The wendigo is a fearsome creature of uncertain origins, though they are commonly believed to have once been people consumed by an ancient force. They are solitary creatures most often found in far, isolated ranges of wilderness where they range vast tracts of territory and will prey on almost anything that becomes available. It is said that wendigo haunt foot trails in the deep wilderness, and will stray even inward to civilization in hard times.
Wendigo vary in appearance, though they most commonly appear as grotesque, partially self-cannibalized elk or wolf headed beings with emaciated, humanoid bodies which appear more dead than alive. Antlers and twisted bone growths have been reported in most reliable accounts of encounters with these creatures.
Creatures of insatiable hunger, nearly all wendigo will eventually devour their own lips and cheeks from ceaseless gnawing. They are bold creatures, willing to openly attack even moderately sized groups. When circumstances allow, wendigo have been known not to immediately kill their victims; instead crippling their prey to be kept alive for further feeding.
Event Guidelines -
- At present, there is no known way to kill the creature.
- Due to a not yet identified cause, wounds inflicted by a wendigo’s scratch or bite will not heal naturally. They will cause rapid onset of illness in humans, witches, and skinwalkers. While they will not typically cause illness in werewolves or vampires, they will not heal of their own accord. Witches are unable to heal these wounds, and as of yet no cure has been discovered.
- It is unknown if there is a single creature, or several.
- Characters may encounter the wendigo anywhere in the forest regions or near the outskirts of town, though chances of such increase drastically near the abandoned mines.