The Kelpie is a shape-shifting, malevolent water-spirit that inhabits fresh water in Irish folklore.
Appearance: The most common form of the creature is of a beautiful black horse.
Lore: The Kelpie manifests as a horse in an attempt to entice a foolish person into mounting him. When such a person does mount the creature he or she finds themself hopelessly stuck to the creature's adhesive skin. The Kelpie then makes a mad dash to it's watery home where it drowns and then devours it's victim.
Powers: Shape-shifting and incredible strength.
Defense Against Kelpies: Kelpies can be distinguished from normal horses by the fact that their manes are always soaking wet. The most obvious defense against Kelpies is to not mount one, even touch one for that manner. In one legend a boy and his friends encounter a Kelpie. The boy's friends mount the beast at once but the boy only touches the skin of the beast. The boy's friends become hopelessly stuck to the creature while the boy only has his fingers stuck to the creature's skin. The boy was able to escape by retrieving his knife and by cutting off his fingers. The boy's friends were not so lucky and were never seen again.
The Kelpie possesses a magic bridle. If one can manage to steal the bridle then they will be able to control the Kelpie and even put it to work, but beware. Like all fairy beings the Kelpie is remarkably crafty. If the Kelpie ever manages to retrieve it's bridle then it will quickly consume it's former master and bid a hasty retreat to it's watery lair.