DM-Nastics #116: Mysterious Myths and Legendary Legends Mar 13, 2018 0:32:35 GMT joatmoniac, rorrik, and 1 more like this
Post by 00dlez on Mar 13, 2018 0:32:35 GMT
The Icewind's Guide
On the coldest and darkest nights of the year, especially nights around the winter solstice, The Icewind's Guide roams the woods of the Northlands. The creature seeks out the desperate and lost - particularly during brutal winter storms - and seeks to guide them to safety or provide them with aid (gifts of food, pulling a sled of hide blankets, etc).
Though initially terrifying in appearance to travelers, and doubly so to those who do not identify it as The Icewind's Guide, the creature is entirely good natured and helpful. It's glowing red eyes pierce through the winter's darkness and the crystalline/icy body makes it very difficult to see in the snow.
Tales of The Icewind's Guide have persisted for centuries, and like with most creatures of legend and myth, the true history is hotly debated. However, the most commonly retold origin story is that The Icewind's Guide was once a elf - a hermit druid named Boh'Reah who would only leave his hermitage
during the most terrible winter storms, known colloquially as an Icewind (so named for the stiff winds and driving hail and snow). During one such storm that had lasted nearly a week, Boh'Reah wandered the woods and encountered a man huddled beneath the tattered remains of a tent. The man was sobbing uncontrollably, clutching the corpse of his slowly dying sled dog.
Boh'Reah considered what he was seeing and realized that the storms that provided him with the solitude and experience of raw nature that he craved quite likely lead to scenes like the one before him often. Heartbroken, he approached the man to offer him what food he had. With the Icewind howling all around, Boh'Reah took the man's dog, and through force of will he melded his spirit with that of the dog's and the power of the Icewind. The result, the crystalline beast pictured above.