Mysterious side of Auria – unexpected visitors!

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FAES – A very long time ago, even before the Romans conquered the Aurian lands, a very peaceful tribe of people were living in this part of the world. Good farmers, they lived in a land on plenty. Every spring, before they started plant their crops, a grand Festival of Fertility took place, where everyone was invited: man or woman, young or old. Three High Priests, worshiping the Father Sun and three High Priestesses, worshiping the Mother Earth, gathered together on the field to perform the old ritual. A drop of blood from every person in the tribe, a cup of wine and a cup of honey, all mixed together inside the skull bones of a hero warrior… A virgin girl was chosen by the elders, a young woman considered pure and innocent, to make the sacrifice ritual for the Gods, a different girl each year. That year, they choose beautiful Amma, the daughter of the miller. And so, the ritual began in the early morning, when Father Sun was showing the first rays of light. All the tribe was gathered, encircling the field, old people, so old they had to be bought there in the arms of their families, and small babies in the arms of their mothers. Everyone had to be present. And so, the ritual begins! Priests and Priestesses murmuring their old chants that no one else knew while young Amma was walking around in circles, pouring the mixture of blood, wine and honey from the skull, almost drop by drop, on the plowed field, ready to be seeded. Behind her, a child of the village, with a small bag in his back, was planting the first crop of the year- garlic. Known for it’s miraculous properties and healing powers, garlic was the first plant seeded every year. But something happens… Amma, who was a very curious young woman, gets an idea: to drink from the skull and see what happens. Before anyone could stop her, the maiden takes a sip before the ritual was finished. The last drops… A thunder falls from the clear sky right in the middle of the field and, a moment later, every each person in the tribe was falling dead on the ground. Everyone, except Amma, who watched everything with big eyes, petrified. She drops the skull from her hands, falling on her knees, stunned with grief. But it was too late… The dreadful curse fell upon her and those who were, now, dead.

The spirits of the dead people, moaning, found no rest in the after life they were sent before their time on Earth was over. Gathered together and crying, all they could do was haunting the fields, for hundreds, and hundreds of years… A new tribe of people migrates on their lands, the Aurians, not long after this happened. They found the empty houses, the empty plowed fields and wondered ever since… What happened to the people? It remained a great mystery, until one day, when the spirits of the dead found a way to come back and seek for their salvation. For that, they needed find Amma and destroy her. But how to find her after so many hundreds of years? What happened to her?

Amma, for the sacrilege she made, was cursed. Cursed to never find rest again and never die, unless the fire burned her flesh. Cursed to only be able to feed from blood, wine and honey. Blood was her food, wine and honey were her drink.

The restless spirits of the dead came back… They used human energy to materialize, but they were not more than some vague silhouettes walking around the forests. People saw them… And called them Faes. But they were not strong enough, they needed more human energy to make them more powerful and also make them look almost human: flesh and bones. So they seek for stronger bounds with the humans, for they needed their approval to cross the line between one life and another, between one dimension to another. They needed this to be able to make their presence known and look for Amma. And they were ready to do whatever it takes for the humans, so be allowed to use their vital energy they depend on. A human is capable to ‘feed’ with energy one or more Faes, but all things have a cost! They need sign a contract with a human for two months. After two months, they can sign it again with same human it or simply find another human. The contract terms are discussed between the two parts.

How do Faes look like? Well, considering they were, once, humans, they very much keep the form of their humanity. Perhaps, sometimes, a bit more ethereal… Their skin can look very human, if they are fully materialized, but also can look pale, sometimes glowing. Their eyes and hair can have strange colors, and they can look fragile. In any case, they should keep their human look as much as possible. How are they dressed? They can dress however they like, but probably most of them will dress like they did when they were alive, looking more Ancient than Medieval.

STRIGOII – are the ‘children’ of Amma. She knew they (the Faes) will find a way to come to her someday, so she gathered an army of her own to protect herself from them. So she choose- young and strong men and women, capable to defend her, from all over the world, from all the places she traveled. She offered them what they wanted: eternity. Just as their Mother, they use blood as food and wine and honey as drink. They need it to survive. For this, they swore an oath to ever protect her, no matter what. One thing they were forbidden: to kill a human being or an animal. Amma could never forgive herself for killing all the people in her tribe. That doesn’t mean they always obey the law. If they can hide their crime well, they are capable of doing it.

Now, that the Faes found a way to return, Amma is determined to get rid of them and send them back into their world. Her children, Strigoii, were sent in Auria with the mission to stop the Faes. The best they can do is trying to keep Faes at distance, by attacking the humans that allow them to materialize, weakening them. A weak, hurt human is not capable give enough energy to their Fae(s) anymore, at least for a while. Kidnapping, torturing, draining humans of blood can weaken them very much and making them unable to provide enough vital energy, so, therefore, the Faes aren’t able to cross the line using the energy of that specific human, for few hours, days or weeks, depending on how bad their human was hurt. So, a Fae should do all they can to keep their human safe, even that means they have to fight the Strigoi away. The problem would be that Strigoii are stronger than a Fae, so it needs 2-3 Faes or more to chase a Strigoi away, or capture them. If a Strigoi is captured, though, the Faes and their humans should expect revenge. Strigoii care for each other very much and they do not allow their brothers and sister to be hurt. Can a Strigoi be destroyed? Yes, if they are burned. Old believes that they can be killed with a stake though their heart are not true. A Strigoi will not die in that case, but a stake though their heart could put them to ‘sleep’ for few hours, enough time for a human, if does that, to get as far as possible from that Strigoi. Garlic, as ancient medicine and charm plant, can chase a Strigoi- but only if he or she is young. Old Strigoii are immune to garlic.

Can a Strigoi travel under the sunlight? Yes. But they got used hide in the darkness of the night and sleep during day, for it was easier for them that way, during the centuries, to keep away from public eye. And easier to hunt, hidden in the shadows of the night. Where do they sleep? Nobody knows, they hide their places very well. They don’t want to risk being found.

Some of them will try to trick humans, and walk among them during the day, pretending they are humans. They can even get jobs in the city, talk and dress like humans… But better keep eyes wide opened! They never eat human food and have a very strong resistance to wine. They never get drunk. Of course, to fool humans, they could act like drunk now and then… That way, they can watch better and be closer to their food source, the humans, and their hate source, the Faes. They will never bind to Faes, for they would feel their energy and realize they are not humans. Of course, that does not mean that all unbounded humans are Strigoi! Not every human wants to be bounded. They are afraid and don’t want to deal with the Strigoi. Bounding can have advantages, but also disadvantages! Binding to Faes, as human, can get you in some trouble for sure. Being free human, you are way less exposed to the attacks of the Strigoii. But having a Fae, or more around you, on the other hand, can be very useful: Faes have magical powers and can keep humans healthy and vigorous. They know secret treasures and magic spells, they know magic herbs and ancient chants that can bring wealth and joy.

How do Strigoii look like? Considering Amma choose them carefully, the healthy and strong, they should look like it. Usually good looking young men and women, Strigoii can be very voluptuous and even swaggering, especially when they need something. They despise humans and their condition, but rarely showing it. They can be very charming creatures, but also dreadful creatures. They are merciless and intelligent. They like to play with humans as cats play with the mouse. Just like humans, they are perfectly capable of sexual activities, with one difference: they aren’t able to procreate. If they hunt humans for sex it’s just because they like to play. They love to be in control and fool humans every time they find the occasion. Never trust a Strigoi, because their lips tell lies, and they would tell you anything to fool you and enslave you. Avoid isolated places, especially in the night time- but remember, they can also walk in the day time… They probably won’t attack unbounded humans to drink their blood very much, but that doesn’t mean you are perfectly safe. Being careful is the best way!

Strigoii use to dress in dark colors and very much fallow the fashion of the century they live in, so they can be mistaken with humans. Dark colors keeps them more hard to be seen during the night time. They do not care wealth much, because they don’t need it. If they want objects, they simply steal them, for they are very fast and agile. A Strigoi has a beautiful ring and fancy clothes? You can be sure they have not paid a single bronze for what they have. If they have gold, it is stolen. So keep your treasures safe!

                                                                !!!IMPORTANT NOTE!!!

FAES – they are spirits, and NOT the ‘classic’ faes or fairies. If people called them ‘faes’ is because they thought they were faes when first saw hem in the forests of Auria, so, therefore, they kept calling them that way.

STRIGOII – do NOT mistake them with the vampires. Yes, they are somehow similar, but something else. No fangs, please, no huds, no bloodlines. How do they take human and animal blood to feed? Simply by using different tools: small daggers, needles, fake iron ‘nails’ and so on. The rest is just role play! Enjoy!

Eden Stroganov

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