Kelpie

Also known as Kelpy

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  • Celtic Celtic (culture)
  • Aquatic Aquatic (attribute)
  • Mount Mount (attribute)
  • Deadly Deadly (behaviour)
  • Water Horses Water Horses (common type)

A mystical Water Horse of Celtic myth. It is white and can take the form of a shaggy-haired human. Usually it appears as an innocent horse. Whenever someone attempted to ride the horse it would run into a nearby stream or lake and disappear under water with its rider and devour him at leisure. At other times it would appear as a human and ambush riders by jumping on their back and frightening them to death or squeezing them to death. Whoever was able to subdue the beast could keep this magical horse. Once a man of a Graham family was able to do this and used the Kelpie to build a castle. After that he released the Kelpie that cursed his whole family. The curse continued to the end of their line. Before storms the Kelpie could be heard wailing.

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