Monsters of Windemere: Chimera

Chimera from D&D

I was excited to see this get high on the list until I realized there’s no easy way to explain this creature.  There is no common form to them because of how they’re made.  Not all of them are aggressive and you can never tell where a chimera can be found.  You might find one in the ocean and another on top of a mountain with both of them looking nothing alike.  It’s thought that many of the more unique creatures of Windemere are all chimera, but this is proven wrong if you find more than one of them.  So, what exactly are these amalgamations?

Chimera are not born because they are formed by accident.  Previously, they were a type of shaman called a spirit channeler.  Similar to the magical version, these people can allow the spirit of a dead animal to take over their body.  They can either use the creature’s abilities like a heightened sense of smell or give complete control to fully transform.  The shaman’s mind remains in the background while the beast acts and the two are able to communicate.  Even if they don’t speak the same language, there is an understanding on the psychic plane that can carry over to when the shaman is in control too.  If one of these people are found arguing with something that isn’t there then one of they’re talking to one of their spirits.

Now, this is a very dangerous specialty because emotions need to remain stable.  If a shaman is put under enough stress in any form then all of the spirits will attempt to take control.  Sometimes, the strongest one will win and becoming a berserk version of their living form with occasional appearance of minor traits from the other spirits.  Usually, this is a transition phase and all of them will merge into a unique creature that has physical pieces of all the non-shaman spirits and all of the abilities.  The shaman is trapped within because his or her spirit has become too scared to function and it is impossible for them to be sure the danger has passed.  They blindly depend on the merged spirits, but those have lost most of their individuality.  At best, the chimera knows something is wrong and goes into hiding to figure things out.

Can a chimera be returned to their original state?  Yes, but there is a short window before the spirits fuse.  At most, you have a day and that’s only if the shaman is able to retain enough consciousness to fight.  Even then, you would need either a powerful telepath, a more experienced spirit channeler, a special ritual, or an aura channeler that can manipulate raw energy.  Sadly, most times a chimera is born, there are only enemies around.  Any allies and innocents that might be around are at risk from the inevitable rampage.

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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11 Responses to Monsters of Windemere: Chimera

  1. Well thought out. Gave me some fun ideas too.


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  3. L. Marie says:

    This is great, Charles! Love your take on this creature.
    Now I’m reminded of Fullmetal Alchemist and the production of chimeras. 😀


  4. So, the body changes along with the psyche?


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