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(Alternate names/commonly mistaken for: kelpie, strömkarlen, nix, grindylow. Not to be confused with sprites, water elementals, mermaids, hags, and nymphs, which never take horse form and appear to be female)
Breeding: Fossegrims die in captivity within days; only males ever found, no
breeding threatsAppearance: Alternately an eerily beautiful (according to all witnesses; see
Appendices: Attractiveness, Relativity and Inability to Categorize, Section 2.56)
nude man or a white horse.
Myths: Can be killed by speaking its name. (Uncomfirmed, since a fossegrim name
has never been obtained in advance of finding one or ahead of a natural death
due to captivity.) Will occasionally leave river life to marry a mortal woman.
(Unconfirmed.) Sometimes teaches violin lessons if approached with the correct
gifts, though the types of gifts vary depending on the account. (Unconfirmed
despite repeated attempts with agents sitting on suspect riverbanks with musical
instruments. See Appendices: Capture, Attempts at 7.964.)
Facts: Occasionally seen with a violin playing entrancing music (but only in man
form, as horses are incapable of playing violins). Found near running water,
typically favoring waterfalls. Targets men, women, and children; seems to favor
Dangers: Though anecdotal evidence claims fossegrims are occasionally benign,
their main interaction with humans consists of luring them into the water and
drowning them. Never engage a fossegrim in the water (see Appendices: Agents,
Violent and Avoidable Deaths of, 2.98). Capture/neutralization procedure consists
of careful damming of suspect stretches of water. Non-lethal neutralization not
an option. Fossegrim procedure currently under review, Charter Section 92.5.42,
subsection D, pending further regulation on Necessary Cruelty clauses.
Information contributed by Evelyn age 15 (please see Appendices Catalog,
Section 7, for details on glamour-piercing abilities), transcribed from the
original audio: Fossegrims? They’re kind of like hags, right? Only sometimes they
kiss you. Which, can you imagine kissing a hag? I need to go wash my brain out with
bleach now. What were we talking about? No, I’ve never seen a fossegrim in person.
I don’t know if they have glamours. Aren’t they supposed to be really handsome?
But also sometimes horses? Make up your minds, fossegrims. Either be a hot guy or
a horse. Don’t be both. What? You stay on topic. I’m hungry.
Evie finally has the normal life she’s always longed for. But she’s shocked to discover that being ordinary can be . . . kind of boring. Just when Evie starts to long for her days at the International Paranormal Containment Agency, she’s given a chance to work for them again. Desperate for a break from all the normalcy, she agrees.But as one disastrous mission leads to another, Evie starts to wonder if she made the right choice. And when Evie’s faerie ex-boyfriend Reth appears with devastating revelations about her past, she discovers that there’s a battle brewing between the faerie courts that could throw the whole supernatural world into chaos. The prize in question? Evie herself.
So much for normal.
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