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Yara-ma-yha-who by Verdego Yara-ma-yha-who by Verdego
Not all mythological vampires are quite... so dignified as their European kin (and yes, I mean even in the sense that strigoi are slavering corpses that may also be lycantropes, burn in the sun, and so on...). This makes them no less vicious, mind you, but their appearance and methodology... can seem a little unusual next to those counterparts.

Enter the Yara-ma-yha-who [link] an aboriginal demon with a taste for blood. In essence more a boogie man than a true vampire, it's traits are still menacing and deadly:

"The yara-ma-yha-who lived in the tops of fig trees and did not hunt for food, but waited until unsuspecting victims sought shelter under the tree. It then jumped down and placed its hands and feet on the body. It would drain the blood from the victim to the point the person was left weak and helpless, but rarely, to cause the victim to die. The creature would later return and consume its meal. It then drank water and took a nap. When it woke, the undigested portion of its meal would be regurgitated. According to the story, the person regurgitated was still alive, and children were advised to offer no resistance should it be their misfortune to meet a yara-ma-yha-who. Their chances of survival were better if they let the creature swallow them.

People might be captured on several occasions. Each time, they would grow a little shorter until they were the same size as the yara-ma-yha-who. Their skin would first become smooth and then they would begin to grow hair all of their body. Gradually they were changed into one of the mythical little furry creatures of the forest. "

Regardless of how odd a vampire it may be, I am fairly certain the Yara-ma-yha-who can still beat the ever loving shit out of the so-called sparkle-pus vampire Edward Cullen.
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STCL Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
If I had to choose between being turned into this little guy, or a sparkle-pus, I'd pick the little guy.
Verdego Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
HAH, that seems a safe enough bet I think. A good choice!
German-Blood Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
lol This kind of reminds me of a less-scarry version of a Squig (a creature from the game Warhammer) with arms. :XD: [link]
Wonderful job. :heart:
Verdego Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
Hah they do look related! Thanks!
iree132 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010
looks great
Verdego Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
Darkdingo20 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010
Wow this is awesome its hair reminds me of Mcgyver for some reason...But i can tell you one thing sparkly vampires can go jump chest-first onto a wooden stake and die
Verdego Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
HAH! McGyver, must be the widow's peak and thinning sideburns. Thank you. Yes indeed, I'm quite convinced captain sparklepants is not, in fact, a vampire, but some particularly nasty species of fairy masquerading as 'vampires' to make themselves appear young and 'cool'.
Darkdingo20 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
LOL i think your theory of 'Capn Sparkle-pants may be true because Vampires are cool some maybe hot but they DONT bend the rules or sparkle but anyway i really like the yara-ma-yha-who i also like australian Folklore since im aussie...
So keep up the great art work mate :D
UniquelyYours Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009
I like the rawness on your marks... it really adds to his character.

I hope you don't mind I featured this piece in my journal. [link] Trying to spread some great art work on DA. If you'd prefer, I can take it down but I wanted to let you know someone appreciates you work-
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