A cousin of the Kelpie, the Ceffyl Dŵr is native to Wales and, just as its cousin is, is able to shapeshift. There is some regional variation - in North Wales the Ceffyl Dŵr is distinctly more malevolent, and willing to cause harm, while in South Wales the creature is more friendly, and generally nothing more then a pest. The reason for these variations is uncertain, but it s believed that certain actions by wixes in South Wales has long ago won the kindness of the Ceffyl Dŵr which live there.
Ceffyl Dŵr shapeshifting is more limited in size than Kelpies, but less in form, with Ceffyl Dŵr more than able to grow wings as they chose, or evaporate into mist. This they use a lot in their chosen homes, most usually mountain pools and waterfalls, as the ability makes their movement much easier.
Sometimes Ceffyl Dŵr have been known to kill people -by trampling those on the pathways they frequent, or by convincing someone to ride them, only to drown them, or take to the air only to turn to mist and doom the foolish rider. However like with Kelpies they can be tamed by use of a well placed Bridle, though it is much harder
Alternate Names: Each
Uisge (Related), Nakk (Related) / Mist Horse, Mist Kelpie, Fog Mare
Mythology (but wanabee-kelpies are from all over Europe), Ceffyl Dwr is from Welsh
Large, the same size as a horse
Misty swamps and lakes, rivers and streams
In Mythika: Kelpies
are green water horses with limited shapeshift abilities, they can shift into
the form of a beautiful white horse to lure humanoids on its back for a ride,
then they jump into their lake and drown the victims with their kelp-like manes
which can animate. In their true form they look horrifying with large fangs,
wide maws, weed and kelp like manes and tails and slimy skin. Kelpie often team
up with other evil Fae-like beasts such as Rusalka
Dwr (Third Picture) are more powerful Kelpie species that can summon thick fog,
become mist themselves and who are strictly carnivorous. These horrid swamp
horse monsters can use the mist to create the illusion they are beautiful but
underneath their mist hides horrifying features. They sometimes team up with
other mist-based creatures such as Brollachan, Fear Liath and
Asdeev Dragons, they sometimes let Vodyanoi ride them. A favorite strategy of them
is letting their prey ride them, then fly up and turn into mist so their victim
falls towards its death.
“The bäckahäst or bækhest (translated as the brook horse) is a mythological horse in Scandinavian folklore. It has a close parallel in the Scottish kelpie, and the Welsh Ceffyl Dŵr.
“It was often described as a majestic white horse that would appear near rivers, particularly during foggy weather. Anyone who climbed onto its back would not be able to get off again. The horse would then jump into the river, drowning the rider. The brook horse could also be harnessed and made to plough, either because it was trying to trick a person or because the person had tricked the horse into it.”