Skip to main content

The Sin Eater

She carried her bloated form, leaning heavily on her staff. It had been almost a full day since she had left the previous settlement. A full day alone in the forest, winding along the tracks and pathways known to her people  and the other, less welcoming inhabitants of the forest. She skirted past the swamp, too heavy, too weak to defend herself should she encounter trouble.

The settlement of Tallebranch was due to be up ahead, it's semi-nomadic people following the traditional routes as the seasons passed; following their herds and the fruiting trees and bushes. It had been a full year since she had been to this place, a full year since the people had brought any sinners to the tent set aside for her.

Once ensconced in her tent, and once darkness had fallen, they would tread quietly to her place at the edge of the settlement, bringing their shame. Mothers bringing children, husbands bringing wives or ageing relatives, all trying to hide the theft of their loved ones.

This was her gift; to seek out those who were taking apotheosis for themselves, who had - to their shame - begun to display the blessings of the Morrighat without the touch of the Pinion Witches. To do so was to break The Bargain, to sin.

In that tent, they would bring her food and drink, sit with her and tell of their shame. She would eat and listen, patient and pitying. She would lay her mouth upon them and consume the stolen blessings. Returning them to full mortal form and allowing them to go back to their people with their shame washed away and their sins devoured. The people must be kept pure, the body and soul purged clean so that on the day apotheosis comes, they are unblemished and prepared.

But she, she would never see true apotheosis. Some time soon, at one of these settlements, she will have eaten her fill of the sins of her people and become touched by the Morrighat. Those stolen blessings manifesting and making her a daughter of the Great Queen.

So she trod on, the smoke from cooking fires touching her nostrils. Her heaving body calling out in pain. It may happen on this night, a mighty miracle in front of Her people, or in some dark and forgotten part of the forest between settlements, but soon, she could feel it. Soon her journey would come to an end.


Popular posts from this blog

The People of the Delta

I have pretty much wrapped up the Morrighatti for the time being. I have a fair sized group and little inspiration for something new for the time being, I may well come back to do a miniature here and there at some stage. 

So, onwards!

I have had a couple of ideas for new conversions and groups of themed peoples, and nicely they kind of all fit together , or at least will sit nicely together under the banner of the 'People of the Delta'.

Within the realm of Ghur, along the Shattered Coast, lies the Delta. A vast region where three mighty rivers converge and spread out into a rich, verdant delta before draining into the wild oceans. This vast water-world would take days to cross on foot and is tangled with swamp, woodland, crawling waterways and streams. It teems with life.

The Teuthiliad live inland from the coast itself; in settlements lifted into the trees and away from the largest of the delta's waterways where the danger is greatest. These small settlements make a living f…

IV. The Walker in the Woods

The Sin Eater plays a crucial role within Morrighati society; for a semi-nomadic people living in a world where the souls of the children of the Morrighat are being freed and bound to the living; the risk of soul fragments binding to those unintended for apotheosis is high. As such, the Morrighatti people occasional begin to display signs of corruption and transformation. This is considered a thing of shame, an affront to the Morrighatt herself. To take her gifts rather than be given it is a thing of sin.

And so there are the Sin Eaters; usually women, who tread the paths between settlements and camps and who visit the people and consume their shame. Literally taking the corruption into themselves and purging the sinful. On one hand they are feared and shunned, on another revered and respected. With time, the Sin Eater’s body becomes bloated and corrupted as they take into themselves the Sins of their people and when their body can take no more they transform completely. This can happe…