The Virindi are a race of levitating beings shrouded by heavy cloaks. Their faces — if they have faces — are concealed by grotesque white masks. As of this writing, no one has ever seen a Virindi without its cloak or mask.
The Virindi have a shared consciousness, which they call the Quiddity. The more time Virindi spend in Dereth, the more they grow isolated from the Quiddity. This leads to insanity, and what they call “aberrance” – that is, individuality. But for this invasive force of humanization, the Virindi would be quite cold and mechanical. In their natural state, they are ruthlessly logical and practical. Inferior members of their own race are stripped of will and intellect, to serve as living “puppets” for the superior will of other Virindi. They see no value whatsoever in individuals or in frail “meatling” creatures, which they often “augment” for use as servitors.
The origin and motives of the Virindi remained shrouded in mystery. While their difficulties in this land are known, it is not known why they came here, or why they go through the trouble of staying here. It is certain that they are not native to this world – they refer to their point of origin as “the Singularity.” Offhand comments by no less an authority than Asheron have established their arrival here as being prior to any of the other races, but far after the events that lead to the Empyrean abandonment of the world. One theory, inspired by their uncanny mastery of portal magic, holds that they are actually residents of that realm.
The Virindi have, at some point in the past, fought with Asheron – and lost. The circumstances and cause of that mighty grapple are yet unknown.
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