“It cannot be seen, cannot be felt,
Cannot be heard, cannot be smelt.
It lies behind stars and under hills,
And empty holes it fills.
It comes first and follows after,
Ends life, kills laughter.”- J.R.R Tolkien, The Hobbit
Humanity was always afraid of the darkness. It is in our DNA- we are creatures of sun and light, of fire and electricity. Even those who claim themselves to be “nocturnal” are actually still bound by that desire- for even in the wildest clubs, the neon light still glow upon the celebrations of decadence, and the street light has seen many crimes preformed under its pale radiance. To give yourself to the darkness means leaving everything which makes you human behind, and most of those who take their chances in moonless nights never come back. There is something lurking in the darkness, in the night, in storm clouds and in the shadows which hide in the middle of the day. In our fear, we watch those shadows, telling ourselves that nothing hides among them- unaware for the fact the darkness watches back, with golden, shining eyes.
When thinking about the “gameline specific antagonists” for each line, I like to picture them as the pre-human monster version of each line. The idigam as pre-human spirit, the Huntsman as pre-human fae, the insatiable as pre-human beasts, etc, etc. Following that logic, the strix are per-human vampires- and we all must admit that there is a certain amount of logic for that claim. There is nothing human about the Birds of Dis, after all, and by all records they were there, in the darkness, long before mankind learned to light fire to protect itself from it. The strix claim to always be here, and in many ways, they are right.
Through the change of editions, the Owls has went through a number of changes- first, they were owl shaped spirits which were motivated to teach vampires they are truly monsters- and to destroy those who fail them. At Wicked Dead, they were free from whatever power which caged them, making them free to do as they wish. In the new edition, the strix are way from being a united faction- they are usually solitary, rarely gathering in parliaments when bad things are coming. They did destroyed the Julii, and they do unite together from time to time in order to torment the Damned and tear down their sophisticated society.
At least three times a massive strix attack was detailed (Rome, Alexandria and Romania), and two of the times have also involved a massive natural disaster which caused many deaths (unless you claim that the fall of the Roman Empire is equal to a “massive natural disaster”). That makes me think that perhaps there is some sort of reason for why do such events follow each other- for example, we know that for some instincts, when the population of the organism grows out of proportion, something changes in the behavior of the organism. The most known example is locust, which even goes through a physical metamorphosis because of the fact there are just too many grasshoppers in the same place.
Now- what if the reason the strix go to “crusades” against the Kindred during times of crises is, more or less, the same reason? Sure, all strix have some interest in vampires, as vampires are well kept corpses and the strix love crawling their way into a corpse. Some of them even hate the vampires, or envy them, or are disappointed from them. They feel kinship to the dead, but they can’t love them as they are “doing it wrong”. I believe that immediate hate comes from the same feeling vampires has when they see the strix- something weird and relatable yet alien and twisted. The only difference is that the strix have much easier time to mess up with vampires than the other way around.
At any case, it is well established that each of the Owls has its own motivations in (un)life, and that they are solitary by nature. However, when great disasters are about to happen, the strix are drawn to them, gathering en masses. When the population of the strix rise above a certain threshold, which probably depends on the amount of resources (that is, available corpses to ride and living to drink from), something changes in them. All strix feel certain connection to (a) fate, after all- and perhaps when that connection is strong enough, all strix turn from collection of solitary creatures into a swarm, and they all leave their personal desires behind to unit under a single banner- to make the unlife of the Kindred an unliving hell.
Now, the strix acting out of passions they don’t truly understand is nothing new- many of the strix exhibit that behavior, acting out of instinct instead of a calculated decision. The strix also don’t doubt their instincts- they have full faith in them, and just do what they feel to be right. Something guides the strix behind the shadows of Dis, but even they aren’t aware of what it is, and neither do they care. They don’t even know from where they come from, or what they are- in fact, it was mentioned a number of times that the strix may not actually be a unified breed, but that there are a number of “strix clans” in the world. As there is no real mechanical difference between the strix, and the only aesthetic difference is in the mention of some raven-shaped strix or the Tengu, for this post I will treat all strix as a single type of creature (I would add the concept of variant strix to my “to do” list).
Anyway, a common claim among the Owls is that they are the Beast incarnated, and that even inside each vampire there is a small strix which screams for blood. While the Beast and the Owls do share many things in common, there is one thing which separates the two- emotions. The strix are cold and calculated, emotionless and heartless. They don’t anger, they don’t love. Sure, they can enjoy the world’s physical sensations- but deep down, they are empty. They are psychopaths, unable to relate to others or understand why would someone would harm himself in order to protect another being. They do understand pain and they do understand pleasure- but those are sensations, and they are addicted to sensations. That’s why they want a physical body so much- and this is why they hate the vampires for having it.
The Beast, on the other hand, is a very emotional being- it loves, it hates, it rage, it celebrates. It sings and dance, it plans complicate vengeance and howls against those who threat what that belongs to it. While the Beast of each Clan is different, they are all Beasts (with the potential exception of the Ka, but we’ll talk about it at Thousand Years of Night). Vampires are not emotional dead- on the contrary. They have never been more alive- emotions strike their dead heart more strongly than before, even if their emotional spectrum was narrowed a bit to the range of red-to-orange.
Another difference is the fact that unlike the strix, the Beast is bound to its body- it is a parasite, which slowly consumes its host and it takes over the dead corpse. It can’t escape its fleshy cage even at the price of its life. The strix, on the other hand, are unbound- only contained by sunlight and fire, slipping through small cracks like the shadows they are. The strix may be made from the same “substance” as the Beast, but the way they express themselves is quit different. In a more scientific words, both the Beast and the strix come from the same potential, but the function which describes it is quit different, and as such it details an whole other system.
Now, let’s start examining the “strix system”, shall we?
First, while both the strix and the Kindred use Vitae, the Owls has a different Potential Value which governs it- Shadow Potency. Like all other supernatural potentials, Shadow Potency has a critical point at 5, where the system changes its phase. The way they gain and store Vitae is also different- instead of drinking blood, the strix steal breath. One way to think about it is using the same paradigm we used for Ephemeral Being- that while all Ephemerals use Essence, there is a difference between the Essence of ghosts and that of spirits, and as such a difference in Rank. However, I’m not sure that interpretation works for this case- the Vitae the strix needs seems to be the same as the one vampires need, and is generated through another means. That means that Vitae is still Vitae- but it is the medium which is different.
And that seems to be the point.
For example, did you knew that you could use electrons in order to cool down a system? Yeah, you can actually pour electricity into a metal and it would cool down instead of heating up. That’s because electrons don’t only carry electric charges, but they also carry heat. Now, the way heat is carried in the system is quit different if it is done through electrons or by moving through the structure of object directly (which is sometimes known as phonons). They are both governed by temperature, but express it in an whole other way. Let’s take it one step forward- we all know about physical force, right? F = ma? Now, we can all agree that while the expression looks quit simple (the way that energy is spread upon displacement), but we can also agree that there is a difference between electric power and gravitational power (hence why all theoretical physicists spend their efforts in a way to reconcile those two powers). More than that, even though scientists have managed to make unified theories for the nuclear forces and the electromagnetic forces, in daily life those two forces express themselves quit differently. Heck, even electric force and magnetic force act differently, each with its own field, even though they are both aspects of the same phenomena and are carried by the same particles- photons.
That’s, more or less, what we have here- the fact that the medium matters. It is important whether the source of the force is gravitational or electric, even though they are both energy divided by length. It is important if the potency of the vampire comes from blood or shadows, even though Vitae is still Vitae, life is still life- it is simply that Blood Potency represent the animating quality of blood as “vitae carrier”, while Shadow Potency represent the same quality as carried by shadows. The strix drink breath, for breath carries the life of the subject in a semi solid way, which could be absorbed by their body. Blood is just too thick, and the Vitae in it simply can’t be adjusted to their system without a body to host them.
As for the specific effect of Shadow based Animation, let examine the effects of the value itself. First, we can see that like Blood Potency, Shadow Potency spontaneously increase with time- which supports the fact that both sizes acts as some sort of supernatural temperature. It could also be raised by devouring other strix, which makes sense (again, you combine two systems together, the intensive value rise as some sort of average of the two systems). They do not, however, need to “cool down” in the same way vampires do- they don’t spend Vitae to wake up, and don’t fall into torpor. That means that, unlike vampires, the strix don’t need to pay a toll to the Sponsor in order to exist- and as such, they work with their own “vampire licence”, and that their points of origin are, at their base, different.
They can, however, reduce their Shadow Potency by reproducing. Unlike vampires, the strix practically cut out parts of their own shadow stuff and make it into a new strix. The process reminds of the way vampires lose Humanity during the Embrace- but we will get to it later. At any case, unlike vampires, the Owls can strength any of their attributes using Vitae- which means that the way their mind and body are tied together is different from the way it is done with mortals (duh?). The fact that the strix are immune to Vinculum supports their unbound nature, and may come from the fact the strix control their own animation field a lot better than vampires do, or simply because of the lack of overlap between a shadow-based animation field and a blood based one.
It is worth to mention that soulless people produce no Vitae to the strix (and maybe to other vampires? I need to check that). That means that the life represented by Vitae do not come from the physical body, but are a product of the how our soul “charge” our body, some sort of fuel it use to bring it to life.
When we take a look at the strix’s mind, we discover that they lack Dirge, Mask or Touchstones. Touchstones are easy to explain (the strix are not human, and they simply don’t care enough abotu others), while the lack of Mask and Dirge comes from the fact the strix does not suffer from a dual nature- they don’t have a soul, they are a Beast. On the other hand, they do have a Vice- which is a trait based upon human mentality. The more interesting thing is that the strix’s Vice works mechanically like the human Vice, which is always something that encourage the Owl to take a physical form. Interesting. Very interesting.
The reason that it is interesting is that it supports the “dual mind” theory we have established for humans- with Vice being the part of the mind which leans toward the body. The strix’s Vice seems to be the initial “link” which allows it to take over the host. However, the strix lack any “higher mind”- which means that the strix are, by default, creatures of lower nature. Nothing draws them more than they own basic pleasures, nothing interests them beyond the moment. They have no long term goals- they can plan for long term, but their nature always distracts them. They just can’t focus enough, can’t care enough, about things longer than the next few moments. The fact that their mind is still half human may hint something about the origin of the strix- perhaps they are a manifestation of our deepest desires, thoughts we don’t dare to pronounce, emotions we hide in the darkness so no one would see- and in that darkness, they grow fat upon our own self loath, spread their black wings and fly to the night. At any case, it may mean that the strix may be ancient- but they are not, apparently, pre-human.
Unlike vampires, the strix have another way to gain Willpower other than their Anchor- seeing the sun sets over the horizon. While there is nothing scientific to say about it, I think it is cool to look at it at a psychological view- the strix feel just as satisfied from taking a body to the edge or tormenting the hell out of a Kindred just as they feel from seeing the sun dies out. Even vampires don’t hate the sun as much. Vampires fear the sun- but the strix despise it. They take it personally that the sun dares to take its head up every morning, and celebrate its death at every night. Perhaps they are truly inhuman, and they remember the time before the sun, before the light, before the warmth. Maybe they just take its effects upon them personally. Whatever the case, that is another difference between them and the Beast.
On the other hand, we do have another evidence which support the strix being of human origin- the fact they can commune with any person through some sort of “telepathy”. Sure, telepathy is not that uncommon in the setting, and we could claim it to be some sort of interaction between the strix’s animation field and their target’s, but I think it is cooler to treat it as the strix “communing” through the same dimension as they exist on- they are creatures of shadows and darkness, and they can instinctively speak with anyone, through the darkness in their heart.
Like the Kindred, the strix also have Banes, things which harm their shadowy body- or more exactly, their shadow based animation field. The sun and fire banish them, but don’t destroy them unless they have no other place to escape to. That may mean that a shadow-based animation field is much less vulnerable to the disturbances generated by fire and sunlight. Another explanation may relay on the Beast being responsible for the greater damage done by those banes. That is, sunlight and fire shouldn’t be that dangerous for vampires- but the Beast generates the damage in order to protect itself from a much greater threat. And what does the Beast have the strix lack? That’s right. A soul. Another thing top think about when designing a potential Daywalker splat.
As for other Banes, we can notice that the strix gain new Banes as they rise in Shadow Potency, while vampires gain them by losing Humanity. It may sound a bit unrelated at first- but then we have that note about Integrity: the Owls, while lack Integrity/Humanity, do use Shadow Potency instead. Now, if we remember that the negative of Humanity is Monstrosity, we discover that the strix do have their “karma state”- it is simply that their Monstrosity is equal to their Shadow Potency, and Monstrosity is the one responsible for the vampire’s Banes. That means that, unlike spirits, the strix do have a mind separate from their “body” (shadow animation field) and “soul” (whatever that is). The strix are not the “Beast Incarnated”- it is manifested in their own shadow body through their mind, just like any other “soul” does. The stronger their “Beast”, the stronger the connection between it and their animation field becomes, and higher their Monstrosity becomes, which is expressed by getting new Banes. Reproduction demands them to shatter a bits of their mind, soul and body in order to create a new strix, which is interesting- for the Kindred become more monstrous as they Embrace, while the strix grew less.
While the Owls do not frenzy like the Beast does, they do generate a Predatory Aura similar to that of a vampire. The fact that they can’t notice difference between each other means that the interaction between the auras relays solely upon the animation field interaction, without caring about the medium from which it is generated (it doesn’t matter if you are being pulled by a magnet or by Earth’s gravity- you are still falling from a 20 stories building). The more interesting thing is that their aura actually looks like the one of a vampire which has committed Diablerie- it seems that when a vampire preforms Amaranth, they change the state of their animation field (probably by transforming their Beast) into one which is more similar to that of a strix. In sort, the vampire’s Beast becomes more like the strix’s, which is kinda scary.
Now, let’s start talking less about what the strix are, and more about what the strix do.
There are 4 powers which all Owls share- the Gathering Cry, Owl Eye, Taint of Life and Doom Sense. The first is a form of communication, which is simply generated at high frequency that only beings with keen hearing can notice, and with only one goal- to call more of their kind tot he same place. Owl Eye comes from the fact that the strix are made from darkness, and that their sense of sight probably works quit different from that of a living being. Taint of Life is another sense the strix has, one which works by sensing the animation fields of others directly. Doom Sense, however, is quit interesting, as it gives a mechanical support for the strix’ affinity for fate. Whatever the powers behind the strix, it seems to be in tune with destiny, or maybe even be one of the many destinies which work behind the world. More exactly, the Owls are sensitive for calamity and disasters- which kinda supports the idea of Vitae being tied to entropy. They can feel the “arrow of time”, and the way the Darkness grows in the world.
Another innate power of the strix is their ability to embody themselves. On the surface, Embodiment shares certain aspects with Manifestations- but the occult physics behind each of those abilities is quit different. Manifestation works through the dimension of Essence, that is, through Existence. The Ephemeral is able to control its level of existence and manipulate it through Essence. Embodiments don’t work through the Essential Field, but through the Animation Field- they utilize Vitae, not Essence. That means that Embody themselves in the world, they don’t control the level of their existence- they animate the world around themselves, bringing it to life. They can Embody themselves in the dead, in the undead, in the living. They can merge themselves with an host, or change their state of matter into material and Twilight. They can control darkness and open gates to Dis. All of those are performed by animating the world around them and make it a part of them. They don’t manifest themselves- but become the thing they embody themselves in.
In addition to those standard powers, the strix have their own, more general Dread Powers. Doom powers utilize the innate connection between the strix upcoming, well, doom. The interesting thing is that those powers also influence emotions- which hints that the fate the strix are tuned into comes from the people themselves- or more exactly, from their own darkest fears and desires. Dark hearts are the ones to bring doom, not the stars. Host powers are an extension of the Owl’s ability to embody itself, animating the host further in order to make it more a “part of them”. Shadow powers come from the connection between the strix and darkness, and enhance the Owl’s ability to embody itself in the dark instead of in an host body. Finally, Vitae powers are direct manipulations of the animation field, similar to what the Kindred do using Disciplines. In fact, they can even learn Disciplines of the Kindred, meaning that vampires only have a very limited access to the wide variety of animation field interactions. The strix can’t use Theban, however (apparently, they lack access to the Theban Matrix as nothing blocks their “Beast”), but they can develop Curac naturally (as it is the way the Beast embody itself in the world)- but they can’t use it without blood. That shows the importance of medium, for it is like trying to use an electric field to move a neutral object- nothing happens. Curac seems to need its own “matrix”, which works through blood. While the strix do have the right potential for Curac and can understand the powers behind it, they do not have access to it by their own because of the differences in matrix.
It is worth to mention that other than Curac, the strix lack access to all other Covenant Benefist when possessing an host, and even Curac they need to develop by themselves. Four of those powers relay on an outside Matrix, which makes sense, and the Coils are transformations of the vampire’s Beast- and with the strix taking its place, the effect of the Coils simply stops working.
And now, some words from our sponsors-
- Anna Red- a standard example of “teaching/tormenting the Kindred” kind of strix, one which use the Masquerad against them. Cool strategy, I must say- but she is also an example for ho easily the strix can become bored.
- Baron- another interesting strategy, which plays its own Masquerade against the Kindred. It also shows that some Owls grow attached to their possessed bodies. I do need to add its childer as a to-do Bloodline. Also- it has a freaking murder house!
- Black Cat- this is an example for a strix which wish to to “teach” the Kindred, in its own twisted way. Kinda spooky, I must say.
- Granny- another strix which made itself an essential part of the Kindred society, and this one has a strong affinity with the fate the Owls are tuned to. One of the scariest monsters in this section.
- Hantu- well, well- Hantu is cool! It is a master of Curac, and is hinted to be the power behind at certain Clan. While there is a theory that it has created the Mekhet, we have already established they Shadows have a different origin. The backstory does sounds a bit like the Julii’s, but why does it hate the Mekhet then? As we mentioned before, maybe some Clans were “created” a number of times, and maybe one of their variations was created by the Sorcerer, and later absorbed by the wider Mekhet Clan, turning its rage upon all of the Clan. I think I’ll add this to my to-do list.
- Lady of Shivs- not the strongest strix, but definitely a smart one. I approve.
- Lord of Irons- it really seems like the strix play on humanity’s worse qualities and fears. A nomad monster in the woods? An undead pet? Justified rebellion turned into self destructive terror? Evil grannies? And now- an corrupted police officer. Again, this one is doing it just for laughs. Perhaps the Owls have a strong sense of irony?
- Marty- oh, I love Marty! He is just the opposite of what you expect from a strix.
- Mother- with all of those “Lost Clans”, seeing the birth of a new one does sounds interesting. Unlike other strix originated Clan, this one seems to have far more emphasis on owlish qualities. Maybe that’s a part of the strix not being a single breed. Maybe Mother just has a limited imagination. Anyway, to the to-do list!
- Mr. Scratch- Grimma Wormtounge, the strix version
- Ms. Gem- at first she seems to be the standard kind of strix- the hedonistic one which only seek after pain and pleasure- but then we look on her Shadow Potency. I expected 4 or 5- but instead, nine. Nine! She is the most powerful strix in the book! Apparently, hedonism can take you far. She also has some great knowledge about Mystery Cults, which gives her a nice twist.
- Old Man- a standard monstrous strix, not even sophisticated one. Nothing to see here, move along.
- Pastor Samuel- now, that’s cool! A strix which creates an hunter cell (heck, maybe even a compact!) by claiming vampires are demons from hell and sending his human underlings to deal with them. I’m adding this potential compact to the list.
- Photographer- well, it looks like the strix have a knack for arts too! The classic “trade your soul for beauty” kind of thing. I wonder if it is tied to the Formosae somehow, as the effects of their “bite” are quit similar.
- Ringmaster- another strix which was influenced by pop culture.. or was it? Maybe that monster comes from Rome, where it saw the gladiator arenas for the first time, and was.. inspired.
- Strix Hunter- it takes one to kill one, right? I must wonder if it has some agenda or reason for its killings, or if it really is just to enjoy the act of devouring other Owls.
- Teach- adding a monster teacher to the list of human inspired horrors. That blood magic ritual does sounds like an interesting plot hook. I wonder is it is a some sort of summoning, which perhaps is meant to unlock a gate to Dis and get something out.. or something in. At any case, it is an example for the fact that the strix are so tuned into fate and don’t care about why they do what they do, that they can work complicate missions out of instinct.
- Thief of Masques- it looks like that for those strix which wish to attack the Kindred society, the Masquerade takes most of their attention. It makes sense- without it, the Kindred would probably have to become a lot more monstrous, unable to conceal their nature. An easy way to achieve their goal.
- Varney- a strix which is not only attached to its body, but also growing senile. That’s… interesting.
Before we finish that post, let’s take a few moments and examine what kind of supernatural patron and realm the strix may have in the cosmology.
We know three things about the strix- that they feed upon life, that they are made from darkness and that they are sensitive to fate and doom. We also know that they may have some connection for vampires, even if not a direct one and even if not to all of the Clans. We know that they are creatures of Vice, bound by lesser desires and emotions, like infernals- but unlike them, they aren’t defined by their Vice, only satisfied by it. We know that the fate they serve is one which brings calamity, and that it is connected to the darkness found in other people’s hearts- that is, the reason they are connected to human Vice comes from the same power which manipulates destiny to bring doom. So what do we get from all of this?
Something we’ll call Lilith.
After some thoughts, I’ve decided to make some changes to the name conventions given to the otherworlds of vampires. As the Owls are called the Birds of Dis, it seems unfair to use that name to the realm of the Sponsor. Instead, the place which the Sponsor and the Blood Gods rule will be known as the Graveyard, while the shadow to which the strix, the original inhabitants of the Graveyard, were banished to will be known as Dis. While both Dis and the Graveyard are Lower Depths, the distance between the two is so metaphysically great that Dis to the Graveyard is the Graveyard to the Fallen. Still, Dis is well connected to the Graveyard- it is a two dimensional space, for darkness has no volume. It has no light, no mass, nothing, actually. It is a lifeless realm made out of hungry darkness, smoke and shadows. You could wander that empty space for all eternity without moving even one centimeter, for without light time and space lose their meaning. Still, Dis isn’t truly empty- for one people enter its boundaries, it is filled with everything they brought with them.
The things is, that because Dis is so empty, anything people bring with them fill the whole space. It is not only their physical form- it is their dark hearts and souls. Dis change its shape to take the form of their worst desires, of their evil selves, of things they never wish to see. Dis feeds upon that inner darkness, slowly consuming the life and soul of those who stumble into its depths until only an hungry husk is left behind. Dis is an hole in the fabric of the universe, a two dimensional sink in the animation field, and so only beings with such field (such as vampires) can usually enter it. Others are simply “too big”, and if they do manage to get into that darkness, most of them are never seen again.
And in the heart of the darkness, Lilith, the Queen of Owls, sits upon her shadowy throne.
There are many stories about her Some say she was the first woman, cursed by God to fear the sun and fire and to be a mother of demons. Others say she was a divine creature- a sorceress, or perhaps a dragon- which was betrayed by her siblings and thrown into the void. Some say she is a goddess, a she-demon, or even a manifestation of the first night which ever fell upon earth. Lilith doesn’t bother answering those questions. Very few people has seen her true form, but many have met her- she shows up in dark dreams and black nights, in the mind of a madman or in the shadows of the fearful. She is heard in the last breath of an hanged man and felt in the cold wind of the winter. Lilith is in your heart, that evil self you try to ignore, but may one day bloom into a beautiful monster, if treated right.
Lilith, by her core, is a creature of passion, and she feeds upon those passions. She drinks souls and devours hearts, celebrating in death while singing the requiem of her enemies. One, she ruled the Graveyard all by her own, birthing children from her shadows and sending them to torment the living, creating mockeries of life in the form of the undead. Then, the Sponsor came, and he threw her into Dis- the strix claim he tricked her, but who can believe a word the Owls say? While she is a creature of darkness and death, she is a goddess of omens, too. She is entropy- or, at least, one form of it. She is the end which has no beginning, the long night which would come as the sun would burn out in the sky, leaving behind a black star. She is a force of calamity, leading people to self destruction by drawing them into their finale end. There is no meaning for virtue, no place for light. Everything is doomed- and you should embrace your inner darkness instead of fighting it. Lilith is not a goddess of fate- she is a goddess of doom, and she tries to pull everything to its ultimate demise.
As a goddess of doom, she is one of the Darkness’s few allies- for both of them share their love for dark places, desires and the rising the chaos of the universe. However, there is a key difference- the Darkness doesn’t want to end all things. It enjoys tormenting the living too much. The Darkness doesn’t destroy- it twists, changes and transform to make everything worse. Lilith doesn’t want to make everything worse- she wants everything to end. The world is doomed to fail, and she wants to watch it going down. She wants to watch the sun sets one last time, creating a barren landscape where only the dead roam the earth, feeding upon each other in an eternal spiral of destruction. Only then, in a realm which knows no light, she could finally spread her wings and embody herself in the world.
Well, that’s it for this week! In the end I haven’t talked about ghouls and revenants- I think i’ll wait with it for Half Damned. At any case, next week there won’t be a post, for I will be in vacation. The week after, I will make my next Open Development post about werewolves on the First Temple… or am I? Stay tuned 😛