Creature Feature – The Enchanted Moorish Maiden ~ Lines

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Our Enchanted Moorish Maiden still lingers waiting for someone to break the curse, knowing that freedom will require someone with bravery – and knowledge of the dangers.  Here are the lines from her Creature Feature full colour post.

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Creature Feature – The Enchanted Moorish Maiden

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The plea of StarTwo’s enchanted Moorish Maiden. “Oh noble traveller, save me…”

If you happen, wondrous traveller, to find yourself roaming by the moonlight and chance upon the ruins of a castle or wet your feet in a cooling river or ocean waters, beware of the enchanting, warm voice beckoning you to come closer and hear its sultry plea with promises of riches and eternal flesh made human again, to be forever yours.

There are enchanted Moors in the land of Portugal and if you can not bring them salvation, they will most certainly bring you doom.

Moorish Maidens or Enchanted Moorish Maidens are fantastic spirits and according to traditional folktales and legends, they are princesses of great beauty and are known to be dangerous seductresses.
They are obliged to live in certain places, in a supernatural stupor until a certain chain of events releases them from their curse and most stories do speak of the incidents that made them become spellbound, the main ones being that the Maidens fell in love with Christians and by consequence were forsaken and cursed by their families, or as daughters of Moors with magical powers who depart in warring campaigns against their enemies, are left eternally enchanted as means to protect the treasures their fathers left behind.

The ways to free a Moorish Maiden from her enchantment are usually also revealed – by the Maiden herself, as she uses all her charms and otherworldly beauty to make those that hear her feel tempted into aiding her, while ignoring the risks. These usually involve tasks that range from an apparent simplicity to tricky demands such as offering a salt-less bread, milk, to proclaiming certain words and resisting the urge to look at a curiosity inducing matter and of course, giving the Maiden a kiss.

To fail completing these tasks means doubling the enchantment on the Maiden, dooming her forever and losing her and the treasures she is guarding, not to mention putting your life at risk as well.

It’s in the south of Portugal, due to the historical Moorish invasions that these tales and legends became intertwined with the origin of city names and castles which were built by the Moors. Although a Christian country, paganism was a normal happening and the supernatural mixed with the real to create these folktales about amazing treasures and the tragic Maidens that guard them for eternity.

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A Moorish Maiden in Vila de Moura’s Coat of Arms

To this day, many believe they still haunt several places (especially in the region of Algarve), maybe a means to keep some modern Indiana Jones away.

But are Enchanted Moorish Maidens truly just related to Moorish princesses?
Then, what of the Marwo of Celtic origins, present in northern Portuguese folklore and Galicia, way before these lands ever saw a Moorish invader?

That will be a subject we will gladly share with you on a future post, where we shall compare these mystical, beautiful Maidens that populate Portugal’s rich folklore! This was a particularly charming theme to illustrate and we tried to mix both the mysticism of the Maiden and her sultry charm with the danger that lurks if you pay attention and don’t fall for her charms right away.

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StarTwo Inktober 2019 – Day 31

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A ghoulish wedding

Many blessings for the Werewolf Knight and the Succubus Dame, may their life be long (if not eternal) and full of happiness.
After the groom accepts to wear the traditional cape and settle down, the bride also commits to retire from the succubi life to enjoy any and all phases of the moon together. Howling is optional.

This concludes our own StarTwo Inktober 2019 themed with Knights and Dames. What an adventure it has been!

Thank you to everyone that went on this journey with us. We look forward to your visits as we resume our usual posting.

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StarTwo Inktober 2019 – Day 30

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Just the right amount for first impressions

Getting ready for a hearing, now that war times pushed her into the responsibility of dealing with the bureaucratic issues regarding the family’s estate.

A welcomed task coated with the confidence to do the best she can.

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StarTwo Inktober 2019 – Day 26

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Unspoken Trust

The luck of finding a four legged companion that within capacities understands your hopes and fears further than expected is a true blessing.
Wordless support with just a hug that helps to hang on a little longer when going through the worst of times.

Not to mention the bodyguard material in this case. It takes guts to confront the Lady’s mastiff.

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StarTwo Inktober 2019 – Day 24

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To see him again returning home. Returning to her.

The letter received just last month brought the worst news possible, and yet there he was. Waking slowly towards the castle, from afar, still a silhouette in the distance but no doubt about it, he was back.

As she smiled lost in the happiness that was arriving with him despite all odds after mourning the lost, everyone in the household felt unsure on how this was possible.

Who or what had returned exactly?

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