|“||The Kludde is a type of shapeshifting demon from Dutch folklore, whose favorite forms seemed to be that of chimeric combination between a hound and a small dragon. It is a fearsome beast, capable of ripping apart its prey to grain-sized pieces between devouring them whole, which in combination with its immense speed and the fact it can spawn out seven clones of itself from its corpse, makes it near-impossible to defeat it without relying on your cunning and resourcefulness. Well, that and whether or not you have any piece of spare cloth on you.||„|
|— Matt Wright|
The Kludde is a demonic canine of the water in folklore from the Netherlands and Belgium.
Some believe it to be a werewolf, a demon or even an avatar of the devil himself. The Beast lives in the forests and the edges of civilization. Some say the demon used to live in Dender, but the civilians of Aalst managed to chase him off to Dendermonde. An unlikely story, especially since Kludde was known in a much wider area.
It makes an effective predator using its shapeshifting abilities in conjunction with its other paranormal abilities of alienation, blindness, reflection of the preys desires and hypnotic songs.
People know him as a horrifying Tormentor. He's a Child Terror and pulls children into the water.
Some people have described the Kludde as a water demon; supposedly a big dog that walks on its hind legs with heavy chains (at least one around its ankle), bear claws, a black beak, green glistening scales on the bat wings on his back and crimson colored bulging eyes.
The canine form appears as a large, black dog, with a short tail, thick fur and a pair of vestigial leathery wings sprouting from its shoulder blades. It prefers this form when hunting its prey, usually mammals, birds and sometimes metahumans. When in this form, it walks on its hind legs.
The avian form appears as a large raven and is generally used either when fleeing from an attacker, to scout out hunting terrain, or to stalk prey.
It uses its feline form, that of a black, domesticated cat, to survey more urban environments for prey. All three forms share the distinctive red corneas in its eyes.
Powers & Abilities
The Kludde can move at immeasurable speeds and is said to spawn from the cremated bodies of witches and wizards. Some say if one were to kill the Kludde, 7 more would crawl from its corpse. He likes to play dangerous games such as jumping on unsuspecting passersby and becoming increasingly heavy. The monster can sometimes be found in the reeds, under bridges and inside of hollow trees. Should one encounter the beast, their best hope is that their feet are faster than the Kludde's claws.
Throwing a handkerchief could save their life; Just like with the werewolf, this fiend has no other choice but to rip it apart carefully, fiber by fiber. Kludde has the ability to change into a wide assortment of animals, such as ravens, snakes, cats, frogs, bats and even trees that grow high above the clouds. Other times he would show up looking like a human being, anything was possible, really. Sometimes he'd appear as a meager horse and took people for a ride, only to shake them off in a pond somewhere.
Kludde often transforms himself into a tree, small and delicate at first, but rapidly shooting into the clouds, while everything it shadows is thrown into confusion. The Kludde is also capable of shapeshifting into other animals, such as ravens, snakes, cats, frogs, bats, humans, and even trees that grow high above the clouds. It may also shape-shift into a horse, and take someone for a ride before shaking them off in the wilderness.
Myths and Legends
There's people who believe Kludde teams up with the Lange Wapper, another tormenting shapeshifter from Flanders.
- The name of the specter comes from his cry: "Kludde, Kludde!"