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 – or were – heroes. They’re 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.

Unfortunately, the First War left its marks on everyone, and the Guardians took the biggest hit. Like most Guardians, they’ve lost the ability to tell the difference between saving people and hurting them.

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