A catalogue of monsters featured in the Noble Souls Metaverse.

Homunculus (plural Homunculi)

Humanoid constructs. Skilled necromancers learn the craft of creating homunculi through alchemy. The process is said to involve growing the body in a vat of nutrients and purified water, along with a lodestone core for the brain and obsidian (heartstone) for the heart. A much cruder method is to construct homunculi from the discarded parts of the dead.

They have multiple functions, though they all serve as vessels. Necromancers typically conjure souls of the dead and bind them to the heartstone. With that connection secure, neromancers then compel the soul to their will through the lodestone core in the skull. In this way, the soul must obey their commands. They are mostly used as servants, as they are not created with the physical capacity to do harm. Such a practice is widely condemned for fear of the potential damage one might do if a binding were to fail. However, some necromancers have created homunculi to use as guards and soldiers, often to their unfortunate demise.

Dreadwights

Homunculi created as guards or soldiers. This practice is viewed as an extremely dangerous, due to a problem in the assured control of the creature. Construction of a dreadwight is rarely done, if ever, due to the balance a necromancer must perfect in the binding proportional to the aggressive will of the construct.

corpus (simulacrum)

This is a homunculus created for the purpose of Soul Projecting. Necromancers are born with the ability to project their souls into the Divine Realms while in a dream state. In order to maintain their consciousness and retain full memory while projecting in the Material Realm, they create a homunculus grown from samples of their own tissue and blood to inhabit while traveling. While their host body remains in a dream state, their souls may move about the world, but this comes at the expense of true rest. While Soul Projection may thin the consciousness of a necromancer if done in excess, they maintain the ability to walk among the world without fear of harm. However, if the lodestone core from the skull is destroyed, the memories and experience while in the corpus are largely lost.

Werelings

Anthropomorphic shapeshifters, superstitiously thought to be demons or mythical beasts.

Mendrogan: Succubus and Incubus

A race of sentient reptilians, who seem to have evolved along similar lines as their mammalian counterparts, the humans. According to legend, they  thrived on the Earth ages before mankind evolved into civilization in a time when the Earth was much warmer. With the passage of time, and the changing of climate, they were driven inward, beneath the crust of the globe in search of sorcery capable of preserving their people from the encroaching cold. There, they discovered the Old Gods, masters of night and darkness, banished there at the birth of the sun. The mendrogan accepted protection from the shifting elements and were given the ability to change their form. In return, they gave their allegiance to the Old Gods and became servants to their designs. As a result, they serve the undead, as servants and spies.

While the mendrogan live underground, they are said to come to the surface and infiltrate human society, usually at the behest of undead masters. The succubus and incubus may possess and even control the actions of their human prey through mating. The process dulls the will of the victim, allowing the succubus and incubus to compel their victims telepathically.

Lilith

A queen succubus, capable of laying eggs. They are said to be vastly more intelligent than regular mendrogan. Though it is generally thought impossible, the succubus can carry hybrid children, born live instead of from eggs. These hybrids are called cambion.

Basilisk

A male berserker, whose venom paralyzes prey. Born at random, they are sterile, show little capacity for higher intelligence, but can be trained. Thought to be used as weapons long ago during uncharted wars with ancient humanity, now they are killed at birth for the possible damage done to their own people while they live below ground.

Cambion

Carnivorous hybrid offspring of a human and a succubus/incubus.

manticore

Male cambion. They are described as having mostly human attributes, while showing signs of their partial reptilian nature with patches of green and bronze scales, which becoming more prominent with age.

lamia

Female cambion. They are smaller than their manticore brothers and infertile. They retain most of their reptilian qualities, including slit vertical pupils and a full tail. Their patches of scales are less prominent.

Hobgoblins

Not much is certain about this strange breed of humanoid. Physically, they are small, no taller in size than a healthy 5 year old human child. They are wild, individual, and are thought to roam dense forest, thick with vegetation. While nothing is clear about the nature of their species, they are described as being a strange mix of man and plant. One myth, gathered from ancient texts, suggests that hobgoblins are actually the remnant homunculi created by the long dead Albanastran mystics. They might have been servants, or the product of an ambitious attempt to create new life. After the fall of the Albanastran civilization, it is proposed that these creatures might have survived the cataclysm that destroyed their masters, and in the ensuing years, evolved into something else, merging with nature. If the tales hold some truth, hobgoblins do not die, in the traditional meaning of the term. It is believed that once a hobgoblin exhausts its life-cycle, its body shrinks into a tight bundle of gnarled bark and branching roots. Overtime, the sprouting leaves are eaten by local wildlife, and once in the stomach of the creature, the hobgoblin pupates, and using the nutrients of the unfortunate animal, it experiences rebirth to the animal's demise.

The Feral

This is the general term for the various species of monster that once plagued mankind in his early years. The Red Widow saw that the only way humanity could rise as a global, peaceful civilization was that the monsters had to be destroyed. Upon gathering and organizing the nightbreakers into her service for the first time, she had them trained to hunt and destroy these monsters wherever they were rumored to hide. After centuries of being hunted, coupled with the encroachment of human civilization into their native habitat, the various species of feral have been driven to the most remote regions of the Earth and in some areas, beneath it.

Vorlac

A creature that, if given time, may have evolved along similar lines as mankind. A humanoid canine creature, it bears similarity in size and shape to a human (even at times walking on two legs). Its snout is not as lengthy as in standard species of canine, and the front lobe of the brain is larger and more developed allowing for more strategic thought. While they have neither written nor complex spoken language, they do live as a pack society complete with leadership and developing vocal communication. Savage creatures, they are carnivorous, and while they have learned to fear mankind, they show a preference for them as food.

Harpy

A giant feathered raptor that feeds on large mammals, and like the vorlac, show a particular taste for human beings. Unlike most birds of prey, harpies live in a communal nest, sometimes numbering up to fifty females per one male broodcrow. Their biology is much like the common raptor, with hollow bones and a light build, only their faces are strangely human in likeness. Their language is simple, a pedigree of high-pitched screeches and cawing, thought to communicate basic emotional states and commands.

Harpies (females) have a comparatively short life-span of one to two years, while their counterpart, the broodcrow lives for decades. When harpies lay eggs, their hunger becomes ravenous, and since they must also provide the broodcrow with food, they spend much of the their time haunting the skies in search of unwitting victims.

Broodcrow

The male harpy serves as master of a communal nest. When harpies lay eggs, he fertilizes them and broods over the batch. While he is much larger and physically stronger than the females, he cannot fly as they do, having the wingspan enough to glide only. This leads to less inter-nest competition of males. When a broodcrow dies, harpies will begin to lay eggs containing male offspring. Once the hatchlings emerge, they spend much of their initial months killing each other until there is only one remaining. For genetic diversity, it is proposed that female harpy will migrate to other nests.

BAnshee

A subterranean monster that uses powerful echolocation to hunt and devour prey. The banshee is described as being a biped, tall and long and sinewy of limb. The outer skin is overlapping plates of hard chiton. The head is a smooth dome lacking eyes and visible ears and nose. The bottom jaw is wide and may detach from the upper jaw to swallow bigger prey. Its teeth are long clear needles evolved to puncture hard carapace, and the saliva is thought to carry in it an enzyme that causes muscles to relax.

Without sight, smell, and a limited sense of touch, the banshee relies on sound to hunt and move in the dark. The scream of the banshee is thought to be so piercing, that at close range it can disorient and even paralyze its prey.

There has never been a sighting of a male banshee, which is led to much discussion about how banshees as a species reproduce. They are known for living in rocky caves near the sea, and in underground grottos near remote bodies of water.

Pit Wyrm

A giant subterranean serpent that burrows through hard crust and slithers among existing caves. The pit wyrm has two prominent forelegs shaped like curved sickles that fold and tuck into the body. They are used for reaching and for balancing the larger, heavier portion of the body near the conical head. The jaws are a long snout, with the bottom jaw protruding over the upper in an underbite. Blind and deaf, it it is thought to have an organ in the body that can sense and discern even the slightest vibrations within the ground. Their many stunted spines along the whip of its body serve for both burrowing and propulsion, as well as detecting minute shifts in motion from potential prey. Though these monsters are mentioned and described in Albanastran text, none have been seen for thousands of years and are thought to be extinct.