Valkyrie Bestiary

Doing Our Best to Care for the Fae

So, I met a puckwudgie

June 30, 2084

Wow! Two posts in one week. You’d think I had nothing better to do. In truth, I’ve been a bit overwhelmed, and this is the first chance I’ve had to get these ideas down. 

I want to ask about puckwudgies. Stories from First Nations lore are mixed. Pucks were once friendly little beings, if mischievous, and not unlike old world brownies. But something made pucks turn against humans. It’s not hard to imagine. Humans probably did what humans do best—hunted them. Now, most puckwudgie stories are cautionary tales that end with people falling off cliffs or sinking into quicksand.

I’ve been told that puckwudgies may have the following traits:

  • They can turn invisible, all the better to sneak into your home and leave the milk out to turn sour.
  • They can transform into any creature, but like the prickly porcupine form best.
  • They lure people to their deaths by trickery, and then control the souls of those they kill.
  • They can create fire at will (but so can I with a match).
  • They can commune with animals.

It’s that last trait that interested me. I could always use help talking to animals. And in my recent visit to a First Nations homestead, I had the dubious pleasure of meeting a puckwudgie. My hosts warned me not to interact with him, as if ignoring his existence would make him disappear. 

Those long-time readers of my blog will know that I’m not great at ignoring new creatures, no matter their reputation.

So now it seems I have a puckwudgie groupie. 

He’s camped outside my homestead right now. So I ask you, hive-mind. Yay or nay? Do I let the puck inside for tea and cookies?

Comments (4)

Nay! A puck stole my baby sister right from her crib and left a changeling baby in her place. The new monster baby cries all the time! 
JanetP898 (June 30, 2084)

          That’s just colic, dear. A tea blended from chamomile, licorice and lemon balm will clear that right up. 
(June 30, 2084)

Why not? What’s the worst that could happen?
poorrelation45 (June 30, 2084)

           Um, I don’t know. Death. Destruction. Sour milk?
(June 30, 2084)