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Mythical Creature, ‘The Adze,’ a shapeshifting firefly from the Ewe tribe of Togo and Ghana-with writing prompt


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The Adze are shapeshifting vampires from Ewe folklore. Wikipedia says that the Ewe tribe is located in Togo and in Ghana.

This legend is thought to have evolved over time, originally serving the purpose of warning against the deadly effects of mosquitos and malaria in the region.

According to Fandom, outside of captivity, the Adze take the form of fireflies. The reason the Adze disguise themselves at all is so that they can crawl through keyholes and get inside of the houses. They approach the victim and drink their blood, because it is the food source that they like best. They prefer the blood of children, especially tiny infants. The Adze draws blood from the thumb with an elephant like trunk and stays in firefly form. The Adze is indestructible as an insect. Nothing can stop them. No amount of magic, insecticide, or special netting will keep them at bay. If someone does manage to capture one it quickly changes into it’s human form, but then it can be killed. They will shapeshift into their human form only upon capture. The Adze is a very agile creature and so is not captured often.

Being captured angers them. They no longer have the need to be small to evade being caught.  They turn into their hunchback quasi-human state, where they possess great talons and feed upon not only the blood, but also the heart and liver of their prey. It conjures magic to possess the victim and then uses them as a medium to communicate.  Eventually this person will become sick and die.


Despite it’s size, the creature does a lot of damage. It has been known to drain a child completely, which is a horrifying thought.

It can also carry diseases that potentially infect the entire family. The Adze have been reported to drink palm oil or coconut milk if it can’t find a supply of blood. This has sometimes lead to the depletion of the village’s entire supply of these two staple products.


Writing Prompt

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This is an ancient creature and this war has been going on for a very long time. The Adze vampire isn’t the only vampire species in the area. There are hundreds more types, with varying degrees of viciousness, but unfortunately because they are at war, the region is thick with vampires and it has become really, really bad for us humans.

You know about the zombie apocalypse, of course, but did you know about the ancient bloodthirsty henchmen lusting for the vital liquid pumping through your veins before the apocalypse even happens? Recruitment for the pre-apocalyptic takeover began in the early 1990’s in the seat of civilization and has spread.

Water into blood, frogs, flies, diseased livestock, first born, etc…sound familiar? The plagues served to contrast the power of the God of Israel with the Egyptian gods before the time of Jesus.

This is what the LORD says: By this you will know that I am the LORD: With the staff that is in my hands I will strike the water of the Nile, and it will be changed into blood. The fish in the Nile will die, and the river will stink and the Egyptians will not be able to drink its water.

— Exodus 7:17–18

In present day, along the coast of Togo and Ghana, the creatures who drank greedily from the bloody waters of the Nile have survived. Evil beings, vampiric killers, fight alongside the Adze… who is their leader? What is his/her name, what is their group called and why do they fight?

What is it that they want?

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If you find this article fun and interesting and you decide to expand on this story-let me know how this story continues in the comment section below, and as usual…happy writing!

10 thoughts on “Mythical Creature, ‘The Adze,’ a shapeshifting firefly from the Ewe tribe of Togo and Ghana-with writing prompt”

    1. Oh, thank you so much Widdershins- I’m really loving doing it. It’s fun to see how these creatures fit into their respective cultures….to explain away the bad times. ❤️ It’s so fantastic :))!

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