What follows is a recorded list of folk tales, legends, mythical creatures and stories passed down through oral and written tradition of the Kettan people and how they still affect the modern diaspora. Some are strange even to them but they all came from origins so old some of the original versions have been lost to time and it's believed some of these were a lot more “sane” by contemporary standards.
A woman that had a stillbirth and emergency hysterectomy. In her devastation and grief she became easily manipulated by a wicked and powerful spirit and was turned into a ghoul that is compelled to kill and swallow adults whole and digest them in order to give birth to their clones as babies. A common adversary or antagonist in horror stories.
A tiny, flying humanoid capable of granting wishes to the worthy and curses upon it's enemies. It lays beautiful deep turqoise eggs that look like stones.
The only way to kill an adult nyerh is by seriously humiliating it, but embarassing them hurts them enough to leave an individual alone. There are many different stories of ways to do it that are passed down from generation to generation as a “warning” should a child anger one.
The most commonly told version, however, involves making a nyerh tell a lie or exaggerate and provide proof to make them confess.
It is this creature that is the origin of the old Khettan phrase “If I was only a nyerh!” usually said when an individual feels extreme embarrassment.
Nyerh are prevalent among Kettan mythology as both good and bad spirits but mostly the former yet quick to anger.
The Story of the Xekket -
A man wished to be forever young and handsome by throwing a blue stone into a well when he ran out of throwable money. Little did he realise the stone was the egg of a nyerh.
In it's anger after seeing it's egg destroyed, one cursed the man with advanced aging in the skin on his face. He watched it happen in horror at his reflection in the well water.
He caught the tiny nyerh and threatened to urinate on her if the curse wasn't removed. She cast another spell on him and his face began to peel off. Telling the man that if he peels the loose skin off, his regular face would be under it, the nyerh flew away into the top of a nearby tree and watched as the man smiled and laughed at his old skin falling to the ground to reveal his youthful new skin.
But it suddenly stopped falling off by itself. And as he was about to grab and pull and reveal the rest, his fingers fell off.
Horrified but determined, the man tried to pull his old face with his fingerless hands, rubbing it against nearby bark and stones to try and see his new face. He was determined to not go home until he had seen what was underneath.
Eventually, days had passed and he began to starve. In his desperation, he began eating his old faces instead. This was more successful and his face stayed younger for longer.
Legend says the ripping of his flesh and gobbling sounds can still be heard as he wanders around looking for a permanent cure.
The Demon Wetnurse -
Desite it's name, this creature is deemed benevolent and is even celebrated at the birth of babies.
The story goes that a bachelor, after spending so many years of his life happily single, eventually became broody. But he was too old and poor to find a suitably aged wife to birth his children.
One day he was walking in the woods when he witnessed a gang of thieves harrassing an old woman as she tried to collect fruit for the district festival.
The man was good at mimickry so began imitating a fearsome predator (in most depictions, an “Ikyoah”, the eastern variant of Protte or Kwaffen).
The thieves, being heartless, left the old woman to be eaten. However, as soon as they ran away, the woman removed her disguise and revealed herself to be an elder Nyerh.
She realised that the man was trying to help her and allowed him a wish.
In old Khettan, a slang word for rearing children was the same as “nursing” a child. The old man used this word (I wish to have 14 children) and the Nyerh became confused.
“Are you sure?” she said.
He nodded and within a few seconds, the man's chest began to ache.
The burning sensation became so great that he removed his upper clothes to allow the air to cool him.
To his horror, he had grown six extra nipples on both sides of his chest, stretching all the way down to just above his groin. Each of them, including his own, began to express milk and ache with the extra fluid he was carrying.
The Nyerh felt guilty and asked him if he wanted an extra wish to get rid of them, but once his panic settled down, he refused.
He didn't want to embarrass her any further and requested that she simply make him permanently slightly younger and more mobile. She granted this wish and he became middle aged.
He thanked her and began walking away. When she asked him why he didn't wish his curse away, he answered that there were many starving children in the world and that with his burden, there would be a little less.
This legend is usually told to children questioning the nursing arrangement of Khetta families (Where the males and females can breastfeed equally).
Variations of the character are also an icon or mascot of various charities dealing with orphaned, malnourished and sick children.
The legend is also rumored to be one of the “five treasures” of Khettan folk tales carved and preserved in various forms (including stone, various data formats and even etched on an atom and skin cell) at several locations throughout the empire to ensure it's longivity.
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(EN) Kettan Folklore. - (KK) Xetarhya a Khaetta
Faliat at 12:35AM, Dec. 8, 2013
Call that jumped up metal rod a knife?
Watch mine go straight through a kevlar table, and if it dunt do the same to a certain gaixan's skull in my immediate vicinity after, I GET A F*****G REFUND! BUKKO, AH?!
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