vamwolf. Why? Because the name suggests that there is more wolf in the creature. Also, it gives the suggestion that there is a vampire connection without saying that the creature has a major tie to the vampire.

2) Marcus Covinus–He is the first vampire, but after the events of the first movie, he is turned into a hybrid species as well. At this point though, Marcus has been a vampire for over 1400 years (as stated by Viktor in the first movie). He becomes more powerful as a result of the transformation. We would refer to him as a werepire because he is a blending of the two species. Yet, he seems to have a little more vampire; this is the reason why the name suggests this.

3) Finally, Selene with Alexander’s blood–What is she exactly? As seen from the movie, she is no longer allergic to sunlight which shows that she has in fact mutated. But to what? Alexander Covinus was the first Immortal; however, not much other than that is know to the audience. We know that as the first “Immortal” that he is more powerful than either of his sons: Marcus or William. He sits on the sidelines and cleans up their mess because he cannot bear to kill his sons…this name is a little more complicated. What exactly do we call her because she isn’t a hybrid of two species? She is a hybrid made up of the father species and a subspecies. We dubbed the creation that she is a Vamtal because she is a cross between the Immortal and a vampire. It fits oddly.

So, there you have it. Names of mythical hybrids from the Underworld series. Some make more sense than others, but how are we to know what to call. We are only human after all.

Supernatural

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So, a series that came to my attention over Christmas because it was on sale at Wal-Mart and because I am a nerd in a big way when it comes to television shows that deal with the supernatural/sci-fi (Buffy, Dollhouse, Dead Like Me, etc.). However, after watching the first season, I was pleasantly surprised and went out to buy the remaining 3 seasons on DVD.

There are a few things that make this series “watchable” to me. I won’t say that it’s the best series that I’ve ever watched, but overall, it is the fun of the series that makes me attracted to it. The series is about two guys, Sam and Dean Winchester (Brothers), who are on a hunt for the yellow-eyed demon who killed their mother when they were just kids. Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki play these two brothers, and they have amazing chemistry as the older/younger brother thing comes into play quite often. Their banter back and forth while riding in their ’67 Impala or just sitting in a hotel room makes the show enjoyable to anyone who has ever had siblings.

The stories are also very intriguing to myself. They are based in ghost stories, folklore, myth, and legend from all over the globe. They somehow stay true to the heart of these legends while giving it their own spin which gives it credit in my book (because I despise those who misuse legends/myth flippantly).

The thought that went into making the series also astounds me. It is clear after watching the first 4 seasons that there was some real thought put into the whole of the series before the first episode was ever made. They bring several story arcs that seem to be independent of each other back together to create a cohesive whole. Also, the series never ceases to intrigue me because they are constantly pulling new myth and legend together.

Overall, I would have to say that the show is enjoyable and that I would recommend it to anyone that needs to get their “supernatural” fix as it were. So, go grab the DVDs, sit back, and enjoy the show.

Written by barryr22

January 27, 2010 at 5:46 pm