The Vjestitiza is a female vampire that haunts areas of Serbia; her targets usually children. Able to transform herself into different animals, she lives as an ugly old woman during the day and seems no different than anyone else in the village. But at night she descends upon the local children, drinking their blood and often ripping the hearts out of their chests as victory trophies!
These vampires gather in groups at times to exchange information and the hearts of their latest victims; stolen from children in the night. Often elderly woman can join the coven and be initiated into this fearsome lifestyle, extending the Vjestitizas’ power over the area.
Rumor has it that during the first cold week in March a Vjestitiza’s power is at her greatest – so villagers have a ritual to protect themselves from allowing the vampire access to their homes and their children. They take two animal horns and stick them into the ashes of their fireplaces; stirring the ashes to create a faux head for the horns.
So be careful if you’re ever travelling in Serbia in March…
Brought to you by “The Second Line” – coming from Mundania Press in August 2007! Corporate espionage, chocolate and vampires!