Michael Iantorno PhD Candidate, Game Designer, and Writer

Yavmir Bestiary: Alkonost and Sirin

The Yavmir Bestiary is an ongoing project, where Michael and Radiostorm brainstorm ideas for a slavic-themed, fantasy setting. More information can be found at the WoR Wiki.


Alkonost and Sirins are mysterious creatures created by Chernobog during the Ordering of Yavmir. Rarely seen, these strange chimeras have the head and chest of an elegant woman and the body of a large, brilliantly plumed owl. Loyal servants of their ascended master, their haunting melodies can be heard across the desolate wilderness of Yavmir.

Alkonost are covered with long black feathers and are tasked with guarding Chernobog’s most secret, hallowed lands. Their songs are those of dissonance and terror; meant to hastily discourage interlopers and invaders. It is said that listening to an Alkonost’s song for even a few scant moments can drive a man to madness, and curse his soul to an eternity of torment.

Sirins are white-plumed with flowing golden hair, and serve as benevolent harbingers to those lost in the wilderness. Appearing as spirits to moribund travelers, the song from the lips of an Sirin brings great peace and serenity to those who hear it. These patient and gentle creatures wait with the hopeless until their time comes, then guide their souls to Navmir to meet their final judgement.

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Michael Iantorno PhD Candidate, Game Designer, and Writer