LamphyrPosted by Sara C. Snider on Apr 14, 2014 in A to Z Challenge, Fairytales and Folklore | 18 comments
Lamphyr are my own creation. They are gaunt, wraith-like men shrouded in dark grey cloaks. The most notable feature about them is that they have no eyes, yet they can still see with the aid of the lamps they carry with them. They are generally unpleasant fellows who don’t play well with others.
“It is said that the lamphyr were once sailors, charged with lighting the fires on the cliffs along the sea so that ships would not wreck upon the rocky shores in foul weather.
“But these men, being sailors, did not like being left ashore while their brethren sought adventure upon the waves. So they shirked their duties and let their fires grow cold, causing the ships at sea to crash upon the jagged cliffs and killing those they once called brothers. For their crime they were cursed, struck blind so that they, too, would know the perils of darkness.
“And so they wander the earth, carrying with them a lantern and lighting their way with its fell light. For, even though they are blind, it is said that the lanterns glow with the light of the Otherworld, giving them sight beyond that of mortal men. It is said the lamphyr must never let their light go out, or their spirits will be swept away to the Void, lost forever.”
Excerpt from The Thirteenth Tower