will-o'-the-wisp

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will-o'-the-wisp

(wĭl′ə-thə-wĭsp′)
n.
1. See ignis fatuus.
2. A delusive or misleading hope.
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What Roberts saw was a Corpse Candle,one of the mysterious death omens of Wales.
These include Blodwen Griffiths from the Ystwyth Valley who saw the 'corpse candle' - a premonition of death - and Dewi Bowen from Bala who claims to have seen Wales' own Nessie - the Llyn Tegid (Lake Bala) monster.
"Tales abound of the ghosts, corpse candles (coloured orbs) and 'black goblins' of the acre who occasionally invade our world to wreak havoc - as well as a black shadowy entity, known as an Angel of Death, which rises up from the Acre when a world war is imminent.