Free Spirits

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Free Spirits are warrior Sylvaneth whose unquestioning obediance to Alarielle makes them important agents of the goddess in her fight to reclaim her lands in the Mortal Realms. [1a]

Kurnoth Hunters

Kurnoth hunters fighting Ironjawz Orruks

Kurnoth Hunters are a type of Sylvaneth in the Mortal Realms that are the living embodiments of the wrath of the hunter god Kurnoth, one of the few deities the sylvaneth worship alongside Alarielle herself. These are the most elite of the warriors of the sylvaneth wargroves, they are swift, strong and equally skilled with Greatbows, Greatswords and Scythes. In combat they are devastating, wielding their powerful weapons, accompanied by vicious Spites called Quiverlings and able to sprout a thick weave of throned branches to enhance their already thick bark-skin.[1c][2a]

Hulking warriors nearly twice the size of a Dryad, the Kurnoth Hunters are Alarielle's speartip. They have emerged from the soulpod groves only since Alarielle took up the Spear of Kurnoth, and thus the hunters are a relatively recent addition to the sylvaneth ranks. Masters of sword, bow and scythe, they are strong enough to tear a Chaos warrior in two and tough enough to shrug off dragon-fire. The Kurnoth Hunters are agile and skillful fighters with a grace that seems almost supernatural in beings so large and powerful. Travelling in small bands, the Kurnoth Hunters range ahead of Alarielle's Wargroves. Some sorcery of their mother goddess lends speed and subtlety to their movements, allowing them to pass undetected through all but the most heavily guarded terrain. Then, they watch the enemy's movements with infinite patience before choosing the perfect moment to strike. When they fight, the Kurnoth Hunters show none of the capricious whimsy of some of their kin. They always have a purpose, a mission, and a carefully considered method. Calm as an ancient oak, certain as the seasons turn, the Kurnoth Hunters lure their victims into traps and strike swiftly from ambushes. They're not only exceptional scouts, but also serve as the Everqueen's executioners. Should an enemy war leader be deemed too dangerous to live, or some perpetrator of great misery against the sylvaneth be found, the Kurnoth Hunters have their queen's dispensation to call the Wild Hunt.[1a] At such times, all sylvaneth are compelled to lend their strength to the Hunters' quest and will not rest until their prey has been cornered and slain.[1c]

Though taciturn and strange, even by sylvaneth standards, the Kurnoth Hunters are deeply focused beings through whom the Spirit Song reverberates in full force. They venerate their living goddess and devote themselves utterly to her will. They also give praise to their soulfather, the Hunter God Kurnoth, and dedicate those slain in battle as sacrifices upon his altar. Across the Mortal Realms, many sylvaneth observe rites to minor deities and demigods of cycles and seasons, but their overt worship of another deity leads some to mistrust the Kurnoth Hunters. Alarielle vouches for her most warlike sons, and this is enough for most, but there are still those who watch the newcomers warily, despite all their great victories against the forces of Chaos.[1c]

A Spirit of Durthu.

Spirit of Durthu

The Spirits of Durthu are powerful sylvaneth can be found either fighting alone as embodiment of Alarielle's will, or as a group as the fabled Sons of Durthu. With their every deed they strive to be worthy of the legacy of legendary Durthu, and this determination makes them some of the most powerful warriors in the sylvaneth Wargroves. Unlike most sylvaneth, the Spirits of Durthu belong to no clan or glade, instead they answering directly to the Everqueen and when she sends them to battle they stand in defence of her chosen commanders. [2b]

In appearance they resemble Treelords, but have distinctive flickering energies that dance about its guardian sword and within its body.[1b]

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With every orruk he crushed, smashed or sliced apart, Dollenhal reflected upon the fact, though none knew what had become of their ancestor, every Spirit of Durthu held themselves accountable to his judgement. They would not be found wanting.

~Dollenhal at the battle of Lifewell Clearing .[1a]

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