Within the Ancient Forests hid man-eating beasts, vicious hags and bogeymen of all shapes and sizes - all of which died away long before the modern era. Existing only in the imagination of those who have kept the wisdom of their ancestors alive in song, dance and written stories.
Yet every now and then the Ancient Forests return, spiriting people away from their homes or work and trapping them within the twisting nether these people are presumed "missing" by the world and rarely return, even if they do they are often without memory or means of identification.
Within the Ancient Forests these souls walk endlessly, pursued by the many dark forces that lurk within - there is no reason behind these events, no purpose and no grand design.. that, perhaps, is what is most frightening to the modern mind - the idea that even in our so-called age of reason and science people can be taken away in the flash of an eye to a realm beyond our own, a realm which refuses to play by our limited notion of "reality".
You can never tell when it will occur or who will be taken next, it is as random as death itself - you could be sitting at home, school, work or even in a car or bus only to disappear in an instant. No one would notice.. at least not until it was too late.
No search party could find you, no priest or holy man could pray for you, friends and family would be powerless - yet this is no fairy tale. This is the fate of hundreds every day.
How, you may ask, do you protect yourself? The answer is simple: You don't. Live every moment of every day as if it were your last. Find happiness in the smallest of things and do not be quick to anger. For this world is fleeting at best and who knows what awaits us when our time finally comes.