Those Who Oppose Us

The (known) races of the Odonata

Thauma (Magics)

Those who oppose us

Other denizens of Odonata lands

The world beyond the shade of the Salix tree can be a dark and forbidding place. There are many who seek to destroy what the Odonata have worked hard to create – harmonious social order, peace, love, and a sense of community – or to take what is ours.

Hawkers – Since the Day of the Corruption, when our strongest allies – The Hawker Clan – became our worst enemies, matters worsened beyond anything the Odonata could have imagined.

*Spoiler – Book Two of the Odonata Chronicles*

The Hawkers had, up until recently, been led by Ludovicus, known as a mighty warrior and military leader back in his prime, but at the end of his days was an ageing and paranoid shadow, head of a twisted clan that now only sought to damage and destroy.

He met his ultimate demise when one of his generals, Lady Desticia, returned to the Hawkers’ Basilica with the long-lost Chama Fogo Enchiridion – the powerful book of fire magic that the Hawkers had once mastered, generations before. As was the way of the Hawkers, Desticia had Ludovicus killed and took his place as the new leader of the Hawkers.

Wasps – also known as Jaspers – mercurial in nature, devious and calculating. The females wield a stinger at the ends of their abdomen that can kill an incautious Jracon in seconds. Both sexes also possess deadly jaws that can slice through Jracon skin with ease.

Subsection – those who prey upon us

Spiders – Although spiders are rarely fast enough to contend with the speed and agility of a full-grown Jracon or Zyg, the web of a spider has caught many a hapless youngling, and even adults on occasion, especially at dusk or dawn, when the threads of the web become nigh-on invisible even to the Jracon eye. Once entangled, a Jracon will quickly be pounced upon by the owner of the web, invariably paralysed with a venomous bite, before being wrapped up in silk to be devoured at the spider’s convenience. Spiders are not particularly intelligent, thriving on base desires like many other lower lifeforms, but they are capable of limited speech, if one were to take the time to come down to their mental level, or take the risk of approaching within audible range.

The coruja, the bat and the nightjar – all three species preferring crepuscular/nocturnal routines – making them particularly formidable foes as these times of the day are when a Jracon’s sight is at its weakest and thus we are most easily approached without warning.

A Jracon is probably at its most vulnerable during its larval stage, when it is limited to the aquatic realm. Although our larvae, or Naiads, make us proud with their tenacity and gumption, they are known to fall victim to predation from a wide range of species, including frogs, toads, newts, ducks, fish and even other, larger Naiads. This is a large reason why modern methods of youngling-care no longer endorses leaving our younglings to their own devices in the free-flowing waters of the stream. Now we provide care and protection inside the lower reaches of the Citadel inside sub-aquatic chambers staffed by devoted carers, safe from the wilds of the stream beyond.