A Year & A Day: Nyar-Viruze

Changeling: the Dreaming

Homebrew Rules

Character Creation Guide Download: Nyar-Viruze.pdf

Quoth the Nyar-Viruze:

“Others may claim kingship by their holding of titles, but I claim queen-ship by my ties to blood.”

Kith Excerpt:

Nyar-Viruze (also called Nyarvirazi) are an all-female Akuko (Kith) descended from a common ancestress – a Queen long lost to antiquity. Her name was Nyarvirazi and she was lost in the desert when she found a spring of fresh water. (It is up for debate where the water came from, some claim that it was a gift from the Gods, others said it was a curse from a jealous witch). Either way, the water was tainted by magic lion-piss, and on her way home was racked by a craving for blood. Giving in to her blood-lust, she found she could transform into a mighty lioness. Reveling in her new abilities, she was sure to keep it a secret from her husband. She gave birth to a beautiful daughter, who inherited the same transformative powers. Her husband, upon discovering that the daughter could change shape, threatened them both with a spear. The injustice of this act incited her blood-lust, and she attacked and devoured her husband. Good times.

From that first daughter of Nyarvirazi, an unnamed princess lost to the ages, come all the Nyar-Viruze. They are all Royalty in each other’s eyes, despite their mortal heritage. They all address each other as Princess, Queens, or similar titles, and each holds each other to the high ideals that royalty demands.

They also all inherit anger for injustice, cowards, and the weak. Some cite this as a holdover from when their collective mother saw her own blood threatened by a cowardly, weak, and evil male. The Nyar-Viruze will not allow such acts to go unpunished, and for this reason, they hold a high-place in the courts of the Emere (Fae): a fitting place for a Tribe of warrior-Queens.

“The idea that women are innately gentle is a fantasy, and a historically recent one. Kali, the Hindu goddess of destruction, is depicted as wreathed in male human skulls; the cruel entertainments of the Romans drew audiences as female as they were male; Boudicca led her British troops bloodily into battle.” – Naomi Wolf


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