Friday, October 15, 2010

Obscure Supernatural Heroes

Since it's Fall Break at my house (which means I have kidlets under foot, clamoring for constant entertainment) today's post is a little light and fun. Over on agent Lucienne Diver's blog is a guest post by Michele Lang called "To All the Ghouls I've Loved."

Michelle talks about how Halloween is a great time to consider the possibility of the more Halloween-y (my own word) potential heroes out there. She lists her Top 5: Angels, Demons, Werewolves, Vampires, and Zombies.

Those are all great, and they are also the ones that easily come to mind. So that puts the onus on me (onus = great word. Go look it up and use it this weekend, I dare you!) to come up with at least 5 different supernatural heroes. I'm up for the challenge, though. And for my list I'm digging into my research for my first MG novel, "The Spear of Victory."

Obscure Supernatural Heroes

1. Cat Sith/Cat Sidhe

A fairy creature from Scottish and Irish mythology, said to resemble a large black cat with a white spot on its breast. Some common folklore suggested that the Cait S├Čth was not a fairy, but a transformed witch. Just imagine the possibilities! Especially if it's a shape-changer (even better if it's a hot guy shape changer).

2. Bean-Fionn/Water Woman/Jenny Greentooth

This faery is very protective of children and a kiss from her renders a child almost indestructible. She has also been known to give directions to lost travelers. She will however, drown those who displease her or who hurt and abuse children. What a heroine! What if your MC is abused and gets help from this supernatural creature? (Just throwing out ideas.)

3. Blue men (not the Las Vegas group)

These supernatural sea creatures were said to live in underwater caves in the Minch, a straight between Lewis, Long Island and the Shiant Islands near Scotland. The Blue Men looked like humans with blue skins. They where infamous for swimming alongside passing ships, and attempting to wreck them by conjuring storms and by luring sailors into the water. If a captain wanted to save his ship he had to finish their rhymes and solve their riddles, and always make sure he got the last word. Some think the Blue Men may be Fallen Angels.

4. Mimi

Mimis are fairy-like beings of the Indigenous Australians of northern Australia. They are described as having extremely thin and elongated bodies, so thin as to be in danger of breaking in case of a high wind. To avoid this, they usually spend most of their time living in rock crevices. They are said to have taught the Aborigines how to hunt, prepare kangaroo meat and use fire. Believed to be trickster spirits, the Mimi disappear into the rock walls of caves and shelters and sometimes leave their shadows behind, which appear as paintings.

5. Kelpie

A supernatural Water elemental which takes the form of a horse, malevolent. They are Scottish water faeries. Usually they are seen as young horses, but sometimes they appear as hairy men. They haunt rivers and streams, letting men mount them and then riding off into the water, dunking them.

There's my list of obscure supernatural heroes, and yes, all of them are in my book.

What about you? Which supernaturals are your favorite?

1 comment:

L.T. Elliot said...

Okay, that is SO awesome that all of those are in your book! I was fascinated! Where did you begin your research for lore like that? How cool!