Night Battlers

An entry from my commonplace book to start the week off. This time around, it’s various infernal infants, night battlers and good walkers.

Cambion. ‘A crooked child’. The offspring of an incubus or a succubus, and a human being – or possibly the child of demons, using the human as a surrogate. Also a term that might refer to a changeling, depending on how you rate de Plancy.

Dhampir. The child of a human and a vampire. Like our friend above, a popular archetypal protagonist of urban fantasy fiction, as dhampirs are said to be able to see invisible vampires and practice sorcery, making them effective vampire hunters.

Krsnik. Speaking of vampire hunters, the Slavic krsnik, is an interesting one. Their soul leaves their body, assuming the shape of a white animal, in order to fight evil. Which is a pretty interesting ability.

Zduhac. Dragon man. Fighter of demons and controller of the weather. Or possibly a crop-thief. Or all of the above. Slightly confusing, but interesting. Why are they called a dragon man? Who knows. Sounds cool, though.

Benandanti. The Good Walkers. Good witches, or possibly werewolves, or something else entirely. Spirit travellers and lucid dreamers. Definitely pick up Carlo Ginzburg’s book, The Night Battles: Witchcraft and Agrarian Cults in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries, which is fascinating, if somewhat dry, reading on the subject. Also read Benito Cereno’s Hector Plasm comics, which are awesome.  

Any one of these entries might provide impetus for a short story or several. Probably why I wrote them all down. I should probably get on that, at some point.


2 thoughts on “Night Battlers

  1. I’ve heard all those terms accept Krsnic and Zhudic. As you said Dhampirs are popular in urban fantasy and I know Benandanti appeared in Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book and there’s a series by Jonathon Maberry about one who’s a PI.

    The Krsnic really sounds interesting. I don’t know what to make of the Zhudic.

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