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« on: May 07, 2012, 04:02:57 AM »

I’d been casting around looking for a new series I could write, something I hadn’t done before. I tried to think of gaps in the setting or an element that bothered me. One thought that came to mind was the limited number of fey; just the major races and a very few examples (Highland Imp) of the lesser or rarer fey found in other settings. Why were they missing, should they be missing? Some fey from literature were too ‘light’ for the Midnight setting. Could I write up some lesser fey that added color and could find some use without changing the balance of the setting?

After some thought, I came up with 4-5 ideas that I thought I could flesh out. Don’t look for stats, I leave that up to you if you use the races. I’ll be trying to set the mood and show their impact. I don’t think this will be a large series, maybe 4-6 races. Too many would dilute their impact and strain my limited imagination.
Without further ado, the first of the forgotten fey, the Ygarran.

The Ygarran or Blood Seers
72 Last Age: For two days I’d been held in the dark and moved out of the city; that much I could tell by the noises around me and a subtle but noticeable change in the air. When my hood was finally removed, I thought I’d gone temporarily blind due to the almost unnatural darkness. I was underground; with only a sliver of light illuminating a small, perfectly round pool. As my eyes adjusted I saw dark shapes moving toward but not into the light. Long minutes stretched by without sound until she arrived. I knelt as she passed and approached the pool. In her wake was a pallet borne by four heavily armed guards. The figure on the pallet was like none I’d ever seen; smaller and slighter than a Danasil, with skin a sickly grey.  Its eyes were open but clouded and sightless. Whatever or whoever this was, it was old and at the end of its life.

The pallet was placed at the pool’s edge. The Queen sat near the head of the pallet and the dark shapes moved forward, revealing themselves as more of these strange, small fey. Many seemed old, bent with age. Words were spoken to my Queen in a language I’d never heard, but she appeared to understand it clearly and answered in the same tongue. She leaned over the body on the pallet, gently stroked its hair and spoke a few words into its ear. From somewhere inside her robes she pulled out a small curved silver blade and quickly and deftly drew it across its neck, allowing the blood to flow into the pool.

I choked back my surprise at the Queen’s murder of the creature, just as the chanting started and the pool began to swirl with the rich red of blood and shades of blue and green. Images began to form in the pool; scenes of battle and destruction. The images shifted rapidly moving from mountain peaks, to the great plains, and images I couldn’t place. I couldn’t tell how long the visions lasted only; minutes at most. At no time did the Queen’s eyes waver; locked on the pool. When she finally turned away, I could sense a great weariness and sadness in her. Whatever she had seen did not please her.


Description/Influnce: The Ygarran are an almost extinct minor fey race that has the power to see the future through the use of their blood. Never numerous, in the Last Age they are thought of as only a myth or at best an extinct branch of the fey. Scholars in the Order of Truth believe that the Ygarran were part of elthedar society, acting as advisors to elthedar priests and nobles. Surviving records talk of theirdecline as desperate leaders hunted down the Ygarran sensing the impending Sundering; hoping to use their blood to power oracles. The last recorded sighting of a Ygarran was early in the First Age from a mission to explore old ruins in the Arunath mountains.

Very few realize that the Ygarran still exist in the mountains to the south. It was Aradil who sent her most trusted servants to seek them out. Like her predecessors prior to the Sundering, the Witch Queen seeks their blood to see the future of her people. Unlike her predecessors, she understands how finite a resource they are and uses their blood sparingly, seeking to preserve it for a time of even greater need. Unfortunately, she is not the only one who knows the Ygarran still exists. Ardherin, formerly the Queen’s consort was the first to find the Ygarran before his corruption and fall. He also seeks the Ygarran for his own purposes. He will bleed them dry if he finds them.

The Ygarrans’ abilities are tied directly to the amount of blood spilled. The more blood, the stronger the vision and the more the vision can be directed toward a certain event or place. The Ygarrans serving the Witch Queen do so willingly, having seen their own future in a world ruled by the Shadow. As they approach death, individual Ygarrans offer their greatest gift, their own life blood to fuel an amazingly powerful foretelling. There have been only three such rituals in the past hundred years, each having a major impact on the Witch Queen’s strategy against the Shadow.
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« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2012, 11:42:02 PM »

Another work of genius. I love it, Kane. Looking forward to seeing what other races you come up with.
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« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2012, 10:42:31 AM »

Twice Born,

Glad you liked it. The series will go at least six enties, one every Monday. I thought it was only going to go five when inspiration hit for a sixth completely out of the blue. One of those strange moments of enlightment. At least I think it was enlightenment. That will be up for the board to decide. The last one (just finished), my be my favorite of the bunch.

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« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2013, 02:17:53 PM »

Long overdue: this is so cool, Kane.
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