Species of The Haunted Shadows

For more information on The Haunted Shadows, the series of books in which these folk play a part, I recommend you go to this page. The following are simply excerpts from my bookishly worldbuilding notes which some (though far from all) of you might find interesting. Questions? You know who to poke. Though most the characters you meet in the novels are, in fact, human, it should be noted there are some other folk out there–some reduced to fleeting shadows, some more commonplace than others might suspect.

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Humans

Huldrene

  1. Aswari—Surface Huldrene. Endangered. (Call themselves Sattar. Often interned or on reservations.)
    1. Rough, almost bark-like skin. Provides chameleon-like effect in woodlands. Flakes with age.
    2. Thin, frail, but agile. Thin lips. String-like hair.
    3. Elongated feet and hands.
  2. Usird—Northern Huldrene. All but extinct.
  3. Otanil—Called Druwen by the Idasians. Dark-skinned Huldrene. Live side-by-side with the Zutam.
  4. Iruwen—Cave Huldrene. Black-skinned. Extinct.
  5. Lamara—Half-Huldrene.

Orjuks—Endangered.

  1. Greyish-green in color. Very hairy bodies. Bigger in frame to humans, and tend to be slightly stooped in posture.
  2. Quite strong. Nomadic in tendency, initially, but when their hordes banded together, and learned the power of their Curii steeds, waged war on the Huldrene nations. Those local to Marindis have a particularly strong hatred for Aswari.
  3. Originated in the hills and mountains of what is now Marindis.

Vell—thinly-scaled humanoids. Webbed toes and fingers. Simple-minded. Largely extinct.

* Anything sentient, but non-mankind, humans have taken to calling “Old Folk.”

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