Thursday, 19 March 2015

Sleepy Hollow in the Steppe

Sleeping Tsaatan Girl. Photo Hamid Sardar-Afkhani, all rights reserved
I’ve read in the Siberian Times about the Kazakh village of Kalachi where people are suddenly falling asleep for a few hours or even for days. The village has been since given the nickname of Sleepy Hollow. Scientists keep trying to find the reason of this illness. But we know, of course, that spirits could cause such troubles!

In WotS, you may replace the village with a summer or winter camp, and the explanation of these phenomenon is clear: this is telluric magic. An üör, a demon from the underground like a Jelmoghouz, or more probably an Old-Copper-Woman (or any combination) is walking around causing these troubles. The reason is unknown. It could be simple wickedness, or the creature may be looking for somebody having a sign of recognition on his body (like a tattoo or an old scare) or holding something it wants to get back. Or it may want to scare the clan to have it leave the place for some reason, or collaborate with a nasty shaman of an enemy clan.

Any idea to exploit this scenario seed is welcome.

The picture is from the photograph Hamid Sardar-Afkhami, who made wonderful pictures of Mongolia -among others- and in particular of Reindeer People (Tsaatan).

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