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'''Leechfinger''' is one of the [[Kith (CTL)|sub-types]] of the [[Darkling (CTL)|Darkling]] [[Seeming (CTL)|seeming]] - [[Changeling (CTL)|Changeling]] who steal life from humans, grain by grain, drop by drop, with just a touch. Theirs is the [[Blessing (CTL)|blessing]] of [[Sap the Vital Spark]].
 
'''Leechfinger''' is one of the [[Kith (CTL)|sub-types]] of the [[Darkling (CTL)|Darkling]] [[Seeming (CTL)|seeming]] - [[Changeling (CTL)|Changeling]] who steal life from humans, grain by grain, drop by drop, with just a touch. Theirs is the [[Blessing (CTL)|blessing]] of [[Sap the Vital Spark]].
 
==Overview==
 
==Overview==
The Leechfinger gained an appetite in Faerie.
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The Leechfinger gained an appetite in [[Arcadia (CTL)|Faerie]].
Not the coarse hunger of a Gristlegrinder, or the
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Not the coarse hunger of a [[Gristlegrinder]], or the
predatory urge of a Hunterheart, but a soft, gnawing
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predatory urge of a [[Hunterheart]], but a soft, gnawing
 
appetite, both hunger and thirst. It may be a craving for blood or breath or even slivers of soulstuff,
 
appetite, both hunger and thirst. It may be a craving for blood or breath or even slivers of soulstuff,
inherited from a Keeper far more ravenous than his
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inherited from a [[True Fae (CofD)|Keeper]] far more ravenous than his
 
changeling pets. Now among mortals once more, the Leechfinger
 
changeling pets. Now among mortals once more, the Leechfinger
 
is often defined by how she decides to indulge herself.
 
is often defined by how she decides to indulge herself.
Some Leechfingers embrace their odd lusts, perhaps joining the Court of Desire to be among like-minded
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Some Leechfingers embrace their odd lusts, perhaps joining the [[Spring Court (CTL)|Court of Desire]] to be among like-minded
 
Lost. Others restrain themselves with stoic ascetism,
 
Lost. Others restrain themselves with stoic ascetism,
 
treating the occasional sip of a victim’s vital essence
 
treating the occasional sip of a victim’s vital essence
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pointed needle-teeth of a vampire bat, while others are
 
pointed needle-teeth of a vampire bat, while others are
 
entirely toothless, or even possess the jawless mouth
 
entirely toothless, or even possess the jawless mouth
of a lamprey. As Wyrd rises, a Leechfinger may feel an
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of a lamprey. As [[Wyrd (CTL)|Wyrd]] rises, a Leechfinger may feel an
 
increasing level of hunger, and that hunger may shine
 
increasing level of hunger, and that hunger may shine
 
in her eyes like witch-fire. Or perhaps there’s nothing
 
in her eyes like witch-fire. Or perhaps there’s nothing
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into the eye sockets of a hollow porcelain doll.
 
into the eye sockets of a hollow porcelain doll.
 
===Durance===
 
===Durance===
Leechfingers are often shaped by their
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Leechfingers are often shaped by their [[Keeper (CTL)|Keepers]] more than their environment. Many Leechfingers were born from exposure to their fae masters’ own
Keepers more than their environment. Many Leechfingers were born from exposure to their fae masters’ own
 
 
vampiric hunger, tapped repeatedly like a favorite bottle of wine. Leechfingers may also have been changed
 
vampiric hunger, tapped repeatedly like a favorite bottle of wine. Leechfingers may also have been changed
 
over time by exposure to a particularly strange diet,
 
over time by exposure to a particularly strange diet,
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of fae that steal breath or blood or souls. The possibilities are numerous. Leechfingers might have been
 
of fae that steal breath or blood or souls. The possibilities are numerous. Leechfingers might have been
 
tied to succubi and incubi, beautiful and hideous in
 
tied to succubi and incubi, beautiful and hideous in
turn. Some might take on a faintly animalistic appearance, like a cat or fox, animalistic without being a Beast proper, reflecting stories of breath-stealing
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turn. Some might take on a faintly animalistic appearance, like a cat or fox, animalistic without being a [[Beast (CTL)|Beast]] proper, reflecting stories of breath-stealing
 
animals. The goat-footed gwyllions and bird-taloned
 
animals. The goat-footed gwyllions and bird-taloned
 
Lamashtu may represent a Leechfinger’s Keeper, as
 
Lamashtu may represent a Leechfinger’s Keeper, as
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*[[Changeling: The Lost Rulebook]], p. 106
 
*[[Changeling: The Lost Rulebook]], p. 106
 
*[[Winter Masques]], p. 69
 
*[[Winter Masques]], p. 69
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Latest revision as of 19:23, July 31, 2020

Leechfinger is one of the sub-types of the Darkling seeming - Changeling who steal life from humans, grain by grain, drop by drop, with just a touch. Theirs is the blessing of Sap the Vital Spark.

OverviewEdit

The Leechfinger gained an appetite in Faerie. Not the coarse hunger of a Gristlegrinder, or the predatory urge of a Hunterheart, but a soft, gnawing appetite, both hunger and thirst. It may be a craving for blood or breath or even slivers of soulstuff, inherited from a Keeper far more ravenous than his changeling pets. Now among mortals once more, the Leechfinger is often defined by how she decides to indulge herself. Some Leechfingers embrace their odd lusts, perhaps joining the Court of Desire to be among like-minded Lost. Others restrain themselves with stoic ascetism, treating the occasional sip of a victim’s vital essence as a pragmatic necessity, not a vice to be indulged. Leechfingers are difficult to recognize for what they are. They may appear as Darklings of almost any stripe, whether smoothly scaled or bowed under tangles of matted black hair. There are no common traits to distinguish Leechfingers (though the great majority are quite fair at least of face), but a well-educated fae scholar may pick out a few of their possible tells. Some are fishbelly-pale, flushing to a slightly pinkish pallor after using their kith blessing. As befitting their common sobriquet, peculiarly attenuated and flexible fingers may be a kith mark. Some have the delicately pointed needle-teeth of a vampire bat, while others are entirely toothless, or even possess the jawless mouth of a lamprey. As Wyrd rises, a Leechfinger may feel an increasing level of hunger, and that hunger may shine in her eyes like witch-fire. Or perhaps there’s nothing in her eyes at all — meeting her gaze is like looking into the eye sockets of a hollow porcelain doll.

DuranceEdit

Leechfingers are often shaped by their Keepers more than their environment. Many Leechfingers were born from exposure to their fae masters’ own vampiric hunger, tapped repeatedly like a favorite bottle of wine. Leechfingers may also have been changed over time by exposure to a particularly strange diet, developing unusual hungers from the bizarre concoctions they were fed. Some were even abandoned early by their Keepers, and became hungry wandering the tangled forests of the Arcadian night.

FolkloreEdit

Leechfingers are tied to those legends of fae that steal breath or blood or souls. The possibilities are numerous. Leechfingers might have been tied to succubi and incubi, beautiful and hideous in turn. Some might take on a faintly animalistic appearance, like a cat or fox, animalistic without being a Beast proper, reflecting stories of breath-stealing animals. The goat-footed gwyllions and bird-taloned Lamashtu may represent a Leechfinger’s Keeper, as might the more diabolical demon lover of English folklore or the Scandinavian mara. One might note that there seems to be a far greater tendency to assign vampiric traits to female faeries and demons. While this may be true, Leechfingers are unlikely to reflect that gender divide. Their Keepers are really things without gender, who wear a sex much as one wears a favorite shirt, and who abduct men and women in equal measure. There’s no reason to limit a male changeling from resembling the Swedish skogsra — a hollow creature that haunts the forest — simply because the skogsra is depicted as female.

FrailtiesEdit

Cannot enter a dwelling without invitation, may not eat solid food, can be enthralled by a game of cat’s cradle, cannot attack someone with fresh flowers pinned to his lapel, repelled by blasphemy, cannot enter a child’s dreams.

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Changeling: The Lost Kiths

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