Skookins — Creature, Otherworlder 


A kind of Goblin

Books / Stories Appear In Edit

Defining Description Edit

Bands of ill-mannered goblin-like creatures that Riddell called Skookin—a word he’d stolen from old Scots which meant, variously, ugly, furtive and sullen.

About Edit

Skookin is Riddell's name for them—means: Ugly, furtive and sullen.


Many reside in Old City in bands under the city of Newford.

Characteristics Edit

  • Skookins have pumpkin-like heads
  • Religious artifacts and trappings require faith—a belief in their potency that the skookin undoubtedly don’t have.
  • The only thing that works on them is the truth—“Tell them the truth—even it’s only historical facts and trivia—and they’ll shun you as though you were carrying a plague.”

Appearance Edit

Patchwork figures—A pumpkinhead under a wide-brimmed hat. A larger pumpkin for the body with what looked like straw spilling outfrom between the buttons of its too-small jacket. Arms and legs as thin as broom handles. A wide slit for a mouth; eyes like the sharp yellow slits of a jack-o’-lantern with a candle burning inside.

Threats burning in their candle-flicker eyes. Wide mouths open in jack-o’-lantern grins, revealing rows of pointed teeth.

Nature Edit

Other DetailsEdit

  • Meran said she called them Bodachs where she comes from and Christy's name; "Skookin" sounds silly to her. Later she said that maybe Christy wan't two wrong: “Ugly, furtive and sullen,”— these creatures were weaned on malevolence.
  • Jilly's Dream: Goon was being served by Bramley and he was warning Jilly that Skookin are real—as he did, his head turned pumpkin-like and he said "that means you are in trouble".

History / Background Edit

Christy Riddell's short story Edit

"The Man With the Monkey": Chrity's story of stolen apple that was withered and moldy in Old City but became solid gold when it was brought above ground. The man who’d stolen itfrom the Skookin was found in little pieces scattered all over Fitzhenry Park. — Underhill and Deeper Still: (collection of urban legends of Old City) ("Stone Drum—Dreams Underfoot)

Characters Edit

Skookin Characters Edit

name What Connection Story About
Goon Skookin, Prof Dapple's manservant related to them "The Stone Drum", DU, several others claimed hte throne

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Other Characters Connections Edit

name What Connection Story About
Professor Bramley Dapple Professor / Wizard manservant Goon is one "Uncle Dobbin's Parrot Fair", "The Stone Drum" Tell Jilly Coppercorn to return stone drum or Skookins will come after her
Jilly Coppercorn artist took an artifact of theirs "The Stone Drum", DU must return it or they will come after her; Jilly is scared; goes with Meran Kelledy to Old City,
Meran Kelledy Dryad returns Stone Drum "The Stone Drum", DU goes with Jilly to Old City
Christy Riddell writer wrote a story about them "The Stone Drum", DU he cage the the name of "skookin"

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Events in the Series (spoilery area) Edit

✥ "Stone Drum": Jilly took an artifact from them in Old City. Prof Dapple told her she must return it or they will be afar her. That night she saw pumpkin heads around her loft through the window. Frightened, she contacted Meran Kelledy for help who let her stay at the Kelledy House. That night, they charged the house but it was stopped by the Oak trees surrounding it when they became animated by the wind. They all left. Meran said these were not at all like the Bodachs from her homeland—these creatures were weaned on malevolence. Meran discovered that Jilly had been "marked" by them.

On the journey into Old City, Goon joined Meran and Jilly. when they arrived at the gathering of Skookin around a dias, they saw a figure

~ "Stone Drum" — Dreams Underfoot


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