Ever since Bela Lugosi set his eyes upon us in the classic “Dracula” our thoughts have never been too far from this ever sought after creature of the night. We know indistinctly that the vampire folklore stems as far back as five and a half centuries with the ruthless blood lust of “Vladimir Dracul”, or “Vlad the Implaer”, the fifteenth century Prince who impaled countless thousands upon thousands of enemies and townspeople who dared to defy him and the order of the Dracul, which means “The Dragon” or “The Son of the Devil”.
His empire outlasted many others and survived and decimated the Turkish armies of the day with cunning and tactics secretive enough to outwit and destroy the oncoming nemesis during unexpected nightly maneuvers. The complete and utter destruction of the Ottoman empire brought the Muslims and their treasure to its knees with brutality at the helm of the battle. His renowned fame preceded him and his well armed fortresses with ten foot walls strong enough to withstand any invasion were a force to be reckoned with. He dined freely among the dead and dying thrust upon pointed carved trees as the victims suffered immensely for hours and sometimes days. Word of his insatiable quest for power and the protection of his region had reached many a surrounding kingdom. Upon setting eyes on the impaled, armies would turn and flee at the very sight of this terrifying display of open death.
After fleeing his fallen reign, he had been imprisoned for twelve years before being released. He is hailed as a national hero in Romania and his legacy forever lives on. His death is shrouded in mystery as his head has never been recovered. Reportedly buried in a church, there had been no body once the grave had been unearthed. Vlad the Impaler was a ruthless but cunning beast whose castle and legacy still stands to this day in a darkened mist of unspeakable evil as its successor.