The Baba Yaga
As a being of the Feywild and a especially supernatural creature of the world, the Baba Yaga is said to be able to take many forms, whether humanoid or beast, but is most often described and depicted as an human crone with long, wiry grey hair, covered in warts. The Baba Yaga's unassuming visage is often the catalyst for many of her tales in which her mistreatment by mortals leads to their sorrow, and is perhaps chosen as a cautionary parable to respect one's elders or that life is short-lived. When appearing as an animal The Baba Yaga is known to take the forms of black birds and ravenous wolves.
There are no known limitations to the Baba Yaga's power but there are certain spheres that she occupies and maintains, in the same way that perhaps the Endless preside over their domains. The Baba Yaga seems to only appear and interfere in the lives of those living in the rural areas of the world. Perhaps the on-goings in cities and larger townships make it more difficult for her to trample upon the livelihoods of mortals there, or because she acts as a kind of emissary of the untamed wilds and the unknowns that still reside in the world. The Baba Yaga can alter reality and does have great magical prowess when pressed, but most often she prefers to twist lives and wrinkle fate, often in a way that preys upon her victim's flaws and fears. While there are tales of the Baba Yaga eating children, who she seems to especially despise, this may simply be leaping connection to Hags which she is the grandmother of. Rarely has the Baba Yaga been recorded as outright killing mortals. Instead she prefers to see them die at the hands of those they have wronged or torn to shreds by wild animals. The Baba Yaga is known for many curses, most especially the curse of Lycanthropy which in the early eras of the world was often placed upon soldiers or mercenaries who raped women during their pillaging.
Apparel & Accessories
In many stories the Baba Yaga flies inside a giant mortar pestle, or upon a broomstick, which is where those instruments have often gained their reputation and connection to witchcraft, but the most notable object among the mythology of the Baba Yaga is her house which is said to travel on chicken legs. Because the Baba Yaga is associated with many creatures of the Feywilds and also many other creatures that cause misery, she is said to possess and bestow certain objects. These tales vary from culture to culture, but some of the artifacts that folk lore has recorded is a chest where she stores stolen shadows, a pair of silver scissors that can cut the life thread of any creature, a mirror that blinds anyone who looks upon it, a cauldron filled with the diseases of the world, bed sheets made of maiden's hair, and a spice box filled with ingredients that can cause or cure any curse.
- Divine Classification
- Supernatural Force
- Long, wiry, grey hair
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