Methuri

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Methuri, or "hate-wraiths", were First Age parasites similar to iyats. The original "methurien" were formed from a leaked bit of storm charge that displaced half-formed beings from the thought-shaped, nether realm of drake-dreams[1]. Deranged by pain, these half-demon, half-monster beings rampaged and slayed with driving hatred. They were the cause of the massacre at Leorne in First Age 815.

They died on Paravian weapons, only to be released as free wraiths which then possessed live hosts, mutating their lines to create weakened offspring, so that the pool of potential host animals was wider. The matrix of the possessed creature warped outside the Law of the Major Balance. After the destruction of the Seardluin, the methuri were the only remaining threat to Paravian survival. They were still present when mankind arrived in Third Age 1.

By the Third Age, the Fellowship have eradicated the methuri, but their host animals (like the meth-snake and quetzal) continue to crossbreed in Mirthlvain Swamp (which is never left unwatched specifically for this reason).

Role in the Story

Spoiler warning: Contains plot elements from multiple books in the series.

Curse of the Mistwraith

Third Age 5637: When considering the possibility of the Mistwraith becoming free wraiths, Asandir notes that they might go on to possess creatures in the same manner that the methuri did.

Ships of Merior

Third Age 5645: The Fellowship compare the possession of the methuri to the Mistwraith's curse. Verrain notes only surface similarities between the moments of possession.

Stormed Fortress

Third Age 5671: Asandir notes that, while the methurien claim no innate identity, Ciladis's study of them suggest that this is a misperception.

References

  1. © Janny Wurts, Ships of Merior, p. 98 (US-Hardback)