As you read the Mysterion series, you’ll meet a number of non-human races. Who are they and how do they relate to one another?
Aside from the animals and mythical creatures, the non-human races are called Elementals. Originally, there was only one race of Elementals, and they could take the form of any of the four elements. It wasn’t too long, though, before they stopped changing forms and limited themselves to only one element.
This was how the four races of Elementals came to be. More importantly, this is also why the human race came to be. Since the Elementals were divided, conflict was more or less inevitable. So, the Wind created human beings with only one form but containing and balancing all the elements within them. Human beings were given the task of ruling over the Elementals to ensure peace and unity in their diversity.
Here’s a little more about each of the Elemental races.
Angeli are devoted to the element of air. They are flying creatures whose bodies are made of many wings. They appear as human (and gendered) for the purpose of interacting with human beings. Angeli live ‘above the heavens,’ on the surface of the stream of Okean that separates Mysterion from Chaos. Their purpose is to observe and bear witness to all the events in Mysterion. They only assist in human affairs when the Wind calls them to do so. However, they are forbidden to take sides in human conflicts.
Mermaids are devoted to water. Their lower bodies take the form of every kind of sea creature, with the upper bodies of women. Their primary purpose is to keep the dead of Mysterion until they are wakened at the beginning of the Higher Mysterion. They live on a submerged island, under which is the cavern of the dead.
The Blind Watchmen are Elementals devoted to earth. They are a race of giants, similar to the Golem of Jewish folklore and the Cyclops of Greek mythology. Like the Golem, they are made from sun-baked clay. Like the Cyclops, they are blind, or to be more precise, they were never created with eyes, though they have an excellent sense of hearing and smell. Their purpose is to guard all the human realms, though they dwell mainly in the mountains of the north. They often take sides in human conflicts.
Djinn are devoted to fire. They are flying creatures with horned skeletal heads. However, they may also take the form of flies or mosquitoes. In the lower world of the Lethes, they can also take human form, though if they are touched, the disguise immediately disappears.
The Djinn are hostile to the wind and its purposes. After the first Battle of Mysterion, they were confined to the so-called ‘hidden island,’ outside of which they could not take their normal form. However, they still are committed to conquering Mysterion, blotting out the light and subjecting everything to the element of fire.
As you read and enjoy the Mysterion series, keep an eye open for the Elementals. If you want to know more about them, feel free to contact me!