From Germany's Alpine Region, come the legend of The Krampus. Possibly Pagan in origin, their story contrasts that of the Christmas figure St. Nicholas. Described as furry demi-demons, they sport cloven hooves and rather sharp talons. They are assistants to St. Nicholas. Children who behave badly during Christmas season are dealt with by The Krampus. Traditionally, it is The Krampus who deliver sacks of coal and bundles of thorns to bad children (leaving Father Christmas free to concentrate on only good children). Alternatively, The Krampus (per Region) is known as Anti-Claus. They are also portrayed as taking bad children to Hell.