Folktales of Pacifica

This is a space for nations to share the folktales of their land, and have fun doing so!

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For Spooky Month, try to make your stories scary. For example, you could make cautionary tales, or stories parents tell their children to make them behave. The creative freedom is in your hands :jack_o_lantern:

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Folktales of Pelinai: the Springstalker

One of the most prolific horror legends of the Pelinese countryside is the tale of the Springstalker. Descriptions of the beast vary, but common elements are a height of about 4 meters, very long and spindly limbs, slate-colored skin, and a bare human skull for a head. The Springstalker is, as the name suggests, a creature that makes its home in the mountainous hot springs that dot the large mountain range of Pelinai’s inland countryside. Legends vary by location on the exact origin of the creature, but the most common belief is that it is the reanimated and twisted corpse of an individual that dies of hypothermia or starvation while traversing the mountains. Once formed by a process never elaborated upon and often described as unknowable (whether this means “cannot be known” or “forbidden to be known” is not clear), the Springstalker wanders inexorably towards a hot spring in which to take up residence.

Once it resides in the spring, the beast is said to lie in wait for animals and people that approach the spring for warmth. Once the prey draws near, the Springstalker will snatch it from the banks using its long limbs and pull it underwater to be devoured. Some stories also describe instances in which a Springstalker burrowed into a shallowly buried hot spring and reached through the ground to ambush anything that drew near. Commonly held belief is that the beasts possess the same desperate need for warmth and food that consumed their last moments in life, and that their behavior is an extension of this driving desire.

Modern folklore scholars in Pelinai have theorized that the legend of the Springstalker was created to dissuade children from wandering into the wilderness of the mountains or approaching hot springs within them. Aside from the obvious danger of attempting to traverse mountainous terrain without adequate preparation, many hot springs within Pelinai are known to possess sufficiently high temperature and acidity to corrode flesh.

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Yttrian legend of the Rapids Beast
“Ye best be wary when ye be approaching the rapids. When thee salmon streak through waters that churn white, a beast lurks! One false move, and it’ll carry your poor soul down to Gris Fitchers seabed!” (Pirates of the White Tide)

“Ah, I remember the famous and terrifying “Rapids Beast”. I’d imagine we were all brought up on legends told by our parents. I remember the first time they told us about the Rapid Beast, we had been playing by the river. You should have seen how our mom yelled at us. It had been jolly good fun, but we never did play by the river again. That’s the wonder of kids, their imaginations make everything seem real” (Personal Memoir of Frank Losch)

“So, in essence, this “Rapids Beast” was Yttrias first sea monster. It tends to be describes as having a thin, serpentine body, with the front legs of a crocodile and the head of a caiman. So, this story actually originated by our mountains where whitewater rapids are far more prevalent. We believe it was either a story used to keep children away from the rivers, or as a story to scare friends with. Anyway, when we started to urbanize and our mountaineers came into the cities, they brought the story with them. Now adays, it’s used to keep children away from rivers in general.” (The Monsters That Made Us)

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Spooky Season is OVER! You can still make them if you want, but the Halloween prompt is done. You can now write any folklore, folktale, or story passed down by your people.