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Ettercap is a catch-all term given to the insect-like abominations that thrive in areas infested with the vallorn. They demonstrate a great deal of diversity, some scouts claim that no two ettercaps are exactly the same. They range in size from small, fast, stealthy killers to large, lumbering monsters larger than a bear. Some incorporate obvious non-insect characteristics (fur and patches of scales are most common). Some have demonstrated considerable cunning, while others have simply charged the nearest target in the area as soon as they were spotted.

One characteristic all seem to have in common, and share with the vallornspawn husk, is that they are not debilitated by the vallorn miasma. Indeed, they appear to thrive within the miasma - there are reports that some ettercaps fought in the confines of a vallorn-infested forest have demonstrated incredible regenerative capabilities.

Recent developments - within the last few years - have shown what appears to be a disturbing increase in the level of cooperation, planning, and cunning among the ettercaps. There's also reports of them using tools - weapons and armour salvaged form defeated opponents. They have also been reportedly using more complex tactics than ever before, cooperating together to take down more dangerous foes, using ambush, traps, and distractions to kill intruders. No thorough investigation has yet been made of this phenomenon, but there are many theories as to what might be causing it including the fact that a new vallorn heart was added to the network of trods with the addition of the city of Emrys in Sküld.

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Winds of War and Fortune

  • Into Béantal Dol - Spring 386YE report from an expedition to Bendol in Sarangrave
  • A thousand years of longing - Winter 385YE wind of fortune about the findings of the Great Library of Hacynian
  • Rain king - 385YE Spring Wind of Fortune detailing aid offered against the vallorn by the eternal Ossegrahn
  • The bones of what you believe - 384YE Autumn Wind of Fortune detailing the opportunity to expand the Great Library at Hacynian
  • One last song - 385YE Winter Wind of Fortune detailing the adventure into Brocéliande
  • The city asleep - 384YE Autumn Wind of Fortune introducing the adventure into Brocélieande
  • Whither the seed - 383YE Winter Wind of Fortune about the use of Wither the Seed on Brocéliande and Liathaven
  • Rise of Terunael - 383YE Autumn Wind of Fortune regarding the plans of the Heirs of Terunael
  • Comes a time - 383YE Summer Solstice wind of fortune relating to the future of Seren
  • Blood for poppies - 382YE Summer Wind of War detailing the victory over the Liathaven vallorn
  • Immolation - 382YE Spring Wind of War detailing the fight against the Liathaven vallorn

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