|The Man in the Fields|
|Origin Story||The Man in the Fields Ritual by unknown author|
The Man in the Fields is the titular antagonist of the story "The Man in the Fields Ritual".
The Man in the Fields is an ancient Pagan deity who has successes coming from rural areas, because he prefers to be alone when he is summoned, just himself and the victim. The Man in the Fields is a major challenge to anyone wishing to extend their lifespan, their financial status, or their social status for a year. The Man in the Fields is a nocturnal creature; he can be summoned anytime after nine pm, just as long as the Sun has set. The Man in the Fields is a very sadistic creature; but to those who have completed the ritual without looking at him, he rewards them beneficially.
The Man in the Fields, unlike other Pagan deities, does treat his devoted servants with respect. He knows his value; he has been summoned because he can reward his summoners. The Man in the Fields has to be summoned by going out into an open backyard at any time of the night (although financial status comes from starting at two in the morning) and whispering seven times "Who will scare the crows away?" At the last whisper, a mocking voice will say "But that's not your biggest problem."
Then the practitioner has to return to their house, whereupon everything that can open will have opened. They must find a room, put a crucifix inside, and lock the door, for protection. Throughout the ritual, as they lock each door that is opened, they will see an eerie man dressed in farmers overalls with a deathly complexion to his face. He is not the Man, he is a herald. He is just making sure the summoner is fulfilling the ritual's rules.
The trick is to lock every open item in the house in precisely an hour, because then they will be rewarded. AT NO POINT can the practitioner look down into their yard, because they will see the above image, the elongated Man in the Fields, staring up at them.
If they see the deity, he will see them, and begin racing off his post, into their house, and kill them - or, if they lock themselves in the safe room, they will endure his screams and clawings until morning. But even so they will not get rewarded, because they looked at him.
If you look in the backyard during the ritual, you will notice that there is a scarecrow that wasn't there. Its head is a cow’s skull, and its limbs are impossibly long versions of a human beings arms and legs. While the skin on its arms and legs is pale, they are not skeletal. The only thing that it is missing is a head. This is the Man in the Fields.