Legend of the first Tsuloki Vampire
Begins new life
A (di-da-nv-wi-s-gi) 'doctor/medicineman', foreseen a great war, too big for his people 'Cherokee' to call a battle. This war coming would decide the fate of the people. He seen the children in slaved, the women molested, beat and brutally murdered. Such occurring dreams, has meaning, but the di-da-nv-wi-s-gi did not wish to interpret the dream, but let them be and go on with his tribal duties. And so he did so, until it was morning and he was singing, the Wen dae yah ho, song 'means, we are of the Great Spirit'. Ti's the 'Cherokee morning song, we sing every morning, which is sang every morning.' But was interrupted by this dream of broken images, to have so in such early morning, the di-da-nv-wi-s-gi Knew, this was very bad medicine.
He sought out a warrior to tie these dreams to. perhaps then, the warrior may find another path for these dreams, and they may end. A young warrior, not so much as mighty as others but one with so much spirit, and he could tell this young man, would take on this burden with every bit of his Soul. the di da ny wi s gi, brought the warrior to his hidden smoke lodge which was dwells underground at the base of a mountain just out side of the tribes lands. There, they smoked peyote together and after a full meal, the warrior laid to rest for the night. It was then, the di da ny wi s gi, chose to pass off the reoccurring dream.
He spoke his words which would send the reoccurring dreams to the young man. And put a dry rub of herbs on the young warriors arms, hands, legs, feet and scribed a message to the damned upon his forehead with a liquid ingredient which only a medicine man may learn. But this did not end the dreams, for either of them, for as the di da ny wi s gi rested, he and the warrior awoke at the same moment. When he went to speak to the young warrior, the warrior collapsed and lay dead in front of the medicine-man.
The dream came again, except more intense for the 3 days the dead warrior laid in the medicine-mans lodge. As is the custom for the Cherokee to keep their dead for 3 days then bury them. On the day the family of the warrior gave him to the earth, the Raven flew over the body, a bad sign, and the medicine-man, knew he should not have let his guard down back in the lodge. The young warriors soul, did not pass, nor did the dream kill him, but during this dream the ka'lanu ahkyeli'ski 'Raven Mocker' very evil and very wicked being, had come and taken the young warriors soul. The medicine-man hoped that even with the warriors soul no longer in existence do to the Raven Mocker, the dreams will have vanished as well. He was wrong.
The dreams came to be most intense, and horrifying for the medicine-man until one night he had been spooked so badly, he knew with all of the emotion, vibes and shaking of his bones, the war had come. He ran from his medicine lodge to help his people, but arrows had come flying, some on fire, some sharp enough to penetrate buffalo skull. He gathered those he could, and the others fought with all their might. He was in need of a great prayer, no he was in need of a great misfortune of the enemy, then it came to mind, no he needs a great warrior. He ran to the far end of the cliffs closest to the sea, for the Cherokee come from Georgia and North Carolina. He had gone to see the 'Raven Mocker', once he found her, she hissed and tempted to transform to fly off, but he was much more wise then she expected, just as she went to take flight, the medicine-man tossed a blanket over her, he told her, either return to form or be crushed a wretched bird woman, this she did not want.
She chose to return to human form, and so he spoke to her, "no harm will will come to you, but to our people it will". She set up to listen, as he explained the situation, she agreed, she will return the young warriors soul to the body. They hurried to the boys grave to dig him up. Once the body was again back in the medicine lodge beneath the base of the mountain, she coughed, and gagged and a thick substance fell into the dead warriors mouth, they used cloth to bind his mouth closed, so that the soul will not give way and fly out of his mouth. They left the boy be, and in two nights, he had risen.
This new being, starved for knowledge, understanding, and food had come to be at first angry and then stricken with grief. The Raven Mocker and Medicine-Man spoke to him, and told him all they new, and this enraged him more. The Raven Mocker, took a blade and put a light cut on the boys leg and it healed quicker than a normal mans, but before cleaning the blood from the leg, she told the Medicine-Man, do not get his blood in you, other wise you will become the same. 'It was not the bite of a Vampire which created one, but the drinking of his blood'. Carefully he cleaned the new scar of the blood, and lead the warrior out. The warrior filled with rage, pride, and compassion for his people, stared into the on going war. The words of the Medicine-Man, lifted the Soul more, 'Give back to your people, what you now have'. In simple words, LIFE, he was saying, help your people live.
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