Undead of the Thousand Islands

(Bulya)

Pontianak

Often seen weeping by a roadside in a white dress, the Pontianak seeks revenge against the world which betrayed it, in parts of the archipelago these beings are also known as Kuntilanak.

The Pontianak usually announces its presence through baby-like cries or appears as a beautiful young women in order to get close enough to frighten or kill the unlucky person ( usually male) who enters or passes through their territory.

Disguised as a beautiful wan young woman to attract its victim (usually male), its presence sometimes can be detected by the fragrance of an orchid followed by an awful stench afterwards.

The location of an unseen pontianak can be tricky to determine, the distorted and strange nature of its screams make it hard to know the creatures location. Garudan tales indicate that if the cry is soft it means that the pontianak is near and if it is loud then it must be far away.


A Pontianak kills its victims by digging into their stomachs with its razor-sharp fingernails and devouring their organs. Pontianaks must feed in this manner in order to sustain their undead forms. In some cases where the Pontianak desires revenge against a male individual, it rips out his sex organs with its hands.

It is believed that Pontianaks can locate prospective prey by sniffing out scents from clothes left outside to dry. For this reason, Garudans refuse to leave any object of clothing outside overnight.

Having an iron nail, and iron nerves, helps to fend off potential attacks by Pontianak, the nail being used to plunge into the back of the Pontianak's neck. When an iron nail is plunged into the back of a Pontianak's neck or the apex of her head, she will revert to her former living self... until the nail is pulled out again... or works itself loose...

The Pontianaks hunger is lessened by the scent of banana flowers and its intangible spirit is said to reside in them during the day manifesting beneath them

The Pontaniak uses the Statistics for an embodied Barudath*.

Polong

An unseen spirit that can be used by a black magic practitioner to harm someone. Polong is a formerly human spirit enslaved by another for personal use. Like the Hantu Raya and Toyol, it has a master who is usually, but not always, a dukun.

The Polong is created from the blood of a murdered person and this blood is put into a ritual bottle for one to two weeks before the spirit is invoked with incantations and magical rituals.

Two weeks after the invocation, the owner will start to hear weeping sounds coming out of the bottle. Then he cuts his finger and drains the blood into the bottle to feed the newborn demon. This is a sign of allegiance and creates a bond of servitude towards the master. The blood which feeds the demon ties both parties together: one as Master and the other as the servant.

No one has ever illustrated the figure of the demon but all that have the ability to see the unseen agree that it is an evil and hideous abomination.

The Polong is very similar to the Pelesit, it becomes furious when not fed and will start to harm people around the Master until sated. Normally the owner will keep the Polong inside the bottle but unleashes it when needed; if one who is not the Master releases it it will roam the area possessing people at random and causing them to injure themselves. People who have been attacked by the Polong are left with bruises, a few markings and almost always have blood coming out of their mouths.

During possession, a Polong will not listen to anyone except its owner. Usually the owner will come and pretentiously 'exorcise' the demon in order to get money from people. But in some cases a polong which is "sent out" by its owner refuses to free the body that it has attacked. In fact it goes a step further by causing more permanent suffering to the victim trying to eradicate their mind and take the body for itself. At this stage a dukun or other learned type is called to cast out the polong.

The polong is easily weakened by black pepper seeds ( usually mixed with oil and few cloves of garlic). Normally, the dukun will place the seeds on certain parts of the body to cast off the polong. He will then recite traditional banishment charms until the demon is thrown out. The tormented polong will cry and plead, asking for the recitations to cease. It will then confess to the dukun the name of its master. However, it is not uncommon for the polong to name some other person to misguide the dukun. Hence, the admission must be taken cautiously.

A polong may only be permanently destroyed by breaking its bottle.

It possesses with a MA of 18.

Toyol

The Toyol or Tuyul is a small child spirit invoked by a dark sorceror from a dead human foetus using black magic. It is possible for unscrupulous people to buy a toyol from such a dukun.

A person who owns a toyol uses it mainly to steal things from other people, or to do mischief. If money or jewellery keeps disappearing mysteriously from a house, a toyol is often thought responsible. One way used by many Garudans to ward off a toyol is to place some needles under their money, for toyols are afraid of being hurt by needles ( not suprising considering how many of them are created).

The Khitain* name for the toyol is guai zai (literally "ghost child").

The appearance of a toyol resembles a small baby, frequently that of a new-born baby walking upright with a big head, small hands, clouded eyes and greyed skin. It can be seen by the naked eye without the use of magic, though they are unlikely to be spotted casually.

Keeping a toyol has its price. In essence, the spirit is that of a still-born (or more often aborted) child, and its temperament reflects this.

According to Garudan practices and beliefs, the afterlife of a person can be cared for by the family, through a sacred item in the form of a carved tablet. It is usually made of wood, with the name of the deceased engraved. A collection of tablets at an elaborate family altar is a typical item in a large (and often wealthy) family.

Following the same principle, the master of the toyol keeps its tablet and cares for it. He must feed it with a few drops of his blood everyday, usually through his thumb or big toe. In addition, it requires certain coaxing and attention, along with offerings. Such offerings might include sweets and toys, for the toyol is essentially a child and must be kept happily entertained. A toyol can be fed instead with the blood of a rooster but they are more likely to 'go wild' on such a diet, than they are on human blood.

People use such spirits for theft, sabotage and other minor crimes. Serious crimes, like murder, are usually beyond the capability of these toyols. A person who suddenly becomes wealthy without explanation might be suspected of keeping a toyol. The toyol is kept in a jar or an urn, and hidden away in a dark place until needed.

What happens at the end of the "contract" depends on the dukun. It could be that the tablet, along with the urn, is buried in a graveyard (with the relevant rituals), and the spirit is then laid to rest.

An alternative method is to dispose them in the sea where it is said they are cared for by The Queen of the Silent Sea .

Or else, a toyol gets passed down in a family through the generations.

Although seemingly cunning, toyols are not very intelligent. They are easily deceived by marbles and sand and strands of garlic hanging on the door post or placed on certain parts of the house. The toyol will start playing with these items until it forgets its task at the intended victim's house. Money placed under mirrors has the potentcy to ward off toyols due to a phobia of their reflections.

Toyol will not fight, they possess stats identical to the Onyx Prowler.

Pelesit

Is a minor demonic being in the form of a large spiny grasshopper; it is essentially identical to the Polong but is more often summoned by female dukun as it responds better to a Mistress than Master. Though visible it is completely immaterial and is in all abilities and weaknesses identical to the Polong.

Hantu Air

A water-dwelling ghost in rivers, pools and seas they will draw others down to join them in their watery grave. As Spectre*.

Hantu Raya

In the case of a Hantu Raya, the owner is said to have formed a pact with a demon or inherited it from older generations as a Saka or legacy which is handed on down the generations. In return for the advantages and power, the owner agrees to provide for the demon and appoints a new owner for it before dying.

People who fail to untie their bond with the Hantu Raya will suffer terrible deaths and their bodies will rise as living corpses after their death and prey upon the living.

The Hantu Raya will then adopt the look of its owner ever after death and go roaming about the area. It will search for food, victims and a new owner at night and may resort to haunting buildings and people in its frustration.

When it has found an owner the Hantu Raya is capable of materializing and shaping itself into a human being or animal and can make itself a double for its owner. Among its less popular behaviours, though some owners encourage the behaviour, is to form its owner's shape and sleep with the owner's partners. It can be used to perform heavy duties as commanded by its master, even to harm his enemies. It can also possess or cause death to other people if so ordered. The Hantu Rayu can commit any crimes a master may desire and is capable of working without pause as if it were a team of twelve men.

Normally the Hantu Raya
feasts on acak – a special offering made for the spirit, containing: yellow glutinous rice, eggs, roasted chicken, rice flakes and a doll bound with the masters hair.

In some cases, particularly for gruelling services, the Hantu Raya is offered the blood of a slaughtered animal as a sacrifice.

Food offerings must strictly be observed in a timely manner, to avoid any harm caused by the spirit.

When materialised the Hantu Rayu has the statistics of a Wight* ( sans powers) no matter what its form, it is immune to non-
magical weapons, can become immaterial at will and can only be permanently destroyed by finding the original pact and burning it.

Pocong

Ghosts which appear still wrapped in a white funeral shroud. As Ghost*.

Hantu Kubur

A general term for those ghosts that haunt the cemeteries. As Ghost*.

Hantu Kum Kum

A female ghost carrying her childs tombstone as if it were a baby. She approaches people asking for milk, if they refuse she flies into a rage. Hantu Kum Kum are the remnant of a woman who suicided after losing a child... they can often come into conflict with the owners of Toyol. Stats as Spectre*.

Leyak

See individual entry.

Bayang

See individual entry.

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