Soul-Eaters — NPCs (Upon approval only)

While the Fey may not like one another, and the humans may or may not like the Fey, they all have this enemy in common. The Soul-Eaters feed on the souls of magical entities and anyone touched by magic; these days, that's all of humanity. These creatures are made of and live in the shadows; though that does not mean they can't exist in brightly-lit places. Where there is light, there is shadow, no matter how small, and Soul-Eaters can fit in the slimmest spot of shade.

They can feed on souls a little at a time, slowly leaching the humanity out of a person. Usually to do so, they lurk in someone's home, feeding when their prey is sleeping, as they are able to slip into the dreamscape. This is their preferred method, as it is less dangerous for them, though slaying them in the dreamworld will slay the Soul-Eater for good, as the Soul-Eater has a physical form there. If the victim is able to escape from the Soul-Eater before they are drained completely, there will be a recovery period for what was lost to regenerate; usually it takes about as long to recover as it took for it to be leached — a month at max.

When the soul is drained completely from a person or Fey, the victim — if found within a short period of time — will be alive but brain-dead with no chance of recovery; others are found dead, their bodies having wasted away, and some are never found at all. These days, most people have added to their will a DNR clause for such instances.

Some Soul-Eaters are less patient, greedier, or both — these Soul-Eaters prefer to take a soul in its entirety rather than piecemeal. To do so takes an enormous amount of energy on the Soul-Eater's part, as it takes on a false but realistic-looking form of a living thing — animal, human, Fey, even plant life. The Soul-Eater will then grab onto its prey, holding it until it has leached the soul from it — unless someone or something can pry it away. The Soul-Eater will use its own magic to try to scare away any would-be rescuers, changing its victim into various horrifying forms. It becomes a battle of wills — whoever lets go first "wins."

If a Soul-Eater sucks a soul from someone in this way, the victim then becomes a mindless, violent thing, much like zombies of lore, attacking and devouring any living thing it can find. The only way to end these things' so-called lives is to destroy what's left of their brains.

Possessed — NPCs (Upon approval only)

Spirits called by many names (snatchers, possessors, tagalongs) are generally invisible and can enter a human and control it to varying degrees. The possessed person is cognizant and distinct from that of its possessor. Most are aware of the acts their possessors conduct using their bodies; these acts are either aimed at their host or others, and fall into a wide range of cruel or anarchic behaviors.

Any given human can only be possessed by one possessor in their lifetime, as the possessors seem to “mark” their hosts. No spirit will possess a human marked by another; whether this is by nature or choice, it is uncertain. Likewise, they will not (or cannot) possess the new generation of mortal-born faerie, vampires or werewolves.

Possessing spirits can leave their hosts and return at will; they can also be forced, or “exorcised” out by someone with enough occult skill to do so, though this is tremendously difficult if the host is unwilling for any reason. The exorcised spirit can then possess another human, though a host can never be possessed by second spirit as they will always carry the mark of the first. They may get some “feedback” from the spirit and even the new host in the form of nonsensical visions. The information from these is not of a prophetic or clairvoyant nature, or at least not in any manner that has been found useful in case studies. It is more of a distracting and confusing nature, a jumble of images that cannot be pieced together.

The host, and thus the possessing spirit, is only capable of the host's human skill levels.

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