So to follow Goblinweek and Witch Week, it is now Mythology Week!
In the interest of being as obscure as possible, this is me as a fusion of a nattramn and a valravn - two raven-themed beasts from Scandinavian mythology.
The nattramn is a Swedish critter that is believed to be the spirit of a dead, unbaptised child left to die in the woods (an apparently common enough practise that Scandinavian folklore has multiple kinds of dead-child-spirits) - they fly at night and their cry is like the creak of a creaky wagon-wheel.
The valravn is a Danish creature - a creepy shape-shifter thought to be born when a raven eats the bodies of battlefield-dead. They are restless souls in search of redemption, but the only way for them to slip out of their animal shape is to devour the heart of a child, after which they can shape-shift into knights. … I imagine it’s kinda hard to find redemption when you’ve been eating children, but hey, that’s folklore for you.