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Fire Kills 8 in NOLA

In Uncategorized on 29 December, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Mainstream media is reporting that a blaze in an abandoned warehouse killed 8 people in the early hours of December 28, 2010. The victims, whose races and genders were not identifiable, are presumed to have been among New Orleans estimated 3,000 homeless residents. Autopsy results will be needed to confirm witness statements identifying the victims as three females and five males between the ages of 19 and 30. All were also reportedly accomplished musicians. Not all were from the New Orleans area. Two dogs also perished in the fire.

Early speculation among the human authorities appears to blame the residents themselves for the blaze. With overnight temperatures dipping near the freezing point, authorities say the inhabitants of the building may have started a fire to help stay warm and the blaze somehow got out of control. It is also possible that some of the victims succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning and were both unaware of the danger and unable to escape. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a common risk with indoor fires, particularly when warmth is more of a concern than proper ventilation.

In a separate fire-related death, the charred remains of a woman were reportedly found outside Wesley Barrow Stadium near Southern University later Tuesday morning. The victim had two tattoos authorities hope will help identify her. No cause of death was evident. NOPD are awaiting autopsy results and tests to see whether accelerants were used.

No direct mundane connection has been made between these events. A fire earlier in the month at Fangtasia, a vampire bar in Shreveport, also appears coincidental to humans.

Cold weather coincidences could be one explanation. Questions remain, however, regarding possible connections between the events and victims. The Post will keep the preternatural community updated regarding the ongoing investigations and the possible roles of supes, as victims or perpetrators, in the crimes.

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Details of Fangtasia fire emerge

In Vampires on 14 December, 2010 at 10:14 am

The investigation into the fire that recently ravaged vampire-owned tourist bar Fangtasia is plodding along at slower-than-human speeds. There seems to be little question that the fire was deliberately set. Who set it and why remains a mystery, at least to the general public. Answers have not been forthcoming.

Fire @BarWithABite

Local Bar goes up in flames

Not surprisingly, non-vampire arson investigators report a lack of cooperation from the club’s owners or management. Some theorize this is because humans, particularly those in the anti-vampire minority or the radical elements of the Fellowship of the Sun may be responsible for the fire. No evidence of a hate crime has been revealed. The American Vampire League (AVL) has not commented on the possibility.

@BarWithABite Fire

At least 1 person was inside during the fire

It has been learned that @SheriffNorthman, one of the owners of @BarWithABite was inside at the time of the blaze. As this photo, sent anonymously to the Preternatural Post, reveals, he was still inside while the fire raged. Northman had no comment on why he did not escape the burning building or how he survived the inferno which engulfed it. He confirmed the fire was deliberately set but not by him and refused to speculate on causes or culprits.
Aftermath @BarWithABite

A look at what remained after the fire

Rumors of supernatural conspiracy theories are widespread, given the silence of human and vampire officials. The vampire community is no doubt conducting their own investigation into the fire. Whether they will turn the arsonists over to the (human) authorities or handle matters internally remains to be seen. With the Vampire Rights Act still being debated in Congress, it is unlikely any action will be taken without the sanction of both vampire and human authorities.

Hevereaux & Sons is overseeing the rebuilding project implying the local Weres played no part in the fire.

No date for the reopening has been announced.

Origins of the Order of the Dragon

In Vampires on 12 December, 2010 at 11:14 am

The Order of the Dragon (lat. Societas Draconistrarum, hun. Sárkány Lovagrend, ger. der Drachenorden, cro. Zmajev red, rom. Ordinul Dragonului, ser. Ред Змаја / Red Zmaja) was founded on December 12 in 1408 by Sigismund, King of Hungary (who would later become the Holy Roman Emperor). The purpose of the Order, ostensibly, was to prevent the further expansion of the Ottoman Empire into the Baltic region. The not-so-secret purpose was to consolidate and secure Sigismund’s power in Hungary, which he ruled by marriage not heredity. Although his reign would be one of the longest in Hungarian history, in 1408, Sigismund’s control of Hungary was precarious as a result of the death of his first wife Mary of Hungary (and hereditary Queen) in 1395 and the loss at the Battle of Nicopolis a year later.

The Order, whose members were known as Draconists, was the most powerful political association in Hungary and was quickly recognized internationally. As a monarchical chivalric order, the Order of the Dragon was led by Sigismund and members were sworn to his defense and service as well as to that of the Order. In return, members could expect and enjoyed a level of royal patronage including appointment to offices, wealth, honors and royal protection.

Among the Order’s most notable members was Vlad II, Voivode (duke or prince) of Wallachia, Vlad II took the moniker Vlad Dracul when he joined the Order of the Dragon in 1431. That same year a son would be born to the family. He too would be named Vlad but become better known to history as Vlad Tepes or Vlad Dracula. It is worth noting that the future Vlad III was inducted into the Order of the Dragon in 1436, at age 5, which is the same year his father, Vlad II ascended to the throne of Wallachia.

The Symbol of the Order

The insignia of a dragon with its tail coiled around its neck and the red cross of St. George on it’s back identified the initial 24 members of the Order. Other versions of the insignia were used later as membership increased and various classes of membership were introduced.

Few contemporary historical artifacts remain although some portraits such as that of Otto von Wolkenstein depicting one of the Dragon’s classes indicate the importance and prestige of membership in the Order. A portrait of the Emperor Sigismund also depicts the original and presumably highest class of the Order or the Dragon he founded.

The Order of the Dragon would decline in prominence after Sigismund’s death in 1437. Several families in Hungary and throughout the Holy Roman Empire retained symbols of the Order in their coats of arms. Notable among these is the Bathory family. More than 200 years later, a daughter of the house, Elizabeth, would be imprisoned in Csejte Castle for allegedly torturing and killing hundreds of young women in order to preserve her legendary beauty.

The 15th century would profoundly change the course of European and world history. Nations, civilizations and entire continents were emerging from isolation and beginning to develop, if not in tandem at least along similar paths with some cultural exchange. The Renaissance, which began more than a century before, would spread throughout Europe during the 1400s. The influence of the Renaissance is still being felt today. The Order of the Dragon may seem to be just a footnote to this history. In fact, the Order and its members may have had a profound effect on human and preternatural history that we are only beginning to understand.

Vampire Tarot – The Emperor (IV)

In Tarot on 8 December, 2010 at 7:08 pm
The Emperor or Liege is the 4th card in the Major Arcana. He is the lawgiver and the ultimate authority. He is also, in many ways the pinnacle of male power.

IV The Liege

The Emperor/Liege (IV)

Among vampires, The Emperor also tends to be ego-maniacal ancient autocrats who believe they are always right because none dear to challenge them (mostly because those who do end up finally dead). They are extremely violent and have great disdain for any world or existence but their own. They seek little besides attaining and maintaining their power.

It is easy to confuse The Emperor with a Maker and in some cases they may be the same. The direct relationship a vampire has with their Maker however, is not always, or even often, the relationship a vampire has with their Liege. Vampires are bound to their Liege be oaths, though they may be blood oaths making loyalty an open question in both directions.

It is difficult to say whether all vampires aspire to become Emperors. Certainly, all try to be within the confines of their own domains, however small and empty. Power among vampires is as much a matter of age as anything else, simply because one must be crafty and smart and very lucky in order to survive long enough to even consider becoming a Liege.

In theory, The Emperor could be a benevolent ruler. They usually don’t stay in power long. A Liege judged to be harsh but fair is probably the best that can be hoped for. Most are far, far worse…and don’t even know it