Monsters of Nytefall: Lost’s Bunny

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This is probably the most high-profile animal of War of Nytefall and people tend to enjoy when it shows up in excerpts.  Lost’s bunny is always around here even if it doesn’t have a purpose.  One person compared it to Fizzle from Legends of Windemere, which works in a mascot sense.  Beyond that, the two are very different because there’s a lot of mystery to the bunny.

First, it’s clear that it doesn’t act like a bunny.  It flies around Lost like a pet bird and she routinely pulls things out of it like a purse.  One of the strangest things is that it appears to hold objects that are bigger than its stomach.  This actually began as me not paying attention and simply having fun with the silliness.  Now, I do it because the bunny has become such an oddity.  I imagine that Lost got it enchanted long ago, but doesn’t remember doing it.  Probably had one of her Utukku, mortals enslaved by a child Dawn Fang for protection, do it.  Since it’s not something that will ever get revealed in the book, I don’t have to think too hard about it.  We all know that Lost doesn’t always remember what she’s done or may have made a weird request that was translated into what you see now.  In the end, it makes the bunny a more obvious oddity.

We do know the origin of her pet, but even that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.  Lost said that it found her when she was a baby.  She must have just been awakened by Chastity’s blood, but her mother had left.  The rabbit investigated the noise and felt threatened, so it bit the Dawn Fang baby.  Lost’s response was to snap its neck and then claim it as her pet, which is fairly impressive for an hour old child.  Truthfully, she was probably older when this encounter happened, but she has the early years mixed up due to the abandonment.  Now, you might be thinking that this makes it clear that the bunny is dead.  As if books, gemstones, and unharmed tomatoes being pulled out of its body wasn’t clear enough.  Yet, we really can’t be 100% sure of this.

The bunny clearly functions off thoughts that are separate from Lost.  It has gone in search of help when she’s in trouble and scouted while she hung back.  If it was dead, there would be no senses for it to work with.  Lost herself would need to be controlling it and have an awareness of things that are miles away.  A psionic with her power could do it subconsciously, but that takes a lot of energy.  She never seems to tire from the actions that the bunny takes.  It’s strength is really strange as well because we can see that it can fly with her as a passenger.  This could be clear evidence of her using telekinesis to move it around . . . Although, it seems to be incredibly durable and rockets into people as if it’s made of metal.  I guess that could be telekinesis too.

I really do enjoy writing the bunny into scenes.  It acts as a comic relief and weapon, which is a strange combo.  At the start, I was sure it was a dead rabbit that Lost manipulates without realizing it.  Now, I’m not really confident in that idea.  It might be something that readers decide for themselves.

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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16 Responses to Monsters of Nytefall: Lost’s Bunny

  1. V.M.Sang says:

    A fascinating creature, Charles. I’m glad you don’t know too much about it. It makes it somehow more ‘real’.


  2. Chel Owens says:

    Agreed. I find your not knowing the mystery or explanation of it to be endearing. 🙂


  3. L. Marie says:

    You have a real gift for these inventive creatures! Reading this, I’m reminded again of how you came up with some amazing creatures based on the words people gave you.


  4. The bunny is a terrific character. Also has a lot of utility to the future.


  5. I like the idea of something readers have to imagine themselves. It takes a veteran approach to include things without explaining every little detail.


  6. Could Bunny also be a Dawn Fang?


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