The Kelpie, also know as the “Water Horse” is a malevolent shapeshifter that inhabits lakes, swamps, and peat-bogs throughout the British Isles, but primarily in Scotland and Ireland. It most often takes the form of a horse with some aquatic features but have been know to take the form of a beautiful woman as well and their skin is always deathly cold to the touch and their hair is constantly dripping regardless of from. Kelpie prey on unwary travelers, using their ability to shapeshift and their natural illusion magic to lure their victims into the water where they drown and eat them.
Since the dawning of the Industrial Age, Kelpie populations have been in decline and are now limited to a few fae-heritage sites in Scotland and Ireland where their contact with humans can be restricted.
Special thanks to the lovely and talented Kristina (who gave me the idea), who I now suspect of actually being a Kelpie herself.
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^ This is so awesome :)