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Llian Aarchim
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« on: 18 October 2002, 19:02:00 »

Since im back now,ill get stuck in with a few ideas that were in my head.

 Basic Overview of the Beast
. The will o'wisp is a malevolent entity that makes its home in swamps, bogs, and moors. It subsists by luring unsuspecting creatures to their deaths amid the natural hazards of such places and feeding on the energies which their death struggles release. However, there are also very good Will'o'Wisps who will guide lost and/or lonely traverlers, or lost children onto the right path for home. These Mysterious creatures never communicate to the traveler only the person knows only to follow them. When the traveler finds himself on the right path, the Wisp vanishes leaving no trace of its existence...

When encountered in the wild, will o'wisps normally appear as faintly glowing balls of light. They can alter their own color, shape, and size to some extent and can be easily mistaken for lanterns, light spells, and similar sources of artificial illumination.

If they do not attack, will o'wisps are able to utterly blank out their glows, rendering them invisible to all those who cannot spot invisible objects.

The will o'wisp language is a most unusual one, being purely optical in nature. All communication between will o'wisps is by means of changes in color or brightness, many of which are far too subtle for the average observer to notice. Because this form of exchange is almost impossible to mimic, it is very difficult for travelers to communicate with these creatures. Exceptional examples of this race have mastered a very simple sound-based language. They produce sounds by vibrating very rapidly and thus have a shallow and ghostly-sounding voice when they "speak."



 Appearance
These creatures are about 12 Nailsbreadth's in diameter considering they are only balls of light, the creature itself (if there is one within the mass of glowing light) would be considerably smaller. The ball of light however can be any color the 'Fairy' wishes, it can fluctuate from bottle green,light green,purple, white, gold,amber, red, blue, sky blue, light blue.. in fact any color it really feels like. Travellers and researchers alike believe these creatures actually change there color to there feelings. For example if the glowing orb is a reddish color,then the 'fairy' is angry. If the color is in fact white or gold, then the 'fairy' is happy or amused and so on. But to be honest there has been no real explanation into why the creatures change color, or even how... These creatures are the most mysterious of the world and are rarely sighted. There weight in all honestly cannot be determined as the ball of light has never been touched or held. If however a fairy does reside in its bowls then the fairy would have to be at the most a single or double Ladle in weight.

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 Special Abilities
Although Wisps possess no direct attacks, their command of magic allows them to pose a considerable threat to enemy forces. The most commonly used of these spells is dancing light. The dancing light illusion tries to confuse the watchers by basically spraying the area full of Jack'o'Lanterns of itself basically producing 'Clones' to confuse the attacker or watchers so that the real Will'o'Wisp can escape undetected. They can also rather strangely cast illusions of the watchers deepest desires such as a fresh lake of water, or a table laden with food, almost a mirage. These tricks however are very rare and have only been seen by travellers or the lost on certain occasions.

 Territory
Will'o'Wisps can be found, where swamps and dark moors are and can even be seen in some orchards and forests depending on the inhabitants of the area, they most keenly stay around settlements of Elves and nature loving humans, such as druids and so forth.


 Habitat/Behavior
(Habitat see above) For the most part, will o'wisps will be found on their own. On rare occasions (10% of the time) groups of up to three may be found near a particularly fertile hunting ground. In the latter case, they will work together to trick victims into the traps which they have arranged. They do however wander have strange dancing rituals and ceremonies hat to the watcher has no meaning, but when seen, a large green oval shaped disc sits in the center, and on VERY rare occasions,hundreds of the glowing balls of light can be seen floating and dancing in the air around this disc even up to 50 to 60 feet in the air, these rituals are rare and are unknown in history to what the Wispsmight be up to.

 Diet
Although difficult to say with certainty, evidence indicates that the will o'wisp feeds on the fury of electrical activity given off by the brains of panic stricken individuals as they realize that death is inescapable. In order to prolong the suffering of their victims and increase the amount of "food" which they give off, will o'wisps will typically lure their victims into areas like quicksand pits which promise a slow and frightening death.
It seems certain that the unusual environment found in bogs and swamps is important to the creature's existence in some way, but the exact nature of this link is uncertain. It seems probable that the ominous and haunting nature of these places increases the fear and dread which their victims feel, and thus the energy which they give off prior to death.

 Mating
This ritual is vastly unknown, but the balls of light know as Wisps have actually been seen multiplying from one another as if the light has come directly from the of wisp and just floated away.It is said that the birth of another "Will'o'Wisp" is basically a clone of the 'Mother'. No more is known about this creature, or have been seen mating only that the balls seem to just appear and float from within the 'mother' and float awake as if nothing has happened...a very mysterious indeed.


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 Myth/Lore/Origin (Optional)
Myth and lore seem to say that the Will'o'Wisp seem to be from another plain or dimension explaining why they can appear and disappear in a moment. Rumor has it that the Wisps are actually fairy that live in a opposite dimension and come to Santhharia to feed on the living. The good Wisps from there other dimension can sense the fear or loneliness of a traveller or child and transport themselves to this world to help him or her. Others belive there just myth and don't exist as they are seen very, very rarely.

I was trying to keep these creatures very unknown and explain it to everyone in a story telling sortof way as thse creatures in my eyes would be moremyth than alive to the population of Sath,but are infact real....





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« Reply #1 on: 19 October 2002, 04:33:00 »

LOL, I lived as a kid near (well, not too near) a forest with very wet places and swamps where such "lights" were reported to lure the travelor into the swamp to his death..

- I wouldn't call them malevolent in the first place, they are how they are and have to feed this way, this is only the effect they have..

- could travelors communicate with light signals as well? Seems to me that this makes more sense that "speaking", are they intelligent enough to be able to make sounds which could be understood?

- "For example if the glowing orb is a reddish color,then the 'fairy' is angry. " Where comes the fairy from? you didn't mention them earlier, do we have fairies?

- If the are magic, you should mention it in the overview

- feet(measurement) somewhere instead of fores

- mating, perhaps if it has a surplus of energy it divides in two? (watched by a travelor who saw his friend die??)

- Myth: other dimensions, you enter a difficult place here, I don't know how exactly how "other dimensions" are integrated here. There is something you get to if you travel through the eternal void in the south where the brownies live, but if some creatures can do this??

something we definitely need in Santharia, but I'm not sure if we don'thave something similar or related allready

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« Reply #2 on: 19 October 2002, 07:31:00 »

Will edit, but what i was trying to do was bring a little myth along with the explination of the creature...i will work on it.

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« Reply #3 on: 19 October 2002, 09:51:00 »

hmmmmm....I think we already have a beast like this.....


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« Reply #4 on: 19 October 2002, 11:00:00 »

I think Whisps are mentioned in conjunction with Mystrans but better check that...

I think they would be similar to demons from somewhere outside of Sorren. I wouldn't define it as dimension but planes are mentioned are mentioned about Mythe. However I'd just keep that unknown otherwise it takes away the mythical part from a mythical beast.

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« Reply #5 on: 27 October 2002, 09:07:00 »

Santharia does have a legend about Granther Willow, who sometimes lures travellers astray and sometimes helps them, depending on his assessment of their character.

Since he is a folk hero, or at least folktale creation, rather than an actual Santharian entity,  these 'actual' creatures would certainly help substantiate such tales!

May I suggest that one of their alternate names be "Granther Willow's Lantern", rather than "Jack's Lantern", which would neatly tie two of our entries together?  

Well done, and a nice balance between 'truth/reality' and 'myth/superstition', Llian.

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« Reply #6 on: 27 October 2002, 15:41:00 »

Thank you

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