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  1. A note upfront: Hello there! Yes, it is I, Hedgehug. I'm not dead, not yet. Over the course of the last month or so me and others have occupied ourselves with the task of clarifying shamanism as a whole to both the LT, MT and community. The following product is given: 74 pages of written shaman lore, divided by some google documents and this general codex. Upon acceptance this very thread will serve as a guideline for future shamans. The holy ooc book for shamanism within LotC. Please treat this work, that has taken a large quantity of time and effort, with the respect it deserves. As well as its authors. I shall personally open up a second thread that will serve as a shaman q&a where questions regarding shamanism, spirituality and this newly made codex will be answered by both me and the shaman playerbase. Edit registor: 15-7-2017 ~ Removed google doc links, replaced with referal link to newly made forum post + added farssing in the codex instead of a seperate doc. 7-9-2017 ~ Removed the odd links and added actual link lines referring to other threads With pride I present to you: The Shamanic Codex The capabilities and limitations of Shamans and the Spirits Executive compiler: Hedgehug Contributors (according to relevancy): Smawton, Divinejustice, Pandasan, KBR, Lhindir, Ilikefooddude, Catarrh Table of contents Introduction The Spirit Realms & The Spirits Spiritual Psychology Spiritual Influence Blackspeech Totems Subtypes Elementalism Lutaumancy Farseer Witch Doctor Spirit Smithing Other Shamanic Abilities Voodoo Dolls Muyakelg Introduction Schematic representation of what shamanism entails: http://imgur.com/QufWmgq To begin, it is important to note that all Shamans utilise the energies of the Spirits in order to influence the world, and work directly with them in order to allow the Spirits to enforce their will. A Shaman allows the Spirit to use his or her mana pool, and from this the extent of the Spirit’s influence is put into constraint; as the mana pool of any Mortal has a limitation. The way in which the Shaman interacts with the Spirits, and how he or she uses his or her powers varies from person to person. For this reason, sub-types of Shamanism were made where Shaman focus on a specific way in which to reach out to the Spirits. Spirits vary from each other in their power by how prevalent the thing they reign over is. For instance, the Spirits of Time and Space are the most powerful Spirits in existence, because Time and Space extends to the furthest reaches of the Universe, and the way in which they can use time and space also allows them to gain a significant advantage. The Spirit Realms & The Spirits A listing of all current existing spirits: https://www.lordofthecraft.net/forums/topic/153791-the-spirits-grand-list/ Typically, Spirits are split into three categories because their powers are so drastic as to warrant differing realms within which to contain them. All Spirits exist in these Spiritual Planes, created by the Daemon, Apohet. These are as follows: The Elemental Realm - Housing all Elemental Spirits; these are the most powerful of all Spirits. These spirits represent material elements of various kinds, and only touch on that what is material in the Mortal Realm. The Immortal Realm - This realm houses the Spirits that reign over concepts, ideas, emotions and more specific things spread across the Universe. For instance, a house may be made of stone, and as such tied to the Elemental of Stone, yet an Immortal Spirits will exist to reign over the concept of what a house is, and can influence it in such a way as to improve or weaken the structure. The Ancestral Realm || Stargush’Stroh - This is where those devoted to the Spirits go when they have died on the Mortal Realm. Therein exist two types of Ancestors; Lesser and Greater. In order to become a Greater Ancestral, a player must have achieved an exceptional feat within their lifetime. For more information heed to the following post: https://www.lordofthecraft.net/forums/topic/152380-the-stargûshstroh-apohets-realm-of-ancestors The Mortal Realm - While this is not a Spiritual realm, everything that exists across the Universe contains smaller portions of Spiritual energy, entities that are referred to as stagnant Spirits. These smaller Spirits are directly tied to the Spiritual Realms, and are how a more powerful Spirit in the Spirit Realms may influence the Mortal realm. They use the mana of the Shaman in question in order to infuse their own energy into the Stagnant Spirit, awakening it for the Shaman to them control or otherwise allow to take action of its own will. All Immortal Spirits can materialise within the Mortal Realm when they have accumulated enough power and influence, but if they were to die it would be a permanent death. For this reason, Greater Immortals do not usually summon themselves into the Mortal Realm and instead allow their Lesser Immortals, their servants, to act on their behalf: ET Only: https://www.lordofthecraft.net/forums/topic/147946-the-avatars-of-the-spirits Spiritual Psychology As formations of a Daemon, the overarching design behind each Spirit is their desire and need for worship and control, because being revered, and having the thing they represent be more prevalent across the Universe allows them to grow more powerful and gain further control in the Spirit Realm. Each Spirit tries to overpower one another, which is a scenario we saw very clearly with the Orgonic Plague. Despite the Orcs assisting in the summoning of Orgon, the Spirit decided to attack them when he considered himself powerful enough to do so, as plaguing the Orcs would have empowered him further than allowing them to live healthily on a landmass that could no further be corrupted. Spiritual Influence Regardless of the shamans specific subtype and business, they all share one key ability: that of communion with the spirits. A shaman can go to the Spirit's realm and converge with it in the old tongue. Here the Shaman can bargain and trade. The boons that can be granted by the Spirits have long been unclear and without boundary. It is therefore that the following is stated: In the event of a shaman contacting a spirit in order to converge, bargain, or trade for material boons, immaterial boons, or knowledge, a dedicated ET, MT, LM, or approved Shaman player must represent the spirit. As for the obtainable: this is strictly limited to what is directly affiliated to the spirit in question. The tradeoffs are mostly unfair, as they must be both within the spirits better interest as follow their instinct to obtain power and significance. Old Blah/Blackspeech Additionally, in order to call upon and communicate with the Spirits, Shamans must learn the Ancient Tongue which is passed down from teacher to teacher; which must be a lore-approved item given to the prospective teacher when their application is accepted. This item is a so called codex or tome and contains the teacher's established knowledge on the language. Totems Totems are akin to shrines to specific Spirits that have been blessed by the shaman. By ‘upgrading’ a shrine to a totem it makes for a stronger tether to the spirit it is dedicated to. This makes for easier contacting of the spirit. However, the totem also makes it so that contacting other spirits within its vicinity is more complicated to do. More details below: https://www.lordofthecraft.net/forums/topic/145253-totems/ Subtypes Elementalism Arguably the oldest of all Shaman sub-types, it is also one of the more basic in concept; yet takes incredible patience and endurance to achieve in reality. An Elementalist cannot conjure an Element, and must instead work with existing material. Currently, Elementalists may only use the following Elements: Electricity and Metal require more complex understandings, and I suggest making these available when a Shaman has mastered an Element at T3. When a Shaman makes a pact with a Lesser Spirit of an Element, they may begin to influence the world around them in one of two ways.The first is more fast-paced, and typically these stages of progression correlate almost entirely with those of Evocation, and the progression of tier allows an Elementalism to control more of the Element they are using. The difference with Shamanism lies in a slower approach, in which an Elementalist may continuously re-visit a region in order to influence it further over time; in this instance, it is determined by the region owner or moderator what may be achieved, as theoretically an Earth Elementalism may open up a ravine after many rituals. https://www.lordofthecraft.net/forums/topic/134759-elementalist-clarifications-and-spirits/ To begin a pact with a Spirit, an elementalist must abandon their mortal,physical self and ascend into the Elemental Realm. At first, this travel is taken through intense psychedelics, or a copious amount of drugs, often damaging the elementalist’s mind and causing them to have horrific visions that corrupt and sway their mind. Due to the powerful nature of their magics, spirits of mental instability seek to attack them as they try to connect to the Realm. Once there, the shaman again is bombarded by the nexus of the Elemental Realm, a nexus of twisting and ever-changing elements crafted by Elemental spirits. Lightning flickers throughout the sky, fire dances about the air like dragons, and mountains rise and fall to the whim of the beings within it. To a new shaman, the experience would be mind-shattering, and usually the teacher accompanies them. Once here, they must venture around the nexus, following paths and calling out to the seek out the elemental spirit of choice. When the Spirit itself can be roleplayed by the following: The Teacher, the MT, or an ET knowledgeable in the Spirits. Once arriving upon the spirit, the pact is given by the spirit which essentially boils down to a quest relating to the element of choice. A fire elemental may ask for lava placed upon the highest part of a mountain, climbed by hand and still hot as daybreak approaches, or the death of a dragon or some fiery beast. A storm elemental may want the shaman to climb to the highest peaks and shock themselves in a test of durability and strength. The quests to the discretion of those giving the test, and they do not need to be feasible. A shaman may fail their test, and potentially seek out another spirit. If not completed in 2 irl weeks, it is assumed that the pact has failed, and that the shaman may seek out another pact for a simpler test. Once the pact has been made, the work of an elementalist is not finished. Far from. Once a month, the pact must be renewed through a similar quest. Though not as great as the original pact, a shaman must go out and commit works in the name of the spirit they worship. This may be converting others to the faith, erecting shrines and totems, or performing great sacrifices akin to the original pact. These acts are preserved through screenshots or OOC confirmation by those present, before being sent to the teacher,MT, or ET. If a shaman does not commit these tasks for a whole month, their tier, regardless of placement goes down by one. EVENT TEAM NOTES If any Event Team is bored/seeking new roleplay or things to interact within the realm of spirits, I would suggest a Spirit War or struggle of power. Within both the Elemental and Immortal realms, spirits wage war on each other-- for power is all they seek. Some may seek alliances and work together, while others may exist as puppetmasters to push greater means. The politics of the Spiritual Realms work nearly identical to those of the Mortal Realm. These battles are heard and felt by all shamans, and can involve orcs via the manifestation of these battles upon the Mortal Realm, or by shamans and various groups worshiping spirits to empower them. It is quite obvious that this grants ET a lot of space to work on events and ideas; however, there things to take account for. Battles upon elemental spirits are often the most common, as their various forms act as anathema to each other (water to fire, air to earth, etc), and so elementalists may find themselves at war battling each other. If a Spirit Manifests in the Mortal Realm and is killed, they are dead for good. Do not touch any of the Greater Elemental, Immortal, or even Ancestral Spirits without MT supervision. Avoid giving Spiritual Items/Tools, for the various forms of shamanism do this. DivineJustice’s little blurb about Elementalist Changes: “With great power comes great responsibility”. Previous elementalists got the perks of a magic stronger than evocation at the cost of literally nothing. The pact was almost immediately, and the work done for it was banged out in a matter of days. I loathed the fact that an elementalist basically served as an rp combat magic with little purpose behind it save for squishing people with the elements. Moreover, elementalists hold in little in means of roleplay save for the combat they serve in, so I hope with these interactions, elementalists have a greater purpose within the shamanistic community. I will explain how the Shamans may utilise Elementalism using the… household appliance scaling system. Tier 1 - Minor Influence - Cannot control Shape Fire - May influence a Flame no larger than that produced by a torch. Earth - May influence crumbled earth (gravel, sand, et cetera) to the extent of that which could be contained within a bucket. Water - May influence pure water to the extent of that which could be contained within a bucket. Air - May influence standard Air to the extent of that which could be contained within a… bucket. Tier 2 - Considerable Influence - Can Alter Shape Slightly Fire - May influence a Flame no larger than that of a camp fire. Earth - May influence both crumbled and solid material to the extent of that which could be contained within a bath. Water - May influence both normal water and swampy/murky water to the extent of that which could be contained within a bath. Air - May influence both normal air and smoke to the extent of that which could be contained within a… bath. Tier 3 - Basic Mastery of the Element - Can Alter Shape Completely This Tier follows the same retrains to size as Tier 2, but with complete mastery over the shape and direction it takes. Metal - Can influence Metal to move but cannot alter the shape; limited to that which could be contained in a bucket. Electricity - Can influence Electricity and Static Energy to move but cannot alter the shape or direction in which shoots along its journey; limited to that which could be contained within a… bucket. Tier 4 - Complete Mastery of the Basic Elements Fire - May now influence flames to the extent of a funeral pyre, and can shape it or snuff it out entirely. Earth - May now influence Earth to the extent of being able to shape completely; to the extent of that which could be contained within a van. Water - May influence Water to such extremes that they may now influence Ice and Steam, as well as all forms; swamp, bog, beer, et cetera; to the extent of that which could be contained within a van. Air - May influence Air to such extremes that they may now influence temperature, as well as poisonous air, smoke and may carry air into regions where it does otherwise not exist. Metal - May slightly influence the shape of Metal; to the extent of that which can be contained within a bath. Electricity - May influence Electricity and Static Energy to the degree of being able to completely direct it and keep it on course; to the extent of that which could be contained within a… bath. Tier 5 - Complete Mastery of All Elements and their States All may be shaped, directed and altered completely at this stage; to the extent of that which may be contained within a living room. Creation of Elemental Muyakelgs are also possible at this stage. Red Lines A connection is VITAL to be role-played before manipulating any element of choice. A T5 Elementalist in 2 varieties of Elements may manipulate them at the same time, but will be done at the rate of a T3 Shaman for both elements by either combining the elements or using them separately. A Shaman must role-play any interference of concentration as well as fatigue from connecting to the Spirit Realm. The Elementalist will find that the opposite Elements becomes harder to control, as the Elemental Spirit is displeased with the shaman for choosing it’s rival. (Fire-Water, Earth-Air, Metal-Water, Lightning-Earth) Elementalism is purely altering said element, you can neither add or subtract that of a substance, only alter what is present. Lutaumancy Clarification of Lutaumancy for each existing spirit https://www.lordofthecraft.net/forums/topic/163363-✓-an-addition-to-the-shaman-codex-limitations-and-capabilities/ The Lutaumen are shamans capable of communing with the long past ancestors of the Uruk race. They do this by connecting to the ancestral realm, using the ancestor on which they focus on as a tether. Objects in the Mortal Realm may contribute if they bear significance to the ancestral spirit in question. This communion is what makes most of their roleplay: contacting ancestors of either the long past, or even closer past. They have the ability of taking up to two other individuals with them on these so called ‘spirit walks’ to the Stargush’Stroh. Aside from communion they are, similar to Elementalists, able to summon the power of Greater Ancestral spirits within themselves. These powers often granted by Spirits that the Lutauman has bonded with, similar to Elementalism. Tier 1 - Minor Influence - The Lutauman learns the old tongue and the basic principle of entering and exiting the Stargush’Stroh. Here they can encounter ancestral spirits but remain unable to directly contact a specific one. Even with a tether in the mortal realm. Tier 2 - Considerable Influence - The Lutauman enters and exits the Stargush’Stroh with less and less trouble and can stay longer in said realm. Upon attempting to contact a specific ancestor they shall see improvement to locating and contacting them. The usage of a tether greatly improves this. Tier 3 - Basic Mastery of the Ancestral Communion - The Lutauman has mastered the art of Communion with ancestors and can travel to any ancestor at will with little effort. The usage of tethers is still preferred but no longer a necessity. Two other individuals may be brought into the spirit realm. It is at around this tier that the Lutauman is taught how to summon the powers of an ancestor within them and may experiment with self-blessing. Tier 4 - Basic Mastery of Self-Blessing - The Lutauman Masters the summoning of blessings upon themselves. The bonds between Shaman and spirit improve leading to the experimentation of stronger blessings such as Power (Rax) or maybe even the Kurak blessing. Tier 5 - Complete Mastery of Ancestral Communion & Self-Blessing - The Lutauman has mastered and perfected the arts of Ancestral Communion and Self-Blessing. They can call upon the strength of a large variety of Greater Ancestrals. On top of this they can, with relative ease, take up to five other individuals with them on spirit walks to the Stargush’Stroh. Additionally, the Lutauman may create a Muyakelg with the help of a T5 Witch Doctor. Regarding ghosts and other ghostly / spectral creatures the Lutauman has the following ability: As is established: Kor, spirit of the dead is a Greater Immortal spirit with the slight bonus that he is capable of traveling between the Stargush’Stroh and the Immortal Realm. He is perceived the ‘Gatekeeper’ of the Stargush’Stroh. Therefore the Lutauman, upon encountering the creature in question, can summon within him: Kor. This is done in a similar fashion as obtaining a self-blessing from a Greater Ancestral. Upon successfully summoning Kor the Shaman can then begin to ‘consume’ the Ghost until it is fully purged. The soul then travels back with Kor and is left in the Soulstream. This event may be considered a suggested PK for ghosts and similar spectral creatures. Red Lines A tier 5 lutauman can take up to 5 others at maximum with them to the stargush’stroh. The self-blessings, though made to empower the shaman, do have their limits. Namely the Strength and Kurak blessings are to be undergamed at all times to prevent powergaming. The power does not reach above that of a matured olog, the kurak blessing, including it’s drawback of potential friendly-fire, is limited to the physical power of an actual lur-wolf. A shaman cannot spend too long a time in the stargush’stroh. Length is dependant on tier. Tier 1 would make for about a half hour visit where a tier 5 can reach up to about 24 hours (as in-realm time). If the body of a spirit-walking shaman or traveler is killed during their walk, the shaman and or travelers spirit shall remain locked in the stargush’stroh. Though not enforced, this would make for a convincing PK. Should the player not wish to PK after this, it can be assumed that Kor bails them out and sends their spirits back to the soulstream after they’ve spoken to him. (which can actually be roleplayed out should one wish so). This could, if roleplayed properly, end up in a bargain. One with a cost. Farseer Clarification of Farseeing for each existing spirit https://www.lordofthecraft.net/forums/topic/163363-✓-an-addition-to-the-shaman-codex-limitations-and-capabilities/ Overview Farseers are spiritual seers of nations and clans. Farseers are gifted individuals that can travel into the plane of spirits and speak with spirits invisible to the eyes of normal descendants. Farseers are troubled by visions of the future and use their insight to guide their people through troubled times. Although Farseers may seem wise and peaceful at first, they are formidable foes; when angered, their wrath is fierce. Immortal Spirits Immortal Spirits began long ago as the creations of Elementals; Deemed to watch over specific aspects or domains of the world, and empowered only by the increase of worship or said domain; Such as how the Spirit of the Hunt is empowered for every kill a Predatory being makes. Cast into their own planes, and considered lesser, by the Elementals, Immortal Spirits seek constantly to gain power, ruling over vast domains featuring prominent features of their Aspects, such as the Spirit of the Sea having a vast watery section of the Realm, with Lesser Spirits of these constantly moving about their planes, all the while plotting and seeking to gain their own powers as well, with the eventual hopes to become Greater themselves. All the Greater Immortal Spirits began possessing only a single aspect, for example Enrohk has three aspects- Bloodlust, Savagery, and War; Enrohk started as the Greater Spirit of Bloodlust and the rest he gained, by either consuming other spirits entirely or by subjugating another spirit that has more than one aspect. When a Greater Spirit is consumed it does not die, the spirit is forced to join in a Union with the other Spirit, much like the union a Spirit is forced into when consumed by a Dark Shaman, meaning it can regain its freedom through the defeat of its overlord; However, due to the nature of Spirits seeking more power, a Spirits freeing one another would be unheard of. Greater Spirits weaken when they gain many aspects because even though they hold many aspects that are powerful, they may weaken because the others are on the same level: In this, one Spirit will never be allowed to gain to many, as other spirits will combine efforts to release and spread aspects from that spirit elsewhere, as there is a delicate balance. Due to the weakness of Spirits holding many aspects, Lesser Spirits are formed to hold superior strength in these fields - Such as Orgon. Greater Spirits in the Spirit World rule vast domains and have countless minor spirits under their control, they wage war, make peace and plot against and with each other. An example of how Greater spirits interact with Descendants, mainly Orcs, is seen before the great revival of the Orcish race by Rex Mogroka. Mogroka was contacted by Enrohk, at the time a weak spirit that only held domain over bloodlust. The former Orcish government suppressed bloodlust and tried to control it. It is said that Enrohk gave Mogroka powers, a mighty blessing to enrage the Berserker-Shaman fit for the Champion of Enrohk, and with Mogroka’s ascent to power bloodlust was made free and with it, Enrohk gained power. Elemental Spirits The Elementals interact directly with the physical, mortal plane. They live in the Elemental Plane, and here, they view our world as the pure elements it is made up of. The most common (and primary) elements are Water, Fire, Earth, and Wind. Other elements, like Space and Time, are more complex to understand, and are ultimately more powerful than those before them. For ease, The elemental spirits are separated into four different categories: Primary, Secondary, Advanced, and Master spirits. Primary: Earth, Air, Fire, Water Secondary: Light, Dark, Storm, Metal Advanced: Life, Death, Order, Chaos Master: Space, Time The elements mentioned above are the ones understood and recognized by the Shamanic culture, but it is entirely possible that there are dozens (if not hundreds) of other elements that haven’t been discovered. Spirit-Walking A journey by ritualistic actions and behaviours hidden and protected by Farseers throughout the ages, experienced Farseers hold the innate ability to travel in a manner in which their Soul breaks from their physical form, able to travel directly to the Immortal and Elemental planes; However, this ritual is different from that to travel to Kor’s dominion and speak to the Ancestrals. Whilst the origins of the rituals are as mysterious as the Spirits themselves, Farseers have a strong tradition of secrecy in their teachings, acting as elders in their communities and passing down their trade by word of mouth, with the only known writings to be the Or’Gok Scrolls, lost with Mogroka’Gorkil. While in these planes, the Farseer is most vulnerable, his mortal self idle in his own realm, whilst his soul traverses the realm of the Spirits, in which fatal wounds in either would result in death. Due to this, Spirit Guides are often employed, being that of Lesser Spirits that have a direct pact with a Farseer, much like Elementalists have with their elemental lessers, or that of other Farseers who have incredible knowledge on the domains; However, pacted Lesser Spirits are only able to guide the Farseer through the domain of his own aspect, the guides most commonly seeking something in return for their assistance and appearing like that of their domain, most commonly in an animal-like form. Ultimately, the purpose of Spirit Walking is that of conversing directly with the Spirits themselves. Due to this, and the dangers of traveling about the Elemental or Immortal planes without a guide, inexperienced Farseers find themselves unable to find and converse with the most powerful of the Spirits, the Greaters, by disheartening, getting lost, or threat of death by Lesser Spirits protecting the domain. Far Sight Granting these wise Shamans their names, the purpose of a Farseer, while to act as a mediator between the Mortal Realm and Spirit Realms, is primarily their gift to receive visions of the future itself, the wisest of Farseers commonly coming together to discuss and plan the best course of action to heed warning or take action to fulfil or prevent these prophecies. Far Sight, while being the most basic level of Farseeing, is the most difficult to master, with visions often including vague messages and half-truths that are unclear to even the most experienced Shamans. Far Sight is used mainly for providing hints and information in eventlines, though a Farseer with permission from MT could use it to ‘read’ the future of other characters. Visions Once a Farseer reaches T3, they are able to strike someone with visions, allowing them to infect someone’s mind with any sort of imagery the shaman wishes to evoke. This begins with first an emote of focus, and then an emote of striking the targets mind before the vision commences. Akin to illusory magic, eye contact must be made. However, once a farseer reaches T5, they are granted the ability of long-range visions, however require things such as blood and hair to maintain the connection akin to a Soul Puppeteer or Witchdoctor Blessings Taking upon the successes of rituals leading to Spirit Walking, Farseers can seek blessings of the Spirits in a multitude of ways; With the most successful blessings being that of Spirits the Farseer has actually spoken to, or their lessers, to get a full grasp of rituals and tasks needed to prove oneself worthy. An example being that a Farseer attempting to bless a hunt would require previous successful hunts and ritualistic sacrifices to be made by the Farseer in order to allow such blessings to persist. While the blessings of a Farseer occur most often in that of Immortal Spirits, the most experienced Farseers have been rumored to not only converse with Elementals to gain knowledge, but to be blessed by them, receiving imbuements to Artifacts or totems that allow the Farseer to Champion the elemental, unlike that of an elementalists bond with such. These blessings are extremely rare, often leading to that of great fame for the Farseer, with the most notable being that of the Farseer Mogroka’Gorkil and his ability to call down Lightning from the sky in the name of Neizdark. Other capabilities include that of an imbued weapon by the the Elemental of Fire, Skathach, allowing the weapon to shimmer in flames that burn until sheathed. While these powerful blessings may border on Elementalism, it is notable that Farseers do not have the bond as they do, and such, the blessing only being granted when the Farseer has the favor of the Spirit, as well as the energy to do such. Ritual-Blessings Farseers seeking the blessings of certain Spirits may require more suitable preparations, often requiring more than a single Farseer. While these blessings persist over a period of time, or a large area, they are mostly RP-only by nature. Some of these rituals include things such as Rain Dances, or things as complicated as attempts to draw out and combat spirits tainting body, mind, or land. Rain Dances are conducted by three of more Farseers in order to attempt to seek the blessings of both Arwa and Urin, often used in times of drought or famine in order to prevent further spread of such. This ritual normally lasts over a period of an entire day (30 minutes), and includes chanting and calling to the Spirits, as well as the use of different Farseer tools. Land Healing Rituals are the most complex ritual a Farseer can undergo. These rituals require three Farseers, with at least one of them having journeyed through the domain of Akezo, the Spirit of Health, Vitality, and Healing. This ritual requires multiple complex steps in order to draw out the corrupting Spirit. Beginning with a form of sacrifice, involving chanting to Akezo in the form of mending that which is broken, often a totem or trinket to represent the Spirit from which the Shamans are seeking aid. Following this, totems and incense must be burned around the area in order to draw the corrupted Spirit out with the assistance of the blessing. Following this, the Spirit will either flee or attempt to fight the Farseer, most commonly ending with the Farseers having to quite-literally beat the Spirit out of the lands. (ET required; Event-based Blight Healing) Rituals involving healing of the Mind and Body often act much as those of healing the land; However, due to the scale and weakness of the corrupting Spirits, only a single, experienced Farseer is required; However, while the corruption is removed, it often comes at the price of physical pain brought to release such. This is not always the case, as certain Farseers can, with the favor of the Spirit, convince it to leave by its own will, often by sacrifice, deals, or worship of the Spirit, much like that seen in the early stages of Orgon Worship. Tools of a Farseer Blessings granted onto that of a material object are common, yet highly protected. While not like that of so-called “Spirit Smithing”, blessed objects include that of ritualistic purpose, such as drums and weapons of sacrifice. Drum – The drum is often used by Farseers as the beating of the drum assists the Farseer to achieve an altered state of consciousness, aiding them in their travel to pass on their journey between the physical and spiritual worlds. Farseer drums are generally constructed of an animal-skin stretched over a bent wooden hoop, with a handle across the hoop. Feathers – Feathers are often used in ceremonies and in individual healing rituals. Rattle – Rattles are used in ceremonies in traditional ways, often included to help invoke a specific Spirit in the Farseers ceremonies. These rattles are typically made with things representing the Spirit in question. Smoking Pipe – Used for smoking various tobaccos and psychoactive herbs. Below I will detail a couple of these examples, along with their standard tier progression system: Tier 1 - Small Scale, Slow Acting Influence Healing Corruption - To the extent of healing 5 blocks of corruption, which will take an entire IRL day to effect the land entirely;requires ward. Bestowing Strength - May impart strength in someone to give them slightly above average ability, but will not last any longer than 15 IRL minutes. Tier 2 - Larger Scale, Slow Acting Influence Healing Corruption - To the extent of healing 10 blocks of corruption, which will take half an IRL day to effect the land entirely; requires ward. Bestowing Strength - May impart strength in someone to give them significantly above average strength, but will not last any longer than 20 IRL minutes. Tier 3 - Larger Scale, Faster Acting Influence Healing Corruption - To the extent of healing 15 blocks of corruption, which will take 2 IRL hours in order to effect the land entirely; requires ward. Bestowing Strength - May impart strength in someone to give them super-human qualities, which will not last any longer than 45 IRL minutes. Tier 4 - Large Scale, Fast Acting Influence Healing Corruption - To the extent of healing 25 blocks of corruption, which will take 30 minutes in order to effect the land entirely; requires ward. Bestowing Strength - May impart strength in someone to give them super-human qualities, which will not last any longer than an hour IRL. Tier 5 - Mastery of Healing and Booning Healing Corruption - To the extent of healing 40 blocks of corruption, which can be done instantly without the use of a ward; however there will be a cooldown period of one IRL day. Warded - To the extent of healing 40 blocks of corruption, which will take 30 IRL minutes and can be done twice a day in different regions. Red Lines Blessing are only applied on three people, until an increase to 5 once reaching T5. Repeated blessing of one’s self causes degradation of the mind. More powerful spirits such as elemental spirits may goad farseers into spreading their aspect. Wodanaz, Spirit of Purity, one of farseer’s most useful spirits only works against dark shaman and general undead till T4, able to deal significant damage to aberrant/unholy beings. A farseer must make offerings and tidings to the spirits they request power from as an elementalist would. When imbuing a weapon with memories, a player’s own death cannot be viewed, for if one were to witness such, they would only see darkness. Moreover, the blessing does not act as a camera. It is only able to take bits and pieces Witch Doctor Clarification of Witchdoctory for each existing spirit https://www.lordofthecraft.net/forums/topic/163363-✓-an-addition-to-the-shaman-codex-limitations-and-capabilities/ The Witch Doctor, essentially the Antithesis of the Farseer, focuses his or her intent on causing misery and damage through the Curses of the more corruptive of the Spirits. Witch Doctors may use Immortal and Elemental Spirits.. In order for the Witch Doctor to call upon the Spirits, they must perform a ritual to express the domain the Spirits represent. For instance, if a Witch Doctor wanted to call upon the Spirit of Disease, he would hunch over and dance (or other such movements/postures which may please a disease spirit) in such a way as to look tired, while chanting in a weakened voice. He would also incorporate items or ingredients which a disease spirit would find attractive, such as rotten flesh or a jar of vomit. For example, we'll say a witch doctor wishes to brew a bottled fire hex. This would be a potion imbued with the power of a fire spirit, and intended to place a curse upon the imbiber. In order to create this concoction, the shaman would first need to gather the appropriate ingredients. As the witch doctor is attempting to gain the attention of a fire spirit, he needs to make use of ingredients which are reminiscent of fire. Usually, red flowers are a good start. Maybe he could grind up some smoldering coals. In witch doctory, it's less about whatever alchemical properties the ingredient may or may not possess (as witch doctory is NOT alchemy), and more about the symbolic nature of the ingredients. The shaman would begin mixing the ingredients in boiling water, whilst chanting in such a way as to attract a fire spirit. The chant is in Old Blah or True Blah as some prefer to say, and must (in both word and tone) reflect the nature of fire. The chant I would use in such a situation typically goes along the lines of "Ilszgûlu ghaashob, dushnûl ghaashugob!" meaning, "Spirits of fire, cast pain of burning!" Maybe I'd throw in a few more words regarding fire, but the point is the same. Furthermore, the tone would need to be correct. In the case of a fire hex, a harsh, guttural, perhaps even angry tone would be recommended. The same curse could be cast directly on a target (which may include any living organism) without the use of a potion through means of a ritual. In this case, the witch doctor would also gather items to represent fire. He may even choose to perform the ritual near a fire or surrounded by fire. As in the brewing process, the shaman must chant in such a way which would be pleasing to a fire spirit (or whatever kind of spirit he wishes to attract for whichever ritual). His movements play an even larger role in this sort of ritual, since he is not required to stir a pot. For a fire ritual, barbaric, chaotic dancing is usually preferred, often around a bonfire. Not all rituals call for dancing necessarily, of course. Some spirits, such as certain earth spirits, may prefer stability or even a stone-like stillness. Should the ritual attract the desired type of spirit, the curse will take effect on the intended target, causing said target (in the case of a fire ritual) to feel as though he is on fire. Witchdoctors do possess the ability to bless as well, the downside to this is that any positive effect or influence must be countered by an (often funny/ridiculous) counter. For example if one's legs are numbed by injury they can be healed and the person can feel again, the ironic backlash being that the legs then appear immovable. These side-effects will be balanced out and will be better controlled throughout the tiers. Small edit because Hedge does not let me do anything (smh): These applies for all blessings of a Witch Doctor. There will still be unintended ironic side effects or no blessings at all and completely a curse. Of course, all blessings must be in form of a potion/elixir/hex. It is important to note at this point that a Hex of fire cannot be used to directly set someone alight, but instead causes a psychological state in which they believe (and feel) they are on fire, without having the actual, physical repercussions; this applies to all Elemental Spirits. In terms of the Immortal Spirits, it can be a more direct result, and Witch Doctors can cause curses at higher tiers without the use of bottled curses. Tier 1 - Small Scale Hexes Able to produce Hexes that can cause small scale damage to regions, such as corrupting a 5 block radius, which will take the same duration as a Farseer; an entire IRL day to set in. This time too applies when used on Mortals, and will last for one IRL day; The player being cursed may choose to extend this for as long as they wish, which applies to all tiers. Tier 2 - Larger Scale Hexes Able to produce Hexes that can cause larger scale damage to region, such as taining a 10 block radius at half a day’s duration. When using a Hex to curse a mortal, it will last one full IRL day. Tier 3 - Direct Cursing Aside from the more powerful Hexes and their corruption being set to 15 blocks at two IRL hours; (when the Hex is used to curse a mortal, this will last for one day IRL. The Witch Doctors at this tier can also more directly curse individuals which will last one full IRL day. Tier 4 Potent Curses At this stage, Hexes can influence 25 blocks at 30 minutes; when a Hex is used on a Mortal, it will last for one and a half IRL days. Curses will be more potent and will last no longer than an hour IRL. Tier 5 - Strongest Version of Hexing and Cursing, as well as the Creation of Muyakelg At this level, Hexes and Curses are at the heights of what can be accomplished, with hexing being more potent and instantaneous, following the same progression of the Farseer at this stage. Hexing a Mortal will cause the curse to last for two IRL days, or even longer with the OOC consent of another player (maximum of 7 IRL days) Since all witch doctors face a chance at spell failure, all witch doctors are to roll to determine success. The window of success varies depending on the tier of the witch doctor in question. A /roll 6 is recommended, and is typically what witch doctors are taught to use. At T1 (apprentice level) a witch doctor must roll a perfect 6 for success, and even then the curse will be weak. 1-5 are failures for a T1. A T2 (Journeyman level) must roll a 5 or a 6 for success. Anything less is a failure. At T3, the witch doctor is considered a full-fledged, independent shaman. A T3 is still, however, not a master, and must roll a 4, 5, or 6 for success. A T4 (Elder shaman) must roll a 3 or higher; 1 or 2 are failures. Finally, a T5 (Master of the magic) must roll a 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 to succeed. A roll of 1 is the only failure for a master witch doctor. Additionally, the Witch Doctor may create a Muyakelg with the help of a T5 Lutauman. Red Lines Curses have their respective times connected to the tier of the shaman. Should a Tier 5 shaman wish to curse another for LONGER than this given time: OOC consent of the victim player is required. As well as MT permission or supervision. Curses are mostly mental and not physical. An elemental curse of fire cannot set one aflame. Though it can bring about the mental pain of a burning body upon the victim. There is a strict prohibition on LOVE and LUST curses. As is seen in the spirit-to-spirit clarification document. This all in connection to the non-rape ruling on the lotc server. A curse is the temporary corruption of the soul and can be healed by magics that affect such. Usage of hexes, bottled curses, is permitted once the creation of such is to be roleplayed out. Seeing the creation roleplay itself is quite significant to the shaman, it is recommended to involve others in such during dancing and chanting - create rp for not yourself, but others too. (hedgehugs note) To make a Muyakelg you must be taught how to. Spirit Smithing Clarification of Spirit Smithing for each existing spirit https://www.lordofthecraft.net/forums/topic/163363-✓-an-addition-to-the-shaman-codex-limitations-and-capabilities/ No further amend is to be given to Spirit Smithing || Ilzgul Udalgum https://www.lordofthecraft.net/forums/topic/150019-ilzgûl-udalgum-~-the-spirit-connection-reworking-propositionnew-sub-type-proposal/ Red Lines Each and every item a smith with an MA wishes to create must go through proper authentication/verification via either a designated MT or LT. The following players will also suffice as viable sources of confirmation: Hedgehug, Smawton, Divinejustice, MobyHug. Can never be more powerful that the Blessings or Curses the other sub-types can provide. The Mortal Stone can be destroyed. The Stone has a cooldown of an hour for any activation. Activations can only be used once in combat, regardless of duration. Can only be activated with Old Blah speech. Once used, must be recharged by Smith. Other shamanic Abilities Voodoo Dolls The creation of Voodoo dolls for the use of long range cursing is considered a more taboo quirk that the Witch Doctor has. The creation involves obtaining dna that’s linked to the soul of the victim. Suggested are things as blood, urine, or even tears. Hair and nails can be considered, but will make for a weaker connection. After the creation, through ritual, the doll shall act as a tether. The spirit that’s summoned when cursing this doll shall then use this as a tether to direct the curse to the victim. However, the strength of the curse depends on two factors: The quality of the doll The quality of the connection The quality of the doll matters in regards to how strong a tether it can be. A well-made representation of the victim paired with plenty of knowledge on his/her looks, voice and further appearance matters greatly in the strength of the doll. As mentioned earlier the strength of the different obtainable pieces of DNA matter. The quality of the connection is influenced by the bond the shaman has with the victim. If this is a strong one the curse is more potent. If the victim is a random, however, it can be safely said the curse shall be considerably less potent and shall not last long. Soul Puppetry vs. Shamanic Dolls There seems to be quite the controversy that Shamans also have a similar ability that SP’s have. The following explanation is given: Where soul puppeteering requires a voidal connection from doll to victim, the shamanic doll merely acts as a tether for the spirit. Instead of a direct curse that lasts for as long the anchor is connected to the victim, the shamanic doll allows for the summoned spiritual energy to corrupt the victim's soul as a Witchdoctors curse does - and shall remain for a slightly lesser time than an equal yet direct curse from the same Witchdoctor. Therefore a curse inflicted by a Soul Puppeteer can be revoked by use of Fi, whereas a shamanic curse shall have to be purged by soul-cleansing magics such as Xanism. The main difference to a shamanic curse and a Soul Puppeter type curses are not only the methods they can be done but soul puppetry can be quite limited by comparison. A shaman has a possibility to have lasting curses on an individual without them knowing whereas a SP'er has a direct influence on the person making them aware they are being cursed. Curses from a WD might be similar to a Sp'er but they won't have a lasting effect. Another notable difference is the degree of cursing. Both magics have their unique curses but it would seem that those of the SP can be quite more effective or rather more ‘extravagant’ whereas the WD is limited to the spirits and their effective curses. An example: An SP may curse a victim in a manner where they shall completely turn into cake and can be consumed until they are no more and thusly die. A WD may curse a victim in a manner where they shall consume cake until their stomach rips and they die. (Spirit: Glutroz) Muyakelg Lore: https://www.lordofthecraft.net/forums/topic/164401-additionamendmentmuyakelgs/
  2. The Spirits - Grand List For a long time have we used an existing list of spirits that gave little depth and but a short description about the spirit. This updated and more elaborate list is meant to bring more depth to shaman roleplay and define the outlines of spirits more. Furthermore I took the effort of linking some concept art and find you a basic representation of the spirit. Note that this is the spirits base form and at all times they can appear as their avatar form if they desire. Every spirit has 3 markers. These indicate the following: [Known by Many/Few/None] This indicates the availability of knowledge on this spirit. Many means one may know of the spirits existence without roleplay. Few means that only Shamans / Ex-Shamans or those that obtained knowledge on this spirit in roleplay know of the spirit and None implies that one can only know about this spirit through roleplay. [Commonly Praised/Taboo] This indicates how the spirit is looked at. Taboo means that one would rather not speak of them or exclaim enthousiasm in them, where commonly praised spirits make up names that occur in ones daily life. [Alignment: Neutral/Dark] The alignment of the spirit dictates its behaviour. Mostly if they are ill mannered, disrespectful or otherwise mischievous, or the contrary. Greater Elementals ‘The Known’ are the only great elemental spirits known of in character and the only ones that can be contacted/used. Existence of the others is yet to be proven or shall remain forever secret. The Elemental spirits govern over all that is material in the Realm. The Known Skathach - Spirit of Fire, depicted as a burning wolf [Known by Many] [Commonly Praised] [Alignment: Neutral] Akathro - Spirit of Water, depicted as a half woman half fish [Known by Many] [Commonly Praised] [Alignment: Neutral] Bregthar - Spirit of Earth, depicted as an aged stone behemoth [Known by Many] [Commonly Praised] [Alignment: Neutral] Fiarza - Spirit of Air, depicted as an agile woman adorned in feathers, able to shift shape into any flying animal. [Known by Many] [Commonly Praised] [Alignment: Neutral] Kulthark - Spirit of Metal, depicted as a hollow suit of armor that can shift shape into a variety of forms. [Known by Many] [Commonly Praised] [Alignment: Neutral] Neizdark - Spirit of Storm, depicted as a mass of thundering clouds that can take on any shape. [Known by Many] [Commonly Praised] [Alignment: Neutral] The Unknown Binazdar - Spirit of Light, depicted as bright white cat the brother of Radzanib [Known by None] [Not Praised] [Alignment: Unknown] Razlab - Spirit of Dark, depicted as a jet black cat, the brother of Binazdar [Known by None] [Not Praised] [Alignment: Unknown] Fanzra - Spirit of Chaos, depicted as a hydra that never ceases to move its heads, the brother of Andrif [Known by None] [Not Praised] [Alignment: Unknown] Andrif - Spirit of Order, depicted as an aged and calm dragon, the brother of Fanzra [Known by None] [Not Praised] [Alignment: Unknown] Rinsdat - Spirit of Life, depicted as a white wolf, brother of Tagnir, they are always seen chasing each others tails [Known by None] [Not Praised] [Alignment: Unknown] Tagnir - Spirit of Death, depicted as a black wolf, brother of Ringat, they are always seen chasing each others tails [Known by None] [Not Praised] [Alignment: Unknown] Omnizan - Spirit of Space, depicted as a red snake, intertwined with it’s partner Sandru. Also take the form of a colossus wielding a shield made of the universe [Known by None] [Not Praised] [Alignment: Unknown] Sandru - Spirit of Time, depicted as a blue snake, intertwined with it’s partner Omnizan. Also takes the form of a colossus wielding a staff made of all time [Known by None] [Not Praised] [Alignment: Unknown] Greater Immortal Spirits The immortal spirits stand for all that is not material in the Realm, and thus there is a plethora of Immortal spirits with another countless amount of lessers beneath them. Greaters Votar - Spirit of the Hunt Appearing as a giant half-wolf-half-stag with a bloodied snout. Governs the art of Hunting and is often praised by offering tribute in the form of Hunting Trophies. [Known by Many] [Commonly Praised] [Alignment: Neutral] Freygoth -Spirit of the wild, nature, and animals She takes any natural form she may desire and works in union with the Aspects. Her role takes on a motherly figure to most. [Known by Many] [Commonly Praised] [Alignment: Neutral] Enrohk - Spirit of Bloodlust, Savagery, and War Appearing as a berserker covered in blood [Known by Many] [Commonly Praised] [Alignment: Dark] Vulka - Spirit of Warfare, strategy, and siegecraft Appearing as a woman made of bronze that is always preparing for war [Known by Many] [Commonly Praised] [Alignment: Dark] Jevex - Spirit of Order, Hard Work, and Self-Sacrifice Appearing as a humanoid composed of interlocking gears. Enemy of Shezept. [Known by Many] [Commonly Praised] [Alignment: Neutral] Shezept - Spirit of Revenge, Plots, and Stealth Appearing as a woman with the lower body of a snake. She rewards those that tell her their darkest of plots and secrets. Has a fascination for personal Vendettas. [Known by Few] [Considered Taboo] [Alignment: Dark] Ixli - Spirit of Forbidden Knowledge, Truth, and Judgement Appearing as a giant staring eye. He provides knowledge at the cost of sanity. The Spirit knows All, but will only give away part of his knowledge upon request at the cost of a high price. Speaking with him often referred to as bargaining with a Demon. [Known by Few][Considered Taboo] [Alignment: Dark] Ogrol - Spirit of Despair, sapped strength, and entrapment Appearing as a thin man carrying a cage full of writhing bodies. He attempts to lock all who summon him away in his prison. [Known by Few] [Considered Taboo] [Alignment: Dark] Kor - Spirit of the dead. Appears as a cloaked man with a bony open hand and a lantern. Unique in that he has a method of being outside the Immortal Plane in order to guide the souls of the departed to the Ancestral Plane. He is the Gatekeeper of the Stargûsh’Stroh. [Known by Few] [Considered Taboo] [Alignment: Dark] Ankrus - Spirit of the sea, marine life, and sea-faring. Appears as a aquatic woman wielding a trident. Said to bless ships of honour in their oversea journey, where as she is without mercy for ships that dare defy her will. [Known by Many] [Commonly Praised] [Alignment: Neutral] Arwa- Spirit of fertility, harvest and farming. Appears as a plump female made of hay. A motherly figure that appears kind to all that praise her. [Known by Many] [Commonly Praised] [Alignment: Neutral] Anyhuluz - Spirit of destruction, malicious intent, and internal strife. Appears as a warrior covered in open wounds. [Known by Few] [Considered Taboo] [Alignment: Dark] Akezo - Spirit of Health, Vitality, and Healing. Appears as a woman constantly surrounded by a blue aura, comprised of small wisps [Known by Many] [Commonly Praised] [Alignment: Neutral] Paxahru - Spirit of arrogance and stupidity Appears as a jester [Known by Few] [Considered Taboo] [Alignment: Dark] Ublulhar - Spirit of hope and new beginnings Appearing as an entling bursting from the ground [Known by Many] [Commonly Praised] [Alignment: Neutral] Ghorza - Spirit of Travel, movement, and fortune both bad and good Appearing as an old traveller with a walking stick, with various fetishes attached [Known by Many] [Commonly Praised] [Alignment: Neutral] Rolfizh - Spirit of murder, the clandestine, and poison Appearing as a dagger-bearing figure made of shadow [Known by Few] [Considered Taboo] [Alignment: Dark] Trokorl - Spirit of engineering, machinery and construction Appearing as a pile of building materials and metal that can take any shape [Known by Many] [Commonly Praised] [Alignment: Neutral] Luara - Spirit of the moon Appearing as a pale white wolf [Known by Many] [Commonly Praised] [Alignment: Neutral] Kezt - Spirit of honour and bravery Appearing as a bright silver hoplite [Known by Many] [Commonly Praised] [Alignment: Neutral] Ramakhet - Spirit of the desert, barren lands, and sand. He is never seen and therefore is only represented by his name. Sworn to scour the world of all life at the end of time. [Known by None] [Considered Taboo] [Alignment: Dark] Krathol - Spirit of Pain, suffering and starvation. Appears as a skeletal man with the ability to shift shape into a Vulture at will. Shall try to physically hurt all that dare summon him. [Known by Few] [Considered Taboo] [Alignment: Dark] Veist - Spirit of Illusion, Tricks, and thievery. Appears as a faceless man with one thousand arms. [Known by Few] [Considered Taboo] [Alignment: Dark] Glutros - The spirit of greed, and obesity He appears as a big man covered in jewelry and shall attempt to take all that is of value and hoard it. [Known by Few] [Considered Taboo] [Alignment: Dark] Thulezia -Spirit of lust, pleasure and beauty Appearing as a succubus-like creature who shifts between male, female, or both. Will attempt to lure all whom summon it into temptation and seduction. If it succeeds it will entrap them. [Known by Few] [Considered Taboo] [Alignment: Dark] Isuz - Spirit of love, caring, and tranquility Appearing as an Aengul that brings warmth to every beating hearth. [Known by Many] [Commonly Praised] [Alignment: Neutral] Kinul - Spirit of Disease, Pestilence, and failure. Appears as a wailing man with limbs constantly growing then falling off due to necrosis. [Known by Few] [Considered Taboo] [Alignment: Dark] Urin - Spirit of weather, seasons, and climate Appearing as a raven that changes colour and temperament with the seasons. [Known by Few] [Commonly Praised] [Alignment: Neutral] Kesaroth - Spirit of envy, hatred and jealousy Appearing as a golden bull [Known by Few] [Considered Taboo] [Alignment: Dark] Leyd - Spirit of dominance and physical strength Appearing as a strong man with burned off skin. His flesh blackened. [Known by Many] [Commonly Praised] [Alignment: Neutral] Scorthuz - Spirit of cleansing, purity and purging Appearing as a watery mass that takes many forms [Known by Many] [Commonly Praised] [Alignment: Neutral] Aztran - Spirit of the Sun, Stars, and the Ethereal Appearing as a Qing Long [Known by Many] [Commonly Praised] [Alignment: Neutral] Theruz - Spirit of intelligence and learning Appearing as a wise old teacher. Brother of Betharuz. [Known by Many] [Commonly Praised] [Alignment: Neutral] Betharuz -Spirit of alcohol, cactus green and celebration Appearing as a jovial young man, in direct contrast to his brother, Theruz [Known by Many] [Commonly Praised] [Alignment: Neutral] Velkumezt - Spirit of cities, settlements, and the law Appearing as a giant carrying a hammer/sword. With a single smash he can erect a city around him. [Known by Many] [Commonly Praised] [Alignment: Neutral] Gentharuz - Spirit of smithing, smelting, industry and forging Appearing as a huge void of matter, hammering a cosmic anvil [Known by Many] [Commonly Praised] [Alignment: Neutral] Ikuras - Spirit of Fear and Insanity. Often likes to pretend it is a daemon. Appears as a dark void with tendrils creeping out. [Known by Few] [Considered Taboo] [Alignment: Dark] Wodanaz - Spirit of Magic, the Arcane, and Mystical energies Appearing as a swirling vortex of purple energy from which he takes any form [Known by Few] [Commonly Praised][Alignment: Neutral] Drelthok - Spirit of Sleeping and Dreams Appearing as a drowsy bear [Known by Many] [Commonly Praised] [Alignment: Neutral] Eathruz - Spirit of Dawn and Dusk Appearing as a red woman able to transform into a fury red hawk. [Known by Few] [Commonly Praised] [Alignment: Neutral] Kotrestruu - Spirit of Memory and the Recording of Knowledge Appearing as a wizened old man made up of scripture. Is known to carry a vial on him that acts as a cannister of memories taken from mortals. [Known by Many] [Commonly Praised] [Alignment: Neutral] Letrothak -Spirit of Hindsight, Warnings, and Excuses Appearing as small man with a head completely covered in eyes [Known by Few] [Considered Taboo] [Alignment: Dark] Xaakt - Immortal Spirit of Rebellion. Appears as a ghastly figure that can take on any form it wants. [Known by None] [Considered Taboo] [Alignment: Dark] Etna - Immortal Spirit of Melacholy and Depression. Appears as a blackened fog that takes the shape of a crying person. She will try to suck all emotion from those that summon her and only leave Sadness and Depression. [Known by Few] [Considered Taboo] [Alignment: Dark] âmul - Immortal Spirit of Wisdom and Foresight Spirit Appearance: A similar being to a Hou-Zi Dazkur - Greater Immortal Spirit Protection, and Loyalty Appearance: A great Paladin in steel armor, carrying nothing but a shield as protection/weapon Lessers Laklul - Spirit of Swamps and swamp life. Lesser under Freygoth. Appears as a large pale yellow toad-like creature [Known by Many] [Commonly Praised] [Alignment: Swamp] @Travista Jezdurka - Spirit of Lesser Dragonkin (dragons, drakes, wyverns, etc). Lesser under Freygoth. Appears as a red and white dragon. [Known by Few] [Considered Taboo] [Alignment: Dark] Levaz - Spirit of Slaves and Slavery. Lesser under Leyd. Appears as a man with robes made of chains with a train of slaves following. [Known by Few] [Considered Taboo] [Alignment: Dark] Zagbal - Spirit of Jungles and the wildlife native to it. Appears as a gorilla with a crocodile's head. [Known by Many] [Commonly Praised] [Alignment: Neutral] Smawton - Spirit of Lore and Tomes. Lesser under Theruz. Appearing as a Dark Figure emanating White Light whom spends his time reading various tomes of old lore, rather than sorting them. [Known by Few] [Commonly Praised] [Alignment: Reading] @Smaw Ekues/Eques - Lesser Immortal Spirit of Dignity and Gallantry under Kezt Appearance: A mysterious figure dressed in clad iron armor. Kaas - Lesser Immortal Spirit of Kaas is the spirit of reconaissance, stealth, and secrecy, under Vulka Kaa contrasts to Shezept, as the intentions of Shezept are for personal vengeance, whereas the actions that Kaa oversees are for the purposes of warfare and the taking of bad actions for the greater good. Appearance: A purple-scaled python Greater Ancestral Spirits The Greatest [Known by All] Krug - The first and greatest Shaman. Due to his greatness in life, he is an exceptonally powerful ancestral in death, and so summoning will require a convention of at least 5 T5 Lutaumans to even have a possibility of summoning him, though even then it’s likely that attempting to toy with such great power will result in failure, and potentially great harm or death. The Greater [Known by Many] Lur - Said to be the greatest hunter in history. Rax - Said to be the greatest warrior of all time. Gorkil - Known as a great military strategist and tactician. Braduk - Famed as a great Chieftain Dom - Said to be a exceptional shaman, second only to Krug. Ugluk - Third born kub of Gorkil, renowned as a great warrior. Azog - Said to be the greatest smith in history. Kurak - Also known as the wolf of Lur, when summoned causes the shaman to transform into a half orc, half wolf creature, losing their mind for the short while they are transformed. Tor - Also known as the Fist of Lur, renown for his calm, collective intellect and physical strength. Trickster - Trickster of Lur, he was renowned for his subterfuge. His skills at deception and diversion were so great his identity was unknown. Bralkor - The Axe of Lur, known for his great resistance to physical damage. Jarkun - The Sword of Lur, known for strength combined with dexterity and speed. Yar - Descended from Dom (though unknown to be so), known for his great wisdom and spirituality. Yaggo - Sometimes called the greatest rider of all time. Dregort - The greatest boat builder and captain to have ever lived, legend holds his mother was Ankrus herself Grumbag - Known in life as a great builder, he is the patron off all Yazgars Vargo - Known for being a great alchemist. The Known [Known by Few] (The Uruks and Mali‘Ker) Kharak [Smawton] - An exceptional Orcish Rex who created the world's greatest ever tribute to a Spirit in the form of the Orgonic plague. Known for his exceptional spirituality and leadership. Phaedrus [Cosmicwhaleshark] - Liberator of the Wood Elves, and first Elven Rex of the War Uzg as well as a great shaman. Renowned for his honour, wisdom, integrity and tenacity. Khel [Baconthief] - One of the greatest mali'ker to live, he uplifted his people out from the abyss. He is renowned for his frightful ferocity paired with a cunning mind Arganos [FactCore] - A superb party goer and thrower, and a maestro in the art of entertainment and celebration. Renowned for his skill in acrobatics and many musical instruments. Kaldo - A firm but fatherly figure among most living mali'ker, he guided his people through adversity. Renowned for his carefulness and authority. Jiub [Sky] - An immense figure who founded the Div'cruan. Known for his strength, honour, and bravery. Delilah [Decolamb] - A matriarchal figure to the dark elves during the time of Thales and early Athera, her love and care brought many dark elves into the fold and gave them purpose. Lenden [LinkKN2] - An outgoing member of the Div’cruan and a servant to the ‘Ker. Lenden’s happiness was infectious to those around him. Weather through kind words or a bright smile, Lenden lit up many ‘Ker’s lives and left a lasting impact after his passing. Grubgoth Wud [Grubgoth_Wud] - A notoriously savage olog of a tremendous height and weight, albeit uncannily adroit chef. Notably Grubgoth of the War Uzg under a myriad of Rexes, and Keshig under the plague-bringer Kharak’Raguk. For a brief period, he commanded his own clan of ologs. New Spirits New spirits are discovered every now and then by a wandering shaman. If he’d come across one of new species, mostly being a lesser, it is documented and thus added to this list. (( Out of Character )) If you have a suggestion for a new Greater / Lesser Spirit of Immortal or Ancestral heritage, please fill in the following format and tag me (@hedgehug) in it in order for the spirit to be reviewed and possibly added. Spirit Type: Greater / Lesser (and if Lesser name the Greater that stands superior over it) Spirit Name: Spirit Totem: Spirit Appearance: (You may include concept art) Alignment: Discovery: Found by a wandering shaman (though of) / On-Server Event
  3. Note upfront: The Satyr Origins From the most innocent of dedicants - to the most profound of elder druii it is agreed upon all that the Aspects act in mysterious ways. Every once in awhile this is confirmed in what appears to be nothing more than what one may call: Magic. Meladmiriel, Spriggans, Cerviaurs and the many - many more Fae-like creatures were brought to be by what was thought to be Cerridwyns breath and Cernunnos’ fire. And so - a new creature came to be: The Satyr. Appearance The Satyr is a Fae like no other. Their body, below the waist, is that of a goat or ram, including the tail. Its legs adorned in a soft fur that can take on a variety of different colors - though black or brown shades are most familiar. Where they would have feet, hooves have taken their places. Their upper body appears to be most similar to that of the Mali’Ame, or just humans in general. Their hair growth is wild and thusly not only female Satyrs can be seen with longer hair. Slightly above their goat-like ears they grow horns, which can curl or remain somewhat straight. Satyrs are sexually dimorphic to an extent. With males muscular and masculine with tanned skin, dark fur and hair, often building muscles quite easily. Males grow to be between 5'10 and 6'2 most often, and are typically darker colored. Female satyrs are beautifully formed, with pale to slightly tanned skin, often with freckles and lighter colored fur and hair, they are also have darker noses. They grow to be roughly 5'5 to 5'10 and are exceedingly agile and wise, even if they are scatterbrained. The Satyr is a strong and agile creature. Due to their build they are capable of jumping higher than the average descendant. Their running speed rivals that of the Mali’Ker (with buff) and their jumping comes close to that of the Kha. Personality and Lifestyle Satyrs all enjoy the pleasures of the flesh, such as lethargy, drinking, eating, and partying. All satyrs, even young ones partake in alcohol if given the chance, and are extremely resistant to it's effects, unless it is wine which they prefer above all else. All satyrs are also talented musicians and poets. Preferring woodwind and percussion instruments, along with heavy chanting or building up, excited songs. All satyrs have a certain fey allure to their music which they use to lure in mortals for their large parties, or using it for other purposes. All satyrs need music like other creatures need food and drink. If a satyr is denied being able to enjoy music, it has the same effects of denying something food and they begin to waste away as though starving. As they are the Aspects creation, and are like common fae, they would feel reluctant to visiting non-foresty locations such as towns or cities. An emptiness would take hold of them as the voices of nature fade away. Thusly these creatures spend most of their days in the forests where they may commune with the nature around them. Due to this trait of connection with both Flora & Fauna the majority of the Satyrs feel reluctant to the consuming of meat and live a vegetarian lifestyle on a diet of greens and music. Culture These creations of the Aspects can most commonly be found in their own groves or among Druii. Satyrs prefer company and live in groups, these groups once more divided into separate bloodlines. Current knowledge on four of these lines is available and these four carry with them their own habits and traits. On the point of marriage and love, this too plays a significant role among Satyrs. It is generally frowned upon that a Satyr seeks love or companionship with another descendant. When two Satyrs do end up in love they can be married through either a Satyr elder or Druid, which progresses much like any other wedding. A custom is the grand feast that follows - lasting several days until all finally rest. Communion and Birthing Communion is the name given to 'the act'. Satyrs reproduce through conventional means and thusly have their bits. Following this moment the female is pregnant for two years (2 irl weeks) after which birthing takes place. This most commonly under supervision and with aid of a druid or elder Satyr. Note that Satyr children will only come forth from Satyr to Satyr intercourse. Any other Satyr x [race] combination will result in a failure of impregnation. Lifespan: Satyr often live up to almost as long as an Elf. Although they max at 800 the oldest Satyr recorded having been 789 years old. As Satyr age they grow more like their counterpart. Like a Thorn would slowly look more like a Ram as they grow older. Except bipedal. Their physical appearance remains as is though the color of fur can take on that of a more grey nature. Language: It is allowed for a Satyr to speak in the common tongue and in broken dialect for the sake of understanding. Useful Phrases: Numbers: Red Lines: A CA is required to play a Satyr, The Ingame race is that of Kha, a GM will change the name race-tag, Satyrs have Natures communion by default, They cannot, in roleplay, jump higher than a Kha could, The Communion is to be Faded to Black, If killed in rp or pvp the same revive rules apply to these creatures, They cannot live in cities, They cannot use or learn any magic whatsoever, The absence of music for a long period of time will weaken them, Contributors: - Slothastic - writer of initial lore piece - Owlettetheowl - providing pieces of lore for fauns and satyrs - LetUsParty - aiding in language and translation - Hedgehug - re-writer of lore / compiler of lore Edit: - Communion removed and replaced.
  4. ~ Sprites and Sprouts ~ Link to the Original Lore page: https://www.lordofthecraft.net/forums/topic/142670-lore-revision-playablesprites/ Birthing At first, ‘twas but a mystery how these small creatures came to be. Cerridwen's breath or perhaps even the Creator being connected with their cute and mischievous appearance. It was only until recently that an unnamed druid found themselves wandering the grand woods of axios, where they witnessed the spectacle of its birthing. For… in a corner of the forest they found a Fae circle, and here a small flower grew out to be the birthplace of a sprite. Much marvelled the druid set up camp nearby, and observed as more and more of these little flowers grew and each of them produced these small faeries of various colors. However, not only did this fae circle bring forth the sprites that now inhabited the forest, it too produced creatures akin to them, dwelling the floor of the woods: Sprouts. The name given to them by the same observing druid, as they found out that mushrooms of the most odd and too: colorful kinds grew out to be… living! Akin to the Sprites that flew about, these Sprouts dwelled in the shadows of the undergrowth. Acting in utmost care not to be sighted by predators. The druid, having stayed most of its time in these woods, sought to leave… though was curious of one thing. Before it left the woods for good, to bring out word of this fantastic discovery, meditated in front of the fae ring. After time, they blessed the soil of it… and what grew out to be… lived. The Druid found themselves capable of aiding the Aspects in their work of creating this Fauna, and speed up the process of its birthing. For growing the flower felt akin to that of bestowing the aspects gift onto seeds as the druii usually do. And thus as swift as that, the flowers and mushrooms grew exponentially faster than the natural process. Producing equally as good Sprites and Sprouts. Appearance -Sprites and Sprouts stand about 5-7 inches with Elf-like features. Where Sprites have translucent wings sprouting from their backs, the Sprouts have the top of their mushroom like being as sort of a hat. -Sprites and Sprouts are genderless, but do take on masculine and feminine appearances, oftentimes being referred as male or female, despite being asexual. -Sprites and Sprouts clothe themselves in flower petals and any soft, pliable forest-growths they can find. -Sprites and Sprouts speak an odd tongue that can be learned but is quite difficult for Descendant minds to understand. They also have Natures Communion as a basic foundation of their being by default. As they are both Flora and Fauna. Part of Nature. Color The color of the sprite or sprout determines almost exactly some of the mannerisms of the creature, similar to how a mage’s aura is defined by their own personality. There is no definite reason as to how, or why they are born as these particular colors however, it is simply a random factor. Green “Wisdom and immaturity in a stunning union.” Sprites born with the color green are wiser and more intellectual than their kin- often more keen to learn something new. They can provide interesting outlooks upon a situation based on their observations, and are even known to have a larger attention span. Blue “Curious and kind.” Sprites born with the color blue are considered the most likable of all. They are known to be the first to explore, and the first to make a new friend. Taking that in mind, they are much more adventurous than their kin, wanting to seek new places and new friends, which can often lead to trouble. Sky Blue “Deceit and deception in the wings of the sky.” Sprites born with the color of the sky are known to be the most deceitful. They use their similar coloring to their blue kin to lure people to trust them, only to torment them and trick them for their own amusement. Grey “Laziness and ambition in the wings of the clouds.” Sprites born with the color grey are very similar to their sky-colored kin, appearing to be much more sickly, or oftentimes gloomy, in a depressed manner. It is because of this, they are able to manipulate sympathetic people to do their bidding. Red “Rage.” Sprites born of the color red are known to have a temper and fuse that is near as short as their own height. They are judgmental, rude, and apathetic, their level of dislike only being below Black and Yellow Sprites. Black “Anathema embodied in the smallest of souls.” The rarest of their kin, this Sprite possesses a heart as black as it’s very visage, wishing pain upon those whom it may face, with tendencies to wreak havoc and pandemonium as much as it can. They are to be wary of, as these little cretins possess naught a drop of compassion within them. Purple “The mediator of their kin.” A Purple Sprite, alternatively violet, is the embodiment of balance, matched with the mindsets of both Red and Blue, they are believed to be wise and level-headed, more so than any of their kin. White “Those of innocent heart.” Sprites of absent color are pure and kind, admittedly the most bright of their kin (Literally), they have oftentimes been mistaken for starlight in the darkest of nights. To those lost in the woods, these Sprites have been known to guide to safety, using the prominent luminescence of their body as a beacon. Yellow “Manipulative and Mean.” The oddly yellow colored Sprite possesses an alien aura to it, they are daring and cruel, using emotional manipulation to instill fear unto their kin and use their reactions for their own amusement. They are the most mischievous and tricky of Sprites, and much like Black Sprites, are to be wary of. Orange “Heroics lead to ignorance.” The orange Sprite will automatically attempt to solve any conflict it can, without the assistance of any other being. Should someone be in some sort of trouble, or a conflict has unfolded, the orange Sprite will be there to save the day. These Sprites don’t often do heroic deeds out of the kindness of their hearts, but rather for their own reputation. Should they fail, however, they’ll slide into a deep, temporary depression, upset that they didn’t reach their high expectations. Brown “The feral outcasts.” Sprites born with a brown skin are social outcasts, foreign to even the rest of their Sprite community. Often known for taking shelter in secluded, isolated, and rather odd locations, the brown Sprite does not enjoy communicating with it’s kin. They’ll often act as if they’re a wild dog with wings, and will tear up their food before eating it. They’ll rarely speak in any tongue, as they often just don’t care enough to communicate. Pink “Intimacy and energy bound by the same soul.” Sprites born with the color pink tend to be ditsy, energetic, and animated. There’s always time to play fun, silly games, and they truly embody the childish trait of every Sprite. However, as much as they enjoy to be immature, they enjoy the prospect of love for other sentient beings. These Sprites are willing to go out of their way to ensure that two people who love each other stay in love. Acerfolia & Modnar The Acerfolia is a small flower with a large oval shaped bud and triangular leaves. It grows five inches from the ground, and is the birthplace of all Sprites. The Modnar is the name given to the spore that produces the Sprouts, little is known about them as they are but tiny and most of its development is under ground. They can only be found in fae rings. When a sprite dies, another flower will sprout in the nearest fae ring. Advantages/Disadvantages + Have Natures Communion by Default. + Despite their mischievous and often dull appearances, they are extremely intelligent. + Sprites may fly, but no higher than that of an Olog (Three Blocks), as they would exert too much energy whilst attempting to fight back against gravity. Due to using too much energy they would need a surface to rest on before taking flight once again. + Sprouts may seems small, but move rapidly through forest undergrowth. They are difficult to catch. + They may defend themselves with toxins - the Sprite lore add-on "Scary Toxins & Nice Sprites" Still applies on both Sprite and Sprout. - They may not learn magic due to their natural origin. - Sprites and Sprouts can not wield the weapons of the Descendants, as they are much too small. - Due to their small bodies, and overall weakness, they are easy to take hold of and imprison. -Not many of these creatures exist, If one was to destroy the faering during the development or destroy the tree around the ring. Before the Sprite or Sprout is born, it will die. - Injuring the wings of a sprite can be potentially fatal, as the sprites main blood vessels are located there. Theirs wings are of the same material as their body, of plant. The same counts for the mushroom heads of Sprouts. -Magic is super effective towards the sprites and sprouts alike, and can kill them quickly due to their connection to nature. - They can learn the Common tongue but it would be difficult due to their poor attention spans. - Sprites and Sprouts, when consumed are practically toxic, as after death they are reduced to a fine, gray ash. This metaphorical pixie dust will not grant any flight, but instead will lead to an extremely quick and painful death. Redlines - They may not be domesticated, as they are entirely sentient beings, not animals. - Sprites and Sprouts can only thrive in areas filled with natural life, such as forests. Deserts and tainted areas are practically deadly. - They are incapable of learning any form of magic, however they may communicate with Flora and Fauna.(They get this by default). - they can only live in a flora rich environment. Entering cities is not a problem, as long as their stay is short. - The Scary Toxins & Nice Sprites lore applies to both Sprites and Sprouts. Just to get people hyped: a possible character I was thinking of myself to be played as a sprout - Meet archibalt - a purple headed sprout whom’s a grump and has taken up residence in a druids shoe! Contributors: - Zeer0 - original lore writer - The Collectivist - original lore writer - Hedgehug - Lore re-writer / compiler Edit: - 3 new colors - Toxins added
  5. When accepted: Contact your nearest Lore Moderator, Magic Team member, Hedgehug or Warsongfarseer! [ Huge thanks to WarsongFarseer for creating this lore in the first place, and giving me the honor of editing it and re-introducing it to you all and the Realm of Axios! Be sure to give the original lore a read, for changes were made ] Original lore: Datar - Lesser Immortal Spirit of Death by Honourable Duel And upon the splitting of the passage of souls the Shepherd of Apohet, the Spirit of the Dead known as Kor, forsook those frowned upon, and under his guidance accumulated the honorable into Apohet’s realm, directing the others back unto the planes of Aeriel. And in trepidation of his growing realm, Apohet cast himself into secrecy, canvassing his people to grow to be as he wished for himself. And the lesser Spirits of Kor, powerless under the wrath of Aeriel, set about the task to seek the honorable, to guide them upon Apohet’s plane. Upon amassing themselves unto the realm of men, the Servants of Kor cast a downward eye upon the world seeming so crooked. Obnubilating themselves from the gaze of the adherents of Aeriel, Taharaie, and Xan, the lesser Spirits accumulated those found worthy of the realm of the dead upon their live’s ends, and with their given the perception to view the worthiness of the descendants’ walk upon the Passage of Souls, take upon the task of guiding those in the Mortal Planes on their journey to the Spiritual. And these Lesser Spirits, manifesting themselves upon the physical, Mortal realm, took about the beginning of their purpose. Ushering the honorable dead to the Ancestral Planes, and setting the malevolent back into the realm of the Descendants. Forsaking the mortal cognizance of good and evil, the Spirits took upon a neutral ideal, seeking only those who lived their lives in accolade, casting away the credences of what is considered right and wrong. Taking form into the world in a mortal appearance kindred to that of Kor himself, the spirits amassed and in secret observed the habits of the descendants, mimicking their speech and actions. These lesser spirits take upon the mien similar in appearance, but not always, like that of Kor. While manifested into the natural world, the spirits appear as that of a guide of the dead, appearance varying from that of a skeletal being to that of a ghastly figure. Wielding no strength more than that as their appear, the spirits manifested bodies are stricken down much akin to the mortal races. Bearing no injury aside from that of the metal itself to items forged of Aurum, and having no hinderance by that which affects the mortal essence such as necromancy and holy magics, the spirits wander in their search for the honorable dead. If, by chance, the lesser spirits physical forms were stricken down in that of combat or accident, the manifested body would dissipate, the spirit being cast out of the mortal realm until the strength to remanifest would be recovered. Various Lesser Spirits of the Dead in Kor’s Immortal Realm The Servants of Kor Immortal spirits of the dead exist in a large variety. For the concept of ‘death’ and ‘dying’ is all but one. And though all different, they act united to the will of Kor. He seeks for good passage to his realm of Stargûsh’Stroh but above all: power. Among these servants there is a split in duties. One is either a guide in his realm of death, or is given the strength to manifest itself onto the mortal plane. Tasked with guiding the honourable dead to the gates of Stargûsh’Stroh. And so Kor and his Servants can be categorised as follows: Kor, Greater Spirit of the Dead Hin, Lesser Spirit of a Natural Death Lesser Spirit of Death by Sickness Lesser Spirit of Death by Age Lesser Spirit of Death by Flora Lesser Spirit of Death by Fauna Etcetera Peic, Lesser Spirit of an Unnatural Death Lesser Spirit of Death by Violence Lesser Spirit of Death by Vendetta Lesser Spirit of Death by Anger Lesser Spirit of Death by War Etcetera The Matumdâg are comprised of the Lesser Spirits under Hin and Peic, for they are too important to leave Kors realm themselves. Septhis, Matumdâg of Death by Age Their Appearance Though much resembling spectral creatures as ghosts when sighted in the Mortal Realm, they are quite different. Upon the lesser spirit of Kor, depends both behaviour and aesthetic. So is Hin much more connected to a more balanced and orderly appearance, and Peic one of a more Chaotic nature. When manifested on the Mortal plane, they will appear as a ghastly spectral being. Shaped into any desirable form and color, though most often this is one relevant of their personal aspect of death and role under Kor. Though comprised of mists, these beings can cleverly disguise their identity by taking on the aesthetic of a common mortal to fool them. From a distance it would look as if one sees a fellow descendant, though up close it will appear that the clothing is made of colored misty layers. Cloaks of black oozing fog that area akin to those of fabric if spotted during night time. This way it is possible for a Matumdâg to be in mortal presence without being noted too easily. These bodies wield no strength but their appearance themselves, and are easily wounded by the metal of a blade. Also those that play with lifeforce shall find little to play with. Holy magics too working to no avail if used against them. Why not simply walk around as their spirit avatars you say? That is because appearing in the Mortal realm as an Avatar (physical entity) requires much more power from a spirit, and is most often a timely investment. The best way to explain is to see it as diving under water, from the Immortal plane to that of Mortals, and back. Their Tasks The Servants of Kor are granted the spiritual energy to manifestate to commit themselves to a multitude of tasks in the name of the dead. This is what drives them to act the way they do, despite of their individual differences. Harvest of the Honourable The search and escorting of those honourable spirits that linger in between the realms of life and death, with a mere string attached to their body, to the Stargûsh’Stroh. Guided to the vast emptiness leading to the Gate where Kor awaits those that seek entrance to his domain. Behind him the Ancestral Realm in all its glory. The Condemnation of Dishonourability Upon finding a lingering Spirit that is dishonourable by nature it shall be cast aside and not be escorted to the gates of Stargûsh’Stroh. Instead the mortal’s soul is send to the realm of Aeriel, cast aside from the path of an honourable passage. Empowering Kor It is in the nature of every Immortal spirit to achieve more power one another and expand their influence on the Immortal Realm. And so, the Matumdâg that find those that linger and refuse to leave their mortal bodies, shall cast their spirits back and restore them to a state of ‘alive’ again. However, this gift comes at a cost. For in its place, the mortal must find another honourable spirit to be escorted to Stargûsh’Stroh. Their Powers To aid in their tasks on the Mortal Plane, the Matumdâg are granted abilities by their master Kor. The Gift of Life Life, granted upon the Descendants by the Spirits is not discerned as a mundane thing. The gift of Life, granted with struggle by even the most powerful of Kor’s servants, is utilized to grant resurrection to the descendents in order to allow redemption of one’s self to be allowed to enter the Planes of the Dead. The only thing that the Matumdâg does here, is place the lingering Spirit back into its mortal cage. Any damage done to the body prior to its wandering, will still be there. (Wounds, scars, missing limbs etcetera.) The Curse of Kor The gift of life is one of high value, and thus comes at a cost. For Kor must uphold his powers and thus curses any descendant given the Gift of Life with the curse of redemption. This curse dictates that the descendant must find another honourable spirit entrapped in its mortal body and free it, so that a Matumdâg may take this one in its place to the Stargûsh’Stroh. The Gift of Death Death, granted by the lesser spirits of Kor is the most beloved gift. Guiding an unresting spirit to its eternal resting place, freeing it from its entrapment on the world. Through such, these Lesser Spirits of the Dead can banish a wandering Spirit or soul back into the Passage of Souls. Here they await revival by the monks, or entrance to Aeriels realm These powers have effect on any living descendant, spectral beings like ghosts, revenants, poltergeists, spectres and gravens. During the granting of the gifts and curse of Kor, the Matumdâg enters a trance-like state and cannot interact with the outside world. It is connected to the spirit and views its final thoughts after which it grants its gifts. Red Lines: Can bring an unconscious person to consciousness Can grant Physical weariness Can delve into the mind of said unconscious person to view their last thoughts and actions, as well as converse with them. Can revive those who recently died. No corruption, Pulls the wandering soul back into the body. No regeneration of limbs, sealing of wounds, etc Can banish lesser spirits such as Gravens and Ghosts Immune to magics dealing with typical mortal essences (e.g. necromancy), and to holy magics Affected by Lutaumancy, Witch doctory, Farseers, Voidal Magics, and Physical damage Can be summoned by a Lutauman Not Created, but summoned for a price from the Lutauman, most typically the sacrifice of a life. Into a highly vulnerable Trance-like state while interfering with the recently deceased or unconscious. Can not revive more than once every two real life hours. The dead can’t be dead for more than 30 real life minutes. The revived will remember nothing of their death, only how they died and shall wake up in confusion, as if having had a nightmare. Honorable Neutrality - Personal beliefs would not effect what is used on who. Wouldn’t refrain from attempting to guide Necromancers, Shades, Etc Can not learn any other magic. Yes this is needed.
  6. The Stargûsh’Stroh Apohets Realm of Ancestors Honourable Death… death is inevitable. Though often thought of as grim and dark, there is a certain beauty to it all. For death is part of nature. However, death is not the end. Quite the contrary, it is the beginning of an entire new chapter which starts its way in the soulstream. Here those who linger in between the realm of the living and the realm of that what lies beyond float about. It is from this stream, that the Daemon Apohet takes certain souls or.. Spirits, and brings them to his realm of Stargush’Stroh; The Ancestral Plane. The Realm Made by @SeventhCircle Gundâr Broshan - The Plateau of Arrival It is in this desolate landscape, where Apohets ancestral plane connects to the soulstream. On this plateau of black barren rock and green hued cracks the spirits appear in fragments where they either fall back to the mortal realm, or materialize and walk the path to the Gate of Kor. Doraz agh Kor - Kor’s Gateway High above the dead lands of Gundâr Broshan stands the gateway to the Stargush’Stroh: Kor’s Gateway. From here the Greater Spirit of the Dead himself stands as a warden of his lands. It is here where he who encompasses all that is dead and all that are, guards his gate. Every spirit that wishes to enter must be granted his approval, for only those that lived an honourable life may call themselves worthy enough to live in the Stargush’Stroh. Olû Tiil Frautal - Walk to Final Rest From Kor’s gate the spirits venture forth into the boundaries of the Stargush’Stroh. They will follow a long and narrow path beset on all sides by stone canyon walls. Above them the lesser spirits under Kor oversee them and their walk to their Final Rest. It is during this walk where their simplistic mortal mind is adjusted to that of a spirit. They shall forget their previous life on the mortal plane, keeping core memories of their existence and personality. At a certain point the pathway shall split, where the Greater ancestrals will separate themselves from their Lesser kin, to meet later in the many realms in Stargush’Stroh. Ruzob Ukûzrii - The Halls of Eternal Joy The grand halls that house many a parties, feasts and celebrations. It is said that Krug himself made these upon arriving in the realm, as a testimony to his greatness. Turu Dobu Ziimarum - The Many Fields of Tranquility The endless fields, a sea of golden grass that stretches beyond ones vision. It is in this realm that the Lutaumen are able to contact the greater and lesser spirits of old for guidance or simply for a talk. Many loved ones and family members shared tears of joy upon reuniting through the help of a Lutauman. Skoiug Goiz - The Soaring Cities A realm filled with towns and larger settlements that are located close to one another. In this realm there are three larger cities where the many blargs (homes) of those that wish to settle in their eternal rest are placed. Notable Locations : The Grand City of ‘Ker The Grand City of Uruk The Grand City of All Tauob Bûbhosh Hoital - Forest of the Great Hunt It is said that Freygoth and Votar made a pact to create the vast and beautiful flora and fauna that grow and live in this realm, for only they could create such a glorious field for the Hunt. In the middle a large pallisade surrounds a temple filled with long halls of hunted tribute. Notable locations : Votar’s Halls of Tribute Freygoths Grove Ruzob Ukûnûrlug - Halls of Endless Study A smaller realm that contains a multitude of different biomes filled with their respective diversity to be studied till the end of time. In the middle of these lands stands a large library, filled with books from Theruz himself. Most often it is the goblins that spend their time here. Notable Location : The Grand Library of Theruz Dâlzob Hûrûrz Mazauk - The Planes of Fearless War An enormous battlefield where the spirits may partake in the endless battles if they so desire. Upon being slain in honourable combat they are revived at its entrance at every days beginning. Fîgûga Uzg - Dishonoured Lands An isle that lies separated from the lands of Stargush’Stroh and is connected through a solitary landbridge through the Dotagh Bhraf. It is here where fiends linger. For more information refer to: The Oceans of Mist - Dotagh Bhraf Surrounding Apohets ancestral realm is a vast sea comprised of a thick mist. Its surface smooth like an ocean though ever so deceiving. For those that enter, never returned. The Speakers of the Dead The Lutaumen are shamans that have been taught the ways of the ancestors, the first one able to do such being no one but the great Krug himself. These shamans are gifted with the ability to travel in between the realm of Mortals and the Stargush’Stroh and may commune with the ancestors if they so desire. If the shaman wishes to bring other descendants with him he may do so freely, making them able to re-unite lovers, family or friends in the afterlife that is Apohets Realm. They may also, if in dire need, call upon the Greater Ancestrals for blessings onto themselves. They do not have the ability to share these blessings, but can act as a medium to relay the spiritual energy and use this for multiple purposes. (Muyakelg refueling, the creation of Totems, etcetera.) The Matumdâg (Awaiting acceptation)
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