The Beast, aka "Blue"


Stitching holds together this grotesque patchwork of flesh and bone, beast and man, though the wires are so taut they look as though they may fly apart at any moment. Its mouth is twisted in a permanent sneer, and a shock of lank, dark hair clings to its scalp.


For years the people of Lepidstadt have feared traveling the lonely roads surrounding their secluded city at night, for in the dark hunts the Beast of Lepidstadt, a devil who preys upon the innocent and unwary. Over the years, dozens of murders have been attributed to the Beast, and hundreds of sightings have painted ever more terrible portraits upon the canvas of public fears.

From the description of Pellius the Transmuter:

I have spent much time talking with the Beast while he was imprisoned at Lepidstadt.

When I first meet the creature — chained and beaten by the cruel guards — it truly was a beast. It was dirty and miserable, covered in flies, and it was more likely to roar and strain at its bonds than to speak at first. Unlike the guards, I and my companions treated it with kindness. We treated it gently. I managed to calm it down and finally managed to get it to speak. It was difficult, but we learned much of its history and its character.

The Beast of Lepidstadt is ugly, kind, angry, and gentle. It is also noble, terrible, incredible, and frightful. But the Beast has been given its name erroneously. While the creature looks like a monster, it is an intelligent creature, and beneath the surface it is a pitiable thing with a soul. Although it has killed before, the Beast possesses a childlike innocence, and in each case the killings were brought on by the victims themselves, who taunted or attacked the Beast, causing it to fly into a berserk rage.

Over the years, the Beast has learned to control its rage somewhat, though the stress of battle inevitably causes it to lose control and go berserk. After it kills, the Beast is filled with sorrow and tries to understand why people hate it. The Beast realizes it’s not human, and seeks to better understand humans, even memorizing the verses in an old book of Taldan poetry it came across in an attempt to find some meaning. Although it no longer makes the mistake of trying to join human society, the Beast desperately wants to be accepted, and has returned children lost in the forest unharmed to their homes in the hope of gaining some measure of tolerance.

Whoever created it apparently believes it is a mistake. The Beast is aware that it has disappointed its creator, but does not know why. It has forgiven its creator, although at times it forgets what it has forgiven.

In the jail, the Beast didn’t fully comprehend its predicament, and it struggled to understand why the people imprisoned and tortured it. When questioned about its alleged crimes, the Beast only repeated, “I didn’t do it,” over and over again. The only incident it has any knowledge of were the events which transpired in Hergstag. A wraith had found a home there and preyed on the local children. One of the girls, Ellsa, had befriended the Beast. When the poor girl was killed by the wraith, the Beast returned the girls body to her parents. The townfolk, seeing the Beast carrying the little girl, assumed it had killed her. It didn’t help that his wailing cry can be confused with laughter, since its face can’t show expression and it can’t actually shed tears.

Oddly enough, it didn’t really have a memory of what happened at the University, where it was caught and the Seasage Effigy was stolen. It remembers sitting near the swamps a few miles outside of town, and it remembers sitting in jail, but it remembers nothing in between. This memory lapse doesn’t make sense given everything else I learned about it.

The Beast, aka "Blue"

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