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An old tale tells of Stingy Jack, a lazy yet shrewd farmer who uses a cross to trap the Devil. Jack was getting chased by some villagers from whom he had stolen, when he met the Devil, who claimed it was time for him to die.
However, the thief stalled his death by tempting the Devil with a chance to bedevil the church-going villagers chasing him. Jack told the Devil to turn into a coin with which he would pay for the stolen goods (the Devil could take on any shape he wanted); later, when the coin/Devil disappeared, the Christian villagers would fight over who had stolen it.
The Devil agreed to this plan, turned himself into a silver coin and jumped into Jack's wallet, only to find himself next to a cross Jack had picked up in the village. Jack closed the wallet tight, the cross stripped the Devil of his powers and so he was trapped. Jack would only let the Devil go when he agrees never to take his soul.
After a while the Jack died, as all living things do. Of course, his life had been too sinful for him to go to Heaven; however, the Devil had promised not to take his soul, and so he was barred from Hell as well. Jack now had nowhere to go. He asked how he would see where to go, as he had no light, and the Devil mockingly tossed him an ember from the flames of hell that would never burn out.
Jack carved out one of his turnips (which was his favourite food), put the ember inside it, and began endlessly wandering the Earth searching for a resting place. He became known as "Jack of the lantern", or Jack-o-lantern.
The Jack-o-lantern ghost will be in Virtual Scotland for two days only!
The Jack-o-lantern ghost can be found in all non-raiding locations in Virtual Scotland around 31 October each year:
If a special event is being held around 31 October, then the jack-o-lantern ghost may also be captured at:
The Jack-o-lantern ghost's non-midnight counterpart is the Halloween ghost.
The Jack-o-lantern ghost has been known to occasionally drop one or more of the following items of ghost loot:
- 30 October 2009: The Jack-o-lantern ghost first appeared in Ghost Trappers' Virtual Scotland, for a period of 48 hours.
- 30 October 2015: The Jack-o-lantern ghost began to drop the lantern souvenir.
- 30 October 2016: The Jack-o-lantern ghost began to drop the wicker man head souvenir.
- 30 October 2018: The Jack-o-lantern ghost began to drop the random document box special item.
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