UTA

He is the main ‘antagonist’ in Kala’s story.

His clothes hold many similarities to the current style of Kala’s tribe suggesting he is the newest spirit to join the Devoid. He has huge black hoofed feet and the carvings within his skin glow with a red pulse. The reds in his robes are slightly faded and worn.

He is the most frequently spotted Ghast and has had many encounters with Luka – prompting the catlike creature to seek a willing member of the Sikari to aid him in eradicating the Devoid for good.

Kala has often seen him on the edge of the forest and speculated at the intentions of silent watchers. Uta himself is hostile to any Sikari who try to approach, this has led to growing hostility between the tribe and the Devoid.

He is bound to the duties of keeping the forest but he is unique in his tendencies to rebel against his spectral brothers and directly interact with people of the Sikari.

Through this story he works to stop Kala from going through the gate and is willing to jeopardise the rocky peace of the land to stop her.

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DEVOID. GHAST’S

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Archaic spirits that live in the Red Wood. They are feared and believed to be the stolen souls of past tribe members that stalk their descendants.

The Sikari also consider them as the shepherds to the next life.

They are shrouded in thick draping fabrics aged with centuries of wandering the woods. Each Ghast is decorated with the robes reflecting the style worn by the tribe when it is ‘born’. What is beneath the robes is a mystery, they emit smoke and dust between floating limbs and empty burning eyes under their hoods.

 

SIKARI

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They are a tribe of hunters charged with the preservation of the Kyr. They are led by the higher families within the tribe. Each family is charged with a designation serving to preserve the people or the cattle.

They are heavily superstitious and practice native magic and blessings and have based every aspect of their culture on accessing more powerful spells.

Their young are trained from very early on to one day take over a job from the older generations. The more essential the job, the more prosperity their family will have.

Their clothing is richly made from the cattle and the native resources found at the bottom of the mountain, they waste nothing and .

They have brutal laws against killing (particularly of the herd) and stealing. The accused are offered up to the Devoid of the Red Wood and are never seen again. They believe they are taken and turned into a Ghast and doomed to wander the mountain.