Some of my favorite additions to The Fiend and the Forge (September 2010) are undoubtedly the haglings. These toothy creatures might be small and dressed in starchy little uniforms, but don’t turn your back on Bellagrog’s hungry little brood. In fact, according to some, haglings can be even more ferocious than their full-grown counterparts. A few things to keep in mind:

  • Hag reproduction is a mystery. In Bellagrog’s own words, “there ain’t no male hags.”
  • Haglings seem to be spawned and, like sharks and serpents, are almost immediately lethal
  • Haglings don’t receive names until they reach their tweens. Relatively few haglings reach their naming ceremony as the life of a hagling is often nasty, brutish, and short.
  • A wee hagling’s voice can be deeper than a full-grown hag and is unnervingly uncouth and sophisticated in expressing its surly point of view.
  • Haglings can be brutal with one another, but almost always cooperate when it comes to dealing with “outsiders”.
  • While brutally efficient with household chores and all manner of domestic arts, it is best not to leave children, pets, or unwary adults in the company of haglings.

Hope that piques your interest! They really are a treat and I can’t wait for you to meet them (particularly Number Five…!)