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.