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Title: Beings of the Northlands
Post by: Miri Thorel on December 05, 2016, 04:12:50 pm
I thought it might be helpful to start keeping notes about the people, creatures, and whatever else we start to run across as we make our way north, especially those we may have to fight or otherwise deal with.

(Edited: I'm editing this as new information comes in and trying to organize it a little. --Miri)

Creatures We've Encountered

Nightmare-related
Harrowed: Those who have been corrupted by Nightmare. The basic Harrowed seem to be fairly mindless and fight without particular skill or tactics. More advanced Harrowed can cause torment, silence (and what else?). Some advanced Harrowed glow blue and can be harmed only with Divine power. (Described by Miri.)

Malefer: (Someone please correct my spelling, I only heard the name rather than seeing it written.) These are more advanced Nightmare beings. They are unique and what works against one may not work against others. The first one we encountered, at the Waystation, was able to trap people in their own nightmares and use them as anchors to pull in a chunk of the Weave. It appeared as a black creature with a beak-like face, and seemed to know the nightmares of at least some people it encountered. (Described by Miri.)

Dream-related
Reverie: Creatures of dream. Maybe the positive counterpart to Malefers? They seem connected to the Dreaming Goddess; both were very attracted to one of the Champions that is favored of her, and they responded extremely positively when wished pleasant dreams. (Described by Miri and Thaddeus.)

Other
Stoneformed: We met one in a ruined palace.  She had once been a person Thaddeus knew, and she was now an animate being of stone that would paralyze you if she hit you.  There seem to be some obvious parallels to the tales of the Basilisk.  (Described by Thaddeus.)
I also heard from Ash Willowfoot, one of the Waystation guides, that he encountered a group of "living statues" once. Might be the same sort of thing? And someone else, now I don't remember who, described the Basilisk's victims as slowly turning to stone. (Miri)

Spiders: "Nasty little buggers.  Well...nasty big buggers, really.  The size of a man.  Though the ones encountered by myself and others appeared while we were in the Weave.  Capable of trapping a person in place in order to feast upon them.

The ones encountered were accompanied by a strange creature that seemed to be constructed of threads.  A hypothesis was made that this being was a walking web.  This being was, in my opinion, much more dangerous.  It could calm the aggression of its victims and, upon doing so, could then compel the victim to draw close to it, at which point, it would send the victim into a state of slumber.  Presumably to provide an easy meal for the spiders it accompanied.

"I only encountered them the one time and it was in the Weave, so I can't say if these creatures are native only to the Weave or if they exist outside of the Weave as well." (Described by Iosef)

The Fell Winter (can someone describe this? I'm not sure I understand what it is)

Basilisk
See separate discussion begun in 807. There are theories that the Basilisk may be the Heretic Queen, or tied in some way to her. We encountered the Basilisk, speaking through one of its stone victims, at the ruins of the Farseer in spring 808. Thanks to Ilyani winning its challenge, it agreed not to interfere with us until at least fall. There are rumors that it can control its victims through mirrors.

Creatures We've Heard About

Vespers Agents of Nightmare. We haven't actually seen any yet, but we think they were responsible for stealing the artifacts. Presumably they're people, not creatures.
Title: Re: Beings of the Northlands
Post by: Tasi on December 05, 2016, 04:30:57 pm
Would it be worthwhile to mention foes of which we've heard rumors as well.  Separate them into two categories.
Title: Re: Beings of the Northlands
Post by: Miri Thorel on December 05, 2016, 04:57:07 pm
Would it be worthwhile to mention foes of which we've heard rumors as well.  Separate them into two categories.

Sounds sensible! At this point I think collecting whatever information we have will be helpful.

--Miri
Title: Re: Beings of the Northlands
Post by: Iosef on December 05, 2016, 05:12:03 pm
"Spiders.  Nasty little buggers.  Well...nasty big buggers, really.  The size of a man.  Though the ones encountered by myself and others appeared while we were in the Weave.  Capable of trapping a person in place in order to feast upon them."

"The ones encountered were accompanied by a strange creature that seemed to be constructed of threads.  A hypothesis was made that this being was a walking web.  This being was, in my opinion, much more dangerous.  It could calm the aggression of its victims and, upon doing so, could then compel the victim to draw close to it, at which point, it would send the victim into a state of slumber.  Presumably to provide an easy meal for the spiders it accompanied."

"I only encountered them the one time and it was in the Weave, so I can't say if these creatures are native only to the Weave or if they exist outside of the Weave as well."
Title: Re: Beings of the Northlands
Post by: Thaddeus Bottom on December 05, 2016, 10:44:19 pm
Reveries - They seem connected to the Dreaming Goddess; both were very attracted to one of the Champions that is favored of her, and they responded extremely positively when I wished them pleasant dreams at the end of the night.

Stoneformed  - Did anyone else run into them?  We met one in a ruined palace.  She had once been a person I knew, and she was now an animate being of stone that would paralyze you if she hit you.  There seem to be some obvious parallels to the tales of the Basilisk.  I know there are also theories that the Basilisk may be the Heretic Queen, or tied in some way to her... that would make sense, we were there to seek an artifact of the Queen.  I'll get info on that whole trip out soon.
Title: Re: Beings of the Northlands
Post by: Branka on December 06, 2016, 12:01:34 pm
My pet crazy theory about the basilisk is that it is the daughter of the Heretic Queen and her Consort.  This comes from 2 bits of information and a supposition.

1)  Leyla's divination on the scales said the basilisk was sad because the place with black stone walls used to be happy, but had turned bloody and sad.  It wants revenge.  This makes sense from the perspective of a child whose parents are the Heretic Queen and her Consort.

2) Some stories say the daughter was killed, but some do not. I also heard someone tell me that there may have been more than one child, but I am not sure about that.  We also found the scales in the very place where a child of theirs was blessed.  Perhaps that god she was blessed by was the stone god?

3)  The basilisk has scales and feathers.  This makes sense for a child of the Queen of the Snake tribe and the leader of the Owl tribe.
Title: Re: Beings of the Northlands
Post by: Lucient on December 08, 2016, 08:43:29 pm
As a note on Harrowed and Malefers, Harrowed are to be destroyed on sight, they are beyond redemption.
Malefers can possibly be saved, the Inquisition is researching a Ritual to do so. If you know words relating to Dream or Goodness, or Nightmare and Darkness please bring this to my attention, I shall be attempting this ritual next gathering on a Malefer.

Malefers are also vulnerable to their fears, or memories. The one we fought had an aversion to the word "Jordan" to the point where it would seem to injure it. Finding out their fears is important, when you meet a new Malefer catagorize it then please report to a member of the Divine Inquisition.

May Izail Bless your step
Title: Re: Beings of the Northlands
Post by: Misia on August 01, 2017, 09:13:10 pm
Cookies!
Title: Re: Beings of the Northlands
Post by: Miri Thorel on August 03, 2017, 06:41:05 pm
I updated this a little, but I know we've encountered more things. Can someone describe what the Fell Winter is, so I can add that? And what else needs to get added?

--Miri
Title: Re: Beings of the Northlands
Post by: Misia on August 03, 2017, 07:25:45 pm
Fell Winter: an icy being, who we first met at the Waystatuon. She challenged us to find 3 champions to challenge her in the areas of Body, Mind, and Heart. She agreed not to attack us this fall if we won, which we did. Hazel may have more details, as I believe she recently visited her.
Title: Re: Beings of the Northlands
Post by: Hazel on August 07, 2017, 12:19:40 pm
The Fell Winter is also far less powerful in the summer than in the winter.  On a Pathfold to see her, she mentioned that she might be visiting us again this winter during the gala.

I'm unsure if she plans to test us yet again, or if she's simply become curious about us.

...I'm not sure which would be worse.
Title: Re: Beings of the Northlands
Post by: Mishkin Aspenthorn on August 14, 2017, 05:03:19 pm
Malefer: (Someone please correct my spelling, I only heard the name rather than seeing it written.) These are more advanced Nightmare beings. They are unique and what works against one may not work against others. The first one we encountered, at the Waystation, was able to trap people in their own nightmares and use them as anchors to pull in a chunk of the Weave. It appeared as a black creature with a beak-like face and seemed to know the nightmares of at least some people it encountered. (Described by Miri.)

At our first stop on our journey north, we encountered these beings. I heard tell of a separate encounter with one and the name "Jordan". I have now been affected twice by a Malfer that seems to cause a great sense of depression in its victims. I was only ever able to defend myself from it attaching to my nightmares by the "peaceful slumber" that the Dreaming Goddess affords. Is there anyone here that can go into deeper detail about the Malfer that they may know or have discovered? Also, anyone that was at the meeting where the Malfer was affected by the name "Jordan"? I am beginning to form a theory about the creation of the Malfers, the connection to their victims, and their distinct powers. I am to possibly attempt a Weavewalk to these ends once I receive more information.  Thank you.
Title: Re: Beings of the Northlands
Post by: Layla on August 17, 2017, 11:34:18 am
Oh oh, there was an owl and a bear and a newt! And they have names and stuff but we forgot to write them down and I couldn't grab the sheet on Sunsday because I had to leave early. Do you remember the names Romeo? Brancha and we're sure other explorers saw signs of them in the woods. From what I remember the newt is poisonous and/or its eggs are poisonous, the bear is REALLY big and the owl is silvery.

OH and on the hunting weavefolds we learned about a stone crab creature that had a very hard shell and had powerful claws, but Kel would know more about that. And then a forest antelope which we dubbed the Hazelope, that was very fleet of foot and kicked hard and Hazel can probably tell you more about. But I don't know if these are long dead creatures or critters of the northalnds or what since we didn't get much context about them per se.

Layla
Title: Re: Beings of the Northlands
Post by: Branka on August 18, 2017, 09:49:54 am
Oh oh, there was an owl and a bear and a newt! And they have names and stuff but we forgot to write them down and I couldn't grab the sheet on Sunsday because I had to leave early. Do you remember the names Romeo? Brancha and we're sure other explorers saw signs of them in the woods. From what I remember the newt is poisonous and/or its eggs are poisonous, the bear is REALLY big and the owl is silvery.


Layla

The bear is VERY big - significantly bigger than most bears, and white.  It scratched its claws and rubbed its fur on some trees and left prints. I believe the Thilmin said it's called an Ice Bear, if I'm remembering correctly.  The owl is, in fact, called a silver owl, and I caught glimpses of it hunting.  I also saw woggin signs.
Title: Re: Beings of the Northlands
Post by: Marcel de Giverny on December 05, 2017, 09:10:56 pm
I fought many spiders; I think people started calling them weave spiders.  From lots and lots of observation, it seems that in the material plane, they only do damage with their pincers, which are (thankfully) fairly short.  They didn't seem to have any skill in melee, probably because they're immune to any damage except Divine or possibly via wild magic - any wild mages care to comment?

In the weave, though, they could sometimes shoot a web that would pin your feet, so that was a bit nasty.

In both the material plane and the weave, though, they seem to have the same constitution.  I'm pretty sure it takes 3 sharp hits to take one out -- certainly two Divine Might swings takes them out, and I had the good fortune to watch Thaddeus do terrible, terrible things to them when he got behind them: one good shot from him, and it was a dead spider.
Title: Re: Beings of the Northlands
Post by: Chel Verdansk on December 05, 2017, 10:49:55 pm
I fought many spiders; I think people started calling them weave spiders.  ...

In the weave, though, they could sometimes shoot a web that would pin your feet, so that was a bit nasty.

Actually, I saw a few people who got caught in dere webs, so de can trow dem outside de web as well.