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Hag
Hag
Background
Purpose To not wander off to the woods
Country Europe

Hags, also known as Crones, are supernatural beings found across numerous mythologies and folklore. Although many Hags are neutral rather than evil, they have become heavily associated with witchcraft and evil, to the point the two are often interchangeable (much like how Ogres and Giants have become somewhat merged in modern times).

Traditionally, a Hag was seen as a spirit or goddess in the form of a grotesque and hideous old woman, and often had power over the elements or magic. Thus, hags gained fear and respect in equal lengths by the superstitious, who would try to either appease the more benevolent of these spirits or ward off the more malicious.

Hags were likely inspired by pagan beliefs dating back almost as far as human history, and probably embody part of the ancient concept of a "Goddess". As Christianity spread, however, Hags would inevitably become more and more demonized (along with many of the "fairies"), giving rise to tales of grisly-old demon-witches with a taste for human flesh and so on.

They are often mistaken for the much more malevolent Beldam. Both entities have contributed to the "Wicked Witch" stereotype in folklore and fantasy, but it was the Beldam who would be most proper in regards to being a truly "Wicked Witch", though some Hags would come close.

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