Ashes of the Empire
Among the homes and villages that border the great ancient forests a tale can be often heard of fair young maidens dwelling alone among the oldest and most gnarled of groves. Many young men have set out in search of them and have never returned, and many the wife of a lumberjack has cursed them as the sun sets with their husbands nowhere to be seen.
Some say they are witches who have used forgotten magics to keep themselves forever young and forever beautiful, catching wanderers off guard with a false visage. What the witches do with their victims has as many legends as there are forest villages, either turning them into lustful slaves, or capturing and slowly devouring them, or turning them into a squirrel, or crow, or tree, or some other piece of the forest never to be returned to their true form.