Vampire Fangs . . . Lateral Incisors or the Cuspids?
Water Elementals are known as the Strigoi, similar to shapeshifters. They can be killed in the same way as a human or animal, and if they are killed in their animal form, they remain as an animal—this is to protect the secret of their existence. They are faster than the Cruor, though not as strong, and can go out in direct sunlight. Water Elementals can see auras, which is their way of detecting whether another supernatural is a threat.
The Universe intended the Strigoi to be hunters of the darker Cruor, but, unfortunately, this turned into more of a battle between the elemental races. You could call the Cruor and the Strigoi im-mortal enemies, though Strigoi are only immortal so long as they don’t shift. When they are born, they age the way a human would, but once they reach adulthood, they stop aging so long as they shift regularly. If they don’t shift for prolonged periods, they can age. This also makes them able to carry and birth children (so long as they don’t shift while pregnant).
The first chosen Strigoi were the first born male and female of tribes and early settlements across the world, dating back to 8000 BC. They first appeared in Franchthi Cave in Peloponnese. More yet appeared in Nevali Cori and Sagalassos in Turkey, and the settlements at Akure in Nigeria. Across the world—Øvre Eiker and Nedre Eiker in Buskerud, Norway; Ærø, Denmar; settlments in Sctotland, Anatolia, Jericho, and so on—new Strigois were being born, one male and one female for each tribe. Some discovered, some celebrated, some murdered.
Often these chosen Strigoi would feel a magnetic-ism toward each other. Together they would protect the tribe from Cruor and other dangers, and often they would fall in love, feeling only understood by one another, and would go one to have Strigoi children of their own. When the wars began, packs were formed, though some remained with their societies, hiding their true nature, in hope of living a mortal life. Their curse, however, was their children, even if born of a human counterpart, would be born as Strigoi as well.
In the modern day, Strigoi are no longer chosen. Their population has grown so much through propagation that there are more than needed to hunt the evil Cruor. Some embrace their heritage as hunters, while others have chosen a path closer to humanity.
Soon, however—if the world is to survive—everyone must resign to their true nature … and fight.
Cruor—the Earth Elementals of this world—mirror vampires in many ways: they are immortals who die by sunlight, decapitation, or staking. Quite traditional indeed. No sparkles need apply.Their blood can heal injury and disease, and they can influence of humans by erasing or creating thoughts in their minds. Cruor are extremely fast and strong, but they are not the fastest Elementals.
The intention of the Cruor was to purify the darkness in this world by eliminating it and by creating other Cruor to help them. Instead, some Cruor harbored darkness of their own, and soon this darkness became more of a keystone than an anomaly.
The original Cruor were humans who were buried alive, then resurrected by the Universe to hunt the darkness that walked the earth. Over time, however, a new weakness was discovered: Narcissus. Narcissus—or, daffodil—is a plant known to ward off Cruor, as it weakens them immensely. This discovery was made many years ago, around the time the Universe first created Earth Elementals. Humans were leaving flowers on graves to cover the scent of decay, and this prevented the rise of the undead, leaving the Cruor who already walked the earth to rely on their ability to turn a human through the poison in their fangs.
Despite their traditional roots, however, there’s a lot more to the dark and deceitful role of the Cruor. They were sent here to serve the mortal world, but their aim has become to force the mortal world to serve them. Soon, what was once mere paranormal fantasy will become reality for all of humanity within the Forever Girl world.
It’s hard sitting around, cooped up in a cabin in the middle of nowhere, waiting … waiting for an inevitable nightmare to finally come. And Charles and Sophia both know it’s coming. All he can do is aim to prepare himself for what the future holds, to that he might learn to accept his fate and arm himself for the dangers coming his way. So tonight he wants to know … Where do he and Sophia go from here?
The Set Up
For this reading, we’re using a Celtic Cross spread. Charles focused on his question while I shuffled the deck and laid the cards, the first vertical in the center, the second across the first. Then south of the cross, west of the cross, east of the cross, and north of the cross. Finally, we place the last four cards to the right of our cross, creating a vertical tower from south to the north.
What will Charles’ spread reveal?
Inverted Page of Swords, crossed by the 10 of Cups. Below is his foundation, the 10 of Wands. In his past is the Inverted 3 of Cups, in his immediate future is the Inverted King of Wands. The crown here is an Inverted Page of Pentacles. Charles right now is represented by an Inverted King of Swords and surrounded by The Emperor. The Knight of Cups represents his hopes and fears, and the 5 of Cups reveals the outcome … should things remain as they are.
Oh, Charles. How fitting that your first card reveals a woman holding a sword close, as though she’s embracing a problem or challenge. That is you right now. And like this woman, you are looking for inspiration on how to solve your dilemma. Problem is … you don’t know what your dilemma is—not fully. Be warned, however, that your spread indicates you are seeking answers you are not supposed to have.
Outwardly, you are living the family wife. The man, the woman, the children. You are staying in a “safe house” and you are often in the company of friends and family. However, it will come as no surprise to you that all is not as well as it seems. This will be a huge conflict for you moving forward. Any expectations you may have may be misleading. Prepare yourself for the unthinkable, for illusions and betrayals.
Where you stand now, your workload has been lightened. You are coming out of a victory, however small, and for so long you have been unaware of the beauty that surrounds you. Going forward, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Do not attempt to do it all on your own.
Your past still haunts you as you are affected by overflowing emotions, some good, some bad. While you feel affection from friends, you also feel you were recently betrayed by loved ones. It’s time to let go of any lingering grudges to make room for compromise. If you want to overcome what lays ahead, you will need to find a way to forgive those who have hurt you.
You are filled with ideas and energy, sitting in wait of the next opportunity to spring to action. Your charisma and easy-going nature will motivate others around you by bringing light to darker times. Right now, however, you are in danger of alienating those you love if you do not rein in that hurt that manifests itself as anger.
Your future promises a message. Some new resources may be sent your way, or you may make use of existing resources in new ways. The outcome of utilizing these resources, however, may come with consequence. Beware you do not fall victim to someone else’s control.
*Sighs* Your self-image right now is most disheartening. You’re lacking compassion and may even resort to lying. You’re running fast and furious toward your unseen enemies. And when you reach them, I fear it will destroy your soul to see who these enemies are.
Other’s are unaware of your inner turmoil. They see you as a strong and intelligent , and completely in control. Be brave, be bold, be assertive … but be careful not to let this illusion of control cause you to lead those you love astray. You know what you want and will soon learn what is needed and how to do it.
You hope for tranquility. Peace. To be able to move without hurry. You are fiercely loyal and hope one day you can just enjoy your loved ones without fear or worry. You wish for the day when it will be safe to get lost in your dreams.
You will suffer loss, and the pain will be great, but for it you will be stronger. How you deal with loss with shape your future. Look at the wonderful opportunity for growth, to change and move forward. Do not let the outcome leave you indignant.
Charles, if you continue on the path you are on now, things will get worse. You will be better for going through these trials, but I hope this time you will better learn how cope with the outcome. You’ve always been one to fear loss, such a man of the heart as you are; you’ve avoided it. But the path you are on now will consist of many losses. It is time to face this inevitable part of life, and it is up to you how you come out of these experiences. If you want your ultimate hopes to be realized, you will need to stay strong in the face of adversity.
Disclaimer: This was a real reading performed on a fictional character and interpreted by me, Rebecca Hamilton.
Sophia feels like she needs to give more attention to what her future with her friends and family will be like. What does the Universe have in store for her? How will her old life coalesce with her new life? Or will it?
The twins can’t help her with this one. As Chibold, they can communicate with the Universe, but their purpose is more to deliver and relay messages, not to help those they guide find personal answers. For that, Sophia is on her own.
She’s turned to the practice of Tarot Card Reading, something she’d been taught years ago by her once-friend, Ivory. Will Sophia’s intuition help guide her through this journey of personal exploration?