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Svečnik

Svečnik

“Desperation led us to take on a cheap job dealing with the monastery’s irregular bookkeeping. Late that night, Plamena was squinting at a column of numbers. The candle guttered and died, and she cast light upon the sconce. Then they were all around us, consuming the library in flame.”

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Bolotnik

Bolotnik

“He was collecting rushes when something exploded at his feet. He reeled – and it pulled him under the water. There was nothing I could do. And every night, I hear him calling again…”

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Şüräle

Şüräle

“This is a dreadful, a very unpleasant thing.
“Its nose is bowed and crooked entirely like a fishing-hook,
“The arms are not equal, the feet are like branches and boughs (?).
“Its sunken eyes sparkle and glare- It is dreadful if you see it, not only at night but even in broad day.
“It is all nude, quite delicate (?); but it has the shape of man,
“On its forehead it has a horn of the length of a middle finger. Its fingers are not crooked, they are all straight,
“Very unpleasant, each one longer than half a yard.”

Gabdulla Tuqaj, “The Forest-Demon”
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The Hunger Grass

The Hunger Grass

“Oh no – you don’t want to travel these plains without extra rations. Even if you can make it to the next village when it’s still light. I lost five friends for want of some hardtack biscuits and jerky. Sure, I’ll tell you – just watch your feet.”

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Preglavica (Trouble)

Preglavica

“On the first day, Mariana walked into the field; she came back sightless. The second day, Grigor did the same, and he ran back with a broken arm. The third day, it was Valka, and she came back fine… but all she does now is stare into the fire.”

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Bayechnik

Bayechnik

“Olaf never knew when to stop. After a few drinks, chopping up a few goblins turns into an epic battle against fire-breathing ogres. Each night, the men at the end of our bed keep coming, but Olaf can’t tell them damn truth. Gods help us.”

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Bannik (Slavic) (Labyrinth Lord)

No. Encountered: 1
Alignment: Chaotic
Move: 60’ (20’)
Armor Class: 5
Hit Dice: 2
Attacks: 2 (claws)
Damage: 1D4/1D4
Save As: D2
Morale: 6
Hoard Class: XXII
XP Value: 29
Humanoid


The bathhouse is an important part of Slavic life, being a site not just for personal cleanliness, but for socialization and healthy living. Yet it was also considered a place for magic, spiritual pollution, and danger – whether physical or spiritual. The bannik is a source of the latter.

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Perditii — Daniel Harms

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Date:  July 17, 2015, 15:45:33
From:  [email protected]
To:  [email protected]
Subject: REDACTEDThe gist of your report:  Subject wandered away from her hiking group on July 10.  Extensive ground and air search over fifty miles turned up nothing.  Body was found seventeen miles away on July 14, three hundred feet from an inhabited cabin.  Autopsy shows abrasions on arms and legs.  Death consistent with dehydration, even though this area is filled with lakes and streams.

Why didn’t she seek shelter?  Or call for help?  Or even take a damn drink?

And what about the other three bodies from the last ten years?

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