Project Red Hive
Tribe Name: Boogeymen
Scientific Name: Homo Spiritus Horrendus
“We stopped checking for monsters under our bed when we realised they were inside us.” – The Joker
Unknown – possibly only one, though it could be more.
Suspected Base Abilities:
Ageless (?), Induce Fear, Night Vision, Nondescript, Pain Immunity, Slasher Movement
Suspected, Common Abilities:
Observe Dreams, Enter Dreams, Illusion, Memory Alteration, Phase, Tracking.
Voyeurism, Social Dissonance, Acute Long-term Memory Loss
Faceless horror in the dark, the monster in the closet, the unstoppable and unseen stalker.
" I’m being followed by my shadow
He’s been creeping around
Asking where I’ve been
He keeps tapping on my shoulder
Telling me it’s over
So where do I begin? "
Circles by Birds of Tokyo
The Boogeyman (also spelled bogieman, or bogeyman) is a mythical creature in many cultures used by adults to frighten children into compliant behaviour. The entity has no specific appearance, and conceptions about it can vary drastically from household to household within the same community; in many cases, it has no set appearance in the mind of an adult or child, but is simply a non-specific embodiment of terror.
The only physical characteristic that witnesses agree on are his/its eyes : dark, horrifying eyes the colour of old, sacrificial blood that’s stained a crude stone altar. Despite the Tribe’s informal name, there have been accounts of female, male and even androgynous Boogeymen.
While none of the known supernaturals are particularly socially active, apart from vampires who require blood to maintain their existence, no one knows what a (The ?) Boogeyman is like as no one has ever spoken to one without either going insane or being brutally torn apart. What little is known about the nature of the Boogeyman is merely the conjecture of the insane victims he/it has left in its wake.
The Boogeymen are the smallest, most mysterious and elusively clandestine of the known Tribes. Myths and legends of the Boogeyman are nearly universal and it is common to folklore in almost every country in the world. Ranging from the Korean dokebi to the Hungarian mumus and from the Icelandic gryla to the Congolese dongola miso (or “Creature with Scary Eyes”), almost every nation knows the terror of the Boogeyman.
While specific appearances may vary between individuals, non-boogeymen find it difficult to remember any differences after meeting one, apart from the horrifying eyes. On occasion, others even struggle to remember if they met with a male or female boogeyman. Those who study such things believe that the Boogeymen subconsciously project a field that disrupts the part of the brain that allows someone to distinguish between people. Strangely, even electronic recording methods blurs the faces of Boogeymen and audio recording equipment occasionally fail to clearly distinguish their voices.
People tend to feel uncomfortable around Boogeymen – when a boogeyman is nearby, the hair may stand up on the backs of their necks or the room may grow suddenly colder. Animals also feel the strange nature of Boogeymen and will usually retreat in fear.
The first boogeyman known to The Hive was an entity known as Exeter. Exeter is believed to have occasionally been mistaken as a CIA agent, though no solid records or images exist. By piecing together rumour, eye witness accounts and unsubstantiated documentary evidence, this Exeter is also believed to have been a member of a different governmental department some 60 years earlier, though the last confirmed sighting of Exeter was in 2004 in Serbia. This makes Exeter at least 120 years old, though every description of Exeter was basically the same, lending the few Boogeymen scholars to believe that these entities are potentially ageless.