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Because of recent happenings, I have put together this information, for the best of the people. I have encountered one of these beasts myself, and it was only because of luck I managed to escape from its deadly kiss.

Breathstealers

In the oriental lands, northeast of Tyran, an old evil has begun to stir again. Vile spirit-things that come to tempt mortals and steal their lives, their breaths. They are Breathstealers, or Kiang-Shi, as they are commonly called. For centuries, there hasn’t been one reported Kiang-Shi attack. But recently there have been sightings and a few attacks, leaving their victims choked and pale. Also, they have begun to wander over the mountain range, and into the lands of Tyran, where there is lots of prey.

What are they?
Kiang-Shi are a breed of demons, or so it is believed. They seem to be closely related to the element of air, as opposed to the demons of the Fallen Mount. Often they have strong abilities of air, being able to control the element masterfully. Many are also experts in enchantment spells, being able to easily charm and dupe their kills. Their hauntingly beautiful looks often help as well. It is believed that they were in the beginning, a cross between half-demons and air elementals. However, there is no support to this belief, except for their extreme similarity to demons, and their abilities.

They feed on the breath of mortals, consuming leftover life essence to support their own existence. It is known that a Kiang-Shi must feed at least once in a month, lest they will cease to exist. Usually, they will try to seduce a member of the opposite gender, and in a passionate kiss of death, suck out the other’s breath. This almost always results in choking, as they tend to try and kill their victim. If the prey survives, the stolen life essence will be forfeit, and the Kiang-Shi will have to seek another victim, or kill the first one by hand. They can never feed on the same person more than once.

In direct opposition to traditional demons though, Kiang-Shi have a very strong sense of honor. They never break their word, never betray, and never back out of a deal. They rarely lie or cheat, unless they know their adversary is. They never kill for pleasure, though it may seem they do, since they are very fond of seducing their prey. The best way to get a Kiang-Shi to leave you alone, is to fool them to promise they will never harm you. It’s not easily accomplished though, since they are very careful with giving their word, and they are good word-twisters themselves.

Clans
Kiang-Shi are divided into three clans. They are the Aia clan, masters of shapeshiftig. The Bayu clan, masters of seduction and trickery. And lastly, the Suyu clan, the hidden infiltrators.

The Bayu clan is the largest, while the Aia clan is the smallest. The three clans were in conflict before, most often regarding ‘feeding grounds’ and about who promised what. However, they have formed an alliance for their comeback. Kiang-Shi who are disrespectful to their elders, betray their clan, or commit other felons are cast out of their clan, hinted down, and killed without exception.

Appearance
Their true form is that of an exquisitely beautiful human, usually with very pale skin and long, black hair, and often dark green to pale amber eyes. They tend to dress in whatever fashion common in the area they reside. The easiest way to recognize on is to look at their palms. There they have tattoos that indicate what clan of Kiang-Shi they belong to.
Their secondary form is either a tendril of white smoke, or a small insect common to where they live.
Some of the more old and powerful Kiang-Shi also have access to astral travel, hence having an astral form as well.
Also, the Aia clan have access to a number of different forms besides the first two, mainly animals and common objects.

Known Weaknesses
They will never go inside your home unless the master of the house invites them to. After that, they can come and go as they please, usually transforming into a tendril of smoke and seeping in through the keyhole or other small openings, as to not alarm the inhabitants.
They are also very weak against holy type spells. The positive energy stings and burns them, much like undead. Anything blessed by a god, paladin or a cleric will burn them on contact, so they tend to shun holy objects heavily.
If you really want to keep a Kiang-Shi away from you, use salt. It doesn’t harm them in any way, they just can’t walk over salt.
If a Kiang-Shi has entered your home, they can also be shooed away with a broom, if there are twigs of birch in it. If there isn’t any birch in the broom, they will just think you are being impolite.

True Names
This is their biggest known weakness. Like true demons, Kiang-Shi harbour a true name, which they will discover in their 50th year of existence. Kiang-Shi NEVER tells this name to anyone, not even other Kiang-Shi. If you are in possession of the true name of a Kiang-Shi, you will be able to control it. If you speak a command in its name, the Kiang-Shi will instantly obey, provided the command is directly lethal to it. If it is lethal to the Kiang-Shi, it can choose to not obey, and the one issuing the command will not be able to control the Kiang-Shi for three days and three nights. A Kiang-Shi cannot harm their master, unless they are allowed to.

Death
If killed in its primary form, the Kiang-Shi will turn into white smoke and writhe away with the winds, and not being able to return to its true form for a year and a day. When the Kiang-Shi returns to its true form, it will hold a ravenous appetite, and kill many people to satisfy its hunger, in a frenzy-like mode.

There are only two known ways to permanently kill a Kiang-Shi.

The first is to capture the Kiang-Shi, and make sure it cannot escape, or manage to fool someone to let it out, and slowly starve it to death. This usually takes up to two months. If let out during this period of starvation, the Kiang-Shi will be vengeful, and kill the one/s who imprisoned it, sucking their lives out regardless of the capturer/s sex.

The other way is to completely destroy them using holy magic. They will not be able to recover, and they will not come back. Left behind will be a very small amount of white ashes, a poison that f used correctly, will cause a person to choke to death. Usually though, the ashes will be blown away before it can be recovered.

I hope that this information will be of use for anyone who finds himself looking into the eyes of a Breathstealer.

Mai Kin Yanlong, priestess of Shavista.

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