The shadowbeast is divided into two main categories, the Mori and the Olath. The Mori is the smaller of the two, shaped like a small greyhound, lithe and graceful. The Olath is a much larger beast, dragon like in appearance. These two types of shadowbeasts have completely control over the Dark Realm. The only magic they possess is that of dark energy, they can use this energy to heal one another with darkness. Light magic is devastating to them.
Average Lifespan:: Immortal
Average Height:: Mori: 5 feet at shoulder Olath: 35 feet at shoulder
Average Weight:: N/A
Location Found:: Dark Realm.
*all statistics based on averages; extremes in any direction, or found in odd locations, are always allowed.
Species info credited to Blazeh/Verridith.
Appearance Mori shadowbeast:: A lithe, greyhound-like beast that mixes the qualities of a deer, horse, dragon and bird. Wingless and always colored black or dark grey, they stand anywhere from a foot to six feet at the shoulder, legs delicate and tipped with small, curved talons. A mane of jet black cascades in thick waves from the point of their shoulders down their back, ending in a horse-like tail that normally drags on the ground. Their draconic faces are narrow and framed with a frill of feathers, and sometimes two thin horns curve back just behind or above. They also have blue-tinted horns running down the back of their necks and a fan of fur on the backs of their forelegs.
Olath shadowbeast:: A dragonlike beast, usually several stories tall, though some only grow to be about eight feet nose to tail-tip. They are black and have two pairs of feathered wings, one main set and a much smaller set, located near the hindlegs. A fan of feathers graces their tails, and long horns sprout from their heads. Their legs are very long and three-toed, mostly clawed, the center talon being much larger than the others.
Other:: Lesser shadowbeasts exist that don't fall into either category; they can be anything from a cat to a dragon, usually ethereal-looking and translucent. Nearly all are colored in shades of black.
Culture The first shadowbeasts were born of shadow, created when the Realm of Darkness was first conceived and brought into being. The creatures came in all shapes and sizes, but many were unintelligent and soon died out merely of starvation because they couldn't hunt for themselves. Those that were similar banded together and formed a sort of nation within the Shadowrealm, eventually spreading to Realms farther and farther away from their birthplace.
The two types - one, the Mori, the lesser royal; and two, the 'divine' shadowbeast, the Olath - took control of the Dark Realm, and everything in it. They look down on the lesser 'beasts with distaste, and rarely commingle with others not of their species. Those that have wandered are usually welcomed back, but frowned upon if having spent too much time with other inferior races.
Though not evil, shadowbeasts of any kind are pulled into a desire to bring others of every species into the darkness; whereas lightbeasts may be gentle and kind in their persuasion, shadowbeasts lean towards more primitive forms of threat or dark pleasure. The stronger Olaths have the ability to transform those with wholly dark hearts into lesser shadowbeasts, though this power is used very sparingly.
Abilities Shadowbeasts of all kinds control darkness, and usually nothing else. The strongest among the Olath and Mori have the ability to avoid fatal wounds by making their bodies insubstantial and shift their forms around such weapons as steel and wood, though magic of any kind may do damage - the magic of light can be devastating. Using their dark energies, they may heal one another with that darkness, though other methods of healing also work.
As he One brought order to the Light Realm, so too did he bring order to the Dark Realm. However, life was spawned upon the Dark Realm by the energies of the Void itself, and the first shadowbeasts wandered the Realm. Simple creatures, they skulked in and fed off of the shadows, knowing nothing more than their uncomplicated lives; thus, they were entirely content in that existence.
Later, when the One brought the first kalina into existence, the energies of the Void flowed once more, and brought into existence the first mori shadowbeast, much like the kalina, but bearing horns upon its head, as well as feathers. Shrewd intelligence shone in its eyes as it gazed at its dark surroundings, and it was filled with the desire to watch over its home, and bring order to its surroundings. This first mori was soon joined by, other lesser shadowbeasts, much like itself, though not so powerful and possessing of many different forms.
Time passed, after its own unique fashion within a timeless Realm, and a great tragedy occurred. A mori shadowbeast was slain, and it death disrupted the delicate order the One had instilled into the Dark Realm, and balancing Light Realm. Even as the One formed the first orthae in the heart of the Light Realm, the energies of the void swirled around one of the mori. It increased in size and power until it rivalled any dragon, becoming the first olath. The Void granted the olath the power to reign over the whole of the Dark Realm, and all who called that place of deepest shadows home, and to bring order and stability to the Realm.
As the first olath went about its work, it was joined by more of its kind, though none were its equal in power. Between the olath, and their cousins the orthae, the Light and Dark Realms were restored to balance and order. Under the watchful of lightbeast and shadowbeast, thi balance and order has endured ever since.
This Ancient First was a shadowbeast of slender stature, colored in every shade of grey to black, with obsidian horns that curled out of the feathers on his head. Naturally confident and determined to bring the world under sensible control, he sought to rule fairly, though consequences for oath-breaking were often swift and harsh. None were so powerful in the shaping of the darkness as he.