Michael Iantorno PhD Candidate, Game Designer, and Writer

Yavmir Bestiary: Almas

almasThe 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.

Almas are an elusive species that live on the fringes of civilization, most commonly in the lands of Tol and Hakar. Said to be distant relatives of the Jotunn, these hulking humanoids roam through frigid mountains and dense forests in search of food, water, and shelter from the elements.

Gigantic, semi-intelligent, and roughly human in shape, Almas are saturated from head to toe with thick, brown-gray hair and bear two large horns atop their head.  Although possessing great strength, they rarely engage in physical combat; fearful of those who once enslaved their cousins and cast the land into unending winter. Instead, Almas choose to remain unseen, with many dismissing their existence as hearsay, misinformation, or even fairy tales.

Almas tend to be solitary creatures, meeting only briefly with other members of their species to mate and raise their quick-developing young. It is incredibly rare to come across one of these creatures in the wild, and almost unimaginable to encounter a small group. Although generally peaceful and evasive, an Almas that is cornered or threatened can quickly become a terrible foe.

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Michael Iantorno PhD Candidate, Game Designer, and Writer