Family: Hounds
Weak to: Fire, Light, Slashing
Strong to: Dark, Ice

Burning Circle Notorious Monster

Zone Level Drops Steal Spawns Notes
Qu'Bia Arena 1 A, L, T(H), HP
??? HP
A = Aggressive; NA = Non-Aggresive; L = Links; S = Detects by Sight; H = Detects by Sound;
HP = Detects Low HP; M = Detects Magic; Sc = Follows by Scent; T(S) = True-sight; T(H) = True-hearing
JA = Detects job abilities; WS = Detects weaponskills; Z(D) = Asleep in Daytime; Z(N) = Asleep at Nighttime; A(R) = Aggressive to Reive participants


Historical Background

In English folklore (specifically Norfolk), Freybug is a giant black dog. It was considered a portent of death. It is one of many Black Dogs in folklore from the region. Other examples of the Black Dogs are Barghest, Capelthwaite, Padfoot, Mauthe Doog. References for Freybug are hard to corroborate (only 1 internet citation exists) though, with the most commonly occurring names for the Black Dog of Norfolk being Black Shuck. Black Shuck fits the usual profile of the Black Dog, but is as large as a calf and has terrifying eyes and lurks on the coast of the North Sea between Sheringham and Overstrand at night. Any encounter with Black Shuck, even if the person survived it, would lead to death within 12 months. Nonetheless, the Black Dog of Norfolk served as the inspiration for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles (1901-2). Reports of the Black Shuck extended even into 1890, with some fishermen reporting hearing howls during stormy nights in the 1920s and 1930s.

Freybug is not found in compilations of Black Dog folklore, leading to a mystery surrounding where the name came from. It may have come from the Fray-bug, a bogy or spectre in old English folklore, mentioned in the letters of English martyr Laurence Sanders in 1555. In the 1905 book Popular Antiquities of Great Britain, John Brand suggested that the Fray-bug was a Black Dog. The author Carol Rose was probably following Brand's lead when she included the Freybug as a Black Dog in her books Spirits, Fairies, Gnomes and Goblins (1996) and Giants, Monsters, and Dragons (2001), bringing it into wider popularity.

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