Kryptids Oracle Deck

The Kryptids Oracle Deck has been intuited for The Enchanted Annex by Anna Curtis & Hayley Griffiths. This deck has been designed to be used intuitively and contains 25 distinctive Kryptid cards, with more information below.

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Aspidochelone

Watch your defences

In ancient Greece there was a large and dangerous sea monster called the Aspidochelone. The people who described it for centuries probably just saw a whale or giant sea turtle, but in their imaginations it was a fearsome beast and a mythical animal that killed sailors and destroyed their ships.

The name Aspidochelone seems to come from the combination of the Greek words aspis, which means “asp” or “shield,” and chelone – turtle. According to the Physiologus, a didactic Christian text from the 2nd century AD, that was written or compiled in Greek by an unknown author, the Aspidochelone is a sea creature, described as a large whale or vast sea turtle. No matter what it was, for the people who saw it, it looked like a giant sea monster with huge spines on the ridge of its back. In medieval bestiaries, it is always described as being huge, and often it was first mistaken for an island or a rock.

According to the legend which appears in most of texts mentioning the Aspidochelone, sailors thought that the mythical animal was an island, landed there and then built a fire to cook their food. With time the creature dived into the depths to cool itself – dragging the ship down with it and drowning the sailors.


Banshee

Release

Dictionary definition: (in Irish legend) A female spirit whose wailing warns of a death in a house usually by wailing, shrieking, or keening.The Banshee is associated with all the noble families of Ireland including the MacCarthys, McGraths, O’Neills, O’Rileys, O’Sullivans, O’Reardons, O’Flahertys. The banshee stays with the family and their descendants even if they lose their position in society and reduced to the ranks of the poor.

Some mythology claims she only appears as a woman with long dark hair & torn blood stained clothing others that Banshee usually come in three of many forms, the first being a young woman, the second being a rich middle-aged lady or matron, and the third being of a fragile old woman. Another time they are seen as a washing woman, where she is apparently seen washing the bloodstains out of the fated person clothes.


Barghest

Fears Faced

The derivation of the word barghest is disputed. Ghost in the north of England was once pronounced guest, and the name is thought to be burh-ghest: town-ghost. Others explain it as German Berg-geist (mountain spirit), or Bär-geist (bear-spirit), in allusion to its alleged appearance at times as a bear. Another mooted derivation is ‘Bier-Geist’, the ‘spirit of the funeral bier’.

One of many Black Dogs of English and European myth, the Barghest can be small as a bull mastiff or as big as a bear. Covered in shaggy black fur, it has long fangs, pointed piercing claws, straight sharp horns, a firm bushy tail, and fiery red eyes. Seen around the northern English counties of Yorkshire, Durham, and Northumberland, it only appears at night in specific locations, primarily fishing villages and churchyards. It is also sometimes described as a huge bear, a headless man or woman, or even a white rabbit, similar to the one Alice followed. The Barghest drags a clanking chain behind it, sometimes wrapping its body in it. The sighting of a Barghest is a guaranteed portent of disaster and misfortune. It is also known to be a shape shifter appearing as any form which will strike fear into a human

 


Beast of Bodmin Moor

Be careful who you trust

In British folklore, the Beast of Bodmin Moor, is a phantom wild cat purported to live in Cornwall, South West Britain.

According to Cornwall Guide, ‘There is no doubt that Bodmin Moor is a creepy place. Should you happen to find yourself alone there as dusk is falling, try not to think about the layers of legend, horror and mystery associated with this wild and rugged landscape, and in particular, whatever you do, try not to let your mind dwell on The Beast.

The Beast is the result of some sixty sightings of a black panther-like big cat, supposedly three to five feet long and sporting white-yellow eyes, combined with numerous reports of mutilated livestock. The evidence was robust enough that in 1995 the government ordered an official investigation into the existence of such a beast. The report finally concluded that there was no verifiable evidence of a big cat on Bodmin Moor, although it was careful to state that there was no evidence against it, either.

Shortly after the report was published the public were flabbergasted when a small boy found a leopard skull lying on the banks of the River Fowey. Big cat speculation reached fever pitch. Had it escaped from a nearby zoo? Was it the author of the mutilations?

The Natural History Museum, boringly, soon found the leopard skull to have been imported into this country as part of a leopardskin rug.

Once again, the controversy died down. Although sightings were still reported with reasonable regularity, until, in 1998, video footage was released that clearly showed a black animal, probably a big cat, around three and a half feet long. The video, described by curator of Newquay Zoo and wild cat expert as ‘the best evidence yet’ that big cats do indeed roam Bodmin Moor, was part of another batch of information submitted to the government by local MP Paul Tyler.

Theories abound. If it does exist (and many swear it does), perhaps the animal is a big cat that escaped a zoo or a private collection and was not reported because it had been imported illegally, a hypothesis rejected by scientists on the grounds that the numbers needed to sustain a breeding population would be too large for the food supply. Some believe the animal is a species of wild cat that is believed to have become extinct in Britain more than a hundred years ago. Some, after reading reports not just of hissing and growling but of sounds like a woman screaming, are inclined to blame the paranormal. Meanwhile, the sightings continue’


Bunyip

Use our integrity

 


Chupacabra

Hold on

 


Cornish Piskie

Humour with respect

 


Deer Woman

Reaction to attraction

 


Fairy

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

 


Fresno Nightcrawler

Perception or deception

 


Grootslang

Treasures are closer than you think

 


Hopkins Goblin

Power in numbers

 


Jackalope

Beware the meek

 


Jersey Devil

Judgement

 


Kraken

Swallow your pride

The great leviathan of the deep originating in Scandinavian folklore, the kraken is usually depicted as an aggressive cephalopod-like creature capable of destroying entire ships and dragging sailors to their doom.

In ancient Greece, Aristotle and Pliny wrote about teuthos (squid). There’s the Scylla in the Odyssey and similar myths from the Caribbean (Lusca), Japan (Akkorokamui) and New Zealand (Te Wheke-a-Muturangi).

Hades states that the Kraken is his child and only he is feeding off the destruction. Zeus tries to remind him who’s in charge, but Hades uses his power to halt Zeus, which is enough to weaken the God King. Hades asserts that he serves no one, especially after Zeus wrongfully banished him to the Underworld.

What is believed happened in reality is that the partially digested or rotted remains of giant squid and large octopus were washing up on beaches and people were starting to guess what they might be.

In Norway, the kraken myth grew and such washed-up specimens were interpreted as messages from God or the Devil, sometimes called sea angels, sea devils or sea monks.

These things happened separately and people around the world came up with similar answers and mythologies – a case of convergent evolution in myth form.


Lilitu

Embrace freedom

 


Loch Ness Monster

Endurance is key

 


Mongolian Death Worm

Don’t lose yourself

 


Sasquatch

Focus

 


Shadow People

Watch and learn

 


Siren

Seduction

 


Tazelwurm

Stealth and cunning

 


Thunderbird

Vengeance at cost

 


Wendigo

Needs must be met

 


Yeti

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