THE ROMANIAN STRIGOI are not just any Vampyres. They are the original Transylvanian Vamps, the Cursed Ones, the Damned. They are the ones never finding rest in material death and eternally wander the earth unsatisfied. They Feed on mortals without reservation or respect and are the base-model of 20th century Vampires, starting with Dracula.
By Church standards, the Strigoi are treated as victims of a religious disease. Certain conditions seem to carry it: the seventh same sex child in a family; to lead a life of sin; to not attend church services or receive the Sacraments; to die without being married; to have participated in Dark Arts; to have performed “unnatural” acts; sexual deviation; to be executed for perjury; being cursed by a witch; and suicide. Clearly this is the “troubled soul” of a dead person…
Strigoi emphasize power as Blood and recognize Bloodlines as FamTrad Legacies. They encourage “Sanguine” vampyrism and carry most of the usual traits: pale skin, blood drinking, inhabiting tombs and haunting crypts.
Ancestors remain a significant part of the religion as Undead they call the Strigoii Morte. Starfyre energy continues to be exchanged (or passed down) within the family Legacy even after First Death, as a means for perfecting the etheric body.
We find lore of the famous Vlad III, Vlad Tepes, Vlad the Impaler – the one called Vlad III Dracula, meaning: Son of Vlad II Drakul. A prince of southern Romania is celebrated as a national hero and not as a Vampire.
Although Vlad is often considered some character basis for Bram Stoker‘s famous work, there is actually very little similarity connecting the two, aside from some names and locations. There is also nothing in lore or history connecting Vlad with any true Vampyric or Strigoi religious traditions.
Ironically, one of the first sanctioned Vampire Hunters in history is none other than his father, Vlad II Drakul. He is instated as a member of the Order of the Dragon, and while that might sound cool and esoteric, it is a religious fraternity similar to the Knights Templar during the Crusades. Their primary goal: to protect the integrity of Christianity from the Muslim Turks – which they called “vampires.”Vampire Hunters, Holy Orders of the Church and Dragonslayer Knights all suddenly appear in the Realm as if from nowhere during the Dark Ages, a time of significant vampire activity. Lore of crosses carried as amulets, wooden stakes, garlic necklaces and holy water all develop during this time.
It is curious that mundane outsiders would have such a problem with Our culture. By Our standards, Christianity is simply another tradition that, like Us is based on teachings of an Undead deity – one containing elements of both Living Vampyre and Living Zombie traditions. Consider the “Last Supper” where their deity upgraded his human followers by exchanging power through transhuman Blood. This is exactly the same as the esoteric tradition of Sanguine Starfyre practices.