Jurusalax and his rune hounds

Logor is a primeval woodland along the northern coasts of Zythess. The predominate wood of this forest is black oak, all said to have been seeded by Silvanus. The locals have been harvesting here for thousands of years. When the Gimrune established their first coastal settlement in the area, black oak became the only wood they would use to build ships. Logor's druids are renown for their hand-crafted cudgels, and even hammers out of a good piece of black oak; some swear that these are effective as any similar implement made of iron.

In the God Era, Logor became the site of the Núlananya Rift, a bridge between two worlds. Happening during the Demon Spawn War (8972 GE - 9493 GE), it became an invasion route for a demon lord hungry for more. Bestial legions led by Jurusalax, rune hounds and bar-lgura native to the Abyss, crossed the bridge between worlds, starting the Zythess War; a mini-war within the Demon Spawn War.

In 9116 GE, one hundred and thirty some years after its opening, Silvanus closed the Núlananya Rift. This was done by snuffing out the source of rift, the life force of a treant he created, one named Núlananya.

The roots of Núlananya, tangled and growing deep, were severed in the rift's end. A gift from Silvanus to our prey, in remembrance to Núlananya whose creator had to put it down like a rapid dog.

- High Flagellate Legsnap, at the Council of Beasts - "Accursed Vines"

The "Accursed Vines" of the above passage were parts broke free from Núlananya's corpse. They survived, becoming vines that grow across all of Logor. The Gimrune, "our prey" in the above passage, were the first to use these Vines of Núlananya in the making of armor, baskets, and even houses.

After the closing of the Núlananya Rift, Silvanus hunted Jurusalax. The first thing he did was separate him from his packs of demon hounds. Once apart, he and Silvanus battled. Jurusalax blew on his horn many times in the fight, hoping that his most deadly weapon, his hounds, would come to his aid. Unfortunately for him, his hounds were lured into chasing Silvanus's sprites and driven to frenzy from the flying fey's euphoric aroma. Jurusalax was slain by Silvanus and most of his hounds and other minions put down, yet some of Jurusalax's rune hound pups survived. Those that lurk in Logor are descendants of Jurusalax's demon hounds.

The rune hounds of Logor are just one of the area's dangers. Some of the Vines of Núlananya are corrupted, probably suffering some chaos taint from the Creation War or the Demon Spawn War. This corruption has made them carnivorous and a very dangerous predator of the forest.

Another dangerous area of Logor is along its northern rocky coasts. In this area are the nests of hundreds of harpies. They live in intricate tree houses, in hollowed out trunks of Logor's black oaks or in cliff caves. These Harpies of Logor, were once sprites. They served under Silvanus in his campaign to drive back the demons. His opposite, always seeking to pervert nature, enhance it in his mind was Jurusalax, slayer of Callarduran. Jurusalax gave strict orders to capture Silvanus's sprites. This ended up working favor of Silvanus, rather than going for the quick kill, they wasted time trying to trap some of the most quick and elusive creatures out there. Upon capture, the sprites were taken in for "special treatment". Jurusalax had them infused them with his own blood while at the same time taking their blood into himself. Only five sprites out of possibly a hundred survived these demoniac blood transfusions. One legend says that the blood that Jurusalax took from the sprites was like an aphrodisiac to him. The sprites that survived being infused with demon blood were corrupted, changing into an abomination of their former selves. These corrupted and changed sprites became the Harpy.

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