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LORE

CHANGELINGS

"Here be dragons."

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– Unknown

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Changelings or Abgotten as they call themselves are half human half Druden; born not made. Druden are daemons of Drudenhiem, the in-between, the land of dreams and death.

Changelings are the most varied deviants there is because of their Piths, the various different kinds of Abgotten they can be. Many of the Piths are reminiscent of creatures seen in myths, legends and fairy tales though not necessarily in the way you might expect while other Piths are more obscure possibly originating from the dark recesses of Drudenhiem.

LIVING LEGENDS

Modern Abgotten society consists primarily of seven unions known as Mythoi that formed after the breaking of the Courts. The Courts were authoritarian groups controlled by changeling nobles who ruled over the commoners until the revolution, occurring as a result of the First World War.

The Mythoi consist of the College of Grimms, the Speculum of Nod, the Accolade of Ancients, the Aegis of the Limens, the Clock-keeper Heresy, the Orci Clan and the Miasmatic Broods. While international groups in theory, they work on a more local level through their various chapters.

A waif is a changeling that is not a member of any of the Mythoi, commonly regarded as being lost and alone lacking support or guidance, akin to an orphan.

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PIPE DREAMS AND NIGHTMARES OF SMOKE

"The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere the ceremony of innocence is drowned..."

– William Butler Yeats

The College of Grimms consists of scholars, librarians and historians akin to the wizards and wise folk of fairy tales (though not actually capable of magic). Having took it upon themselves to record changeling history they hold in their possession the largest collection of literature and documentation regarding their kind, holding fairy tales and myths in as a high of a regard as factual accounts.

The Speculum of Nod worship the diabolic goddess the Rye Mother and embodying the image of folkloric witches (as distinct from actual magical folk). Embracing criminality and sin in equal measure; they are what happens when freedom and hedonism go to far. The average Noddite chapter is involved in drugs and prostitution.

The Accolade of Ancients embody traditional heroes in myths and fairy tales, such as the gallant knight and the noble prince. Unfortunately, truth is crueller than fiction, for they are not exempt from greed and zealousness. While they were once bound by codes of honour and valour, they are now little more than assassins for hire.

The Aegis of the Limens epitomise beastly guardians such as dragons and Cerberus. Traditionally regarded as monsters by the Accoladians, the truth is there are places in this world that people should not go and the Aeginarians protect these locations, these limens. The unfortunate truth though is they are not immune from being corrupted by the places that they guard.

The Clock-keeper Heresy are archetypical tricksters whether its for the greater good, for their own benefit or just for fun its what they do best. Some claim that they are trying to keep the clocks turning, while others say that they are trying to stop the clocks and a select few even claim they wish for the clocks to strike thirteen, whatever the truth you should always be wary around them.

The Orci Clan are comparable to the savage beasts seen in fairy tales and myths such as the giant and the ogre. Tribalistic, single minded and unforgiving, they claim to be the hammer of justice; making themselves the judge, jury and often the executioner. They take every law and edict of their society very seriously, enforcing it even against the members of other Mythoi.

The Miasmatic Broods consists entirely of Trolls, changelings corrupted by misery and hatred. Hated by pretty much all the other Mythoi, they seek nothing but the suffering and destruction; whether its lives or the planet itself. Wholly pacifistic, if not cowardly, they do not believe in violence because murder is not their aim, prolonged torment is.

WHAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF

Aside from the Speculum of Nod controlling its turfs for criminal activities, the Mythoi don’t really claim physical domains for this is seen as a practice of the Courts and so generally avoided. The most they tend to have are hearths, that is homes and headquarters for themselves or their chapters. While the Aeginarians do claim control over limens, they also keep these as their hearths.

What chapters will fight over though is becoming a hegemon, that is the group that can influence the dreamers of a particular location known as a dream belt. Being a hegemon allows the chapter greater supernatural power inside their dream belt. A dream belt cannot have more than one hegemon though a dream belt can become larger via a hegemon expanding their influence.