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Tales of Cold Claws and Icy Hearts

Now that the Death Toll contest is over...

(View the COURT for the results)

it is time to have another competition. 

Since we are now in winter....

we are proud to open up submissions for the

Wendigo

 

TALES OF COLD CLAWS & ICY HEARTS

 

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THE PRIZE:     Wind Walker ensemble
CATEGORY:    Ritual tools / Oracles
ORIGIN:          Great Wilds of Canada
 

DETAILS:   The Wendigo  is a mythical creature appearing in the mythology of the Algonquian people. It is a malevolent cannibalistic spirit into which humans could transform, or which could possess humans. Those who indulged in cannibalism were at particular risk,[ and the legend appears to have reinforced this practice as taboo. They were strongly associated with the Winter, the North, and coldness, as well as with famine and starvation.  It is claimed by some occultists that Ithaqua the Wind Walker, one of the Great Old Ones, is the master of the Wendgio.  The entity appears as a horrifying giant with a roughly human shape and glowing red eyes. He has been reported from as far north as the Arctic to the Sub-Arctic, where Native Americans first encountered him. He is believed to prowl the Arctic waste, hunting down unwary travelers and slaying them gruesomely.

Wendigos are said to be beings with hearts of ice encased in a monstrous form: The Wendigo was gaunt to the point of emaciation, its desiccated skin pulled tautly over its bones. With its bones pushing out against its skin, its complexion the ash gray of death, and its eyes pushed back deep into their sockets, the Weendigo looked like a gaunt skeleton recently disinterred from the grave. What lips it had were tattered and bloody [....] Unclean and suffering from suppurations of the flesh, the Weendigo gave off a strange and eerie odor of decay and decomposition, of death and corruption.


All cultures in which the Wendigo myth appeared shared the belief that human beings could turn into Wendigos if they ever resorted to cannibalism or, alternately, become possessed by the demonic spirit of a Wendigo, often in a dream. Once transformed into a being with a heart of ice and mishapen mosntrous features, a person would become violent and obsessed with eating human flesh. They could ride the winds and search for prey, howling as they sought their victims.  The most frequent cause of transformation into a Wendigo was if a person had resorted to cannibalism, consuming the body of another human in order to keep from starving to death during a time of extreme hardship or famine.
During a time of great famine, a shaman help convince his people to transgress the taboo to save their own tribe.  Having been decimated by enemies, forced off their land, and their culture shattered, he led and uprising against the enemies of the tribe – and consumed many captured victims.  The tribe had decided to seek vengence on humanity as a whole for leaving stealing not only their physical possesions, but their culture and spirituality.  Thus they transformed into wendigos.  When the local authorities arrived, their coventional weapons and experiences did not prepare them for the slaughter of their troops.  Eventually, other shamans helped defeat these monsters, for the sake of the innocent.


The Carcosa Collection has obtained a few relics and artifacts from that event, including some of the dark bad medicine bags of the corrupted shamans, the weirdling bone oracles that were kept within them, and pendulums made of wendigo molars that can be used to seek warm human flesh.  Or so the legends go.  Each bag has the ability to be used for mystery effects to obtain knowledge, produce secret writing, and the like.  The molar is suspended by a chain for pendulum use.  The bone runes are designed for multiple effects ranging from forces of multiple types, Karatsuke, to dark oracular readings.

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VERITAS: 
The Cursed Medicine Bag - The medicine bundle is designed to allows p**ks, & NW, & a hold out / added etc. i.e. there is a way to get things outside in and inside out without the obvious opening.

Bad Medicine


The Wendigo Fang  –  an artist friend of the Keeper acquired a collection of old wolf teeth from a retired government hunter who used to hunt them for bounty back when it was legal years ago. This one is a large two root molar in excellent condition. These teeth are used primarily for chewing, but are also strong enough to crack leg bones in order to get at the marrow. The molar you receive will be of equal if not better quality than the tooth pictured. It measures about an inch across and 1-1/8" tall without any age cracks. Drilled and fitted with a bronze jump ring, it hangs on a 24" antique bronze finish figaro chain that can be worn at different lengths or used as a pendulum

Wendigo Fang


The Weirdling Stones – made of bone, each is desgined to be a disc with 2 different images upon them. There is one “double headed” one that can be used for various effects (the claw of the Wendigo).  There is also a pure black disc for the usual Kartsuke effects. (note the bag can be used as a holdout etc.).  The stone images are designed so that you can also set up the “domino” effect of taking one away – asking people to match up the images, and you can “predict” what to images are at the ends of the “chain” of matching images e.g. like the Curse of Tituba etc.  There are many more things you can do with them of course – like using them for actual readings via casting them.  Combined with the pendulum, all sorts of mystical presentations can be performed.  

Weirdling Stone side oneOther Side

 

Plus one secret item...

 

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THE CONTEST: 

Using the above information, weave a mystery routine that involves the ethos of the wendigo.  It does not need to use the artifacts listed above but more weight will be given to those submissions.

The more innovative, emotion embedded and spiritual elements, the more points.

Stories involving taking the wrong path in a misguided attempt to do good.... greed leading to curses....and eventual redemption via sacrifice will score major points.

 

>>>>   The Grand Prize for best entry will be the entire ensemble.

>>>>   Second Place will get their choice of one of the 3 artifacts

>>>>   Third place one of the remaining two

>>>>   Fourth place - the last artifact

>>>>   Honourable mentions may receive something small and icy

 

ENTRIES WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED BY FEB 12th 2011

PLEASE SEND VIA E-MAIL

THROUGH THE EVOCATION PORTAL ON THIS SITE

WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON FEB 14th 2011

FOR A SUBZERO FRIGID HEART VALENTINE'S DAY

 

The Wind Walker

 

Tome Tribute

"They say foul beings of Old Times still lurk in dark forgotten corners of the world, And Gates stll gape to loose, on certain nights, Shapes pent in Hell."

From Unaussprechlichen Kulten

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Carcosa Collection and Website Bruce Ballon © 2010-2015 , Web Design Luke Shield and Bruce Ballon, Art / Graphics / Photos by Steve Lines and Bruce Ballon, music clip by Ennio Morricone

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Thought of the Eon

There is a concept that is the corrupter and destroyer of all others. I speak not of Evil, whose limited empire is that of ethics; I speak of the infinite.

-Jorge Luis Borges