Tag: Dire Planet

That Rips the Soul

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This saying originates from Galbran priests of Balbrock who perform a rite called ‘Ripping the Soul’, which involves tearing the still-beating heart out of a victim. Because of the finality of the act, the phrase “That rips the soul” evolved to indicate a finality or devastating impact in whatever matter is being referred to. Oddly enough, this phrase is used frequently by non-Galbran tribes, as well as by the Galbran themselves.

 

Theroptra

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“It came on six legs, working in concert and giving it a superb balance. For one moment those rear legs bent a bit deeper, and then the great feline sprang into the air, great muscles rolling beneath its speckled purple fur.”Lost Tribes of the Dire Planet

The theroptra is feline in nature, large enough to pluck up a man and tear him asunder between its great jaws. Its tail is ridged and able to slice through foes, and it has the added advantage of a chameleon since its fur can shift colors to match its surroundings.

 

Deadly Creatures of the Dire Planet: Oswagi

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The oswagi are raptor-like creatures, about the size of an ostrich, that inhabit certain areas of the hot and steamy climes of the Rift Bottom. They are known for their blinding speed and their rainbow-hued feathers, as well as their deadliness.

The feathers of the oswagi are highly prized as ornamentation and as a sign of bravery. The priests of such galbran gods as Naalbrock and Baalbrock often array themselves in multi-colored cloaks of oswagi feathers which are passed down from generation to generation.

 

Caladrex Steel

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Caladrex or Caladrexian steel was used to forge weapons of superior edge and durability by the blacksmiths of that ancient and now lost city. An entrance to that now buried city was discovered by Garvey Dire and Ntashia Dire through a cavern in the cliffside of the Rift, and there is another known entrance through the Valley of Diamonds.

This lost city beneath the Martian planetary crust was at the time partially controlled by a malicious computer entity known as Sved who could also appear in apparitional or semi-substantial form. Another portion of Caladrex is controlled by Thenylis, High Priestess of the Omnipotent Vackri, who rules over the remnants of the once great people.

Caladrex steel may or may not have been actual steel at all, but in reality an alloy unknown to exile, Galbran, or Muvari, and even to the mad wizard Sar Savaht.