These malevolent spirits are said to be corrupted and twisted nature spirits. According to some occultists they are created when an animal is horribly abused or tortured to death by a human. The suffering inflicted somehow alters the Essence matrix of the original nature spirit, turning it into a sadistic being that savors the suffering and fear of humans. These spirits materialize by possessing and magically mutating small animals and vermin, typically dogs, cats, rats and other domesticated or human-dependent creatures. The result is a hideous mockery of life. A little monster that sometimes has vaguely human features, or oversized claws and fangs for an animal of its size. The most common host body is a recently killed animal. Some of the younger Gifted contemptuously refer to Wildlings as “re-animated roadkill.” Their goals appear to be to harm humans, especially the weak and defenseless. Children are the favorite prey of Wildlings.
Wildlings are frequently found near human towns and cities, although the occasional creature can be found prowling through farmlands. Their numbers were few in the past and were typically explained away as cases of rabies or other disease or malformed animals. However, Wildlings are becoming increasingly common and they are responsible for over a dozen deaths and nearly a hundred cases of freak “animal attacks” per year in the last few years. This will only get worse with time.
Fortunately most Wildlings are lone hunters or perhaps there were never enough of the creatures to result in any gatherings. Some Gifted have heard tales of Wildlings that hunt in packs. However so far no credible evidence has been recorded to support this claim. Although a couple of camper disappearances in Midwestern national parks may be linked to such events.