There was a belief among the vampires which was deeply rooted in tradition. It was about true love, something which was not a common thing among the vampire community, as they had witnessed too much of fake love among the humanity through the ages, and had still survived to continue their eternal existence. The Vampire Bat was never a strong believer of legends, but he was a traveler and an explorer, and do you know what that belief is?
It was said and written in golden letters in the Great Chambers of the Vampires, that “One who travels to the edge of the world and take a leap of faith shall find true love”. The writing glowed at night when the moonlight fell on it. This story comes from a time when Earth was not declared spherical. But the fact remained that no vampire had ever traveled to the edge of the world. No, not even Uncle Dracula or his former vampire assistants who were teleported to the other dimension.
Vampire Bat took that journey to the edge of the world. With the blessings of Uncle Dracula, he started on that journey which had nothing certain about it. It was a journey based on faith. He passed through the graveyard where the zombies stared at him in disbelief as they came to know about his quest, which didn’t really work that well inside their brains. They told him that the only true love is with edible brains.
Vampire Bat passed through the werewolf lands, who seemed to have a little more optimism about the same, but they didn’t hesitate to tell him their opinions. The leader of the pack told him that true love is attained only by death, and it is too rare in life. If you take a silver bullet to the heart for someone else, it is true love and in the heaven among the stars, you are going to be united with your lady love; said the leader wolf.
The centaurs had another idea. “Take this bow and arrow” said the centaur chieftain. “After you aim at the stars, turn back. If the arrow comes back to you, there is true love and you can take the leap of faith” he added. “But won’t I be dead if the arrow comes back to me when I am not looking?” asked the Vampire Bat. “Good point. It is better to take the leap of faith without thinking then” the centaur agreed.
A leprechaun was singing a song as he reached the rainbow’s end. It was a story of unrequited love in verse and the trees danced to his tunes. It stopped the Vampire Bat and made him think what if it was not the right thing to do and that there was no real point. But he continued anyway, as he knew that this was no longer his journey to stop. It was only half his journey and the rest belonged to his soul-mate.
The journey was tedious, but the Vampire Bat stood strong at the edge of the world. The wind was strong there and the sun was all prepared to hide behind the mountains far away. He took a leap of faith from the top of that cliff with the clear knowledge that he can’t fly. The fairy who looked at him from a distance screamed suicide and the unicorns just ran away scared, but the Vampire Bat knew better, or didn’t he?
***The images used in this blog post are screenshots from the time spent in one of my favourite games, Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic.