Fictional Character
"The Bleeding Moon"
Set in OTL
Type of Appearance: Direct
Nationality: Bulgaria
Religion: Eastern Orthodox
Occupation: Headman
Relatives: Rossen (brother)

Symeon was the headman of the Bulgarian village of Gramada. He and his brother Rossen were the only two men who owned muskets in the village. Symeon was a natural leader, and a good headman for the village.

Symeon was angered when one of his people, Todor, was murdered by men from the village of Kula, but was hesitant to seek reprisals. Forty days later, the village was plagued by Todor's Vurkolak. The Vurkolak plagued the village for some nights, finally attacking the full moon. As the village watched, the moon completely vanished into the Vurkolak and began to glow red. Hours passed, and the Vurkolak continued to feed upon the moon. The villagers resolved then to drive it off. They gathered together pots and pans and began beating on them to make noise. While the Vurkolak was bothered, it wasn't until Todor's cousin, Petko, convinced Symeon and Rossen to get their muskets. After each fired off their heavy guns, the Vurkolak retreated.[1]

Not long after that night, Symeon traveled to Vidin to deliver the annual tribute of sheep to the Turks. He learned that the village of Kula had come to misfortune. From their description, Symeon realized that the vurkolak had begun preying on Kula. He professed sympathy he didn't feel and returned home, reporting the story to Gramada.[2]


  1. Orphans of the Night, pgs. 65-78, HC.
  2. Ibid., pgs. 78-79.