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Wobbledogs First Impressions ”Is it worth playing?”

Welcome to another spotlight for a different game than Gwent. Today a new game called Wobbledogs is being released on Steam. We of Team Bandit Gang had a look at it and want to share our first impressions with you.

When you start your first game you will be given helpful tips & tricks regarding the game mechanics and you will start in a single room with a single Wobbledog. From this point on you can start feeding the dog and interact with it. Eventually you get a hatching machine in order to breed more Wobbledogs. Wait a minute, since when do dogs hatch from eggs?! Well, these are not conventional dogs but mutated ones and you better forget anything you learned about mammal anatomy in school. Because it’s not only the hatching from the eggs but also the metamorphosis in a cocoon when they grow up. It’s a bit weird in the beginning but you get used to this relatively quickly.

You can tell that the developer had a lot of fun creating this. In fact the breeding aspect is at least as important as the petting itself. By the choice of the diet for the dogs you influence their gut flora, which in return shapes out in the physical appearance of their kids. From then on you can mix and match these features as you like and unleash the creativity within this game. It’s a sandbox game after all.

Another aspect of this sandbox game is the creation of different rooms and decorate them as you like. You can create multiple rooms for your dogs to play in and give them different themes if you like. And if you are hesitant to do so, your Wobbledogs will change their surroundings anyway. For example by building a cave out of mud.

While playing alongside your Wobbledogs you also have challenges to complete. This way you can unlock new features to use. This includes decorations, flowers, carpets, wallpapers and then some. But generally speaking, this game remains very relaxed and slow paced so you can just have fun with these weird ass doggos.

Throughout today, our streamers will cover this new game on their respective channels on Twitch so feel free to stop by if you would like to check the game out! We had quite some fun playing it in advance and we hope that you might as well!

What do you think about Wobbledogs? Are you excited for it? What features are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments down below!

Bandit of the Month (February) | Exclusive Interview with GhostArya

Arya has gone above and beyond this month to not only make us all have fun together, when she organised the first BG Game Night, or when she reached semi-finals in the Gwentfinity War tournament, but also when she collected 1K USD during her Charity stream for a good cause! We couldn’t be more proud of you!

Babyjosus: Hey Arya! What does it mean to you to receive your second BOTM?

Arya: It means a lot! Streaming and BG has become a stable thing in my life and although I might not have that much time for the team (and I would love to have more), I know my teammates are always there and I love seeing them on stream or catching up in the discord! But I am a bit surprised to be a bandit of the month!. 🙂

BJ: How do you look back at the game night that you organized with Kalvino?

A: It was a lot of fun, definitely brought back memories of when Kalvino was visiting me in Prague! It gave us a lot of ideas on what (not) to do next time and it felt like a good way to bring the team more together.

BJ: Tell me about your experience in the Gwentifity War Tournament.

A: Gwentfinity was a way for me to play factions and decks I wouldn’t normally play which made it valuable but fun thing to do. I played against Bomblin in the last one and I never want to do that again (because I felt sorry I won!). I am always happy to see more causal tournaments and I think the community enjoys them too.

BJ: What can people expect from you in the future?

A: I haven’t made an official announcement yet (so this is top secret, fresh news!), but you can expect more charity streams because I partnered with Softgiving. And you should also stay tuned for the witcher saga streams that are currently ongoing. 

BJ: What message would you give to the supporters of BG?

A: Thank you for your support and just know that every lurk or hi in chat is appreciated and we LOVE when you guys try decks from our snapshots! Take care and see you around – if you ever miss your bandits you can always find us in the team discord.

You can find out more about Arya here.

Radovid and Meve: Deck Guide for NR

Overview

Disclaimer: The Radovid + Uprising interaction has been hotfixed shortly after the publishing of this article. The core of the deck was not affected, but the very combo in question should no longer work. You can swap Radovid for a card of your preference.

The time has finally come for the one and only rightful king to make it back to the game. Radovid allows you to regain some of your leader charges, which not only enhances the original power and utility of the leader ability of your choice, but he can also be used for carryover purposes on top of that.

In the case of this very deck, Radovid‘s main purpose is to (with the correct timing) replay up to two Lyrian Scythemen that can be spawned with the final charge of your leader ability, Uprising.

Following this approach, Radovid can reward you with up to 31 points! Is this intentional? Apparently it is! Will this interaction get nerfed or changed eventually? Well, no idea, but one could guess so, as it seems astronomically busted!

The deck itself aims to get payoff from swarm by utilizing not only your ability, but also Queen Meve and Draug, both being rather undervalued cards. Therefore, your general game-plan would be to preserve at least one of these, if not both, for a long round 3 and  then overcome your opponent there.

This deck is based on a Meve/Draug swarm deck from the last season which saw surprisingly positive results on Pro Rank even without the inclusion of King Radovid V.

Pros

  1. Crazy long round potential
  2. Multiple finishers/potential strategies to follow
  3. Capable of surviving bleeding

Cons

  1.  Vulnerable to row punish and certain tech tools
  2. Can experience a lack of consistency
  3. Swarm can lead to overfilling (especially against NG)

The Deck

Core Cards

King Radovid V: A very powerful card capable of allowing you to reuse your final Uprising charges and thus spawning two additional Lyrian Scythemen. In order to achieve this, make sure to always use all of your charges before you use Radovid‘s deploy and consequently order. Make sure to plan out your spacing and timing, so that you wouldn’t overfill your rows for the “procession” of Lyrian Scythemen under his command.

Queen Meve: A card that is capable of unparalleled power in long rounds. We’re talking about 30 to 40 points if all goes in your favour. On the other hand it might be the number one target for Heatwaves and Invocations of your opponents, bear that in mind. In many cases, her boost potential increases not only the potency of your leader, but also empowers other cards such as Vissegerd or Temerian infantry.

Draug: A very good damage engine provider that benefits from Poor Fucking Infantry in particular. The card also has a lot of second hand utility in many matchups. You can transform Counts Caldwells against Keltullis to stop them from moving to the other side or Joachim and other Spying units against Nilfgaard to block Coup de Grace. Be careful to not transform Meve or other crucial cards which you might opt to preserve!

Bandit of the Month (October) | Exclusive Interview with Escanbryt

Your unceasing hard work and dedication made our Seasonal Mode page what it is today and we are all impressed by the amount of passion you put into it. Your card reveal of everybody’s favorite Meditating Mage brought a lot attention to our website and we hope that BOTM will bring as much attention to you as possible, because you truly deserve it! May the season of Escan never end!

Babyjosus: Hey Escanbryt! What does it mean to you to receive your first BOTM?

Escanbryt: I appreciate your appreciation. 🙂

BJ: How have you enjoyed working on the seasonal mode page in the last months?

E: I wanted to find a way to continue the seasonal guides after the monthly rotation became a weekly one. The format that we have today is possibly the best way you can do it. While not all decks remain up to date all the time, they often remain viable due to the fact that there are few shifts in seasonal mode metas. So I think I am pretty satisfied with this compendium.

BJ: What can people expect from you in the future when it comes to the seasonal mode?

E: The seasonal mode page will receive an update from time to time if there is a nice new deck to share, but otherwise I consider this project completed now. Most seasonal metas are solved and stay solved, basically.

BJ: What message would you give to the supporters of BG?

E: I appreciate your appreciation as well. 🙂

You can find out more about Escanbryt here.

Slavic Saturday: Vodyanoy (EP10)

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𝐺𝑤𝑒𝑛𝑡'𝑠 𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑜𝑓 𝑉𝑜𝑑𝑦𝑎𝑛𝑜𝑦

Introduction

To the early Slavs, forests and swamps were omnipresent. Around farms and villages as well as on the mountains, the woods were inescapable. And in the shadows of those trees, spirits lurked.

Most spirits in Slavic mythology aren’t depicted in a positive light. Tales of demons in the shadows of the night spread all across the Slavic tribes and nations, and one of the most frightening tales told was that of Vodyanoy.

Vodyanoy is an evil male water spirit who looks like a naked old man with a frog-like face.

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Etymology

The word Vodyanoy comes from the Russian “водяно́й”, read [vədʲɪˈnoj] with the meaning “he from the water”.

Some of his other names include Wodnik, Vodenjak, Vodyanyk, Vodník or Hastrman.

The many faces of Vodyanoy

As mentioned above, Vodyanoy has the appearance of a naked old man with a frog-like face, green hair and beard. He has black/gray/green fish scales instead of skin and his body is covered in algae and muck. Instead of hands with fingers the river demon sported paws with membranes, their eyes were red as burning fire and their backside sprouted a tail which every fish would envy.

In Slovakia and the Czech Republic the Vodyanoy is called Vodník and Hastrman respectively, and his appearance changes from a frog-like creature to an anthropomorphic being. The features that make them different from humans are gills, membranes between their fingers and, most remarkably, green skin covered in algae. They were also sporting fashionable pale green hair, and could as such be considered true trendsetters, if one were to compare them to influencers nowadays.

Usually, Vodník would wear really odd clothing: patchy shirts, water-soaked coats or bizarre hats, ranging from boaters with long speckled ribbons to bright red top hats.

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Behaviour

Vodyanoy could often be seen riding around along the river on half-sunken logs, while loudly splashing in the water so it was hard to miss them. While they might appear whimsical, harmless even, they were rumored to be the responsible for the lion’s share of water related deaths, together with water dryads and rusalky.

When Vodyanoy were in a good mood, they might have even been inclined to help people, but most of the time the water dwellers were a menace to life in early Slav villages. When angered the wrath of a Vodyanoy is hard to escape, dams were broken, water mills washed away, people and their animals drowned. When the water-bound demons felt especially vindictive, they subjected their victims to slavery in their underwater dwellings, which the poor wretches, who were subject to every whim of the benthic miscreants, could not escape.

 

In Slovak and Czech lands, the river fiends were said to store the souls of their victims in tea pots, which represented their status in Vodyanoy society. Those with the most soul pots enjoyed greater societal privileges.  Fortunately for the victims, their souls could be freed by opening the tea pots.

In their free time Vodníci(the plural of Vodník) played cards, smoked pipes or just lazed around on rocks near rivers and lakes.

The fish in the river or a lake, in which the Vodník resides, were the servants of the green men.

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Precautions against Vodyanoy

In order to appease the Vodyanoy, people, mostly fishermen and millers, would make sacrifices. For example, fisherman would place a bit of tobacco on the surface of the water and recite a line saying “Here’s your tobacco, Lord Vodník, now give me a fish”.

Other types of preventive measures included sacrificing animals or even other people. Less drastic ways of averting a Vodyanoy’s attack come from the Ukraine, where sage advice recommended burying a horse’s skull near the water, and from Belarus, where the people suggested burying a black rooster under the mill’s doors or populating said mill with black cats and roosters.

DrDenuz is a guest writer for Bandit Gang. You can find him on Twitter, Twitch & YouTube.

Bandit of the Month (September) | Exclusive Interview with Bomblin

It’s our pleasure to award Bomblin with the BOTM this time! We are astonished by your dedication to the team and all the individuals within it. You’ve done a great job leading the Meme Snapshot project as well as by taking responsibility for our Reddit presence. Your morning streams have become a staple of the Gwent Twitch and we are all proud of you for it! 

Babyjosus: Hey Bomblin! What does it mean to you to receive your first BOTM?

Bomblin: It means a lot to me! It tells me that my work matters not only to me, but also to the whole team. It also makes me happy that I have been recognized for allthe things I keep on trying to do for the team. At the same time, I do believe that many other team mates of mine also deserve this title and I hope more people can get to know them.

BJ: How have you been enjoying your road to Twitch Partner?

B: It was harder than it might look, but I enjoyed it a lot. I have spent a lot of time on and off my stream to make sure my channel grows. Achievements like this send me the message that I am doing things (at least partly) right and that people do enjoy my content. It is also wonderful to spend every day doing something you love.

BJ: You have been leading the project for Meme & Theme Snapshots, what has it been like?

B: Yes, I have been leading the project, but without people like Babyjosus and other team members the project would not exist. I proudly treat this project as my content creation baby. It is probably the most important thing I create every other month and it is honestly a blast! I always considered myself a meme enthusiast and these kinds of snapshots let me share my passion and crazy ideas with the Gwent Community. I also love that we, as a team, can provide people with something unique and something that has not been yet presented by other teams. I hope I will be able to work on this project for a long time.

BJ: What can people expect from you in the future?

B: I hope to write more articles in the future, especially in cooperation with some of my teammates (looking at you Mercernn). Moreover, I hope to engage in new projects that Bandit Gang will come up with. On a personal level, you can expect a lot of fun and memes on all of my platforms! Especially so, as I enjoy making videos that are not only regular deck guides.

BJ: What message would you give to the supporters of BG?

B: First of all, I love you all! The amount of support I got from all of you is extraordinary. I would also like to highlight that the most important thing is to have fun and enjoy what you do! Stay safe!

You can find out more about Bomblin here.

Slavic Saturday: Fiend (EP9)

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𝐺𝑤𝑒𝑛𝑡'𝑠 𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑜𝑓 𝑓𝑖𝑒𝑛𝑑

Introduction

To the early Slavs, forests and swamps were omnipresent. Around farms and villages as well as on the mountains, the woods were inescapable. And in the shadows of those trees, spirits lurked.

Most spirits in Slavic mythology aren’t depicted in a positive light. Tales of demons in the shadows of the night spread all across the Slavic tribes and nations, and one of the most frightening tales told was that of bies.

Bies is an evil and malicious spirit from Slavic mythology. He is the personification of all evil forces nature can muster.

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Etymology

The word “bies” or “bes” is close to a Lithuanian word for dreadful – “baisus”.

Other origins of the name can be found in old Proto-Slavic “bĕsъ”, which means “causing fear and terror”.

Polish word “zbiesiony”, describing someone under an influence of evil, is derived from the word “bies”.

The appearance of a fiend and its habitat

The devil was said to have many forms. One of them was a form of a shaggy beast with horns, hooves and a tail. Bies  was allegedly lame and limped on one leg. This ties to a legend, where the creature got in a fight with one of the deities, after he was thrown down from heavens and injured his leg.

Later on, Christians adapted this story into their own mythology, turning the primordial Slav demon into an angel who was thrown from heavens to the ground.

Other sources depict Bies as a horned hairy being, with wings and a tail, wearing a dark cloak and smelling of smoke.

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Behaviour

Legends claim that this demon was powerful enough to take control of a person’s mind, being able to subjugate their will completely, which lead to the victim’s eventual insanity. This is where the word “zbiesiony” comes from, as the person that was under the influence of Bies was referred to as “zbiesiony”. At this time in history, it was common to attribute all mental disorders to an unnatural cause and being possessed by Bies was an easy explanation.

One of his other skills was an ability to cause blindness.

Ever so often, Biesy (the plural form of Bies) could be found at remote crossroads, where they were waiting, taking the form a common animal, to ambush clueless travellers. If one happend to stumble upon an animal on a crossroads which happend to produce unusual sounds, like a dog meowing or a cat crowing, the best course of action would be to turn on ones heels and run away, as this would be a clue that the animal in question was in actuality a ferocious demon.

Biesy were said to live in prehistoric forests, deep in caves or swamps far away from human settlements. There are also sources that claim the favourite habitat of these devils were deep, abyssal canyons. If one happened to get lost and ventured too close to the demon’s domain, chilling shrieks and malicious giggles would be ones last warning before a certain  and horrific death.

Biesy were also said to guard riches underground and even to this day, some old castle treasures are rumored to be guarded by these long-serving devils.

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Conclusion - The Christian influence

The superstitious faith in demons, which was so natural to humans, especially in medieval times, resisted the purge of folklore the Christian Church oftentimes enforced and the idea of a Bies, although slightly modified, survived. In Christianity, Bies assumed the form of all the explainable evil in the world and became the foremost scapegoat for people’s misfortunes.

This was the ninth episode of Slavic Saturday. There are many other creatures I am ready to cover for you, my lovely fans. If you missed our previous episodes then you can find them here. I hope to see you all return next Saturday!

DrDenuz is a guest writer for Bandit Gang. You can find him on Twitter, Twitch & YouTube.

Slavic Saturday: Leshen (EP8)

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𝓖𝔀𝓮𝓷𝓽'𝓼 𝓿𝓮𝓻𝓼𝓲𝓸𝓷 𝓸𝓯 𝓛𝓮𝓼𝓱𝓮𝓷

Introduction

To the early Slavs, forests and swamps were omnipresent. Around farms and villages as well as on the mountains, the woods were inescapable. And in the shadows of those trees, spirits lurked.

Most spirits in Slavic mythology aren’t depicted in a positive light. Tales of demons in the shadows of the night spread all across the Slavic tribes and nations, and one of the most frightening tales told was that of Leshen.

Leshen/Leshy is an Eastern Slavic is a minor deity of the forests. He governs the whole woodland and all the hunting in his domain.

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Etymology

In Russian his name is леший, in arabic lʲeʂɨj; literally translated to English as  “he from the forest”.

Here are also some of his other names in different countries. Main name variations:

Borovoi – Polish: Borowy – “he of the forest”

Gayevoi – Polish: Gajowy – “he of the grove”

Leshak – Serbo-Croatian: Lešak

Etc.

The appearance of a leshy

In his human form he appears as an old man with long white hair and beard,  glowing green eyes and a hairy body. Sometimes he is portrayed with short claws or even horns. He assumes his human form to lure wanderers into a false sense of security.The old man is usually dressed in a caftan with a red belt and carries an osier or a stick.

It’s hard to tell him apart from a regular old man, but there are some signs that can help you distinguish him from your grandad – he has no shadow and the buttons on the caftan are poorly done.

In his other, more monstrous, form, his skin is green and as thick as the tree bark, as is his hair.  The height of the leshen in the forest is determined by the height of the trees, meaning he can be as tall as the tallest of the trees and as short as a blade of grass, when he ventures out of the forest and wanders through a field.

Leshy can also take on the form of various animals ranging from bears, wolves, rabbits to  red cockerels.

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Behaviour

Leshy doesn’t solely spend his time deep in the forest but is also known to venture into the meadows and is mostly active at night.

Mostly there is only one green man per forest but if there are more, there is one that governs the rest.

On one hand, some of the Leshys are lone wanderers living in caves and forest wastelands, on the other hand, they build spacious homes where they live with their many wives and children. His primary role is to keep the forests safe. The green man doesn’t tolerate thieves or whistling and shouting in his woodland. Annoying visitors of the woods are banished by Leshy’s roar or various pranks he plays on them. Once he passes a person disturbing the peace of the forest, said person loses their memory.

He doesn’t only keep a safe pair of hands over the forest but its inhabitants as well. The wolves and rabbits are considered his herds, and bears, his favourite type of animal, are often invited to feast in Leshy’s household.

His presence can be heard by the buzzing of the leaves and the trembling of the trees. The forest deity also has a rich variety of sounds he makes, ranging from animal calls, laughing, whistling to clapping. He is also able to make your voice echo, so when you hear the words you say twice, you better say your prayers, as you have stumbled upon a Leshy and are now at his mercy.

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The malicious side of leshy and the precautions against him

Leshys are very fond of luring girls and children into the forests where they defile them and return them only after a long time, if ever.  A serious threat to villagefolk or settlers living near the forests.

They also like to steal the children of humans and exchange them for one of their own.  Their offspring is usually strong, but  very dumb and gluttonous. Also, once they reach the age of twelve, the changeling flees back to the forest.

People who try to make their way through the woods and are unfortunate enough to bump into a grumpy Leshy will mostly like be led astray by the creature. Either into a swamp where the unfortunate traveler will drown or to a wasteland, where they will succumb to starvation.

One of the precautions one can take is to simply bribe the leshy by giving them various gifts and sacrifices, mostly bread with salt. There are also some charms that can make you overpower the Leshy and control it. One of the easiest safety measures against them is to wear ones clothes inside out or to swap the left boot with the right one.

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Conclusion

This was the eight episode of Slavic Saturday. There are many other creatures I am ready to cover for you, my lovely fans. If you missed our previous episodes then you can find that here. I hope to see you all return next Saturday!

DrDenuz is a guest writer for Bandit Gang. You can find him on Twitter, Twitch & YouTube.

Slavic Saturday: Baba Yaga (EP7)

𝘎𝘸𝘦𝘯𝘵'𝘴‎‎‎‎‏‏‎ ‎ 𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎𝘰𝘧 𝘠𝘢𝘨𝘢

Introduction

To the early Slavs, forests and swamps were omnipresent. Around farms and villages as well as on the mountains, the woods were inescapable. And in the shadows of those trees, spirits lurked.

One of the most well-known supernatural creatures in the Slavic Mythology is Baba Yaga. It’s not hard to imagine how she looked like as she had the appearance of an old ugly lady with long hair flying on a broom or in a mortar.

She lives in a forest in a hut on chicken legs. This hut is surrounded from all sides by a fence made from human bones and skulls.

Etymology

Different variations of the name Baba Yaga can be found in all of the Slavic countries.

The first part of her name, Baba, is most likely a babble word. In Russian the word “babushka”, meaning grandmother, derives from it. In the Eastern part of Slovakia the word “baba” is used to call your grandmother, as well. Baba” is also used in Serbo-Croatian and Bulgarian with the same meaning.

The second part of the name, Yaga, can be found in various Slavic languages. In Serbo-Croatian “jeza” means horror or shudder. In Slovenia “jeza” is anger. Or in Polish “jędza” witch, evil woman or fury. There are also some other variations in other languages.

Behaviour

In various legends we can see that she cannot clearly be identified as a positive or a negative being.

On one hand Baba Yaga is a being that has cannibal inclinations and strong magical abilities, some of which are being able to spread diseases and create thunderstorms. Some cultures even portray her as the death itself. The cannibal inclinations mostly include young men or children, who she tries to trick into coming inside her house and then Baba Yaga roasts them in a big furnace.

On the other hand, in many tales she helps the heroes of the tales to achieve their goals. Baba Yaga can do that in many ways. When the hero gets to the house of Baba Yaga she offers him a warm steamy bath, a delicious meal, lets him get a rest he needs and provides them with valuable advice and gifts – for example a flying carpet or the Seven League Boots.

One of the tales where she plays the positive role is a tale about Koshchey in which Baba Yaga helps Ivan, the hero, to beat Koshchey so he can free his dream girl. Yaga gave Ivan a magical horse so he could keep up with the speed of Koshchey’s horse.

A Slavic folktale about Baba Yaga

One morning, a young girl named Natasha was walking through the forest. She came upon Baba Yaga’s strange house and thought she would knock on the door and ask for directions. After she walked inside, however, the door slammed shut behind her and Baba Yaga locked her in!

Baba Yaga told Natasha that she would have to stay there forever to clean her house and do all the chores. Baba Yaga told Natasha that if she were ever lazy or didn’t complete her work in time, she would cook her up for dinner. Natasha was scared, but as soon as Baby Yaga went to bed she planned her escape!

First, she gave a bone to Baba Yaga’s hungry dog. He happily began chomping away and couldn’t be bothered to bark at her as she sneaked out of the hut.

As she shut the door behind her, she heard a loud hiss. She found it came from the skinny cat that lived beneath Baba Yaga’s front porch. Natasha searched in her pocket and found a piece of cheese leftover from her breakfast. She offered the cheese to the cat, who gratefully took it. The cat was so busy eating the cheese that she forgot to scratch at Natasha’s ankles or to meow for Baba Yaga.

Natasha was almost out! She only had to get through Baba Yaga’s garden gate and escape into the forest. The gate was so squeaky that Natasha thought Baba Yaga would be sure to hear her open it, so she searched around Baba Yaga’s fence until she found an old can of oil. She poured the oil over the gate’s hinges, and it swung open silently. Natasha ran through the gate and out of the forest as quickly as her legs could carry her!

Because Natasha was clever and kind, she was able to escape from the witch and arrive safely home.

Conclusion

This was the seventh episode of Slavic Saturday. There are many other creatures I am ready to cover for you, my lovely fans. If you missed our previous episodes then you can find that here. I hope to see you all return next Saturday!

DrDenuz is a guest writer for Bandit Gang. You can find him on Twitter, Twitch & YouTube.

Slavic Saturday: Striga (EP6)

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𝐺𝑤𝑒𝑛𝑡'𝑠 𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑜𝑓 𝑎 𝑠𝑡𝑟𝑖𝑔𝑎

Introduction

To the early Slavs, forests and swamps were omnipresent. Around farms and villages as well as on the mountains, the woods were inescapable. And in the shadows of those trees, spirits lurked.

Most spirits in Slavic mythology aren’t depicted in a positive light. Tales of demons in the shadows of the night spread all across the Slavic tribes and nations, and one of the most frightening tales told was that of striga.

Striga/Strzyga is usually a female demon with two lines of teeth with scary claws from Slavic mythology. Not only does Striga possesses two sets of teeth, but she also has two hearts and two souls.

She is said to turn into an owl during the night and hunts down unfortunate people. Some of her characteristic make her similar to a vampire, but she differs from them.

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Etymology

According to a Polish scholar of Slavic languages Aleksander Brückner, the word is derived from the Latin word Strix, meaning owl.

Popular beliefs about Strigas

As mentioned before people who were born with two hearts, two souls and two sets of teeth were believed to be Strigas. People suffering from sleepwalking and people without armpit hair could also be seen as ones. Some other sources claim that a newborn child with developed teeth is also a Striga.

During epidemics, it was common to bury sick people alive, and the ones who have managed to escape their graves, usually weak, sick and with mutilated limbs, were seen as Strigas as well.

If you were unfortunate enough to be considered a Striga people would drive you from the villages and other human dwellings. It is said that Strigas mostly died at a very young age, but according to the legends only one of their souls would pass to the afterlife whereas the other one would come back to life and terrorize living humans.

This soul that has came back to life terrorized people that have wandered in the forest during night in a form of an owl and those unlucky enough to get caught by a Striga would get their blood sucked and their insights eaten out.

Humans were not the only prey for Strigas – animal blood could also satisfy them for a short period of time.

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How could one protect themselves against Strigas?

The most common preventive measure was to decapitate Striga’s body before burying it under the soil but in a separate place from the head. This was supposed to prevent Strigas from coming back to life.

Other methods included

  • Burying the Striga face down with a sickle over its throat
  • Burning the body
  • Nailing her body to the coffin in different places
  • Putting a flint into her mouth after exhumation
  • Pealing(ringing) the church bells (the Striga then turns into tar)
  • Slapping the Striga across the face with your left hand
  • Burying her again, outside of the village, and pinning her down with a big rock
  • Scattering poppy seeds in the shape of the cross in every corner of the house
  • Putting small objects in the Striga’s grave to make her count them

Conclusion

This was the sixth episode of Slavic Saturday. There are many other creatures I am ready to cover for you, my lovely fans. If you missed our previous episodes then you can find that here. I hope to see you all return next Saturday!

DrDenuz is a guest writer for Bandit Gang. You can find him on Twitter, Twitch & YouTube.