At its most basic, a nuckelavee appears as a horse with a humanoid torso sprouting from its back and fins or webbed hooves for feet. These monstrosities lack skin, thus baring to the air yellow veins pulsing with black blood, slimy white sinew, and twitching, alien organs. Some nuckelavees have more peculiar features, such as oversized heads that loll limply on their necks, arms so long their oversized claws drag on the ground, or strings of tendons and veins that stretch from their equine head to their torso like grotesque reins. The more severe the pollution that gives rise to a nuckelavee, the more horrific its visage is.
Habitat and ecology
Like many fey, nuckelavees have a connection to the natural world. However, much like how their grotesque forms stand in stark contrast to the elegant beauty of many other fey, they play a much different role: they are not protectors of the natural world but its avengers. When natural waterways are polluted, a nuckelavee charges forth in a campaign of murder and destruction to cut a swath across the land.
Nuckelavees typically have no need of treasure and keep nothing apart from the masterwork weapons they wield against their foes, and some eschew even these. Any items from their victims are allowed to lie where they fall, typically being scattered around the nuckelavee's lair to be buried among muck, eaten by curious fish, or simply rot and rust to nothing.
For additional resources, see the Meta page.
- Julian Neale, F. Wesley Schneider, Neil Spicer. (2010). Bestiary. Blood for Blood, p. 88–89. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-251-7
- Ray Vallese. (2013). Nuckelavee. Fey Revisited, p. 28–33. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-507-5
- Logan Bonner, Jason Bulmahn, Stephen Radney-MacFarland, Mark Seifter, et al. (2020). Bestiary 2 (Second Edition), p. 186. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-223-5
- Amber E. Scott and Mark Seifter. (2017). Aquatic Adventures, p. 28. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-944-8
- Nuckelavee (real-world mythical creature) on Wikipedia