Spirit of the Festive Season – The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future

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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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The Ice Cream Bunny – A Surreal Abomination for D&D 5th Edition

“Oh, here comes the Ice Cream Bunny!” – Rifftrax Live, 2015

Hailing from a demiplane known as “Pirate’s Land”, this creature is said to be lost to the ages.  After his comrades fought valiantly against a business-minded mousefolk (whose name cannot be addressed), he and his allies were scattered to the winds and fell to obscurity.  Now his kingdom in Florida is owned by his squeaky nemesis, and he was nowhere to be found…  But tales of his past encounters with St. Nicholas, the Duke of Winter began to surface.  As attention was brought to his past exploits, he began to surface once more as a mere shadow of his former glory.  Without a home and without a purpose, the Ice Cream Bunny wanders to places of joy and renders them mad.  However, this is not intentional, as he just wants to join the happiness.  In the end, he only spreads bedlam and terror wherever he travels.

An encounter with The Ice Cream Bunny is indeed a disturbing one.  Records of his past prove that he was an intimidating, but well intending creature.  Coupling that with his present mania makes him for a chilling foe.  And worst of all, he doesn’t realize he’s causing harm.  It’s hard to describe the Ice Cream Bunny, as many victims go insane upon getting too close to him.  He’s a white colored creature that looks more like a cartoon-like distortion of what someone would assume a rabbit looks like.  It’s questionable if this creature is even related to actual rabbits at all or is some monstrosity that just happens to have some minor resemblance.

AUTHOR’S NOTE:  I wanted to make an homage to this downright terrifying character from an awful movie.  Now, where did I see this holiday horror?  In both of Rifftrax’s take on Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny, of course!  Now, without the riffers doing their thing, the film is almost impossible to sit through.  With that, here’s my take on this long forgotten nightmare from Christmas Past! 

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