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Wild and feral creatures, the Fey-Stalkers were once human, but are now a bestial parody of mankind. The Fey-Stalkers are used by the Elf-Death (and occasionally the Inquisition) as hunters. They are little more than pack-hounds, all traces of their once noble being completely gone. Their minds half-insane, and obedient only to their masters, they track down Elves with their keen sense of smell, and rip them apart with their vicious nails and teeth.

Originally, the Fey-Stalkers were created from Elf babies, an irony which the Elf-Death enjoyed. Since then however, elves have become more scarce, and thier young are rarely encountered- so the Elf-Death visit human orphanages, taking young children and especially babies for their conversion.

The young are locked in a dark and small cell for up to five years, fed only enough to keep them alive. During this time they are taunted and tortured by the Elf-Death, driving them half-insane. The room is pitch black, and the children slowly become mad and obedient. This obedience is enhanced by the methods the Elf-Death use; the child’s designated master will punish the child horribly for misbehaving, and reward him sparingly for his good behaviour. The child slowly learns that obedience brings rewards, much like a dog.

Throughout their time in the cell, they are exposed to Elven flesh. Once a week a newly-killed Elven corpse will be thrown into the room. Prolonged exposure to nothing but the smell increases their olfactory senses, and ensures the Fey-Stalkers learn to recognize the Elven scent. Almost starved, the Fey-Stalkers inevitably begin to eat the flesh of the Elf, and the Elf-Death encourage this- it ensures their ‘hounds’ will think of Elves as nothing more than meat, and will attack them hungrily and readily.

Usually, the Fey-Stalkers are kept in solitary confinement, though occasionally they are brought together, where they inevitably fight. This helps the Fey-Stalkers become more aggressive, and the Elf-Death control it carefully, ensuring neither of their ‘hounds’ dies. Occasionally a hound, or in extreme cases a bear, will be set upon the mature fey-stalkers. When the Fey-Stalker reaches adult-hood, they are usually ready, and are coaxed out of their dark cells into the light. There they are set upon their first Elf, usually during a public execution, before they are given to a new master, who pays highly for them.

Although capable of independent thought, they are half-mad, and their loyalty is deep imbedded. Very few Fey-Stalkers run away from their masters. Their master treats them affectionately, like they would a dog. Often a master will have packs of ‘hounds’ who begin to form a family bond. If this is the case, the females will be ‘neutered.’ Reproduction between two fey-stalkers will only produce a normal child, so is discouraged- and usually females are separated from the males. The Elf-Death like to keep the Fey-Stalkers chaste, to keep their aggressiveness. Similarly, the males are never neutered, as this will make them more passive.

Fey-Stalkers are rugged, and usually wear little more than rags. Their hair is long an unkempt, though a master will occasionally shave his ‘hound.’ Their teeth are jagged and pointed, from being broken as a child and sharpened. They’re nails are long, and also sharpened. A Fey-Stalker is fed by his Master’s hand, usually on meat, and eats off the floor. Elf-Flesh is their favourite delicacy. Most Fey-Stalkers are given names by their masters, and treated as lovable pets. Rarely, a master will teach his pet how to use small weapons, such as daggers. Fey-Stalkers live for the hunt, and can smell an Elf from up to ten-miles away. They give chase tirelessly and relentlessly, before bringing the Elf down- usually by sinking its teeth into their throat of hamstring.

As of yet, very few people are unaware of where Fey-Stalkers come from, most thinking them merely mad-men from an asylum, or barbarians from overseas. If anybody found out their real origin, there’d be a public scandal. A few of the Inquisition are aware of the facts and, though none really approve, most accept it. The end does justify the means as far as they’re concerned.

 

SKILL RANK

Bite 3

Claw 3

Other Weapon 1

Tracking (scent) 4

Perception (smell) 8

Body Development 2

Climbing 2

Swimming 2

Running 4

Perception (hearing) 3

MA: Strike/Sweeps 2

+5 AG, +10 QU

Must Forsake 1 level