Not every monster is the byproduct of mystical forces having a gang bang. Some are part of the natural processes of life and death, like the Ankou from Breton, Cornish, Welsh, and Norman French mythology or folklore. Rather than being a monster whose life is endless suffering, the Ankou is more of a henchman of death, who has to take up the mantle of Ankou for only one year.

This “creature” is more of a spirit, watching over graveyards, and collecting the lost souls in its area. It is said that the Ankou is whoever was the last to die in a parish for any given year. This means they are stuck collecting souls for an entire year until the new Ankou can take over so that the previous can head towards the afterlife. Of course, with most myths and folk tales, there are different versions, as the Ankou is told of as a ghoul or king of the dead.

Most depictions show this ghostly ghoul as an old man or skeletal male form with a long white hair, a scythe, cloak, and large hat to cover its face. More often than not there are tales of it pushing a cart as well, likely the method in which souls or bodies of the deceased are carried. Its skeletal head also has the ability to rotate completely, an ability to “see all”. You would think that any Ankou would be up for a random quickie with fiends of the night, mainly because they have a good deal of free time since people aren’t constantly dying over the course of the year in a parish. That being said, it would be tough trying to get attached as you would be getting to know a new one every year.