Showing posts with label Selkies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Selkies. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 17, 2013


It is many years now since Willie Westness of Over-the Water on the island of Sandy was digging lugworms for bait in the little sandy bay on the east side of Elsness. By the time his pail was full, the tide had not yet turned. The trink was still safe to cross, and he decided to look for driftwood farther along the shore. Then it was that he heard the cry from the rocks - a moan like that of a woman in pain swelling into a loud, strange sound and dying into a sort of sob.

It seemed to come from the Geo, a little inlet hidden behind the rocks and covered at high tide. Out in the deep water a big seal had raised its head and was listening and watching intently. Willie moved quietly towards the Geo. Coming around the rocks that had hidden it, he saw , lying on the shelving stone, another big seal. Beside her was a newborn pup. As the mother began to move, he ran down over the rocks. The seal flopped into the water, but the pup lay helpless at his feet. It squirmed as he picked it up, and then pressed against him and nuzzled at his hand. I'll take it home for the bairn, thought Willie, and keep it in the small loch at Over-the - Water.

At the edge of the rocks the mother seal splashed and sobbed in distress. When he glanced up, she was pulling herself clumsily back out of the water to lie moaning at the edge, her round eyes full of tears. The pup too gazed at him with soft blurred brown eyes, and nosed at his sleeve. Its little sleek round head was like a child's...."Ach, Selkie, take thee bairn and be gone wi' ye!" said Willie Westness aloud. He put the pup down close to the water's edge and watched the seal come to it. Then he collected his pail of lugworms and trudged back over the trink where the tide was just beginning to run.

Nine years afterward, Willie Westness had a family of four.

One fine day the three youngest went wading for cockles at the little sandy bay. They knew well enough that they should not cross the trink, where the water swept in so fast and deep on the high tide. But they had heard their father say that the cockles were better there in the large bay itself, and after a little argument among them-selves,they crossed over,

"We won't stay long," said Johnny, the eldest,
"We'll hurry back," agreed his sister, Jeanie.

The cockles were plentiful, and they went on gathering. When the pail was nearly full, they turned towards home.

The tide was flowing fast. The trink had widened. "Hurry!" said Johnny. But for all that he and Jeanie pulled and scolded, little Tam's fat legs could not be hurried over the rocks. Every minute the water deepened. When it was about their ankles, the two younger began to cry, clinging together and pressing back into a corner of the rocks. Johnny stood further out, watching the waves rising and shouting with all his might. But one appeared across the trink to help them, and the water rose steadily.
Then they heard a soft voice singing almost beside them. Two people had come up behind them - two Grey-cloaked women that they did not know.

"Come away, bairns," said the elder. She had a plump, friendly face and round brown eyes. "Come away. It will soon be too late." She took little Tam and Jeanie by the hands and led them straight into the water that was now up to their knees where they stood. Up to their middles it rose, and before they had crossed the trink, up to their necks. But held in her firm, warm grasp they kept their footing and found themselves in safety on the far side.

Looking back, they saw their brother coming hand-in-hand with the smaller, slimmer woman. Her other hand held the bucket of cockles, balancing it on her head.

"All's well," said the older woman cheerfully, and the younger smiled shyly and looked at them kindly from her brown eyes. "Now take thee father a word from me," said the elder. "Remember now, say to thee father, Willie Westness, to mind a day when he digged lugworm at the Geo, nine summers gone. And say to him that one spared to the sea is three spared to the land."

And she bade them repeat the message till it was right: "One spared to the sea is three spared to the land."

"Now run away home, bairns," she said. "And dunno pass the trink again - I came for once only. Run away home!"

And she gave them a little push. Obediently they ran. And when they looked back from the foreshore, the tide was pouring through the trink and the water was high over the rocks. No Grey-cloaked women were in sight, and two seals were swimming towards the point of Elsness.

Friday, February 22, 2013


The Selkie are descends from the seals, that live a good percentage of their lives on and below the polar ice caps of the Arctic. There was an intense competition of these species & development to adapting to the cold and elaborate politeness rituals to keep from attacking each other.
Most people assume the Selkie's were the most polite race & they would never encounter any problems with the humans, back in the day.
But the selkies being descends from the seal had the carnivores side that resided in them, it was very close to them all the time, just under the surface.

So they had to use great elaborate rituals to keep them form reverting to their descends style of carnivores and attacking each other.
The Selkies move with great restrained and practiced this both on land and sea. They are a very graceful race both on land and sea. For one, they will bow and seem polite if nosy strangers  come by.
Looking like they are sliding over the ground rather than floppy. But they can take offense very easily and have long memories. In fact the Selkie's can live, as long to 400 to 500 years. And are repositories of great wisdom. 

In the water they move with ballet type of grace and incredible speed and stamina. When fighting they have distinct martial arts and fight with blinding speed.

This takes consuming something that had the races genetic structure - even hair or poop will work for this - and then, over the course of the month, gradually shedding their outer form in favor of the new race form. 

Likewise it takes a full month to change back, to their original race form. In the different race form the selkie loses its resistance to it long range swimming skills & deep depths ocean skills as well. 
But the selkie will look enough like the new species to be able to pass undetected. During the 'Great War' the selkie used this ability to great effect and incidentally caused the internment of a great many selkies that were  completely loyal to our Hero's Cause.

While in the form of a new species - human - they are fully carpel of interbreeding. Often a child of such a union has the abilities of a selkie as well.
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