The Shepherd of Blow
In the village of Blow, there was once a shepherd, who died for unknown reasons. Several days
after his burial, he took to reappearing in his village and tormenting the people there. Anyone on whom he visited would die
within 8 days. His case would be unremarkable, but for what happened next. Tired of his nightly ravishes, the villagers took
the body from the grave-- finding it, of course, to be in a vampire state-- and they staked it through the heart and put it
back in the grave. That night, the shepherd was again seen, and even angrier and more vicious than before. He now carried
the stake in his hand, and he taunted that the stake made a good weapon to defend himself against the village dogs. The frightened
people disinterred the body again and had it burned, finally ending the shepherd's deadly spree.
Arnod Paole (Arnold
In 1727 a young soldier, by the name of Arnod Paole, returned home to a village near Belgrade, after completing
his service. He had enough money to but some land and a house, and though he was a wonderful neighbor, his social skills were
a little less than desireable, as he always had an air of sorrow about him. He finally fell in love with a neighbor girl and
they married, though his melencholia still persisted. His wife finally managed to get the reason for his saddness out of him.
Arnod admitted to her that while on duty one night, in a far town, he was attacked by a creature who bit him and tried to
drain his blood. He managed to fight the thing off until dawn, when the body fell lifeless and he was able to stake and burn
the body to ashes. Before doing so he drank a small amount of the vampire's blood, but being unfamiliar with the local territory,
he was unable to find the vampire's grave to extract adn consume the dirt from it. Arnod told his wife that he was fearful,
since he had not competed the ritual, that he would become a vampire upon his death.
Not long after his confession,
a loaded wagon of hay fell on Arnod one day in the field and crushed him to death. About a month after his burial, townspeople
reported seeing Arnod wandering around the village, and those whom he came in direct contact with died within a few days.
After ceaseless nightly attacks, the villagers decided to raise Arnod's body. His case was made unique in that government
officials were called out to inspect the body and an official report was made of it. In attendance at the public exhumation
were two military surgeons. When the sexton finally raised the coffin and pried open the lid, they found Arnod's body, in
the ground some 40 days, fresh and in a vampiric state. The sexton exclaimed over the fresh blood at his mouth, "Ah,
you didn't wipe your mouth after last night's work." A young attendant of the surgeons fainted at the sight. Arnod's
body, however, was staked and burned to ash, the ashes being replaced in the grave. Several others who were have believed
to have died from Arnod's attack were also exhumed and similarly reduced to ash.
However, the nightly attacks resumed
some five years later, and another official investigation was conducted and many more graves were open, some being in a vampire
state and others being in a normal state of decomposition. Burning the suspected vampires, and returning the others to their
graves, the vamprie plague finally ceased once and for all. The report given by witnesses-- military surgeons, ang various
officals-- was sent to the highest authorities and still remains intact to this day.
years after the death of one Peter Plogojowitz, his village in Hungary reported seeing Peter wandering the streets by night.
In some instances, he came into people's houses and choked them, causing them to die in less than 24 hours. Even the widow
Plogojowitz reported that her deceased husband had appeared to her, demanding his shoes. The villagers asked the local military
officials for permission to disinter the body. Though reluctant, they ageed. One officer and a minister were present at the
exhumation, upon which they found Peter's body intact, despite his being dead for a decade. His body was staked-- a great
amount of fresh blood flowing from it-- and burnt to ash, wherein the deaths in the village ceased.
Aswid and Asmund
From Book 2 of the Eyrbyggia Saga, Icelandic-- There were once two great Icelandic warriors, Aswid and Asmund. They
were not only the greatest of generals, but they were also blood brothers. One of them suggested, as they grew older, that
they should make a death pact-- that when one of them died, the other would go to the grave with his friend. They both agreed
to this and swore on their blood.
It came to pass that Aswid grew ill and died. All of the people mourned, and there
was many days of funeral rites and feasting, to commemerate the fallen hero. True to his oath, Asmund followed his friend
to the grave, despite the protests of other close friends and advisors. Asmund was sealed alive in the tomb with the body
of his friend and many other tributes to entertain the dead in the afterlife, such as food, horses, Aswid's favorite dog and
Before Asmund had decided how best to kill himself, Aswid awoke from his death sleep. Rising as a vampire,
he first consumed the body of his dog, then of the horses. He then turned his attention on his friend, and attacked him with
a demonic fury. Taking up a sword, Aswid fought off his former friend.
Some three hundred years later, several daring
young men set off to the tomb of the famous warriors. Despite warnings of the tomb being haunted, and of the religious implications
of disturbing the dead, the brave young men went to the grave and opened it. Hearing sounds of struggle, one man volunteered
to go down into the tomb. Lowering him on a rope, he went down to investigate. The friends called to him after several minutes,
then were met by a great tug on the rope. They pulled the rope up, only to find an old-fashioned armored warrior at the end
of it. Trying to catch his breath, Asmund told them of the story of Aswid rising as a vampire and trying to kill him. He had
been fighting for his life for three hundred years, and had succeded only when the young man had appeared, offering a distraction.
With that, he fell over dead. The young men, realizing the bravery of the warrior Asmund, buried him in the tomb with full
honor, their companion beside him. They took the decapitated body of Aswid out and burned it, scattering his ashes to the