Bad fairies. Tricksters. Murderers. Not every fairy heals with its touch. Sometimes, they want you dead just because they think it’s funny.
I’ll get to the point: All fairies can be a little bad. You have to remember they were never human, so they have a different sense of humor. They don’t totally understand human feelings and concerns. Sometimes, fairies can be a little wicked.
Being a little wicked is very different from killing you. In this post, we’ll tell you about the baddest and meanest fairies.
Sluagh (pronounced ‘sloo-ah’)
These fairies originated in the Scottish Highlands. Stories differ on how the Sluagh came to be. In most cases, they are thought to be the souls of unbaptized men who were murderers.
Sluagh are active at night. They fly around looking for people working after sunset. Then, they grab them, fly them over bogs and swamps, and drop the captured person. Most don’t survive the fall, but those that do usually die there.
There are also reports that Sluagh have poisonous arrows and shoot people working at night. No one survives the poison.
Will O’ The Wisp
These fairies are evil tricksters that lead travellers off course and kill them. They appear as flickering lights by the side of a road or trail in a forest. Lost travellers would leave the road because they thought the lights were someone who would help them find their way. Not so. The Will O’ The Wisp would lead them to a bog where the person would sink into quicksand and drown.
A kelpy is also called a water horse. They live by lakes and rivers in Scotland.
Kelpies can shapeshift into a young woman, a handsome man or a horse. They really want to get your close to the water where they drag you under and eat you. If you see a woman, man or horse by the water, run the other way!
Red Caps are the deadliest of all fairies. They like to drink human blood like vampires. They got their name because their caps are stained with blood.
Red Caps look like very small, old men with talons for fingers and daggers for teeth. They don’t go out of their way to find humans; they let people come to them.
Red Caps live in old, abandoned houses in the countryside. If you get separated from your group, the Red Cap will attack. You can ward them off by making a cross with your fingers. Ghost hunters – Be cautious on your investigation! A Red Cap could get you!
Not every troll is evil, but when they’re bad, they’re really bad. Trolls are thieves by nature. They want to steal your jewelry – not your money.
Trolls also have magical abilities to shapeshift or become invisible. They use these powers to rob you.
Now, it’s true trolls have a fondness for bridges. If you have to cross a bridge, be ready to pay the troll or you can say a protection prayer before you cross. If you don’t, you could have a nasty car accident.
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“The Encyclopedia of Ghosts & Spirits,” by Rosemary Ellen Guiley
“Monsters,” by John Michael Greer
“Is Your House Haunted?,” by Fiona Broome
“Changeling: The Lost,” by White Wolf Publishing
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