THE END OF THE WORLD???
I am Philabe, the Keeper of the Book of Ascent, from the House of Sweepers and Keepers. I am a vampire, but was born a human. I became a monk when I was ten and four at the dawn of Christianity. When I was a middle-aged man, I was a devoted priest in a monastery where we created illuminated manuscripts, until an arch vampire came looking for secret information hidden in our scrolls. When we monks refused to give this creature of the night what he came for, my brothers were taken one by one. Each night those of us left thought we had secured our lodgings from him, but their screams would rattle the monastery walls as he took their blood. I was the last among them. He was not merciful enough to kill me, but instead he made me his immortal servant. It was many lifetimes before I was able to escape him, but I became the most learned among the House of Keepers and I have often been called upon in the darkest hours of human and vampire existence to explain the workings of the world.
December 21, 2012 is the start of the winter solstice and this is Yule, a time of higher consciousness. It is also the day the Mayan calendar says that the word ends. But a closer examination of the source materials reveals that the true meaning of the prophecy is that “The world will not end. It will be transformed.” The only other unusual event that day is that the sun will be aligned with the center of the Milky Way for the first time in nearly 26,000 years. The Mayans never intended the calendar to end in 2012, but that instead, another cycle begins afterward. Modern Mayan’s say there is no such concept as an apocalypse in their culture.
The ancient Mayan’s were clever, they discovered that vampires existed and at first they viewed us as Gods and they gave ritual sacrifices of their own people to keep my kind from their villages. The Mayanʻs made sacrifices believing that the only way for the sun to rise and for us to stay to the night was for them to forfeit someone to the gods. But more and more of the ‘gods’ came, and once the Mayan’s determined our true natures and our unquenchable desire for blood, they started hunting and sacrificing my vampire brethren. Many of the vampires scattered to the winds, but these rituals had become so popular among the Mayan people that they had to sacrifice humans in our stead. The vampire slayers known as inquisitors and monks, tried to stop the ritual bloodletting of humans but the Mayan’s would repent for a bit, but always searched further and further afield for our kind and the entertainment they craved, for a vampire can withstand torture for much longer than a human. Finally, one among our Clans of Cain, a very powerful vampire, tired of the Mayan’s pursuit of him, and he set the nosferatu upon the Mayan’s. A great plague spread among their people and finally destroyed their entire civilization.
You can learn more about the stories of the Clans of Cain in the Descent of Blood, The Red Veil Series, The Prequel. And then about the Seven Houses of Vampires in Ascent of Blood, The Red Veil Series, Book I.
Thanks so much for visiting my world,
Windy City writer, Elizabeth Marx, brings cosmopolitan life alive in her fiction—a blend of romance, fast-paced Chicago living, and a sprinkle of magical realism. Elizabeth resides with her husband, girls, and two cats who've spelled everyone into believing they’re really dogs. She grew up in the city, has traveled extensively, and still says there’s no town like Chi-Town.
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