What is a Strzyga?
"He hoped for something that couldn't last,
No peaceful life after she died,
None of his dreams will ever fulflll,
There's no paradise, just agony,
She ripped him apart, eaten his heart,
Sucked his veins dry, broken his skull,
Piece of shapeless meat on the ground,
That is the price for eternal love."
Species - Strzyga (Stzhee Gah) aka Striga/Strigoi:
A striga, strigoi or properly strzyga(female) or strzygoń(male) is a kind of vampiric demon in Slavic and Eastern European folklore. A bestial entity known for it's incredible physical prowess and being possessed of absolute rage and hunger for flesh and blood.
Imagine, if you will, a furless sabertoothed tiger with purple-grey skin, glowing blue or red eyes ane a red mop of hair dangling chaoticly from her head. A foul, well-muscled monster, the the strzyga runs about on all fours. Her jaw extends from ear to ear full of dagger-like teeth, and her fingers end in talonlike claws capable of tearing a man to shreds. Now give her slightly humanoid features. Just enought to amost give away that her body was once that of a normal human girl.
This fiend has been the bane of heroes, villages, kings and legions of fighting men throughout the history of it's legend. But they start out quite human. Or so it would seem. The babe is usually born with a cull, but always with two rows of teeth (with the second set barely visible), two hearts and (it is said) two souls. This child can even grow to become a productive member of society and advance the good of all. For it is not until their death that they take on the animalistic form for which they are known...
When such a person dies, only one soul gets passed on, and the other soul causes the deceased strzyga to come alive and prey upon other living beings. In devouring the blood and guts of their prey, they are able to devour a portion of it's very soul imbuing them with a deep unnatural understanding of ther skills and knowledges that their prey had possessed.
Some say that after the first soul passes on, the other grows twisted and violent from the heartbreak of losing it's other half and reanimates the body with a heart full of hate. While others argue that the second soul was a demon from the start, so horrid that it was cast out of hell. Indeed, in romanian mythology it is said that the "strigoi" were so bad in nature that not even Lucifer would welcome them in hell. And above all, even Lucifer was afraid of them, and that's why they walk on the land of the living, to kill, make ill, haunt the souls of the others.
Similar legends say that they were once demonic spirits, yet so chaotic and disruptive were they, that they were cast out from the demonic realm. And so, in their hunger for souls, they attach themselves to incarnating souls and spend a lifetime slowly feeding from them. When the body dies, the human soul is given a chance to escape. Otherwise it will be devoured by the demonic spirit who will reanimate the corpse, regardless and seek out sustenance in it's new existence as a humanoid hell-beast. A strzyga.
A common version of this belief says that a strzyga is an undead newborn child. Any child born dead was believed to become one if certain precautions were not met. Those undead little creatures would stalk forests at night and call out to former family members and attack the grief-stricken kin when they approached. After that, they would attack anyone unlucky enough to venture into their territory at night, eating out their insides. Furthermore a newborn child with already developed teeth was also believed to surely become one.
Another common theme in stories of strzyga are the presence of owls. A strzyga has talons of an owl and fly at night in a form of an owl and attack night-time travelers and people who simply wander off into the woods at night, sucking out their blood and eating out their organs. Strzyga could also be satisfied with animal guts and blood, for a short period of time.