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105 Murraue reaches down to its feet, and looks exactly as it did in life, except for one physical oddity. This trait varies from region to region and can be anything from missing a digit on the pinky finger to having an obvious animal- like appendage, or even flame- red HAIR. The mullo spends a good portion of its time seeking out the people it did not like in life and harassing them. The other half of its time it tries to satisfy its various appetites. When it attacks, and it will do so by day or by night, it usually strangles its victim to death and drains the blood to drink after the person has died. The mullo has the power to shape- shift into a horse or a ram and can become invisible at will. The mullo can be destroyed, but it can be tricky business. A hen’s egg can be laid out in the open and used as bait, as the vampire is partial to them. One must watch the egg carefully, because the mullo, suspecting a trap, will turn invisible in order to snatch up the egg. The moment the egg disappears, shoot at the spot where the egg was in the hopes of hitting the vampire. With the vampire wounded, it can more easily be tracked and identified. Once the mullo is captured, its toes must be cut off and a nail driven through its neck in order to kill it. Source: Bryant, Handbook of Death, 99; Masters, Natural History of the Vampire, 142; Shashi, Roma,8–9, 100 Muroï (ME- oy) In Czechoslovakian lore, a vampiric spirit known as a muroï (“fatal destiny”) is created when an evil person dies. To ensure that this type of vampire never has the chance to rise from its grave, remove the heart of the evil person before he is interred. If that precaution is not taken, when the muroï rises, it will have a red face and will prey upon the people of its former community each night. The muroï releases a cry that can freeze a person with fear, for whoever hears its call will be its next victim. By day the muroï’s spirit is at rest in its grave. To discover which grave exactly, lead a stallion through the graveyard, as it will refuse to walk over a grave that a vampire occupies. With the body exhumed, a nail must be driven through its heart and the skin between its thumb and forefinger must be cut with a pair of iron scissors. Source: Cremene, Mythology of the Vampire in Romania; Reynolds, Magic, Divination, and Witchcraft, 15 Muroni (ME- ron- nee) Variations: Murohy, Muronul, MURONY, Orgoï, Varcolaco A vampiric spirit from Romanian lore, the muroni is created when a person dies a violent death or was a magic user in life, when a child who was born out of wedlock to parents who were born out of wedlock dies, or if a person dies the victim of a muroni attack. It looks like a bloated corpse with red skin, long fingernails, and oftentimes, a mouth full of blood. It can shapeshift into a flea or a spider and prefers to use one of those forms when it attacks a person, although it can also shape- shift into a cat or dog as well. Because it hunts mostly in its insect form, there are seldom any bite marks to be found on a victim, and if any do show, they look just like an insect bite, so no one suspects that there is a vampire in the community and goes looking for it. A person who is dying from a muroni attack cannot be saved, but fortunately it is known how to destroy such a creature. A muroni must be staked through the heart, have a nail driven through its forehead, or have its mouth filled with GARLIC. Source: Bunson, Vampire Encyclopedia, 182; Peabody, International Cyclopedia, 60; Ridpath, Standard American Encyclopedia, vol. 7, 2600 Murony In the countries of Moldavia and Wallachia there is a type of LIVING VAMPIRE called a murony. Typically male, the murony shape- shift into doglike creatures at night, their spines extending and becoming tails. Running outside the village, they act like a pack and attack cattle. Source: Appletons’ Journal, 188; Dickens, All the Year Round, vol. 5, 598; Leatherdale, Dracula, 77, 90 Murraue (MUR- row) Historically, the land between Germany and Poland was once called Pomerania, and it is from there that the vampiric spirit known as a murraue originates. Essentially, the murraue is an ALP, a species of vampire that is common in this region of the world. However, the murraue has several small, unique aspects that warrant it to be recognized as its own species of vampire, if not a subspecies of ALP or INCUBUS or SUCCUBUS. If a child is born on a Sunday, it will have a predisposition to becoming a murraue when it eventually dies. Another indicator is when a person’s eyebrows are grown together. Sometimes the needles of a pine tree curve as they grow and form what looks to be something like a small bird’s nest. When it rains, water will gather in amongst the needles, and if a person should walk underneath one of these mock nests and a drop of its water falls on the person’s head, they have been marked to be the next victim of the murraue.

Mwère 106 The murraue comes at night when it is dark and its victim is asleep. It starts its assault by causing fear in the person and asserting pressure on their feet. Then, it moves up their body, toward the stomach and on up to the chest, and eventually to their head, paralyzing the whole body. Then it will straddle the person and “RIDE” them, draining their sexual energy (see ENERGY VAMPIRE). If before someone is paralyzed he can call out the name of the person who the murraue was in life, it will immediately flee. Also, exposing it to light will harm, if not kill, it, as it is very susceptible to sunlight. Source: Grimm, Teutonic Mythology, 1697; Meyer, Mythologie der Germanen, 131; Thorpe, Northern Mythology, 154–55 Mwère Variations: Old Hag, Mora, Succuba The Kashubian people of north central Poland are quick to baptize their children, for if one should die before the sacrament can be given it will return as a demonic vampire known as a mwère (“slowly”). Girls are particularly susceptible to this curse. It drains the life- energy out of sleeping horses and people by choking them to death (see ENERGY VAMPIRE). Should the victim reach out and successfully grab it, the demon will turn into a ball of HAIR or wool. If in shock the person should let go, the mwère will capitalize on the moment and vanish into thin air. The Mwère is the giver of nightmares and nocturnal emissions. It has the ability to fly through the night sky on a spinning wheel and can pass through the opening in a keyhole. Plugging keyholes and keeping one’s shoes next to the bed at night keep the mwère from attacking. If in the morning a person’s horse is wet with sweat, it has managed to survive an attack from a mwére. Some lore says that when this is the case, the animal will sweat apples. The mwère is similar to other vampires, such as the ALP, INCUBUS, MARA, and the SUCCUBUS. Source: Jones, On the Nightmare; Keyworth, Troublesome Corpses, 103–4; Perkowski, Vampires of the Slavs, 197 Myertovets (My- er- TOE- vits) Variations: Myertovjec, Opyr In Russian vampire lore being born the son of a werewolf or witch is enough for a person to become a vampire upon death. Of this type of vampire, the myertovets, just about nothing is known of its abilities or hunting techniques. However, what is known about it is the very specific way in which it must be killed: a stake must be driven through its heart in a single blow. Should the stake miss or the strike was not powerful enough to penetrate all the way through, the vampire will immediately begin to kill its attacker. Source: Bogatyrcv, Vampires in the Carpathians, 127, 171; Ronay, Truth about Dracula, 23; Summers, Werewolf in Lore and Legend, 15 Nabeshima (Nob- BAY- she- ma) The nabeshima, as it has come to be called, is a vampiric cat from the folklore of ancient Japan. It looks like a common enough cat except that it has two tails. The creature can shape- shift into a specific person and uses this tactic to get close to its intended prey. It chokes a person unconscious and then drains him of his blood. It will also engage in sexual activity with its victim and drain his life- energy as well. The last report of a nabeshima attack was made on July 14, 1929, in the Japanese newspaper Sunday Express. The article claimed that the vampire cat of Nabeshima was harassing the wives of the descendants of a samurai. (See ENERGY VAMPIRE, KAIBYOU.) There is an ancient Japanese tale of this vampire that takes place in Hizen, an old province that no longer exists. The prince, an honorable member of the Nabeshima family, was in love with a concubine named O- Toyo. After a lover’s walk in the garden one night, O- Toyo was followed to her quarters by the vampire who killed her and buried her body beneath a veranda. Then, assuming the guise of the prince’s beloved concubine, the vampire visited him each night, draining him of his blood and life, much like a SUCCUBUS does. All methods to restore his health failed and it was finally determined that something supernatural had to be the cause. Each night all the guards stationed around the prince’s room would fall asleep, but one solider from the guard, a man named Ito Soda, offered to sit up with the prince one night, and eventually permission was granted. He stabbed a knife deep into his leg so the pain would keep him alert and awake. At the time when the other guards all mysteriously fell asleep, the vampire in the guise of O- Toyo entered the prince’s chambers. The vampire felt the presence of another in the room, and made uncomfortable by it, was not able to drain the prince. For two consecutive nights Ito Soda stood on watch and each night the vampire was unable to draw life from him. As time passed, the prince showed signs of recovery, Ito Soda kept his vigil, and the guards were now able to stay awake. Ito Soda knew now that O- Toyo

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