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Hidebehind
Hidebehind
Background
Purpose To not get lost in the woods, day or night
Country United States

The Hidebehind is a nocturnal creature found in North American folklore. Although not physically a bogeyman to scare misbehaving children, it preys on any unlucky humans who wander around in the woods alone, supposedly eating their intestines. The Hidebehind is known, as the name suggests, to hide behind trees, rocks and/or its victims, making it near impossible to see or find. It uses this skill to stalk and hunt down prey. Once the prey has been caught, it gets dragged back to its home to be eaten.

The Hidebehind originated in the lumberjack folklore of Fearsome Critters. It's said to be a 6-foot-tall bear with long dark shaggy fur with bear claws, a tail that's upwardly curved like a French sheepdog. It does have a face, and it appears to be that of a wolf. Its forearms are well-muscled and short. It has a diet of human intestines. Leaping from its hiding-place with a demoniacal laugh, it swiftly disembowels its victim with one swipe. Sometimes the fiendish howl frightens the prey to death before the blow falls. The Hidebehind can go seven years without eating. Its scientific name is Ursus dissimulans.

Fortunately, the Hidebehind abhors alcohol, and due to the stench and toxicity of alcohol, the Hidebehind never attacks the inebriated.

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