Australia does not specifically have a vampire in its lore, but the Aboriginal cultures had a vampire-like creature called the yara-ma-yha-who. These creatures were described as little red men with oversized heads with equally large mouths. But they didn’t have any teeth, simply swallowing their prey whole. According to legend, the Yara-ma-yha-who is only active during the day and only targets living prey. These guys make the nine and ten of swords look like a fun fair activity.
The yara-ma-yha-who waited in the tops of fig trees for unsuspecting victims to seek shelter and then dropped on them, drained their blood and left them weak and helpless before it would later come back to consume its victim whole, drink some water and take a nap. Later, when the yara-ma-yha-who wake, it regurgitates the undigested portion of its meal, supposedly the victim would remain alive through this entire process, although typically came out a little shorter and shiny, gradually gaining hair all over their body before they were changed into one of the mythical little furry creatures of the forest.
Little wonder that the terrified possum and kanga took off and headed for safety. Cora, the fearless Forest Raven prepared to dive bomb these critters.
If this is not terrifying enough there are stealthy hunters known as Eer Moonan, bipedal creatures that look like Echidnas and have the bodies of dogs. Everyone agrees that with characters like this stalking folk there is a call for some darker Babylonian style magic to deal with this lot.
Bonnie’s skill as a Magician is likely to be put to the test.