Unforgiving - A Northern Hymn

Unforgiving - A Northern Hymn

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AngryDemonStudio  [developer] Dec 4, 2017 @ 5:29am
Creatures encountered in the game (Spoiler Alert)
We have seen a great interest in the different creatures you encounter in the game and we are glad that so many of you want to know more.
We created all the creatures in the game based on Swedish folklore but have given them a twist to make them better fit our original story.
Making these creatures was a lot of fun but it was also very hard. The biggest difficulty in the creation was that Swedish folklore differes a lot depending on where you are in the country. This is because the stories were rarely written down and only told from person to person. We won't write any detailed descriptions of the creatures here because our stories might differ from the ones you can find on the internet from different parts of Sweden.

Strandvaskare (The drowning ghost): A type of ghost associated with people who drowned.

Lyktgubbe/Irrbloss: Also known in other folklore as a light in the marshes that tricks people into the murky water where they drown. There are also stories of these lights helping people to find their way out of the marsh and countless other stories with different endings.

Giants: In this game our giant is very small (Only about 7 meterrs/23 feet tall ). There are different accounts how large these beings are but mostly they're a hundred times larger than the one in our game.

Skogsrå: This one was very difficult. This being has many different names depending on where you are (Huldra etc.). Another thing that differs a lot are her appearance and her abilities, where her sometimes have an animals tail etc.
However, in all of the depictions, she has a hole in her back that reveals who the woman really is.

Nacken: Also know by many names such as Fossegrimen, nokken, bäckahästen etc. A water spirit, playing the violin in the water. The accounts for this creatures are very different. What he offers humans and what humans have sacrificed to this creature are completely different. Even people in the same room have different depictions of Näcken in their stories.

Gast (They who walk in between): Wraiths of evil people with only destruction in mind. These differ from other types of Ghosts (Gengångare) who are lost spirits.
Gengångare will stop roaming the earth when something significant in life have been resolved.

Trolls: In Swedish tradition, compared to other nordic countries, trolls are smaller creatures. Usually they are a lot less evil than the ones in Unforgiving - A Northern Hymn. Significant traits for these creatures are tails and ears with tassle-liike hair on them. However, as well as with the other creatures, trolls look very different in different parts of the country.

As mentioned before, there are inumerous accounts of these creatures names, appearance and abilities so this list might be very different from the things you find.
We hope this in enough to start your research of Swedish folklore :)
// Angry Demon Studio
Last edited by AngryDemonStudio; Dec 4, 2017 @ 5:30am
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J.T. Dec 4, 2017 @ 6:39pm 
Thanks guys! I was wondering about that for when I noticed some of the creatures’ details, especially the Huldra (I'm bit of a Scandinavian lore junky, plus I love German Folklore, which is very similar). Glad to see why some of the details were different than from what I knew and read.

Thanks for clearing that up! :) And superb work on the game!
*DKG*™Cobra Dec 18, 2017 @ 9:24pm 
Hey, if i may ask, what where those little creatures in the mines? the ones that jump on your face with rows and rows of sharp teeth.
J.T. Dec 19, 2017 @ 5:22am 
Originally posted by *DKG*™Cobra:
Hey, if i may ask, what where those little creatures in the mines? the ones that jump on your face with rows and rows of sharp teeth.
Those are the trolls
ShaunTopofThings Dec 20, 2017 @ 6:05pm 
The drowned ghosts got to me the most lol.
Was wondering who the woman was, mistook her for a Nymph.
AngryDemonStudio  [developer] Jan 10 @ 5:05am 
The woman is the Skogsrå (Huldra) :)
So is that shout in the forest the yoo-oooh sound is that huldra and also the tree people which version of huldra turns people into trees because I've never read anything like that about her also the laughing who is that? I don't mean nacken i heard it in marks playthrough after he dies for the first time and he's hiding from huldra in the house there's just laughing from nowhere
Last edited by PkMn Trainer Red; Jan 27 @ 6:24pm
AngryDemonStudio  [developer] Jan 29 @ 6:13am 
Originally posted by PkMn Trainer Red:
So is that shout in the forest the yoo-oooh sound is that huldra and also the tree people which version of huldra turns people into trees because I've never read anything like that about her also the laughing who is that? I don't mean nacken i heard it in marks playthrough after he dies for the first time and he's hiding from huldra in the house there's just laughing from nowhere
The yoo-ooh is from the Huldra and is know as Kuling which is a herding call.
The tree people is actually our own version of a story we heard when we were children. This tale said that if you look into her hollow back you will turn into a tree. However, this story is not written anywhere, just like a lot of things from old folklore.
The laughter is not connected to the huldra or Nacken. If you explore the cabins in the village there are remnants of the previous owners. Emotions like rage, sadness and laughter that repeats over and over forever. The cabin that was mentioned was inhabited by someone who lost his mind while drawing the madness he dreamt about and saw in real life.
Gothicat Jun 29 @ 12:49pm 
This is fascinating. One of the things I thought was about the things (trolls) in the mine.

The stories scattered talk about how the families that ended up there ended up without food. They first ate the dog (sadface) then turned upon the father, making the kids look away.

I remember reading a legend a long time ago about how people forced into cannibalism would have their soul change into something dark and twisted so when they died, this creature would remain, hungry for flesh. This is how I interpreted this bit.

The rest was amazing. I really enjoyed the game. I'm trying to find more lore on the purgatory involved. I love how there seemed to be several overlapping stories.
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