Unquiet Precaution: Garlic

Much to Norbert's dismay, his garlic necklace fended off more than just the unliving.

Garlic, often referred to as “stink weed”, or other derogatory names, has long suffered the numerous taboos leveled against it. Despite general disfavor, it is a vital tool in the hunter’s arsenal. Garlic represents strength symbolically—and aromatically.

Garlic means “spear-leek”, which is appropriate given it’s importance on the battle eld. Eating it lends physical strength and courage. In addition, it protects against the malaise, fear, or terror emanating from certain wights.

The potent smell of garlic cloves wards off snakes, wyrms, and hungry dead, such as vampires. The aroma can also conceal the wearer from many types of wargs, like werewolves and bugbears.

If the old legends are true, garlic even provided protection for travelers against certain chthonic deities.

Unquiet Precaution: Proper Burial

By eating the last of her former companions, the ghoul ensured she would not receive the proper burial she craved for another 87 years.

Though specific practices vary widely from culture
to culture and region to region, burial is important for preventing the dead from returning to plague the living. It is a ritual which allows the deceased to rest and provide closure for the mourning.

Unburied dead – abandoned, lost or forgotten – are most likely to come back as walkers or ghosts. A common example in this age of war are corpses left on battle fields rising as ghouls.

However, burial is not only for the departed. The intense emotional states of the bereaved, be it mourning, longing or guilt, can cause the revenant to return and drag them into the realm of death if there is not a proper ritual of closure.

It should be obvious that the ritual of burial only works on the dead, though interring bound monsters into the earth is also a solid way to keep them from causing trouble for a good while.

Unquiet Precaution: Stalling

Lan's encyclopedic knowledge of knock-knock jokes proved instrumental in stalling 'til sunrise which turned the fiend to stone.

Stalling may be one of the least glamorous tools in the hunter’s repertoire, but it can be vital, especially if other methods of defeating, or even surviving, a monster encounter are unavailable.

Don’t disparage it as a tactic, for it has been used by storytellers, wizards, and even gods.

Stalling may take the form of distracting the monsters with compelling patterns, things to count, or stories; temporarily binding the monster to a place or object; and staying within a warded circle, or simply hiding.

The most common reason for stalling is to wait for daylight as a vast majority of monsters are destroyed, inactive, transformed, or otherwise reduced by the light of day. Yet other times there may be the need to wait out whatever compulsion has taken over the monster, the phase of the moon (bring a book), the changing of the tide, or just waiting for the monster to give up and leave.

Unquiet Precaution: Hidden Heart

Sabine crushed the troll's secret heart. Across town, Vernon Fizzwiggins, the cotton candy mogul, dropped dead. No more children disappeared.

The heart is a powerful symbolic representation of whatever fragment remains in a monster’s soul. Some monsters are so cut off from what it means to be human, that they have to keep the heart hidden far away. Like a true name, the heart is the same as the soul. Its location is a bitterly guarded secret, which can only be taken from the end by trickery or force.

Possession of the hidden heart can give the discoverer power over the end. However, it is a twisted dangerous thing. It may radiate such an aura of evil, and one must take care against possession or being overcome.

The hidden, or secret, heart need not be an actual beating heart, but it may refer to any relic or place where a monster’s soul is bound.

Unquiet Precaution: Fire

Never considered a nuanced hunter, Friedrich's preferred method of dealing with monsters was fire.

Aside from sunlight, there is no more essential and primal weapon for the hunter of monsters. It is the sacred gift of the gods and the all-consuming destroyer. As such, it is uniquely suited for fighting the bogeys of the night.

Fire’s versatility is unmatched; there are too many practical uses to name them here. It was the first tool of civilization used to keep out the Other, and is just as potent symbolically as it is physically.

Fire is the provider of light and warmth for man after night has fallen, both of which are key for strengthening the spirit and repelling evil.

As the Norse trickster god, Loki, found when challenging the Utgard giant, nothing can compete with the hunger and destruction of fire. It leaves naught but ash, from which no evil can return.

Unquiet Precaution: True Name

It was then that Hans wondered if the old woman lied about the demon's true name being "Lord Gherkin von Tastybeans".

A name may seem an innocuous thing, but like story and faith, it holds limitless symbolic and sympathetic power. The true name of a being is a direct link to their soul.

Discovering and speaking the true name of a monster can be used to bind, banish, or gain power over them. However, just like all secret knowledge, it is dangerous for the incautious.

Using the true name of something evil can draw its attention upon the speaker. If they are not suficiently prepared and strong of body and spirit, the monster will be the one in control.

It can be dangerous to speak the proper name of a type of monster, lest one be listening. This explains the common use of nicknames for the fae, fiends, and even death.