Kelpies have a bad rap, but it’s easy to understand why: the ones left behind tell the tales.

According to myth, kelpies are demons that take on the form of horses, which then lure unwary travelers onto their back, gallop with them into a body of water, and then eat them.

In reality, kelpies are heroes. They’re of the People of the Guardians, and have an instinct honed specifically to the abused. When they show up and offer salvation, their goal is to whisk the abuse victim away, taking them to a place of safety – often of their own creation.

Of course, the abusers left behind are the ones telling the tales of horror, but what else would one expect?

Hestur is a particularly important kelpie, making his appearance in Notte.