nightmares are most highly feared among all creatures which stalk
the Dreamworld, and rightly so: for they are utterly unnatural. They
do not fill an ecological niche, do not procreate and spread life,
do not have any ancestry or native origin: they simply do not belong.
Intruding from abstruse planes of existence, they impose their aberrant
corporeal forms to one end: Destruction.
the destruction of the dreamkeepers.
Thirsting from beyond time to undo the tapestry of creation, they
level their nihilistic vendetta against sentience wherever it may
be found - and desire exceptionally to wipe humanity from existence.
of bringing form to themselves in our reality, physically butchering
humankind is a fantasy beyond their grasp. But like a swarm of ravenous
vermin, they voraciously scrabbled against the borders of our sphere
until they found its weakest threshold... Our unconscious dreams.
Lusting to penetrate that thinnest of veils shielding human consciousness
from their cripplingly deleterious influence, only one thing blocks
their touch: the spiritual bond between a human and their dreamkeeper.
As long as a dreamkeeper lives, their human counterpart is protected
within that bond - beyond reach of the nightmares.
long as their dreamkeeper lives... A condition which the nightmares
are only too eager to alter. Capable of unlocking human vulnerability
with the premature murder of a dreamkeeper, their ultimate ends
are far more ambitious in scope. Absolute eradication of every last
dreamkeeper would leave all of humanity exposed, victim to the whims
of the nightmares' nonexistant mercy.
seeding their presence in the Dreamworld aeons ago, they continually
manifest there to fulfill this purpose.
They can enter the Dreamworld at only one location - the fabled
desolation of Bralgu, where they incubate within the twisted nest
of evil, Malangi.
Nightmares do not know childhood - they coalesce within Malangi
until they attain their completed physical form.
Though supernatural, their manifestations have certain limits. As
individual entities, some nightmares possess more power than others,
and that power can be developed in different ways as they gestate.
nightmares may opt to express their power in maximum physical form,
attaining colossal size and strength. Others may choose to mitigate
their physical might, and focus the remaining potency of their being
into residual supernatural abilities.
Choice is limited, however, when it comes to appearance. A nightmare
will naturally cultivate a form which expresses their intrinsic
quintessence - which is why they frequently appear as horrific beasts.
Only nightmares with noteworthy willpower can influence their morphology
otherwise, and then only by degrees.
additional limitation on nightmare manifestations is their cumulative
threshold. The more nightmare power exists in the Dreamworld, the
more difficult it is for further nightmares to manifest. When their
collective presence peaks, it is impossible for more nightmares
to gestate. It is the innate metaphysical balance of the Dreamworld
that causes this phenomenon. Were it not for this naturally limiting
threshold, innumerable nightmares would smother reality.
In addition to metaphysical constraints, manifested nightmares are
burdened by the task of maintaining a living body. They must feed
and care for themselves like any other creature, or face death.
expiration is less significant to a nightmare than it is to other
beings, however. Although frustrating and insulting, death for a nightmare
is only temporary. Their malignant spirit can instantaneously return
to Malangi, and again join the queue for manifestation.
Despite their relentless nature, the nightmares suffered a cataclysmic
defeat centuries ago. Diminished and endangered, they concealed
their existence for generations, their bitterness simmering in confinement
as they slowly, incrementally regenerated their strength. Awaiting
in the patience afforded by pure malice, the time of their reprisal
is drawing near - unsuspected by the dreamkeepers.