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- 5 supernatural stories of war
Throughout history, war has served as a rich breeding ground for the development of myths, legends, and inexplicable tales. Amidst the most devastating conflict of the 20th century, World War II, the battleground not only bore witness to the savagery of human warfare but also engendered a distinctive fabric of paranormal narratives. These accounts, transmitted across generations, expose the intriguing interplay between the atrocities of war and the fascination with magic and the supernatural. This singular amalgamation of warfare and the supernatural encapsulates the very essence of human storytelling, where the extraordinary arises from the crucible of chaos. Narratives of ancient knights and their enchanted swords, such as the fabled King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, resonated amidst the brutal realities of the battlefield. We even have modern works such as Pepperberry’s Forged by light and fire: dawn of the warrior (book one) that combines these supernatural elements that further encapsulates the narratives of war. Meanwhile, deep within Slavic folklore, the enigmatic Baba Yaga, a witch dwelling in a hut perched on chicken legs, whispered her eerie presence into soldiers' ears. Here are 5 examples of war myths, legends, & magic, that highlight the complex circumstances of war, and what we as an evolving race can learn from this time in our history. 1. The Bell Witch and its Association with the American Civil War During the American Civil War, the Bell Witch, a legendary tale of malevolent supernatural entity that tormented the Bell family in rural Tennessee in the early 19th century, resurfaced unexpectedly during the tumultuous clash of Union and Confederate forces. This ethereal entity's reappearance during this period highlights the enduring and peculiar nature of wartime myths. According to legend, even Andrew Jackson, who would later become a U.S. president, encountered the Bell Witch during the Creek War of 1813-1814. The witch's ominous prophecies and eerie manifestations were not limited to the Bells, as they puzzled soldiers and left an indelible mark on the historical tapestry of this conflict. This unexpected resurgence of the Bell Witch narrative during the American Civil War exemplifies how the supernatural can unexpectedly reemerge amidst the horrors and uncertainties of war, blending history and folklore into an intriguing and perplexing amalgamation. 2. The Amazonian Warriors in Myth and Reality Within the realm of warfare, the Amazonians, a mythical tribe of formidable warrior women, have secured a lasting place. Originating from the annals of Greek mythology, where they were depicted as fearless and independent fighters, these legendary women were subsequently summoned into the actual theaters of modern warfare. Despite ongoing debates among historians regarding the existence of such a tribe in antiquity, their mythos has persisted. In the 20th century, the Amazonian legend was revitalized as real-life female soldiers and resistance fighters from diverse nations took up arms during World War II and subsequent conflicts. These modern Amazons defied societal norms at those moment, transcending the gender roles, showing the world what women have always been capable of and secured their place in history through their valor on the battlefields. Whether it was the female snipers of the Soviet Union, the courageous resistance fighters in occupied territories, or the determined women who served as combat nurses and pilots, their stories resonate with the echoes of the ancient Amazonian myth. The juxtaposition of myth and reality underscores the enduring allure of legendary female warriors, serving as both a source of inspiration and a reminder of the boundless potential of women in times of war and beyond. 3. The Philadelphia Experiment One of the many tumultuous events of World War II, a covert naval experiment gave rise to one of the most perplexing and enduring legends of the 20th century - the Philadelphia Experiment. This narrative straddles the domains of science and the supernatural, interweaving a complex tale of intrigue and enigma. According to the story, the United States Navy undertook a clandestine experiment at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard with the aim of rendering the USS Eldridge, an American naval destroyer escort, invisible to radar. However, the results of the experiment were far from ordinary. Allegedly, crew members aboard the Eldridge experienced bewildering phenomena such as time travel, teleportation, and eerie psychological effects. Some accounts even claimed that sailors were fused into the ship's bulkheads. The legend of the Philadelphia Experiment blurs the boundaries between scientific exploration and the paranormal, and has given rise to numerous investigations, debates, and conspiracy theories. While skeptics attribute it to wartime propaganda or scientific anomalies, believers suggest it as evidence of government involvement in otherworldly experiments. This wartime enigma endures as a symbol of the uncanny possibilities that emerge at the intersection of advanced science and the supernatural. The Philadelphia Experiment serves as a reminder that during the chaos of war, not only do boundaries blur, but also the human imagination can conjure narratives that challenge our understanding of reality. 4. Foo Fighters In World War II, amidst the cacophonous sounds of engines and gunfire, an enigmatic phenomenon emerged: the Foo Fighters. These were not conventional aircraft, nor were they terrestrial machines; rather, they were elusive and luminous orbs that appeared before the bewildered eyes of Allied and Axis pilots. The term "Foo Fighter" was coined by Allied pilots, derived from the French word "feu," meaning fire, to describe these peculiar entities that trailed their aircraft. Accounts varied from radiant spheres emitting hues of red, orange, or green to objects that defy the laws of physics. These extraordinary orbs remained motionless in the sky, executed hairpin turns and accelerations that surpassed known aviation capabilities, and appeared to engage in a peculiar game of pursuit. The sightings of these apparitions left an indelible impression on those who witnessed them. As the number of sightings increased among military personnel, rumors and speculations proliferated. Some suspected that the Foo Fighters were secret enemy weapons or experimental aircraft, while others ventured into the realm of science fiction, speculating about extraterrestrial origins, contributing to early UFO theories. The mystery of the Foo Fighters remains unresolved to this day, leaving a lasting legacy of wonder and intrigue in the annals of military history. These mysterious aerial entities serve as a testament to the strange and unexplained phenomena that can emerge amidst the chaos of war, adding an eerie layer to the already tense atmosphere of aerial combat and leaving behind a trail of questions that continue to fascinate researchers and enthusiasts alike. 5. Modern Wars and the Resurgence of the Supernatural In the current era, characterized by conflicts in regions such as Iraq and Afghanistan, there has been a resurgence of supernatural myths and legends that reverberate across the battlefields. These narratives, which are rooted in local folklore and belief systems, blur the boundaries between the psychological impact of war and the realm of the supernatural. Soldiers deployed in these conflict zones have reported unsettling encounters with entities known as jinn, powerful and often malevolent spirits deeply embedded in Islamic tradition. According to these accounts, soldiers have witnessed inexplicable phenomena, ranging from eerie noises in the dead of night to apparitions in the desolate desert landscape. These encounters evoke ancient tales of jinn lurking in the unseen corners of the world. The revival of such supernatural narratives during modern warfare underscores the enduring fascination with the inexplicable during times of extreme stress and danger. It also highlights the profound influence of cultural beliefs and legends in shaping the human experience of war. These stories serve as a coping mechanism, providing a framework to make sense of the chaos and horrors of conflict. Moreover, the resurgence of supernatural narratives in contemporary warfare underscores the timeless human need to seek solace and meaning in the face of adversity. If conflicts persist, so will the tales that blend the inexplicable with the harsh realities of war, reminding us of the enduring connection between the human psyche and the world of the supernatural, even in our technologically advanced age. The confluence of war and the supernatural has persisted through the ages, from the time of Arthurian legends to the modern battlefields of the 21st century. This enduring theme invites us to explore not only the rich tapestry of human imagination but also the profound psychological impact of warfare on individuals and societies. In an era marked by persistent conflicts, it is essential to understand why these myths endure. They offer solace in the face of chaos, they allow us to grapple with the unexplainable, and they shed light on the human capacity for resilience and creativity even in the darkest of times. Moreover, they underscore the power of storytelling to shape our perception of history and the supernatural. To truly immerse yourself in the captivating blend of history and the supernatural, I invite you to embark on a journey through the pages of Thore of Berlin, a story about a soldier in the midst of serving Nazi Germany, who embarks himself on a journey of enlightenment and renewed faith, through the discovery of an ancient spiritual system that sets the course for himself and the rest of the world. The launch will be at the end of September, so stay tuned! As we continue to navigate the complexities of modern wars, the exploration of war-related myths and legends remains as relevant as ever, reminding us that the line between reality and the supernatural is often thinner than we might imagine. If you're interested in this topic, and dark fantasy twits and turns I recommend reading Forged by light and fire: dawn of the warrior (book one) You can find it available on the iBooks, Kobo, and Kindle platforms. Are witnesses to these events pushed to their limits, imagining things that are not real? Or is it possible that these particularly violent historical events blur the lines of our reality with something beyond? Let us know what you think.
- Introducing: Forged by light and fire
Long before humans existed, there were creatures of light that moved in the air, and beings of fire who tinted the Creation with shadows of violence and auras of hope. Earth's first inhabitants, the Djinns, started a war that divided them, isolating everything within their reach. The celestial Angels chose one champion to end the war: Azaziel, the strongest djinn. The Angels raised young Azaziel among them, and he has trained to honor the Creation. But, once his destiny is fulfilled and his nature is revealed, will the Angels still favor Azaziel? Will he be loyal to the teachings of his saviors, or become an opponent for the order and harmony that has cost so much? Azaziel’s truth will prevail when the Earth receives its new residents: humans. “Am I a god or a pretender?” Beyond the fantastic imagination with which Azaziel's story brings to life the captivating angels and mythological djinns, readers will find themselves faced with dilemmas that move the daily reflections of our times: What happens when, despite giving the best of ourselves, what we believe to deserve is denied from us? Do our actions help some at the price of hurting others? Are we valuable beyond what we do, or is the only testament to our importance in our behavior? “Amidst the ceaseless onslaught against the King of the Djinns, a new beginning started to unfold.” This graphic novel will be an exciting topic of conversation for lovers of mythological inventions and for the most philosophical readers. The beauty of its illustrations is an artistic delight that will inspire creatives and poets. Teenagers and adults can approach this world where traditional myths are interwoven to form a tapestry of heavenly landscapes and terrestrial oases. The beginning of the journey through this world of ominous creatures awaits its passengers to take flight through the pages. Read from the authors themselves their perspectives about the two races that intervene in this universe and the protagonist of the story. Rommel Ortega take on the angels. According to the ancients, they experienced and seen angels in different forms; these loving and benevolent spirit beings are our spiritual companion wherever we go. Their origins were from the specks of light and were formed ethereal and spiritual. They also had the Creator as the origin of their spiritual composition albeit “inferior” to The Love and to The One. Angels were created as intelligent beings not rational ones, yet they always chose the good. Though there were those who said that angels, at the beginning of Creation, were asked to serve or not to serve and, who rebelled after learning of the revelation of human creation, his fall and eventual salvation. These angels are battle hardened but indestructible. From the heights of heaven to the lowest parts of the earth, angels surround every creation in a bid to help them in every way possible. Love and service to the Creator and creation, these are the motivations of angels. There are many kinds of angels; but most of them, if not all, are warrior angels, that is, they fight the evil forces. From the beginning of the first rebellion, the angels become upholders of everything beautiful, good, and holy. Stories always reveal humanity and its nature, which is good. The evil the warriors fight against makes us grateful to know that the forces of heaven or of the Creator are fighting for us. The sinful humanity, that is the descendants of Adam and Eve, are not left with nothing but rationality, intelligence, and capacity to love; and with the help of our angels, we learn heaven and the revelations of the Creator. Be careful and hospitable in entertaining thoughts and ideas; they could be angels in disguise. April Sabbaluca take on the djinns We know the reason why we are here. It was that one apple bite that doomed us all. But did it occur to you what pushes it and who motivated the biggest plot twist of humanity? All along, we have been living with creatures we do not see, walking side-by-side with us, bumping unknowingly into one other. Creatures of evil and good nature. Creatures that existed even before humanity itself. In Islam, there was a belief that humans have been in companion with the djinns since the creation. Concealed and hidden, with protruding horns and hove-like feet, they walk and eat with us, or even whisper to our ears and penetrate our thoughts. The djinns have been keeping an eye on us because they too live on Earth, here in the lower realm. Although made from fire, they are free thinkers—just like us, propelled by love, greed, and power. They are the true occupants of this land. But what has happened to them? Why do they lurk in our shadows? This story is a tale of peace and rebellion, of faith and doubt. The djinns may be the answer as to why Eve has done what she was told not to do. They may whisper to us our greatest question "Why is there evil and sin?" This story will satisfy your hunger—for answers. Ranica Meralpis take on Azazil Azazil, once a forsaken nameless war orphan, is a testament to the power of fate and divine intervention. His noble clan had fallen to the tyrannical rule of King Jann Ibn Jann, leaving him alone and without hope. However, at the moment of his mother's passing, destiny intervened. The Angel of Death, Aizra'iel, and the divine garden's angels handpicked Azazil to be their chosen one - a djinn raised to be their champion, tasked with ending the tyrant's reign once and for all. Truly, the heavens themselves seemed to have conspired to create a hero out of the unlikeliest of circumstances. With unyielding determination and a deep understanding of the art of war and strategy, Azazil dedicated himself to mastering the virtues bestowed upon him by the angels. He emerged victorious, earning a revered place among the council of angels. Though not an angel himself, he embodies the virtues of these divine beings with unparalleled grace. Azazil is not only a formidable warrior, but also a devout servant of the Creator, whose unwavering faith inspires all who cross his path. Azazil's greatest challenge yet came when he was pitted against the tyrant king Jan ibn Jann. The stakes were high, and the fate of the realm hung in the balance. Azazil knew that he had to defeat the tyrant and bring peace to the land. He worked tirelessly towards this goal for years, and he achieved much. The djinns and the angels hailed him as a hero and a savior. However, just when everything seemed to be going well with Azazil, a prophecy emerged that threatened to unravel all his glory and undo all his hard work. “I’m created from the crucible of fire… Why would I bow down to the ones created out of mud?” Enter the world of angels and djinns. Meet Azaziel, champion of the angels. Find out the role that his presence will play for heavenly lands, for humanity, and all of Creation. Let us show you a new, never-before-seen version of the stories that have haunted great writers like Neil Gaiman, legendary painters like Alexandre Cabanel, and people from ages past and present. Whether you have enjoyed reading The Thousand and One Nights or if you got excited watching Constantine, this new fiction will become one of your favorites. The first production of PepperBerry (Forged by light and fire) results from the collaboration of writers and illustrators from different parts of the world, who believe it is possible to tell new stories that excite and intrigue the public, capturing their eagerness to live this adventure together. By downloading these novels to your devices, you can browse their pages whenever and wherever you are, to rediscover this magical world and its characters that live among us, hiding in our imagination and beliefs. The entire team of this independent publishing house will be grateful for your purchase, which will support our creatives to continue developing narratives for you. The first episode of a colossal story