6. The Dark Primes
The Dark Primes were driven out of the Dragon's palace after a treacherous attempt to usurp the Dragon's place and power. It is said that the Dark Primes' influences are strengthened by fear but are weakened by beauty.
Lord of Caves, Dark Prime of Frenzy
Telcodar is a rat whose claws are extremely long, thin, and slightly curved, earning him the title of Shatter-claws.
Ultimately he seeks to dig underneath the world and destroy it with quakes. He assists nihilists and those who have lost control of themselves.
Object Form: A pickaxe, or brass knuckle claws
Symbol: A beetle
Lord of Flies, Dark Prime of Loneliness
Drossifer is a cat with dark green fur and a segmented tail tipped with a stinger.
He begets Unmentionable Ones upon mortal creatures. Those born of Furres look like Furres with the heads of a fly. His favored haunts are swamps, the bleaker the better.
Object Form: A pair of rusty scissors
Symbol: Insect wings
Lord of Claws, Dark Prime of Slavery
Peristane is a lion-hawk Gryffe with only one eye and his right wing. He is all black and has long cat claws.
He took some of Saligor's birds and made the Ostrixes and the Scarhawks. He gave them unto his four Half-Prime sons. Then he disguised himself as a mortal, and attempted to make himself emperor of ancient Taigorr. His longevity eventually betrayed his supernatural nature, and the evil Undying Emperor was discovered and driven out by the hero Mouse Rembion and the heroine Horse Mare Naborrah. Peristane made a second attempt to rule Taigorr, fathering four new sons. This time he was thwarted this time by the Prime Reegarr, who tore off Peristane's left wing and put out his eye.
Legend has it that he rides a flaming chariot drawn by four Diatrymas.
Object Form: A whip, or a crown
Symbol: A whip or chain
Lady of Disasters, Dark Prime of Gluttony and Lust
Suffrith is a voluptuous Furrabian horse, adorned with many trinkets and decoration.
She tries to sell potions of fertility to poor womenfurres. The mother then bears many times more children than she can feed, and these babies are ravenously hungry, yet very slender.
She encourages compulsive gambling, recklessness, and self-delusion.
Object Form: A large, ornate goblet with smoke curling out of it
Symbol: Spade and a horseshoe
Lord of Nightmares, Dark Prime of Fear
Taglinn Tigh is a panther Djinn with a smokey lower body, and four extremely strong arms. He is bare except for gold bangles on his arms, ears, and wrists. His chest has eight holes in the ribs, through which can be seen roiling, glowing fog. Breathing the tendrils of this vapor causes fright to the point of paralysis.
Despite his nature, it is said that he has fathered numerous Half-Primes, and takes a special interest in their upbringing. He is the arch enemy of the Prime Aristaya. Some believe him to be the most powerful of the Dark Primes.
Object Form: A bottle of black ink
Lady of Cruelty, Dark Prime of Pain
Lokira is a Kitsune with dark blue skin, glowing white eyes, and nine long tails. She is tall and very slim with a narrow waist and bony hips; she dresses in glistening dark armor.
She incites conflicts and conspires to make natural conflicts blossom into wars.
Object Form: A Spanish tickler (torture device)
Symbol: Swords crossed
Lord of Treachery, Dark Prime of Despair
Chatengo is an otter with large white eyes, in tattered clothes dripping with seaweed and coated with barnacles.
He was cast out of the Primes as punishment for drowning the Prime Nareetha. He delights in all manner of betrayal: unfaithfulness in love or war.
His personality is shattered into her two Aspects, Amoi and Enmoi. Amoi insists that love means promising anything to ensure the cooperation of the beloved, and that love can be bargained for, and rightfully earned. Enmoi does not believe that love exists, and is forever attempting to cheat the other Primes.
Object Form: A rope
Symbol: His sigil
Lady of Death, Dark Prime of Sorrow
Nareetha is a hyena in bridal garments. She usually stands silent at Chatengo's side.
Her song is a terrible wail that causes unbearable headache and makes it hard to think. When she appears at an an assembly of the Dark Primes, she is usually gagged with something like a white bandage.
Object Form: A lily, or a wedding veil
Symbol: A lily
Lord of Poisons, Dark Prime of Murder
Erigon is a courtly, mild-mannered hare of nervous demeanor. His fur is gray and he wears half a dozen rings. His breath is poisonous.
Object Form: A flask
Symbol: A triangular ring
Lord/Lady of Confusion, Dark Prime of Lies
Dyarr is an androgynous lizard in a long cloak that drags on the ground. The Wyrmmes were their favored people, but were destroyed by lava, earthquakes, and tidal waves, in a disaster brought about by Dark Primes Tallus, Telcodar, and Chatengo.
Dyarr was upset when the Dragon did not permit their re-creation, but instead, ordered the Furres to be made. Dyarr conspired with Erigon, and they brought the Dragon a wine that caused it to sleep. Then Dyarr took on the Dragon's guise. They told Thelcoda and Licharra to make new Wyrmmes. They might have succeeded, but Chim and Patrilius were suspicious of the order. Together they created an orb, called the Second Moon, and its light stripped away Dyarr's illusion. The Primes were so angry at the deception that they tore off Dyarr's wings. When the Dragon awoke, He/She cast Dyarr out of the Dreaming.
Object Form: A half mask
Symbol: A mask
Lord of Broken Things, Dark Prime of Destruction
Greydark is a wolf, haggard and white, with sinister facial markings. He has occasional moments of lucidity, in which he is wracked by remorse, and sometimes tries to restore things, but most of the time he devotes his cool intellect to trying to destroy coherency of reality.
Objects in his vicinity will begin to decay and break down. Furres will age at a frightening rate the closer they get to him.
Object Form: A large mace, or a broken lock
Symbol: A broken lock
Lord of Bones, Dark Prime of Cannibalism
Mirmoggin is a bulky and muscular black bear with staring eyes.
He is usually chained down by the other Dark Primes in the Vault of Dread, a room that is a tiny universe of its own. Many of them despise or hate him for having devoured various Half-Prime children.
Object Form: A stone-age style hammer, or broken bones
Symbol: A shattered skull
Lord of Prophecies, Dark Prime of Thieves
Tallus is a ghost-like squirrel, wrapped in cloth from head to toe. He is said to be able to see the future all the way up until a final battle, whose outcome he doesn't know. His name is used in phrases like "Tallus only knows".
Eyes of Tallus refers to the stars, for after he was torn apart by the Viveravvus, the Dragon placed the fragments in the sky. Some astrologers believe that the power to see the future via horoscopes came from Tallus's shattered body.
He has recently been reformed.
Object Form: A large bag of rune stones
Symbol: Stars in a pattern