The previous section addressed the Vampire Bat, Desmodus rotundus.

For all this section, unlike anything else in this site, there is no objective evidence. The information has been rationalized from dreams that haunted Laszlo for seventy years, the decades when his mind was indentured to Dracula. It was Laszlo's contention that the dreams were passive on his part – seepage from Dracula's brain, in particular from Aarrgh itself, and that Laszlo was the unfortunate receiver of the broadcasts of Aarrgh's ego. This is essentially the only post-1976 information on this site, and, of course, deals with facts (if facts they be) thousands of years old. The writing is my version of Jon's version of Laszlo's recounting, with small digressions and annotations by me.

The name, Aarrgh, is an attempt to write down a sound. (The webmaster's attempt to write down Jon's imitation of Laszlo's imitation of a sound he heard in his dreams. Rather than deal with this complexity, hereinafter, I just let the personalities merge as though this were the account of one person.) It is a deep-throated rasp of anger, hatred and hunger – a hunter's sound, but not a hunter of flesh, rather a predator of anguish, fear and the energy of life. The tearing of the flesh is incidental in Aarrgh's purpose. He feeds on the prey's life as it is shredded through fear and pain. Aarrgh is a being of pure energy, and energy is his food.

I think, in essence, we are all energy beings – patterns in motion – structured change. We have awareness, a sense of self-identity, a will and flames of being. These flames are what give us our individual nature – dreamy or aggressive, subtle or blunt, artistic or practical. But humans need a physical body to hold it all together, a vessel in which the 'spirit' – the ego, will and flames – can reside. Without that, the spirit ceases to manifest in this world. Whether the human spirit survives being dislodged from the body or not, I don't hazard to guess. That is the stuff of religion or spirituality. But some spirit can so survive – Aarrgh is proof of that. He, like any energy being, I guess, (if any others exist), only interacts with the world via the marvelous antenna called a nervous system, including the brain. Somehow this living antenna, this collection of neurons, can detect the non-physical. All Life is non-physical, fundamentally unmeasurable by any device known to humanity, except the living cell, and most excellently by the neuron. (If there are such things as demons and possession, I imagine what they want from humanity is simply the use of our nervous system so they can interact with the world, experience emotions, feed.) When I say Life cannot be measured, I do not mean the incidentals of Life – pulse, neuronal activity – I mean Life itself. It cannot be measured any more than melody or poetry can be measured. We have no mechanismus that can tell when a collection of musical notes passes from cacophony into melody, nor to distinguish drivel from poetry. Yet, this difference exists and we can easily sense it. There exists, too, a subtle substance or energy which is Life, and it cannot be measured, only inferred. It is non-physical, although in common experience it needs a body, a vessel, to support its manifestation. But Aarrgh exists, at some primitive level, without a body, yet can influence the physical, in the same way that the human mind (distinguished from the human brain) can influence the body.

Aarrgh came from far away, very long ago, arriving as an extremely tiny, self-contained pattern of energy of almost no awareness or intelligence, but a vast hunger, a throbbing Will to feed. It is possible (and would be somewhat ironic, if true) that he arrived with an asteroid that resulted in the Permian extinction event, two hundred fifty million years ago. Aarrgh can move about by himself, but that requires the expenditure of his energy, his raw being, and can lead to his extinction if he has no source to replenish his energy. He can hitch a ride with physical objects, but only if they are alive, or have some intimation of life. I think that at the time he first arrived on Earth, he was so small that he could piggyback on organic molecules (amino acids that had achieved enough complexity to approach aboriginal life), some extremely primitive beings he could barely suck energy from. Similar molecules had, perhaps, seeded life on Earth billions of years earlier, and the life forms that resulted had enough fundamental similarities that Aarrgh could readily feed on them. Aarrgh arrived hungry, and Earth offered life with a profusion Aarrgh had never known. He went on a feeding frenzy that lasted tens of millions of years.

If he did arrive on an asteroid which struck Earth 250 million years ago, its impact must have triggered the Siberian Traps vulcanism, which in turn, after thousands of years of releasing greenhouse gases, had warmed the seas to the point of melting the methane hydrates, which warmed the Earth further, resulting in the destruction of 95% of all its life. This would have mattered little to Aarrgh. The impact itself would not have affected him, being an energy being, and even the dregs of life left on Earth after the extinction event, would have been abundance immeasurable to Aarrgh.

But as he fed, he grew, and as he grew, he needed ever greater gulps of life. Very early in his residence on Earth, he found that the optimal feeding technique was to lodge in the brain of a carnivore, near to its mouth, and simply feed on the released life energies of the carnivore's victim. He added his own impetus to his hosts (influencing the flesh via the mind/brain) for them to increase in size, especially the jaws. He impelled them to viciousness, to kill for pleasure even beyond their need to eat. Once in a host, he stayed until the host died or became too weak, or unless the host met up with an even larger predator. Aarrgh did not like the transfer to a new host because the mind and will of the host are always antagonistic to Aarrgh's control, even if only unconsciously or instinctively, and Aarrgh was primitive, mostly reflexive. But over the eons, as he inhabited ever more sophisticated minds, he too slowly grew in size, awareness and complexity commensurate with his hosts.

As the ages proceeded he helped spur the evolution of the Allosaurus and eventually the Tyrannosaurus – his own personal creche. There he was at home as nowhere else. He passed the millennia in mindless ecstasy, grown bloated and specialized.

Then came the K-T cataclysm, a mass extinction battering the Earth sixty-five million years ago. Was this event due to an asteroid impacting Earth, an event which Arthur C. Clarke so aptly terms, "The Hammer of God"? Did some godlike beings – voyagers of the universe – born billions of years ago, exactingly select and re-direct an asteroid to strike Earth, wiping out the dinosaurs, but leaving the lesser beings – the mammals – alive? This, to allow the mammals to grow and replace the dinosaurs, which were evolutionary dead-ends, which would never achieve true intelligence and awareness and the possibility of growing without bound, becoming gods themselves in the fullness of time.

Be that as it may, the dinosaurs passed, and Aarrgh was nearly mortally wounded in their passage. He starved. He could find no predator suitable to host his size and needs. He sank, catatonic, deep into some dank cavern, dreaming of the glory days of death and mayhem, of wreaking pain and rending flesh to release the sweet juice of life. There he endured innumerable epochs until he had shrunk small enough, and some mammalian predators had grown large enough, that he might feed again.

But the mammals were vile hosts. Their wills were too strong and their minds unfathomable in their intricacy. Aarrgh's own mind was still mostly primitive reflexes tempered with the awareness he had learned from the dinosaurs. He required millions of years to adapt even minimally to mammalian minds, to begin to redirect their evolution to his own purposes. This 'redirection' was as mindless and instinctive (and effective) as, say, mammals taking to the sea again in the form of whales and dolphins. There was no intellectual decision process – just an oblivious groping to maximize food resources.

More than ever he hated jumping hosts, squeezing himself into a new mind. Millions of years ago, as he became more and more intelligent, stimulated by the evolutionary growth of the host, he sought more and more to smooth his own way, to prepare the host to receive him, instead of accommodating himself to the host. He preferred the cat line, and worked to increase the size of a tiger-like animal, especially to increase the size of its teeth. But he also worked with wolves. He began encouraging a virus to stimulate in cat and wolf an increase in rabidity and its appetite for slaughter. Hundreds of thousands of years ago, he became aware of hominids, and was both intrigued and appalled by them. They, more than any other animal, had the capacity for suffering, fear, anguish. They, more than any other prey, provided nourishment in their dying and death. But they also, more than any other animal, were unaccommodating as a host. Their wills and minds were too strong, and their desire to kill for the sake of the kill, was too low.

With the great cats, the saber-tooth cats, Aarrgh again hit his stride – greatly diminished from the days of T. Rex, but much, much more intelligent. Then ten thousand years ago, disaster struck again. The cats began to die off – extremely quickly by the standards of Aarrgh, who needed time to adapt to a new host. More and more he depended on the wolf.

When the ice fields melted and retreated, the hominids, now fully evolved humans, had moved into lands suddenly open to them and full of the mega-mammals that the saber-tooth fed from. Giant bison and deer and ground sloths were slaughtered by humans in incalculable number – not from the joy of killing, but to feed the exploding population of humanity. As humanity grew exponentially, so the mega-mammals dwindled, and without a food supply, the whole race of giant cats disappeared. Aarrgh starved again. A skillful detective, learned in paleozoology could track Aarrgh's movements by the impact he had on various species. Some time around ten thousand BCE, he arrived in area around the Black Sea, (see also Urheimat) and seems to have remained there until the birth of Dracula.

Residing in wolves brought him into frequent contact with people, the new top predator and tamer of wolves. Again and again he tried to inhabit humans, with an occasional vague success. In the process, Aarrgh, for the first time, achieved something like true awareness, enough so to make genuine plans that involved intelligence and not just instinct or dim gropings.

His Will continued to grow as he wrestled with the wills of humans, egging them on to the endless murders he instigated. He now learned consciously to dominate other beings.

He realized that he would never be comfortable with the great majority of human minds, but that those same minds, unsuitable as hosts, would make peerless fodder because of their capacity for fear. He also realized that no animal could ever successfully prey on humans, other than humans themselves. Inevitably Aarrgh would have to occupy a human mind, but one that he had prepared down through generations to receive him. It would have to be a human made immortal, or at least very long-lived, because he could not prepare a new host quickly enough to be jumping from one to another in a normal human life span. So he began a breeding program, influencing human minds in their selection of mates. And he began to work with the virus he had originally encouraged to stimulate rabidity, a killing rage, in saber-tooths (in truth, the virus has affinity with any warm-blooded carnivore) – the rabies virus. He pushed the virus to learn how to make its own host powerful, immortal and life-savaging, thereby providing Aarrgh with his own perfect host. This 'pushing' was not the product of intellect – unlike a modern scientist, Aarrgh did not 'know' how he accomplished his objectives. He could 'feel' the life force of the virus and knew that if he applied his will in a certain way, it advanced an end he desired.

When the saber-tooth went extinct, the wolf became lab rat of choice – lab rat and temporary host. As Aarrgh 'experimented' with his pet virus, he stimulated many mutations. The form most nearly perfect for his needs would later be called the Weprabies virus, and it induced both a lust for mutilation and killing, and also a life span measurable in millennia.

But the minds of human hosts remained unaccommodating.

He began cultivating a line of humans tailored to host him. He pushed rabies to 'learn' to turn off the human apoptosis reflex – the mechanism which allows cells to self-destruct. He had long since learned that cells die only because they are injured or because the body in various ways instructs itself to die. Without the death program, life forms – hosts – are immortal, and an immortal host would be perfect for Aarrgh. The viral invaders changed or added genes to turn off the death genes or re-generate telomeres, extending life.

Aarrgh's human breeding program aimed at creating a ruthless, blood-thirsty primordial with cunning and great strength of will. This program resulted in the line that led to Dracula. By this time Aarrgh had attained awareness and intelligence at least equal to humans, and, in some areas, greatly exceeding it. And his Will had grown mighty. He bred Dracula's line to produce an heir into whose mind Aarrgh would fit perfectly, the hand in the glove. There would be no conflict between him and Dracula because Dracula was born to be fulfilled by hosting Aarrgh. In this Dracula would consider Aarrgh simply to be a part of himself, his own Dark Will. The antediluvian memories (which came out most strongly in Dracula's dreams) were never strange to Dracula – they had always been there, as had the hunger to hurt, to kill, to slaughter, to jubilate in blood and the spilling of it. It was impossible to say where Dracula's will to evil ended and where Aarrgh's hunger began. But those few who could see Dracula's inner being and live to report what they saw, always remarked on the presence of a Dark Will, throbbing as though possessed of a life of its own, monstrously strong and implacably malicious. This was Aarrgh himself, according to the wisdom of Laszlo.