So fantasy and mythology are full of signs that spirits are angry or demons are approaching are whatever, and it’s a great trope that I really like seeing, but all the signs are things like too much rain, not enough animals wandering by, crops failing, etc. Which is great for rural-ish agricultural societies, but I want to see this trope moved into city settings.
I want denizens of a city to know a demon is active near their town because all neighborhood businesses start closing down, water mains keep bursting, and there are power outages everywhere.
I want fairies who move all the Divvies just before rush hour and fill the alderman’s office with forged paperwork from the IRS. Who, when they’re appeased with gifts of bus cards and McDonald’s, will turn on the air conditioning in your house when you leave work, let in your Peapod driver and put away your groceries, take in your dry cleaning, and run your Roomba silently while you sleep.
I want shamans journeying into service tunnels to appease angry gods who have made all the buses late, emptied all the ATMs, and waylaid grocery delivery trucks on their way to the city’s stores.