Painted vampire of the Strigoi bloodline (these have always been among my favourite depictions of vampires, as well as a big influence on my own efforts at writing vampires into my fiction (I prefer vampires as bestial apex predators rather than effete aristocrats, or gods forbid, sparkly teenagers)...plus I can relate to the idea of a broken-minded monster hiding in the shadows, driven away by all others, both hating the world and wanting to be a part of it (also doesn't hurt that I kinda resemble a traditional depictions of such vampires; red hair, blue eyes, pale skin)...quite pleased with how this turned out, though I imagine the guy who just ended up as dinner for this monster feels less so..😁
#vampire #strigoi #undead #fantasy #monster #painting ======================== In the (now sadly defunct lore) of the Old World, when their original home of the city of Lahmia was destroyed, the vampires of the bloodline of Ushoran, the Lord of Masks, journeyed north until they came to the kingdom of Strigos. It was simplicity for Ushoran to depose the corrupt and tyrannical ruler and install himself and his ilk as masters of that land. Under Ushoran's rule, Strigos bloomed into a golden age where human and vampire lived together in harmony (the humans of the city protected their vampiric lords in the daylight, while Ushoran and his brood defended them from external threats, in addition to feeding only on the blood of slaves, condemned criminals and prisoners of war, so their human subjects never felt threatened) but it was not to last.
Vampires of other bloodlines, jealous of Ushoran's success, began to inspire rebellion in the provinces Strigos ruled, and while war to suppress those uprisings was fought, the Orcs that infested the nearby mountains took the opportunity to invade Strigos, laying siege to the capital city of Mourkain. Although Ushoran and his brood defended the city to the last, even their power couldn't defeat the numbers against them: Mourkain was sacked, Strigos destroyed and the few vampires who survived forced into exile again.
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