Among the shadowy, mossy trees of the Eshreemn forest, there is a people that is feared by travellers. Humans call them Skinflayer Witches. The Elves and the Fae refer to them as The Hungry, or The Fallen.
Stories claim that there was once a Fae Lord and a Human maiden that fell in love – and that they had a girlchild that was a horrid abomination. The father was disgusted with this ugly, misshapen child and abandoned the baby in the woods where she would (or so he thought) die unseen and unknown.
The child did not die, though. The Eshreemn forest takes care of its own.
These creatures, whether they are descendants of abandoned children or if they are a species all of their own, prey on unwary and foolish travellers that attempt to take a shortcut through their forest. Though they are cruel and vicious towards those that intrude on their home, it is said that they are gentle and caring towards nature and animals... and especially to the woods they call their own.
(this is a design for a board game a friend and I are making.. so simple background felt necessary)