Faces in the trees are not uncommon, if you’re keen-eyed. Sometimes it’s a spirit, sometimes it’s a faerie, and sometimes it’s a barkwyrm.
Nobody knows how many barkwyrms there are. At times their numbers seem low, at others, they can be counted multiple to a single tree. Babies often hide as logs in the leaf litter, or perhaps as part of a bird’s nest.
If you happen to meet one, absolutely nothing will happen. You will stare one another down until you eventually move on – none can beat a barkwyrm in a staring contest, and the beast will not move an inch while aware it is being watched.