Who Shows Up
We have all played the “getting to know the local wights” game at one point or another (otherwise known as “Who Are the Spirits in Your Neighborhood?“). And on almost any decent bit of land, if one lays down honey, or bread, or milk, at least some spirits in the area will show up and partake…someone is always hungry.
But what if instead you deliberately tried to attract really interesting sorts of spirits? You go to a likely place, and offer something very…particular. What enjoys withered apples plucked from a graveyard on May Eve? What thirsts for lotus flowers steeped in wine? What is summoned by the smoke of tree resins burning with a drop of blood? You’ll find out when They show up.
To be sure, this is a dangerous game, and only to be played with utter seriousness of intent and respect for the entities involved (and sometimes fear). But for certain sorts, it might be more compatible in the long run with the type of Work we wish to do, and the type of help we are likely to need. And even the type of companionship we tend to keep. (You’ll know if you’re that sort, probably, if you have all of those things in your cupboard right now.)
Of course, this sort of attitude has gotten me in a lot of trouble in the past, and I can’t rightly recommend it, but it’s also made for a very interesting path thus far.