Small scavenging rodents, Rotta Mii Kus, are capable of creating great mischief. The devious nature of the Rotta Mii Kus has deluded many travelers in forests throughout Farion. While their adorable appearance and civilized mannerisms may fool even the strongest of warriors, the Rotta Mii Kus only lust after treasure.
Standing on two feet with short, stubby hands and a long, thin, hairless tail, the meager, furry creatures forage clothes from their forest environment. They wear tunics and hats made from tree leaves and nutshells. Their fuzzy, round ears can hear the tiniest of noises, alerting them to imminent danger.
Greedy in nature, it is rare to see a whole community of Rotta Mii Kus. They tend to live in solitude to ensure the protection of their plunder. They feed on berries, tree nuts, and small insects but have developed a lavish taste for prepared meals and will often sneak into travelers’ camps to pillage and stash a variety of their food. Females protect their young within their nests for less than a cycle before they chase them off or allow them to adventure on their own.
Essentially independent, the Rotta Mii Kus live alone or in small numbers. They dwell in small homes made of twigs and sap constructed inside thick bushes along the forest floor. The Rotta Mii Kus carve a small, arched doorway, hidden from view, leading into their den. The crafty scavengers steal trinkets and stash their trove along the inner branches of their shrub houses.
They are extremely possessive of their cache, often battling to the death to protect it. Rotta Mii Kus are known to enjoy the thrill of battle, challenging small factions to combat, and wagering their riches to the winner. They craft armor out of tree bark, and forge miniature swords and spears from the precious metals of their booty. Rotta Mii Kus also use berries to stain the wood with powerful, vibrant designs. Excellent at crafting and concealing decoys as well as pitfall and snare traps, the creatures are extremely difficult to catch.
Faexis are winged, flying creatures that enjoy playing magical mind tricks on their victims. They are scheming and mischievous, often leaving traps or changing their victims’ surrounding environments to confuse them prior to attacking. The distinct, eerie giggles of Faexis echo delightfully as their disoriented prey search for the source of them. Once they trap their victims with their magical abilities, they paralyze them, rendering them immobile. Faexis then steal the souls of their prey, granting themselves stronger magic and slight increase in size. The Faexis’ magical origins are unknown, but it is said that they are conjured by warlocks who are unable to control their devious natures—resulting in Faexis’ release into Farion.
Young Faexis can possess a single magical attribute such as fire, water, ice, shock lightning, or physical elements. Their magic abilities can be thrown as a projectile, or besiege an area of focus. They appear as small flying orbs of light that corresponds to their attribute. By their nature, fire wielding Faexis will glow brilliant red, while Faexis possessing water magic will glisten radiant blue. Inside the orb, their petite bodies are small enough to fit in the palm of a hand. They have round faces; small, pointy ears; gnarled teeth; and a thin layer of short fur that covers their skin. Nearly impossible to trap, their fluttering wings are tough, boney, and do not grow. The toxic blood of Faexis is the same color as and possesses the attributes of the creature’s specific magical attribute and can cause damage if the blood becomes exposed.
Elder Faexis are two to three times larger than young Faexis and can possess more than one magical attribute. Their furry bodies are completely black and radiate a purple glow. Faexis grow little by little as they consume the souls of their victims. When they reach the elder age, their wings can no longer support their weight for extended periods of time, forcing them to expand their strategies for ground attacks. Most elder Faexis carry crystal staffs to focus their magical abilities. Usually, one elder Faexi uses its experience to rally together smaller Faexis to launch organized attacks, guiding them and acting as their leader.
The volatile land of Phortaigon is home to the most dangerous creatures of Farion. Among them, the perilous Freadows are unpredictable, and their figures are constantly morphing. Their bodies are made of radiant, molten rock, and they have four eyes embedded in their solid foreheads. They reside in pits of fire and scorching lava streams. As their bodies emerge from the boiling depths, they are able to weightlessly hover above the ground, leaving behind a trail of splattered lava.
A thick, gaseous, crimson cloud blankets the desolate land with plumes of gas that continuously rises from bubbly, slurping pits of burning rock, making it difficult to see the Freadows floating around the jagged rock formations. They hunt small creatures that scavenge the region and have even been known to devour young dragons. Hovering from lava pit to lava pit, they hurl molten rock at their victims and cause them to panic from severe burns. The Freadows then approach their writhing meals and consume them whole. They can widen their mouths without restriction, torching their prey as they engulf them. Each devoured victim feeds the Freadows’ internal flames, causing them to grow.
Should the Freadows spend too long away from the molten rock pits and rivers, they begin to harden and lose their ability to hover weightlessly through the air. These creatures cannot naturally move with ease through the rocky terrain of their environment and, if hardened, will be rendered motionless until heated again by the fiery liquid that flows freely through Phortaigon.
Many warriors have faced Freadows in search of the elusive mystical dragons, only to become lost in the glowing scarlet fog. The floating Freadows descend through the clouds, on their unsuspecting prey. If the fiery monsters are dismembered, the fallen appendages will form new Freadows, while the original regenerates rapidly. Together, the Freadows will launch coordinated attacks to take down those who threaten them. Although Freadows are not an intelligent species, they are community-oriented beings with very strong survival instincts.