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Boonie: Taming Tempers The Broonie, as its known as by locals, is a small magical creature, often considered of the fae, that have permanently settled in the Everfree Forest. They are short critters with chubby hedgehog-like bodies and long, pointed bat-like ears that sit about the size of a squirrel and are known for their habit of invading the local homes of those that live too close to the Everfree. They are known to camouflage themselves in fallen leaves and hurry into homes as they brush out the leaves during the turning seasons and whenever things become lost in the home one could be assured it was like the mischief of a Broonie as they love collecting bits and bobs left unguarded around a pony's home. When milk or cream is left out for the Broonie they return the favor by cleaning the hearth and home, sweeping it clean making the spring cleaning much easier, but Broonie's have a darker side to them! The little Fae are notoriously short tempered and if offended in any way they have been known to knock over mason jars full of preserves, spill grain and even tip over dishes and plates, shattering them about. The only way to be rid of an angry Broonie is to have a local medicine woman break the curse with herbs and springs, forcing it to leave the home forever. Once a Broonie is cast from a home it can never return to leave its good tidings. It is always difficult to understand the ways of Fae, but one thing easy to understand is a Broonie's temper is not easily tamed as their good nature is. - Haunted Paths Across Equus, a Pocket Guide
Balayan: Fur of Ash Deep in Mount Vukizo sleeps legend of a bat whose fur is made of ash. It is believed in ancient times that the Veld was lush with forest and woodland. While there is no evidence of such stories from the scientific community: the Taraju speak of a great bat who had wings as wide as a griffon, with a body as long as a sea serpent. The Balayan was a stubborn creature who would never leave his forests because they were warm and wet. It is said that his brother had become upset of Balayan constantly hiding in his woods and would ask him to visit ever day. Balayan refused and every day his brother would call to him again. Finally Balayan replied to his brother that he would not leave his woods because his brother's home was too dry and invited his brother to, instead, come and visit. But this enraged his brother who, feeling that Balayan was arrogant in thinking his home was best, would call his friends to chase Balayan from his home. Balayan hid in the deep woods and fled his pursuers, but when they lit a fire to clear some of the trees the fires ran out of control and burned all of the trees across the Veld. Balayan was not found and it was aid all that remained was a pile of ash. Many speak of the great bat of ash who comes down from the snow capped mountains in search for his pursuers. Offerings are left at the base of the mountains in hopes to appease the spirit so that the dormant volcano would never wake to seek revenge on the ancestors of his pursuers that live in the Veld to this day. - Haunted Paths Across Equus, a Pocket Guide
Burhgest: Alone in the Woods Everfree is a haven full of magical oddities and abnormal curiosities that have existed long before the construction of Ponyville. Everfree’s rampant growth across the Heartland of Central Equestria was only recently put in check. And even still that “recent” was about a thousand years ago. From the small and humble Cokatrice to the frightening, magic-born Owlbear: there was never a dull moment in the self sustaining forest. It was once home to a pair of young mares who soon became the leaders of Canterlot, but long before their arrival and since before antiquity: the woods have been home to many horrifying beasts. Passing tribes, one of which has built a permanent settlement on its fringes, knew never to stay long for there was one creature who had a habit of meeting ponies… and their vanishing coming not long after. The Burhgest, was its name. Its appearance was considered an omen to travellers. Those to spot it while journeying through the Everfree were doomed to never escape its clutches. The only way to prevent a Burhgest from leading you away was to offer it a ride, but in doing so one risked traveling through the most dangerous parts of Everfree. Some say the only way to prevent a Burhgest from following a caravan was to carry a rope of rattling bells, which was why many farmers leading their cows or sheep to new grazing would attach bells to their necks. As the nomadic pony tribes unified and settled into cities and towns on the outskirts of the Everfree sightings of the Burhgest dwindled. But it did not mean its existence completely vanished from the memory of ponies. Even today stories of the entity permeates through tales of shadow, faceless visitors that stand upon the wood’s edge, staring into the paths into town, waiting for one foolish pony to offer it a ride in… for the Burhgest could not leave its territory, unless somepony was foolish enough to lead it into town… What does the Burhgest look like? Some say it looks like a shadowy pony who carries an unlit lantern. Others have claimed it take the shape of a gangly, black dog and others have claimed it a pack of black rats. Whatever shape the Burhgest takes one can be assured it is not safe alone in those woods in which we call Everfree. - Haunted Paths Across Equus, a Pocket Guide
Ijiroc: Phantom in Snow Far in the heartland of the north, deep in the forests of Whitescar, there is a creature known as Ijiroc. Native Caribou have passed this story down for generations, a creature having existed long before tribes had formed. The Ijiroc is said to live between this world and the next, forever stepping between the seen world and the invisible world. For Caribou seeing the Ijiroc is an omen. Places in which it walks are said to yield no life. There is nothing to gather or to hunt. The Ijiroc also has no true presence. Upon sighting the creature one could be assured it had been watching you the entire time you have been near and by. One cannot pursue or follow the Ijiroc once it decides to flee, for it becomes like a mirage, reappearing and vanishing at will. If it has a will left that is... The Ijiroc is said to have once been a Caribou itself. A great warrior that stalked the lands looking for trolls and mountain ogres to challenge. It is said the Caribou had traveled beyond the mountains, into the white abyss that swallows the Spine of the World Serpent. Many Caribou still hold superstitions of traveling to the Spine, in fear they too would become like the Ijiroc. Those who seek to travel to the lands which Ijiroc make its home become lost. Even the most skilled navigators lose their way and become prey to the deep, white walls of snow of the Spine. If traveling through the forest and you see its ethereal markings glowing from the wall of snows that trail along the base of the Spine, be sure to never turn your back to it, or to follow it. No one Caribou is sure, but perhaps there is not just one Ijiroc roaming the forests of snow and mist... - Haunted Paths Across Equus, a Pocket Guide