Chilldren of the Unknown: January 2022

Monday, January 24, 2022

The Ghul

The Ghul are said to be offspring of Iblis the jinn that was cast from heaven for not prostrating himself before Adam. Ghuls are shape-shifting cannibalistic and blood-drinking spirits. Unlike normal jinn who prefer to be in the spirit form, a Ghul chooses to manifest in a corporeal form to feed on the flesh of human beings and to cause as much fear on man. Some state that a Ghul lures unwary people into abandoned places to slay and devour them then takes the form of the person most recently eaten. Once in the assumed form, a Ghul can travel in the waking world spreading fear and pain. Some historians theorize that Jack the Ripper was a Ghul. When someone has suffered at the hand of another, they can summon a Ghul to seek vengeance for them for a price, a Ghul can be summoned by meeting two requirements:
• cutting oneself and using his or her blood creates the summoning symbol
• The Summoner must provide a willing or not person(s) to act as a sacrificial offering to the Ghul. This can be anyone from a small child to an elderly person. The Ghul would kill and devour the victim to assume his or her likeness – once the likeness has been assumed the Ghul will go carry out its mission.

The price of summoning a Ghul

Most learned Imam’s from across the Muslim world have debated the very nature of these creatures and why of all the jinn they allow themselves to be summoned easily. The answer is to spread chaos and distrust among the believers and non-believers alike – a ghul wants to lead people away from the light so if it is summoned and completes the task presented to it the ghul will appear to the Summoner as someone he or she knows – revealing the final cost – the ghul will attack and devour someone the summoner cares for.
Note: When a ghul assumes the appearance of his victim – his or her soul is absorbed into the ghul allowing it to access memories and mannerisms of the victim.
A Ghul differ in many ways from the European idea of a Ghoul. The first obvious difference is that a Ghul is a type of jinn and is incorporeal. Ghouls are corporeal creatures and as such they are susceptible to harm and take normal STA and Injury damage from weapons. A ghul can only be wounded or hurt by a weapon made of iron blessed by an imam.

Stats for the Ghul

EWS: 65- 100 (Notable – Legendary) REF: 60 – 80 STA: 60-100
Injury: Superficial, Minor –10, Serious –20, Major –30, Critical –50, Lethal (when using Corporeal Manifestation only)
Disciplines: Corporeal Manifestation, Influence, Lure, Steal Form, Mimic
Aspects: Deadly Attack (claws; Serious Injury), Special Weakness (Blessed Iron Weapons), Special Weakness (verses of the Quran), Sustenance (human flesh), Regeneration, Invulnerable, Supernatural Speed
Special Weakness (Blessed Iron Weapons): a weapon forged from iron and blessed by a imam is needed to inflict damage to a Ghul
Special Weakness (verses of the Quran): A Ghul can be held at bay by reciting the call to prayer. During this time the Ghul is unable to act.
Special (Steal form): a Ghul assumes the form of whoever it devoured this also includes the memory and mannerism of the victim.

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Shapeshifting Werewolf In Texas??

Mrs. Delburt Gregg of Greggton, Texas, told of her encounter with a shapeshifting creature in the 1960 issue of Fate. The other surveyed sightings below are of creatures that looked like man-wolves but no one has seen one becoming another. Mrs. Gregg has not seen a man turned into a wolf but she has actually come closer than anyone else in telling a tale that sounds like a chapter from a werewolf novel than a real-life experience.

Mrs. Gregg said that one night in 1958 when her husband was on a business trip, she moved her bed close to a screen window hoping to catch some cool breeze from a thunderstorm brewing on the southwestern horizon. She heard a scratching sound from the window shortly after she fell asleep. In a flash of lightning, she saw a huge, shaggy, wolf-like creature clawing at the screen and staring at her with baleful, glowing, slitted eyes. She saw its bared white fangs

The creature fled from the yard into a clump of bushes as she leaped from her bed to grab a flashlight. Mrs. Gregg said, “I watched for the animal to come out of the bushes, but after a short time, instead of a great shaggy wolf running out, the figure of an extremely tall man suddenly parted the thick foliage and walked hurriedly down the road, disappearing into the darkness.”

Real "Zombie Attacks" That Actually Happened

In August 2016, a 19-year-old college student, Austin Harrouf, reportedly stormed away from a restaurant in Jupiter, FL, where he’d been dining with his parents, apparently upset over the slow service there. He then wandered into a neighborhood, where a couple, Michelle Mischon and John Stevens III, sat in their garage with the door open, enjoying a quiet evening. Harrouf pulled a switchblade on the couple and stabbed them to death, apparently without provocation. A neighbor attempted to intervene and called 911 but was stabbed by the man as well.

When police arrived, they found Harrouf naked, ripping away chunks of the couple’s flesh and eating it. He was also growling, grunting, and making “animal noises.” Repeated use of stun guns and a police dog could not sway Harrouf from his “meal,” and finally three officers had to pull the man away from the bodies by force.

What makes this case especially strange is that Harrouf, prior to this bizarre crime, was a model student who seemed to have things pretty well figured out. It is reported that he had been hanging out with some of his fraternity brothers prior to joining his parents for dinner, but his toxicology report came back clean. Other test results for synthetic drugs are pending, though officials did say Harrouf showed no other characteristic symptoms associated with substances like flakka or bath salts.

Kevin Santos

Kevin Santos was pronounced dead at a hospital in his hometown of Belem in Brazil. The two-year-old was placed in an airtight body bag for three hours while his family made preparations for his funeral.  During the wake, family members noticed the boy moving. Santos then sat up and asked his father for a glass of water. The ecstatic family was let down, however, when only seconds later the boy fell over again. He was rushed to the hospital and declared dead a second time.

Clairvius Narcisse

Clairvius Narcisse died on May 2, 1962 after admitting himself to the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Deschapelle, a town in the Artibonite Valley of Haiti. He had been suffering from a plethora of ailments, but no direct cause for his symptoms could be determined.  

Eighteen years later, in 1980, his sister Angelina saw Narcisse in a marketplace. He recounted the memories of his own “death,” including being buried alive. He had been placed into a death-like state by a bokor, or sorcerer, and after being dug up he was whisked away to a plantation to serve as a zombified laborer. He escaped after two years of slavery and wandered the Haitian countryside, only willing to return to his village when his brother, whom he believed to have made the deal with the bokor that turned Narcisse into a zombie, had finally passed away.  A researcher named Wade Davis later investigated Narcisse’s case, and claimed to have discovered the key to zombification, namely the use of the datura plant, which, according to Patrick D. Hahn of Biology Online, “contains the hallucinogens atropine and scopolamine, and induces delirium, confusion, psychosis, and complete amnesia.” It could never be conclusively determined, however, whether or not this substance was actually used on Narcisse.