Beware the Inanis

The vampire or upir (oou-peer) is one of the most feared throughout history. However, there is one among them that is exceptionally odious. This demon is spawned from the most tragic of circumstances. It is called the Inanis (ee-nah-niece), a Latin word for empty. They are called this because their appetite cannot be satiated, nor their thirst quenched. Unlike its kin, it is not born or turned with a bite. Inanis are impregnated women killed unjustly before or during childbirth. Needless to say, they are exclusively female. If the child is spared, the soul of the mother could pass on. On the other hand, if the infant does not survive, a deal is made. Mammon, Lord of Greed, promises to reunite them with their babies. As payment, they must roam the Earth and feed on our flesh until the End of Days.

Many consider this to be a deception to collect innocent souls. Whether this promise can be fulfilled is unknown as the Apocalypse has not yet come. Every life taken by the Inanis is sent to Hell and delivered to Mammon. Inanis are also called The Children of Gluttony. They hunt alone and can be found in forests, graveyards, tunnels, and abandoned hospitals. You can identify Inanis from their disturbing appearance. Their round enlarged bellies and engorged breasts make them a standout from other bloodsuckers. Usually, they are blind. This is a wound inflicted by Mammon himself, so they never lay eyes on a child again. Inanis appear decomposed but are in no way zombies. Their sense of smell is keen as well as their sharp hearing, which detects sudden movements.

Extruded veins cover the body of the Inanis. They have a blue-neon glow that is said to be filled with pure hatred, a substance capable of eternal youth. No one can test this theory due to their ability to evade capture. The feet resemble that of the ostrich which allow them to move swiftly and eviscerate their prey with hands larger than a cast iron skillet. Occult scholars designate the predator as a berserk beast. It cannot be reasoned with or stopped by conventional weapons. Magic can hurt or trap the monster. With a dislocated jaw, an Inanis can swallow their prey whole. They do not consume for the sake of hunger. They long to be with child again. This is not attainable, so they eat, with the hope that the sensation returns. In its gut is an abyss, which is one proven way to kill an Inanis.

It’s torn apart by the endless void therein when the belly is punctured. Close contact is not encouraged. Once, warrior-mage managed to do this with an enchanted blade soaked in angel tears. Her apprentice witnessed the event from the sky as a shapeshifter, he took the form of a bird, and escaped the pull of the black hole. We honor her sacrifice, without it, we would not possess this knowledge. There are a number of ways to determine if an Inanis is in the area. The mass slaughter of livestock and dead plant life. As well as the stench of spoiled milk, meant for its unborn offspring. They do not retain mortal weakness or memory, save for one, an aversion to the cries of a newborn. The noise is excruciating to them and drives them away.

Perhaps, it is the single thing in this world that reminds them of their humanity and what they seek to be, a mother. The mere fact that such a thing exists is cruel. No curse can compare. To prevent the rise of an abomination such as this, the woman must be avenged within seven days after her death. If the guilty party confesses and pays with his or her life, the Inanis cannot ascend. Long ago, a number of Inanis appeared in the ruins of an old cathedral. A prioress caused the fire. She came upon an unholy practice in the church. Priests take in the poor, not out of benevolence, but for more perverse reasons. When one of the women conceived, they murdered her to keep the truth hidden, and buried her in the crypt. Weeks after the structure fell, they came in great numbers.

Some turned on each other, then attacked nearby villages. The nun who started the fire, also founded a secret order of hunters. They investigated Inanis and executed those responsible for making them. Unfortunately, some crimes go unpunished. As is the case with the wealthy, politicians, and privileged. The abuse of power is normally the reason behind such atrocious events. Philosophers debate that Inanis keep the human and supernatural world in balance. Both species are fair game to the mad creature. It shows no favor for its own kind. In the past mystical runes indicated the territory of an Inanis. For a while, the different nations enjoyed peace. Life flourished, the population of man grew in number and strength. But so did their lust for expansion and control.

Generations passed, soon the Inanis became a tale to keep children out of the woods at sundown. Non-humans found themselves hunted, near extinction. So, they hid in pocket dimensions or other planets. They took many of their spells and grimoires when they left. Some remnants can be found, but not nearly enough to keep the Inanis at bay. Despite warnings from the fairy, fae, and goblin folk, mankind became obsessed with industrialization. Landmarks that held the Inanis prisoner fell and reshaped over time. A wave of death spread soon after. To this day, the media wishes to hide the existence of them from the people. Reports can be heard of mudslides and other natural disasters. In reality, these are all failed attempts to stop the Inanis.

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