Virikas are one of the most unpleasant faeries, and though they don't actually cause damage themselves, they are really horrible little critters. They have big pointed teeth that are always showing, and blood drips from them. The rest of their bodies are also red, a reminder of bloody death, and this is appropriate because they like to gather in small groups and chatter at each other . . . outside people's houses that are going to die. It is said that giving the virikas gifts can encourage them to go away, bringing the message to the bringer of the person's death that they are not ready to go. The proper way to give gifts to the virikas is with a shrine decorated with food, herbs, flowers, and other yummy-smelling things.

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