[dragonraid] Vampires

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From: Paul C Duggan <pduggan@...>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 1998 13:38:45 -0500 (EST)

I haven't played dragonraid, but I've read at the rules providedon the
website. I think its fascinating what youre trying to do.

I thought I'd contribute a few random thoughts on "vamprisim" from a
biblical perspective as I see it.

Genesis 3: Abels blood cries out from the earth to God for vengence, but
the vengence on Cain is postponed by God placing a mark on Cain.

After the flood, God tells Noah not to allow murder to go unpunished, but
to shed the blood of those who shed blood.  Also, noone is to drink blood.

Esau, who is a hunter (like Nimrod, also in Genesis) is known as Edom
(Red). He comes in and sees Jacob's stew and is so hungry for it he sells
his birthright to Jacob, despising it. When he asks for the stew (just a
pot of lentils) he says [literaly] "give me some of that Red, that Red".
The implication seems to be that he thinks it is blood.

In Leviticus, The peopel of israel are agian prohibited from drinking
blood as well as non-israelite strangers in their midst, because the blood
is given as atonement. Also, the people are forbidden to kill animals for
food anywhere, but at the tabernacle they may offer peace offerings (which
they get to eat a portion of). This is so that the people will not
surreptitiously worship the "goat demons" on the outskirts of the
wilderness camp. To prevent them from offering the dead animals to the
demons, God requires them to make every food animal a sacrifice. Clean
animals that are not sacrificiable (only sheep, goats, cattle, and doves
are sacrificiable) must have the blood poured out upon the ground.

With this in mind we might generalize about vampires thusly:

1. Blood spilled on the land cries out for venegnce.
2. The land is personified as drinking things in and vomiting things out
(like the cannanites: leviticus 18)
3. blood drinking displays an attempt to make onself God, having power of
life and death
4. Blood drinking invites the vengence of God upon the drinker
5. Blood drinking is the receiving of the victim as a sacrifice to
6. Lust for blood leads to forfiture of spiritual blessing (birthright).

An additional thought:

Many pagan societies burn the body of the dead to "release the spirit"
from the fleshly prison. Christian emphasis on ressurection of the body,
and burial in anticipation of ressurection might have been profoundly
troubling to christianizing cultures, who were used to thinking of the
soul's release from the evil body. Perhaps the mythology of the Undead has
this origin. Burying a body risks angering the spirit trapped within and
he might come back to destroy/feed on the living.

Undead might be used to reinforce truths about the hope of bodily

"I am an impure thinker. I am hurt, swayed, shaken, |  paul           + | +
elated, disillusioned, shocked, comforted, and I    |                 --|--
have to transmit my mental experiences lest I die." |                 + | +
                     --  Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy    |  pduggan@...