Lily the Snow Demon
To some, she is a fearsome nightmare. To others, a local legend.
The demon is coming for me. I can hear her sniffling at the door, pawing at the windows. She haunts my every dream, and I can feel her stalking me. How am I to make a living if I cannot leave this house? But perhaps it doesn't matter. She will make a move soon, and only one of us will survive it. I'm almost ready to go out to meet her. She deserves her revenge, and me... I just want it to end.Named after a late consort of King Erik of Rhovan, Lily the Snow Demon was a particularly vicious and cunning alpine cat that terrorized Rhovan's capital city in the spring of 980 DE. While naturally territorial and aggressive, alpine cats do not typically venture into towns and cities. And while they may attack livestock during particularly harsh winters, they do not often attack humans, unless said humans venture into the cat's territory, far up in the mountain range. So while the alpine cat is a feared predator of Rhovan and Necros, typically only those wandering the mountainside need worry about them.Excerpt of a letter from a known harvester
The cat managed to force her way into the homes of some of her victims. One, it attacked in an alleyway, leaving bits of the poor man strewn from one end of the alley to the other. Despite this mess and the inevitable noise, no one reported seeing the large cat. She was finally caught at a potion and supplies shop, which she had all but destroyed, busting down the door, tearing through inventory, and shattering expensive ingredients. A nearby neighbor heard some noise and came to investigate. Far in the back of the shop, in the storage area, she found the massive cat, coated in blood and howling into the night.
But in the spring of 980 DE one alpine cat not only managed to sneak into the capital city, but proceeded to go on a killing spree that had much of the city searching for the ellusive predator. Lily murdered 6 Rhovani citizens in an extremely violent manner before being captured.
Blood and viscera splattered the walls, everywhere. The body was so mangled, we only knew the attacker to be a cat by the bloody paw prints left in its wake.
I'm not sure what compelled me forward that night. Everyone knows to stay far away from the snow devils. But her cries broke my heart. I still hear them. I edged in, quiet as I could, to find her wrapped around a small, dead alpine cub.City guards arrived on the scene and captured the alpine cat with the help of a witch who was able to sedate the poor beast. They found the remains of the apothecary and his girlfriend in the living quarters above the shop. No one really knows why, but King Erik arrived on the scene that night, before a decision could be made regarding the cat's fate. When he questioned the identity of all the cat's victims and examined the scene, he declared justice to have been served and demanded the cat's freedom. What's more, King Erik escorted the giant cat outside the city, hand in her fur and her leaning into him as though she were some gentle, domesticated dog. Lily has not been seen since.
About the NameNo one is really sure who started calling the alpine cat Lily, but it started sometime during the retelling of the event. Some joke that the spirit of the king's late consort resides in the cat. Whether this is a compliment or criticism depends on who says it. The moniker Lily the Snow Demon refers to the fact that alpine cats are also referred to as snow devils, as well as this particular one's lethality.
Only King Erik could love someone so dangerous.