The Black Man In The Woods, a.k.a. The Black Man, is a euphemism for Satan, the Devil, or a devil which tempts people into making pacts with him in exchange for the magical powers of a witch or the ability to become a werewolf.
Appearance: A man dressed in black who sometimes is said to ride upon the back of a black stallion.
Lore: According to certain confessions of accused witches and werewolves, such individuals claimed to have met a peculiar man dressed in black in the woods who bid them to make a pact with him by signing his book in blood. In exchange for this he granted unto them magical powers or the ability to transform into a werewolf. The ability to transform into a wolf was usually achieved by way of a magic salve or belt made of wolf hair which the Black Man gave the person. Additionally the Black Man was believed to ask people to come dance with him and a group of his followers in the woods. Such was usually viewed as an invitation to become a witch.
Powers: The Black Man In The Woods, as the Devil or a devil, has supernatural powers. The Black Man In The Woods can grant people the magical powers of a witch or provide people with magical items that can transform them into werewolves.
Defense Against The Black Man In The Woods: If you should meet the Black Man In The Woods, do not accept his invitation to dance nor make a pact with him.
Trivia: The Black Man In The Woods is referenced in the book, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
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