Bestiarum Vocabulum: Will-o’-the-Wisp

I just can’t help but re-blog this, for fairly obvious reasons.

Lita Burke

The Bestiarum Vocabulum is the wizard’s encyclopedia of faerie beasties and mundane crossovers living in the lake and forest near Lita’s castle.

Will-o'-the-wisp Will-o’-the-wisp

will-o’-the-wisp[wil ə ðə ˈwisp]noun, c.1660; means “Will of the wisp” from the masculine proper name William + wisp, a bundle of straw used as a torch; also will-o-wisp,foolish fire,chir batti, hinkypunk, pixy-light, corpse light.

  1. Denizen of the Clockpunk Wizard world.
  2. A malicious sentient magical creature that lives in fens and marshes. It consolidates the rotting magic from decaying plant and animal matter, and burns the fouled magic with a weak light. It craves living flesh, and a group of will-o’-the-wisps can strip a living animal to the bone within minutes. Wizards and sorceresses can counter a will-o’-the-wisp’s appetite by giving it a small metal object soaked with human magic.
  3. Personages: The hungry sisters in the Murphy (“Wrong”) Swamp on Hurt Isle in Ephraim’s…

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2 responses to “Bestiarum Vocabulum: Will-o’-the-Wisp

  1. I had no idea. Thanks for enlightening me. Interesting stuff!

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  2. Well, there you go! 🙂

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