The First Vampire
It is well known in Ashes
that there is only one creator. Asha, the high goddess, created all that there is in Ashes, from the land and its creatures
to the other gods and goddesses themselves. She made her gods and goddesses powerful, but they were not so powerful, or trustworthy,
that they had the secret of creation. For thousands of years, the gods and goddesses were happy without knowing the secret
of creation, and they respected their high goddess. Until one day, one of them decided he was not powerful enough, and that
he wanted more.
Kyan is known as the Trickster
God, or the God of Chaos. While he is not an evil god, Kyan is mischievous, and he enjoys playing tricks and causing chaos,
with no regard for the mortal lives of Ashes. He also becomes bored quite easily, and this is what happened so long ago, before
even the days of the Phoenix.
Kyan was at his usual games
in the mortal lands when a beautiful young woman crossed his path. She was so beautiful that he immediately lost interest
in his previous pursuits and decided to follow her and see where it led him. He followed the young loth woman and saw her
enter a temple that honored his fellow goddess, Dyani. He was disappointed at this, but it did not hold him back as he entered
the temple behind her. Once he was inside though, he was even more disappointed when he saw that the beautiful young woman
was a priestess in the temple, and no ordinary priestess, but one that had been blessed by Dyani herself. This mark of protection
meant that Kyan was forbidden to touch her or meddle with her life.
The trickster god knew
that he should leave the woman alone, but her beauty was too great and he could not help himself. When night fell he disguised
himself and entered the woman’s house, where he lay with her, and before the next day dawned, he made her forget.
When the next day came,
Kyan realized that he had not been discovered. And so, he went to the woman again that night, and again several times afterwards.
And at the end of each night, he made her forget.
Several months later, the
woman realized that she was with child. She could not understand how it had happened. She swore to the high priestess of the
temple that she had never been touched by a man, but the priestess did not believe her and she was banished from the temple.
By chance, Kyan heard Dyani
raving about the young woman’s disobedience and disregard for the gift she had been given. He immediately went to the
woman and took her to the island of Kyahno, where he had he installed in a magnificent palace to await the birth of the child
that would be part-god. Such a thing had never been heard of before.
It was not long before
Asha, the high goddess heard of what had happened. She was in a rage and Kyan only narrowly stopped her from killing the young
woman and the unborn child. Instead, she cursed the unborn child. While the child would indeed inherit the powers of its loth
mother and god father, it would need the lifeblood of others to sustain itself. It would be a predator, and all other mortals
would loathe it and hunt it.
Kyan was angry when he
heard what Asha had done, but he knew that he could do nothing to stop the curse. He vowed that he would keep the child safe,
no matter what it would become.
When the child was born,
Kyan named him Hadeyon. He would carry the last name of the island they were on, Kyahno, as a tribute to his father. As Hadeyon
grew, Kyan realized that his life would not be so bad. The boy was most definitely a hunter and an almost animal-like predator,
but he was also powerful and feared by many. Kyan came to believe that the curse placed upon his child could be a good thing,
and that if he had more children, he could create a powerful race of his own, one which Asha would not rule.
this goal in mind, he secretly began to search out young women who met the same qualifications that Hadeyon’s mother
In the end, he brought
over forty women to Kyahno. They were all young and beautiful, had never borne children, never been touched intimately by
a man, and they all had the favour of Dyani. How he managed to keep this a secret from the goddess Dyani, only he knows.
Eventually, Asha realized
what Kyan was up to, and this time she was in a murderous rage that left Ashes coping with earthquakes for weeks. She cursed
his unborn children, extending her previous curse even further. In addition to the conditions that had been placed upon Hadeyon’s
life, these future children would not have the powers of their father. Neither would they ever be able to reproduce in the
mortal way. They would be ruled by their animal instincts, and almost the worst of all, they were banished from ever seeing
the sun. The children of Kyan would be children of the darkness.
Lastly, she banished Kyan
from the mortal world and from his children. It would be centuries before he was allowed to see what had become of them.
Thirty children were borne
in Kyahno in the coming months. They would become what are today known as the Darkus Vampires.
Kyan’s first son,
Hadeyon Kyahno, was the most powerful of all his siblings, and he became the first ruler of the vampires, taking all of the
island of Kyahno for himself. He alone became the father of the Maehan Vampires.
It is not known what happened
to Hadeyon, though there are rumours that he still lives, hiding his identity. The rest of Kyan’s children are assumed
to be long dead. But on occasion, it is said that Kyan will arrange for a young loth woman to bear his child, and a new vampire
will be born.