you always wanted to know about Riathenors but were afraid to ask...
Dislo the Lord Mage's statements and questions to
Mason Cathar and his council of advisors concerning the Riathenor problem
in the catacombs and tunnels beneath the Bluftop complex.
Dislo addressed the Mason at the formal
gathering, "Using my extensive lore and research skills, I want to
do some serious research on the Riathenor and their symbiotic armor.
I want to find out some general information, but am really concentrating
on instances of when the armor 'merged' with other creatures.
Specifically, human or Atlantean. But, others as well. The
kinds of information I am trying to find out are along the following
" a) Does the armor tend to hold
animosity toward a person that has slain the previous 'partner?'
" b) Does the armor cause an alignment
change when on a good or neutral character?
" c) Does the armor appear to
adversely affect a psionics or magic using character?
" d) How does the armor affect
" e) Are there any temporary negative
effects while the new partnership is first settling in? (i.e.
" f) Anything that appears 'weird' or
The Mason thought and then turned to his most
trusted advisor and mentor, Korakir. "Sir, you are surely the most
learned here. Tell him of these creatures and inform us as to the dangers
of their presence among us," Cathar requested of Korakir. He
stood, assuming the form of a wizened human scholar and began his answers
to the young mage's questions.
"Noble Dislo, Son of Atlantis, we salute
you and commend you on your service to the Clan. Some Lore obviously you
do not know, so hear me now and record these words. On your first query,
the answer is no. The armor is without feeling in this manner and is
merely concerned with its own survival. It will of course, defend itself
from what it considers an outside threat to it or its host body.
"On your second query, the answer is yes.
All Riathenors exhibit a disdain for civilized society and a disregard for
the rights or lives of others, which in my mind means that they are evil.
No Riathenor has ever exhibited any other emotion or action except selfish
indiefference, so I would assume that most or all are like that and it is
the wearing of the symbiotic armor that causes this. Another possibility
is that it will only bond with those of an evil alignment. A third, but
remote, possibility is that the Splugorth are utilizing the symbiotes to
create a new warrior class.
"On your third query, the answer is unknown.
It appears that the suit may erase the minds of its victims / partners.
But we have no way to prove that hypothesis at this time.
"On your fourth query, the answer is yes.
The suit would make it impossible for the tattooed person to activate
their tattooes, unless of advanced skill. Given the current known
limitations of tattoo magic and its incompatibility with some mystical
systems, it is doubtful that tattoo magic and the bonding of a Riathenor
symbiote would be a successful match. It woukld surely make it impossible
for the individual bonded with the symbiote to receive tattooes in the
"On your fifth query, the answer is yes. I
would assume that, as with the introduction of any a symbiotic lifeform to
a host, there would be a brief recovery period in which the body would
either reject or accept the new lifeform. This should, logically, happen
with a Riathenor symbiote. Its extent is unknown.
"The riathenor are an evil race and the more
we know about them the better. It is known that they kill, maim, rape,
pillage and plunder any and every civilized or sentient race that they
encounter. They eat, consume, or trample any race or being of lesser
stature and even sometimes eat those that they vanquish in combat. They
have no culture of their own that we have seen and steal anything of value
from the races they conquer. This tendency towrds raiding and theft leads
me to beleive that they are a static society, devoid of art or culture and
stagnated by evil, unable to create anything new or different. They can
only now find a purpose for themselves by continuing their legacy of
brutality and death."