is a mythical creature, a winged horse, that is often associated with the High
Goddess of Light Nakashi of the
Aeoliran religion predominant
at the continent Aeruillin, as it is the companion that was created for her by
Arkon, God of Creation. It is at home in
the sky and may be seen playing among the clouds. The Avéquis is an elegant and
beautiful animal, though not many have seen it. The name Avéquis derives from
"Avé", which means "light" in Tharian and "Quis", being derived from "Equis",
which means "horse". The literal translation is
therefore "Lighthorse" or "Horse of the Light".
Cairnhoom (as they are called by the merchant Faen men and their customers who
have only heard of these creatures through their stories) are a very mysterious
group of gigantic creatures that inhabit the mountain ranges of Germon Doilth and
Therrein Nermarem (or "Shifting Mountains" due to the activity of these
creatures) in the Northwest of Nybelmar.
The Cairnhoom, also known as "Shukinu" (literally "Stone Spirits") by the
renowned mercenary clans of the Tsohamin men, "Doil Tenasi" by the short
statured Morchini humans (meaning "People of
the Doilth") and Shiingarath by the elegant and accomplished Tarshiinite men
("Spirit [of the] Mountains"), have the amazing natural ability to shape stone
on various degrees via unexplained magical
means. These phenomenal beings appear to show sentience in some of their
actions, and by many are considered a race in their own right, though no
evidence can be procured of Cairnhoom culture, history or traditions. This fact
greatly separates them from the neighboring societies who all boast quite rich
Depending on who you ask, you may be led to believe that these creatures are
unusually (and unexplainably) hostile towards others, particularly if you are
asking a Tsohamin. Despite the fact that the Cairnhoom have undeniably shown
territorial tendencies in the past towards "intruders", a logical deduction from
the research compiled would be the consideration that these creatures are
(though completely obstinate in their acceptance of others) quite '"tame". Their
generally forboding appearence and frightening capabilities however would seem
to be factors contributing to a much worse view of the Cairnhoom.
are but one of many kinds of powerful mythical creatures bred by sorcerers
during the War of the Chosen
(approximately 9500 b.S.), or at least this is what legends tell us.
Representing a strange, inseperable combination of a
human fighter and a horse,
the Centaur is a quick, strong, and fierce warrior. It is unknown if
Centaurs still inhabit Santharian lands at
the current age, though every now and then new stories arise in
different parts of the country.
is a dragon, albeit a tiny one, which has been bestowed
upon the Aeoliran
High Goddess of Destruction Pariya by the
High God Creation Arkon as a symbolic
animal of the fire realm. Barely a
fore high, this
dragon has the ability of its larger counterparts to
belch fire with startling abruptness and
effectiveness. This has been thoroughly documented in the varied tales of
Pariya and her exploits. However, an aspect of the Drakona as nearly
unverifiable as it is mysterious is its tendency to bring “gifts” to those most
in need of his services. It is a common belief and hope amongst women that if a
fire is created and appealed to with enough
desperation resulting from the wrong doings of men that the Drakona shall appear
amidst the flames and bestow upon the seeker a stone not unlike the gem which is
often depicted upon the forehead of Pariya
Herself. This gem is then hidden in the household and never mentioned to anyone.
The gems are said to have changed the lives of all that have received them. The
men of the house are either unknowingly rehabilitated to the “proper” ways of a
loving home (through pain, anguish, and finally… fear) or driven out of the home
and out of their minds.
Many a wronged woman has spent long evenings staring into the embers of a
fire just hoping to catch a glimpse of
Pariya’s reptilian companion, the Drakona.
While most would try to avoid the
Aeoliran High Goddess of Destruction
at all costs, her companion is sought after by the women of Aeruillin quite
often when vengeance is desired upon the men in their lives.
apparitions, the Dream Tempters are, most of the times, disembodied figures
haunting the dreams of those that come too close to the Venlaken Enclave's
borders in the southern Nybelmar. In case that the haunted is a man, the figure
is usually feminine, and in case that the haunted is a woman, the figure is
usually masculine. The Dream Tempters are adapting their appearance according to
their victims' desires and thus it is said that "few things, if any, can match a
Dream Tempter's beauty". These beings exhaust the vitality of their victims,
tormenting them night after night until their deaths. The ones who die this way
are also believed to become at their turn Dream Tempters.
Gryphons (also often spelled
Griffons or Gryffons) are noble beasts with the head, forelegs and
wings of a majestic eagle and the strong body of a lion. Their appearance is not very
common nowadays, but they mainly can be spotted roaming the highlands of the
High and the Low Fores or the Magic
Sickle at the west of Santharia.
without feet, watching without eyes, and roaring in a buzzing, shivering dialect
spoken by wings in place of a tongue. Most of what is known of the Hivelings is
from fleeting eyewitness accounts and ancients stories and songs. Most commonly
described as “a man made of bees”, they in fact take
many forms, using many kinds of insect as a host – though always swarming
insects, and it seems they cannot keep such a form for long. Foremost, this is a
creature of impossibilities; by rights it shouldn’t exist at all – and its very
presence invites questions that have few clear answers.
is a very rare winged creature not even half a ped in height. This tiny
horse-like beast is very rare, but has been found within the
It has been tamed by the elves of these forests
and sought out by the Brownies,
but rarely have any other races even seen a Horsefay.
Originally the Kiïvosh is a legendary figure known from the Lands
of the Barbarians. The exact meaning of the Kiïvosh is still unknown - like
many other things which originate from this regions.
The Kiïvosh very often is illustrated by ancient Santharian
artists in the most different ways you can think of: sometimes as a sort of a birdlike variety of a Mystran (a shadowlike phenomenon),
sometimes as a simple raven, sometimes as a gryph, but most often as a mixture
of fish and bird, diving through the Lands of Dreams into reality, shining in
all possible colors of the rainbow. Somehow the Kiïvosh has managed its way into
Santharian mythology, where it is very often interpreted as a messenger of the Goddess of
the Scythe, Queprur. As Queprur is
completely unknown to the superstitious people of the barbarians, it seems pretty obvious
that the Kiïvosh had some other meaning in the Northlands as now in the Santharian
Dancing Faeries" are believed to be ghostly apparitions roaming the woods of the
Enclave and sometimes the woods west of Lun - in southern
Nybelmar. They always take the form of
young beautiful women and they always appear only in groups. However, anyone who
happens to see their unearthly mad dance is doomed: the men become mute and
unable to take care of themselves anymore, while the women become crazed,
talking continuously and not being able to hold on to a certain state of mind
for more than a few moments.
Maerquis is a mythical creature, a winged horse, that
is always associated with the High God of the
Dark Polmaen predominant at the continent Aeruillin, as it is the companion
that was created for him by Arkon, God of
Creation. The Maerquis was created to aid the god in his eternal struggle
against the dark. Though Polmaen has
power over the Dark, he is not evil and is responsible for dealing with the evil
forces of Caelereth. The winged
horse was born of the night, and only a creature such
as he could truly fight the forces of evil. The name "Maerquis" derives from
"Maer", which means "dark" in Tharian and "Quis", being derived from "Equis",
which means "horse". The literal translation is therefore "Darkhorse" or "Horse
of the Dark".
Manticore is - like e.g. the griffon - a strange and
nowadays very rare combination of two or more common
Caelereth beasts, in this case obviously of
an oracau and a gryph,
sometimes of a scorpion too. Manticores possess the
complete body of the predator but are also endowed with enormous wings,
furthermore - although this may vary - they can have a lethally spiked tail
which reminds of the mentioned scorpion. Very seldom
Manticores can be spotted who have an uncouth
mannish head and who also possess the ability to speak. These exceptions may
eventually result of an ancient curse. The latter creatures are all deemed to be
of evil nature, whereas the typical Manticore cannot be categorized per se in
Of all the winged creatures on the
surface of Caelereth, none is so mystical,
beautiful, or wondrous as the Bird of Flames, the legendary Phoenix. This awe inspiring bird is rarely seen, and very little is known about its origins.
Some strongly believe that it is a God's pet, let loose on the world now and again, to give the people a glimpse of a
Gods' powers. Others swear by the fact that the Phoenix is, itself a God, the
incarnation of Foiros, bringing peace to the righteous and swift
retribution to the evil and corrupt. Still others say it is not more then a near extinct animal, no different from a swan or dove. Whatever the case, the
Phoenix is the rise of many tales and poems, and the few people that claim to
have caught a glimpse of this extraordinary bird, seem to be blessed living long and prosperous lives, or cursed, and soon find horrific ways to die. Some
pass it off a coincidence, but...
Have you ever tasted the
air after a hard rain, and stood perhaps in
awe of a clarity of presence, filled with light and reverence for life
everywhere? Have you ever experienced the way a forest of dripping leaves fills
itself with a sibilant percussion that empties your head of words? If so, then
you may have already encountered a Rainspirit and received its blessing.
Rainspirits, or the "Yaamûr" as they are known in
Nybelmar (pronounced: yaaah-moor), are
benevolent presences which are said to possess the power to “empty the head of
words” and bless people with the gift of silence.
gigantic beasts of myth and legend, having on the one hand the head and feet of
a bull and on the other hand the form of a humanoid body. They are mainly known in
Northern Sarvonian lands, namely
at locations like the Celeste Mountains,
where the Kuglimz of this area can
tell a lot of stories about these fierce beasts.
Unicorn is a mythical horse-like beast, with a horn attached on its forehead.
Unicorns can live to be hundreds, perhaps even thousands of years old if left
untouched by evil hands. There is little genuine fact known about the animal,
due to it being mainly a creature of myth and legend. The
elves see in the Unicorn is the symbolic animal
of Foiros, God of the Sun, representing in
its uniqueness and purity the sun, the Injèrá,
and thus the High Goddess Avá the One, She
Who Dreameth Forth All Things.