It was a dark and stormy night. The sky outside the window was black, with flashes of lightning illuminating the sky in brief bursts. Inside the house, a family huddled around the fire, telling stories to each other in hushed tones.
One of those stories, however, was about something that none of them wanted to speak about out loud – Ribesal.
Ribesal had been around for as long as anyone could remember. While no one could say for certain where it came from or why it existed, everyone knew that it lurked in the shadows of their lives. It was said to be an entity composed of pure evil – an ancient being that fed on human fear and suffering.
Some said that it had been created by an even greater evil and sent here to wreak havoc on mankind; others claimed that Ribesal had always been there and had merely taken advantage of our own weaknesses.
Whichever story was true, one thing remained certain – Ribesal was something to be feared. There were countless tales about people who had encountered the creature and never returned, or who suddenly went mad after encountering its presence. People spoke in hushed tones of how it could take control of your mind and make you do its bidding; others said that it could move through walls and appear suddenly out of nowhere when least expected.
No one knew what Ribesal looked like or what form it took when not hiding away in the shadows; all they knew was that if you ever encountered it, you should run away as fast as you can and never look back again. Even mentioning its name out loud would bring bad luck upon you – so this family stayed far away from speaking about Ribesal at all costs.
As time went on, people began to forget about Ribesal – or at least tried very hard not to think about it too much – but deep down they all knew that somewhere out there this legendary creature still existed and was waiting for just the right moment to strike again. The horror of Ribesal will live on forever in our minds; we may try our best to forget about it but ultimately we know that no matter how hard we try we will never truly be rid of this ancient terror once and for all…or will we?
Only time will tell what fate awaits us when we are confronted with the legendary creature known as Ribesal…
Dictionnaire Infernal – Collin de Plancy (1863) (paraphrased)
Ribesal, aka Rubezal, is a specter at the summit of the Risemberg, according to the people of Silesia. He is responsible for suddenly covering the mountain with clouds and he excites tempers.