Lythari 1

Culture

Lythari are a reclusive race of elves that are able to take on a lupine form. They are primitive in nature and often unfamiliar with the ways of the civilized world.  They are known amongst the Wood Elves as Silver Shadows and are rarely seen even by these elves as they are seen by humans.  It is very uncommon for anyone to see one within their lifetime as few decide to integrate themselves with their civilized brethren and other races.  Lythari tend to live between worlds, not dwelling on the Prime Material Plane but instead living in forested places that can be reached only through special gates known only to themselves. However due to the nature of the Mysts, these gates are not accessible upon reaching Mystara.

Please Note: If you are playing a Lythari, you DO NOT need to fill out the Mysts of Eyr Wolf-Kin standard as you are a pre-approved race.

Lythari are often found in small packs within the forests, though it is not uncommon in the least for one to wander alone or amongst a pack of wolves instead.  Within their packs, there is no hierarchy.  They are all equally responsible for the care and protection of the pack as the next Lythari.  Within these packs, there are usually about thirty or so members with about of these that are too young to hunt. They build nothing more elaborate than brush shelters at the most, though many will take to caves, sleep within the trees or find other hiding spots that are not open and vulnerable to predators and sleep among the stars.

If a Lythari should choose to run among feral (wild wolves, not Lycans/Garou) wolves in wolf form, they are accepted as pack members and treated with respect, though they remain outside of the normal wolf pack hierarchy.  They are more likely to be picked from these packs and driven off or killed in these situations by Lycans/Garou.  Their difference is able to be sensed and causes them to be singled out among a feral wolf pack.

Even Lythari that have begun to familiarize themselves with the world around them, they are still generally more inclined to live in the forests. While most live in magical faerielands, some still reside within Mystara and sometimes try to band with one another.


Personality

Lythari are a typically shy race.  They are passive, friendly and companionable mostly in their wolf forms. Their Elven forms can be shy and may be more difficult to initially approach. When it comes to combat, they are more inclined to run from aggressive behavior and emotions to avoid fights and do not instigate their own intentionally. As a race, they are abhorrent to any type of violent behaviour in which case makes it difficult for them to be a part of packs that include Lycans and Garou. Where Lycans and Garou are more aggressive and dominating in their nature, the Lythari simply are not, which can cause quite the difference of opinion should one attempt to join the pack that were not simply Lythari. A Lythari would run from combat unless they themselves were backed into a corner or if someone they were loyal to were in a dire situation.  Typically, the closest thing they do to combat is act as a scout for a larger party but do not participate themselves.

They generally do not like forged metal objects and will refuse to use them. They will not produce them in anyway because it is considered unnatural.  There are also few magic users among them, but there are a handful, generally more related to nature like magics (such as Elemental Earth magic) than anything else.  Necromancy is considered taboo and is forbidden.

The Lythari have a tendency to have unparalleled loyalty, though it is not always easily gained because of their reclusive nature.  Once that loyalty has developed, they tend to trust the person implicitly.  Because of the deep sense of emotion that Elves are capable of, if that loyalty is ever broken for any reason, it can be impossible to gain it back.

Though the Lythari are a gentle, benevolent species, they hunt and kill in the same manner as wolves, cunning and ferocious.  This can also extend into situations in which they have no other choice but to fight.  They are often very skilled hunters and know quite well how to use a bow or other weapons.


Lythari 2Appearance

In their elven form, Lythari are typically tall, pale skinned with silver/white/grey hair, which in addition to their wolf form colors gives them the name Silver Shadows, and light blue or green eyes. They are beautiful and otherworldly, even for elves and dress in furs, hides, and other natural garb, decorating themselves with feathers, bone jewelry and similar objects in a fashion more ancient than the oldest wood elf tribes.  They will not craft and very rarely use metal objects.  Forged metal is viewed as unnatural to them.  Rather their weapons are most commonly made of wood, bone or stone and decorated with bones and feathers much as they wear themselves.

In their lupine forms, they are the size of a small horse, approximately five feet in height, and able to carry an average sized man.

(The only currently approved Dire wolf avatars are the TWI Dire Wolf: https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/TWI-Timber-Wolf-Avatar/5527314

and the Were House Dire Wolf: https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/WereHouse-Dire-Wolf-Avatar-v26/2419631).  

They are beautiful creatures that are typically light grey, silver or white fur, hence the name Silver Shadows and intelligent blue or brown eyes.  They leave no impression of ferocity but take on a friendly and companionable demeanor.  A Lythari likely spends the vast majority of their life in wolf form to be closer with nature and as a means of hiding themselves.

Any Lythari that do not take on the typical appearance may be looked upon suspiciously by other Lythari and may not be as readily accepted by them.


Strengths

Lythari in their elven forms have all the strengths of the elves, in addition to

  • Lythari in their elven forms remain about average, maybe slightly above average strength. Like Lycans and Garou, they are much like an athlete.

  • They are slightly faster and more agile than other elves.

  • They are not influenced by the moon and thus do not have to shift on the full moon if they do not wish

  • They have heightened senses in both forms

  • They can POTENTIALLY detect other wolf shifters ((get OOC consent regardless of this))

  • In Elven form, Lythari have the ability to heal their wounds at twice the speed of an average Elf (excludes wounds made by silver or those that cannot regenerate, such as beheading).

  • In Wolf form, Lythari have the ability to heal their wounds at 2x the speed of an average Elf (excludes wounds made by silver or those that cannot regenerate, such as beheading).

  • They retain their Elven minds while shifted and do not succumb to rage

Weaknesses

Lythari carry all weaknesses of the Elves, in addition to:

  • Pure Silver: Pure, sterling-grade silver is deadly to all Lythari. Wounds created with silver cannot regenerate, and require magical healing. Pure silver burns and irritates the skin, silver in the bloodstream can be deadly. To see more about how silver affects Lythari, click here. Impure silver - that most commonly found in plating, buckles, buttons and currency - is not as effective.

  • Wolvesbane: Wolvesbane (also known as Monk’s Hood or Aconite) in leaf-form can render the senses of Wolf-kin useless very quickly. If Wolfkin should come near fresh Wolvesbane leaves (dry leaves are uneffective) there can be extreme reactions to it. The eyes and nose can start to water and itch, in addition there can be a loss of scent, taste and a temporary loss of eyesight. Other symptoms of Wolvesbane on Wolfkin include: extreme pain, muscle cramps,difficulty breathing and heavy perspiration. Also, Wolvesbane mixed into a potion can prevent Wolfkin from shifiting into another form due it its poisonous properties.

  • Shifting Limitations: You can only shift twice per real life day. The transformation from one form to another is considered one full shift.

  • Intense Stimuli. Having enhanced hearing, smell, and vision also makes Wolf-kin vulnerable to experiencing shock and pain from extreme stimuli such as bright flashes of light, sharp and/or loud noises, and intense odors. A bustling tavern can become sensory overload quickly, and even a whiff of Wolvesbane nearby overwhelm a Wolf's acute senses.

  • Weapons Limit: In lupine form, Lythari may notcarry any weapons.

  • Magic Casting Limit: In lupine form, Wolf-Kin may notuse or cast magic-- no exceptions.

  • Can potentially be detected by other wolf shifters and do not have a special ability to disguise this as Lycans/Garou do. They must mask this by other means.

  • When in wolf form, they may gain more speed but lose some of their agility. They are massive wolves. Maneuvering can be tricky in tight spaces.


Languages

In wolf form, Lythari communicate in the manner of the wolves - through grunts, howls, barks, yelps, body language etc known as Feral.  In elf form, they speak a Lythari dialect that developed over a period of time due to being reclusive.  It developed from Elven and became a more simplistic, primitive version of it, which tends to make it easy for Lythari to learn common Elven.  The Lythari dialect  is very rarely known by outsiders.  In rare cases, a Lythari will know common until they have begun to walk among more civilized people, if they chose to do so at all.

Lythari in elven form lack the proper vocal cords to communicate as their wolf form does and the wolf form lacks the proper vocal cords to speak as a normal person.  The wolf form can understand the same languages that it can in itself form, but can not speak them. The elf form has a better understanding of what the wolf form is trying to convey, but “feral” is not a conversational language. It is a series of noises and body language to try to convey intention.  Just like a cat hissing is a warning to stay away. It is not speaking something specifically such as “Hi! How are you? Did you see that movie that just came out?!”


Shifting

Shifting is a painful and tiresome act to perform.  It should take at least two posts to achieve this, or three if you start in the middle of one and finish in the middle of another.  No actions can be immediately done after a shift especially in a combat situation due to its taxing nature.

They are natural shapeshifters inherently and thus able to shift twice per day (Into one form and back to the original counts as two shifts, no Shapeshifter application is required nor allowed to add additional forms to a Lythari).  They are completely incapable of using magic in this method and are unable to speak in any way other than through Feral (see languages).  Clothing does not shift with the body.  Clothing will tear in the process and when returned to Elven form, the body would be nude or covered with only pieces of remaining bits of fur.

Lythari are born with the ability to shift.  A Lythari born child initially has no control over its shift at all.  It can begin in their “toddler” years, though it can come later but will not happen as an infant.  They have no concept of how to train this at this time and takes many years to master, quite possibly up into their 50’s or later. It will often happen on instinct, such as if danger is around.  It is equally as painful as it is for an adult and also takes two full posts to complete. The child would likely also gain a great sense of fear because of it in their first years of shifting unwillingly.


Reproduction

Lythari have only two means of producing other Lythari. One is by mating with another Lythari. The other is by “creating” a Lythari through means of a ritual.  Lythari are able to reproduce with a pure blooded elf (meaning no other race in its history), however the ONLY way to have a Lythari child through birth is if BOTH parents are Lythari.

If one parent is another type of elf, it will not be at all Lythari, and if it wishes to be so, it needs to go through the ritual just as any other elf would.  If a child is born to a Lythari parent and a different kind of elf, the child would have no traits of the Lythari parent at all unless it decided to go through the ritual later on in its life.

One should refrain from shifting while pregnant if it is possible.  This causes a great stress on the mother’s body as well as the child’s and it should not be done lightly. As always, there is a 25% chance of losing the babies when this is done. Again, the best way to determine this is to roll the dice. Anything below 75 is safe.

A Lythari’s pregnancy lasts for twelve months (that’s about 2 months RP time), just as other elves do, and they age and have the lifespan as normal elves do as well. There is no increased aging/shorter pregnancy times because of the wolf nature.


The Ritual

Only pure blooded elves are able to  go through the ritual to become Lythari. If there is any other race in its blood, it will not work. Both parties MUST be in agreement for it to work and it CANNOT be reversed under any condition.

A scar will always remain on the shoulder of the initiate after the ritual is performed.  It is very common for those who are Lythari by birth to even perform a similar ritual simply to have the scar as a badge of honor. The ritual typically changes the elf being made Lythari. They will typically get paler skin and white/silver/grey hair and it is very likely that they will have some personality changes and aversion to metal and combat. Not always, but it is very likely. Again, any Lythari that does not appear as the majority does may be looked upon suspiciously by the others and may not be as accepted by them.


The Bonding Ritual

The ceremony must take place at night, under the moonlight and within a sacred area (such as beneath the Great Tree)

  • The two entering into the bond must stand within a drawn circle, cleansed of all negative energy in their elven forms.

  • A druid or suitable priestess may oversee the ceremony by first speaking on the nature of the bond about to be entered into, reminding each of their duty to each other and thereafter their elven kin. A blessing is offered to them both.

  • Whilst in elven form the Lythari must present to the other a gift, a self-sacrifice befitting of his wolven nature and in turn swear oath to help guide the new Lythari in the ways of the wolf. Should the gift be forsaken in later life, it is said bad karma shall be brought upon the one to cast it aside.

  • The initiate will then make his or her oath in return, assuring they understand the life they are entering into and their dedication toward Lythari culture.. With this promise they must also offer a gift, that which proves they already have the mind of a hunter that relied upon no outside help to gain.

  • Once gifts and oath have been exchanged, the initiate must drink water from an elven spring and within that water must be contained the essence of a wolf's howl. Capturing a wolf's howl is no easy task and is further proof to the gods of both participants’ acceptance and understanding of what they are entering into.

  • Finally the Lythari must shift into the form of a wolf within the circle and must bite the initiate at the neck, ensuring to puncture the skin and their saliva enter the bloodstream. This passes not the curse of the lycan but the gift of the Lythari.The bite shall forever leave a silver scar that cannot be healed - a token of evolvement.

  • Once blood has been spilt the wound should be treated only in natural ways for magic may affect the ritual process. A final blessing may be passed over the pair before the new Lythari be made comfortable in a safe place where by daybreak his or her first and only forced shift shall take place, one that signifies her full transformation from elf to Lythari.