Sunday, May 29, 2016

Non-Human Characters: The Wendigo

The Wendigo is a blood thirsty monster; a twisted, taunted perversion of the human form. Just like all aspects of undeath, “wendigoism” was once thought to be the physical incarnation of Nil, the elder god of destruction. According to legend, upon death a willing soul could pledge its loyalty to Nil, hence forth allying himself with Nil’s armies of destruction and therefore gaining the powers of undeath. However, modern science has since proven that undeath is the result of a parasitic disease, usually contracted through the consumption of human blood. The rage and delirium commonly associated with cannibalism are most likely symptoms caused by the early effects of “autonecrotosis”.

This strain of undeath slowly consumes and converts the victim’s entire body. Requiring large amounts of energy, the disease sends signals to the victim’s brain; he becomes increasingly violent as his cravings for blood overwhelm him. After several days of gorging himself, his “blood lust” period subsides as he falls into a state of extreme exhaustion. This nearly comatose state of hibernation concludes after a week or two, during which time the autonecrotosis uses the nutrition from the stored blood to mutate the victim’s anatomy. He emerges, this time a full-fledge Wendigo.

                In the Drae Planarum, the ancient draeicks wrote many volumes on the powers of the wendigo. They are described as, “creatures without conscience, who kill so that they might fill the empty void which is the absence of their humanity. The wendigo is immune to pain, fear, and cannot be bought or intimidated. It is a primal creature who cannot die until it is hacked into pieces and incinerated with fire or magic. Like all undead, the wendigo will never succumb to exhaustion; if you are ever tracked by a wendigo, it is kill or be killed.