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The Dreori

 

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Grouping C

 

 Origin & Nature

        Our tale begins long ago in the bedroom of a dying man lost in a sanguine dream. Charles Loth III was a man of violent tendencies offset by righteous diligence, once a soldier in the Oren Empire he was now retired with a formidable history of slaughter. Killing had become something of a need for the minor lord, however an old necessity for survival turned into a hobby of sick pleasure. For all his faults though, Charles remained a religious man and feared the punishments that awaited him in the afterlife. The very retribution dreamt of at the beginning of our tale caused the old Lord to wake in a sweat, he was determined to halt the creeping disease that stripped his life from him. In fevered prayer he turned away from the dark arts of the world yet despised the thought of anything just that was brought before him. He needed something more, and one day his cravings were sated by a mysterious dark-cloaked merchant who found his way to the manor of Lord Loth. 

 

        This merchant offered Charles the promise of a life -- or rather, an unlife that was unlike anything Charles had discovered in the weeks he’d been searching. Despite the lingering thought that the Merchant had left out important details Charles was bound by the hourglass of life and could hardly say no. He accepted the deal and the merchant began his work, after being paid a fortune of course. A few days passed before he returned with a peculiar tincture, which he urged the Lord to drink from.

 

        Charles did so, and found his vision fading, his consciousness fading to obscurity. When he awoke again, he was shackled in his own dungeon, limbs bound with metal bands with the Merchant standing before him. Before he could even raise his voice in protest of what had been done to him, the Merchant stepped forth and raised a dagger. With a deft movement, the Merchant sliced open the Lord’s jugular vein.

 

        Charles began to choke and sputter, blood spilling down his neck. The Merchant’s visage twisted into a small, mocking smile as he watched the blood flow. Then, Merchant raised his dagger again, cutting a small incision into his own bare, left arm. Slightly odd, darkened blood ran along the Merchants arm, Charles watched in horror as the Merchant let the blood flow into a chalice, his vision beginning to flicker as blood continued to run out of his body. Mere moments before the man would fall unconscious, and soon, die, the Merchant grabbed the chalice, moving closer to Charles and taking hold of his head. “Drink deep, Lord.” The Merchant murmured with a laugh, forcing the aged Lord to take a deep drink from the chalice. Immediately, Charles went unconscious, soon to be tormented by the darkest of thoughts, knowing no more of the dark ritual being enacted onto him.

 

        For twenty four elven hours the man suffered, never fully dying, experiencing the worst mental anguish the man had ever experienced. If he were capable of conscious thought, he would have considered it his retribution. These nightmarish thoughts and mental suffering eventually devolved into pure pain and thirst, the most terrible and unending thirst a man could know. Then, suddenly, it was over.

 

        Charles awoke a Saint’s day later, his hand reaching to stem the blood flow he thought was cascading from his throat only to find it had healed. His hands shook in unfamiliar fear as he looked at them, his skin was pale, paler than death. He glanced around in an attempt to make sense of what had happened. Rapidly, a single feeling overrode all curiosity of his new being. He was thirsty, so desperately thirsty. As a man in a desert cries out for water, Charles desperately sought a way to soothe this thirst.

 

        That was the first night of the rest of his miserable, damned existence.

 

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Physiology

        The Dreori, individually known as Dreor, are all individuals suffering from a specific curse, what many Dreor refer to as the Dreoric Condition. Acquiring the Dreoric Condition can only be done via a process known as the Damnation, most of which not even being made known to young Dreor; part of the Damnation includes going unconscious, so one doesn’t know what is done to them beyond that point. Of course, all Dreor are still individuals despite their Condition, and are varied in both body and mind. However, some traits unite all Dreor, being harkened back to their Condition.

 

        The Dreori maintain the body they had before Damnation. However, some changes are wrought on their form, some immediately visible and others more hidden, more insidious, internal changes. Blood flows through a Dreor, much like a Descendant. Yet the blood of a Dreor is marginally, yet noticeably, darker than it was as a Descendant. Additionally, their blood runs cold through their veins, their bodies not producing a significant amount of heat naturally. Every Dreor gains a scar after the Damnation along their jugular. The scar will fully heal after an elven weeks time, imperceptible to touch and sight, though occasional phantom pains from the wound are frequent in times of duress.

 

        Dreor are, in many ways, dead men walking. The Damnation largely eliminates the candelight that is a Descendant’s soul; An untouched Descendant’s soul is capable of much, while the Damnation neuters that potential and preventing a Dreor from pursuing anything that requires a Descendant soul. This does not, however, eliminate the weaknesses that come with having a soul; a Dreor still has soul essence that can be drained or manipulated by various magics, but they cannot utilize it for their own gain such as a mage might. This neutralization of the soul eliminates aging; a Dreor is frozen at the age they were during the Damnation. Additionally, the Damnation affects their physical form in a variety of ways. A Dreor tends to be on the colder side, their bodies producing much less heat than a normal Descendant’s might, though not to an unnatural level. They also tend to be pale and tired in appearance, their darkened veins more visible in open sunlight, leading to a tendency to cover it. Paler Dreori seem to also have an increased likelihood for sunburns, another reason why they may cloth themselves adequately, and avoid large gatherings in the sun. Additionally, after the Damnation, strange allergies and reactions to seemingly normal things may develop, which may or may not tie into their phobias. More information on their phobias and the mental state of the Dreori can be found in the Mental State section.

 

        Additionally, all Dreor have gold speckled eyes. Their base eye color is as it was before the Damnation process, but small specks of golden pigment are permanent in each eye. The severity of this is up to the Dreor, and can be increased or decreased at will. At the very minimum, a Dreor must have faint little specks of gold in their eyes, viewable up close. At the very most, a Dreor can cause their eyes to flood and intensify with golden particles, creating an uncomfortable appearance and gaze. The intensity of this also increases inadvertently when a Dreor uses any of their Abilities, or when their Blood Thirst gets too extreme. A Fractured Dreor will have these golden eyes constantly, striking and haunting.

 

 

Spoiler

Redlines:

  • Becoming a Dreor requires one to undergo the Damnation.

  • The blood of a Dreor is naturally darker and colder than that of a Descendant.

  • Dreor cannot learn any sort of magic that requires a soul to use. This includes both voidal and deity magics, as well as many dark magics. However, Dreor still maintain soul essence, it’s simply neutered into a form they can no longer manipulate as a magic user might. A Dreor may still learn something such as Sorvian Sculpting, which requires soul essence, but not active usage.

  • Dreori can utilize Kani, and other magics that don’t necessarily require a ‘greater soul’.

  • Nobody with any sort of deity connection can become a Dreor. Becoming a Dreor causes previous magics, if not compatible, to be dropped.

  • The effects of aging have been frozen by the Dreoric Condition; a Dreor in their base state will persist at whatever age they were when the Damnation took place. This can be affected via Dilation.

  • All Dreor will have gold speckled eyes. The severity of this ranges depending on the Blood Thirst of the Dreor, if they’re using any of their abilities, or if they’re Fractured.

  • Dreor cannot reproduce, nor undergo any sort of sexual FTB.

 

 

 

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Strengths and Weaknesses

        A Dreor does not need to subsist on normal food and drink. Normal food and drink could be consumed, but meals of vegetables would taste like ash, and neither food nor drink of any sort provide any nutritional value. A Dreor truly needs nothing, to subsist. However, a Dreor who does this will be weak, with a body like an anorexic with no true strength, requiring help like an elderly man. Dreor in this condition are known as Feeble. This can be satiated, however, with blood. Both animal and Descendant blood can be consumed, but animal blood is not very satisfying. Like sour water, one can persist from it, but no joy or pleasantness can be derived from it. In comparison, Descendant blood is the finest of wines, and once a Dreor has a taste, they will be compelled to find more.

 

        To meet this end, they find both the smell and taste of Descendant blood to be the most divine, addicting, and alcoholic substance they have ever known. A Dreor is constantly fighting their own bodily desire to feed, and is only capable of doing so well in a well fed state. If a Dreor has not fed, then being put into a situation with much blood and many men may very well result in the Dreor becoming Fractured. A Dreor can alleviate this risk by keeping themselves well fed. The hunger never fully leaves them, though it does lessen considerably after an adequate meal. Their bodies are capable of consuming and tasting other liquids, true enough, but the Dreoric Condition has largely shut down many internal bodily functions. As such, alcohol, drugs, or poisons have no result on Dreor. This does include even useful substances, such as alchemical potions or other substances.

 

        A Dreor’s body is granted several boons as a result of their Condition. A Dreor, for instance, maintains extremely good night vision. A Dreor can see on the darkest of nights as if it were dusk, though in turn the brightest of days will cause a Dreor to scowl, squint their eyes, or otherwise stay in the darkness until the sunlight is a bit more bearable. This has no mechanical bearing on effectiveness in combat, though of course, like anyone else, a bright flash of light would be blinding. Dreor who are well fed maintain athletic strength and speed for their race without any need for exercise, though this degrades if they do not feed adequately to the feebleness of an elderly man. The details of this and each different state a Dreor can be in will be found below, in the Blood Thirst section. Additionally, Dreor are capable of regenerating from most any wound that would kill a Descendant. As a rule of thumb, so long as a Dreor doesn’t die during an encounter, they will manage or recover from it. A Dreor recovering from what might be a mortal wound will take various amounts of time, the exact times depending on their state. A Dreor can even regenerate lost limbs, over the course of an entire elven week. This regeneration does not have any effect in combat; it’s fast, certainly, but not fast enough to have any significant effect in any sort of combat encounter. This does not apply to ‘Rapid Scarring’, which can be found in the Abilities section. This does not mean the Dreor is immune to pain, however. Cutting a gaping hole in the side of a Dreor will surely take it out of the fight as much as killing it might-- unless it Fractures. There are, however, a couple surefire ways to kill a Dreor. Decapitation will result in an instant and quick death, as will stabbing through the heart. Any other ‘method’ of death that results in the destruction of the heart or head, and or the separation of the head from the body, will result in death.

 

        This sort of death is, however, impermanent. Over the course of one elven week, a Dreor’s soul will grow in strength after its death. This is done via a process of parasitically attaching itself to the souls of animals in the wilderness, draining the essence out of lifeform after lifeform until it’s strong enough to manifest itself a new host. This is done by emerging from the corpse of their most recent animal husk, bloodied and surrounded by ruptured organs. This new host, however, will be weak and underfed, unable to utilize their full potential again until they feed. There is, however, a more permanent way to kill a Dreor. Some part of the Dreor is intrinsically tied to the dark blood that flows through their body, and undergoing the proper process will result in an effective Perma-Kill. This can only be done by a fellow Dreor. More information under ‘Searing’ in Abilities.

 

        As far as further weaknesses go, there are several. All Dreor maintain a weakness to aurum. Being within about a six inch range of the metal would make the skin of a Dreor crawl and tingle, as well as a feeling of coldness beginning to crawl up their hand. If making skin contact with the metal, a Dreor will feel their strength fade from them; they will feel cold, and they will feel and function as an Underfed Dreor. This stops as soon as the contact ceases. However, should weapons of aurum or aurum alloy break the skin of a Dreor, an agony unlike any other will fill them, feeling as if their very flesh were burning. These wounds take twice as long to regenerate passively, though this does not apply to Rapid Scarring. If these weapons are left in the Dreor they will result in an unending agony, as well as preventing the Dreor from regenerating whatsoever until it’s removed. Additionally, the metal known as ‘Lunarite’ achieves a similar effect to aurum, but to a much more intensified degree. Being within a one foot range of Lunarite will result in an intensified effect of what aurum achieves, with the closest part of them close to contact growing cold and tingly, as well as uncomfortably numb. Skin contact will result in a dramatic and instantaneous weakening, similar to that of aurum but more intensified. A Dreor forced to maintain contact with Lunarite will be unbearably cold, beginning to exhibit symptoms of allergy and illness. A Dreor in this state is functionally Feeble. This effect ends as soon as the contact with the metal ends. Should Lunarite break the skin of the Dreor, the flesh will begin to crackle and burn, sizzling and twisting rapidly as if under a severe acid burn. The pain from this is extreme, and unbearable to any Dreor, causing them to falter greatly. Weapons of Lunarite or Lunarite alloy left in the Dreor will result in any ability being unable to be used, except for ‘undoing’ current abilities. Ie, a Dreor with their claws out would be able to withdraw them while being pierced with Lunarite. Wounds from Lunarite take the same amount of time as aurum to heal, as in twice as long as normal. A further weakness is the plant known as ‘Bane’, the details of which can be found below. Bane can be utilized in the alchemical crafting of substance Amrita Veridae, the exact details of which and recipe of which being found below as well.

 

 

Spoiler

Redlines:

  • A Dreor doesn’t have to consume blood to survive, but a Dreor that does not will find themselves weak and fragile, much akin to an elderly man who needs assistance. The exact details of this can be found in the ‘Feeble’ section of Blood Thirst.

  • A Dreor who feeds adequately will maintain athletic strength and speed for their race, but nothing 'superhuman'. This degrades without proper feeding. The exact details of this can be found in the ‘Feeble’ section of Blood Thirst.

  • A Dreor will always feel their Blood Thirst, and this is only intensified if there’s a large amount of people, and as such blood, nearby. A well fed Dreor can ignore their natural inclination with some force of will, but no other state has that luxury.

  • A Dreor gains no nutrients from normal food or water; only blood. Normal food can be eaten, though meals without meat would taste like ash. Liquids are fine to consume, however, being fully able to be tasted.

  • Alcohol, drugs, and poisons have no effect on a Dreor. This includes both beneficial and harmful ones.

  • Dreor passive regeneration cannot be used in combat; mechanically, it’s not fast enough for them to heal during an encounter. Only outside of combat, after the fact, can they lick their wounds. This doesn’t account for Rapid Scarring.

  • Passive regeneration can only take place out of combat, and while extremely beneficial, doesn’t mean wounds are ‘instantly healed’ after a combat encounter. Life threatening wounds that a Dreor manages to survive, such as a gaping hole in their side, will take a few IRL days to heal, and leave behind the expected ugly scar. Normal wounds such as bruises, light cuts, or anything non life threatening can be healed over a matter of in character hours.

  • Limbs can be regrown over a period of 1 IC year, or 1 OOC week.

  • The period for limbs regrowing is reset if the Dreor dies.

  • Decapitation will result in an instant and quick death, as will stabbing through the heart.

  • After a death, a Dreor will regenerate on their own over a course of one elven week.

  • A Dreor can only be PK’d forcefully by another three Dreor. This is by the process of Searing, with all the prerequisites being met.

  • Wounds from aurum or aurum alloy will result in extremely painful and slow to heal wounds on the Dreor. Such weapons left inside of the Dreor will prevent the Dreor from utilizing any sort of regeneration, including Rapid Scarring, until it is removed. Wounds from aurum are twice as long to heal as normal wounds. Anything made of aurum, or aurum alloy, making skin contact would result in a Dreor becoming weak and cold, functionally an Underfed Dreor. This sensation, and the weakness, leaves as soon as the contact is gone. A Dreor could sense aurum within a six inch range, feeling cold and uncomfortable as well as tingling in whatever point is close to the source of aurum.

  • Wounds from Lunarite or Lunarite alloy will result in a more intense version of the effects of aurum. Such weapons left inside of the Dreor will prevent the Dreor from utilizing any ability whatsoever. This does not account for ‘undoing’ abilities, i.e. withdrawing your claws while pierced with Lunarite, which can still be done. Being pierced with such weapons will cause horrible, acidic burns on the flesh of a Dreor, taking twice as long to heal as normal wounds. Skin contact with Lunarite would result in a Dreor growing weak, cold, and have them experiencing symptoms of allergy and illness as long as it persists. A Dreor physically touching Lunarite is very cold and also functionally Feeble. This ceases as soon as the Lunarite is removed from physical contact. A Dreor could sense Lunarite within a foot radius, feeling extremely cold, slightly ill, and tingling greatly in the closest extremity.

  • Alloys of both aurum and lunarite wouldn’t have an intensified effect, only the effect of Lunarite. It doesn’t ‘stack’.

  • Dreor mechanically respawn at the Cloud Temple after one IRL week.

 

 

 

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The Damnation

        The conversion process from Descendant to Dreor is known as the Damnation. A heavy and scarring undertaking, the Damnation (if successful) will irrevocably convert the Descendant. It begins with locating a target. This target can be willing or unwilling, though OOC consent is required for the Damnation to take root. The Sire, the one who wishes to convert another into a Dreor, must cut open the jugular of the Descendant. The Descendant must be restrained for this process, but primarily for what’s to come. Then, immediately after blood begins to flow from the wound, the Sire must take some of their own blood, no small amount, and force it down the throat of the Descendant. This will cause the suffering and bleeding out Descendant to go unconscious, and to the uneducated eye, seemingly ‘die’.

 

        The next steps must be taken immediately, before the Descendant is too far into the Damnation and their ‘corpse’ is still peaceful. Both wrists on the body must be slit, and more blood collected and set aside. As you draw the Descendent blood out, one must replace it by smearing the wounds with their own Dreoric blood. Next the ankles must be cut in the same fashion, more blood being collected. Then, periodically, but at least twice during the twenty four elven hour process of the Damnation, the Dreor must feed the Descendant a mixture of their own blood mixed with the Dreor’s blood. 

 

        Over the next twenty four elven hours (one IRL day), the Descendant will begin to undergo the Damnation. At first their breathing will slow and their skin will pale as they seem to bleed out and die. After a couple of hours, however, the corpse will begin to writhe and mumble, eyes moving beneath the eyelids. Mentally, the Descendant will be reliving all of the worst trauma of their lives, over and over again. Nightmares of their worst fears, the darkest and worst part of their minds, will be brought to the surface and have complete control over them. This mumbling and writhing will turn into screaming and flinching before the twenty-four hours is up, the body moving much like one undergoing a seizure would. They would not be conscious, however, their body moving in reaction to the mental suffering they're going through.

 

        Intense pain will wrack their frame in the last hours of Damnation, as well as an always growing, intense, desperate thirst they do not know how to sate. Eventually, their suffering will end in the blink of an eye, though they have full memory of what they've just experienced, leaving them feeling hollow and tired. The thirst, which is the thirst to feed on blood, remains, though lessens considerably to a more bearable level. It will begin to increase, however, mere minutes after they wake. The Sire will traditionally offer blood for them to feed on as their first meal. The scar from where the jugular was cut will always remain, a pale and rough reminder of what they've undergone.

 

        In the event the target is not consenting OOCly, then the Damnation fails and the target instead dies, respawning at the Cloud Temple.

 

 

Spoiler

Redlines:

  • Becoming a Dreor is permanent. 

  • The specifics of the Damnation must be followed.

  • The Damnation can only be done by a Dreor, who had proof of learning the details of the Damnation as well as an accepted Deor TA.

  • If the target does not OOCly consent, it fails and the target respawns like normal at the Cloud Temple.

 

 

 

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“Bane”

Alchemical Reagent

Signs: 

Aether

Air

 

Symbols: 

Impediment x2

Weakness x2

Light x1

 

Appearance: 

        Bane is a sort of parasitic vine, which latches onto coniferous trees, primarily spruces and pines. The stalk is long, thin, and a pale yellow, covered in painful, but harmless, needles. This stalk is largely useless, and frail, but large, dark blue flowers dot the length of the stalk. These flower out at the points where the stalk is thickest, leading to most being along the lower area of the trunk.

 

Location: 

        Bane is normally found in northern and forested environments, essentially the taiga. It will latch itself onto the bark of any coniferous tree, such as spruces and pines. Any one of these trees may have it, though it is more likely to be found higher up, on mountains. Given trees grow more and more scarce the higher you go, the best area to search for Bane would be about halfway up a mountain in a taiga, on any coniferous trees nearby.

 

Harvesting: 

        Harvesting Bane isn’t a particularly difficult endeavour. The sharp needles along the stalk may be painful, but this can be circumvented by simple gloves or simply using shears. The only useful part of the Bane plant is the blue flower, which must be separated from the stalk. One can pluck the petals or take the entire flower, though the anomalous effects can only be found in the petals themselves. Farming Bane is possible, in theory. Should one have a fully grown coniferous tree, as well as a decent cut of a Bane plant from the base, it would be possible to plant it and have it take root against and into the tree. It is worth noting, however, that Bane will slowly weaken and, eventually, after years, kill its host tree.

 

Raw Effects: 

        The petals of the Bane plant have a peculiar, and unique, effect on the creatures known as Dreor. Physical skin contact will result in irritation and mild rash, which lasts a narrative day, on the Dreor. You can associate the effects to that of poison ivy, to someone not especially allergic. These effects aren’t too extreme by any means, simply a breakout in hives, itching, and a rash. Consumption by a Dreor would result in a feeling of mild queasiness, and a sense of being ill.

 

 

Spoiler

Redlines:

  • Bane will, after years, deprive its host tree enough to kill it.

  • The raw effects of Bane petals only affect Dreor.

  • These effects are similar to those of mild poison ivy.

  • Consumption would result in a feeling of mild queasiness and illness in Dreor, which fades after a short amount of time.

  • These effects can in no way be deadly.

  • Bane Epiphytes are possible.

 

 

 

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Amrita Veridae

Alchemical Substance

Formula

  • Aqua Vitae

  • Fire symbol, poison x2

  • Air symbol, separation x1

  • Bane petals x3

 

Creation

        Bring the aqua vitae to a persistent, low boil. A lid is suggested while not directly interacting with the process, to keep air impurities out. Once the aqua vitae is boiling, both of the poison reagents can be added. These should be done together. As soon as the reagents disintegrate and break apart in the aqua vitae, begin to stir clockwise for one to two minutes. The substance will begin to turn a bright red. As soon as it has, add your separation reagent. Immediately, the liquid will turn from a bright red to a pale red, almost pink. Stop stirring and close the lid. Let it sit, and after another five minutes, turn off the heat. Continue to let it sit for another hour or so, so the process can finalize.

 

Description & Effects

        Amrita Veridae, colloquially known to some as ‘holy water’, is a pale red, almost pink, exhibiting properties exclusively in a liquid state. The substance is harmless to any Descendant, though the taste is bitter and almost like chlorine. However, this substance is a true menace to the creatures known as Dreor. Physical contact with the liquid will result in an instant, agonizing burning sensation from the point of contact. Like an acid, acrylic smoke will rise from the point of contact. Angry red welts will emerge from these points. A Dreor is capable of sensing and feeling ill within a foot of the substance, meaning tricking a Dreor into drinking the substance is not viable. However, if a Dreor did consume it for whatever reason, forced or not, they would find their insides wracked with the most agonizing pain possible, their very organs and flesh beginning to melt. A little bit wouldn’t kill them, perhaps a useful torture aid, but anything more than 15 mL would result in the Dreor dying a slow, agonizing death. Coating a weapon with this substance wouldn’t achieve any particular effect beyond making wounds on Dreor ache more. Open wounds that are splashed with or make contact with Amrita Veridae, however, would take twice as long to regenerate, aching all the while.

 

 

Spoiler

Redlines:

  • Amrita Veridae has no effect on any creature or Descendant that is not a Dreor.

  • A Dreor can sense the substance and feel ill because of it within a range of one block.

  • More than 15 mL directly consumed would result in a slow, agonizing death.

  • Coating a weapon in the substance would result in not much beyond making wounds taken more painful for the Dreor.

  • Wounds splashed with Amrita Veridae will take twice as long to regenerate for a Dreor.

  • This does not apply to Rapid Scarring, which can still be used. However, the pain of the wound remains even after it has been healed in this case.

  • Amrita Veridae only has effects when in a liquid state.

  • Created Amrita Veridae requires an LT signed item.

 

 

 

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Blood Thirst

        The Blood Thirst of a Dreor refers to their never ending, insatiable thirst for blood. This thirst will come and go in terms of how strong it is, of course, but it never truly leaves a Dreor. The intensity of one's Blood Thirst is a good indicator of the current physical state of the Dreor, and as such will serve as a guide to understand how often a Dreor must feed, the effects of not feeding, and how plausible it is for a Dreor to become Fractured.

 

        An adequate feeding consists of draining enough blood from an adult, human sized Descendant to put them unconscious. Draining the entirety of their blood and killing them in the process would count as two feedings. A halfling sized creature, of course, would die from supplying even one feeding, while an orc creature could remain conscious throughout a single feeding, and would only fall unconscious from two full feedings. It is all relative. A Dreor can instantly recover from a lesser state by being satiated by a meal, or two meals accordingly.

 

Well Fed

        A Dreor must, if they wish to maintain peak strength, feed at least twice in an elven month. A Dreor in this condition is considered ‘well fed’, and is a Dreor at the peak of their Condition. Their strength and endurance is peak athletic levels for their base race, and they have access to all of their abilities. A well fed Dreor is slightly, supernaturally fast. This manifests as marginally faster reflexes and movement. This makes no mechanical difference in combat. However, when it comes to movement per emote, a Dreor can move twelve blocks in an emote instead of the basic ten. This emote would have to reference the slight unnatural speed at which they move. This wouldn’t allow a well fed Dreor to catch an arrow, or anything of the sort. As far as appearance, a well fed Dreor appears relatively healthy, their dark veins lightened enough to appear at least somewhat normal. A well fed Dreor has access to all Dreoric abilities.

 

Underfed

        A Dreor who doesn’t meet the criteria to be ‘well fed’ is instead ‘underfed’. An underfed Dreor is one who only feeds once in an elven month, or utilizes Rapid Scarring, which instantly turns a well fed Dreor into an underfed one. An underfed Dreor has the strength of an emaciated man, their previously smooth skin growing wrinkled and dried like that of an elderly man. The less fed a Dreor is, the more corpselike, and old, they appear. This is more of a scale than a set thing, but these things are expected to be RP’d to a relevant degree. An underfed Dreor has the speed of a normal Descendant, and the scope of their abilities is limited. The appearance of an underfed Dreor is noticeably older and more drawn than that of a Descendant, or even other Dreor. Their dark veins grow more blackened, and headaches are common. The Blood Thirst in this state is stronger, blood always in their mind, taunting them. Any situation with a large amount of shed blood would result in an underfed most likely giving into their compulsion, or at least collapse, shaking and sobbing.

 

Feeble

        A Dreor who does not feed at all during an elven month, specifically the course of four elven weeks, becomes Feeble. A Feeble Dreor is a pitiful creature indeed, with the strength and speed of an elderly man or woman, likely needing a cane or other assistance to move around. Their breaths are shallow, and their appearance is hunched and monsterly. A Feeble Dreor could be easily overpowered by most. They appear almost as a Fractured Dreor, but in control of their faculties and personality, as well as a bit more ‘Descendant’ in appearance. Their skin is drawn, bags under the eyes are constant, their hair begins to fall out, and they appear sickly. Migraine headaches, flickering vision, and faint whispers in one’s ears are all effects of being Feeble for too long. A Feeble Dreor can persist in this state forever in theory, but the Blood Thirst grows in intensity until a Feeble Dreor feels as parched as a man dying in a desert, only able to be satiated with blood. Any situation with too much blood would result in them losing their mind, and possibly overfeeding.


 

Overfed

        A Dreor only needs to feed twice per elven month to maintain their strength, but should they give into their constant desire to feed, they can feed more. A Dreor who feeds four times in an elven month enters an ‘overfed’ state, where their Condition controls them more than they control it. Constantly lethargic, with the emaciated strength of an underfed Dreor, along with the same speed. Their abilities flee them, as their appearance grows strange and feverish as their Condition grows almost strong enough to overtake them. The Blood Thirst in this state is very, very strong, a constant gibber and compulsion in their mind, almost as if they were starving, even if they’ve just fed. This can be fought, but it’s difficult. A Dreor in this state may need to be restricted by others until they can control themselves. This is as close as a sophisticated Dreor can get to a Fractured state. Should a Dreor feed more beyond this, their Condition grows in strength beyond a certain threshold, and they enter the Fractured state.

 

 

Spoiler

Redlines:

  • A Dreor’s Blood Thirst never truly leaves them. Even after a feeding, it’s still there, simply lessened. Additionally, their sense of smell for blood is incredibly strong, though only for blood. Being put in a situation where there is exposed blood, then, is very dangerous for a Dreor. If they don’t manage to restrain themselves, they’ll likely over feed, and become Fractured.

  • A Dreor wishing to maintain peak strength, speed, and ability usage, aka being ‘well fed’, has to feed two times during an elven month.

  • Feeding only once in an elven month would result in a Dreor becoming ‘underfed’.

  • Not feeding at all during a month would result in a Dreor becoming Feeble.

  • Feeding four times in an elven month would result in a Dreor becoming overfed.

  • Feeding any more than four times in one elven month would result in a direct and sudden degradation into a Fractured state.

  • One feeding consists of draining enough blood to knock a human unconscious. You can get two feedings from the same body, but kill them in the process.

  • A halfling sized creature would be killed in the process of supplying a single feeding, while an orc would be capable of remaining conscious through one and fall unconscious because of the second. This is a scale of relativity.

  • If one must take a hiatus, or isn’t able to play for some reason, they aren’t expected to get on purely to feed. The feeding mechanism exists to add development and cause conflict; if you can’t play, or are busy with other projects and characters, don’t feel pressured to get on purely to feed. This is why Dreor can subsist off of animal blood. If you are, however, found to be playing a Dreor actively without feeding, and not RP’ing the effects of not feeding, that is lore breaking. Alternatively, if you are planning on shelving the persona for a decent span of time, you may wish to use a Cocoon, the details of which are found under Abilities.

 

 

 

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Fractured Dreori

        A Dreor is constantly living a life feeling the pull of their Condition, prodding them to push themselves beyond a point of control and become Fractured. A Fractured Dreor is named such for what has befallen them; their Condition is stronger than ever, and their control of it is gone. Fragments of who they were remain, but their Condition has them now, and they have been reduced to simple, yet dangerous creatures. A Fractured Dreor is still humanoid in appearance, but everything about them has been twisted. Their hands are long, fingers twisting into permanent claws. Their heads grow large and bulbous, with all of their hair falling out through the transformation into their Fractured form. They walk hunched, like elderly men, yet move faster than they ever did as a normal Dreor. For reference, a Fractured Dreor can move fifteen blocks in an emote, though still not able to catch an arrow or anything of the sort. Their strength is that of an average orc, their hands constantly clawed and their teeth expanded out into long, sharpened points. Their eyes are pure gold, the golden flecks of a normal Dreor filling their eyes completely; the eyes of a Fractured Dreor glow golden, like those of a predator. Yet, these boons at a cost. These things are a result of their Condition growing to peak strength, overriding the personality that was there before. As such, the Fractured Dreor has been stripped of what reason and humanity remained in them, destined to be a feral, wandering creature, feasting on blood wherever it’s found without the ability to reason as they had in life. A Fractured Dreor maintains a very basic cunning; they won’t, for instance, throw themselves into a group of fifteen people, and they are capable of running should danger be there. Yet, beyond this, they are feral. Should easy blood be acquirable, they will do whatever they can to both feed and survive. A Fractured Dreor cannot use any of the abilities they had before, though in return their hands are constantly clawed and their teeth are constantly sharp.

 

        A Fractured Dreor, when killed, is Perma-Killed. While it may seem beneficial to become Fractured in the middle of a combat situation by over feasting on blood, the process to becoming Fractured is permanent. A Dreor is dooming themselves to an eternity as a creature entirely unlike themselves, with no way to restore themselves. There is, however, a method to recovering a Fractured Dreor, only capable of being undertaken by other Dreor, and requiring the capturing and subduing of the Fractured one before it is hunted and killed. This process is known as ‘Convalescence’, and more information can be found in the Abilities section.

 

 

Spoiler

Redlines:

  • Fractured Dreor are strong and fast, but incapable of conversation or extended reasoning; RP’ing as a Fractured Dreor needs to be impulsive and based on a constant, unabated desire to feed. However, a basic cunning is kept; a Fractured Dreor likely wouldn’t throw themselves into a situation where they would die, but all morality escapes them. A Fractured Dreor, then, is capable of reasoning two things; how to feed, and how to survive.

  • When one becomes a Fractured Dreor, they must contact a Lore Team member, and inform them of such. This will then be commented on the CA of the Dreor. If the Fragmented Dreor undergoes Convalescence, this comment will be deleted.

  • Fractured Dreor have orc strength and dark elf speed; very dangerous but very simple creatures, who crave only blood.

  • Dying as a Factured Dreor is a PK, without exception, unless the Dreor undergoes Convalescence.

 

 

 

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The Dreoric Mind

        The Dreori are capable of diversity, as is every other group. However, certain mental states, effects, and disturbing conditions are prone amongst the Damned. Many of these can be harkened back to the Damnation, and how a bit of that terror remains with them the rest of their Damned existence.

 

Mindset

        Dreori maintain a great deal of the mindset they had as a Descendant. However, certain traits and beliefs are prone to change. There’s a certain amount of humanity that must be left behind when pursuing this path, willingly or not. When a Dreor embraces what they are and their Condition, a disconnect grows between their old selves and their current Damned one. They begin to view their time as a Descendant almost as a different person entirely, separate from the moral hardships that come with being a Dreor and having to subsist off of blood. As such, they think of their previous existence almost as that of a child, with them being the adult. Those that they Sire will be, in many ways, children they are bringing into adulthood.

 

Mental State

        For the rest of their Damned existence, all Dreori will be in varying degrees of mental anguish. Some part of Damnation and all of the horrible experiences it contained will always stay with them, creating genuine phobias and triggers where before there may have only been an uneasy and manageable fear. A Dreor who disliked spiders as a Descendant now has a horrible, incurable phobia that persists as long as they live. This is the case in every Dreor, and one is expected to RP such things.

 

        Different Dreor will take their Condition differently. A Dreor who was given the Condition against their will may try, and fail, to fight against their new nature. Another may develop a sort of split personality, where they struggle to understand who and what they are. Another may revel in it, a psychopath given a blessing in the form of terror. However, a single thing unites all Dreori: blood. A necessity to maintain their strength, speed, and form, blood dominates the life of all Dreori. Beyond even the pragmatic uses, the Dreoric Condition urges and pressures all Dreori to partake in it. This results in blood being the most appetizing, intoxicating, and addictive substance to a Dreor. This only functions for creatures with genus, however, with Descendant blood being many times more appealing than animal blood. This functions as a constant compulsion, in the back of one’s mind, never quite leaving their psyche even directly after a feeding.

 

 

Spoiler

Redlines:

  • Individuals may roleplay the exact details and nature of how the Condition affects them as they please. However, it must still affect them; Dreor are not intended to be simply powerful Descendants. The things stated above, such as the development of phobias and the new interpretation of life, are expected to be portrayed in all Dreor, though the details of which are up to them.

  • All Dreor have a compulsion to consume blood, whether they want to or not. This never fully leaves them, and only increases the more they deprive themselves.

 

 

 

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Abilities

        All Dreor have, at their disposal, a small arsenal of abilities. Most of these cater towards either their feeding, their ability to blend in with society, or assisting other Dreor.

 

Clawed Hands

(Combative)

        The Dreori can twist, crack, and morph the digits on each hand. This process is somewhat painful for the Dreor, but as the creature ages, it grows used to the sensation. The result is long, extended, and sharp claws. They’re composed of keratin, similar to fingernails, but somewhat tougher, as well as very sharp. Each digit, including the thumb, is extended by about an inch in length. The last three inches of each finger are sharpened to a point, about the sharpness of an iron dagger. Yet, they’re much more fragile than metal may be. Cutting, smashing, or otherwise mangling the claws will result in long lasting damage, the equivalent carrying through even when they revert their fingers to normal.

This process takes two emotes, from start to finish. This process requires a decent amount of focus, and it’s somewhat painful. A Dreor could speak while doing this, but couldn’t do much else. A decent hit to a Dreor while they’re extending their claws would halt the process, in a largely useless halfway state that is neither dextrous or sharp. This can only be done if the Dreor in question is well fed or underfed. Feeble and overfed Dreor cannot muster the strength, while Fractured Dreor have claws exclusively.

 

        Harold glances down, yanking the gloves off of his hands and stuffing them into his coat pocket. With a deep breath, he stares down at his fingers. They begin to twitch and curl inwards, soon beyond a natural point. The man’s breath catches in his throat as audible cracks echoe out from his hands. Harold grimaces, closing his eyes as he continues.

 

        [!] His digits continue to curl and twist, now starting to extend outwards into twisted, claw-like points. The fingers finally stop growing out, the last three inches on each now a sharp, pointed edge, a similar material to that normally found as fingernails. As quickly as it began, the process ends, and the man lets out a slight breath of relief, stretching out his claws.

 

 

Spoiler

Redlines:

  • This can be done as a combative ability.

  • The process takes two emotes.

  • These emotes must be done, at the very least, in the Quiet chat function.

  • The process is moderately painful, and requires a decent amount of focus. It can be interrupted, causing the process to halt and requiring the Dreor to start again to finish the process.

  • Each digit is extended by one inch.

  • The last three inches on each digit becomes sharp, keratin-like claws.

  • This can only be done if the Dreor in question is well fed, underfed, or even overfed.

 

 

 

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Sharpening

(Combative)

        With an effort similar to that of Clawed Hands, a Dreor can distend their jaw several inches, bones cracking and twisting. This process is relatively painful, but as with their claws, it’s something one gets used to. Each and every tooth in a Dreor’s mouth grows by an inch, the reason for their jaw distending; their new, horrible maw must fit all these long teeth. Each tooth is also sharpened to a predatory point, ripe for ripping flesh. The Dreor’s entire mouth is turned into a sharp cavern, with some Dreor even growing several rows of these fangs.

 

        Sharpening takes two emotes from start to finish, and although it’s painful, a Dreor can grow accustomed to the horrible, cracking sensation. This can only be done if the Dreor in question is well fed, underfed, or even overfed. These emotes have to be in Quiet chat, or louder. Each tooth, top and bottom, grows by an inch, and the bottom jaw distends visibly. Some may, if they wish, have multiple rows of teeth. These teeth are sharp as knives, though still have the strength of teeth. However, closing their mouth and talking are both out of reach in this state.

 

        Harold glanced around the alleyway, making sure no others were around. Opening his mouth, the man closed his eyes tight, fingers flexing as he focused. When his eyes reopened, they were filled almost entirely with flecks of gold. A light crack emanates from his jaw, the bones in it visibly breaking and distending down. The man clenches both fists, breathing through his nose.

 

        [!] Bones continue to crack and push out, widening the man’s mouth to an unnatural extent. The teeth within his mouth begin to grow out into sharp points, each and every one gaining an inch in length, with the sharpness of a flint knife. A light groan escapes the man as the growth comes to a halt, the man now hosting an unholy mess of a jaw, ripe for ripping flesh.

 

 

Spoiler

Redlines:

  • This process takes two full emotes.

  • This process is painful, but bearable.

  • These emotes have to be in Quiet chat, or louder.

  • Each tooth grows by an inch, and each one grows as sharp as a flint knife. Flesh can be easily rendered and cut through.

  • The bottom jaw distends visibly.

  • The mouth cannot be closed properly in this state, and a Dreor cannot talk like this either.

  • This can only be done if the Dreor in question is well fed, underfed, or even overfed.

  • A Fratured Dreor has these constantly.

 

 

 

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Rapid Scarring

(Combative)

        Dreor exhibit fantastic, passive regeneration. However, this passive regeneration is not fantastical enough to instantly heal them during any sort of combat encounter. As such, should a Dreor be seriously wounded in some fashion in a dangerous situation, they can undergo the process known as Rapid Scarring. Rapid Scarring is the process by which, by utilizing their Condition, a Dreor can rapidly seal a wound. This process is very tiring, and in many cases a sort of last resort. The functionality is almost exclusively to combat encounters, as passive regeneration out of combat could take care of most other wounds. Rapid Scarring, however, only allows for the Dreor to seal over a wound--  they cannot heal anything internally. Additionally, the scarring left from this process is rough and inflamed, an agitated weak spot on the Dreor until it has time to adequately heal.

 

        This process takes five, uninterrupted emotes from start to finish. These emotes have to be in Quiet chat, or louder. The process is the most exhausting of any Dreoric ability. Using Rapid Scarring will instantly turn a well fed Dreor into an underfed Dreor. Additionally, Rapid Scarring can only be used by well fed Dreori. Overfed Dreor cannot muster the energy to do so, while underfed and Feeble Dreor are simply too weak. Fractured Dreor simply cannot, not being intelligent enough to do so.

 

        Harold slouches against the alley wall, taking deep breaths as he slides down to the ground. A wound in his side bleeds heavily, dark Dreoric blood staining his clothing and the ground. He closes his eyes, breathing picking up slightly as the man grimaces.

 

        [!] The man’s breath hitches, muscles clenching as a strange sensation runs down his body. A peculiar noise, the sound flesh beginning to rapidly and painfully knit, echoes out from the wound in his side.

 

        [!] The man continues to clench, breathing growing irregular. The wound on his side begins to seal over, a rough and red scar tissue starting to form around the edges of the gaping wound. 

 

        [!] The scar tissue begins to grow forward to cover more of the wound, the amount of blood flowing from the wound beginning to slow to a trickle. A hideous and large red scar covers the area, rough and blistering, but satisfactory.

 

        Harold collapses, face growing even more corpselike, his appearance as if the man had aged decades from the event, a small stream of blood still oozing from the now sore spot of where the wound was.

 

 

Spoiler

Redlines:

  • Rapid Scarring requires five, uninterrupted emotes to do successfully.

  • These emotes have to be in Quiet chat or louder.

  • Rappid Scarring only seals the outer layer of a wound; there is no way to rapidly heal an internal wound. The wound should be of a decent size to be a risk to the Dreor, otherwise there’s no real point to utilizing the ability.

  • Using Rapid Scarring will instantly turn a well fed Dreor into an underfed Dreor. Additionally, Rapid Scarring can only be used by well fed Dreori. Overfed Dreor cannot muster the energy to do so, while underfed and Feeble Dreor are simply too weak. Fractured Dreor simply cannot, not being intelligent enough to do so.

  • This process is exhausting, and should be treated as such.

 

 

 

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False Face

(Noncombative)

        A Dreor lives a dangerous life, and given their Condition, they won’t be welcome in many places. While their appearance allows them to hide in plain sight, there is an alternative, should the Dreor be willing to do what it takes to use it. By killing another, and using a weapon to cut off the front of their face, a Dreor can take on their appearance. This is known as False Face, and a Dreor using it is considered Masked. This has to be done outside of combat, and has further limitations below.

 

        Utilizing False Face requires a freshly killed corpse, of a Descendant around the same size as the Dreor in question. This does have to be a Descendant of some variety, and not one of the other creatures or people inhabiting the realm. This process takes three emotes after the face has been cut from the body, and can only be done out of combat. These emotes must be in Quiet or louder chat. After the process is complete, the Dreor is capable of masking themselves as the person as an extremely high quality mimicry of the real thing. One can Mask themselves for at max three OOC hours, after which the ability falters and the Dreor returns to normal. This can be undone sooner, if the Dreor wishes. One who is Masked maintains the strength and speed they did before Masking, and using any Dreoric ability will instantly cause the Mask to dissolve, reverting the Dreor to normal. This does not apply to Beguiling, the only ability that can be used in this state. After using a face for this, it dissolves and cannot be used again. After utilizing one’s face for this, the same person cannot be utilized again for one elven month. This can only be achieved by well fed Dreor. Underfed and Feeble Dreor are too weak to achieve the necessary strain needed to do so, while overfed and Fractured Dreor cannot push their Condition do so as they wish it to.

 

        Harold knelt down next to the fallen man, corpse pale from where he had fed. Muttering a quick prayer that the guard should find rest in the Seven Skies, he begins to work at the man’s face, cutting at the flesh.

 

. . .

 

        Harold stood up, now holding the flesh of the dead man with one hand, sliding his knife back into its sheath with the other. He takes a breath, before raising the cold and leathery flesh up, and pressing it against his face.

 

        [!] The man’s breath hitches as the cold flesh makes contact with his face. After a moment, a peculiar sensation, like buzzing, on his flesh. After a few moments, the flesh of the face begins to melt and merge with his own, the features of the dead guard overtaking his own. The rest of his body follows suit, it’s appearance becoming aged and stooped, though he remains in the same fine clothing.

 

        [!] As quickly as it began, it was complete. The Dreor stretches his shoulders, looking in a puddle of water to gauge his appearance. “... It will serve.”

 

 

Spoiler

Redlines:

  • False Face requires a freshly killed corpse, of a Descendant of some variety.

  •  This process takes three emotes after the face has been cut from the body.

  • These emotes must be in Quiet or louder chat.

  • This can only be done out of combat. 

  • One can Mask themselves for at max three OOC hours, after which the ability falters and the Dreor returns to normal. 

  • This can be undone sooner, if the Dreor wishes.

  • A Masked Dreor maintains all the strength and speed, essentially all their characteristics, that they had as a normal Dreor.

  • Using any Dreoric ability will instantly cause the Mask to dissolve, reverting the Dreor to normal. This does not apply to Beguiling, the only ability that can be used in this state.

  • After using a face for this, it dissolves and cannot be used again. After utilizing one’s face for this, the same person cannot be utilized again for one elven month. 

  • This can only be achieved by well fed Dreor. Underfed and Feeble Dreor are too weak to achieve the necessary strain needed to do so, while overfed and Fractured Dreor cannot push their Condition do so as they wish it to.

 

 

 

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Dilation

(Noncombative)

        A Dreor may find it useful to change the appearance of their age, particularly if they’re attempting to blend in with human society; one may notice that a knight or governor hasn’t aged a year in the last twenty, and this sort of suspicion is the last thing a Dreor would want. Luckily, a Dreor has this in their arsenal. Well fed, underfed, and overfed Dreor all can use this, their Condition able to manipulate and pull at their flesh to increase or decrease the appearance of oldness. This can also be used, strangely, to control hair growth; the older one goes, the more their hair falls out, while they can cause themselves to manifest facial and head hair, of their natural coloration, at the younger years.

 

        This can be changed and manipulated passively, and if you do it in front of somebody, it takes one emote in Quiet chat or louder. However, there are some limitations on Dilation. For example, one cannot decrease or increase their height or bone structure, not able to appear as a child. The youngest a Dreor can appear is the age of maturity for their race, and the oldest they can appear is that of an old man, about that of a seventy or eighty years old human. The strength and speed of a Dreor are the same as they are normally, not affected by the mere appearance of aging.

 

        Harold glanced into the mirror, scowling slightly. His appearance was aged, his hair having fallen out. For all intents and purposes, the Dreor appeared as a different man entirely. With a breath, he closed his eyes, focusing. Soon the flesh on his face began to grow taut, the weary look of his eyes decreasing. A fresh set of brown hair emerged from his head, growing uncomfortably quickly, as well as the beginnings of a beard. Opening his eyes, Harold let out a sigh, seeing his new, younger appearance. “Much better.”

 

 

Spoiler

Redlines:

  • This can be manipulated and changed freely. However, doing such in front of somebody does require at least one emote. You can do more emotes if you wish.

  • This emote must be in Quiet chat or louder.

  • This can be done by well fed, underfed, and overfed Dreor.

  • The limitations are the age of maturity of the specific race to an appearance of ‘oldness’, even in elven Dreor.

  • The strength and speed of the Dreor are the same as they were before the Dilation; they aren’t affected by the process.

 

 

 

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Beguiling & the Beguiled

(Noncombative)

        Beguiling is the ‘hooking’ of a Descendant by a physical addiction to Dreoric blood, either in an attempt to gain their servitude or seek out new possible targets for the Damnation and to see their capabilities. By slipping a target around 20 mL of Dreoric blood, periodically at least once every elven month, the target will slip into a state of being Beguiled. The target will constantly feel the desire to listen to, follow, and serve the Dreor. This doesn’t mean the target would be willing to put themselves into harm's way, but serving the Dreor without endangering themselves is a must for any Beguiled. The target may still put themselves into harm's way if they wish, but it isn’t enforced. Animals can be turned into Beguiled, whether that’s a bird, snake, or other creature. However, these Beguiled animals cannot be utilized in any sort of combat situation; they exist purely as background animal companions. A Beguiled animal will grow strangely; pale white eyes, whitened or blood red scales, black feathers turning dark red, growing in size, et cetera. The exact details are up to the player, but only one animal can be Beguiled per Dreor.

 

        A Descendant who’s been Beguiled will find certain physical and mental changes taking place, whether they realize it or not. Skin growing slightly paler, veins growing slightly darker. To a degree, they look much as a Dreor might, but without any of the advantages to such. A slight aversion to bright sunlight, as well as a tendency to have trouble sleeping, will plague any Beguiled. Additionally, Bane will cause mild itching and Amrita Veridae will cause an intense queasy feeling if consumed. Aurum will cause a feeling of cold to extend from the point of contact, but no tangible weakness besides being unpleasant to the touch. It seems the consistent consumption of Dreor blood leads to many of the effects of the Dreoric Condition, but to a lesser degree. The blood of a Dreor seems to have some intrinsically addictive property to a Beguiled. This comes in a form of a thirst, somewhat similar to the deadly knife’s edge of the Dreor’s bloodthirst. This thirst is more mild than what a Dreor must deal with, however. Directly after being fed blood, the thirst seems to not exist tangibly. Over the course of an elven month, this thirst will grow in intensity. This will begin at the end of the first week, with a mild feeling of being parched, one no amount of water can satiate. By the end of the third week, this will increase until the Beguiled begins to hear whispers at the back of their mind when it’s quiet, and night terrors replacing the relative sleeplessness they experience anyways. This can be relieved at any time with a sip of no less than 20 mL of Dreoric blood from their master. If the Beguiled doesn’t acquire the blood they crave, the effects will worsen until one evening they suddenly break, at the end of one elven month.

 

        A target must be fed at least 20 mL of Dreoric blood monthly, either aware they are doing such or mixed in with food and drink. A Dreor can only ever have three Beguiled at any time, the names & usernames of which are commented on their CA. Turning someone into a Beguiled requires their OOC permission, and a Beguiled will follow any request or command given by their Dreoric master; they desire to please. However, one is not forced into self harm or allowing themselves into any situation that may get them killed. You may do this if you wish, but it is not enforced. Beguiled animals cannot be used in combat and exist as background creatures, of which a Dreor can only have one.

 

        Harold took a seat at the banquet table, several other Dreori dotted around on benches. Some talking, others brooding, others scheming. It was an average Sabbath for the Damned, though Harold felt something amiss in the air. He turned behind him, where his most trustworthy Beguiled was, having come with him to the Sabbath. The young man leaned down, Harold murmuring in his ear, “Keep an eye on that group near the window, though don’t be too obvious. Perhaps offer them some bloodwine. Come back after an hour or so and tell me what you overheard.” Without any response but a nod, the Beguiled stepped away, moving towards the kitchens to acquire some wine for his task.

 

 

Spoiler

Redlines:

  • A Dreor can have three Beguiled players, and one Beguiled animal.

  • These will be commented on the CA of the Dreor.

  • Beguiled animals cannot be utilized in combat.

  • OOC consent is required to become Beguiled, from both parties.

  • Beguiled will follow any command or request given, but only by their master.

  • This does not include commands that would put the target in danger; these can be denied, but can also still be done. You just aren’t forced into it.

  • Becoming a Dreor while Beguiled will cause the compulsion to be negated, and the target will no longer be Beguiled.

  • If a Beguiled has not been fed at least 20 mL of Dreoric blood from their master in an elven month, the spell of compulsion finally fails and they break free.

  • A Dreor can release a Beguiled with a force of will, touching both their temples and focusing. While doing this, the Dreor can also choose to wipe all memories of any event since the target was first Beguiled.

  • A Beguiled will withhold secrets through torture, but not at the risk of death, unless the target wishes to do so.

  • A Beguiled would be loyal to their master, not Dreor in particular. However, if one has been broken of the Beguiling, they can be brought back into it by any Dreor, not just their master.

  • A released Beguiled cannot be Beguiled again for an elven week.

  • The effects detailed above of playing an Beguiled must be followed.

  • Other Dreor cannot be turned into Beguiled.

  • Should a target be carrying aurum, lunarite, or Amrita Veridae  on their person, Beguiling wouldn’t be able to take hold, though the target may feel a sense of queasiness from consuming the blood.

  • Paladins of Xan and anyone else with some form of an aengudaemonic connection cannot be Beguiled.

 

 

 

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Searing

(Noncombative)

        Should a Dreor be killed by another Dreor, they can be permanently killed by a process known as Searing. This requires three Dreor total to undergo. Searing is the only way to permanently kill another Dreor, and first requires the subduing of the Dreor in question. The Dreor should then be bound, in whatever manner restricts movement. Then, the three Dreor can begin making wounds along the body, drawing blood. This must be done slowly, specifically the course of one elven hour, and the Dreor needs to be slowly drained of the majority of it’s blood. Once the majority of the blood that can be siphoned from these wounds has been siphoned elsewhere, each and every wound must be splashed in Amrita Veridae. As the Dreor lays in agony, burning and dying, the three Dreor must together consume it’s blood. After this blood has been consumed, and the Dreor lays there, half dead, the final step can be taken. By feeding the Dreor no less than 20 mL of Amrita Veridae, they will perish, and never return.

 

        Searing can only be done out of combat. The Dreor must be restrained for this; no Dreor would be able to willingly go through the process, at least once it has started. As such, some sort of restraint is required. Then blood needs to be taken from the Dreor, from a variety of wounds made on its body. Each of these wounds must be doused in Amrita Veridae, and as the Dreor lays slowly dying, all of the drained blood must be consumed. After this, the Dreor must be forcefully fed no less than 20 mL of Amrita Veridae. This will result in the Dreor being permanently killed.

 

        Harold glances around the darkened room, glancing at the other two Dreor as well as the one, chained to the wall, sputtering and dying. Aurum needles pierced each limb, forced all the way through into the wood behind the man. Wounds dot his flesh, each one blistering and smoking from where the Amrita Veridae made contact. Glancing back at the table, the two Dreor were hooded similarly to him. Chalices cover the table, each filled with the dark crimson blood of the chained Dreor. Wordlessly, they all three reached forward, grabbing a goblet, taking a breath, and draining it down. The process continued, the chained Dreor watching, whimpering, with corpse like eyes, until all the chalices were empty. A Beguiled youth came running up, then, with a chalice full of a pale, pink liquid. As he passed one of the Dreor at the table, the Dreor hissed. The Beguiled walked faster, until they were right next to the chained Dreor. Reaching forward with a shaking hand, they held open the Dreor’s mouth, forcing the liquid in the chalice down their throat. Even in their weakened state, the chained Dreor managed a moan of pain and a shudder. After a few moments, though, it was over. The light fled from their eyes, and they were gone.

 

 

Spoiler

Redlines:

  • Searing can only be done out of combat.

  • Searing requires three Dreor to do, and can only target one other Dreor at a time.

  • Utilizing Searing requires one to have a TA in creating Dreor.

  • Searing requires the target to be restrained.

  • The vast majority of the blood must be consumed, not just a few cups.

  • Every step outlined must be followed, or the Dreor does not have to PK.

  • Searing must be done in a single session of RP, from the day of capture.

  • Searing must have legitimate reasoning behind it that isn't OOC based; you cannot PK someone because of an OOC grudge. If challenged for your reasoning when Searing someone, supply such and give adequate evidence that the reasoning originated IRP.

 

 

 

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Convalescence

(Noncombative)

        A Fractured Dreor is a pitiful creature, and doomed to wander as a twisted, dangerous, and reasonless entity. However, a Fractured Dreor can be saved from this horrible fate by the interference of another Dreor. Should the Fractured Dreor be captured and subdued, and then suitably restricted to prevent movement. The creature will be constantly fighting it’s bonds, but if it’s held strong, then the Convalescence can begin. The Fractured Dreor must be fed a three part mixture: one part Amrita Veridae, one part Descendant blood, and one part Dreor blood. Acquiring the Amrita Veridae to do this is a pain for most Dreor, and the Fractured Dreor must drink this mixture at least once an elven day. It is absolute agony for the Fractured, but the process will slowly weaken the grip of the Condition. Over the course of one elven week, force feeding this liquid to the Fractured Dreor each day, the Dreor will slowly revert to normal. By the dawning of the last day, the Dreor regains sense of who they are, and enters the Feeble state by default. They must feed to regain their strength.

 

        Convalescence is a week long project more than it is an ability. A Fractured Dreor must be captured, subdued, and restrained for it to take place. Then, it must be fed a mixture of Descendant blood, Dreor blood, and Amrita Veridae. Consuming this is agony to the Fractured Dreor, but it provides sustenance while also fighting off the extremely strong form of their Condition. Slowly, over a week of giving the creature this mixture daily, the Dreor can be reverted to normal. On the seventh day, the Dreor awakens, now aware of who they are once again. They are in a Feeble state, and require feeding to return them to strength.

 

        Harold strides down into the dungeons, strapping on his hide gloves. Torches flicker, lighting the dingey staircase that leads into the bowels of the castle. He makes his way down easily, even beyond the point where the torches stop, through the darkness. Level after level he traverses, as the stone walls turn to compacted dirt, wooden supports keeping up the massive weight above them. Nitre coats the walls, as he finally arrives at his destination.

 

        Faint growls and whimpers flitter through the air, inaudible to those higher above. Harold turns, opening a door of pure steel blocking the way into an enclosed room. Stepping through, a pitiful sight met his eyes; a fellow Dreor, strapped to a wooden platform with iron shackles. The creature has been weakened over several days, and is now too feeble to fight against its bonds. Harold let out a sigh, turning away from it and onto the table before him. On it sets a container, repulsive to him even through the gloves.

 

        Harold picked up the container, a pitcher in truth, and began to slowly pour the red, viscous mixture into a goblet. Careful not to spill any, he fills it to the brim, setting the pitcher to the side. The man felt his fingers aching from close contact with the fluid, but he picked up the goblet just the same. Harold walked over to the chained Dreor, who sensed the liquid as well, beginning to fight against his bonds to no avail. “This is for your sake, brother.” Harold muttered, holding the chin of the Dreor, forcing it to drink from the goblet. A muffled, gargling scream fills the halls of the empty dungeon.

 

 

Spoiler

Redlines:

  • Convalescence must happen over the span of one week.

  • The Dreor must be captured and restrained for the entire process.

  • The normal rule of ‘You can leave after 15 minutes of no RP’ does not apply here, as long as a Fractured Dreor is captured with the intent of Convalescence.

  • A mixture of one part Descendant blood, one part Dreor blood, and one part Amrita Veridae must be fed to the Dreor for the span of the entire second week.

  • When the Dreor recovers, they will be in a Feeble state.

  • If you've been captured for the purpose of Convalescence, the normal rule of leaving after 15 minutes of no RP does not apply.

  • If one isn’t being fed the mixture daily, they’re free to break free without anyone being there; this can’t be used to loophole and forever ‘trap’ somebody.

 

 

 

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Cocooning

(Noncombative)

        A Dreor may very well grow weary with the way of the world, or a Dreoric player may have to shelf the character or go inactive. This can be achieved IRP by a process known as Cocooning, where a Dreor can create a sealed container of timelessness. By entering a container and closing the lid, such as in a coffin, a Dreor can cease the flow of time within the confines of this box, and enter a deep sleep, almost hibernation.This can be interrupted whenever the Dreor wishes, and they can exit this stasis. However, should the box be opened at any time, then this is forcefully interrupted. A box closed and locked tight would essentially trap a Dreor in this state against their will, for a theoretically infinite span of time until opened or destroyed. A Dreor in a Cocoon does not need to feed, and will fall asleep within moments of the cover closing on them. They will only awaken when it is opened, or they themselves try and open it. A Dreor is free to wake up whenever they wish and try and open their Cocoon, but should it be sealed, they will only fall into hibernation again, limbs growing weak.

 

        A Dreor in a Cocoon does not need to feed, and they can persist in this Cocoon so long as the lid remains closed. The opening of their Cocoon interrupts this, forcefully waking up the Dreor. This can also be used as a temporary, or permanent, prison for a Dreor by keeping the lid locked from the outside. A Dreor can exit themselves if they wish, but should the door be locked or otherwise held close, they won’t find themselves capable of such. This must be done in a sealed box, the proportions of which like a coffin for their specific race.

 

        Harold opened his eyes. It was a significant thing, for it took him several moments to remember where he was. Then it came to him; trapped, locked up in this mausoleum, in a coffin like the many dead around. Chains wrapped around the outside, keeping him trapped. Almost instantly as he woke, he felt the pull of the sleep, the need to hibernate, begin to press down on him. Yet he fought it, hearing something; voices. The voices of his comrades, the Descendants he had previously converted to their cause. Hope, at last. Though his throat was dry, he raised it to a shout, shaking the confines of his coffin. A gasp of surprise and the touch of running feet on stone let him know his efforts were successful. Freedom, at last.

 

 

Spoiler

Redlines:

  • A Dreor in a Cocoon does not need to feed, and will persist at the level of ‘fed’ they were before they were Cocooned.

  •  The opening of a Cocoon lid will forcefully wake up the Dreor.

  • This can be used to soft shelve a Dreor persona, by choice or by force. 

  • A Dreor can only be trapped by force by sealing the cover of the Cocoon somehow. Ie, through chains or otherwise preventing it from being opened from the inside.

  • This stasis can be permanent, but can also be interrupted at any time.

  • A Dreor can attempt to exit their Cocoon at any time, but will soon fall unconscious again, meaning they only have brief periods to open it and a locked Cocoon will be a functional prison.

  • The Cocoon must have a cover that can be closed, and be of the proportion of the specific race.

  • The Dreor will have virtually no memory of what may have happened while they’ve been Cocooned. Brief memories of waking up to existing in a dark box, occasionally, but naught else. Their sense of time makes it seem as if only maybe a few minutes have passed, whether or not actual years have passed since their Cocooning.

  • If a forcefully Cocooned Dreor has been neglected, ie tossed into the ocean or locked away forever, the Dreor can eventually escape. This takes ten in game years (10 IRL weeks), but the Dreor can break free. Whether this is by the chains holding their coffin snapping or anything else, a neglected and Cocooned Dreor will be able to escape after 10 IRL weeks, or later if they desire. This is only the case if the Cocoon is ‘neglected’, i.e. not checked on for strength and away from a place of population. In this way, you can’t ‘soft pk’ a Dreor by dumping them into the ocean when Cocooned.

  • A Cocooned Dreor will have ‘Cocooned’ commented on their CA. They are required to inform an LT when they’ve been Cocooned.

 

 

 

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Dreor Red Lines

Spoiler
  • Only a Descendant can become a Dreor. Half Breeds between types of Descendants qualify as well.

  • Becoming a Dreor requires a CA.

  • An existing character must become a Dreor, and one must undergo the Damnation by one with a TA, and the Sire must know the exact details of the Damnation.

  • Creating other Dreor requires a TA, as well as knowing the exact details of the Damnation.

  • A Dreor’s soul has been rendered inert and useless; they can no longer utilize any magic that requires a soul. They can, however, still be manipulated and affected by magics that target the soul, as they still have soul essence. A Dreor may still learn something such as Sorvian Sculpting, which requires soul essence, but not active usage.

  • All Dreoric abilities must be taught before being used.

  • Dreori can utilize Kani, and other magics that don’t necessarily require a ‘greater soul’.

  • Nobody with any sort of deity connection can become a Dreor. Becoming a Dreor causes previous magics, if not compatible, to be dropped.

  • The effects of aging have been frozen by the Dreoric Condition; a Dreor will persist at whatever age they were when the Damnation took place. This can be manipulated via Dilation.

  • All Dreor will have gold speckled eyes. The severity of this ranges depending on the Blood Thirst of the Dreor, if they’re using any of their abilities, or if they’re Fractured.

  • Dreor cannot reproduce, nor undergo any sort of sexual FTB.

  • A Dreor doesn’t have to consume blood to survive, but a Dreor that does not will find themselves weak and fragile, much akin to an elderly man who needs assistance. The exact details of this can be found in the ‘Feeble’ section of Blood Thirst.

  • A Dreor who feeds adequately will maintain athletic strength and speed for their race, but nothing 'superhuman'. This degrades without proper feeding. The exact details of this can be found in the ‘Feeble’ section of Blood Thirst.

  • A Dreor will always feel their Blood Thirst, and this is only intensified if there’s a large amount of people, and as such blood, nearby. A well fed Dreor can ignore their natural inclination with some force of will, but no other state has that luxury.

  • A Dreor gains no nutrients from normal food or water; only blood. Normal food can be eaten, though meals without meat would taste like ash. Liquids are fine to consume, however, being fully able to be tasted.

  • Alcohol, drugs, and poisons have no effect on a Dreor. This includes both beneficial and harmful ones.

  • Dreoric passive regeneration cannot be used in combat; mechanically, it’s not fast enough for them to heal during an encounter. Only outside of combat, after the fact, can they lick their wounds. This doesn’t account for Rapid Scarring.

  • Passive regeneration can only take place out of combat, and while extremely beneficial, doesn’t mean wounds are ‘instantly healed’ after a combat encounter. Life threatening wounds that a Dreor manages to survive, such as a gaping hole in their side, will take a few OOC days to heal, leaving behind an ugly scar. Normal wounds such as bruises, light cuts, or anything non life threatening can be healed over a matter of in character hours.

  • Limbs can be regrown over a period of 1 year, specifically 1 IRL week.

  • The period for limbs regrowing is reset if the Dreor dies.

  • Decapitation will result in an instant and quick death, as will stabbing through the heart.

  • After a death, a Dreor will regenerate on their own over a course of one elven week.

  • A Dreor can only be PK’d forcefully by another three Dreor. This is by the process of Searing, with all the prerequisites being met.

  • Wounds from aurum or aurum alloy will result in extremely painful and slow to heal wounds on the Dreor. Such weapons left inside of the Dreor will prevent the Dreor from utilizing any sort of regeneration, including Rapid Scarring, until it is removed. Wounds from aurum are twice as long to heal as normal wounds. Anything made of aurum, or aurum alloy, making skin contact would result in a Dreor becoming weak and cold, functionally an Underfed Dreor. This sensation, and the weakness, leaves as soon as the contact is gone. A Dreor could sense aurum within a six inch range, feeling cold and uncomfortable as well as tingling in whatever point is close to the source of aurum.

  • Wounds from Lunarite or Lunarite alloy will result in a more intense version of the effects of aurum. Such weapons left inside of the Dreor will prevent the Dreor from utilizing any ability whatsoever. This does not account for ‘undoing’ abilities, i.e. withdrawing your claws while pierced with Lunarite, which can still be done. Being pierced with such weapons will cause horrible, acidic burns on the flesh of a Dreor, taking twice as long to heal as normal wounds. Skin contact with Lunarite would result in a Dreor growing weak, cold, and have them experiencing symptoms of allergy and illness as long as it persists. A Dreor physically touching Lunarite is very cold and also functionally Feeble. This ceases as soon as the Lunarite is removed from physical contact. A Dreor could sense Lunarite within a foot radius, feeling extremely cold, slightly ill, and tingling greatly in the closest extremity.

  • Alloys of both aurum and lunarite wouldn’t have an intensified effect, only the effect of Lunarite. It doesn’t ‘stack’.

  • Dreor mechanically respawn at the Cloud Temple after one IRL week.

  • Individuals may roleplay the exact details and nature of how the Condition affects them as they please. However, it must still affect them; Dreori are not intended to be simply powerful Descendants. The things stated above, such as the development of phobias and the new interpretation of life, are expected to be portrayed in all Dreori, though the details of which are up to them.

  • All Dreor have a compulsion to consume blood, whether they want to or not. This never fully leaves them, and only increases the more they deprive themselves.

  • A Dreor’s Blood Thirst never truly leaves them. Even after a feeding, it’s still there, simply lessened. Additionally, their sense of smell for blood is incredibly strong, though only for blood. Being put in a situation where there is exposed blood, then, is very dangerous for a Dreor. If they don’t manage to restrain themselves, they’ll likely over feed, and become Fractured.

  • A Dreor wishing to maintain peak strength, speed, and ability usage, aka being ‘well fed’, has to feed two times during an elven month.

  • Feeding only once in an elven month would result in a Dreor becoming ‘underfed’.

  • Not feeding at all during a month would result in a Dreor becoming Feeble.

  • Feeding four times in an elven month would result in a Dreor becoming overfed.

  • Feeding any more than four times in one elven month would result in a direct and sudden degradation into a Fractured state.

  • One feeding consists of draining enough blood to knock a human unconscious. You can get two feedings from the same body, but kill them in the process.

  • A halfling sized creature would be killed in the process of supplying a single feeding, while an orc would be capable of remaining conscious through one and fall unconscious because of the second. This is a scale of relativity.

 

 

 

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Purpose

        The Dreori serve as an antagonistic niche, for a specific kind of player who wishes to both cause conflict and deal with the consequences of said conflict. LotC in late has been lacking in dark creatures, and I thought I’d give my hand at creating something new, my own spin on existing tropes and concepts. I hope this is a satisfactory read to you all, and you see the same niche emerging from this as I do. People who aren’t afraid to play a character who can die, who are constantly running out of time and each taking the effects of their Condition differently.

 

 

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Citation

Archipelego - Me, for writing this.

Assassinofawsome - Origin & a few other ideas.

Dunstan - Based and redpilled critiques.

ScreamingDingo - Tore apart my first & second draft, thankfully.

TheAlphaMoist - Ideas & Criticism.

Squakhawk - Ideas & Criticism.

Beordan - Ideas & Criticism.

Whiplash - Ideas & Criticism.

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Comrade, perhaps up the brightness on the red.

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There are good parts to this piece and the writing is succinct and detailed. That being said, I am unsure what niche this is trying to fit into. The font also makes it incredibly difficult to read, and I suggest you find another color. If you had to summarize this lore in two paragraphs, what would it be? 

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the redlines have been changed to orange, which unfortunately kills the VIBE but makes it more readable. sorry to have killed your eyes.

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Just now, Archipelego said:

the redlines have been changed to orange, which unfortunately kills the VIBE but makes it more readable. sorry to have killed your eyes.

THERE ARE LIGHTER REDS HUN

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5 minutes ago, TheMissileKnowsWhereItIs said:

cant wait until joel sees this

joel gave his thumbs up to it.

2 minutes ago, marb121 said:

THERE ARE LIGHTER REDS HUN

maybe but the forums SUCK stop bullying me :c

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1 minute ago, Archipelego said:

joel gave his thumbs up to it.

no ******* way

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+1 Been wanting their to be more dark creatures added, this looks promising! Can’t wait to fight some Frost Witches and Dreori!

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Does this mean we can have a Van Helsing? :0

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Posted (edited)

The only thing I can see Joel doing is tearing this to pieces, every complaint made about Striga being OP is exemplified and perpetuated here. Everything is very bare bones mechanically the powers, regeneration, revival, strength, powers; it just overlaps immensely already with prior lore but far too blatantly. It’s essentially Striga with all the philosophy stripped and tossed into the trash. There is nothing here that you can’t already get from somewhere else.

 

The recommendation I will give is to improve your origin and give the story more nuance: “a soldier, a merchant, and a Baron walk into a bar. BOOM vampires” is not a decent premise to stand on.

Edited by duscur

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10 minutes ago, ScreamingDingo said:

kill Striga

kill Striga

kill Striga

 

 

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