In daylight the Skadegamutc resembles that of a typical run of the mill zombie - under the cover of darkness it morphs into a ball of light that travels the landscape in search of prey.
Description: Vampire ghost witch that can appear as a corpse or shape shift into a ball of light.
Pronounced ‘skuh-da-goo-much’, this blood sucking monster is also known as a Ghost Witch. This creature is said to be an evil undead that preys on those who fall behind. The Wabanaki believe this was once an evil sorcerer who practiced black magic and refused to die. To keep ‘undead’ so to speak, the Skadegamutc needs to devour the flesh and blood of humans.
In daylight the Skadegamutc resembles that of a typical run of the mill zombie. Under the cover of darkness it morphs into a ball of light that travels the vast landscape in search of prey. There are two way this ghost witch attacks. One is to become ‘undead’ at a fresh open air burial once all the mourners have completed the funeral ritual and are resting, the Skadegamutc attacks. The other is from the sky. It will fly around seeking someone who has fallen behind from a group. It will attack quickly and quietly. Devouring the warm flesh, drinking the blood.
Like traditional vampires, there are certain ways to prevent an attack. But the Skadegamutc is unique in a sense, although it is vulnerable during the day apparently it cannot be harmed by weapons. Given it is essentially a vampire slash witch, the only way to destroy it, is to burn the creature to charred ashes and scatter the ashes to the four winds.
Put together by Ashley Hall 2014