Fylgjur (singular fylgja) are companion spirits of Norse mythology, usually considered an embodiment of a person's fate or fortune. The only SSSS character whose fylgja has been shown is Reynir, and it takes the shape of an Icelandic Sheepdog. The most similar concept for Finns would be the luonto.
Pre-Rash History Edit
The term "fylgja" translates both to "to accompany" and "afterbirth of a child". Both meanings have reflected into the supposed characteristics of the spirits, in particular, numerous fylgjur were said have the shape of a mouse, dog, fox, cat, bird of prey, or one of the various carrion eating animals so as to match the real animal that showed up to devour the infant's afterbirth.
Otherwise, fylgjur could take the shape of any animal appearing at the birth, or an animal that was considered representative of the human's character. In the latter case, the animal would not necessarily be one native to Scandinavia, though the most popular variants were foxes for users of magic, and wolves for warriors. In some cases, fylgjur have even be said to appear in human shape.
Heroes in sagas fairly often make use of their fylgja in that they shapeshift into the matching animal, or send out the actual fylgja, to do battle. However, the appearance of a fylgja while the corresponding human is not asleep was considered an omen announcing his imminent death.