Nonman

“All we really know of them is that we know very little. The Walking Gods remember, and they are not speaking much anymore. The Vestiges remember, and to them we ought not listen.”
-from Meditations on The Spires by Francis Sumner

The Nonman were a species that populated Ruengoethe thousands of years ago, and ruled over Fae and men with an absolute hegemony until they were all simultaneously slain through the power of the Anachitis. Despite the continued existence of many of their artifacts and even their cities, almost nothing is known of their culture or even what they may have looked like, for their art was entirely abstract, never representational. Even their true language is a mystery, as there is no evidence of them ever writing anything beyond very abstract poetry and commands to their slave population. Most information about the nonmen comes from the religious texts of the Fae and the word of their Walking Gods. The artifacts they left behind indicate that they were far more advanced in both the practice of science and Tuning, being able to work wonders that are seen as impossible in contemporary Ruengoethe. Several cities, such as Wyvar, are built on old Nonman cities to take advantage of some of the remaining structures, such as the dwimmerwells, a source of seemingly infinite energy.

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What is known of them is that they were bound entirely to their Walking Gods, beings of immense power that could reshape the world through the Loom in ways no mortal wizard or sorcerer can. It is also known that they used a practice now known as Tekne for many of their creations, and it is suspected that they created the Fae through some form of magebreeding so that they may serve better as slaves and be born with a string of their soulknot bound to one of the four Walking Gods that came to survive the deicide.

Many theorize that the Nonmen possibly had a number of strings in their soul greater than seven, usually guessing at nine due to the frequent occurrence of this number in their art and architecture, as well as “conversations” some wayward sorcerers have had with Vestiges. Those rare reports one has of conversations with Vestiges indicate that the nonmen treated their relationship with Fae the same way men treat theirs with dogs, and their relationship to humans the same way one might regard a wolf in a land where you love your dogs. The Word of the Lord of Skies and Waters, does not indicate anything in particular about the nonmen, besides that they felt their monstrosity perfectly justified and that they were “too lost in the web of their souls to see the skies and waters.”

There are some mystery cults dedicated to the nonmen, most believing that the goal of the current forms of sentience ought to be to ascend to the status that the nonmen did, and that the rebellion against the Nonman Hegemony was actually a great trick on the part of all or one of the extant Walking Gods, who thought that by exterminating the other Walking Gods they may have the entirety of the world to themselves.

Nonman

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