It is not certain if these spirits are of the deceased or the emotion of yuletide joy that persists after one is lost. Perhaps they’re not even ghosts at all, but a powerful embodiment of the season itself! Perhaps they’re divided courts of the fey, likely a Winter Court. It is quite likely that they’re spiritual manifestations of Celestials and Fiends, who take a different role in good and evil. No matter their origin, these beings are dedicated to their cause of taking part in a yuletide celebration. All of these spirits are decorated with assorted garb. Crowns of wreaths, fanciful ball costumes, monk robes, simple cloth, peasantry garments, regal/noble outfits, etc. It’s rare that any two spirits at all resemble each other. In fact, they often go out of the way to look different from each other.
Their other reason for appearing, beyond overseeing festivities, is to visit those in dire need. In the case of good spirits, they lead the subject on the right path through showing them the error of their ways. In other cases, they give rewards to the just and noble. In the case of bad spirits, they torment souls who have dared to stray away from the spirit of the season, rendering them horrified or mad. Or even worse, they might even further a victim’s descent into damnation. No matter the case, they materialize during season festivities and carry a certain power allowing them to perform incredible feats.
All are tied to a point in time, capable of incredible feats of divination and conjuration. Memories of the past, mirrors of the present and visions of the future. When such abilities prove to be not enough, they are even capable of gathering more spirits to aid them.
Author’s Note: Faith from Brynvalk is hosting RPG Blog Carnival and I’m more than happy to contribute again! Last year, it was all about the faerie folk. This year? Literature. So, with a dash of “novel inspiration”, I’m focusing on Gothic literature (and some related genres and authors, like more Lovecraft!) For starters, I’m going to do something in the name of the yuletide season and make a semi-modular creature based on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”. I might do one more entry to fit the general season, who knows? (That said, I’m busy with work being a real pain, so it’s hard to say. Hopefully, I won’t delay too much. We’ll see!!)
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