It’s a dark and stormy night. You’re wandering alone in a ruined castle on the borderlands where the north of England meets the south of Scotland. Thunder peels, so loud that your heart begins to pound in terror and your ears ring with it. Lighting bursts, flashing over the ruins of a tower that looms above your head. The sky cracks and pours icy rain down on your chilled skin.
Between lightning bursts, a dark figure appears in front of you. A short old man with brilliant red eyes and hair so long it falls down his back walks toward you, his steps clanging with the sound of his iron boots ringing on the flagstones. In one hand, his claw-like fingers clutch a pikestaff. On his head sits a cap dyed red with human blood.
You’ve just met the Redcap, a malicious fairy who is seriously not interested in guiding you back to your tour bus. He’s way more interested in re-dyeing the hat he always wears (with your blood, if you haven’t figured that one out). The Redcap is faster than you (even in his iron boots) and stronger than you. Don’t even bother trying to fight him.
To worm your way out of this one, make the sign of the cross, and quote some Bible verses for good measure. The Redcap will disappear faster than you can say “John 3:16,” and leave one of his long fangs behind. I have no clue what you should do with the fang. I suspect it might have magical properties, but on the other hand, do you want its owner deciding to come after it?
The Encyclopedia of Vampires, Werewolves, and Other Monsters
by Rosemary Ellen Guiley
The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead (Paperback)
by J. Gordon Melton