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Herne has a minion!

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Herne


The Harvest Neela
Owner: Balloon

Age: 1 year, 8 months, 3 weeks

Born: May 29th, 2017

Adopted: 1 year, 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Adopted: May 29th, 2017


Pet Spotlight Winner
October 29th, 2017

Statistics


  • Level: 71
     
  • Strength: 101
     
  • Defense: 100
     
  • Speed: 100
     
  • Health: 100
     
  • HP: 100/100
     
  • Intelligence: 166
     
  • Books Read: 158
  • Food Eaten: 0
  • Job: Cicerone


profile and story by Balloon - background photo by Tom Raworth

Cicerone at Spring Street Brewery


Death is but a doorway,
And Herne is on both sides.
Here or there, no matter
For Herne with us abides!

Samhain chant to summon Herne the Hunter and his Wild Hunt

Herne the Hunter is a ghost, but he was human once, the keeper of the Windsor Forest hundreds of years ago.  He was a favorite of King Richard II because of his skills—not only was Herne the finest hunter in the king’s party, but he also was a skilled woodworker.  From an ordinary chunk of wood, he could carve the most intricate designs, plants and animals that seemed ready to spring to life at any moment, and he could build anything he put his mind to, given enough time and wood. Of course, the rest of the king’s huntsmen hated him, for they were envious both of his abilities and of the favor the king showed him.

One day, while King Richard and his men were out hunting, the king shot a stag and injured it but did not kill it.  The enraged animal charged at him, and Herne got between them, intending to take the animal's blow in his liege's place.  Richard survived the encounter without injury, but the stag’s antlers gored Herne through the chest, and the hunter lay near death. But at that moment, a mysterious figure appeared, a man named Philip Urswick who lived deep within the forest.  Urswick claimed that he could save Herne's life, but only if he was well rewarded. Richard agreed to reward Urswick handsomely, and he pleaded with the strange man to do whatever it took to heal Herne.

Another man in the hunting party had killed the stag with his knife as it attacked Herne, and now Urswick took up the blade and sawed off the top of the beast’s skull. Urswick then tied the skull—with the stag’s antlers still connected to it—onto Herne’s head, then bade the rest of the party carry the hunter to Urswick's own cottage in the forest.  There they were to leave Herne for one month, after which Urswick promised the hunter would be healed.  But after the king and his manservants had departed, Urswick took the other hunters aside and asked them if they wanted to make a deal with him as well.  He had promised King Richard that he would save Herne’s life, but he told the envious huntsmen that if they paid him well enough, Herne would lose all of his skills and therefore no longer be favored by the king.  The hunters agreed and paid Urswick's price.

One month later, Herne returned to the king’s court completely healed of his wounds, but as Urswick had promised, all Herne’s skills as a woodsman were gone.  He could no longer strike the broadest target with his arrows or coax any shape from pieces of wood. Thus, he fell out of favor with the King Richard, and the other huntsmen tormented him with their mocking and jeers.  In his distress and confusion over this turn of events, Herne began to behave erratically—and when one of the pages witnessed him wearing the stag’s antlers on his head again, the court feared he’d gone mad.  Richard approached Herne with the court physician and begged him to submit himself to treatment, but Herne grew wild and bolted into the forest.  When the search party found the hunter the next day, he had hanged himself from an oak tree, still wearing the antlers of the stag that had almost killed him.

Then Philip Urswick cursed the other huntsmen too, for he said their cruelty was what had driven Herne to suicide—despite Urswick's own involvement in the events.  Herne’s ghost, antlers and all, began to haunt the forest and continued to do so until he had hunted down all the other woodsmen and forced them to join his hunting party. One by one, each man reached the end of his life through accident or attack or old age, yet even after death, their souls were doomed to accompany Herne upon his Wild Hunt forever. The men who had driven Herne to his death were the first to become part of the Wild Hunt, but since then it has grown by hundreds of souls—those whom Herne and his band of hunters have pursued and caught. King Richard was eventually deposed and imprisoned in the Tower of London, where he starved to death. Just who Philip Urswick was and his ultimate fate remain unknown.

Herne is said to haunt Windsor Forest to this day, but he still leads the Wild Hunt when he is summoned to chase down a quarry. The Wild Hunt has been seen all over the world, often appearing just before a catastrophic event occurs. Supposedly, Herne led the Wild Hunt on the eve of the French Revolution, and it has been seen as far from England as the American West, where witnesses described it as a ghostly roundup conducted by "riders in the sky." Most often, however, Herne hunts human prey, mounted on a black horse with glowing red eyes, and accompanied by two hounds of the same coloration. Connections have been made between Herne and the Celtic antlered god Cernunnos, the Welsh Gwynn, the Norse Odin, and a slew of other deities said to lead the Wild Hunt. . . but in reality, Herne began his long existence as a mere, ordinary man.

Many people who witness the Wild Hunt's passage meet violent, untimely ends or simply vanish, but some charms exist which are said to ensure that the Hunt passes by an onlooker safely. Of these, the most poignant is the injunction that one should simply hail Herne in good cheer, and the hunter will not cause any harm. Perhaps Herne is simply lonely after a life of being resented and hated, leading on the eternal Wild Hunt the very men whose envy led to his bitter fate.

Pet Treasure


Cerne

Death Trot

Ziaran Antlephore Crest

Ziaran Antlephore Locket

Forest Hunter Totem

Greenman Totem

Delightful Muse

Shadowglen Dryad

Creepy Carved Wooden Face

Charm of the Forest

Forest Armor

Evergreen Shield

Forest Shield

Fake Forest Sword

Earth Soul Stone

Phaloroceas Leaf Charm

Staff of Elemental Earth

Field Magic Wand

Evergreen Wand

Dark Earth Potion

Earth Charm

Earth Tear Crystal

Earth Defense Tear Crystal

Earth Defense Brilliant Crystal

Earth Mage Amulet

Tome of Earth

Book of Terramancy

Light Wood Carved Skeleton Cane

Wood Carved Skeleton Cane

Dark Wood Carved Skeleton Cane

Hangmans Noose

Quiver of Arrows

Meteor Crossbow

Azathoth Curled Bow

Shinwas Bow

Ice Bow

Sniping Bow of Doom and Demise

Enchanted Elven Bow

Cursed Bow

Fireside Bow

Plum Blossom Bow

Delish Straightforward Bow

Feli Bow

Charlie Crossbow

Triple Arrow

Delish Straightforward Quiver

Arrow of Eros

Broken Arrow

Strong Armed Bowman Constellation Sticker

Fire Arrowhead

Magma Arrowhead

Light Arrowhead

Earth Arrowhead

Water Arrowhead

Dark Arrowhead

Death Arrowhead

Life Arrowhead

Old Arrow Head

Spring Sphinx Arrowhead

Arrow Quilt Scrap

Fletcher

Smoky Woods Cologne

Buck Scent Stick

Oh Deer Nose Cap

I Love Deer Poster

Autumn Stag Plushie

Icy Deer Plushie

Frosted Stag Figurine

Mounted Deer Head

Stag Fungus Pet

Furcifer

Carefully Crafted Deer

Shaman Buck Totem

Dark Shaman Buck Skull

Autumnal Skull Sticker

Delightfully Carefree Antler

Autumn Bone Beast Antler

Krampus Woodsy Detritus

Delish Silence Antlers

Tashiin Replica Antler

Romero Badlands Shed Antler

Stag Fire Rock Totem

Reindeer Ice Rock Totem

Little Bird Trio

Oh Deer Antler

Bronze Back Rack Antlers

Bronze Ankle Rack Antlers

Ebony Back Rack Antlers

Ebony Ankle Rack Antlers

Ivory Back Rack Antlers

Ivory Ankle Rack Antlers

Ashen Decorative Antler

Grim Decorative Antler

Rainyday Ethereal Antlers

Deer Antler

Forest Reindeer Antler Berry Wreath

Long Silver Antlers

Long Tan Antlers

Long Natural Antlers

Long Black Antlers

Long White Antlers

Pair of Festive Antlers

Cheap Holiday Antlers

Candy Cantler

Book of Nature

In the Forests

In the Enchanted Forest

Hidden in the Forest

Pointy Antlers

Autumn Trees

Acorn

Acornling

Woodland Mystic Fairy Wings

Forest Spirit Leaf

Autumn Leaf Belt

Leaf Engagement Ring

Lively Leaf Sash

Living Leaf Pile

Crunchy Leaf Litter

Crinkly Leaf Litter

Fresh Leaf Litter

Festive Leaf Litter

Burnt Leaf Litter

Peculiar Red Leaf

Earthen Fallen Leaf

Brittle Fallen Leaf

Ember Fallen Leaf

Golden Fallen Leaf

Lemon Fallen Leaf

Verdant Fallen Leaf

Sunset Fallen Leaf

Red Harvest Pencil Topper

Crimson Fat Leaf Plushie

Orange Fat Leaf Plushie

Golden Fat Leaf Plushie

Purple Fat Leaf Plushie

Dried Fat Leaf Plushie

Red Maple Leaf Mask

Orange Maple Leaf Mask

Autumn Maple Leaf Mask

Green Maple Leaf Mask

Brown Maple Leaf Mask

Forest Orb Necklace

Enchanted Bottle of Forest

Forest Cream

Quercus

Mister Treeant

Misses Treeant

Girl Treebaby

Boy Treebaby

Happy Tree

Arborling

Tree Plushie

Peka Glade Willow Figurine

Money Tree

Sprucey Wallcling

Haunted Tree Inflatable Decoration

Haunted Tree Prop

Gold Stump Trinket

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