A Year and A Day: Fossegrim

Changeling: the Dreaming

Homebrew Rules

Character Creation Guide Download: Fossegrim.pdf

Quoth the Fossegrim:

“You bring me roast mutton and I teach you ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’. This is the way of Wyrd.”

Kith Excerpt:

On long cold nights in the Northernmost forests, one can hear faraway music. Ghostly fiddles or the heart-wrenching skirls of great pipes can be heard haunting the wild-places. Those that follow the mournful tunes will be led to a hidden waterfall enclave deep in the cold dark woods. There in the moonlight, one might find a beautiful pale boy, practicing his great art. The creature is a Fossegrim, and he couldn’t care less about you. One of the most alien of the Älva (Fae) is the Fossegrim, a strange Scandinavian cousin of both the Sidhe (in the form of the Volsung Alfar) and the Inanimae. Bound to his waterfall home, this all-male Kith is neither good nor evil, but is as cold and indifferent as his icy demesne.

This indifference keeps them separate from the rest of the world. Those that seek his aid must bring him food, something that the Fossegrim considers a bother to deal with. Most legends cite an aspiring young fiddler or piper, who seeks out a master to teach him. They venture into the blackest and coldest of forests and pay the Fossegrim to teach them. The young musician pays him in food. If the food is adequate, then the Fossegrim will provide him with adequate teaching: Perhaps just the basics scales, or a song or two.

If the food is tasty enough, then the Fossegrim will push the young musician day and night, making him practice until his fingers bleed. After the Fossegrim is done teaching the broken young aspirant, then that poor lad who came seeking musical ability is now a virtuoso in his own right. While he can be called to act for the greater good, he would much rather master his melodious arts in seclusion, far removed from the messy emotions of mortal and Fae alike.



“When People see a legend, they call it a legend. But to be a legend, it’s a lot of hard work and patience. You can’t play for five or ten years and be a legend. It takes longer than that.”
– Burning Spear


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