distant • caring • devious • curious • eloquent • dedicated • complicated
Deg belongs to the Widderwood worldbuild and is the prominent cryptid that lives in the forest next to a New England, Victorian-esque town.
Degaré was originally born from sacrifice, created by fae to guard a medieval forest crossroads from human encroachment. Though he was able to do his job for some time, he was eventually exorcised from his land before being adopted by a high ranking fae on a challenge.
Over hundreds of years he was guided through many teacher’s hands while traveling in between. After taking on a job as a familiar then later losing his witch to an accident, he sought employment writing fae and human culture and biology books for the library sphinx and pursued a messy relationship with another author.
Upon escaping the relationship, he moved cross country to settle into the section of woods closest to Darlington, a growing rural town right outside a port city. He became a well known cryptid in effort to protect his new territory and now spends his time helping misplaced fae, researching, writing, and sneaking among the local humans to run errands, enact fae deals, and cause mischief.
He is hard to get close to, keeping others at an emotional distance while trying to maintain a false mask of confidence and disinterest. In reality his soft heart makes him become attached to others quickly. He shows his affection in less direct ways by leaving gifts and doing acts of service. The pink apples he leaves around town are intended as gifts to others in recognition of behavior he appreciates and a comforting gesture to the dead or dying.