Trizzy’s Creature Compendium #7: Deep-dwellers

Welcome to Trizzy’s Creature Compendium! I like to write about all the magical creatures I have made up in my lifetime. Though I wish I was, I am not a physical artist and thus I do not have pictures to add to these posts. Regardless, I hope these entries inspire fellow fantasy writers.


Deep-dwellers

Basic information

Category: Humanoids
Intelligence: Positive
Power: Physical, magical
Size: Average

Deep-dwellers are humanoid beings of the night that dwell in caves or forests. They live at night and have perfect vision in near-dark. They are lithe and can move silently and climb trees effectively. Their endurance is generally extensive; making it easy for them to run long distances. Even the children are expected to move fast and quietly. Though they are not evil, their primal natures and appearances gains them a negative reputation.

Origin

Deep-dwellers’ roots cross those of goldians and cowbras. Considered cousins in the evolutionary tree, these three races share many characteristics. All of these races are nomadic to a reasonable extent. What separates the races from one another is their physical characteristics, their preference of terrain, their societies and a handful of other cultural aspects.

Due to their close heritages, these races are known to now and then have an offspring of two races. These offspring are called wilders and are often left to survive on their own at a young age.

Appearances

Deep-dwellers are taller than average humans. They are thin-limbed but wide hips, torsos and feet. Their skins are dark blue but vary in hues. Hair colors range from black to brown to shades of blue. Their yellow eyes and fangs give them nearly cat-like features. Add to this their thin, white claws to create a feline human. Some deep-dwellers wear garments but only to subdue the cold. They do not believe in clothing or armor for other uses.

Generalized personality

Most deep-dwellers are introverts. Though they are fairly pacifistic, they are primal. Because of this, they will defend themselves or hunt down prey. Deep-dwellers are carnivores so they need to hunt to survive. They often do so in groups to optimize their strategy and chances.

Because of their preferred environments, deep-dwellers are in tune with nature. They understand flora and fauna. They are excellent trackers because of their love and understanding of their surroundings. They are highly perceptive and intuitive. Deep-dwellers are not family-oriented but they are still very nurturing towards children, which is also an affect of their love of nature. They will lash out to protect their young or the forest.

Some deep-dwellers enjoy artistic outlets such as music or imagery. Many deep-dwellers can not read or write. They do not find it useful. What matters to an average deep-dweller is obtaining inner peace and being content with the world as it is, no matter how good or evil it currently is.

Society

Deep-dwellers live in small groups of about five. They roam about with spouses and children, in groups of friends or groups of siblings who were sent away by their parents. In this formation, they move about; never staying too long in one place.

A pair will birth three or two young at a time. Young dwellers are raised by their parents, unless they are wilders. Wilders are often left to fend for themselves at a young age. Deep-dwellers will raise their true blood to adolescents, however. They will teach the necessities of survival such as hunting, tracking and hiding.

When the twins or triplets are considered of age by the parents, they leave their parents and rarely look back. From then on, they no longer consider one another to be family. The siblings sometimes travel together for a while. Deep-dwellers usually find a mate for life though this can differ depending on the personality of those involved. Often times, a mate of these siblings will join the small party until the pair eventually moves away on their own.

Aside from these arrangements, deep-dwellers rarely engage with other creatures. They are not necessarily hostile towards others but can be reluctant to be welcoming as well. The situation is highly defining.

World involvement

Few deep-dwellers are seen among domestic locations. They do not come near cities or other settlements. The reason that civilization is familiar with them is because travelers and rangers have seen them while in the forests. Yet, even this is a rare situation because they are excellent at hiding and sneaking. Because of this, some only believe them to be an urban myth or even to be an extinct race.

Skills and abilities

Because of their deep connection with nature, some deep-dwellers have developed druidic skills. Many deep-dwellers can use herbs to heal while others can use the power of nature directly to cure others. These powers are not commonly used for violence but they can be. A rare few of these druidic deep-dwellers have created connections with certain animals, making it possible for them to morph into these animals temporarily. All of these druids commonly use the powers of earth and water and sometimes air. They use their powers for self-defense, if anything.

Power spectrum

The difficulty with fighting a deep-dweller is that they are extremely quick. Non-druidic dwellers use their fangs and claws to defend themselves. Druidic dwellers can flee with ease when transforming into animals or they will use the environment around them to shape a defensive barrier of some sort.

However, deep-dwellers are fairly frail. For all their speed and magic, they can easily be injured when caught. They do not have sturdy skin nor do they enjoy armor. This means that a fight is practically over if an enemy can trap a deep-dweller.

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Trizzy’s Creature Compendium #3: Rutala

Welcome to Trizzy’s Creature Compendium! I like to write about all the magical creatures I have made up in my lifetime. Though I wish I was, I am not a physical artist and thus I do not have pictures to add to these posts. Regardless, I hope these entries inspire fellow fantasy writers.


Rutala

Basic information

Category: Humanoid
Intelligence: Positive
Power: Charisma
Size: Average

A folk as fair as elves, rutala are highly charismatic and charming. Due to their inherent power to steal the life force of other creatures, they can stay eternally young. Some rutala are unwilling to perform the act and age in the same method as humans. Those who do participate in the act often seduce their targets to make their hearts yearn, which makes it easier to syphon it from them. In that way, rutala are the ultimate predators to any other humanoids.

Origin

Rutala are an old race who have inhabited the world for as long as modern history can record. They, like humans, evolved over countless years into what they are now. The origin of the powers that the rutala all naturally have, is still unknown. Scholars have not dared to study it—or have not survived their attempts and rutala are not concerned with this knowledge.

Rutala can have children with humans. The genes of rutala are usually recessive, meaning that most offspring are unable to use the powers that rutala have. A rare few however, do have these powers and most do not become aware of their hunger for life force until they are young adults, suggesting that the power does not develop fully until that age.

Appearances

Rutala are highly attractive to humans as well as to other rutala. They have adapted their body language to be alluring to their prey. Their charisma is natural; a trait related to their bloodline. They appear in a multitude of eye colors, hair colors and other physical features. Their figures are generally slim and they are very agile and fast. In their history, rutala used these physical abilities to hunt prey and force the life force out of them. In modern times, they use there physical appearance to allure instead.

Generalized personality

Rutala are extroverts and have a flair for the dramatic. They can make a scene unintentionally to draw attention to their very existence. Rutala seem very kind and warm-hearted, should one decide to ignore their ulterior motives. However, if they truly should love someone, they will take the utmost care to protect that person and to make sure they will not get hurt; even willing to relinquish their youth or hunger to grow old with this person. As parents, they are also highly fierce and protective and ensure excellent education for their offspring.

Besides their deceptions, rutala are curious and perceptive. They have brilliant smiles and can genuinely enjoy contact with people and groups. Rutala highly appreciate pretty things and will go out of their way to obtain it or appreciate it.

Society

Rutala used to live in small packs; usually a collection of relatives and their spouses. Upon the development of cities and other communities, rutala started to integrate into the world of humans. Their worlds and genes began to intermingle in doing so. Many humans are unaware of their existence, however. Not only are the unable to distinguish the two races, they lack knowledge of the other race’s entire existence.

Nowadays, many rutala have acquired positions in society that will provide them with plenty of interaction with other creature—they are herd animals after all—as well as plenty of targets for them to hunt. Some royal figures even carry the blood within them.

World involvement

For thousands of years, rutala did not engage with humans aside from hunting them. Rarely did humans survive such a hunt and the few that spoke of their encounter were often not believed because of the rarity of their news. Many humans blamed the wilds for missing persons. Due to this, the knowledge of rutala remained dim. As the ages progressed, the two worlds flowed more fluently into one. Most rutala, valuing riches, moved into the cities to acquire objects and life. They are nearly impossible to distinguish and have become masters at disguising their kills.

Environment of origin

During past ages, rutala resided in the woods; having tamed the whims of nature. They either roamed a set location, moved about nomadically or built a small base to which they always returned. Examples of such bases are caves or other shelters.

In these times, rutala hunted other beings too; creatures of the forests. These beings also carried life force but their energies have always been less appealing to rutala. Hunting these beats were usually out of necessity rather than a method to replenish life.

Power spectrum

Agile and fast, rutala are not only fearsome due to their powers to steal away life. They can harm or kill targets in other ways too and will not hesitate when they feel threatened. A stone heart and steel armor will shape the best defense against these creatures.