1. Primes (An In
After The Dragon, Primes and Dark Primes are the most powerful beings in
Furcadia. Most of them are ancient; they are the ones who made `time',
`space', `color', and so forth. They are also patrons of various aspects
of life, such as `luck' or `food' or `childbirth'. They are all the
Dragon's children. There are two kinds: the Primes, who are good and
friendly to Furrekind, and the Dark Primes, who are evil, and ultimately
seek to destroy all Furres. They aren't mythical beings or legends, but
sometimes so much time goes by since the last sighting that some Furres
may doubt their existence. The good Primes just smile at this, but the
evil Dark Primes resent disbelief. Dark Primes will sometimes try to get
Furres to follow or even worship them. The good Primes are very ethical
and moral; they believe that Furres should be left to their own as much
as possible. The Dark Primes, on the other hand, view all mortals as
account of the Primes and Dark Primes, see Of Clouds and Wyrmmes. Also,
see the Origin
of Rabbits and 2nd Wyrmmes and the Origin
2. Out Of Character Notes on Primes
Primes hold godlike powers and they're immortal but they aren't really
deities. Good Primes insist that they aren't deities, and they don't
want to be worshipped or arbitrarily obeyed. Furres generally treat the
Primes the way most modern people treat the classical Greek/Roman gods:
as symbols, inspiration for virtue and the arts. The evil Dark Primes,
on the other hand, like being able to influence Furres, and they ICly
encourage secret cults in their honor. Worshipping a Dark Prime is
illegal in Kasurian cities and punishable by death. Doing so in
Theriopolis, on the other hand, is only going to get you the status of
Prime and Dark Prime characters serve another function: they are
personas for use by the staff. They may appear freely in the Socializing
and Persona Play areas. In Socializing areas they should be OOC, and in
Persona Play areas they should be IC or OOC as fits the situation. In
Roleplaying areas, however, the Dark Primes should only appear In
Character very rarely, usually incognito.
Primes should almost never appear in the In Character areas unless they
are incognito. Primes are played by those who keep Furcadia running,
behind the scenes. They are programmers, puzzle-level designers, and so
forth. They are a little bit like traditional "mud"
Primes are more esponsible for Furcadia security, player comfort, and
introducing new plot elements into the continuity (or occasionally
removing old ones). They're a little like traditional mud and tabletop
game "Game Masters" (GMs). They share this responsibility with
the Rahs of Guilds, with whom they work.
Primes nor Dark Primes have the power to "boot". Dark Primes
are only empowered as mediators; Primes have better things to do.
The Vinca Symbol
3. A List of the Good Primes
There are 21 Primes, but the five best-known ones are called the Five
Exalted Primes. These are the ones that The Dragon told to make the
Furres. Then there are the 7 Primordial Primes and 9 Lesser Primes.
3.1 The Five Exalted Primes
- 3.11: Chim,
Lord of Luck, Prime of Rodents
Danival, Lady of Beauty, Prime of Mustelines
Reegarr, Lord of Strength, Prime of Canines
M'rill, Lady of Agility, Prime of Felines
Patrilius, Lord of Wisdom, Prime of Equines
3.2 The Seven Primordial Primes
Wevvin and Sek, Lords of Space, Primes of Translocation
Thelcoda, Lady of Calendars, Prime of the Sphere of Time
Ahroth, Lord of Hills, Prime of Earth
Viverravus, Lord of Complexity, Prime of Weather
Syndira, Lady of Cloth, Prime of Colors
Aristaya, Lady of Imagination, Prime of Dreams
3.3 The Nine Lesser Primes
Licharra, Lady of Skies, Prime of Flight and Reptiles
Jeltana, Lady of Offspriing, Prime of Childbirth
Dahlsea, Lady of Seas, Prime of Ships and Fishes
Scarlong, Lord of Shields, Prime of War
Saligor, Lord of Feathers, Prime of Avians
Jujinka, Lady of Green, Prime of Love
Lord of Metals, Prime of Swords
Jemmion, Lord of the First Moon, Prime of the Night
Beekin, the Help Dragon
These are the five Primes
who were ordered by the Dragon to create the Furre in their own
Lord of Luck, Prime of Rodents
A jovial mouse with gray headfur, with a bit of a paunch. His fur is pale; his eyes are like indigo opals. His demeanour is that of a gambler: capable of a "poker" face, able to face losses and wins with equal good grace. He has a wonderful sense of humor and poetic justice.
He tends to wear a doublet, a shirt with full gentlemanly blousing sleeves, kneelength trousers, and slippers. He has a Renaissance fair flavor to him.
Chim is the patron of play, both for fun, and as practice for future activities.
Object Form: Piece of cheese that never grows smaller.
Symbol: A yellow hexagon with black dots, a cube with 1,2, and 3 spots, could be a die or a piece of cheese.
(OOC: games; publicly placed objects; public gathering places)
Beauty, Prime of Mustelines
With phenomenally long hair, a sweet face, and a figure as cute as any legendary princess, perhaps Danival is beautiful because she just doesn't tolerate the unharmonious, the ;azy, or the indulgent. She's a hybrid/generic musteline, a combination of skunk, weasel, marten, ferret, and ermine.
She's an ideal, a composite, something like the Barbie doll. Her eyes are big, with long lashes. She wears veils and jewelry; she has an Arabian Nights sort of feel to her.
Danival is the patroness of aesthetics, exercise, and hygiene. Music and dance are two of her favorite things. It is said that she and Chim play ball together.
Object Form: a furbrush
Symbol: a green dragonfly with a furbrush silhouette for its body.
(OOC: entertainment; scheduled events)
Strength, Prime of Canines
Gruff but ruggedly handsome, Reegarr is a wild-ish wolf wearing a gladiator's accoutrements. He has a broadshouldered somewhat heavyset physique and he wears formfitting elaborately decorated clothing reminiscent of the `traje de luz' of a bullfighter. Reegarr (called Garo in Espallia) has a Portuguese/Spanish feel to him. He's a loner, a romantic figure, with a sword in one hand and a rose in the other.
Despite his image as the swashbuckling wolf, Reegarr is the patron of being responsible. He would never let a friend down; he stands for honor and promises fulfilled.
Object Form: a lightning-bolt sword
Symbol: a red lightning-bolt sword or lightning bolt
(OOC: security; player sanity)
Agility, Prime of Felines
With glossy straight dark blue headfur, M'Rill is a slightly unusual feline character. Her very straight-cut bangs are intended to give her an Egyptian feel. She has long ears, like the Egyptian depictions of Bast. Her clothing combines the stereotypical D&D leather_armor/hip_daggers `Thief' class look with ancient Egyptian touches.
M'Rill is the only one of the five Exalted Primes who would `get in trouble'. Primes no longer gallivant freely amongst mortal Furres, but in the `old days' M'Rill would wander like Hermes. Her adventures are tales of daring, stealing items of power or value, but only from cruel evil villains and despots. She enjoys a good scrap, fighting like Peter Pan against enormous odds. There's a touch of the rebel in her, the aloof independence of a cat who would never simply follow an order.
Although a Prime wouldn't ever condone crime, it's only natural that a thief might hold Chim or M'Rill in especial esteem, hoping for luck and speed in their hour of direstneed. Cat and fox burglars traditionally wore an amulet shaped like an eye with a slit pupil, an Aegyptian symbol for M'Rill.
Object Form: a clawed blue glove
Symbol: a blue clawed hand shape
(OOC: combat, basic coding; creature/weapon/armor prototypes)
Wisdom, Prime of Equines
Stately handsome Patrilius is depicted as a horse of white or black, or as a zebra. He wears a toga-like robe, and a blanket evocative of an "elder" in African culture. He's sometimes shown wearing the hat of some kind of dignitary or elder, and the other Exalted Primes defer to him to resolve their disputes. He would likely wear earthtones, terra cotta, brick red, black, ivory, and ochre-yellows.
He's a patron of the decorative arts, of painting and sculpting, and the like. Marble carvings of him stand in learning establishments. Twin busts of Patrilius and Reegarr decorate courthouses and libraries, symbollizing justice and righteous retribution, respectively.
Object Form: a scroll
Symbol: a black-outlined white scroll
Lord of Wisdom, Prime of Equines
(OOC: communications; organization devices, character generation
codes, forums, +teach/+buyskill)
The Seven Primordial Primes
These were the first seven of the Dragon's eggs to hatch.
3.21: Wevvin and Sek, Lords of Space, Primes of Translocation
Cheetah twins who laid down the blank fabric of the realities. Wevvin is very picky and
fastidious, while Sek is sleepy and absent-minded. They are two of the oldest Primes.
3.22: Thelcoda, Lady of Calendars, Prime of the Sphere of Time
Dragon, with wings webbed with colorful strands of light, her scales all different shifting rainbow colors. They call
her `The Sunrider' and Patrilius was her student. She recently became a rabbit. (See:
3.23: Ahroth, Lord of Hills, Prime of Earth
(Outdoor locations; Terrain)
Kyrin (a strange bearded two-horned being) Ahroth has cloven hooves instead of hands and his tail is oddly short. His
power lies in his magnificent beard instead of his tail. Sometimes he is called `The Maker of Lands.'
3.24: Viverravus, Lord of Complexity, Prime of Weather
Weasel whose left half is dark rich brown but whose right half is purest white. His eyes glow orange. Crafter of sunsets
and sunrises, sculptor of clouds. Controller of snow, blizzard, sunshine, frost, rain, ice, heat, thunder, drizzle,
flood, wind, lightning, fog, hail, showers, and tornadoes. His is the power to fracture himself into myriad copies.
3.25: Syndira, Lady of Cloth, Prime of Colors
Ferret with lines of dark rainbow colors across her cheeks instead of the usual ferret mask. She is patroness of all
textile crafts. Syndira created the butterflies.
3.26: Aristaya, Lady of Imagination, Prime of Dreams
Unicorn (horse with a spiralling horn on her forehead) with a white coat. Descendants of her Half-Prime progeny are still devoted to destroying devotees of her arch-enemy, the Dark Prime Taglinn Tigh. Aristaya is called "Granter of Restful Sleep."
She is sometimes depicted as a horned zebra.
3.3 The Nine Lesser
Licharra, Lady of Skies, Prime of Flight and Reptiles
Bat (a cat-mouse with dragon's wings). Licharra created the Wyrmmes, who were the first sentients. These primitive saurians were destroyed by the Dark Primes. To honor the memory of the extinct Scale People, Licharra wears a gown of scales.
3.32: Jeltana, Lady of Offspring, Prime of Childbirth
(Kidbit code; Sage Potions code)
Canine with very long fur, round belly, and full breasts. She resembles a pale tan Afghan. It is Jeltana who magically imbued certain herbs with the magic that permits Furres of different Order or Species to produce fertile offspring.
3.33: Dahlsea, Lady of Seas, Prime of Ships and Fishes
(Ship Combat Game)
Horse clothed in sheets of seaspray, her hide and mane pearlescent. Instead of hindlegs, she has a mercreature tail. She carries a hooked pike, a common fisher's tool for hauling nets and so forth.
Scarlong, Lord of Shields, Prime of War
(Armies Combat Game)
Lion of gold, wearing silver and red armor. Scarlong is the patron of guards and mercenaries who live by a code of honor.
3.35: Saligor, Lord of Feathers, Prime of Avians
Gryphon (a lion-eagle) with golden fur and black feathers, and eyes of dark red. Saligor fashioned flightless birdsand winged birds, but the giant birds are said to be gifts from the Dark Prime Peristane.
3.36: Jujinka, Lady of Green, Prime of Love
Fox with insect wings; she is no taller than a hand. She is venerated as the wild creator of the greenery and she lost her voice in the process of learning how to shrink down to the size of a small bird. As the Prime of (romantic and sexual) Love, she is usually depicted as dropping or dabbing magical pollen dust on the heads of the enamored.
Gavil, Lord of Metals, Prime of Swords
(Armor and Weapons)
Horse with mane cut short. His fur is brown with a white blaze, and he wears a heavy apron hung with a smith's tools. Gavil made Reegarr's lightning-bolt sword and M'Rill's flying daggers.
Jemmion, Lord of the First Moon, Prime of the Night
Tiger, a youthful winsome lad. Sometimes called `Sky-Prince' and `Smile-of-Night'. He is patron of those who live on the seashores, ruler of the tides, and patron of pets. It was Jemmion who gave some birds the power to mimic speech. He has a large menagerie park in The Dreaming. Jemmion is one of the youngest Primes; the others call him `Little Brother.'a (An annual festival, the Rameen, was once held in his honor. It's now just a traditional annual celebration with seafood and pet shows. The Rameen takes place on the first night of the eighth full moon.)
Beekin, the Help Dragon
Beekin was charged with guiding spirits to and from Earth (the Waking World of the Humans) to Yezaad (The Dreaming). He's green and purple; he's sweet; he helps the Welcomers to provide other players with assistance.
4. A List of Dark Primes
The Dark Primes were
driven out of the Dragon's palace after a treacherous attempt to usurp
the Dragon's place and power. It is said that the Dark Primes'
influences are strengthened by `fear' but are weakened by `beauty'. Of
the original thirteen, twelve remain.
4.1: Telcodar, Lord of Caves, Dark Prime of Frenzy
4.2: Drossifer, Lord of Flies, Dark Prime of Loneliness
4.3: Peristane, Lord of Claws, Dark Prime of Slavery
4.4: Suffrith, Lady of Disasters, Dark Prime of Gluttony and Lust
4.5: Taglinn Tigh, Lord of Nightmares, Dark Prime of Fear
4.6: Lokira, Lady of Cruelty, Dark Prime of Pain
4.7: Chatengo, Lord of Treachery, Dark Prime of Despair
4.8: Nareetha, Lady of Death, Dark Prime of Sorrow
4.9: Erigon, Lord of Poisons, Dark Prime of Murder
4.10: Dyarr/Dyarra, Lord/Lady of Confusion, Dark Prime of Lies
4.11: Greydark, Lord of Broken Things, Dark Prime of Destruction
4.12: Mirmoggin, Lord of Bones, Dark Prime of All Undead
4.13: Tallus, Once Lord of Prophecies, Once Dark Prime of Thieves
Telcodar, Lord of Caves, Dark Prime of Frenzy
Rat with dark blue fur and eyes of milky blue. Called `Shatter-claws'.
His wings are insectile; his claws are extremely long, thin, and
slightly curved, teeth pointed. Telcodar seeks to dig underneath the
world and destroy it with quakes. He assists nihilists and those who
have lost control of themselves.
Drossifer, Lord of Flies, Dark Prime of Loneliness
Cat with dark green fur and a segmented tail tipped with a stinger, eyes
bulgous and faceted, wings insectin. Drossifer begets Unmentionable Ones
upon mortal creatures. Those born of Furres look like Furres with fly
heads. His favored haunts are swamps, the bleaker the better.
Peristane, Lord of Claws, Dark Prime of Slavery
Gryphon (lion-hawk) all black, with only one wing and one eye. Peristane
took some of Saligor's birds and made the Ostrixes and the Scarhawks. He
gave them unto his four Half-Prime sons. Then he disguised himself as a
mortal, and attempted to make himself emperor of ancient Taigorr. His
longevity eventually betrayed his supernatural nature, and the evil
Undying Emperor was discovered and driven out by the hero Mouse Rembion
and the heroine Horse Mare Naborrah. Peristane made a second attempt to
rule Taigorr, fathering four new sons. This time he was thwarted this
time by the Prime Reegarr, who tore off Peristane's left wing and put
out his eye. Legend has it that he rides a flaming chariot drawn by four
Suffrith, Lady of Disasters, Dark Prime of Gluttony and Lust
Horse, hideously emaciated, her hide yellow-brown (dust) and her mane
and tail of bristling straight black. Suffrith tries to sell potions of
fertility to poor womenfurres. The mother then bears many times more
children than she can feed, and these babies are ravenously hungry, yet
very slender. Suffrith is usually cloaked in threadbare dark drapes
flecked with shrouds of cobwebs. She encourages compulsive gambling,
recklessness, and self-delusion.
Taglinn Tigh, Lord of Nightmares, Dark Prime of Fear
Panther, with four arms. His chest has eight slender holes in the ribs,
through which can be seen roiling glowing fog. Breathing the tendrils of
this vapor causes fright to the point of paralysis. Despite his nature,
it is said that he has fathered numerous Half-Primes, and takes a
special interest in their upbringing. He is the arch enemy of the Prime
Aristaya. Some believe him to be the most powerful of the Dark Primes.
Lokira, Lady of Cruelty, Dark Prime of Pain
Feline, with no fur, dark blue skin. Her large eyes are white and she
has nine long tails. She is tall and very slim with a very narrow waist,
bony hips; she dresses in glistening dark armor. Lokira incites
conflicts, conspires to make natural conflicts blossom into wars.
Chatengo, Lord of Treachery, Dark Prime of Despair
Cat with large white eyes, in tattered clothes and dripping with
seaweed. His sigil is carven onto his left cheek:
Chatengo was cast out of the Primes as punishment for drowning the Prime
Nareetha. He delights in all manner of betrayal: unfaithfulness in love
or war. His personality is shattered into her two Aspects, Amoi and
Enmoi. Amoi insists that love means promising anything to ensure the
cooperation of the beloved, and that love can be bargained for, and
rightfully earned. Enmoi does not believe that love exists, and is
forever attempting to cheat the other Primes.
Nareetha, Lady of Death, Dark Prime of Sorrow
Mouse in bridal garments. She has lost her mind and usually stands
silent at Chatengo's side. Her song is a terrible wail that destroys her
victim's minds. When she appears at an an assembly of the Dark Primes,
she is usually gagged with something like a white bandage.
Erigon, Lord of Poisons, Dark Prime of Murder
Depicted as a courtly, mild-mannered mouse of nervous demeanour. His fur
is gray and he wears half a dozen rings. Erigon's breath is poisonous.
Dyarr/Dyarra, Lord/Lady of Confusion, Dark Prime of Lies
Lizard, androgynous, in a long cloak that drags on the ground. The
Wyrmmes were his favored people, and they were destroyed by lava,
earthquakes, and tidal waves, in a disaster brought about by Dark Primes
Tallus, Telcodar, and Chatengo. Dyarr was upset when the Dragon did not
permit their re-creation, but instead, ordered the Furres to be made.
Dyarr conspired with Erigon, and they brought the Dragon a wine that
caused it to sleep. Then Dyarr took on the Dragon's guise. He told
Thelcoda and Licharra to make new Wyrmmes. He might have succeeded, but
Chim and Patrilius were suspicious of the order. They created an orb,
called the Second Moon, and its light stripped away Dyarr's illusion.
The Primes were so angry at the deception that they tore off Dyarr's
wings. When the Dragon awoke, He/She cast Dyarr out of the Dreaming.
Known Progeny: Dyanna (daughter), DamionDarkness (son of Dyanna).
Greydark, Lord of Broken Things, Dark Prime of Destruction
Wolf, haggard and white, with sinister facial markings. Greydark has
occasional moments of lucidity, in which he is wracked by remorse, and
sometimes tries to restore things but most of the time he is insane, and
devotes his cool intellect to trying to destroy coherency of reality.
reality in the Dreaming which underlies the coherency of Furcadia.
Objects in Greydark's vicinity will begin to decay and break down.
Furres will age at a frightening rate the closer they get to him.
Mirmoggin, Lord of Bones, Dark Prime of Cannibalism
Horse with staring eyes. Mirmoggin is usually chained down by the other
Dark Primes in the Vault of Dread, a room that is a tiny universe of its
own. Many of them despise or hate Mirmoggin for having devoured various
Tallus, Once Lord of Prophecies, Once Dark Prime of Thieves
Tallus's appearance is unknown. He was said to have been able to see the
future all the way up until a final battle, whose outcome he didn't
know. His name survives mostly in phrases like "Tallus only
knows". "Eyes of Tallus" refers to the stars, for after
he was torn apart by the Viveravvus, the Dragon placed the fragments in
the sky. Some astrologers thus believe that the power to see the future
via horoscopes comes from Tallus's shattered body.
5. More About the Powers of the Primes
All magic of the world depends upon the Primes. It was they who first
taught Furres to use incantation, gesture, focus of mind, and substances
to unlock the energies they themselves contain.
Each Prime has the
custody of a different portion of the many worlds. Clerics refer to the
universe made up of many Continuities as the "Dekkamundi".
They call the pathways that the Primes use to move between them, the
"Path of the Dragon", and they call the deep magic that
underlies all existence, the "Vinca".
The Primes have
individual strange powers, and they are most powerful in their own
pocket universe (Wevvin and Sek share a single one and they're usually
not home). Manifesting in a Furre world takes great energy, and when it
is depleted, the Prime must return to their own place. This is why the
Dark Primes don't rule directly over furres they have bullied into
Shapeshifting for Primes is not unlimited. Their ability to
shapeshift is limited to five specific types of forms:
The initial state of a Prime. It's a generic bipedal
winged animal shape formed of light. (Dark Primes have
Dark Forms, which are ghostly dark wraith-like apparitions.)
Standing roughly seven feet tall, it's a very imposing physical
shape. August Forms are bipedal winged animal shapes built
for fighting. They're muscular and lean. Dark Primes
may have natural weaponry of other creatures, but Primes tend to
have their special carried weapon. The statues of Primes
are usually August Forms draped in togas.
This is a horse-sized quadrupedal shape whose purpose is swift
travel. Other than the Bestial Forms, "dumb"
four-footed versions of animals don't really exist.
(Incidentally, Furre mythology *does* have the "werecreature"
concept. Werefurres are always poor souls doomed to turn
into mad ravening quadrupedal versions of themselves, and murder
those closest to them.)
This is the incognito shape of a Prime impersonating a
mortal. Avatar forms usually have characteristics similar
to the August Form, but modified to be inconspicuous.
Avatar forms are somewhat consistent and never arbitrary,
always aesthetically appropriate to their role and
Every Prime has an Object Form, in which it takes the shape of a
relatively ordinary common thing. The object appears
normal yet may have odd properties. It is said that Object
Forms are the shape in which the Dragon kept Primes in the
pockets of its robes. Object Forms can be odd or
whimsical; it's from this aspect that their personal symbol is
sometimes made. The Dragon is sometimes depicted with five
objects on its person, the Object Forms of the Five Exalted
Primes (Chim, Patrilius, Danival, M'Rill, and Reegarr).
Some Notes on Dark Primes
The Power of True Names Upon Dark Primes
If a Dark Prime's specific identity is guessed, he or she loses the
ability to use power upon, or directly harm that person-- this is a plot
device to keep their influence -subtle-. This doesn't rely on
"belief"; the Furre must voice their suspicion aloud, even
jokingly, to the Dark Prime, to gain this protection. The accusation may
not be a mere question, it must be a statement, and it must be addressed
directly to the suspect.
IC, Dark Primes are ALWAYS evil. So are their Half-Prime children.
They are not merely `misunderstood' or `mean', they are the ultimate
villains of the Furcadia milieu. A Dark Prime who is kind to a Furre
-always- has an ulterior motive. OOC, on the other hand... Dark Primes
are the players' friends, and they keep things interesting by feeding
new plots into the world. Villainy always somehow relates back to the
Dark Primes, and even if a bad guy is unaware of it, there is a strong
likelihood that they are, if not a Auarter-DarkPrime, then a 1/8th Dark
Prime (not a Advantage; this is a free "neutral" trait). Note
that being the child of two Quarter-Primes does not make the child a
Quarter-Prime as well, it makes the child the equivalent of a 1/8th
Sometimes a Prime may consent to be a mediator, or "Judge".
When a Prime or Dark Prime appears in their capacity as a Judge, they
take on a different name and they are not ICly there.
Primes once begot children with mortal Furres, and their offspring
were called Half-Primes. Many of the founders of Great Houses claimed to
be Half-Primes, or were proclaimed such after their deaths. After the
Dark Prime Peristane attempted to take over the world, the Dragon
forbade the Primes to beget any more Half-Primes. There are -NO- Half
Primes permitted in the Furcadia game.
Primes and Dark Primes are not capable of producing offspring with
other Primes or Dark Primes. Primes have no sex drive; they're somewhat
like angels. In case anybody was wonderin'.
This is a Restricted Advantage. To play a quarter-prime officially,
you need to join a Guild of the OOC variety, and secure the permission
to play one from your Rah, -OR- get that permission from the player of
one of the official Primes or Dark Primes to be their grandchild. Simply
declaring yourself one is rather meaningless.