Kiramon

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Kiramon are an insect-like race which once threatened Elanthia with destruction. They were mostly expelled at the end of the Elven-Kiramon War, but isolated pockets of workers and defenders still exist. There is no explanation of how they suddenly emerged as an existential threat. Estrion used them in the archaic history when building his strange contraption in Darkstone Castle.

History

The history of the kiramon is considered out-of-character information and would not be available to most citizens of Elanthia.[1]

Inter-planetary wanderers and conquerors, the Kiramon went from planet to planet devouring the resources until depleted, then repeating the pattern. The later History of the Ferroniere document (2007) refers to the Aelotoi as having been other-planar slaves, though the kiramon are not mechanically extra-planar beings. The Kiramon operate as a collective mind, lead in part by a Brood Mother. The Kiramon have adapted to use electricity as a weapon and tool. The race was expelled by the elves from Elanthia and sent to the planet Bre'Naere. Unfortunately, Bre'Naere was already inhabited by the Aelotoi.

The Aelotoi were enslaved by the Kiramon enslaved and genetically altered to suit their needs. The Aelotoi have some concept of "genetics" and "pheromones" in documentation, but the nature of this technology could still be vaguely magic with gems. Remnants remained on Elanthia including kiramon defenders and kiramon workers, but not enough to pose any considerable risk. There were "enormous black kiramon razorback" and "massive armored kiramon soldier" invasion creatures when the Aelotoi first arrived in the Wraithenmist. These are not mentioned in the Kiramon study document.

Bre'Naere must be relatively close to Elanthia in space to make sense of the short transit time of the Elemental Confluence between the worlds in 5115 Modern Era. In spite of this seemingly necessary proximity, the kiramon did not return to Elanthia after being expelled. The kiramon are not seen or mentioned as using magic, though their poison and disease is inflicted by CS, even though it is physical contact. Their gem "technology" was intended to be used for channeling elemental magic, and the Aelotoi arrival was intended to eventually bring this material component knowledge to Elanthia.

List of kiramon creatures

Behind the Scenes

Krylites are an insect-like race who survived underground on the continent of Emer since the First Era cataclysm in the Shadow World history. (See "Emer: The Great Continent", page 44. 1990) The source books are non-commital on their racial origins. They are taken to be "one example of the strange extraterrestrials who might have been imported by the K'ta'viiri in the First Era." They are assumed to have been another one of the dark races originating in Kadaena's experiments, possibly a "perversion of a natural race" but "a bizarre fusion of of humanoid and insectile attributes", and that "it is quite possible that their origins are extraterrestrial." This source material holds out the possibility that they first arrived here from being "thrust through an Essaence interface long ago and trapped here against their will."

The krylites were relatively technologically advanced with considerable proficiency using electricity and steam power, as that world setting was a mixture of fantasy and science fiction. When the I.C.E. Age ended the background lore was left idle, but returned very similar to its original form when the Aelotoi were introduced. The documentation consistently uses the word "planet" and never uses the word "planes." Kiramon are not extraplanar beings in the game mechanics. This cannot be considered a decisive factor as there are other creatures (e.g. water wyrds) with extraplanar lore who are not either.

References

  1. The Kiramon: A Scientific Study