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  2. I turned off the Microsoft security so I could install the files although now I am being asked for Stronghold Crusader and Stronghold Crusader Extreme disk 2 however I don't have any since I am using the Steam HD digital download versions of both games. So I may not be able to install the mod afterall.
  3. Yeah the unblock button((mentioned in the instructions( o unblock these programs on your computer, kindly follow the steps below: Right-click on the blocked file, then select on Properties. Click General tab. Check the Unblock option, then click OK. If prompted, click on Continue, then click on Yes (if administrator) or enter password of administrator (if standard user) for UAC prompt. to unblock programs doesn't show up on the Properties tab of the blocked file)). It is simply expecting to have the file confirmed and that is what I was trying to figure out how to do.
  4. ''NZAMBI A MPUNGU'' A Common ''Creator Deity'' found in The African Congo and surrounding Regions, ''Nzambi a Mpungu'' made The Universe, Planets and eventually – Humankind. All Laws came from The God. When Christian Missionaries came to The Region in the 16th Century AD – most Tribes ''associated'' Nazambi a Mpungu with ''Christ''.
  5. ''AYAANLE'' In Zulu (South African) Culture, ''Ayaanle'' were a Class of ''Spirit'', most associated with The European Concept of ''Guardian Angel''. They were personified as Female and benevolent. When a Person died, The Ayaanle ''came'' to guide their Soul into The Afterlife. The Ayyanle guided both ''Good and Bad'' Souls.
  6. ''AKHKHAZU'' An Akkadian Demon, ''Akhkhazu'' was a Female Entity, related to a Trio of Demons (all said to be Sisters). She was seen as the personification of Plague and Disease. Akhkazau was also known among The Sumerian Culture as ''The Seizer'' (referencing Her ability to ''take the life'' of a Victim. He is mentioned by The Akkadian as far back as the 22nd Century BC.
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  8. This is a known issue unfortunately, as Microsoft doesn't know who the Publisher is. This link might help you with that: https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/all/unblock-an-untrusted-publisher-in-windows-10/e964eea4-d357-4e56-aacc-94088642c7ac
  9. ''CECHA'' In Ancient Etruscan Religious and Cultural Belief, ''Cecha'' was a legal concept. Bestowed upon any Etruscan Male (or Head of Family), ''Cecha'' was defined as ''Any Religious Ritual or Sacred Article'' used to initiate One's ''Patron God'' (or used during National Worship Festivals). ALL Males had to (by Law) maintain Cecha, with severe punishments rendered to those who did not. If no ''close'' Male was available, a Family had to designate a Male Relative (Cousin, Nephew, etc). The Concept was first mentioned in 900 BC.
  10. ''THE DISCOVERY OF WITCHCRAFT'' The US Library of Congress is one of the largest collections of Books and Documents in The World. It is the repository of many of not only The United States most important historical documents, but many ''firsts'' from around The World. But well within it's storage, is one Book which to this date is rarely seen or even touched by People. It is a 1584 Edition called ''The Discovery of Witchcraft''. ''Written'' by Englishman Reginald Scot, it is purported the most comprehensive ''Grimoire'' relating to Witchcraft and ''Black Magic''. It is said no ''finer'' compendium exists on ''The Subject''. Once said to have been ''viewed'' by Playwright William Shakespeare and even 20th Century Horror Writer, HP Lovecraft, The Volume is long considered to be ''Cursed''. Although ''on-line'' viewing can be done, and very few reprinted copies exist for purchase, it is said that ANYONE who handles the original is in for extreme bad luck. As such, The Library has records that show the Book only having been viewed a total of 10 times in the early 20th Century..........
  11. ''VRITRA'' In Hindu Beliefs, ''Vritra'' was a ''Dragon Demon'', which was seen as the personification of Drought, Chaos and Evil. He could assume a Human-like appearance when needed. According to Legend, Vritra held all Waters of The World captive, as a means of controlling The World and angering other Gods. This naturally caused droughts and lack of harvesting (starvation). According to Ancient Vedic Texts. A Demi-God Hero named ''Indra'' would slay Vritra with a ''magic sword'', thus allowing The Waters of The World to flow, once more.
  12. ''DYDKO'' Polish Folklore has a Demonic Figure known as The ''Dydko''. Dating to Pagan Times, this Creature was thought to be an early personification of The Devil. Living in primordial Forests, The Dydko were noted for their long spindly legs and bulbous Head. They were conjured by vanity. In short, People who spend too much time ''gazing at themselves'' in Mirrors, ''brought forth'' The Dydko.
  13. ''KAKIA'' In Greek Mythology, ''Kakia'' was the personification of ''Vice and a lack of any Morals'' (Sin). Tempting Humans thru ''Evil Acts'', to become such – Kakia appeared in The Hercules Saga, trying to tempt The Dem-God as well. Undaunted, He killed The Goddess. She used Her ''unfounded'' Beauty as a lure, especially to Men.
  14. ''GONGGONG'' In Chinese Mythos, ''Gonggong'' was a ''Water Dragon'' Deity. He is responsible for damage done due to water events (flooding, mudslides, tsunami etc). He features in many Mandarian Chinese Folk Tales, serving as a cautionary personification for ''procrastination'' (lack of preparedness). First found in literature as old as the 2nd BC, Gonggong can also be found (in forms), in Vietnamese and Korean Mythos as well.
  15. ''LOVIATAR'' ''Loviatar'' is from Finnish Mythology, and is the Daughter of Underworld God ''Tuoni''. In that Realm, He is known as ''The God of Death''. Loviatar not only inherited this attribute, but was also given the power to ''spread Disease''. Born ''Blind'', in this Loviatar has no discrimination as to whom She ''infects or kills'', as She ''wanders The Earth''.
  16. ''NIHON SHOKI'' Perhaps the most single important ancient document of Japan, The ''Hihon Shoki'' dates to perhaps the 7th Century AD. Similar to European ''Maters'', which chronicled a Countries Cultural and National History, The Shoki not only details Japanese History, but is the very first example of a codified text of Japanese ''Folk History'' and Mythology. Most Japanese ''Creation'' Stories, to include Gods and Goddesses ''appear'' in The ''Nihon Shoki''. The first volume would lead to other additional books which carried on the written tradition of Japanese Mythos up to the last such volume, dating to the mid-9th Century AD.
  17. ''KUNI-YUZURI'' An ancient Japanese Mythology Concept, ''Kuni-Yuzuri'' was the belief that the Gods ''gifted'' The World to Humankind, in particularly – The Emperors of Japan. Seen as ''Gods'' of direct descent, The Gods made The Royal Linage of Japan ''Gods on Earth''. So ''created'', they could ''accept'' such a Gift. The Kun-Yuzuri concept would run thru Japanese Mythology from around the 7th Century AD forward.
  18. ''AMPUKU'' Several African Religious Beliefs were transplanted with those Tribes captured and enslaved by various Colonial European Governments. One such was called (and is still known as) ''Winti'' Practiced by The Akan Tribes forced to settle in Ghana, believed in the existence of ''Ampuku''. These were demonic Spirits that had no form of their own. As ''Spirit'', they roamed The World, seeking People to inhabit (possess). Once so, a Person had no ''free will'' and often ''acted out'' (violence, anger etc). Ampulu were seen as a great source of ''trouble'' to The Akan. They often sought long and drawn out ceremonies to ''remove'' Ampuku ''infestation''. In some instances, the Rituals were so intense, that the ''possessed'' often died as a result.
  19. ''THE LADY OF AMPATO'' Also known as ''The Mummy Juanita'' – is an archaeological discovery found in Southern Peru in 1995. Another of The Incan Culture's ''sacrificial children'' offerings – ''She'' dates to around the year 1480 AD. As We have seen with other Articles, The Incan Culture regularly sacrificed pre-chosen children of Royal or Noble birth, to ''The Gods''. Mostly, these Gods ''lived'' inside the many Mountains and Volcanoes of The Region. Such Children led a ''charmed and privileged'' life. At the ''appointed time'' such sacrifices were taken to sacred locations and ''offered' to The Gods. The preferred method of ''exit'' was suffocation, poisoning and lastly blunt force trauma. ''Juanita'' as she was dubbed, was an offering to Mount Ampato's ''God''. Roughly determined to be 14 years old, ''Juanita'' was sacrifice by blunt force trauma (to the head). Carefully wrapped, she was placed into a hole at the base of Mount Ampato. The combination of both ''warm'' and ''freezing'' temperatures (at times'', perfectly preserved Her corpse. Her face, (at one point), was possibly revealed to the upper layers of Earth (thru erosion). It became to undergo natural decomposition factors, until (by chance), it was buried again. The majority of Juanita's body however, is almost so perfectly preserved – She could be ''mistaken'' for a recent death. She is currently preserved at The National Geographic Society Museum in Washington, DC (US).
  20. ''THE CURSED OMAR'' The Book known as The ''Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam'' was a collection of ''knowledge'' gathered and formulated by Persian Philosopher Omar Khayyam in the 11th Century AD (Persia). A ''Renaissance Man'' of His Era, Omar amassed such information, that He was a well known Alchemist. The Seljuk Dynasty greatly revered Omar for His ''forbidden knowledge''. Commissioned by The Sultan to produce a volume of His acquired knowledge, this Book was set in a Gold Bindind and covered with precious and semi-precious jewels. So impressed with Omar's work, The Sultan decreed that The Rubaiyat must always remain in His Kingdom. ANYONE who stole it or attempted to possess it for it's secrets would be met with ''great calamity''. Perhaps captured during the many Medieval Crusades, The Book would travel from Region to Region for Centuries (under the Ownership) of many European Rulers. Strangely, everywhere The Book went – some calamity would befall it's Owners. Fast forward to the early 20th Century. The Book would eventually come to England, where a Museum would photograph the volume in every detail. The Book would be purchased by American Millionaire Benjamin Guggenheim, to add to His collection of Rare Books. Guggenheim had the precious and mysterious volume packed away on His oceanic trip back to America.....on board the ill-fated RMS ''Titanic''. As We know, ''that'' Ship struck an Iceberg in April of 1912, taking with it the obviously ''cursed'' Book. It ( or rather it's remains) have never been recovered). As for the copies made from the photographs, many versions (very expensive) – were produced. Most met their ''ends'' with The German Bombing of England (''The Blitz'') in World War II (1940). In later years, cheaper copies have been produced. Do they still bear the original ''curse'' of their origins? Buy a Copy and Find Out!
  21. THE ''BLOODY BENDERS'' The Bender Family of Kansas (US) will forever be linked to a rather ''bloody'' segment of American Criminal History. Known (thanks to Newspapers) as The ''Bloody Benders'', the Family of (4) ''Ma, Pa, Son and His Wife'' who resided in Labette County in 1871. The Family ran a Stagecoach ''Way Station'', which catered to Passengers traveling either West or East (depending). Way Stations were a type of early ''Bed and Breakfast'' which allowed long distance passengers to ''rest awhile'' while horses were watered or freight was loaded and unloaded. Food and supplies were the mainstay. But The Benders (whose Station was really just a private House, ''off the beaten track'' – as it were. But a curious series of events began from 1871 to 1872 around Labette. Some Stages and their passengers were simply gone ''missing'' – without a trace!. But giving to ''Hostile'' Native Americans and of course Stage Robbers, these were no doubt the ''real cause''. The Benders were opportunistic Serial Killers. IF a Stage appeared to be a ''good target'', they would invited the group inside. They were either poisoned to death via coffee or food. I some cases, they had to resort to shooting, stabbing, beating to death or strangling their victims. All valuables, clothing, nearly everything was taken (later sold out of County). The Benders ''lucrative business'' netted them (11) known victims, but some assign numbers as high as (30). Their crime spree came to and end when a ''noisy neighbor'' of the adjoining Farm was cultivating more land for farming. He unearthed several ''fresh'' remains as well as some skeletal remains. Advising the Local Sheriff, an investigation began. But as The Posse arrived, The Benders had fled (it is unknown just how they were ''tipped off''). General local History cites that while most of the victims remains were found, no trace of what happened to The Benders is known. But......a more common belief is that at least (3) of The Benders were caught by The Posse, several miles away – trying to escape. They were shot and their bodies burned. The escaping Bender was thought to have escaped to Canada (changing His or Her name).
  22. ''GRISLY JUSTICE...THE SKELETON OF WILLIAM BURKE'' Messers William Burke and William Hare, are known to Criminal History as ''Body Snatchers'' of some renown. During the year of 1828, in Edinburgh, Scotland – The ''Deadly Duo'' added to the terror which gripped The City already. But one must understand the ''background before the foreground'' first. Perhaps a little glimpse into the times and the misnomer associated with Burke and Hare will serve. BODY SNATCHER OR GRAVE ROBBER: There is a distinct ''difference'' in the two grisly occupations. Grave Robbing was perhaps on the ''short list'' for ''World's Oldest Occupations''. Since time began, The Wealthy and Titled were often buried after death, with all manner of jewels and such. Regardless of being interned in the ground or within an elaborate Tomb structure, the temptation to steal such was too great. Even though most Countries and Kingdoms served the ''Death Penalty'' as justice for committing such unspeakable acts – ''Grave Robbery'' was a ''popular'' criminal endeavor. By contrast, ''Body Snatching'' was a relatively ''new Crime''. It was born out of a cottage industry of ''Supply and Demand'' and involved of all respectable Professions...Medicine. With the advancement of Medicine and it's research designed to understand Human Anatomy and Diseases, more and more Medical Colleges sprang up in Europe. Hundreds in fact, all competing to recruit the best and brightest of young and idealistic future Doctors. A principle part of such Coursework is The Study of Human Anatomy. Although detailed books and illustrations serve fine, nothing beats the actual dissection of a deceased body for understanding. The need for Cadavers for study became extremely important. One must remember that, in the 18th and 18th Centuries, One did NOT donate their remains to ''Science'' (due to religious and social stigmas). So where would a Medical School ''get'' their needed ''supply? Simple. Prisons, Workhouses etc. Often, unofficial contracts existed with Prisons and such. When a Convict was executed or died without Family to claim their remains, The Establishment would ''sell'' the bodies to Medical Schools. But what happens when the supplies from these places run out or are not available......Body Snatching. The process was simple. Criminals monitored who in Town died. Owing to the burial customs of internment withing a day, Criminals would sneak into graveyards at night and remove the body, quickly selling to to a local medical School. No doubt The School was well aware of the illegal activity, but turned a ''blind eye''. Even if caught, a Criminal faced a misdemeanor Crime, not punished by the Death sentence. As we have seen, Body Snatching led to the associated industry of ''Morte Safes'', ''Morte Houses'', Novelty Security Systems (eg ''Cemetery Guns''), and of course, armed Watchwatch. But many cities and Towns could not afford to provide them always, and it still became the burden of the Deceased Family to purchase their own services or devices. Body Snatching was little effected by any of the above procedures. THEIR ACTIVITIES ABOUND: Burke and Hare were two such Criminals that developed their own ''industry''. But they performed their crimes at the height of Body Snatching and Grave Robbing in Scotland and England at the time. They became merged into the genre, but neither were Grave Robbers or Body Snatchers....They were early Serial Killers who profited from selling their victims to Medical Science. Hence, when portrayed in literature, art and later film, Burke and Hare are always shown as ''Grave Robbers'' equipped with ''Shovel and Spade''. But in reality, it was Burke who came up with the idea. Owning a Boarding House in Edinburgh, He catered to the downtrodden and poor – especially those without Family. Mostly older types, after long – Burke and His accomplish Hare – began to strangle to death ''selected'' Tenants. They then sold their bodies to The Edinburgh Medical School. It is estimated that 16 people died under their hands (but it may have been more). It took Police some time to link Burke and Hare to the Crimes. But even good Police work was thwarted by a lack of evidence. What little finally found, would be difficult to get to stand in Court. But it was a plea deal with Hare that caused the evidence to stick to Burke. Given ''immunity to prosecution'', Hare ''rolled'' on His Partner. As such, Burke was convicted (of just one death) – and sentenced to Hang. But to further hammer home the sentence to future Criminals – Burke's remains was ordered to be dissected by a Medical School! And Hare? He was taken under cover of night by Police to the outskirts of Edinburgh. He was ordered banned to The City. He disappeared into History, never to be heard from again. THE SKELETON AND ''OTHER'' THINGS: True to order, Burke was hanged (to a crowd of 15,000 spectators). His remains were indeed delivered to The Edinburgh Medical School, and He was indeed – dissected. But to further the advance of Justice, Burke's body was denuded of flesh and organs. He was rendered into a Skeleton. Mounted, Mr. Burke became an anatomic ''display'' used to teach Students for MANY years. In the early 20th Century, ''He'' was finally retired. Being encased in glass, Mr. Burke became part of The College's Medical Museum. But that's NOT all regarding the end of Mr. Burke. Some enterprising Dissectionist, kept some of Burke's flesh and gave it to a local Tanner. As the ''Legend'' goes, these ''pieces'' were fashioned into several Calling Card Cases and a Journal covering. It is unclear why and if anyone actually purchased the gruesome items. They too are presently displayed with Mr. Burke – to this day.
  23. ''OLIFAT'' ''In Micronesian Mythos, ''Olifat'' was identified as a ''Trickster'' God, who was greatly ''despised'' by His fellow Gods. Too ''lax'' in His views on His ''responsibilities to Man'', several of His ''kind'' tried many times to Kill Olifat. It is in these ''attempts'', that most Micronesian Folktales derive. Olifat is also known for giving Shark their ''teeth'' and Scorpions their deadly ''Tail''. Ceremonial Tattooing among many Micronesian Tribes are also ''attributed'' to Olifat. He is akin to The Norse God ''Loki''.
  24. ''YAK'' In Thai Culture, a ''Yak'' was a Class of Supernatural Being, associated with a ''Female Giantess''. They were said to be a Race that existed ''before Man'', and had ''great power''. Typically, The Yak was portrayed as having ''Blue Skim'' and a ''Fierce Face''. A type of ''anti-Demon'', a Yak could be (and was) portrayed in Thai art and Literature as being Malevolent. The Yak still holds as a type of ''Temple Guardian'', whose ''Spirit'' guards important Thai Temples and Shrines from ''Evil''.
  25. ''ANPAO'' According to The Native American Lakota (Sioux) Tribe. The ''Anapao'' was a ''Twin Faced'' Spirit that was the personification of ''Dawn''. His primary goal was to ''chase away'' Night (and all Demons), to allow a ''New Day'' to be ''formed''. Great Ritual and Ceremony was performed in honor of Anpao.
  26. ''HOUSE POLE'' A ''House Pole'' was a specific Icon used by The Kwakwaka'wakw Tribe of British Columbia, Canada. The somewhat ancient Culture of North American Natives believed that the creation and display of various Deities of that Culture, via wooden, Carved Icons, were important to the very protection of The Tribe in day to day matters. Akin to The South pacific ''Tiki'', The House Pole was placed on the main support pole (roof) of a Hut. They were viewed upon arriving at a Hut. Only with proper veneration, would One be allowed to enter. It was thought by The Tribe, that a ''Trickster'' (Demon), could not so honor a House Pole and thus, could not enter.
  27. ''ALLANI'' According to Akkadian Mythos – ''Allani'' was an ''Underworld Godes'' relative to the much later Ancient Greece's ''Hades'' She was tasked with not only Rule of The Underworld, but with overall custody of all Spirits traversing (starting) their Journey. Her Cult was somewhat obscured in History, but some Shrines still exist.
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