Mythical Creatures in Writing, Part XI.
Piskies or pixies? I’m guessing most of us have heard of them, and Cornish myths say people believed they shared their land with piskies. But it is the queen of this race that takes my interest. Put aside the typical characteristics we know of piskies – mischievous and malevolent, because the queen commands this army of miniature fairies who have been thought to milk cows dry and ride the horses at night until the creatures were exhausted.
Now let’s add some unique characteristics to the queen and see how different the story could go.
Taking creative liberty here, I’m mixing the following together:
1 queen of piskies
A pinch of a tomb-robbing temptation
A handfull of mushroom addiction
And splash of no tact
What we’re left with is a Queen who’s addiction to ‘special’ mushrooms and her insatiable desire for all things glittery has her sneaking out of her realm to rob tombs of the dead, and when questioned by her people, she’s quick to lay out punishment. The piskies may start a mutiny, or misbehave even worse? Ahhh how much fun this would be if a nobel spirit now enters her life.
That’s the fun part of discovering mythological creatures – mixing it up and who knows what you’ll get!
Joan The Wad
What is it?
In Cornish folklore, Joan The Wad is referred to as the Queen of the Piskies (pixies), not to mention she’s a consort of Jack o’ Lantern, and is a fire spirit. What’s interesting is that some say piskies are male, making the appointment of a female to Queen an easy one. Hmm kind of reminds me of Smurfette.
Ability / Power
Piskies are notorious for leading people astray, by appearing as a light from a cottage or someone carrying a lantern – in order words fooling the poor human. Anyone fooled by the lights will become lost forever or led to their deaths. They have the power of glamor, but to defend oneself from such pranksters, iron, salt and prayers come in handy. Though Joan The Wad is said to be a lucky omen, and today many people carry or wear a figurine of her for luck.
She and her kind are tiny creatures usually associated with the area of Cornwall and Devon. The queen is said to be fair skinned, beautiful and dressed in green for easy hiding. The piskies themselves are said to look like old men with wrinkled faces, and are small in stature with red hair.
Did you know? ‘wad’ is a dialect word for a torch
Previous Mythical Creature Posts:
Marchosias: A Kick-Ass Creature, Ningyo: The Deadly Mermaid, Abatwa: Riding Ants To Victory, Cait Sith: It Gets Into Your Mind, Anka: The Goliath Bird, Huldra: Norse Forest Lady, iele: Romanian Nymphs Of The Air, Manticore: The Man-Eater, Hantu Demon: Legendary Spirit, Lich: Undead Necromancer