The Lanterns

"A coin that glimmers, a well written letter
A vial of honey, and it's delivered unfettered.
The Lanterns appear with a twinkle of silver,
and then disappear with a laugh and a timbre,"
 - A Popular Sellsword Tale

One of the most unusual creatures that reside within Riltar are the beings known only as Lanterns, their name derived from the literal brass lanterns that appear. Intelligent creatures, the lanterns appear when a bit of honey, a silver or gold piece, and a rhyme or poem is sung. Soon, a lantern will appear to aid whoever called upon it, but their express purpose seems to be to deliver letters all throughout Riltar, which they do so with gleeful abandon. That being said, Lanterns are notoriously mishevious creatures, which thrill in the scaring of travelers and sellswords whenever they can.

A Lantern is composed of three different parts that make up the whole of it; the lantern itself, the flame within, and the bell that accompanies it. The creature that's said to be intelligent and in control is the floating, burning ball of white-bluish flames. Many have a sort of macabre face, like that of a jack-o-lantern (which some Lanterns are actually said to float about in, the purpose of the jack-o-lantern actually designed to appease the creatures originally). This being from within is physical, and is very much capable of speech and thought, willing to hold entire conversations for a time before growing bored and vanishing. The second is the brass lantern that frames the creature. Sometimes a lantern will replace the brass lantern with a well-carved pumpkin, a paper lantern, some have even been reported in burlap sacks that have scary designs on their front. All in all, each lantern differs from the other, and its said is a form of fashion statement amongst the lanterns as well as a sign of power; the more elaborate and unique the lantern, the more powerful the creature within. Finally, the silver bell that accompanies the lantern wherever it goes. The silver bell seems to be entirely for the purposes of those it speaks with, ringing once when it appears and again when it disappears, Lanterns having an innate ability to turn completely invisible at-will. There seems to be no express purpose for this. It is ill-advised to ever attack a Lantern, as its said it can call on its many allies that are reportedly always around. In addition, the creature within is capable of shooting out terribly powerful blasts of ice cold flames, and Lanterns have been known to kill those that attack them. It's also regarded, as a very very bad sign of luck.

The Lanterns

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