Bugbear In Popular Culture

The Bugbear is a dangerous Goblin-like or Bogey-like creature that was fond of eating children. As the name suggests, the Bugbear had the shape of a large bear. Stories of the Bugbear were used to scare children in English and Scottish tales. The name derives from the old Celtic word ‘bug’ which means an evil Goblin. During the medieval period people said that the Bugbear was a monstrous bear-monster that lurked in the woods and would capture and eat any children that wandered in there on their own.



A bugbear is a medium humanoid, rising to the the same height as a human, though preferring to hunt and stalk with a stoop that make it look considerably shorter and more bestial. Short, dark fur spreads all across its powerful, hulking frame. Its large ears hang loosely from its skull, and its eyes are unnaturally large - almost alien. It is not unusual for bugbears to reach nearly 7 feet in height and always weigh more than humans, some even reaching 400 pounds.


Bugbears can be found anywhere their favorite prey huddles away from the dark in fear. Bugbears originally stalked the woodlands that once covered much of England; that were dominated by the humans. Humans are bugbears' favored prey, and bugbears used to be particularly populous in the Scottish regions of the Moor Forests before the humans started to hunt them to extinction. Now bugbears lurk hidden near wherever there are humans, from the darkened forest at the edge of a village, to the shadowy abandoned house, long forgotten with time. Though they will follow humans anywhere, they do seem to prefer temperate regions of England and Scotland (based on myth). Bugbears are particularly common in the barely settled wilderness of the Scottish Moor, where they now prey on lonely homesteads.

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