Fantasy Beasts was the popular vote for the first quarterly theme week. Gonna be fun! The beasts in question have been selected already and I hope you enjoy the brief break away from the daily kitties :3
this was just supposed to be a sketch but then I got carried away….a lot…but anyway I think this is the final design for my take on a Kelpie. I wanted it to be more monster like than they are usually depicted since they are demons that….disembowel children. At least in most cases. There are some nice ones in legends too so I wanna see how far I can take designing maybe like, different forms of them and stuff. As well as HOOMAN forms?? I dunno we’ll see.
Please me Parul, a young princess of the Sirenia Empire and the current ambassador to their new allies, the Clan of the Den-Tree. Awkward at first, Parul is finding it progressively easier to relax among her new friend. She loves dancing but feels she’s no good at it and gets embarrassed if anyone were to catch her dancing by herself at the rives edge.
She met Nirala the Kelpie Herder, at the river that breaks the border between the forest and the plains, as the Naiad lead her herd across the shallows where the large beasts are uncomfortable fully submerging themselves. Nirala is a part-dragon river spirit who hails from the Mists, lured away by a fellow child of the Mists, Alona, she brought her small herd with her to roam the rivers picking up dirt and scavenging around. While her Kelpies move and hunt, they push the currents they have melded with, kicking up loose dirt and herding fish. Nirala, moving in the currents behind them, will pick up interesting items she finds in the river, bringing them to the clan.
Parul was enamored at first sight. As Nirala passed the same spot at a set time every other day, Parul began to wait for her and talk with her. Nirala even began waiting for Parul in turn, taking breaks at a specific spot, excited to hear more stories from the young Guardian. As Parul got close to Nirala she increasingly ended up butting heads with the only male Kelpie and Nirala’s right-hand-man in the herd, Ekuriv. Literally, at one point. She headbutt him when he charged at her and got in her face. The two girls still laugh about it, tho Parul made Nirala swear secrecy, getting embarrassed at the idea of that story getting spread around.
The Kelpie is a shape-shifting water spirit inhabiting the rivers and ponds of Scotland. It has been described as appearing like that of a horse, but is also able to adopt the form of a man or a woman. This human body is often regarded as extremely beautiful and perfect all around, but there are some accounts that state that the kelpie sometimes retains some of its true horse features while in this form. Sometimes the hooves remain on the feet or hands, and sometimes the entire lower half of the body looks like that of a horse. They are also described as having hair that resembles seaweed and other aquatic plants. It is this noticeable feature that often gives away the monsters secret.
While in full horse form, the Kelpie attempts to lure unsuspecting people (often children) onto its back as if to let them ride it. Once seated, the rider becomes stuck to the Kelpies skin and is unable to remove themselves from its back . The Kelpie then runs towards a lake, pond, or river where it proceeds to drown the victim and eventually eat them. The best way to recognize that the Kelpie is more than a normal horse (in order to avoid an untimely death) is to look at its hooves. While in its true form, all four hooves of the creature are turned backwards.
Kelpies were also known to occasionally mate with normal horses. When this act occurred and offspring were produced, the resulting progeny would be black as the night and impervious to drowning. They would also have extremely short ears (uncommon for a horse), lack all ability to shape shift, and lack any desire to consume the flesh of its victims.
Some legends claim that you can kill a Kelpie with a silver bullet or spear. Once the skin is penetrated by the silver object, the Kelpie would melt into a jelly-like substance and dissolve back into the water never to be seen again.