EotR's Unique Creatures Aug 23, 2018 12:15:18 GMT -5
Post by Hell Hound on Aug 23, 2018 12:15:18 GMT -5
Characteristics - Nuckelavee are the ghosts of people killed by medieval horse dismemberment, and have been driven mad by the traumatic experience of their body being ripped apart. Many of them see possessing horses like they do as some form of revenge against the things that kill them, but in reality they can possess any living being, turning the hosts that they attach to into rotting, shambling beings like their “rider” is.
Nuckelavee are the source of many myths circulating around ghostly riders in the night, as many centuries ago when they were more common, they would group up into hunting parties and ride through the night, hunting the living and the dead alike to sate their unending bloodlust with weapons of bone, phasing in and out of existence in an unnatural fashion while they chase down those unlucky enough to be caught in their path.
They are a terror to both the physical and astral plane - being more common on the latter, where they hunt down wayward spirits and drain them of their power, killing them and making the Nuckelavee stronger.
Appearance - Nuckelavee are technically only the rotting upper body of the victim of the execution, connected most commonly to horses, or another living being of equal levels of decay. They are usually in horrible shape, their limbs hanging on by loose strands of meat and torn tendons. Bones and exposed, bloody muscles are shown through their torn and shredded skin. The inside of their body and their eyes glow with a white light, the brightness of which usually depends on just how many spirits the Nuckelavee has drained.
Dimension Crossing: Nuckelavee can enter and leave the Astral Plane on a whim, appearing to teleport in white flashes when they do.
Power Draining: Nuckelavee are able to drain the power from other spirits by piercing them with their blades or hooking into them like they would a living person, causing the victim spirit no longer exist and making the Nuckelavee even stronger.
Supernatural Strength: Nuckelavee are very strong.
Supernatural Speed: Nuckelavee can move very fast when connected to a host body like the most common horse.
Corporeal: Unlike most spirits, they are corporeal.
Supernatural Agility: They can move with ease and grace, leaping over obstacles in their way with ease.
Osteokinesis: Nuckelavee are able to grow bone weaponry in the shapes of blades, hooks and spears to use from their body. Some can also grow armor on their human torso and their possessed lower body.
Possession/Assimilation: Due to their maddened state and traumatic origin, they target horses and “assimilate” them into their body, becoming one with the horse, which quickly rots and breaks down. They are also able to break off from the horse to possess other living beings - all of which rot and resemble the Nuckelavee exposed bone and muscle when it does. There are even rare accounts of them connecting with the backs of humans and “riding” the dead body like they would the more common horse.
Salt: Nuckelavee cannot cross lines of salt, but rather than burn them, it will throw them back.
Host Separation: Separating the spirit from its assimilated host will hinder its mobility greatly, causing it to have to walk on its hands or use its bone manipulation.
Dismemberment: Cutting a Nuckelavee into pieces again will render it immobile.
Iron Stake & Burn Remains: To kill one, one has to drive an iron nail, stake or weapon through its head after dismembering it, and then salt and burn the body.
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