Ghost Edit

The spirits of the deceased, who become attached to the vestigium of a certain area and can live off vestigia or magic.[1] For a place to be haunted by a ghost it generally needs to be older than 30 years, so the level of vestigia is high enough. For a place to have a poltergeist it needs to be older than that.[2]

Peter Grant encountered the ghost of a graffiti artist (Macky) in a train tunnel. Macky had died, being hit by a train.[3]

Revenant Edit

An avenging spirit or ghost who returns from the dead for revenge. A “ghost vampire” who lives off the magical force of others.[4]

Troll Edit

Trolls usually want to live on riverbanks, preferably on places overshadowed by stone or brick.[5] For instance Nathaniel, a troll who acts as a police informant, lives under the arches of Richmond Bridge, having moved there from Hungerford Bridge.[6]

Vampire Edit

They are anti-life, or Tactus disvitae. Vampires feed off the magic potential, including the vestigia, of their surroundings and of living creatures.[7]

Jazz vampire Edit

As other vampires, jazz vampires lives of energy. In this case the energy comes from jazz musicians.[8]

Genius loci Edit

A Genius loci is the spirit of a certain place.[9]

River Spirit Edit

Genius loci of a river.[10]

Canal SpiritEdit

These differs from River Spirits according to Tyburn and Fleet.[11]


He of the Forest. Genius loci of a forest.[12]

Fae Edit

A fae is a collective term, almost like foreigner or barbarian.[13]


Zachary Palmer claimed to have seen a unicorn in Epping Forest once, as a child. Peter Grant was not sure if it was true or not.[14] Nicole Lacey had an invisible friend, Princess Luna, who was some kind of unicorn.[15]

Possibly magical creatures Edit

Fox Edit

While investigating the railway tunnels under a school Abigail met a talking fox, who told her to tell her friends "they're on the wrong side of the river".[16] At the Spring Court Abigail was cornered by a white man, called Reynard (the French word for fox is renard), who was wearing a red hunting jacket, camouflage trousers, Dr Martens boots and a t-shirt with an anti-foxhunting print. He was short, had a triangular face, sharp white teeth, rust-coloured hair and hazel eyes flecked with gold.[17]

Two foxes talked to Abigail at the marshalling yard near Wembley Park, deliberately allowing themselves to be overheard by Peter.[18] Either they are very well travelled or another pair of similar foxes (Denzil?, Henrietta?) live in Herefordshire,[19] where they have talked with Dominic Croft.[20]

Mermaid Edit

When Peter Grant first encountered a Genius loci, he asked Nightingale if it was a mermaid. His response: "That wasn't a mermaid", made Peter say: "So there are such things as mermaids". To this Nightingale only answered: "Focus, Peter, one thing at a time".[21]

References Edit

  1. Rivers of London
  2. A Rare Book of Cunning Device
  3. Whispers Under Ground
  4. Rivers of London
  5. Whispers Under Ground
  6. Rivers of London
  7. Rivers of London
  8. Moon over Soho
  9. Rivers of London
  10. Rivers of London
  11. King of the Rats
  12. Night Witch #1
  13. Whispers Under Ground
  14. Whispers Under Ground
  15. Foxglove Summer
  16. Whispers Under Ground
  17. Broken Homes
  18. The Furthest Station
  19. Tales from the Borderlands - High and Dry, in Detective Stories #1
  20. Tales from the Borderlands - Legal Sabotage, in Black Mould #5
  21. Rivers of London

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