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Pricolici & Strigoi – A Meet-cute From Hell – Extra Mythology


Myths are not stories that are untrue. Rather they are tales that don’t fit neatly into the historical record. which serve as a foundation to a culture This week’s tale written by our good friend Steven Van Patten begins at a graveyard in Romania Ancient headstones worn bare with time vines climbing over the statues of once great Lords dragging them back into the ground Here funerals are supposed to be a celebration of life But what if the life they’re supposed to celebrate was one of hate and rage when they die, legends say, their souls can travel to a fiery pit a place of pain and punishment. Where demons decide how best to torment them But what happens if a soul is so corrupt that it’s actually admired by the demons and devils that haunt this place Such a person could be brought back as a Strigoi. A seductive undead being whose only desire is to drink the blood of the living. Yet there are things even worse than a Strigoi. For the very worst of souls the demons gather and say, “Let him return Pricolici.” Scratching, clawing through the earth Rising from his grave. The Pricolici stands in the moonlight and lets out his first howel It is a low guttural wail. That frightens even the most fearsome predators. A flock of slumbering birds burst from a nearby tree It sounds like an explosion to the Pricolici’s wolf like ears. He’s agitated. He’s hungry. His first life was violent and so shall be his new undead one He wanders the woods his desire for slaughter guides him. A consuming thirst runs through his veins. Then memories come, he remembers everything. His execution, the demons arguing over what to do with him. His souls return but the thirst pulls him back. He finds a puddle and drinks. The water nauseates him. But he sees his face in the moonlit reflection. He is not Strigoi. Like the old tales they told to frighten children. He is something worse and better. suddenly in the air *sniffing* He catches a whiff of something that will slake his thirst blood. Away in a clearing is an old man and his grandson herding their flock of sheep They’ve lost track of time and now have to move their herd in the pitch dark of night At least they had the good sense to be carrying lanterns. Though such meager light is little protection against the true horrors that come with the setting Sun. The sheep sensing danger are agitated and alert, darting their gaze from one side of the grassy clearing to the next ignoring the commands of their Shepherds. Suddenly the sheep begin to run. For a moment the boy and his grandfather don’t know what to do. Do they attempt to round up their flock or do they make a break for home? Then they hear it: a growl, low and long. It’s behind them. They turn. It has the face of a wolf, but stands on two legs. and begins to barrel toward them with glowing red eyes and a slobbering fang filled maw. “Get back to the house!” the Grandfather screams Frightened the boy does as his grandfather says. Running towards home while the old man and the bleating sheep head off in the opposite direction. But being so young his sense of direction is not yet keen and in seconds he’s lost. Then the boy hears the screams of the sheep followed by his grandfather crying out But the cry is cut short the lantern begins to die and all his silent around him again Until the growl comes so close behind him. He turns sees the feral eyes and screams “Mama!” The boy’s eyes open replacing the vision of the dark woods with the sight of his own bedroom He’s safe in his home. The boy’s mother comes rushing in asking if he’s all right Embarrassed he realizes it was a nightmare. His mother sits next to him And asks if maybe listening to his grandfather’s tales were what brought on this bad dream, “I believe so mama,” the boy admitted, “He said that evil dead people sometimes return as Pricolici or Strigoi and I should be careful in the forest.” Though not terribly pleased with her father for scaring her son She realized he told him these stories as a way of discouraging him from wandering deep into the woods. Where many real wolves roam and hunt. She assures her son that everyone is alright and no Pricolici are lurking about. Then she kisses him on the cheek, tucks him back under his quilt, and leaves the boy to go back to sleep. Despite his mother’s comforting words. He still felt troubled, and he lay staring at the ceiling for some time. But then as he almost drifted off again He heard a scratching outside his bedroom window. When he turned to see what it was He saw that in the window where there shouldn’t have been anything but moonlight was a grinning face Pale to the point of luminescence with eyes that glowed red like two coals tossed in the snow though the features on the face were soft and inviting there was something blackish red smeared across the lips and chin and As the grin grew the boy gasped behind the smile was a mass of long razor-sharp teeth. “I heard your screams.” the thing whispered, “you’re afraid of the Pricolici?” *laughing* “You have nothing to fear. I can protect you from the monsters! Far better than your mother ever could!” The boy sat up slowly his eyes widening his entire body quivering. “Just open the window. We can go back to the woods, and play, and run, and skip forever. and you will never have to be afraid again.” *laughing* “S-strigoi?” *laughing* “I am your friend,” “The last friend you will ever need.” “And the only one you will want.” “and I want to play.” “WITH YOUUU” “Noo!” Lanterns lit up throughout the house then his mother father and grandfather all burst into his room. Terrified the boy could only point toward the now empty window and mutter the word again “St-str-strigoi.” His father tried to brush it off as yet another nightmare But the child’s grandfather spoke up saying it was unwise to ignore the whispers of Strigoi. So they grabbed their lanterns in sides and headed outside Circling the house and scanning the surroundings They found no monster But just as they were to come inside the lantern light reflected something thick and dark Spreading over the ground a sheep dead its throat torn open they would spend the rest of the night hanging garlic lighting candles and praying. and when at last Dom saw them safe the exhausted men Visited the cemetery to make sure the dead were staying in their graves. As for the boy, It would be some time before he’d be able to sleep soundly Until one day a young woman came by she was British the wife of a soldier Her name was Emily Gerard, and she was writing an essay about the folklore of the area So they told her about the Strigoi and the Pricolici And she wrote and wrote as the Sun was setting and their tails were finishing She thanked them and left when she got back to England She would publish the essay titling it Transylvanian superstitions And eventually it would make its way into the hands of a burgeoning horror author. An author, named Bram Stoker And soon it wouldn’t just be Romanian children frightened of these monsters outside their windows at night *meowing* No, don’t worry bud, you are not gonna become a Pricolici. *meowing* Jeez, don’t sound so disappointed. Though, you have lived an oddly violent life. So who knows? I mean dare to dream. Legendary thanks to patrons Ahmed Zia Dirk and Kyle Murgatroyd

100 Comments

Extra Credits

Jan 1, 2020, 6:21 am Reply

Pricolici vs Strigoi, where is your money at?

Crystal GeminiStar

Jan 1, 2020, 10:28 pm Reply

I've missed these episodes

aconcretemoth

Jan 1, 2020, 10:29 pm Reply

the team had fun with this one yikes

Kg nfnrb Ndnnrndn

Jan 1, 2020, 10:32 pm Reply

Hey can you guys talk about the history of the crusades Thad be cool

Caroline Woud

Jan 1, 2020, 10:36 pm Reply

you should’ve added grins to the red eyes in the outro

William Cox

Jan 1, 2020, 10:45 pm Reply

Liked and shared. Was already subscribed.

Commander Bacara

Jan 1, 2020, 10:53 pm Reply

The monsters graphics are awesome

nikosa 666

Jan 1, 2020, 10:54 pm Reply

Shouldn't have watched this at midnight…

SaltpeterTaffy

Jan 1, 2020, 11:02 pm Reply

Romanian myths? 😀 I build a few of those in EVE Online. The Kikimora sells well.

Julia Delgado

Jan 1, 2020, 11:09 pm Reply

Christ, where is Geralt when you need him? Is he off with Yennefer again?! Someone call Coën, Lambert or Eskel…

Murloc Knight

Jan 1, 2020, 11:09 pm Reply

Uh… nervously looks out window Right… maybe not getting much sleep tonight.

Seth Leoric

Jan 1, 2020, 11:10 pm Reply

So where is the giant flying bat and the priest with the 2 magical hammers?

MagnuMagnus

Jan 1, 2020, 11:12 pm Reply

Werewolf and Vampire: The Origin.

Corey Teague

Jan 1, 2020, 11:15 pm Reply

What about thunderbird

manic mechanic

Jan 1, 2020, 11:23 pm Reply

Hey there, little red Riding Hood.

Carlos Caro

Jan 1, 2020, 11:25 pm Reply

You know, this seems to incentivize becoming a complete monster if you're already wicked. Hanged for a sheep or a lamb.

KnigtOfSwan

Jan 1, 2020, 11:33 pm Reply

This series needs a few episodes about de-Witchered monsters from folklore.

Zarik francisco Barros gaio

Jan 1, 2020, 11:41 pm Reply

Well now I can’t sleep

Pleidian Mixes

Jan 1, 2020, 11:42 pm Reply

You know what's the most nuts part about this whole deal? Up until very few years ago, people in rural areas in Romania still believed in Strigoi. If a family member had dreams of their recently deceased relative, it was a sign they are strigoi. If several dreamt of that deceased relative, even more. It couldn''t possibly be the fact that they lost a relative and had them on their mind. So, anyway, they would go to the cemetery, cops and all that, get the coffin out, open it, see that the body has blood from ears, nose, eyes, mouth, and of course, it's a strigoi, not the 2nd stage of putrefaction. Thusly, one should carve the heart out, burn it to ashes, put the ashes in water or holy water and serve it to the relatives.
Here is one of the tons of cases: https://youtu.be/VQVvPQX_Ezc
Some people like crickett, some people are into digging out corpses and doing stuff to them. But when an entire village does that, no wonder we're not in the Eurozone. Still, awesome tourist attraction for those who are tired of lame horror movies and wanna experience an entire village pandemic of fear.

Ian Moore

Jan 1, 2020, 11:44 pm Reply

Omfg that strigoi. The voice acting and the animating and the writing was amazing. It scared the shit out of me

SuperKing604

Jan 1, 2020, 11:48 pm Reply

Please do Egyptian and Hindu/Indian mythology

Diablo

Jan 1, 2020, 11:49 pm Reply

All these extra myths are nice to watch but this was an especially good episode.
Nicely done gang.

feha92

Jan 1, 2020, 11:53 pm Reply

Why would she be mad about the kid being told cautionary tales? I thought I had heard that back then such tales were the norm. Though this is the original folktale, and it includes that mention of being mad, so I suppose it is a reliable source of their mentality on the issue (what is it historians call it? A primary source?).
Also, not a fan of the folklore about the creature itself being a tale with an "it was all a dream" thing…

…And now even cats want wolf-heads. What happened to the rivalry between them and dogs?

BisectedBrioche

Jan 1, 2020, 11:55 pm Reply

Wow, when it got to the window catch, I was legitimately afraid! O_o

Fist-of-doom

Jan 1, 2020, 12:03 am Reply

I would love to hear about Revenants. Undead beings that are the spirits of people literally too angry to die.

loszhor

Jan 1, 2020, 12:11 am Reply

Fucking furries….

Ayaken SJ. Tindo

Jan 1, 2020, 12:16 am Reply

May you make a Moroi video?

barbiquearea

Jan 1, 2020, 12:20 am Reply

Pennysworth is that you?

pantherace1000

Jan 1, 2020, 12:25 am Reply

i thought that both the Strigoi and Pricolici were pan Slavic myths not limited to a particular region of eastern Europe.

phiutubeful

Jan 1, 2020, 12:27 am Reply

When the Extra History comment says it wa posted 18 hours ago, but the video was only posted 5 hours ago…

WHAAAAAT???!!

Steel Lunpara

Jan 1, 2020, 12:30 am Reply

Pricolici Handsome

David Chipman

Jan 1, 2020, 12:30 am Reply

Does anyone remember that Real Ghostbusters episode involving The Sandman? This has that in spades!

JU-87 Stuka

Jan 1, 2020, 12:32 am Reply

When Ceausescu and Antonescu are back……

Vitabrick Snailslime

Jan 1, 2020, 12:38 am Reply

Jesus, Strigoi Pricolici! What are the odds against naming my first wife? I still have nightmares about her.

MJBull515

Jan 1, 2020, 12:52 am Reply

I guess the Pricolici are different. His hair was not perfect.

mrclueuin

Jan 1, 2020, 12:57 am Reply

Best Birthday Present Evaaaa! 🎉🎉🎉🎉

Liberty Lemonz

Jan 1, 2020, 1:01 am Reply

I knew furries were demonspawn

Queenf

Jan 1, 2020, 1:06 am Reply

Vampire academy anyone?

LightTheSecond

Jan 1, 2020, 1:08 am Reply

Thankss for helping me sleep sike

Tzisorey Tigerwuf

Jan 1, 2020, 1:08 am Reply

Werewolf apocalypse > Vampire apocalypse.

Ross Parlette

Jan 1, 2020, 1:10 am Reply

Heavens to Murgatroyd! That was great.

asif ahmed

Jan 1, 2020, 1:32 am Reply

Not so happy with this episode….

alus nova

Jan 1, 2020, 1:36 am Reply

HIM vibes. Made me spine shiver. 😭😭😭

Drake Warnock

Jan 1, 2020, 1:47 am Reply

Well those strigoi are terrifying

Jordan Loux

Jan 1, 2020, 1:55 am Reply

Does the Strigoi give anyone else Voldemort vibes?

cjc2010

Jan 1, 2020, 2:12 am Reply

Yikes.

MPROXX

Jan 1, 2020, 2:24 am Reply

We need that hunter who defeated the wendigos to get rid of the Pricolici
Crossover-time!!!
I'd also love to see more of the irish, indian, south asian and oriental tales

Doran Martell

Jan 1, 2020, 2:26 am Reply

We're all fearful until the double barreled and chainsaw are in reach.

Study Labs

Jan 1, 2020, 2:52 am Reply

when I wait day after day.
starts to give up hope on mythology
new vid comes out
me: Hyperventalates and starts having seizures of happiness

Vicenzo Stella

Jan 1, 2020, 2:55 am Reply

Not a good thing to be watching at night…

Robert H.

Jan 1, 2020, 3:14 am Reply

I love Hungarian history and mythology

NSA

Jan 1, 2020, 3:40 am Reply

Better than vampires.

TailStraw xD

Jan 1, 2020, 3:57 am Reply

Vore me, procolici daddy.

LeloniBunny

Jan 1, 2020, 4:03 am Reply

Nicely done imagery on this one. For an art style that isn't scary…. this one actually got a bit frightening. Nice work, guys!

Spencer Rawls

Jan 1, 2020, 4:28 am Reply

Does "striga" in The Witcher come from strigoi?

Nathan S

Jan 1, 2020, 4:30 am Reply

This was such a good video, and as soon as you said the name Bram Stoker my jaw dropped about three meters; I'm starting Dracula and having this video tie into that was something supremely cool that I wasn't expecting. You guys knocked this out of the park!

Nathaniel Leack

Jan 1, 2020, 4:50 am Reply

I heard that the strigoi looked more like zombies with vampire fangs and long tongues. But I might have heard wrong idk

Shalimar Cha

Jan 1, 2020, 4:54 am Reply

and no i'm not afraid of anything, except of course God the father, said just written fear not those who can kill the body but cannot kill the soul but rather fear him that is able to destroy both body and soul in hell

Okay Boomer

Jan 1, 2020, 5:21 am Reply

What if you're more evil than what would be classified as a Strigoi or Pricolici
What would become next?
Politicians?

pishoopy

Jan 1, 2020, 5:38 am Reply

Aight cool, I'm staying awake tonight

Alexandre Pasteur

Jan 1, 2020, 5:59 am Reply

I watched this at 1:00 at night minutes before sleeping

sid knoop

Jan 1, 2020, 6:03 am Reply

"Oh im home alone and its dark outside lets watch this new episode to RELAX"

Litterally the opposite

WateverWatever04

Jan 1, 2020, 6:04 am Reply

Cool cool shouldn't have watched this before bed

Mikko

Jan 1, 2020, 6:29 am Reply

I shouldn’t have watched at night when I’m trying to relax

Blaze Is Hyped

Jan 1, 2020, 7:28 am Reply

I have something called curtains

gokalp kolenoglu

Jan 1, 2020, 7:53 am Reply

Dear extra credits team I have some possible ideas about incoming episodes; Sâmi myths, Turkisch myths, (if possible Turkisch scare story), Armenian myths, Arabic myths (i success Gulyabani), Rum myths (Greek people of Anatolia) and İnuit mythology.

Emese Szabó

Jan 1, 2020, 8:24 am Reply

man, this scared the sh*t out of me! in broad daylight, in my room with coffee and what not 😀 i mean, i am from central europe, and also heard some stories, but eastern europe is just a whole another story…

Gen_ ArmitigeHUX

Jan 1, 2020, 8:24 am Reply

The Strigoi scared the living ** out of me!

VITTXRIO

Jan 1, 2020, 8:36 am Reply

You know what scares me more than a Pricolici and a Strigoi?

A hardcore manic furry wanting me to be their friend.

thevioletskull

Jan 1, 2020, 9:55 am Reply

I got to admit,this story scared me.

Shehab Al-Shatry

Jan 1, 2020, 10:02 am Reply

How come you guys don’t do the “so you want to be a” anymore I loved that show

Squishy Doodles

Jan 1, 2020, 10:55 am Reply

This is so scary

Squire William

Jan 1, 2020, 11:07 am Reply

Well fuck….I'm not sleeping tonight

Herbert Miller

Jan 1, 2020, 11:21 am Reply

This would made a good Halloween episode

Ramon Ibarra

Jan 1, 2020, 11:33 am Reply

Strigoi……..Strigga……eyup.

Cole

Jan 1, 2020, 11:34 am Reply

Christ success on most horrifying voiceacting present in EC

Kaitensatsuma

Jan 1, 2020, 12:47 pm Reply

Throw a Coin to your Witcher.

Shadow Bee

Jan 1, 2020, 1:28 pm Reply

I dreamt of a spider-strigoi after this .-.

Finn Camblin

Jan 1, 2020, 1:38 pm Reply

All cats become Pricolici

Silberzunge

Jan 1, 2020, 1:48 pm Reply

so this is where the strigoi vampire lords come from. Sigmar protect us !

Silberzunge

Jan 1, 2020, 1:55 pm Reply

poor cat cant play with the undead becourse she protects the underworld

Sophie The Cartoonist

Jan 1, 2020, 3:27 pm Reply

Please make more horrifying mythology stories!

Gavin Newton

Jan 1, 2020, 4:29 pm Reply

These videos are as amazing as always 🙂 keep up the good work !

Ninja Hombrepalito

Jan 1, 2020, 5:04 pm Reply

Well this just made werewolves much cooler imo. Awesome music, btw. I gotta watch at least part of that again.
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Edit: probably tonight.

Luci Micle

Jan 1, 2020, 5:26 pm Reply

I asked my mom a few weeks ago what kind of storys was she listning to when young. When I heard of the Pricolici I was lile, pfff, that's seriously how they called them?? But aparently they where scarry, not like a complete warewolf, a bit more human. And they can become like thet while still alive, becouse of a curse, or evil spirit.

Newi .z

Jan 1, 2020, 6:24 pm Reply

Funny, in most legends the pricolici are some of the only creatures that can't really kill a grown man. Even the moroi, who are the vengeful spirits of infants, can actually kill a grown up if you meet them at midnight on Saint Andrew's night, but if you meet a pricolici at that time, the most they can do is bite you, and the wound will surely get infected.

Sielent Brat

Jan 1, 2020, 6:43 pm Reply

So I used to think that strigoi are Romanian variand of vampires.
And only now I realized that it's vice versa o_O

Stewart Games

Jan 1, 2020, 7:21 pm Reply

Strigoi always ruin my Theia: The Awakening runs…

Laura Elizabeth

Jan 1, 2020, 7:24 pm Reply

All your series like history and mythology should be separate channels to follow so it's easier to browse videos

TheShadowChesireCat

Jan 1, 2020, 7:37 pm Reply

The writing on this episode was amazing. Thank you Steven Van Patten. I think you just became my new fave horror writer.

Max K

Jan 1, 2020, 7:43 pm Reply

Sounds like they need a witcher

Demi Ajomale

Jan 1, 2020, 8:54 pm Reply

Beware of strangers kids

chaoslab

Jan 1, 2020, 8:56 pm Reply

Dreams are not free. They require glucose and a functioning brain.

A Level 100 Riften Thief

Jan 1, 2020, 9:20 pm Reply

He sounds like Rolf from Ed edd and eddy

JohnnyBadboy

Jan 1, 2020, 9:31 pm Reply

Have this writer make a return.

Jelle Slofstra

Jan 1, 2020, 9:45 pm Reply

Even though I love all the Extra Mythology videos, I think this is the best one, so far!

Great writing, great storytelling and great art!!

Mathieu Leader

Jan 1, 2020, 10:00 pm Reply

Scrooge if he was Romainian would become a strigoi a forerunner to the vampire if he had not heeded the festive spirits warnings

nesurame

Jan 1, 2020, 10:09 pm Reply

Happy Halloween, everybody.

Rissaro Services

Jan 1, 2020, 10:50 pm Reply

That was so cool!!!

Nebon Lebac

Jan 1, 2020, 10:59 pm Reply

The facial hair tro

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